Marvellous MASI wines!

Story & photos by Dr. Michael Lim The Travelling Gourmet TM

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The suave and inspiring Travelling Gourmet delves deeply into the wines of…

MASI from Italy. It was a very long walk along the Singapore River to get to Limoncello Ristorante where the VIP tasting of 5 Masi wines was being conducted by the Commercial Director, French-Canadian Luc Desroches. Invariably, at special wine tastings, there are always one or sometimes two really obnoxious, ignorant braggarts and BUFFOONS who know nothing about wines being loud, drunk and trying to show everyone else  how asinine they are… I was very Lucky on this occasion! There were no hoity-toity arrogant wine buffoons and label drinkers!

We started with…

2008 Brolo di Campofiorin. A nice red IGT wine from Verona. Brolo is in Italian what clos is in French. It means a walled vineyard. This is a velvety wine with the Corvina indigenous grape expressing its characteristics. It is a dry wine with 4g/l of residual sugar. The wine is made in the Appassimento (drying process) way which means the grapes are dried to concentrate the flavour elements. Masi are masters since 1772 at this prolonged drying method of wine making.

Riserva di Costasera Masi was next. From vineyards on the hillside facing the sunset (a sera), the grapes also get the benefit of reflected sunlight. Costasera refers to this and means’Evening Coast’. Here the Appassimento takes 120 days and semi-dried Corvina grapes (70%) plus the ancient grape variety Oseleta give a long finish of nutmeg nuances. On the palate, chocolate, Espresso coffee and even a trace of Balsamico (balsamic vinegar).


Masi Agricola

Gargagnago di Valpolicella



To be continued…


About thetravellinggourmet

As a renowned Travel, Food & Wine Writer he has travelled the world in a keen & indomitable pursuit of exotic delicacies & fine wines. His articles have been published in over 20 prestigious publications, both local & international. Dr. Lim has toured and trained in Wine Evaluation & Oenology in most of the world's top wine producing areas from France to Australia. The Travelling Gourmet says, "Gastronomy has no frontier. These are the gastronomic voyages of The Travelling Gourmet. My unending mission. To explore strange new cuisines, to seek out new wines and new culinary experiences, to boldly go where no gourmet has gone before...." Have pen, will travel. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopy, recording, or any other information storage & retrieval system, without permission from Dr. Michael Lim The Travelling Gourmet and/or MSN. Material may be works of fiction. Names, characters, places and incidents may be true but may also be products of the author's imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance whatsoever to actual person or persons, either dead or living, events, or locales may be entirely and purely coincidental and unintentional. No part of this website may be used to villify others or for criminal purposes. Interests: Travel, Food, Wines, Cooking, Wine Appreciation, Parachuting, Languages, Music, Reading, Swimming, Hunting, Ballet, Fencing, Archery, Anthropology and more... The Travelling Gourmet is a copyrighted trademark. All rights and photos reserved. No part may be reproduced without permission.
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