Masi, the top Italian producer based in the Veneto, hailed a black cab and invited some of the Capital’s best sommeliers to do The Knowledge and sample the range and diversity of Masi´s wine.
Giacomo Boscaini, export manager and seventh generation member of the family behind Masi, hosted the evening which stopped off at three of London’s great restaurants to showcase the various Masi Estates, paired with some choice dishes.
Giacomo was joined by twelve sommeliers, and Sommelier Collective members, from across London: Stefan Neumann MS; Amedeo Bellini, Sommelier, Petrus by Gordon Ramsay; Antonio Bellochi, Sommelier, City Social; Salvatore Castano, Sommelier, Friarwood’s; Francesco Delfino, Deputy Head Sommelier, Aqua Shard; Roxane Dupuy, Head Sommelier at Sketch; Michela Di Fazzio, Sommelier, Matteo’s at Annabel’s; Matteo Furlan, Head Sommelier at The Ritz; Alexia Gallouët, Head Sommelier, Haugen; Gabriele Galuppo, Head Sommelier, Beast; Jonathan Kleeman, Head Sommelier, Restaurant Story and Daniel Murray, Head Sommelier, A Wong.
The tour started at Piazza Italiana, in the heart of The City, where a number of iconic Venetian wines were tasted with some great Italian dishes. Next up at Sushisamba, Covent Garden, the somms and hosts departed from the European theme; stretching over two continents to pair South American-Eastern fusion with the wines from the Masi Tupungato estate in Argentina. The tour ended at Hide, Piccadilly where guests tasted four Amarones and one Recioto, dating back to 2007, from the family’s cellars chosen specially for the evening by Giacomo.
Commenting on the London tour Stefan Neumann MS said, “The evening combined heritage and culture and was a joyful experience – a win win combination. The three different Masi wine ranges, tasted in three different locations, were able to build a bridge between different cuisines.”
THE WINES TASTED:
- Canevel Prosecco di Valdobbiadene DOCG Extra Dry
- Colbaraca Soave Classico, Masi 2019
- Toar Valpolicella Classico Superiore, Masi 2018
- Brolo Campofiorin Oro, Masi 2017
- Organic Passo Blanco, Masi Tupungato 2020
- Organic Passo Doble Tierra Soleada, Masi Tupungato 2019
- Organic Corbec Appassimento, Masi Tupungato 2017
- Canevel Terre del Faè Prosecco dosaggio zero 2020
- Costasera Amarone Classico, Masi 2015
- Riserva Costasera Amarone Classico, Masi 2015
- Campolongo di Torbe Amarone, Masi 2007
- Mazzano Amarone della Valpolicella, Masi 2007
- Angelorum Recioto della Valpolicella, Masi 2016
The Masi story began in 1772, when the Boscaini family acquired prestigious vineyards in the small valley called “Vaio dei Masi”, which is the origin of the company’s name. After more than 200 years of passionate winemaking the company is still in family hands, run by the sixth and seventh generations.
A benchmark in the art of producing Amarone at a world level, Masi constantly innovates and passes on its expertise in the Appassimento method, which has been practised since the time of the Ancient Romans. Use of native grapes and autochthonous methods, and the research and experimentation carried out by the company, make it one of the most famous producers of high-quality Italian wines in the world. Masi is constantly looking to set a new benchmark for the Veneto wines of tomorrow, as they did in 1964 with the launch of Campofiorin and the creation of the Ripasso category. As Giacomo Boscaini said on the evening, “The ‘Masi style’ is always about good balance and good acidity. In my opinion, 2015 was one of the best vintages in the last 50 years. Before 2016, it would have been one of the best ever.”