On June 13 we were pleased to host a delegation of restaurateurs and chefs from Japan at our Estate, “Le Coccole”, who came to visit our vineyards and our cellars.
The beautiful sunshine and fresh air allowed us to walk through the vineyards and to taste il Botolo wines in the garden.
The delegation included a young Japanese chef, Ito Yasuhiro, known for his fusion cuisine, that combines Mediterranean and traditional Japanese flavors.
The Japanese guests explained to us that the Japanese palate prefers less-structured red wines and fresh white wines, suitable for pairing with spicy food and desserts. The tasting favorites of the day were Barbera d’Asti Superiore DOCG 2016, Piemonte DOC Chardonnay 2017 and Moscato d’Asti DOCG 2018.
Ito Yasuhiro, chef at Trattoria Filo Tokyo, announced his intention to add our Moscato d’Asti DOCG and Barbera d’Asti Superiore DOCG to the restaurant’s wine list.
He also confirmed he would create new dishes that can work especially well with these wines.
What do our wines have in common with the Piedmontese excellence of Slow Food and the "heroic" hills of Prosecco Conegliano-Valdobbiadene, recently nominated UNESCO World Heritage Site?
There was some fear the harvest would be sub-optimal due to poor weather conditions and abundant rainfall. However, the weather leading into harvest was sunny and dry, which led to perfectly ripe grapes and promises to be a very good vintage.
In the heart of Milan Wine Week, the most anticipated event of Milanese autumn, il Botolo debuted at the 10th edition of La Vendemmia of Via Montenapoleone, at one of the most prestigious boutique shops on the street: Vetrerie di Empoli.