WineCountry.IT at Woodlands Market
Staff Writer - March 28, 2008
Woodlands Market is an upscale grocery store in the small town of Kentfield, in Marin County, California that has a great wine department of California and international wines. Each Friday, the knowledgeable wine buyer, David Curtis, invites producers, distributors, or sales persons to pour wines from their portfolio, which he carries in the store.
From Left: WineCountry.IT's Jenny Snodgrass,
Woodlands Market's wine buyer, David Curtis, and the first taster of the afternoon.
Friday, March 28, 2008, was the second time that WineCounty.IT poured wine at Woodlands markets since Curtis added wines from the Italian Flavor Consortium portfolio.
WineCountry.IT's Loris Scagliarini (right),
chats with Woodlands Market wine buying customers.
Marin County account executive, Jenny Snodgrass, and WineCountry.IT president, Loris Scagliarini, stood behind the small counter in the corner reserved for the Friday wine tasting, and poured two whites and two reds.
Arneis Langhe DOC 2006, by Azienda Agricola Gagliardi Piero, from Piedmont.
Wine tasting at Woodlands Market
- When: Every Friday, from 5 to 7 pm
- Cost: $5 per person
PLAESE NOTE: The wines are offered by the company which pours them, and the proceeds go to local schools.
Straw yellow colored white wine. Fresh and elegant, with expansive perfumes. Excellent as an aperitif, or served with seafood.
- Vermentino di Sardegna DO C 2004 La Pagliastra, by Romangia Società Cooperativa, from Sardinia.
Brilliant straw yellow with green highlights, persistent grapefruit and exotic fruit fragrance. Fine, elegant wine with dry, long and persistent flavor. With age, it acquired complex notes and smoky scent of cigar. Sophisticated California wine buffs loves it.
- Monteregio di Massa Marittima DOC 2004 – Morello, by Fattoria Coliberto, from Tuscany.
Tuscan Sangiovese grown in reclaimed land in the Maremma area. Fermented and aged in iron vats, it pairs well with the entire meal, whether meat or seafood, and with hearty tomato sauce.
- Barbera d’Asti DOC Superiore 2003 Vigna del Carlinet (Little Charles Vineyard), by Poderi Rosso Giovanni, from Piedmont.
Multi-prized single vineyard Barbera d'Asti, this wine shows great class and structure. Aged in barriques for 12 months, it has intense ruby red color. The nose is reminiscent of blackberry, raspberry and vanilla. Full flavored, it's ideal paired with any kind of grilled meat, game, aged cheeses and isn't shy about being paired with chocolate at the end of the meal.
WineCountry.IT's Jenny Snodgrass (center), with two wine tasting customers.
All wines, each with a very different personality, were well appreciated and nearly all customers who tasted them went home with one or more bottles of one or more of the wines presented.
As it often happens, more women than men take part in such events
In addition, as we poured the reds using the Centellino, some customers purchased this amazing top-of-the-bottle decanter after tasting the difference between a wine poured directly from a just-opened bottle, and than poured from the same bottle using the Centellino.