Noble rot: one of Italy’s most famous dessert wines Sept. 25!

vespaiola grapes torcolato

Above: Traditional drying method for Vespaiola grapes used to make Torcolato, one of Italy’s most famous desert wines.

“Noble rot.”

It sounds paradoxical, right?

It’s actually a reference to botrytis, a form of bacteria that is allowed to grow on grapes that are destined to become one of Italy’s most famous dessert wines: Torcolato.

As the grapes are hung and dried in a traditional attic (like the one above), the “rot” desiccates (i.e., removes moisture) from the fruit, thus concentrating its sugars and its flavor.

The result — as in the case of the Maculan Torcolato that we’ll be pouring this evening at Vino Vino — is one of the most coveted and expensive wines in the world.

Here’s a preview of Chef Marco’s superb menu. Reservation info and details follow.

2012 Sauvignon [Blanc] – cured salmon
2012 Pino & Toi [Pinot Bianco, Pinot Grigio, Friulano] – frisée salad
2010 Brentino [Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon] – grilled veal sweetbreads
2009 Fratta [Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot] – oxtail gnocchi
2001 Dindarello Moscato [Moscato Fior d’Arancio]
2008 Torcolato [noble rot Vespaiola]

Maculan: an Italian Icon
Weds., Sept. 25
6:30 p.m.
$75 per person
not including tax & gratuity

five SIX wines – five courses

PLEASE CALL (512) 465-9282 TO RESERVE.

Angela Maculan will be pouring her family’s iconic wines and speaking about her father Fausto’s legacy as one of Italy’s greatest and most influential winemakers.

Click here to learn more about the iconic Italian winery Maculan.

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