We met in a Restaurant in downtown Milan called La Cave. A simple Restaurant that offers lunch for businessmen, fresh ingredients and a very nice and cozy place. We started with Giampero, who is an enologist, explaining to me how they produce the wine and where it is located.
For starters, we had a white 2008 Mauro Sebaste Roero Arneis. Roero is a DOCG located in the Roero hills north and east of Alba in southeastern Piedmont. Its made with 100% Roero. Very light wine and refreshing, was a good match to the first dish we had: Tuna and Swordfish Carpaccio with Salad.
For seconds, we had: Stinco di Vitello al forno con Patate (Roasted Veal Shin with Potatoes). The veal was quite tasty, although I found it a bit tough. For our wine, Giampero recommended we try the 2006 Mauro Sebaste Centrobricchi Langhe. This wine is 80% Barbera and 20% Nebbiolo. The vineyards are located in the Commune of Alba, La Morra, Monforte, Barolo and Roero, that is the reason of the name “Centobricchi” which means top of the hills.
As far as I can remember, I have never tried this type of wine and I really enjoyed it. The wine was not decanted but it was open for about 1 hour before we drank it. It was a well balanced wine with some tannins. Perfect match with our meat dish.
After our meal, we continued chatting about the wine industry and in particular over a cafe (that's how they call espresso in Italy). He also left me six bottles of samples of his wine, which I can't wait to try once I get back to Manila...
Grazie Mille Giampero !!! Ciao !!!