Above: One of the reasons that they call Basilicata the “land of fire” is that the soil is black and the endless wheat fields are as gold as flames. Photo by Sotto wine director Jeremy Parzen, September 2012.
WINES OF BASILICATA
WITH SOTTO WINE CAPTAIN
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
$40 per person
tax & gratuity not included
PLEASE CALL (310) 277-0210 TO RESERVE.
STAY FOR DINNER AND ORDER ONE OF THE BOTTLES FROM THE TASTING AND RECEIVE A 50% DISCOUNT ON THE BOTTLE OF WINE.
Of all of Italy’s twenty regions, Basilicata is perhaps the one that Americans know the least about.
There’s a good reason for that.
There are no cathedrals or Renaissance palazzi. There are no works of art by Renaissance masters or famous Michelin-starred restaurants.
Miles and miles and miles of seemingly endless golden wheat fields, set against the region’s black-as-night volcanic soil, stretch as far as the eye can see.
It’s quite a sight to behold but it doesn’t attract a lot of tourists.
There’s only one place that rises above these vast plains: Mt.Vulture, the extinct volcano that gives Basilicata its magical soils.
No, they’re not fertile soils. Volcanic soil is mineral rich but nutrient poor. And that’s why the wheat grown there is so flavorful: the harder the plants have to struggle, the richer their flavor becomes.
And the same holds for the grape vines that flourish in the “scorched earth” of the forgotten and forsaken Basilicata landscape.
Sotto wine captain Rory Harrington will be leading a guided tasting of four wines from Basilicata on Wednesday, August 14. Details above.