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Today's SITT London tasting offers masterclasses on Italy and the Rhône

Published:  24 September, 2014

Today's SITT tasting, targeted at independent wine merchants, restaurateurs and the on-trade, will feature two specialist masterclasses giving the chance for visitors to delve deeper into the worlds of Italian and French Rhône wines. 

The SITT Autumn tasting once again brings together specialist suppliers and importers looking to work with independent merchants and the overalll independent trade. It is taking place today at London's Royal Horticulutural Halls up to 6pm.

Two key highlights of the day include these specialist masterclasses. They will include:

Demystifying Italian Clones, 2pm-2.45pm

Join Gemma Adams, product manager and MW student at Italian specialists Grossi Wines, for a seminar on two of Italy's most prolific Italian clones, Trebbiano and Sangiovese. In this masterclass, Adams will look to demystify the questions surrounding the provenance and parentage of some of northern Italy's fastest-growing white wines, such as Lugana and Verdicchio. She will also examine the differences between Tuscany's many faces of Sangiovese. How are Sangiovese Grosso and Prugnolo Gentile different? Is Lugana made from a Trebbiano clone or is it something entirely different?

To illustrate the findings Adams will take visitors through some of Italy's finest examples of these grapes, each from small, artisan producers with a passion for true varietal expression.

Rhône wines - A Cruise Around the Crus, 3.30pm-4.15pm

Mark Andrew of Roberson Wines presents some of the top appellations of the Rhône valley. The Côtes du Rhône crus are made up of very different styles and terroirs and offer wines naturally suited to the on-trade and independent retailers. Coming from passionate and terroir-driven producers and négociants, these are wines which have a story to tell.

Mark Andrew, senior buyer at Roberson Wines, will present a selection of wines from the crus of both the northern and southern Rhône valley that demonstrate the broad depth of these wines. There will be four different northern crus to taste including Côte-Rôtie, Condrieu, Saint-Joseph and Crozes-Hermitage as well as the Southern crus Beaumes-de-Venise and Muscat de Beaumes-de-Venise. Whether it's the exciting and interesting wines of the Côte-Rôtie, the distinctive whites of Condrieu or the fragrant sweet wines of Beaumes-de-Venise, Andrew will demonstrate how the crus of the Côtes du Rhône offer exceptional wines at good value for money.

 If you are interested in either session then head to the SITT tasting at Lindley Hall, Royal Horticultural Halls in London close to Victoria train station.