13 Feb 2014

Lunch meeting: speaker: Mr. Rene Loho on Italian Wine

We had birthday boy Rtn Dirk today, so acting President Betty led us sing the birthday song and presented a box of Chocolate to him as birthday gift.

Our club recently organised with the Aberdeen Kaifong Welfare Association to have a single elderly visit on 8th Feb 2014 (Sat) at Wah Kwai Estate at 9:30am, we had about 30 members and guests as volunteers to visit the elderly.

Our speaker today was Mr. Rene Loho, a wine specialist from Italy, who talked to us about what else but Italian wine.  A former fashion student from Vienna, Rene has served as Art Director of Mazur Studios NY. His company Wire King Hong Kong Ltd. is serving the Key Accounts for the Wire King Industry Group, a corporation of five factories producing consumer home products in mainland China.  He is art collector and passionate lover of Piedmontese wines, so he brought Barbera d’Asti Superiore DOCG 2011 and Barolo DOCG 2009 to serve during the lunch meeting.

Italy is home of the oldest wine-producing regions in the world and Italian wines are known worldwide for their broad variety.  Grapes are grown in almost every region of the country and there are more than one million vineyards under cultivation.  Italy’s twenty wine regions correspond to the twenty administrative regions. Understanding of Italian wine becomes clearer with an understanding of the differences between each region; their cuisines reflect their indigenous wines, and vice-versa. The 73 DOCG wines are located in 15 different regions but most of them are concentrated in Piedmont, Veneto and Tuscany. Among these are appellations appreciated and sought after by wine lovers around the world: Barolo, Barbaresco, and Brunello di Montalcino (colloquially known as the “Killer B’s”).
Barbera - The most widely grown red wine grape of Piedmont and Southern Lombardy, most famously around the towns of Asti and Alba, and Pavia. The wines of Barbera were once simply “what you drank while waiting for the Barolo to be ready.” With a new generation of wine makers, this is no longer the case. The wine has bright cherry fruit, a very dark color, and a food-friendly acidity.

Nebbiolo - The most noble of Italy’s varieties. The name (meaning “little fog”) refers to the autumn fog that blankets most of Piedmont where Nebbiolo is chiefly grown, and where it achieves the most successful results. A difficult grape variety to cultivate, it produces the most renowned Barolo and Barbaresco, made in province of Cuneo, along with the lesser-known Sforzato, Inferno and Sassella made in Valtellina, Ghemme and Gattinara, made in Vercelli’s province. The wines are known for their elegance and power with a bouquet of wild mushroom, truffle, roses, and tar. Traditionally produced Barolo can age for fifty years-plus, and is regarded by many wine enthusiasts as the greatest wine of Italy.

Sergeant at arms Rtn Ellen collected HK$900 in raffle and fines.  Rene drew the lucky number for the raffle and the winner was Rtn Michael Lam, who won a box of Chocolate.