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The Delicious Umbria Food and Wine Competition

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Porchetta di Maialino Aromatica Bardata al Prosciutto

The first ever Umbria is for #winelovers event happened last week in Umbria in the green heart of Italy. With an exciting programme planned for the week this was a great opportunity to discover the region’s wines and their connection to the local food culture.

To make it even more interesting the #winelover group organized a Food & Wine Pairing Competition to better understand the richness of Umbria’s food and wine pairing. Here’s the competition menu with the different Italian dishes and the wines that better worked for each of them:

1. Frittatina Morbida al Tartufo della Valnerina

We started with a Frittatina Morbida al Tartufo della Valnerina, an egg-based dish, similar to an omelette or quiche, enriched with black truffles from the Valnerina valley in Umbria. A rich combination of flavors where the black truffle definitely stood out.

Frittatina Morbida al Tartufo della Valnerina

Frittatina Morbida al Tartufo della Valnerina

Frittatina Morbida al Tartufo della Valnerina

Best wines for this dish:

2. Risotto Allo Zafferano di Cascia e Guanciale Croccante

As a first course the Chef planned a Risotto with saffron and crisp Italian bacon. The crispy bacon added a different dimension to this simple dish and made it extra enjoyable. I could spend a whole day eating this crispy bacon.

Risotto Allo Zafferano di Cascia e Guanciale Croccante

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Best wines for this dish:

3. Porchetta di Maialino Aromatica Bardata al Prosciutto

The main course was the highlight of the food and wine competition and one of the best foods I’ve had in Italy. A fabulous savoury, fatty and juicy boneless piglet roast covered with slices of bacon. Simply outstanding.

Porchetta di Maialino Aromatica Bardata al Prosciutto

Porchetta di Maialino Aromatica Bardata al Prosciutto

Best wines for this dish:

4. Crostata di Mele e Crema Cotta and Cheesecake

Finally dessert time. An Apple Custard Pie and a Ricotta, Chocolate, Raisins and Rhum Cake. A happy overdose of sugar created specifically to match the Umbrian Vin Santo (a style of italian sweet wine).

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Best wine for the Crostata di Mele e Crema Cotta:

Best wines for the Torta di Ricotta, Cioccolato, Uvetta e Rhum

The hosts

Fabien Lainé (a French Sommelier working in Norway) was in charge of coordinating the food and wine competition. With the help of Luciana Braz and other #winelovers they’ve pre-selected 70 wines (from a pool of around 200), organized the tasters in teams and collected the competition results. A great job, explained in more detail in Fabien’s blog.

Fabien Lainé Matteo Barbarossa

Umbrian Chef, Matteo Barbarossa was in charge of creating four different dishes for the competition. With this mission, Matteo created a dynamic menu of local and delicious Umbrian food to match the region’s diverse array of wines.

Overall this a fantastic wine and food discovery experience in the heart of Italy. Umbria is definitely a fantastic food and wine destination and I can’t wait to go back and discover more.

Written by andrerib

February 28, 2013 at 16:08

12 Responses

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  1. Great article Andre! With amazing (delicious?) pictures… What a way of bringing #winelovers and #foodlovers together! :)

    Luiz Alberto

    February 28, 2013 at 16:36

    • Thank you Luiz! It was a pleasure to share yet another great food and wine experience with you and other #winelovers and #foodlovers!

      andrerib

      February 28, 2013 at 17:07

  2. Tasty post my friend.

    I’m a believer that wine is a celebration of life, of food, of a good time. A commemoration of experience. You and I agree here.

    Curious to know who attended this event. Was it the wine trade or just people who consume good food and wine?

    Sounds from your post that it should be for everyone.

    Arnold Waldstein

    February 28, 2013 at 16:42

    • Thanks Arnold. I wish you had been there. The experience was definitely a celebration of life. A group of people who share a common passion, wine and food, sharing a great experience. Very good food, wine and great moments.

      We did the Wine & Food Competition in the trade day so in this particular event only members of the #winelover group and most of us in the wine business were there. But I agree that we should do more of these with people who “just” consume good food and wine. Should be a surprising.

      We did do everything blind to explore senses and not brands.

      andrerib

      February 28, 2013 at 17:06

  3. Thanks a lot Andre ! Once again some great writing and lovely pictures that makes me greedy !
    Thanks a lot to all people that helped out and made this event possible ! Hope to do it more often !
    Lovely food, blind bottles ! Make work your senses !
    Good Life = good wine + foodporn + top friends

    FabLn

    February 28, 2013 at 18:02

    • Thanks for all the hard and professional work. You rock.

      andrerib

      February 28, 2013 at 19:21

  4. Andre, you write about food with the same passion you open a good old Port Wine.. brilliantly! I loved the way you put down in words.
    #winelovers crew did a great job tasting 60+ wines, all blind.
    The Cheff, Marco, prepared delicious Umbria dishes with local ingredients that makes it all incredible yammy as your fabulous pictures show.
    What a birthday party!!

    WineTalkGroup

    February 28, 2013 at 18:50

    • ops.. Cheff Matteo! Marco was the auxiliar…. sorry

      WineTalkGroup

      February 28, 2013 at 18:51

    • I can completely agree with that! What a birthday party ;-)

      Mariëlla

      February 28, 2013 at 19:18

      • Very happy that you had a good time Mariëlla!

        andrerib

        February 28, 2013 at 19:28

    • Thank you so much for your comment Luciana. Very happy that I’m able to put my passion in words. It was a pleasure to share this experience with you and the rest of the group! Looking forward for the next one!

      andrerib

      February 28, 2013 at 19:30

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