Manzi to host free wine masterclass at LWF27th May, 2014 by Neal Baker
Soon to be presenting a portfolio of premium wines from Italy’s superstar culinary region of Emilia Romagna at this year’s London Wine Fair, AIS Sommelier Ambrogio Manzi talks of the trends and technology affecting the wine produced in his beloved Italian province.
Emilia Romagna and its northern Italian locale can boast a spread of culinary produce the envy of the world.
From balsamic vinegar to parmesan cheese, fares from the region that were once the staple ingredients for cuisine solely within the country’s borders now dominate the food world as the popularity of Italian dishes continues to grow.
However, the wines of the region could be considered as hidden gems in comparison – high quality products but somewhat in the shadow of other winemaking areas in Italy dominating the world stage.
But this is where AIS Sommelier and Emilia Romagna native Ambrogio Manzi steps in. Gathering local producers, public bodies, promotion consortia and regional sommeliers, Manzi is a prominent and longstanding member of the Enoteca Regional Emilia Romagna – an EU and government funded association tasked with promoting the wines of the region in Italy and beyond in an effort to match the quality of the wine with the popularity and esteem of their food-making counterparts.
And, leading up to his special masterclass on the wines of Emilia Romagna at this year’s London Wine Fair on 3 June (which you can register for here), Manzi is already hard at work opening peoples’ eyes to the quality pours of the area, the changeable, trend-led market in which they operate, and the advances in technology being made in the region to help the wine producers stand their ground.
As well as being an AIS Sommelier, Manzi has a Master in Wine Marketing from the LUISS Business School of Rome and is a Master of Services and a professional wine taster – standing him in perfect stead to see the winemaking industry in his region from all angles: from business and finance to technology and taste.
Praising the long-lived tradition of wine making in the region, Manzi is keen to point out the research and development going into the industry, saying how “every year Emilia Romagna invests in projects for innovation and the development of technology”.
This is to help increase production and allow the wines to compete – like the famous foods of the area – on the global market without losing sight of the quality of the final product.
Speaking of the current standing of Emilia Romagna’s wines on the international stage, he is quick to recognise that harmful preconceptions still exist. “In order to open people’s mind to new wine-drinking experiences, we try to educate consumers.”
And in a couple of weeks Manzi’s world travels takes him to the London Wine Fair, where, on 3 June at 11.30am, he aims to open the minds of an audience gathered to take part in a special, tailored masterclass, tasting wines from the region with his expert guidance.