I went to a tasting at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, London today. The top wines from Trentino, Italy (that's the bit of Italy at the top in the middle near Lake Garda) were being shown along with the local food. It was very well organised by the PR company (thanks to them for letting me attend). The wines included Spumantes, grappas, vin santos and a range of varietals two of which I hadn't come across before - Marzemino and Teroldego. There were also a number of wines made from varietals such as Muller Thurgau, Chardonnay and Merlot.
I wasn't blown away by these two new (new to me that is) red varieties but along with the right food I'm sure they would be a good match. There was a buffet lunch of local produce such as meats, cheeses and fruits which was excellent.
Tasting in these circumstances is a challenge. It's hard enough in the comfort of your own home to recall all the WSET criteria but with all the distractions around you at a tasting it's doubly hard. I need lots of practice. The next tasting I'm off to is next week at Chelsea Football ground, the Wines of Italy.