Tomorrow, June 4th, sees the advent of a new competition, organised by the Concours Mondial de Bruxelles in conjunction with the Abruzzo Region, which will award 8 Trophies for each competing category of food, from the aperitif through to dessert, including spicy dishes. The challenge will feature over 120 European wines judged by 45 international experts and paired with the prestigious cuisine of the Magione Papale restaurant. Students from the ‘Leonardo da Vinci L’Aquila’ Hospitality Institute will also be cooking.
Over 120 top rosé wines from Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Spain, France, Greece, Portugal, Moldova, Romania, Slovakia and, of course, Italy. Forty-five international expert judges, including sommeliers, critics, buyers, journalists and organisation representatives. A sample of Abruzzo’s culinary excellence prepared by the prestigious Magione Papale restaurant in L’Aquila along with students from the ‘Leonardo da Vinci L’Aquila’ Hospitality Institute. Three highly competitive days, enhanced by four debates on topical ‘drink pink’ issues.
These are the cornerstones of the first Food & Rosé Selection by Concours Mondial de Bruxelles, which will take place in L’Aquila from 4 to 6 June. The event will fully comply with Covid social distancing rules and safety measures and use equipment supplied by Abruzzo company and event sponsor Safegatepro and Dante Labs of L’Aquila that will provide the mobile laboratory for Covid testing.
Food & Rosé Selection Trophies
The new challenge, hosted by the only touring competition in the world in conjunction with the Abruzzo Region, will this time focus on the perfect balance between food and rosé wine. It will award eight Food & Rosé Selection Trophies to the wines that show at their best with the different categories of food in the competition:
- the aperitif
- raw fish
- cooked fish
- cold meats
- cooked meats
- spicy foods
The competing wines were already awarded Grand Gold Medals and Gold Medals at the first Rosé Selection by CMB held in March in Brussels.
Blind tasting sessions
From tomorrow until Sunday 6 June, emphasis will be placed on experimenting with different ways of enjoying rosé wines, whose global popularity has soared to new heights and whose versatility has made them the perfect aperitifs and partners for food. Food & Rosé Selection by CMB will aim to venture into uncharted flavour territory through blind tasting sessions, first with the wines on their own then with dishes made from some of Abruzzo’s most distinctive produce, ranging from seafood specialities to rural delicacies stemming from the ancient tradition of transhumance, which was recognised in 2019 by UNESCO as Intangible Cultural Heritage.
The three-day event in L’Aquila will also allow attendees to go from practice to theory during four in-depth debates (visible online and available on demand via the Concours Mondial de Bruxelles YouTube account) which will review the current situation for rosé consumption, production and trends in Italy and worldwide with attendance by leading industry players.
The programme for Food & Rosé Selection by CMB
FRIDAY 4 JUNE
The competition officially opens.
Debate: ‘CERASUOLO, CHIARETTO, ROSATO: ITALIAN ROSÉS FROM NATIVE GRAPE VARIETIES’.
5.30 p.m. – Palazzo della Regione
Curated by Davide Acerra, administrator and communications manager of the Abruzzo wine consortium (Italian, with simultaneous translation into English).
Debate: ‘THE PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE OF ROSÉ WINE: THE MAIN TECHNICAL DEVELOPMENTS AND THEIR IMPACT ON PRODUCTS’
6.30 p.m. – Palazzo della Regione
Hosted by Gilles Masson & Nathalie Poulzagues, respectively director and project manager of the Centre for Research and Experimentation on Rosé Wine in Provence (French, with English translation).
SATURDAY 5 JUNE
Opening of the blind tasting sessions, where judges will be tasked with classifying wines depending on their typicity and their ability to pair with eight specific food categories: the aperitif; raw fish; cooked fish; cold meats; cooked meats; spicy foods; cheeses; and desserts.
Debate: ‘GLOBAL WINE TRENDS: THE OPPORTUNITY FOR ROSÉ’.
8.45 am – Magione Papale
Presented by Pierpaolo Penco, wine and food marketing consultant at Affinamenti and country manager for Italy at Wine Intelligence (English).
SUNDAY 6 JUNE
The competition gets into full swing with a head-to-head challenge selecting the best rosé for each food category and therefore each of the eight recipients of the Food & Rosé Selection Trophies in the competition.
Debate: ‘NEW FRONTIERS FOR PACKAGING AND MARKETING ROSÉ WINES’.
8.45 a.m. – Magione Papale
Presented by Kateřina Slezáková and Gaia Gottardo, respectively marketing manager of Vinolok and Vinolok distributor at Amorim Cork Italia S.p.A. (English).
The eight Food & Rosé Selection by CMB Trophies:
- Best rosé aperitif wine;
- Best rosé wine for raw fish;
- Best rosé wine for cooked fish;
- Best rosé wine for cold meats;
- Best rosé wine for cooked meats;
- Best rosé wine for spicy foods;
- Best rosé wine for cheese;
- Best rosé wine for dessert.
Source: press release
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