Tuscan native Luca Martini (above) was named Italy’s “best sommelier” at the 43rd annual AIS (Associazione Italiana Sommelier or Italian Sommelier Association) conference over the weekend in Matera, Basilicata. By all accounts, camaraderie and healthy sportsmanship were bywords of the competition. Martini is the wine director at Osteria da Giovanna in Arezzo, his hometown.
One surprise came in the final round, when none of the three finalists recognized a Langhe Bianco DOC produced by Angelo Gaja, Sauvignon Alteni di Brassica. The wines was included in a wine list to be corrected by competitors (above). Try your own hand at correcting the list: see the list here at the AIS blog.