Borgo’s prize-winning head sommelier Daniele Arcangeli shares his wine wisdom and a whole new vocabulary.
From the first evocative description of a ‘star-bright’ Albérico from Massa Carrara with touches of gold at the rim through to the richly earthy ‘forest floor’ nose of an aged Brunello di Montalcino, Daniele Arcangeli’s new wine-tasting itinerary takes participants travelling through Tuscany and Italy by virtue of their senses, cracking open a vault of wondrous vocabulary along the way.
Arcangeli’s program ranges from a seminar on how to taste wine to the Tuscan Wine Master Class, which explores the region’s various appellations; the aptly named 1291km, which roams the length of the Italian peninsular by the glass; and finally the Tuscan Masterpieces wine-tasting session, in which he uncorks some of Tuscany’s most prestigious labels and invites guests to discover what makes a truly great wine.
While ‘compost’, ‘toast’ and ‘dusty’ may not be the first words that spring to mind upon taking the first sip, Arcangeli’s passion for his subject stirs even the most unimaginative participants to poetry. From measuring the thickness and velocity of ‘tears’ to discussing whether the white peach aroma in question is tart or ripe, his repertoire of knowledge is impressive. Well structured, with a sparkling discourse and lingering impact at the finish, the tips gleaned from Arcangeli’s sessions can be enjoyed now or kept in mind for a long time to come.
Winner of the ASPI award for Best Italian Sommelier in 2015, Daniele Arcangeli has now joined Borgo Santo Pietro as head sommelier, bringing his consummate nose and expertise to the Meo Modo restaurant team.