Saturday, February 28, 2015

Sunday Tasting of Italian Wines in South Deerfield

Wine Tasting Sunday from 2pm to 4pm at MRKT in S. Deerfield. Spend the afternoon drinking bits of Italy with the restaurant's sommelier, 24-year-old Nancy Clarke. Reservations required for March 1 event. Call 413-397-2190.
Sommelier Nancy Clarke, MRKT

On Wednesday, Nancy' last class before she had to go to work at 4:30 was in Quechua, an indigenous language spoken in Argentina and Ecuador. By the time she got to MRKT, a little restaurant in South Deerfield, she was fully focused on France. Just last week a bottle of Chateau Flotis 2011 and a bottle of Domaine Capmartin 2012 were moved from the "by-the-glass" list to the "by-the-bottle" list. It had to be done because the cases were running low. 

At MRKT, the "by-the-glass wine list” has no less than five red wines, six white wines, a rose, a house Cabernet Sauvignon and four desert wines.  The aforementioned Chateau Flotis and Domaine Capmartin will be replaced with wines from small distributors that meet Nancy’s standards for the little farm-to-table menu that is heavy on the local and the artisan.

There are two ways to pair wines, according to 24-year-old sommelier. The first is the lemon rule. If the food you are serving requires a bit of acid or lemon, a bit of brightness, then the wine should be bright. For example, a tuna tartare which is usually served with olive oil lemon and lemon would fare well with a Sauvignon Blanc.

The second rule is simple. If you love the wine, you'll like the food.