For those who care to know, Vinitaly 2012 will be held in Verona, again, but this time the wine fair will start on Sunday April 1 and go through Wednesday April 4. (Thank you, Luca Zaia). The thinking was that it needed to be open more during business days so that the restaurant owners could come on their off days. It means one less day of the fair.
However in 2012 Easter falls on that following Sunday, April 8. So it will be Holy Week in Italy. As well it will be the week of the en primeurs 2012 tastings in Bordeaux. Which makes it impossible for journalists and folks who try to cover both events.
Vinitaly has gotten so big, so big that one can never take it all in, except in large swaths. The idea of going from booth to booth and "conquering" the stands is impossible. Paolo Librandi said it like this,"When things are changing this fast, you need to stay as still as you can."
And so it is this time. There is too much of everything and the challenge is to find those moments when one can connect with a young winemaker here, an industry veteran there, trying not too make too much wind in the pavilions. But in these days to hold out the hope for a few moments to read the signposts and to try and grasp where Italy and wine and all these people that make up the wine trail are going.
|Franciacorta Happy Hour in Verona|
|Valeria Losi reminding me to sip my Vin Santo|
|The Bastianich Gang|
|James Mariani enjoying a moment with a long-time Canadian client|
|Stefano Salvini with Martina Moreale and daughter|
|Roberto Bava and daughter Francesca|
|Domenico D'Antoni and Lily LoCascio of Tascante|