“One of the best Vinitaly in years” would probably be my way to say it. Along with all the hustle and confusion that this Italian wine fair comes with, there are also a lot of good things that come out of it.
Number one is that this is an amazing concentration of wine talent assembled all in one place. I daresay one would have to cast a wider net to find an event that has this amount of energy and hope, passion and quality.
For me, Vinitaly (#47) was also personally satisfying. My Italian peers have recognized the years that I have spent on the wine trail in Italy. I owe much of this focus to Stevie Kim in her non-linear and non-traditional way of looking at Italian wine in the world. Stevie, thank you and all your hard working staff (a special thanks to Susannah Gold for introducing me to Stevie and being my speech coach :) .
Aside from that presently I am deep in the Tuscan countryside and preparing to return home. Sunspot activity apparently has hindered internet and wireless transmissions, so I will post more when I get back.
Save the date: Vinitaly 2014 will be APRIL 6-9
Some pictures from the event (after the break) – more to come…
|Mattia Vezzola , winemaker at Bellavista pouring the |
Riserva Vittorio Moretti to his clients from Louisiana
|Brian Larky and Dave Holt, owners of Dalla Terra|
|Vinitaly Blogger seminar - attendees waiting to start|
|Paolo Cantele with his new Verdeca|
|Chiara Soldati with her 1988 Gavi Black Label|
|Roberto Stucchi Prinetti tasting with master sommelier Craig Collins|
|The New Chianti Classico pyramid of quality|
|Orecchiette with fresh shrimp and rapini|
|Planeta winemaker Patricia Toth with her new baby from Etna|
|President of the Veneto region, the inimitable Luca Zaia|
written and photographed by Alfonso Cevola limited rights reserved On the Wine Trail in Italy
wine blog + Italian wine blog + Italy W