Any morning is brimmed with positive feelings when the sun is shining and you have been planning a trip somewhere for a very long time: no skiing anymore, no swimming yet, the right place is THE exhibition for wine lovers like me, VINITALY in the ancient city of Verona.
If you are around here, there is no match in terms of choice of wines, it is like…being a kid in a candy shop? No, too clichè!
Carrie Bradshaw in a Manolo Blahnik’s shop with Mr. Big’s credit card? More likely.
Weekdays are usually a safer bet than the crowded sunday, when the outsiders’ crowd spoils the mood of the most snobbish exhibitors and might make it arduous to thoroughly enjoy the experience.
Especially when delicious finger food enriches memorable tasting sessions.
Coming here, you should never stick to a specific plan other than hedonism, just act like a authentic Bacaràta. So if you are looking for a logic here, I tell you straight, there is none.
One of the best findings was Falanghina Brut – Masseria Capoforte, a fine sparkling from Southern Italy, ideal refreshment in these hot days. The vineyard belongs to Bepin De Eto, an expert in sparkling wines.
Tai Rosso & Thovara – Piovene Porto Godi were a love at first sight when I learnt of their existence in the Slow Food’s Slow Wine Guide:
This vine was apparently imported by local clergymen in the 12th century, and is today considered indigenous.
I fancy very much wines featuring such a story.
I praise novelties too when they come in the form of a Mudgee Old Vines Shiraz – Gartelmann
If you have a consuming passion for Australian Shiraz as much as I do, this product of the renowned Hunter Valley is a gratifying discovery.
Dario’s invitation for a Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG Brut Millesimato – Follador was welcomed as an early aperitivo, as he promised, he poured his best Prosecco.
I appreciated Dario’s lecture about the best pairing for desserts, sweet or dry? Probably the two different schools shall never give up their stubborn position.
I noticed an interesting growth in the presence of organic wines, among which I found a remarkable Reggiano Lambrusco Rosso – Suoli Cataldi.
This Lambrusco includes several different Lambrusco vines and I smiled heartily at the memory of my Northern European friends telling me about their first wine experiences with Lambrusco carton packages at teenage parties. I still jokingly blame them for getting to know Lambrusco so late in life.
Falanghina IGT Roccamonfina – Agricola S. Teodoro: the second Falanghina of the day, a more classic approach to this Southern wine with the taste of the summer; they recommend it with seafood and fish, but I savored it with Caserta’s cherry-shaped mozzarella and it blew my mind.
I was no less curious about the international delegations than the Italian ones, and fortuitously bumped into Saperavi – Jakeli.
Jakeli added a touch of the famous Georgian hospitality with some sapid original Suluguni cheese, a cure for my nostalgia of Caucasian cuisine.
Chianti Classico Riserva 2009 & Sangioveto di Toscana – Badia a Coltibuono are produce of a organic winemaker at the very top of the industry in Italy.
They both won several prizes, and my emotional preference goes to Sangioveto, because it made me wish I had my own fiorentina steak right there.
Prosecco DOC Fenix – Buffon Giorgio is an original concept in the Prosecco scene: a delicate wine expressly created with a low sulfite content.
I will always fail to understand why wine experts spit a precious Riserva unless they really hate it. I would rather sample less glasses but take pleasure in them to the fullest.
The case with Amarone della Valpolicella DOC – Cantina Valpantena was two generous glasses, so much I showed enthusiasm for the 2009 repeatedly awarded Amarone champion.
Looking around for novelties in wine, I found this colourful and stylish ambassador of Italian design, a group of young creators of wine-related furniture for my classy living-room: Linea vino by Roclam
See you all next year!
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