|Baron Alessandro de Renzis Sonnino - Vintage Raleigh, low carbon footprint and kid gloves|
This year was difficult. Two days before the show started, my throat started to get sore and closed up. I had a slight fever and muscle pain. Mind you, I had been in Italy for some time, first as a judge for 21st Concorso Enologico, the international wine competition sponsored by Vinitaly. After that I went to see producers in Tuscany, trying to get a jump on only having four days at the show. By the time I had done that I was exhausted. But then the real reason for why I came to Italy started, that being the Vinitaly show (and all the satellite shows nearby), so I did what one does, I willed myself to get through Vinitaly.
|Franco Benvenuti and Stefano Marinai of Talamo/Renieri kicking back in Lazise|
Brief observations about Vinitaly 2014. It was well attended, the best yet, so they say. For the first time an Italian Prime Minister visited Vinitaly. This press release elaborates: “Vinitaly saw Prime Minister Renzi launch the objective of a +50% increase in wine exports by 2020 and announced an 18-point simplification plan for agriculture alongside support for agricultural enterprises and young people. ‘We have created a special hashtag - #campolibero - which will go on-line in the afternoon through the website of the Ministry of Agriculture. It will remain on-line until 30 April for comments and by 15 May there will be a major investment undertaking focusing on these two topics.’"
|Ever wondered what went well with Bruschi (holly sprouts) ? |
Lucio Gomiero's stunning Vignalta Pinot Bianco from Colli Euganei.
Old reds - before, during and after Vinitaly, wineries love to open some old bottles. If you know the right people, they will pour you a taste (Note to my Texas visitors to Vinitaly: it pays to stay in touch with me, as I can get you around the rope line that many wineries put up to keep out crowds). This year we went back as far as the 1930’s. Again, another post for another time.
People are the key reason I keep coming back to Vinitaly. After 30+ years, I get to know a few. And even though not all of them love me, most of them have become dear friends.
|New bathrooms in the renumbered #9 Tuscan Pavilion|
I only wish I had felt better. I would have loved to have seen more of my friends. That said, I saw over 100 wineries and tasted over 500 wines in those 19 days. More to come. In the meantime, enjoy the stills.
|The scoring grid for the Vinitaly 21st Wine Competition, where I was a judge|
|The ever expressive Aldo Vacca on the 2010 Vintage in Barbaresco|
|Giacomo Neri with new new baby, IBBianco|
|Cristiano Veglio - fashionably old-fashioned Serralunga winemaker|
|100 pointer w/Elena Penna @ Vietti - any questions?|
|Federico Giuntini shares a bottle of 1981 Selvapiana|
|Paolo Bressan sharing a bottle of Christian Zago's col fondo|
|New BFF, Joseì Rallo, the inspiration behind Donnafugata in Sicily|
|Francesco Zaganelli showing one of his family |
jewels, the 2010 Lungarotti Brut Millesimato
|the ever glamorous Natalie Oliveros reveals her stunning La Fiorita Brunello|
|First glance at Vietti's Perbacco Bianco|
|New, bright colors for the Bellavista Brand|
|Two of my favorite Italian wine bloggers, Elisabetta Tosi and Giampiero Nadali|
|1978 MdB Barolo|
|Great Sparkling Genes - Annalisa and Silvia Franco|
|Pietro Losi showing what might be the world's first (and oldest) Gran Selezione|
|Fizzy white from Garofoli - my summer house wine|
|Sassicaia winemaker Sebastiano Rosa getting |
sage advice from family friend Barone Sonnino
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