The Italian Trade Commission wine events are always top-notch affairs. They vet the wineries well, the registration is smooth, the food and venue first class and the tasting booklet informative and well laid out.
At this event there were over 40 producers from 16 regions and 600 wines to sample. Piedmonte, Puglia, Sicilia, Toscana and Veneto were the best-represented regions. Many of the producers have their products listed in BC, while others are looking for agents to carry their products. I’ve learned from experience that one cannot taste them all and that a disciplined plan works best. I start off with a sparkling wine or two to cleanse the palate, and what better way to do that than with Prosecco, then a sampling of white wines before moving on to the reds. A quick glance through the booklet and asking friends and acquaintances what they have liked is always a good idea.
I go in, take photos and then begin the rigorous task of tasting wines. This is serious business so spitting is a must, as long as one can find and make it to a spit bucket.
Here are a few standouts of the day (some products are currently available in BCLDB stores, some in private stores and some may not be listed yet).
Cortona DOC Smeriglio 2012 Syrah
Cortona DOC Smeriglio 2012 Merlot
Toscana IGT Ardito 2011 (Syrah/Cab Sauv)
VDT Brut Rosé 2013
Delle Venezie IGT Lumina 2014
Prosecco DOC Ruffino NV
Domodimonti Societa Agricola
Licoste Offida DOCG Percorino 2014
Maria Feyles & Figli
Barbaresco DOCG 2007
Barolo DOCG 2007
Barbera D’ Alba DOC 2007
Barbera D’ Alba DOC 2012
Barbera D’ Asti DOCG 2012
Ruché Di Castagnole Monferrato DOCG 2014
Cantine San Marzano
Il Pumo Primitivo Salento IGP 2013
Il Pumo Negroamoro Salento 2014
Talo’ Malvasia Nera Salento IGP 2013
Talo’ Primitivo Di Manduria DOP 2013
Anniversario 62 Primitivo Manduria DOP Riserva 2012 (one of the best of the day)
Bisol Finest Prosecco
Vaporetto Prosecco DOC
Le Tenute Di Genagricola
Tenuta S. Anna Cuvée Rosé