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Tuesday, September 23, 2008
A tasting of Fabiano (Veneto) wines, and a lunch at Romagna Mia, Sept 16, 2008
The Time and Date: Tuesday, September 16, 2008
The Event: a tasting of Fabiano (Veneto) wines, and a lunch.
The Venue: Romagna Mia
The Target Audience: wine media
The Availability/Catalogue: all wines are available. We tasted four off the General List, plus five that are on Rapid Release at the LCBO for Saturday September 27. Apparently, Veneto wines are the hottest category, and the LCBO could not wait until October 25 when a huge release of Veneto wines are to appear.
The Quote: "Romagna Mia is doing a festival of Fabiano wines this month."
**** Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
*** Three Stars (85 87 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Fabiano Pinot Grigio Terre Degli Osci 2007, +34066, $14.65
-Fabiano Valpolicella, +117259, $16.75 en magnum 1.5L
-Fabiano Soave, +116988, $13.75 en magnum, 1.5L
The Food: to accompany the wines, which we could drink and match in any order, we had mixed Italian cold cuts with diverse breads, strozzapreti all Romagnola (a meat-based sauced pasta), and the dolce of gelato al Parmigiana-Reggiano (cheese ice cream) the latter paired nicely with the Amarone. Plus coffee.
The Downside: it was lightly attended, maybe because it conflicted with other tastings plus the LCBO Tuesday tasting. Product Consultants were skedded to come after .
The Upside: enough room to spread out and to question the agent, Laura Higgins of Eurovintage