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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Lunch with Massimilla di Serego Alighieri, Feb 20/13

The Date and Time: Wednesday, February 20, 2013  12:30 – 3PM
The Event: lunch meeting with Massimilla di Serego Alighieri,
represented by Authentic Wines and Spirits
The Venue: Bravi Ristorante, by the Masi wall
The Target Audience: wine writers
The Availability/Catalogue: all wines are or will be available in the
system, except for 1997.
The Quote/Background: In 1973, Masi began a collaboration with the
Serego Alghieri family (descendents of Dante). Masi became responsible
for the management of the estate and the winemaking, although the
family remains involved in the creation of the wines. Massimilla is a
spokeperson for the wines, and was in North America for the winery
tour. She answered all of our questions about the property and the
wines, how they ere made, and so forth.
The Wines:
**** BEST -- Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Serego Alighieri Vaio Amaron Amarone Classico 2005, Vintages $69.95
-Serego Alighieri Vaio Amaron Amarone Classico 1997, not available
***1/2 BETTER -- Three and a Half Stars (88 – 90 in Quality/Price
Rating terms):
-Masi Modello delle Venezie Bianco 2011, LCBO $10.95 (85% pinot grigio)
-Serego Alighieri Possessioni Rosso 2010, LCBO $14.95 (70% corvine)
*** GOOD -- Three Stars (85 – 87 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Serego Alighieri Valpolicella dell' Anniversario 2009, submitted to
Vintages (70% corvine)
The Food: we ordered off the menu. I had a grilled calamari (excellent)
followed by the penne prosciutto (creamed truffled sauce and peas), and
ended with an Italian cheese platter. I cross-tasted all the wines and
The Downside: we started later than anticipated
The Upside: the late start bridged the time to my next event.
The Contact Person: or
The Event's Marketing Effectiveness and Execution (numerical grade):

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