The Date and Time: Monday, March 23, 2015 10AM to 5:30 PM
The Event: How Italy Does Italian; Italy at the table, 2015 tour in Toronto
The Venue: Liberty Grand
The Target Audience: importers, wine and food media, sommeliers.
The Availability/Catalogue: there were 18 wineries, about half of them already repped in Ontario and/or Quebec. The catalogue was first rate in its production, with explanations and correct listings for the most part.
The Quote/Background: The annual show visited Vancouver, Montreal and Toronto, promoting Italian foods and wines.
The Wines: I did not try all of the wines, just the older vintages.
**** BEST -- Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Baglio dei Fenicotteri Eloro Pachino Riserva Respensa 2007 [organic]
-Baglio dei Fenicotteri Noto Passito Prim'amore 2008 [organic]
-Paradisone Colle degli Angeli Brunello di Montalcino 2008
-Paradisone Colle degli Angeli Toscana IGT Incanto 2009
-Pascale Francesca Colli Luni Pilastri 2013 Vermentino
-Tonino Lamborghini Barolo 2008
-Tonino Lamborghini Brunello di Montalcino 2009
***1/2 BETTER -- Three and a Half Stars (88 – 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Agriverde Piane di Maggio Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2013, +394999, $15.95
-Adanti Az. Agr. Sagrantino di Montefalco 2007
-Adanti Az. Agr. Montefalco Rosso Riserva 2009
-Baglio dei Fenicotteri Eloro Pachino Cala'mpisi 2008 [organic]
-Ferrarini Vara Colli di Scandiano e di Canossa 2013 Italianissmo Fine Wine & Spirits
-Guidi Chianti Riserva 2010
-La Caseta Az. Agr. Mio Vino Spumante Chardonnay Pinot Nero Trebbiano IGP
-La Caseta Az. Agr. Mio Vino Spumante Rose Chardonnay Sangiovese IGP 2013
-Molinetto Gavi Re.Lys 2013
-Paradisone Colle degli Angeli Rosso di Montalcino 2009
-Fratelli Ponte Vini Moscato d'Asti 2014
-Severino Garofano Salento IGP Le Braci 2007
-Severino Garofano Salento IGP Simpotica 2007
-Viano Michele Moscato d'Asti 2014
*** GOOD -- Three Stars (85 – 87 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Adanti Az. Agr. Montefalco Rosso 2010
-Agriverde Solarea Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2010 AMV-WHIZ
-Molinetto Gavi 2013
The Food: the delegation itself sponsored a polenta and meat stew hot plate with salads, and a range of desserts. After that, it was going from table to table and sampling a variety of cold cuts, cheese, olives and oils, pastas, and coffees. There was even a stand for bottled water (fizzy and flat varieties).
The Downside: there was too much food and wine.
The Upside: a good chance to taste some older wines, although pricing was vague.
The Contact Person: email@example.com
The Event's Marketing Effectiveness and Execution (numerical grade): 91.