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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  1 PM to 3:30 PM

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."

The Wines:


**** Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):

-Fabiano Negraro Ripasso Valpolicella Classico Superiore 2006, +96875, $23.95.

-Fabiano I Fondatori Amarone 2003, +96859, $75.95


***1/2 Three and a Half Stars (8890 in Quality/Price Rating terms):

-Fabiano Storica Valpolicella Classico Superiore 2006, +96883, $18.95.

-Fabiano Rugala Amarone 2004, +96867, $45.95

-Fabiano Storica Amarone 2004, +673566, $47.95

-Fabiano Valpolicella Classico Superiore 2006, +34058, $14.65



*** Three Stars (8587 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 3:30.

The Upside: enough room to spread out and to question the agent, Laura Higgins of Eurovintage

The Contact Person: Laura Higgins

The Effectiveness (numerical grade): 86.


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