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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Nov 1/10 Major Tasting of Wines from Italy (ICE)

The Time and Date: Monday, November 1, 2010  10 AM to 5 PM

The Event: A Tasting of Wines from Italy, 15th annual trade show, organized by ITALIA and ICE.

The Venue: Roy Thompson Hall Lobby

The Target Audience: wine trade

The Availability/Catalogue: the catalogue was another model of almost-perfection: spiral bound, clear writing with everything but price and form of distribution.

The Quote/Background: We can pretty well guess a price, but the method of distribution would have been good to know (Vintages and when?, consignment, private order, not available, only in Alberta, -- something !! )

The Wines: There was a seminar on Prosecco, and I folded my preferences into the listing below. I did not taste all of the wines at the show, there were supposed to be 224 wineries there, which would suggest almost a thousand wines.


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

-Bortolin Angelo Spumanti Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore Extra Dry 2009

-Bisol Desiderio & Figli Bisol Valdobbiadene Superiore di Cartizze 2009 ($40)

-Rocca di Frassinello 2007

-Monte del Fra' Scarnocchio Amarone 2001 (Signature)

-Luce 2007 ($99.95)

-Castello di Verduno Barbaresco Rabaja' Riserva 1999 ($85 30.50 Imports)

-Castello di Verduno Barolo Massara Riserva 1999 ($85 30.50 Imports)

-Frescobaldi Chianti Rufina Nipozzano Riserva 2007 ($21.95)

-Frescobaldi Brunello di Montalcino Castelgiocondo 2005

-Planeta Merlot 2007 IGT Sicilia

-Sella & Mosca Carignano del Sulcis Terre Rare Riserva 2005 ($44 Majestic)


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

-Ruggeri Brut Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore Vecchie Viti 2009

-Pietro Rinaldi Barbaresco San Cristoforo 2006

-Le Sughere di Frassinello 2007

-De Angelis Marche Anghelos 2007

-Poderi Colla Barolo Bussia 2005

-Cecchi Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2006 ($24.95, Feb 5, 2011 Vintages)

-Le Bertole di Bertolin G Valdobbiadene Spumante Dry Supreme 2009

-Lucente 2008 ($39.95)

-Luce Brunello di Luce 2005 Montalcino ($99.95)

-Cecchi Moreelino di Scansano Val delle Rose Riserva 2006 ($26.95 Select)

-Badia a Coltibuono Chianti Classico 2007 Riserva 2006 ($45.95 Halpern)

-Banfi Toscano IGT Belnero 2007 ($25 Authentic)

-Zeni Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Vigne Alte 2006 ($39 Frontier)

-Batasiolo Barolo Vigneto Boscareto 2005 ($65 Classics)

-Batasiolo Barolo Vigneto Cerequio 2005 ($65 Charton Hobbs)

-Pietro Rinaldi Barolo Monvigliero 2005

-Castello di Verduno Barbaresco Rabaja' 2003 ($55 30.50 Imports)

-Borgo Scopeto Toscana IGT Borgonero 2005 (Case for Wine)

-Ca' du Rabaja' Barbaresco 2007 ($55 Liquid Art)

-Ca' du Rabaja' Barbaresco 2007 Rabaja' ($65 Liquid Art)

-Donnafugata Contessa Entellina Tancredi 2006

-Donnafugata Sherazade IGP Sicilia Nero d'Avola 2009

-Farina Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2005

-Planeta La Segreta Rosso 2009 IGT Sicilia

-Farina Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2004 Montefante ($59.95 Majestic)

-Frescobaldi Toscana Mormoreto IGT 2007 ($59.95 Schiralli)

-Frescobaldi Toscana Tenuta di Castiglioni IGT 2008 ($59.95 Schiralli)

-Poderi Colla Barbaresco Roncaglie 2006

-PWS Amarone Della Valpolicella Le Arche 2007 ($34.95 Vintages)

-PWS Barolo Gemma 2006 ($29.95 Ruby)

-Rocca delle Macie Sasyr IGT Toscana 2007

-Ornellaia Le Volte IGT Toscana 2008 ($30 Vintages)


*** Three Stars (8587 in Quality/Price Rating terms):

-Nino Franco Spumanti Brut Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore 2008

-Casal Thulero Terre di Chieti Sangiovese 2009 ($7.45)

-Toffoli Prosecco Superiore de Conegliano e Valdobbiadene Spumante Extra Dry Rive di Refrontolo 2009

-Castorani Piccio Syrah 2008 ($13.95).

-Badia a Coltibuono Toscana Trappoline IGT 2009 Bianco ($19.95 Halpern)

-Cusumano Jale Chardonnay IGT Sicilia ($29 Diamond Estates)

-Frescobaldi Pomino Castello di Pomino 2009

-Michele Satta Bolgheri Rosso 2008

-Michele Satta Bolgheri Piastraia 2006

-Streda Belvedere Casanova Streda IGT Toscano 2009 ($17.99 Hobbs & Co)

-Silvio Nardi Sant'Antimo Merlot 2007

-Terre del Barolo Barolo Vinum Vitae Est 2006 ($24.95 GL in 2011)


The Food: there were three stations. One had cheeses and prosciutto. The others had bruschetta and crostini with tomatoes or mushrooms or osso buco or squash.

The Downside: too many wines.

The Upside: there was good traffic flow, people minded their surroundings, and spillage was at a minimum.

The Contact Person:

The Marketing Effectiveness of THIS Event (numerical grade): 84 (too many wines to be really effective)



1 comment:

Cantinetta said...

Amarone is the best!!!