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Sunday, February 14, 2016

The Event: Simply Italian Americas Tour 2016, Feb 8/2016 at AGO

The Date and Time: Monday, February 8, 2016  11AM to 5PM
The Event: Simply Italian Americas Tour 2016
The Venue: AGO
The Target Audience: wine agents, writers, sommeliers
The Availability/Catalogue: only the Franciacortia and some of the Chianti are available with agents.
The Quote/Background: we had some introductory seminars of mainly sparkling wines (Prosecco, Franciacortia). These have been folded into the ratings below.
The Wines: I did not sample every wine.
**** BEST -- Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Vignole Chianti Classico 2013
-Castello di Fonterutoli Gran Selezione Chianti Classico 2011
-Felsina Gran Selezione Colonia Chianti Classico 2010
-Tenuta San Jacopo Quarto di Luna 2014 IGT Toscana Bianco
-Az. Agric. Cerrino Sergio Moscato d'Asti 2015
-Ricci Curbastro Franciacorta Saten Brut 2011, $57   Wine Moves
-Ricci Curbastro Franciacorta Extra Brut 2011, $57   Wine Moves
-Ricci Curbastro Franciacorta Dosaggio Zero Gualberto 2008, $80   Wine Moves
***1/2 BETTER -- Three and a Half Stars (88 – 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Colle Manora Ray 2013 Piemonte Albarossa
-Colle Manora Piangalardo Barolo 2011
-Castello di Gabbiano Chianti Classico 2013  Treasury Wine Estates
-Poggio al Sole Chianti Classico 2013
-Colle Bereto Chianti Classico Riserva 2011
-Rocca di Castagnoli Poggio a'Frati Chianti Classico Riserva 2011
-Castello Vicciomaggio Gran Selezione La Prima Chianti Classico 2013
-Ornella Molon Raboso 2010 Piave
-Tenuta San Jacopo Orma del Diavolo 2011 IGT Toscana Rosso
-Tenuta San Jacopo Poggio ai Grilli Chianti Riserva 2011
-Raphael Dal Bo Moscato Spumante Dolce
-Domus-Picta Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore Extra Dry NV (2015)
-Az. Agric. Benazzoli Ruffiano Chiaretto Spumante Brut 2014 Bardolino Rose
-Az. Agric. Botto Pier Luigi Convento Cappuccini Brachetto d'Acqui 2015
-Az. Agric. Botto Pier Luigi Convento Cappuccini Piemonte Albarossa 2011
-Az. Agric. Cerrino Sergio Langhe Nebbiolo 2013
-Az. Agric. Cerrino Sergio Langhe Chardonnay 2014
-Ricci Curbastro Franciacorta Brut NV, $50   Wine Moves
-Ricci Curbastro Franciacorta Demi Sec NV, $47   Wine Moves
-Ricci Curbastro Vigna Santella del Grom 2011 Curtefranca Rosso, $37   Wine Moves
*** GOOD -- Three Stars (85 – 87 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Raphael Dal Bo Organic Prosecco Extra Dry
-Ricci Curbastro Vigna Bosco Alto 2011 Curtefranca Bianco, $37   Wine Moves
-Ricci Curbastro Brolo dei Passioni Chardonnay Passito Sebrino IGT 2010, $50   Wine Moves
The Food: panini buns with chicken, pancetta, salumi, grilled eggplant, porchetta, portobello, plus cheeses (goat, cheddar, etc.) and breads.
The Downside: because it was agency-related, there were lineups at each booth as this was a selling event.
The Upside: a good chance to see what other wines there were out of the market.
The Contact Person:
The Event's Marketing Effectiveness and Execution (numerical grade): 88.

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