The Date and Time: Sunday June 2, 2019 1PM - 4PM
The Event: Tasting with Francis Vallana, owner and winemaker at Vallana in Alto Piedmonte.
The Venue: Paris Paris
The Target Audience: wine media and sommeliers
The Availability/Catalogue: all wines are available through www.wineonline.ca, but some are private order.
The Quote/Background: In the Alto Piedmonte, nebbliolo is known as Spanna, and it is Vallana's forte. The family has been making wine since 1787, but the estate itself was officially established in 1937. They make four nebbiolo-predominant wine: Campi Raudi, Spanna, Boca (blend of nebbiolo, vespolina and uva rara), and Gattinara. Francis was in town for three days, leading up to a winemaker's dinner at Buca. (Hence, Boca at Buca).
**** BEST -- Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Vallana Spanna Colline Novaresi 2015 DOC $40
-Vallana Boca 2015 DOC $54 [70/30 nebbiolo/vespolina
-Vallana Campo Raudii 2006 $39.95
-Vallana Gattinara 2002 DOCG $79 [still tight]
***1/2 BETTER -- Three and a Half Stars (88 – 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Vallana Spumante di Qualita Rosato Methodo Classico 2015 [100% nebbiolo] $49.95
-Vallana Nebbiolo Colline Novaresi 2018 $29.95
The Food: bread, water
The Downside: hey, it was Sunday
The Upside: a chance to meetup with Vallana and Wineonline.Ca
The Contact Person: email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org
The Event's Marketing Effectiveness and Execution (numerical grade): 87