The Date and Time: Thursday September 19, 2019 3PM to 5PM
The Event: Walk-around tasting of Italian and Spanish high quality wines (Native Grape Odyssey Maestro)
The Venue: Peter Pan Restaurant
The Target Audience: wine media, sommeliers.
The Availability/Catalogue: all wines are available, mostly by consignment or by private order.
The Quote/Background: Vinitaly International acts as an aggregator for wine producers and helps them establish trade relations with wine markets, through exhibitions, tastings, and courses. They also coordinate the Native Grape Odyssey (NGO) educational project. Funding comes from the EU, the UIV [Italian] and the OIVE [Spanish] promotional groups to lobby for PDO and PGI wines in Japan, Canada and Russia. This tasting will also be back in 2020 in the Fall in Toronto.
The Wines: Coming from the Grandi Marchi, I did not try every wine. All prices should be licensee.
**** BEST -- Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Barone Pizzini Franciacorta Animante NV $43 Bonta Trading
-Barone Pizzini Franciacorta Brut Nature NV $50 Bonta Trading
-Travaglini Gattinara 2015 $31.95 Nov Vintages
-Travaglini Gattinara Reserva 2013 $60 Classics October
-Speri Valpolicella Classico Superiore Sant Urbano $32.99 Lifford
-Speri Amarone 2013 $72.99 Lifford
-Feudi Greco di Tufo 2018 $21.99 Stem
-Feudi Taurasi 2014 $48.99 Stem
-Foradori Vigneti della Dolomiti Manzoni Bianco Fontanasanta 2018 $37.95 Living Vine
-Arianna Occipinti Terre Siciliane SP68 Rosso 2018 $32.95 Living Vine
-Vittorio Bera e Figli Moscato d'Asti 2018 $29.95 Living Vine
-'A Vita Vino Bianco Leuko 2018 $27.95 Living Vine
***1/2 BETTER -- Three and a Half Stars (88 – 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Travaglini Gattinara Nebbiolo Coste Della Sesia 2017 $21.99 Lifford
-Montesecondo Rosso Toscana 2017 $27.95 Living Vine
-Antica Enotria Puglia Rosso 2017 $18.95 Living Vine
-Lunaria Coste di Moro Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2015 $23.95 Living Vine
The Food: charcuterie, cheese, popcorn, potato crisps, various breads and relishes.
The Downside: I had less time than I had thought, and the room was excessively crowded.
Unfortunately there were also ver few Spanish wines.
The Upside: a chance to taste consignment and private order wines.
The Contact Person: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Event's Marketing Effectiveness and Execution (numerical grade): 88