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Monday, September 19, 2022

The Event: Grandi Marchi, Italy's Top Wineries Guided & Walk Around Tasting

The Date and Time: Thursday September 8, 2022  11AM - 5PM
The Event: Grandi Marchi, Italy's Top Wineries Guided & Walk Around Tasting
The Venue: Windsor Arms Hotel
The Target Audience: wine trade (sommeliers, agents, LCBO, media)
The Availability/Catalogue: it was an online catalogue, and some of the wines were not available in Ontario.
The Quote/Background: There was a master class at 11AM for 80 attendees with 14 principals such as Helena Lageder, Alberto Chiarlo, Niccolo Antinori, Alberto Tasca, Piero Mastroberardino. Each spoke about their company and one of their wines, moderated by Michael Fagan. The slide show was also very informative.
The Wines: We had one prosecco, three white wines, nine red wines, plus one sweetie. There were also some 60+ walk around wines in the main show; I did not try them all.

**** BEST -- Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Umani Ronchi Centovie Pecorino Colli Aprutini IGT Abruzzo 2020 organic 13% ABV
-Jermann Vintage Tunina Venezia Giulia IGT 2020 13.5% "great finish" from 5 varietals
-Alois Lageder Cason Bianco Viognier-Petit Manseng Delle Dolomiti IGT 2019 Alto Adige biodynamic 13% ABV
-Michele Chiarlo Tortoniano Barolo DOCG 2018 14% ABV
-Marchese Antinori Guado al Tasso Bolgheri DOC Superiore 2019 Toscano 14.5% ABV
-Ambrogio e Giovanni Folonari Tenute Cabreo il Borgo Toscana IGT 2018 15% ABV
-Col d'Orcia Poggio al Vento Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Riserva 2013 organic 14.5% ABV
-Mastroberardino Radici Taurasi DOCG Riserva 2015 Campania 13.5% ABV
-Masi Riserva di Costasera Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico DOCG 2016 Veneto 15.5%
-Donnafugata Ben Rye Passito di Pantelleria DOC 2020 Sicily 14.27% ABV
-Carpene Malvolti 1868 Prosecco Superiore NV Conegliano Valdobbiadene DOCG Veneto 11%
-Lungarotti Torre di Giano Vermentino/Grechetto/Trebbiano 2021 Umbria
-Jermann Bianco Where Dreams Have No End Chardonnay IGT 2020

***1/2 BETTER -- Three and a Half Stars (88 – 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Carpene Malvolti 1924 Prosecco Superiore NV Conegliano Valdobbiadene DOCG Veneto 11%
-Carpene Malvolti Prosecco Rose Brut 2020 DOCG Veneto 11% ABV
-Lungarotti Montefalco Sagrantino DOCG 2018 Umbria  organic 15.5% ABV
-Rivera Il Falcone Castel del Monte Rosso Riserva DOCG 2016 Apulia 13.5% ABV
-Tasca d'Almerita Rosso del Conte Rosso Contea di Sclafani DOC 2016 Sicily 14% ABV
-Umani Ronchi Casal di Serra Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico Superior 2020
-Alois Lageder Porer Pinot Grigio 2020 Alto Adige
-Antinori Bramito della Sala Chardonnay 2021 Umbria
-Jermann Vinnae Ribolla Giulia Venezia Giulia 2021

The Food: we had tomato & bocconcini skewers; rice paper vegetable salad rolls and dip; roast beef tortilla pinwheel with peppers, creamy horseradish, arugula, goat cheese mini quiche; mushroom risotto (my fave); vegan sliders; salumi platter; cheeses; breads.
The Downside: there were the inevitable sound problems that needed to be straightened out, and then later during the walk around it was announced that Elizabeth II had passed.
The Upside: a chance to taste some rare and expensive wines, plus speak with winemakers and producers.
The Contact Persons:;
The Event's Marketing Effectiveness and Execution (numerical grade): 90.

Dean Tudor,  Prof Emeritus T'karonto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson) School of Journalism
Treasurer of Wine Writers' Circle of Canada

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