Search This Blog

Wednesday, November 23, 2022

The Event: Milano Wine Week International Masterclass Program, October

The Date and Time: Tuesday October 11, 2022  10:30AM - 4PM
The Event: Milano Wine Week International Masterclass Program
The Venue: Aria Ristorante, 25 York Street
The Target Audience: sommeliers, wine agents, wine media
The Availability/Catalogue: There were two wineries involved, each with Ontario agents –- VALDO (Wine Online) and FIAMBERTI (Cottonwood Agency).
The Quote/Background: The first seminar was a web show presentation seminar from Italy, "From Veneto to Friuli: exploring different terroirs and wine styles" by VALDO winery (a Bolla company) with various speakers such as their chief winemaker Gianfranco Zanon and Matteo Bolla. They introduced the region's I Magredi winery's still wines. Both seminars had simultaneous translations when needed. Fiamberti's Buttafuoco range uses mainly the indigenous grapes Croatina (about 2/3), followed by Barbera, Uva Rare and Ughetta di Canneto. Giulio Flamberti spoke to us via the web show, and answered all questions.

The Wines:

**** BEST -- Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Fiamberti Caristoro Metodo Classico DOCG Rose Brut NV 3g/L  [pinot noir] $40
-Fiamberti Il Cavaliere Pinot Nero Vinificato In Bianco 2021 [frizzante white wine] $32
-Fiamberti Buttafuoco Storico Vigna Solenga DOC 2017 Oltrepo Pavese $88  
-I Magredi Divinotello Trevenezie IGT 2017  [Bordeaux blended style]

***1/2 BETTER -- Three and a Half Stars (88 – 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Fiamberti Buttafuoco Storico Vigna Sacca del Prete DOC 2017 Oltrepo Pavese $84  
-Fiamberti Buttafuoco Storico Il Cacciatore DOC 2020 Oltrepo Pavese $44
-I Magredi Cabernet Sauvignon Friuli DOC Grave 2021
-I Magredi Pinot Grigio Friuli DOC Grave 2021  $16.99

The Food: Aria gave is a food box: inside there was a main course of roast chicken breast with excellent quinoa pilaff, followed by goat cheese cheddar from Lindsay Ontario accompanied by gluten-free crackers. Desserts included barreti al cioccolato (chocolate cake, salted caramel mousse, chocolate shell) and biscotti with orange zest and star anise.
The Downside: it was a long day of watching a big video screen.
The Upside: we tasted some unusual wines from two wineries in two different wine regions.
The Contact Person: Benedetta Marassi
The Event's Marketing Effectiveness and Execution (numerical grade): 89.

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

No comments: