|Gratuitous Dog Shot - I usually have at least one a day, |
but this trip I have not taken one cause we have not seen a winery dog,
so here is where I have to make up for it.
|Gratuitous Dog Shot #2 ... And we'll do it again, missing head belongs to a Whippet |
(wearing the jacket)
|Time to get serious: The Anteprima Amarone held at the Palazzo della Gran Guardia in Piazza Bra.|
|Registering to take part as part of the press.|
|The main Tasting Room (there are two) - set up is just beginning (it's only 11:00am)|
|Between Tasting Rooms they are setting up the Mandarin-style "buffet", you'll see what I mean,|
there is just tons of great looking food - like this baked good table.
|And another table full of baked goods.|
|This will be the meat table.|
|One plate which will soon be among many.|
|And then there is this cheese lover's paradise: |
"Hello Cheese, where have you been all my life?"
|Room Two of the Grand Tasting.|
|Many booths, but thankfully old two wines per table.|
|But before all that it's the Press Conference.|
The Press Conference ...
|Borisani quickly jumped in on that, pleading with the Consorzio not to put all their eggs in the|
Amarone and Ripasso basket - "don't lose the value and beauty of Valpolicella".
|More Olga Bussinello, whom we saw yesterday, she started by saying |
the Consorzio can't be "a slave to tradition".
|Back to Barisoni (this man is a complete "merda disturbatore" - pardon my Google aided translation)|
... just look at Marchesini's face here ... sorry it's out of focus but you get the drift.
|Barisoni brought up the point of quality: with 8.5 million bottles being made a few years ago and|
now 13 million, does quality remain constant? Should there be a threshold, and where it is?
"it cause confusion for consumers," he ended with.
|At this point in the conference I am sure this was not a happy tete-a-tete.|
|While Daniele spoke the two to his left still butted heads.|
|What an exciting Press Conference, not what I expected at all. The President's closing remarks were to |
be expected though - he disagreed with Barisoni completely and said everything was fine.
|With the wineries now set up it's time to taste.|
I tasted barrel samples but did not rate them, only the finished and bottled wines received a score - I also concentrated on those that had even the smallest of a Canadian presence. Below is presented in (approximate) alphabetical order and only a score is given:
|Aldrighetti Luigi, Angelo e Nicole 2010 Le Bignele|
|Aldrighetti Luigi, Angelo e Nicole 2000 Le Bignele|
|Bertani 2010 Villa Arvedi|
|Bottega 2008 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Riserva|
|Bottega 2010 Il Vino Degli Dei|
|Ca' La Bionda 2007 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico|
"Vigneti di Ravazzol" (**** 1/2)
|Ca' Rugate 2010 Amarone della Valpolicella|
|Corte Adami 2010 Amarone della Valpolicella|
|Corte Archi 2010 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico|
|Corte Figaretto 2010 Amarone della Valpolicella|
|Damoli Bruno 2005 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico|
|Flatio 2008 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico|
|Guerrieri Rizzardi 2003 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico|
"Villa Rizzardi" (*** 1/2+)
|The move to Room Two took me passed the fully set up, and now quite busy, "buffet"|
|Whose gonna pass up a free lunch of this ...|
|Massimago 2010 Amarone della Valpolicella|
(**** 1/2) - in bottle just not labelled
|Pasqua Vigneti e Cantine 2010 Terra di Cariano|
|Pasqua Vigneti e Cantine 2003 Amarone della Valpolicella Riserva|
"Famiglia Pasqua" (*** 1/2+)
|I did not taste the wines from this producer - he had me standing around for,|
no word of a lie, 5 minutes without even acknowledging me while he spoke to
a pretty woman ... so I said screw it ...
|Tezza 2010 "Corte Majoli"|
|Zonin 2010 Amarone della Valpolicella|
|Holocaust memorial with the names of the Nazi camps set in stone|
|Across from that is another horrific reminder of the past ... the box car of death|
(I was inside this a few years back and it is truly a sobering visit)
|Speaking of sobering: an Italian Wine Shop - they deliver to your hotel|
or your home ... ah, how civilized
|the arc in the daylight|
|Gratuitous Dog Shot #3|
|The Italian "Parking" Job|
|Gratuitous Dog Shot #4|
|Busy streets on a Saturday afternoon|
|Sun begins to set over the town square|
|A coffee shop ... that sells wine ... ah, how civilized|
|A stationery store ... that sells wine!|
|I need some pens, paper, a new calendar ... and some wine ... ah, how civilized|
|My first McDonald's sighting|
|And the menu ... the burger is only .90|
|Walking back to the hotel I passed thru this archway|
|The famous Juliette's balcony|
|Boscaini Carlo 2009 S. Giorgio Amarone Classico ... rich of fruit: black cherry, plum and some|
smoky notes, but the fruit is what really comes through here. (*** 1/2+)
|Gnocchi with cheese and mushrooms|
|Latium 2010 Valpolicella Superiore "Campo Pronai" ... black cherry, chocolate, plum, with hints of|
woodsy intermingled with vanilla and pretty spice. (****)
|Roast Veal with potatoes and vegetables|
|Cesari 2011 Recioto Classico ... an impressive little sweetie that doesn't come off to sweet:|
violets and plum hit the nose, while on the palate it shows some delicacy with vanilla, plum,
black cherry and even some pleasant grape-y notes. (****)
|Final course of the day: apple creme with creme Anglaise|