A Feast of Wines at Vinitaly International

It was a drab and rainy Tuesday but you wouldn't know it from the mood resonating atop Three Sixty Tribeca.  Dozens of Italian winemakers were showcasing their very best along with the release of the next Slow Wine Guide edition and Slow Wine app.  The book reviews 400 different cellars throughout Italy, focusing on wine quality and value, adherence to terroir and sustainable practices.  It really helps users navigate the incredible amount of information available regarding Italian wines.

The list of exhibitors at Vinitaly was astounding.  There was so much talent in the room it was difficult to know where to begin.  I made a long stop at Banfi, one of the first Italian wineries I ever had the pleasure of visiting.  Their Chianti Classico Riserva is always a solid favorite while the velvety, soft Brunello di Montalcino can make any meal an elegant affair.

I tried out some new Barolo's, my favorite being a 2008 Enrico VI Barolo from Cordero di Montezemolo.  It was light on the tongue with an incredibly long, cherry finish that I hoped would last forever.  I was happy to see many of the wonderful wines here are always in stock at Eataly...

...and I was even more happy to see the wonderful guys from Di Palo's doling out five different kinds of cheese.

There were some incredible seminars going on also but unfortunately they were all full by the time I arrived.  Hopefully next year I can take advantage of that as well.  The tour headed straight to Miami yesterday to finish up the most comprehensive two days of Italian wine tasting and education in the United States.  It was a wonderful event for wine lovers and makers alike.  For more information check out the Slow Wine Guide and Vinitaly websites- Ciao!