I'm in New York City this week, attending Vino 2009--the first industry convention of Italian wines in America. Five Italian wine regions are represented: Abruzzo, Calabria, Lombardia, Toscana and Veneto. It's an exciting, educational trip where I get the chance to taste some of the best juice coming out of the country right now, and meet some of the movers and shakers in the Italian wine world--fellow writers included.
Last night, I went to a dinner at Le Cirque featuring Tuscan wines (the 2004 Castello Romitorio Brunello di Montalcino--just released earlier this month--was amazing...) Today I attended a seminar of Veneto wines to taste some Proseccos, Soaves, Bardolinos and Amarones. One highlight for me was the Gorgo Bardolino Superiore 2006 DOCG. It's got intense color--much more so than Bardolinos produced in the past. There was some lovely cherry and plum on the nose, and a velvety full bodied flavor that finished nice and smooth. At $15 a bottle retail, you could afford to stock it as a red house wine and still have enough left over to buy the ingredients to make a dinner to go alongside it, even in this market.
Tonight there was a dinner at the Rainbow Room honoring those who have promoted the Italian wine industry in the U.S.. hosted by my Windows on the World Wine School teacher (and inspiration to enter the wine field...) Kevin Zraly.