Day 1: Vinitaly begins in Tuscany

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This is my 11th Vinitaly with my friend Susanna Crociani who owns a winery in Montepulciano and makes wonderful Nobile di Montepulciano using traditional grape varieties. We get to the fair early, set up and go in our own directions. I always learn something new from Susanna. She’s very creative and always thinking of new ways to communicate. We’ve shared an apartment all these years and I consider her and my other roommate, a journalist and expert taster, my Vinitaly family.

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I try to make as many appointments as possible and in between, attend seminars, taste new wines at the sommelier stands and say hi to old friends and people I don’t get to see often enough. Today a friend made a comment that Vinitaly is like New Year’s Eve. You make resolutions about what will happen post-Vinitaly. I knew just what he meant and thought I feel much the same way about this annual event.

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After appointments in Tuscany, Trentino and Sardegna, I attended a seminar in Soave about all of their new projects. They are and have been very active these past 10-15 years and the wines showed beautifully. The have new maps of the areas with a great level of detail. They’ve also had some incredible photos take of their areas, are working on biodiversity projects and looking to have certain techniques given conservation status.

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The amazing projects that they have today were a counterweight to the sad news of the passing of one of Soave’s most iconic producers, Pieropan.

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I never have had the pleasure of meeting him but his wines have defined Soave for me as an adult. I tasted them again at OperaWine and at the press conference. Elegant, with great citrus and pear notes, wonderful texture on the palate and a very long and persistent finish.

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