Imagine dining at an incredible restaurant with a group of friends. You peruse the wine list—and then you notice your friend smirking as he pulls a bottle out of a brown paper bag. He didn't warn you that he was going to bring his own and pay the corkage fee. That might be annoying enough, but then you notice that the bottle is Two Buck Chuck.
San Miniato is a delightful town in the province of Pisa, in Tuscany, however, the wines of this small area suffer from the weighty presence of much more famous Tuscan appellations like Chianti.
In Italy, we have a proverb: never change a formula that works. Vinitaly’s original formula—a combination professional exhibition and popular festival—has always worked, for 46 years … until now.
As a journalist, I have lived and worked overseas and traveled hundreds of thousands of miles. My passport is crammed with dozens of visas from faraway places, with each visa a trigger for memories: some good, some bad, some even horrific.
How quickly can you name four white wines from France? If you’re reading Palate Press, you’ll probably have no trouble with that one: Chablis, Sancerre, Condrieu, Sauternes … the list goes on. So now try this one: What are four white wines from Italy? Pinot Grigio and … yes?
Founded 45 years ago, Vinitaly is an international exhibition of wines and spirits—and olive oil. A couple days are open to the public, while several days are reserved for professionals such as buyers, distributors and winemakers.
I had entertained the idea of starting a home vineyard on a family property within eyesight of downtown for several years. I had hesitated because I was not certain which cultivars would do well at the site.