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Italian Flavor Forum XI
Loris Scagliarini – June 29, 2009
Photos by Alessandro DeSogos

Italian Flavor Forum X

 

The 11th Italian Flavor Forum took place on June 22, 2009 at San Francisco's Museo Italo Americano, located at Fort Mason, in the distinctive Marina district. The current edition introduced a few new features.

In fact, in addition to tasting 96 quality and boutique Italian wines and 11 distilled spirits, the invited guests had the opportunity to taste select Italian food products, such as extra virgin olive oil, balsamic condiments, and balsamic vinegar from Modena.

The Importer Desk, where showcases quality Italian wines and foods, such as extra virgin olive oil, condiment, balsamic seasoning and sauces which are not yet imported in the US and whose producers are seeking importers and/or distributors for the North American market, is one of the new features.

The seminar 'Grappa Friulana: Tradition and Innovation', by Carlo Perissinotto, co-owner and CEO of Cantine & Distillerie Mangilli SPA from Friuli, the second new activity introduced for the occasion, was followed by the first ever 'Create-a-Grappa-Cocktail Challenge' competition, the third new feature introduced at the 11th Italian Flavor Forum.

Click on the following link to see more videos featuring the Italian Flavor Forum XI , in a wider format
including the Create-A-Grappa-Cocktail Challenge jury discussion and award assignment.

IFF XI

Professional buyers, journalists and opinion makers of the San Francisco Bay wine and bar scene turned out in large number starting at 2PM, when the show opened officially. We were actually quite surprised, as the Golden Glass 2009 had taken place one day earlier, Sunday, June 21st, and had very low attendance according to all reports and comments heard by those among our guests and WineCountry.IT sales people who participated in it.

Italian Flavor Forum XI - The Italan sparkling wines desk
In the forefront, on the left, Richard Share, bartender and mixologist, who won the
Create-A-Grappa-Cocktail Challenge, tastes wines before the competition.
Ruio Ruio Ruio

For the occasion WineCountry.IT poured 96 wines and 11 distilled spirits from its porfolio of Italian estate labels, including new associated producers Cantine & Distillerie Mangilli SPA and Fattoria Alois s.r.l.. In addition, the Importer Desk featured 29 wines and a collection of extra virgin olive oil from Tuscany, plain as well as flavored, a selection of balsamic condiments and balsamic vinegar from Modena.

Italian Flavor Forum XI - The Italan sparkling wines desk

As usual the wines were laid out so that the natural progression from the welcome desk would take the guests to the sparkling wines desk, which included Prosecco di Valdobbiadene DOC Brut Ruio, by Azienda Agricola Malibràn, Rosato Italiano IGT, a rosé made with Lambrusco grapes and the frothy red Lambrusco Emilia IGT, both by Azienda Agricola Mauro Zini.

Italian Flavor Forum XI: The food table
Jesse Vida (left), one of the three baristas competing in the Create-a-Grappa-Cocktail Challenge,
chats with Loris Scagliarini, president of WineCountry.IT L.L.C.

Then the guests would continue with 16 white wines from five Italian regions, 42 red wines from seven Italian regions, and end the tour by tasting wines from the WineCountry.IT list with three dessert wines from as many regions.

Italian Flavor Forum X

The Importer Desk featured 29 wines from five producers and five Italian wine regions: Lombardy, Veneto, Tuscany, Apulia and Sicily, in addition to olive oil and condiments from Tuscany.

Italian Flavor Forum X: Italian dessert wines

Altogether the show offered 96 limited production Italian quality boutique wines, three boxed wines, 11 distilled spirits from Friuli, a selection of extra virgin olive oils, including the Dauno DOP, a superior organic olive oil from Apulia produced by Azienda Agricola Masseriola, and balsamic condiments from Tuscany, plus the artesian mineral water Smeraldina from Sardinia. The breakdown by region of the wines and olive oil producers presented, was the following:

Italian Flavor Forum XI: Italian wine tasting

Recognitions and Prize Won by WineCountry.IT Wines

Wine Spectator

Wine Points
Brunello di Montalcino DOCG La Togata Riserva 2001 96 points
Azzurreta IGT Toscana 2005 Super Tuscan 90 points

Italian Flavor Forum X: WineCountry.IT Cinzia Mandati entertains guests

National Women's Wine Competition 2009

Wine Prize
Fior Fiore Ansonica 2005 Silver Medal
Monica di Sardegna DOC 2004 Silver Medal
Cannonau di Sardegna DOC – Jennos 2005 Silver Medal
Dolcetto d'Alba DOC – Sito Romano (Roman Site) Silver Medal
Occidental 2004 (Super Tuscan) Silver Medal
Arneis Langhe DOC 2006 Bronze Medal
Toscana IGT – Occhini 2005 (Super Tuscan) Bronze Medal
Valdichiana DOC 2003 – Poventa Bronze Medal
Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 Bronze Medal
Merlot 2004 Bronze Medal
Prosecco Valdobbiadene DOC Spumante Brut – Ruio Bronze Medal
Refosco dal Peduncolo Rosso DOC 2005 Colli Orientali del Friuli Bronze Medal
Tocai Friulano DOC 2005 Colli Orientali del Friuli Bronze Medal
Lacryma Christi del Vesuvio DOC 2005 Bronze Medal
Falanghina Pompeiano Bianco IGT 2005 Bronze Medal

Italian Flavor Forum XI: Massimo Margelli and Cara Cacciatore
Massimo Margelli and Cara Cacciatore

Pro Wine Buyer's Competition 2008

Wine Prize
Prosecco Valdobbiadene DOC Spumante Brut – Ruio Bronze Medal
Rosato Italiano IGT 2007 Bronze Medal
Soave Classico DOC Le Bine Longhe di Costalta 2007 Bronze Medal
Sereno - Toscana Bianco IGT 2005 Bronze Medal
Aurora – Monteregio di Massa Marittima DOC 2005 Bronze Medal
Monferrato DOC Infinito 2004 Bronze Medal
Caliscana Occidental IGT 2004 Bronze Medal
Perbacco Maremma Toscana IGT Bronze Medal
Montalpruno - Toscana Rosso IGT 2005 Bronze Medal
Canto del Leccio - Chianti DOCG Riserva 2004 Bronze Medal
Valdichiana DOC 2003 – Poventa Bronze Medal
Lacryma Christi del Vesuvio DOC 2005 Bronze Medal
Brunello di Montalcino DOCG La Togata 2002 Bronze Medal

Italian Flavor Forum XI: Smeraldina Mineral Water
Smeraldina Mineral Water from Sardinia,
distributed in the San Francisco Bay Area by WineCountry.IT, L.L.C.

The Grappa Seminar and the Create-a-Grappa-Cocktail Challenge

WineCountry.IT, L.L.C. ha presentato con fierezza una selezione di 11 liquori from the production of Cantine & Distillerie Mangilli SPA from the region of Friuli, which is where grappa, obtained by distilling the marc after crushing the grapes to make wine, has its deepest roots.

Italian Flavor Forum XI: Carlo Perissinotto, CEO of Mangilli SPA, during the Grappa Friulana: Tradition and Innovetion Seminar
From left: Carlo Perissinotto, CEO of Cantine & Distillerie Mangilli SPA
Enzo Arce, desk manager
Loris Scagliarini, WineCountry.IT President
Gregg Lindgren, jury head, mixologist, co-owner of Rye, Rosewood, and 15 Romolo bars.

For the occasion, Mr. Carlo Perissinotto, co-owner and CEO of Cantine & Distillerie Mangilli SPA, held a seminar entitled Grappa Fiulana: Tradition and Innovation. In addition, we decided to launch a competition among three San Francisco bartenders, Victoria D'amato-Moran of Cent'Anni Cocktails, Rich Share of Tony's Pizza Napoletana, and Jesse Vida of Beretta and Orson restaurants and bar, to create a cocktail based on grappa, thus the Create-A-Grappa-Cocktail Challenge was born.

Italian Flavor Forum XI: Carlo Perissinotto, CEO of Mangilli SPA, during the Grappa Friulana: Tradition and Innovetion Seminar
Carlo Perissinotto, CEO of Cantine & Distillerie Mangilli SPA,
during the Grappa Friulana: Tradition and Innovation Seminar

The three-person jury included well known professionals of the San Francisco Bay bar and liquor scene, starting with the head judge, Gregg Lindgren, mixologist and partner in Rye, Rosewood, and 15 Romolo.

Italian Flavor Forum XI: Carlo Perissinotto, CEO of Mangilli SPA, during the Grappa Friulana: Tradition and Innovetion Seminar
Gregg Lindgren faces the three cocktails before tasting them

The two other judges were Deborah Parker Wong, Northern California editor for The Tasting Panel Magazine, and Jeff (the Barfly) Burkhart, barista and writer for Here Magazine and Marin County's newspaper, The Independent Journal.


After over 30 minutes of discussion and deliberation, the jury awarded the first place to Rich Share, and D'amato-Moran and Vida took second place by general consensus. With the first place, the excited Mr. Share took home one bottle each of the 11 distilled spirits, plus a surprise special producer prize, assigned by Carlo Perissinotto, who agreed with the jury decision.

Italian Flavor Forum XI: Producer's Prize
From left: Rich Share, barista at Tony's Pizza Napoletana restaurant, Loris Scagliarini, president of WineCountry.IT, Carlo Perissinotto, co-owner and CEO of Cantine & Distillerie Mangilli SPA.

The producers prize was a bottle of Mangilli Gold, a Pinot Noir grappa aged in small barrel and packaged in a special bottle encased in a wooden box. Both Mr. Vida and Ms. D'Amato-Moran were awarded one bottle of the traditional Grappa Bianca and one of the aged Grappa Riserva..

Competitors and Cocktails

Italian Flavor Forum XI: Create-A-Grappa_Cocktail Challenge
Best Overall
Meadow Soprano's Bittersweet Cherry
by Richard Share
Meadow Soprano's Bittersweet Cherry
  • 1 oz. Grappa Bianca Mangilli
  • 1 oz. Seven Fruit Liqueur Mangilli
  • 1 oz. Aperol
  • 1 oz. Muddled Bing Cherries
  • 1 oz. Fresh Squeezed Lemon
  • Shake and pour into a champange flute with a float of Cava or Prosecco sparkling wine
Richard Share
Italian Flavor Forum XI: Create-A-Grappa_Cocktail Challenge
Best for Creativity
Dolce Mangilli (Sweet Mangilli)
by Victoria D'Amato-Moran
Dolce Mangilli
  • 1.0 oz. Grappa Bianca Mangilli
  • 0.5 oz. Seven Fruit Liqueur Mangilli
  • 0.5 oz. Mitica Mangilli
  • 3.0 oz. Grilled Peach Nectar (simmered in brown sugar syrup)
  • Almond Cream Float
  • Peace Rose Petals
Victoria D'Amato-Moran
Italian Flavor Forum XI: Create-A-Grappa_Cocktail Challenge
Best Interpretation of a Classic
The Sphere of Influence
by Jesse Vida
The Sphere of Influence
  • 1.5 Grappa Riserva Mangilli
  • 0.75 Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 0.5 Orgeat Syrup
  • 1 Bar Spoon of Strawberry Liqueur
  • Shaken: Up
  • Garnish: Bitters, Lemon Zest
Jesse Vida
Italian Flavor Forum XI: Create-A-Grappa_Cocktail Challenge

Importer Desk

The Importer Desk featured 29 wines, olive oil, balsamic vinegar and balsamic condiments from six producers. Below we list the products with the score awarded by our guests using a 100-point scale.

Italian Flavor Forum XI: Importer Desk
Importer Desk
  • Azienda Agricola Dal Cero Fratelli, with estates in Veneto and Tuscany:
    • Pinot Chardonnay BRUT 2008 (Sparkling Wine, 85 points)
    • Soave DOC Corte Giacobbe 2008 (White Wine, 83.75 points)
    • Pinot Grigio delle Venezie IGT 2008 (White Wine, 86.25 points)
    • Pinot Grigio Blush delle Venezie IGT 2008 (Rosé Wine, 82.12 points)
    • Preziosaterra Rosso IGT Toscana 2006 (Red Wine, 92 points)
    • Passito del Casale IGT Veneto 2005 (Dessert Wine, 90.91 points)

  • Cantina Cellaro Soc. Coop. Agricola, from Sicily:
    • Solea Inzolia IGT Sicilia 2008 (White Wine, 87.5 points)
    • Solea Nero D’Avola IGT Sicilia 2008 (Red Wine, 82.5 points)
    • Lumà Grillo IGT Sicilia 2008 (White Wine, 81.25 points)
    • Lumà IGT Sicilia Bianco 2008 (White Wine, 88.75 points)
    • Lumà Syrah IGT Sicilia 2007 (Red Wine, 88.24 points)
    • Lumà Nero D’Avola IGT Sicilia 2007 (Red Wine, 87.06 points)
    • Cellaro Rosso IGT Sicilia 2007 (Red Wine, 87.5 points)
    • Sambuca Bianco DOC 2007 (White Wine, 85 points)
    • Sambuca Rosso DOC 2007 (Red Wine, 83.75 points)
Italian Flavor Forum XI: Jillian Dowler
Louise Gould
  • Aziende Vitivinicole Miceli Soc. Agr. srl, from Sicily:
    • Foravia IGT Sicilia 2008 Viognier (White Wine, 90.42 points)
    • Smodato IGT Sicilia 2006 (Red Wine, 88.58 points)
    • Majo San Lorenzo IGT Sicilia 2004 (Red Wine, 86.67 points)
    • Nun Passito DOC Pantelleria 2007 (Dessert Wine, 89.67 points)

  • Tenuta Ca’ Boffenisio, from Lombardy:
    • Pretesto IGT Pavia 2005 (White Wine, 82.5 points)
    • Ghiaia di Monte IGT Pavia 2004 (White Wine, 87.5 points)
    • Pinot Noir Iperbole 2006 (Red Wine, 92.95 points)
    • Piacere! Bonarda DOC Oltrepo’ Pavese 2004 (White Wine, 90.25 points)
    • Triangolo IGT Pavia 2001 (Red Wine, 91.37 points)
    • Tacabrighe IGT Pavia 2001 (Red Wine, 91.89 points)
    • Pregolato Moscato DOC O.P. 2001 (Dessert Wine, 84.7 points)
Italian Flavor Forum XI: Dana Barsocchini
Dana Barsocchini
  • Oleificio e Cantina di Massafrassa, from Apulia:
    • Vino da Tavola Bianco (White Table Wine, 75.66 points)
    • Verdeca Bianco IGT (White Table Wine, 79.1 points)
    • Vino da Tavola Rosso (Red Table Wine, 81 points)

  • Ollio S.r.l., from Tuscany:
    • Premium IGP extra-virgin olive oil
    • Extra-virgin olive oil Poggiolo
    • Extra-virgin olive oil Mosto
    • Seasoned extra virgin olive oil with:
      • Basil
      • Lemon
      • Truffle
      • Garlic
      • Chili Pepper
    • Balsamic vinegar from Modena
    • Balsamic condiment seasoned with:
      • Figs
      • Honey
    • Balsamic creams:
      • Classic
      • With Figs
      • With Wild Berries.
Italian Flavor Forum XI: Importer Desk
Ollio s.r.l. products

The Buyers' Feedback

We asked our guests, who were sommeliers, professional buyers, journalists, and wine collectors, to please judge the products using the following 100-point scale.
  • 95-100 = Excellent
  • 90-94 = Very Good
  • 80-89 = Good
  • 70-79 = Average
  • 50-69 = Not recommended

Italian Flavor Forum XI

As some times happen, one of the guests who tasted almost all the wines presented, scored them about 30% less than what the average would have been, thus lowering the overall individual scores.

Italian Flavor Food XI: The food table
The food table

The Best of the Show

Italian Flavor Forum X: Elke Reinhardt and Jenny Snodgrass
Skip Grangre of Enoteca Starry Night, and Susan Darwin of California Wine Boutique

Should you be interested in purchasing the products featured in this article, please use the links provided below to contact the right person.

Italian Flavor Forum XI: Jenny Snodgrass.
Jenny Snodgrass

Sparkling White Wines

       
Wine Name Producer Region Highest Score Lowest Score
Average Score
Ruio– Valdobbiadene Prosecco DOC Spumante Brut 2006 Azienda Agricola Malibran Veneto 98 80
94.67
Rosato Italiano IGT Azienda Agricola Mauro Zini Emilia Romagna 92 80 88.34
Lambrusco Emilia IGT Azienda Agricola Mauro Zini Emilia Romagna 92 75
86.75

Italian Flavor Forum XI: Alberto Malvestio, owner of ALMARE Gelato Italiano
Alberto Malvestio, owner of ALMARE Gelato Italiano


Dry White Wines

       
Wine Name Producer Region Highest Score Lowest Score
Average Score
Pinot Grigio DOC Collio Cantine & Distillerie Mangilli SPA Friuli Venezia Giulia 98 87
98.75
Verduzzo DOC Colli Orientali del Friuli 2005 Mosolo Gleni Friuli Venezia Giulia 96 84
95.75
Sereno Toscana Bianco IGT 2005 Montalpruno Tuscany 95 82
93.50
Aurora Monteregio di Massa Marittima DOC 2005 Fattoria Coliberto Tuscany 95 81
93.20
Soave Classico DOC 2004 Azienda Agricola T•E•S•S•A•R•I Veneto 92 75 91.34
Pinot Grigio DOC Colli Orientali del Friuli 2005 Mosolo Gleni Friuli Venezia Giulia 91 80
89.45
Gavi DOCG di Gavi Rovereto VignaVecchia 2004 Castellari Bergaglio Piedmont 95 72 89.43
Friulano DOC Collio Cantine & Distillerie Mangilli SPA Friuli Venezia Giulia 95 75
89.25
Tocai Friulano DOC Colli Orientali del Friuli 2005 Mosolo Gleni Friuli Venezia Giulia 95 75
88.00
Soave Classico DOC 2007 Le Bine Longhe di Pietralunga Azienda Agricola T•E•S•S•A•R•I Veneto 90 75 87.50
Caulino IGT Campania Bianco Fattoria Alois s.r.l. Campania 90 65
86.75
Bianco D'Elisa Vermentino IGT 2007 Toscana Azienda Agricola La Carletta Tuscany 88 75 86.00
Langhe DOC Arneis 2005 Azienda Agricola Gagliardi Piero Emilia Romagna 90 69 85.34
Fior Fiore Ansonica IGT 2005 Caliscana Tuscany 88 68
85.20
Caiatí IGT Campania Bianco Fattoria Alois s.r.l. Campania 95 60
83.00
Falanghina Pompeiano Bianco IGT 2005 Casa Vinicola Ferraro Campania 90 65 82.00

Italian Flavor Forum XI: Shirley Johnson
Shirley Johnson

Dry Red Wines

       
Wine Name Producer Region Highest Score Lowest Score
Average Score
Maclura Toscana IGTSuper Tuscan 2003 Terre di Nano Tuscany 96 73
94.50
Laran 2003 DOC Monteregio di Massa Marittima Fattoria Coliberto Tuscany 95 75 94.34
Caliscana Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 Toscana IGT Caliscana Tuscany 95 71 93.60
Caliscana Merlot 2004 Toscana IGT Caliscana Tuscany 93 75 93.34
Occhini  IGT Toscana 2004 Fattoria `"La Striscia" Tuscany 95 72
93.20
Thesan Riserva 2002 DOC Monteregio di Massa Marittima Fattoria Coliberto Tuscany 95 68 93.00
Il Tempio Maremma Toscana IGT 2002 Azienda Agricola La Carletta Tuscany 95 72 93.00
Infinito – Monferrato DOC 2004 Poderi Rosso Giovanni Piedmont 95 73
92.70
Opera Prima – 2005 Colline Novaresi Nebbiolo DOCG Tenuta Franceta di Giada Codecasa Piedmont 93 75
92.67
La Marina – Cannonau di Sardegna DOC 2003 Cooperativa Vinicola Romangia Sardinia 92 87
92.50
Barbera d’Asti DOC 2005 Poderi Rosso Giovanni Piedmont 93 77
91.80
Il Canto del Leccio Chianti Riserva DOCG 2004 Montalpruno Tuscany 95 65 91.60
Cresus – 2006 Colline Novaresi Nebbiolo DOC Tenuta Franceta di Giada Codecasa Piedmont 94 69
91.50
Trebulanum Terre del Volturno IGT 2005 Fattoria Alois s.r.l. Campania 95 70 91.34
Montalpruno Toscana IGT Super Tuscan Montalpruno Tuscany 95 65 91.34
Monica di Sardegna DOC 2004 Cooperativa Vinicola Romangia Sardinia 94 66 91.00
Ghemme 2004 DOCG Tenuta Franceta di Giada Codecasa Piedmont 95 69
91.00
Cabernet Sauvignon IGT Venezia 2007 – Ca' Fravi Cantine & Distillerie Mangilli SPA Friuli Venezia Giulia 95 68
91.00
Chianti Bernardino DOC 2004 Fattoria `"La Striscia" Tuscany 94 68
91.00
Jennos – Cannonau di Sardegna DOC 2004 Cooperativa Vinicola Romangia Sardinia 93 68 90.67
Rosso di Romangia IGT Sardegna 2007 Cooperativa Vinicola Romangia Sardinia 92 70 90.67
Barbera d’Asti DOC Superiore Cascina Perno 2004 Poderi Rosso Giovanni Piedmont 93 77
90.60
Brunello di Montalcino La Togata 2002 DOCG Tenuta Carlina S.a.s. Tuscany 99 65 90.50
Azzurreta IGT Toscana 2005 Super Tuscan Tenuta Carlina S.a.s. Tuscany 95 66 90.20
Poventa DOC Valdichiana 2003 Azienda Agricola Buccelletti Vivai Tuscany 92 71 90.00
Murella IGT Campania 2007 Fattoria Alois s.r.l. Campania 95 68 89.75
Campole IGT Campania 2007 Fattoria Alois s.r.l. Campania 95 66 89.75
Lacryma Christi del Vesuvio DOC 2005 Casa Vinicola Ferraro Campania 92 69 89.67
Avelisa – Montepulciano d'Abruzzo DOC 2007 Azienda Agricola Sarchese Tommaso Abruzzo 95 66
89.40
Caliscana Occidental 2004 Toscana IGT Caliscana Tuscany 93 80 89.40
Barbera d’Asti DOC Superiore Vigna del Carlinet 2004 Poderi Rosso Giovanni Piedmont 93 70
89.00
Aglianico Sannio V.Q.P.R.D. 2005 Vini Iovine s.n.c. Campania 89 69
89.00
Progetto Mangilli IGT Venezia 2000 Cantine & Distillerie Mangilli SPA Friuli Venezia Giulia 94 66
88.80
Merigge 2004 IGT Toscana Azienda Agricola Buccelletti Vivai Tuscany 93 64
88.50
Caliscana Sangiovese 2004 Toscana IGT Caliscana Tuscany 90 67 88.50
Penisola Sorrentina Rosso V.Q.P.R.D. 2005 Vini Iovine s.n.c. Campania 90 66
88.50
Refosco dal Peduncolo Rosso DOC 2007 Cantine & Distillerie Mangilli SPA Friuli Venezia Giulia 98 65
88.34
Cabernet Franc DOC Collio 2007 Cantine & Distillerie Mangilli SPA Friuli Venezia Giulia 94 67
87.50
Cabernet Franc DOC Colli Orientali del Friuli 2005 Mosolo Gleni Friuli Venezia Giulia 92 69
87.50
Sito Romano Dolcetto d'Alba DOC 2004 Tenimenti Marchisio d'Osasca Piedmont 95 69 86.67
Refosco dal Peduncolo Rosso DOC Colli Orientali del Friuli 2005 Mosolo Gleni Friuli Venezia Giulia 92 69
86.50
Montalpruno Toscana IGT Sangiovese Montalpruno Tuscany 90 67 86.34
Quercialsale Orcia Rosso DOC 2003 Terre di Nano Tuscany 95 67 85.67
Merlot DOC Grave del Friuli 2007 Cantine & Distillerie Mangilli SPA Friuli Venezia Giulia 93 65
85.60
Chianti dei Colli Senesi DOCG 2006 Terre di Nano Tuscany 90 72
85.34
Perbacco Maremma IGT 2006 Azienda Agricola La Carletta Tuscany 90 65 85.00
Mandonion – Primitivo di Manduria DOC CantOlio – Cantina ed Oleificio Sociale di Manduria Apulia 92 63
83.90
Le Baccanti – Primitivo di Manduria DOC 2004 CantOlio – Cantina ed Oleificio Sociale di Manduria Apulia 90 69
83.20

Italian Flavor Forum XI: Alison Bosweel
Alison Bosweel

Dessert Wines

       
Wine Name Producer Region Highest Score Lowest Score
Average Score
Moscato di Sorso Sennori DOC Cooperativa Vinicola Romangia Sardinia 98 80
92.10
Ramandolo DOCG 2007 Cantine & Distillerie Mangilli SPA Friuli Venezia Giulia 94 70
90.08
Abeterno – Primitivo di Manduria 2004 DOC CantOlio Manduria sca Apulia 95 70
89.98

Italian Flavor Forum XI: Carlo Perissinotto (left), CEO of Mangilli SPA and Loris Scagliarini, President of WineCountry.IT
Carlo Perissinotto (left), CEO of Cantine & Distillerie Mangilli SPA with
Loris Scagliarini, President of WineCountry.IT


Distilled Spirits

Product Name Producer Region Highest Score Lowest Score
Average Score
Mitica Mangilli Cantine & Distillerie Mangilli SPA Friuli Venezia Giulia 98.5 89
93.34
Distilled of Moscato Grapes Cantine & Distillerie Mangilli SPA Friuli Venezia Giulia 98 90
92.34
Grappa Riserva Cantine & Distillerie Mangilli SPA Friuli Venezia Giulia 97 87
91.67
Grappa with Wild Berry Cantine & Distillerie Mangilli SPA Friuli Venezia Giulia 96 87
91.50
Grappa Bianca Cantine & Distillerie Mangilli SPA Friuli Venezia Giulia 97 85
91.00
Distilled of Uva Fragola Grapes Cantine & Distillerie Mangilli SPA Friuli Venezia Giulia 98 85
91.00
Green Apple Liqueur Cantine & Distillerie Mangilli SPA Friuli Venezia Giulia 95 80
90.00
Amaretto Cream Liqueur Cantine & Distillerie Mangilli SPA Friuli Venezia Giulia 96 77
89.50
Distilled of Traminer Grapes Cantine & Distillerie Mangilli SPA Friuli Venezia Giulia 98 75
89.45
Cappuccino Cream Liqueur Cantine & Distillerie Mangilli SPA Friuli Venezia Giulia 95 79
89.45
Seven Fruits Cantine & Distillerie Mangilli SPA Friuli Venezia Giulia 95 70
89.20

Italian Flavor Forum XI: Tor
Tor

The Blind Tasting

The all-American jury who participated in the blind tasting face-off between three Italian and three California wines, similar in grapes, characteristics and price, included:

  • Susan Darwin – California Wine Boutique
  • Skip Granger – Enoteca Starry Night
  • Reginald Anderson – Wine Collector
  • Jamie McNaughton – Bartender at Mom and Pop Wines
  • Todd McNaughton – Sales and Marketing at Mom and Pop Wines
  • Tyany – Wine Collector.
Italian Flavor Forum X: Blind Tasting
The Blind Tasting

The Italian wines:

  1. 2005 Monferrato Bianco DOC Solaluce (60% Sauvignon, 40% Chardonnay), produced by
    Azienda Vitivinicola Colledoro
    , Piedmont
  2. Iperbole Pinot Noir 2006, produced by Tenuta Ca' Boffenisio, Lombardy
  3. Perbacco Maremma Toscana IGT 2006 (Sangiovese), produced by Azienda Agricola La Carletta, Tuscany
Italian Wines
The Italian Wines

The California wines:

  1. Chardonnay 2007 Russian River Valley, produced by Taft Street, Sebastopol, CA
  2. Central Coast Pinot Noir 2007, produced by Windsor Vineyards, Tiburon, CA
  3. 2005 Sangiovese Mendocino Coast, produced by J. Keverson Vineyards, Mendocino County, CA
Italian Flavor Forum IX - Blind Tasting
The California Wines

The 2005 Sangiovese Mendocino Coast, produced by J. Keverson Vineyards, located at 53 Front Street, in Healdsburg, California, won the face-off with a total score of 65, or an average score of point 8.37 on a ten point scale.

Wine Producer
Region
Overall Score
2005 Sangiovese Mendocino Coast J. Keverson Vineyards
8.37
Chardonnay 2007 Russian River Valley Taft Street Sebastopol
7.91
Central Coast Pinot Noir 2007 Windsor Vineyards Napa Valley
7.50
Iperbole Pinot Noir 2006 Tenuta Ca' Boffenisio Lombardy
7.40
2005 Monferrato Bianco DOC Solaluce (60% Sauvignon, 40% Chardonnay) Azienda Vitivinicola Colledoro Piedmont
7.25
Perbacco Maremma Toscana IGT 2006 (Sangiovese) Azienda Agricola La Carletta Tuscany
7.17

The Drawing

Among all the feedback forms returned to us with the product evaluations by our esteemed guests, we drew one form and awarded the lucky guest, Jodi Crumbley of the Sonoma Storage Emporium, three bottles of exclusive Italian wines not yet imported in the US.

Italian Flavor Forum XI: Jillian Dowler
Jillian Dowler

Thanks

Thank you to Alberto Malvestio of ALMARE Gelato Italiano, located at 2170 Shattuk Avenue in Berkeley, California, and master model maker Jack Halley Harper of San Rafael, California, for their participation in the event.

Italian Flavor Forum XI: Vintage Ferrari model, by master model maker Jack Halley Harper
Vintage Ferrari model, by master model maker Jack Halley Harper



 
 
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