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Premiere of Italia Gourmet Show / Italian Flavor Forum IV
Loris Scagliarini – March 20, 2006
Photos by B. Solè-March, C. Lepori, L. Scagliarini

IGS - Italian Flavor Forum IV

 

The premiere Italia Gourmet Show, which included the fourth Italian Flavor Forum, took place on March 14, and 15, 2006 at Fort Mason's Landmark Building 'A', in San Francisco, CA.

Over 300 business professionals, including importers, distributors, brokers, restauranteurs, wine bars, resellers, wine collectors and trade writers visited the show tasting the about 100 products presented by 38 producers from ten Italian regions.

The Event

Italian Flavor Forum IV

Ready, Set, Go! We are ready to open the doors for the premiere of
Italia Gourmet Show / Italian Flavor Forum IV

Extra Virgin Olive OilAs usual the first guests were at at the door when the show opened at 12 noon on Tuesday, March 14, 2006. As people started to look around and have sparkling wines poured for them, the waiters and the producers who had arrived from Italy were still putting the final touches on other wine an product displays, making sure that everything was laid out in the correct order according to the printed catalog.

In a slight variation from the usual Italian Flavor Forum layout, this time the core of the white wines presented by the Italian Flavor Consortium associates were followed by five groups of wines which were poured by the winemakers themselves or their representatives. Following was an extensive display of reds from Piedmont, Veneto, Umbria, Sardinia and Tuscany poured by hired professionals.

The wines were aligned along three sides of the bright room overlooking the San Francisco Marina, with the fourth dispaying organic baked delicacies from Friuli - Venezia Giulia presented by Quality Bio, followed by the dessert wines from Piedmont, Veneto, Tuscany, Umbria and Sardinia, and the grappa liquors. The traditional Pastiglie Leone lozenges, chocolate from Guido Gobino and Vicenzi's amaretti cookies, all from Piedmont, completed the peripheral display.

The center of the room was filled by an island displaying the impressive traditional balsamic vinegar and condiment from Reggio Emilia from Acetaia DiScandiano on the side facing the white wines. The aged traditional balsamic vinegar from Modena (ABTM, 12 and 25 years old), followed by extra virgin olive oil from Tuscany, Apulia and Sardinia, filled another side, followed by the tables occupied by the cheese, cracker, bread sticks and cold cuts buffet, while the last exhibited were four rices presented by the Consortium "Le Fontane" from Piedmont and the preserved vegetables by NATUR'é from Sicily.

The Buyers Feedback

We asked our guests, all wine and food professional buyers, to please judge on a 10-point scale the products that they tasted wherein:
  • "10 means that you would order that product today if it were available."
  • "1 means that you would not foresee ever purchasing that wine."

"Numbers in between would suggest a likelihood that you would purchase that type of wine at a different time of the year."


red Wine TastingAs usual, there are huge differences among the evaluations for the same product, especially but not only wines, with scores that range from 10 to 0 on the 10-point scale mentioned above.

That said, the best in show among the wine was the Ventisei – Moscato d'Asti DOCG by the Azienda Vitivinicola Colledoro, a delicate, enchanting light white which scored an average 9, earning from perfect 10s to 6 points.

In the individual categories, the Barbera d'Asti Superiore "Vigna del Carlinet" 2003 by Poderi Rosso Giovanni, with an average score of 8.88, took the lead. This is a single vineyard lush Barbera which took advantage of the hot weather during the 2003 growing season, As Wine Spectator's James Suckling wrote in the March issue of the respected US magazine, 2003 wasn't an easy year for the great red from Piedmont, however the Barbera was the great exception. Poderi Rosso's top-of-the-line single vineyard shows all of this.

Pecol Tocai Friulano Collio DOC 2004 from Scolaris s.r.l. come up at the top for the white wines, with an average score of 8.46 and the Valdobbiadene Prosecco DOC "Gorio" 2005 by Azienda Agricola Malibrán, not surprisingly, took the lead among the sparklers with 7.43 average score, brought down by low 4s and 5s by tasters who do not appreciate sparkling wines in general.

 

Among the grappas the top resulted the one made with Brunello di Montalcino grapes by "La Pescaia" di Di Donato A.R.V.E..

Among the balsamic vinegar and condiments, the most appreciated product resulted the excellent 25 years old Taditional Balsamic Vinegar by the Acetaia Malagoli Daniele with 9 points average score. For the olive oils the Olivolo extra virgin olive oil by Azienda Agricola Buccelletti Vivai scored 9.34 average, marking the top score of the whole show.

As for the other products, the dark chocolate by Piedmontese artisan chocolate maker, Guido Gobino, took the lead with 8.89 points average.

Sparkling Wines

       
Wine Name Producer Region Highest Score Lowest Score
Average Score
Gorio – Valdobbiadene Prosecco DOC Spumante Extra Dry 2005 Azienda Agricola Malibran Veneto 10 4
7.83
Prosecco Spumante Nibesa La Bottega del Faé Veneto 10 1
7.36
Gorio – Valdobbiadene Prosecco DOC Spumante Brut 2005 Azienda Agricola Malibran Veneto 10 3
7.34

White Wines

       
Wine Name Producer Region Highest Score Lowest Score
Average Score
Tocai DOC Collio Scolaris Vini S.R.L. Friuli - Venezia Giulia 8 2 8.46
Gavi DOCG "Pilin" 2000 Castellari Bergaglio Tuscany 10 4
8.23
Malvasia Vigna Borgo 2004 Molinelli Wine Producers Emilia Romagna 10 4 7.50
Solaluce – Monferrato Bianco Classico 2004 Azienda Vitivinicola Colledoro Piedmont 10 1
7.29
Gavi DOCG di Gavi "Rolona" 2004 Castellari Bergaglio Piedmont 10 5
7.20
Vermentino di Sardegna DOC - La Pagliastra Cooperativa Vinicola Romangia Sardinia 8 2 6.75
Gavi DOCG di Tassarolo "Fornaci" 2004 Castellari Bergaglio Piedmont 10 1
6.50
Soave Classico DOC "Le Bine Longhe" Azienda Agricola T•E•S•S•A•R•I Veneto 10 1 6.36
Soave Classico DOC Azienda Agricola T•E•S•S•A•R•I Veneto 9 1 6.28
Gavi DOCG di Gavi "Rovereto VignaVecchia" 2004 Castellari Bergaglio Piedmont 10 1
6.28
Vermentino – Bianco Toscano IGT Cantina di Pitigliano Tuscany 10 1
6.24
Gigliolino Bianco IGT Fattoria La Gigliola Tuscany 9 3 6.13
Aurora – Monteregio di Massa Marittima DOC 2004 Fattoria Coliberto Tuscany 9 3 6.04
Sottomonte – Chardonnay Garda DOC 2003 Azienda Agricola "La Marogna" Lombardy 10 2 5.60
Pinot Grigio DOC Collio Scolaris Vini S.R.L. Friuli - Venezia Giulia 8 1 5.50
Bianco– Monteregio di Massa Marittima DOC 2004 Fattoria Coliberto Tuscany 7 1 4.80
Bianco da Tavola Az. Agricola Vojon Lombardy 10 1 4.40
Paggino DOC Valdichiana Azienda Agricola Buccelletti Vivai Tuscany 7 1
4.25

Red Wines

       
Wine Name Producer Region Highest Score Lowest Score
Average Score
Barbera d’Asti DOC Superiore "Vigna del Carlinet" 2003 Poderi Rosso Giovanni Piedmont 10 7
8.88
Brunello di Montalcino La Togata Riserva 1999 DOCG Tenuta Carlina S.a.s. Tuscany 10 6 8.41
Poventa DOC Valdichiana Azienda Agricola Buccelletti Vivai Tuscany 9 6
8.41
Brunello di Montalcino 1999 "La Pescaia" DOCG Azienda Agraria "La Pescaia" Tuscany 10 6 8.25
Gutturnio – Vigna Monte Pó Molinelli Wine Producers Emilia Romagna 10 6
8.18
Barbera d’Asti DOC Superiore "Cascina Perno" 2003 Poderi Rosso Giovanni Piedmont 10 4
8.15
Redinicchia – Barbera d'Asti 2004 Azienda Vitivinicola Colledoro Piedmont 10 4 8.05
Prunaio DOC Azienda Agricola Betti Tuscany 9 4
8.00
Brunello di Montalcino La Togata dei Togati Cru 2000 DOCG Tenuta Carlina S.a.s. Tuscany 10 3 7.86
Barbera d'Asti Superiore Az. Agricola :La Mondianese" Piedmont 10 5 7.86
Occhini IGT 2003 Fattoria `"La Striscia" Tuscany 10 6
7.86
Barbera d’Asti DOC Superiore "Vigna del Carlinet" 2001 Poderi Rosso Giovanni Piedmont 8.5 7
7.50
Barolo DOCG 2001 Vigna Rionda Massolino Piedmont 10 1
7.47
Infinito – Monferrato DOC 2003 Poderi Rosso Giovanni Piedmont 10 5
7.30
Camporsoli IGT Fattoria La Gigliola Tuscany 10 1 7.16
Noah 2004 Az. Agricola :La Mondianese" Piedmont 10 3
7.13
Barbera d'Asti 2003 Az. Agricola :La Mondianese" Piedmont 10 3
7.08
Barbera d’Asti DOC Superiore "Cascina Perno" 2001 Poderi Rosso Giovanni Piedmont 10 4
7.00
Vignamurata Superiore Sangiovese Cantina di Pitigliano Tuscany 10 2 7.00
Amarone della Valpolicella DOC 2003 Cantina di Negrar Veneto 10 0 7.00
Chianti DOCG Fattoria La Gigliola Tuscany 10 2 6.98
Chianti Montalbano DOCG 2003 Azienda Agricola Betti Tuscany 10 2
6.88
Ruchè di Castagnole Monferrato 2004 Az. Agricola :La Mondianese" Piedmont 10 3
6.93
Monteregio di Massa Marittima DOC Thesan 2001 Fattoria Coliberto Tuscany 8 5 6.90
Grignolino 2003 Az. Agricola :La Mondianese" Piedmont 10 2
6.73
Brunello di Montalcino La Togata 2000 DOCG Tenuta Carlina S.a.s. Tuscany 10 0 6.64
Il Doge – Umbria IGT 2003 Carlo Massimiliano Gritti Umbria 9 1 6.60
La Marina – Cannonau di Sardegna DOC 2003 Cooperativa Vinicola Romangia Sardinia 9 2 6.58
Chiaretto Az. Agricola Vojon Lombardy 10 2 6.58
Barbera d’Asti DOC 2003 Poderi Rosso Giovanni Piedmont 8 1
6.40
Campoleo IGT Fattoria La Gigliola Tuscany 9 1 6.38
Barengo IGT Toscana 2003 Tenuta Carlina S.a.s. Tuscany 9 4 6.34
Rosso di Montalcino I Mercatali Tuscany 7 5
6.34
Valpolicella Classico DOC 2005 Cantina di Negrar Veneto 9 2 6.20
Ca' Andrea – Umbria IGT 2004 Carlo Massimiliano Gritti Umbria 10 1 6.17
Chianti Bernardino DOC 2004 Fattoria `"La Striscia" Tuscany 10 2
6.17
Rosso di Montalcino 2003 – La Togata Tenuta Carlina S.a.s. Tuscany 8 4 6.00
Brunello di Montalcino 2000 "La Pescaia" DOCG Azienda Agraria "La Pescaia" Tuscany 10 6 6.00
Barbera d’Asti DOC 2001 Poderi Rosso Giovanni Piedmont 8 1
6.40
Red Table Wine Az. Agricola Vojon Lombardy 7.5 4 5.88
Piegaia– Chianti Classico DOCG Villa Calcinaia Tuscany 10 3 5.84
Barbaresco DOCG Vigna Roco Albesani Cantina del Brichetto Piedmont 9 1 5.84
Muda– Umbria IGT 2004 Carlo Massimiliano Gritti Umbria 9 1 5.75
Barbera d'Asti DOC Vigna Dacapo 2000 Dacapo Piedmont 10 1 5.72
Barbera d’Asti DOC Superiore Campasso 2003 Castello di Razzano Piedmont 9 1
5.67
Rosso di Montalcino 2DOC 003"La Pescaia" Azienda Agraria "La Pescaia" Tuscany 6 5 5.60
Pinot Nero Az. Agricola Vojon Lombardy 10 2 5.56
Arrone DOC Valdichiana Azienda Agricola Buccelletti Vivai Tuscany 9 2
5.5
Rosso Rubino Cantina di Pitigliano Tuscany 8 2
5.26
Merlot Az. Agricola Vojon Lombardy 10 2
5.00
Vignamurata Superiore Merlot Cantina di Pitigliano Tuscany 9 1 5.00
Barbera d'Alba DOC Ombranera Cantina del Brichetto Piedmont 8 1
4.60
Madonna del Marchino – Cabernet Garda DOC 2003 Az. Agricola La Marogna Lombardy 7 1 4.20
Nerone Az. Agricola Vojon Lombardy 8 0
3.75
Valpolicella Classico Superiore DOC Ripasso 2004 Cantina di Negrar Veneto 6 1 3.34

Dessert Wines

       
Wine Name Producer Region Highest Score Lowest Score
Average Score
Ventisei–  Moscato d'Asti DOCG Azienda Vitivinicola Colledoro Piedmont 10 6
7.83
Moscato di Sorso Sennori Cooperativa Vinicola Romangia Sardinia 10 4
7.36
Vin Santo di Sovana Gregorio VII– Vino Liquoroso Cantina di Pitigliano Tuscany 10 5
7.83
Rhea Umbria IGT Vino Passito Carlo Massimiliano Gritti Umbria 10 1
7.39
Recioto di Soave DOCG "Tre Colli" Azienda Agricola T•E•S•S•A•R•I Veneto 10 5
7.00

Grappa Liquor

       
Grappa Name Producer Region Highest Score Lowest Score
Average Score
Grappa di Brunello di Montalcino "La Pescaia" Azienda Agraria "La Pescaia" Tuscany 10 3
6.80
Grappa di Chardonnay del Fauno Cantina di Pitigliano Tuscany 8 5
6.75
Grappa Caluvia Azienda Agricola Buccelletti Vivai Tuscany 9 2
5.60
Grappa Fiara di Vin Santo Azienda Agricola Buccelletti Vivai Tuscany 8 3
5.25

Balsamic Vinegar and Other Condiments

Product Name Producer Region Highest Score Lowest Score
Average Score
Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale di Modena (ABTM) – Aged 25 Years Acetaia Malagoli Daniele Emilia Romagna 10++ 5
9.00
Balsamic Condiment "Nobile Riserva" Acetaia DiScandiano Emilia Romagna 10 6
8.86
Balsamic Condiment "Divino" Acetaia DiScandiano Emilia Romagna 10 7
8.80
Gelatina di Brunello diMontalcino Condiment Acetaia Malagoli Daniele Emilia Romagna 10 7
8.75
Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale di Modena (ABTM) – Aged 12 Years Acetaia Malagoli Daniele Emilia Romagna 10 7
8.75
Balsamic Condiment "Oro Bruno Duca" Acetaia DiScandiano Emilia Romagna 10 6
8.34
Balsamic Condiment "Nobile" Acetaia DiScandiano Emilia Romagna 10 6
8.20

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Product Name Producer Region Highest Score Lowest Score
Average Score
Olivolo – Extra virgin olive oil from organically grown olives Azienda Agricola Buccelletti Vivai Tuscany 10 6
9.34
Extra Virgin Olive Oil "La Pescaia" Azienda Agraria "La Pescaia" Tuscany 10 7
8.64
Extra Virgin Olive Oil IGP Toscana Fattoria Coliberto Tuscany 10 5
8.10
Extra Virgin Olive Oil Az. Agricola Dessole Sardinia 10 5
7.80
Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Organically Grown Olives DOP Dauno Subappennino Az. Agricola Masseriola Apulia 9 5
7.50
Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Organically Grown Olives Az. Agricola Masseriola Apulia 8 5
6.50

Other Products

Product Name Producer Region Highest Score Lowest Score
Average Score
Chocolate (Dark with Hazelnuts) Guido Gobino Piedmont 10 5
8.89
Muffins (with Chocolate or Almonds Quality Bio s.r.l. Friuli – Venezia Giulia 10 5
8.17
Amaretti Cookies Vicenzi Piedmont 10 5
8.17
Small Tarts (Spelt Chocolate, Spelt Cherry, Corn with Wild Berries, Kamut Apricot – Wheat Blueberry) Quality Bio s.r.l. Friuli – Venezia Giulia 10 1
7.67
Lozanges (made with aromatic herbs) Pastiglie Leone Piedmont 10 5
7.50
Small Cakes (Kamut Lemon–  Kamut Almonds – Kamut Chocolate – Spelt Lemon – Spelt Chocolate Stuffed with Chocolate Cream) Az. Agricola Masseriola Apulia 10 1
7.00

Acqua PannaSponsors

We are very thankful to the Italia Gormet Show / Italian Flavor Forum IV sponsors, including Acqua Panna, the water that belongs in the cellar, San Pellegrino, Provincia di Milano, Istituto Italiano di Cultura San Francisco, and BICA, best of Italy Consumer Associate.

Thats all for now. We will keep you posted on the appointment for the Italian Flavor Forum V planned for this coming July.



 
 
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