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Italian Flavor Forum V
Loris Scagliarini – June 29, 2006
Photos by B. Solè-March, L. Scagliarini

IGS - Italian Flavor Forum IV

 

For the Italian Flavor Forum V we returned to one of our favorite locations by the San Francisco Bay, the Golden Gate Yacht Club, located at the end of the pier at One Yacht Road, in the heart of the Marina district.

We enjoy the place so much, and the comments from our guests were so positive that we have already reserved the Commodore room for the Italian Flavor Forum VI, to be held on November 21, 2006.

The Event

Italian Flavor Forum V

As usual the first guests were at at the door when the show opened at 2 PM on Tuesday, June 29, 2006. Over 100 buyers for restaurants, wine bars, specialty stores and resellers, as well as importers and wine and food writers participated in the event which lasted until 6 PM.

Italian Flavor Forum V

The show introduced 55 wines – three sparkling, 12 whites, 36 reds and 4 dessert wines – from Piedmont, Veneto, Friuli, Emilia-Romagna, Tuscany, Umbria, Apulia and Sardinia. In addition, we presented liqueurs from Emilia Romagna, grappas from Tuscany, extra virgin olive oil from Apulia, Tuscany and Sardinia, traditional balsamic vinegar from Modena, baked products made with organic ingredients, chocolate and lozenges from Piedmont and, of course, the balsamic vinegar from Modena-based fruit sauces, which included the best of show product.

Italian Flavor Forum V - ABTM

The wines were generally well appreciated with, of course, some exceptions. George von Bozzay from The Wine Newsletter, for instance, said that prior to tasting the Barberas and the Infinito blend from Poderi Rosso Giovanni, the Poventa, a Sangiovese-based wine from Azienda Agricola Buccelletti, he was "tempted to leave the show because there was not a good wine." I was truly surprised, as such 'bad' wines included Malibrán's Ruio and Gorio, the two Prosecco DOC from Valdobbiadene, which in April were awarded the gold and silver medal respectively at the 67th L. A. County Fair.

Though von Bozzay added later that he truly appreciated the Grappa del Fauno by the Cantina di Pitigliano, he said that he was expecting more wines from Tuscany. Once more, I was fairly surprised, as most wines at the show were from Tuscany (15, or over 27% of the total). The runner up region was, as might be expected, Piedmont with 14 wines.

Italian Flavor Forum V

Fortunately, judging from the feedback sheets returned to us by a large number of guests, the majority of them had a different opinion about the wines presented. Continue to read for the average scores assigned by the guests.

The Buyers Feedback

We asked our guests, all wine and food professional buyers, 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

As usual, there are huge differences among the evaluations for the same product, especially for the sparkling wines, which appears to be considered by many as a celebratory, or festivity wine, and thus not truly an everyday meal wine. This is undoubtedly why the average score for the Proseccos is relatively low, notwithstanding the 95 to 100 points awarded by many connoisseurs.

Additionally, when talking with many of the buyers and tasters, it was found, as before. that many Americans simply do not favor white wines, especially men.

Italian Flavor Forum V

The Best of the Show

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 V

Sparkling Wines

       
Wine Name Producer Region Highest Score Lowest Score
Average Score
Gorio – Valdobbiadene Prosecco DOC Spumante Brut 2005 Azienda Agricola Malibran Veneto 100 50
81.88
Gorio – Valdobbiadene Prosecco DOC Spumante Extra Dry 2005 Azienda Agricola Malibran Veneto 100 30
80.95
Prosecco Spumante Nibesa La Bottega del Faé Veneto 95 40
66.87

White Wines

       
Wine Name Producer Region Highest Score Lowest Score
Average Score
Gavi DOCG "Pilin" 2000 Castellari Bergaglio Tuscany 90 80
87.90
Vermentino – Toscana IGT Cantina di Pitigliano Tuscany 94 72
86.42
Gavi DOCG di Gavi "Rovereto VignaVecchia" 2004 Castellari Bergaglio Piedmont 98 80
84.87
Gavi DOCG di Tassarolo "Fornaci" 2004 Castellari Bergaglio Piedmont 98 70
80.75
Solaluce – Monferrato Bianco Classico 2004 Azienda Vitivinicola Colledoro Piedmont 97 50
80.75
Gavi DOCG di Gavi "Rolona" 2004 Castellari Bergaglio Piedmont 93 75
80.75
Langhe DOC Arneis Azienda Agricola Gagliardi Piero Emilia Romagna 90 68 80.66
Tocai DOC Collio Scolaris Vini S.R.L. Friuli - Venezia Giulia 94 70 79.92
Pinot Grigio DOC Collio Scolaris Vini S.R.L. Friuli - Venezia Giulia 85 50 78.57
Soave Classico DOC "Le Bine Longhe" Azienda Agricola T•E•S•S•A•R•I Veneto 89 70 78.20
Soave Classico DOC Azienda Agricola T•E•S•S•A•R•I Veneto 80 75 77.91
Vermentino di Sardegna DOC - La Pagliastra Cooperativa Vinicola Romangia Sardinia 85 64 72.25

Red Wines

       
Wine Name Producer Region Highest Score Lowest Score
Average Score
Brunello di Montalcino La Togata dei Togati Cru 2000 DOCG Tenuta Carlina S.a.s. Tuscany 100 90 95.50
Brunello di Montalcino La Togata 2001 DOCG Tenuta Carlina S.a.s. Tuscany 100 80 91.57
Infinito – Monferrato DOC 2003 Poderi Rosso Giovanni Piedmont 100 80
89.90
Barbera d’Asti DOC Superiore "Cascina Perno" 2003 Poderi Rosso Giovanni Piedmont 95 82
88.12
Barengo IGT Toscana 2003 Tenuta Carlina S.a.s. Tuscany 90 80 85.13
Barbera d’Asti DOC Superiore "Vigna del Carlinet" 2003 Poderi Rosso Giovanni Piedmont 97 60
84.08
Barbera d’Asti DOC 2003 Poderi Rosso Giovanni Piedmont 90 65
83.90
Piegaia– Chianti Classico DOCG Villa Calcinaia Tuscany 96 65 82.50
Ca' Andrea – Umbria IGT 2004 Carlo Massimiliano Gritti Umbria 85 79 82.40
'Punsin' – Barbera d'Alba DOC 2005 Azienda Agricola Gagliardi Piero Piedmont 94 70 82.37
Redinicchia – Barbera d'Asti 2004 Azienda Vitivinicola Colledoro Piedmont 95 50 82.22
Lambrusco Grasparossa di Castelvetro DOC Biologico (Organic) Azienda Agricola Cantina Barbolini Emilia Romagna 90 70
82.15
Rosso di Montalcino 2003 – La Togata Tenuta Carlina S.a.s. Tuscany 90 65 82.15
Abeterno – Primitivo di Manduria DOC CantOlio Manduria sca Apulia 91 70
81.57
Chianti Bernardino DOC 2004 Fattoria `"La Striscia" Tuscany 100 65
81.50
Nebbiolo d'Alba DOC 2004 Azienda Agricola Gagliardi Piero Piedmont 95 50 80.46
Lambrusco Grasparossa di Castelvetro DOC “Terra dei Pio” Cru Azienda Agricola Cantina Barbolini Emilia Romagna 90 60
79.86
Valpolicella Classico Superiore DOC Ripasso 2004 Cantina di Negrar Veneto 91 70 79.80
Mandonion – Primitivo di Manduria DOC CantOlio Manduria sca Apulia 90 70
79.60
Azzurreta 200a Toscana IGP Tenuta Carlina S.a.s. Tuscany 100 30 79.40
La Marina – Cannonau di Sardegna DOC 2003 Cooperativa Vinicola Romangia Sardinia 90 50 78.80
Poventa DOC Valdichiana Azienda Agricola Buccelletti Vivai Tuscany 80 75
78.75
Vignamurata Superiore Sangiovese Cantina di Pitigliano Tuscany 90 55 78.66
Vignamurata Superiore Merlot Cantina di Pitigliano Tuscany 95 60 78.33
Jennos – Cannonau di Sardegna DOC 2003 Cooperativa Vinicola Romangia Sardinia 84 70 78.20
Le Baccanti – Primitivo di Manduria DOC CantOlio Manduria sca Apulia 89 70
76.90
Il Maglio – Lambrusco di Modena IGT Azienda Agricola Cantina Barbolini Emilia Romagna 95 50
75.67
Il Doge – Umbria IGT 2003 Carlo Massimiliano Gritti Umbria 90 45 75.16
Amarone della Valpolicella DOC 2003 Cantina di Negrar Veneto 85 70 75.15
Occhini IGT 2003 Fattoria `"La Striscia" Tuscany 80 70
74.83
Valpolicella Classico DOC 2005 Cantina di Negrar Veneto 85 79 72.87
Merigge 2004 IGT Toscana Azienda Agricola Buccelletti Vivai Piedmont 8.5 7
72.66
Arthas – Primitivo di Manduria DOC CantOlio Manduria sca Apulia 75 65
70.99
Rosso di Montalcino I Mercatali Tuscany 76 65
70.98
Muda– Umbria IGT 2004 Carlo Massimiliano Gritti Umbria 85 40 58.34

Dessert Wines

       
Wine Name Producer Region Highest Score Lowest Score
Average Score
Ventisei–  Moscato d'Asti DOCG Azienda Vitivinicola Colledoro Piedmont 99 78
93.83
Moscato di Sorso Sennori DOC Cooperativa Vinicola Romangia Sardinia 100 80
90.57
Vin Santo di Sovana Gregorio VII– Vino Liquoroso Cantina di Pitigliano Tuscany 100 80
88.00
Recioto di Soave DOCG "Tre Colli" Azienda Agricola T•E•S•S•A•R•I Veneto 93 84
87.40

Liquor & Liqueurs

       
Product Name Producer Region Highest Score Lowest Score
Average Score
Fragolino – Wild Strawberry Liqueur Distilleria Galdino Caselli s.r.l. Emilia Romagna 100 90
94.80
Grappa Fiara di Vin Santo Azienda Agricola Buccelletti Vivai Tuscany 100 70
90.00
Rubino del Bosco – Wild Berry Liqueur Distilleria Galdino Caselli s.r.l. Emilia Romagna 93 85
89.00
Grappa del Fauno di Chardonnay Cantina di Pitigliano Tuscany 100 40
85.00
NoceKafe – Walnut and Coffee Liqueur Distilleria Galdino Caselli s.r.l. Emilia Romagna 98 70
85.00
Mirtillino – Blackberry Liqueur Distilleria Galdino Caselli s.r.l. Emilia Romagna 95 60
80.50
Nocino – Walnut Liqueur Distilleria Galdino Caselli s.r.l. Emilia Romagna 85 70
76.67

Balsamic Vinegar and Other Condiments

Product Name Producer Region Highest Score Lowest Score
Average Score
Cranberry Sauce with Balsamic Vinegar from Modena Distilleria Galdino Caselli s.r.l. Emilia Romagna 100 95
95.00
Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale di Modena Extravecchio (ABTM) – Aged 25=plus Years Malagoli Daniele for Acetaia "La Tradizione" Emilia Romagna 100 86
93.50
Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale di Modena Affinato (ABTM) – Aged at least 12 Years Malagoli Daniele for Acetaia "La Tradizione" Emilia Romagna 100 80
93.50
Strawberry Sauce with Balsamic Vinegar from Modena Distilleria Galdino Caselli s.r.l. Emilia Romagna 100 90
92.50
Balsamic Vinegar from Modena Riserva Botte Antica Distilleria Galdino Caselli s.r.l. Emilia Romagna 95 85
90.00
Fig Sauce with Balsamic Vinegar from Modena Distilleria Galdino Caselli s.r.l. Emilia Romagna 100 85
86.67
Balsamic Vinegar from Modena Riserva Oro Distilleria Galdino Caselli s.r.l. Emilia Romagna 87 80
83.50
Balsamic Vinegar from Modena Classico Distilleria Galdino Caselli s.r.l. Emilia Romagna 80 70
75.00

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 100 91
93.75
Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Organically Grown Olives DOP Dauno Subappennino Azienda Agricola Masseriola Apulia 100 70
89.66
Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Organically Grown Olives Azienda Agricola Masseriola Apulia 100 75
87.50
Monte Tolla – Extra Virgin Olive Oil Azienda Agricola Dessole Sardinia 100 70
85.00

Other Products

Product Name Producer Region Highest Score Lowest Score
Average Score
Guido Gobino Chocolate Guido Gobino Piedmont 100 70
91.75
Cantucci Biscotti Quality Bio s.r.l. Friuli – Venezia Giulia 100 80
90.00
Spelt Vanilla Cookies Quality Bio s.r.l. Friuli – Venezia Giulia 100 80
88.00
Oat Cookies Quality Bio s.r.l. Friuli – Venezia Giulia 95 70
85.67
Rye Cookies Quality Bio s.r.l. Friuli – Venezia Giulia 95 70
81.25
Spelt Chocolate Cookies Quality Bio s.r.l. Friuli – Venezia Giulia 92 70
80.67
Lemon Muffins Quality Bio s.r.l. Friuli – Venezia Giulia 90 70
80.21
Lozenges (made with aromatic herbs) Pastiglie Leone Friuli – Venezia Giulia 90 70
80.00
Small Wild Berry Tarts Quality Bio s.r.l. Friuli – Venezia Giulia 85 65
71.20
Small Blueberry Tarts Quality Bio s.r.l. Friuli – Venezia Giulia 85 65
71.00
Small Spelt Chocolate Cakes Quality Bio s.r.l. Friuli – Venezia Giulia 74 66 70.10
Small Spelt Lemon Cakes Quality Bio s.r.l. Friuli – Venezia Giulia 75 65 70.00
Small Cherry Tarts Quality Bio s.r.l. Friuli – Venezia Giulia 74 63
69.90
Small Apricot Tarts Quality Bio s.r.l. Friuli – Venezia Giulia 70 60
65.10

Trip to Napa and Sonoma

Codorniu

Maurizio Favrel, owner and winemaker of Azienda Agicola Malibrán, producer of the price-winning
Gorio and Ruio Proseccos Valdobbiadene DOC, with WineCountry.IT's English Editor in Chief,
Brigit Solé-March, at the Artesa /Codorniu Winery in Sonoma.
The picture was taken during a visit to some of Sonoma and Napa most suggestive wineries.



 
 
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