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Gothic Epicures VinCuisine: The Event: Italian Wine Expo 2018; discovering the many regions of Itali

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Wine discovering Many Italia regions

The Date and Time: Monday October 15 2018  11:30AM to 4PM

The Event: Italian Wine Expo 2018; discovering the many regions of Italian wines.

The Venue: Lodge on Queen, 251 Queen St West

The Target Audience: wine media and trade

The Availability/Catalogue: the catalogue listed some 90 wines, most available through Heirloom Vine Imports, one of the sponsors of the show. Prices, vintages, and a brief description of the company were provided. There were 19 companies attending. More details at


The Quote/Background: There was a relaxed seminar for an hour before the walkaround portion; these 15 wines were talked about by Jamie Drummond and I have incorporated my rating into the listings below. There was also a public tasting from 5Pm to 8PM.

The Wines: I did not taste every wine. Prices are generally licensee.


**** BEST -- Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):

-Soc. Agr.F.Lli Biagi Montepulciano d'Abbruzo Colline Teramane DOCG Riserva "Matteo Biagi" 2009     14Euros

-Castello di Roncade Villa Guistinian Cuvee Veneto IGT 2013 $41.90

-Tenuta Montenmagno Monferrato Rosso Violae 2017 $25.90 Lic 

-Dogliotti 1870 Barolo DOCG 2013 n/a. $51 for the 2014. Lic 

-Conte d'Attimis Maniago Sauvignon DOC Colli Orientali 2017 $27.10 Lic 

-Gaspare Buscemi Perle d'Uva 2004   15 Euros; current vintage is 2014 @ 9.5 Euros

-Castello di Roncade Raboso Piave 2014 $21.74

-Tenuta Mantemagno Mysterium Barbera d'Asti Superiore DOCG 2015  $45.85  lic

-Terre di Bruca 41 Quarantuno Nero D'Avola Bio 2012 $44.35 Lic  [organic]

-Le Tenute del Garda Sottosopra Vino Turbolento Sparkling NV $34.60 Retail


***1/2 BETTER -- Three and a Half Stars (88 – 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):

-Castello di Roncade Bianco Dell'Arnasia Chardonnay di Venezia DOC 2015 $23.40 

-Dogliotti 1870 Barbaresco DOCG 2015 $49.40 Lic

-Castello di Roncade Raboso dell'Arnasa DOC Piave 2014 $25.50 Lic

-Terre di Bruca Syrano Syrah IGT Sicilia 2016 organic $23  Lic

-Terre di Bruca Quaranta Nero d'Avola IGT Sicilia 2015 organic$23.50   Lic

-Le Colyure Prosecco Brut Fagher $22.95 retail

-Kurtin Soc. Agr. Friulano Collio DOP 2017

-Le Tenute del Garda Lucone Garda DOC Groppello 2015  $23.75  Retail

-Conte d'Attimis Schioppettino Friuli Colli Orientali 2015 $35.52 Lic 

-Tenuta Monte Gorna Etna Rosso 2014

-Tenute Falezza Agr. San Felice Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG 2015


*** GOOD -- Three Stars (85 – 87 in Quality/Price Rating terms):

-Soc Agr Ca dei Faggi Cantina Perabo Ribolla Gialla Brut 2017    5.5Euros

-Podere Roverat Tai da Mar 2016    4 Euros

-Kurtin Soc. Agr. Ribolla Gialla 2017


The Food: charcuterie and cheese platters plus breads and veggies

The Downside: I had to leave early for another tasting.

The Upside: a chance to reconnect with some Italian wines since I will not be in town when ICE comes in on Oct 29.

The Contact Person: renee@heirloomvineimports.com

The Event's Marketing Effectiveness and Execution (numerical grade): 88


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