Italy, the largest wine producing country of the world, and Canada’s number one wine importing source, organizes every year at the beginning of November in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, and Montreal a wine festival attended by many prominent wineries.
This year, 78 wineries participated, pouring more than 300 wines.
The food is always of very high quality and catered by a local Italian restaurant.
Some Italian wineries still prefer to produce “old style” highly extracted, barrel aged, tannic red wines that require long cellaring to mellow, while others (possibly the majority now) switched to more fruit-driven, lighter wines, often using “new” and French grape varieties (mainly cabernet sauvignon, merlot, syrah, chardonnay, sauvignon blanc) to achieve their objective.
Below, is a list of the wines I recommend
Chardonnay, 2012, Planeta, Sicily
Ribolla Gialla, 2012, Castello di Friuli,
Torcolato, 2009, Veneto,
Recioto della Valpolicella, 2008, Monte Faustine, Veneto
Rocca di Frasinello, 2009,
Castellare di Castellina, Tuscany
Lucente, 2010, Tenuta Luce della Vite, Tuscany
Barolo Cannubi, 2008, Marchesi di Barolo, Piedmont
Barolo Sarmassa, 2008, Marchesi di Barolo, Piedmont
Passo delle Mule, Nero d’Avola, 2011, Duca di Salaparuta, Sicily
Merlot, 2009, Planeta, Sicily
Syrah, 2012, Planeta, Sicily
Santa Cecilia, 2010, Planeta, Sicily
Ornelaia 25th Anniversario 2010, Tenuta di Ornelaia, Tiscany
Il Frapatto, 2012, Valle de Acate, Sicily
Chianti Classico, 2009, Canonau a Ceretto, Tuscany
There were numerous prosecco wines, as well as pinot grigio.
I concentrated on red wines