Crowds pour into Vino as our free mega-tasting proves an overwhelming success! Photographs by James Taylor
Last night Vino hosted not one but four personalities from the world of Italian wine. Count Georg Kuenburg of Castel Sallegg, Casa Emma‘s Fabrizio Benedetti, and Barbara Tamburini and Silvia Marinelli of Conti Sertoli Salis were in New York this week for VINO 2009, the first industry convention of Italian wines in America. With four representatives from three of our favorite wineries in town, we couldn’t resist the opportunity to feature the best of their wines in an exclusive free tasting on Tuesday.
Meeting a wine producer is a rare and special occasion, and a great chance to ask those questions that have been dogging you ever since you first tasted their wines: Is it Soloìo or Solo io? Are visitors allowed to see the frescoes of the Palazzo Salis? Don’t you feel it’s a little cliché to be a real count and live in an actual castle?
Judging by the large number of Italian wine fans who squeezed into Vino yesterday evening, I wasn’t the only one who had curiosities which needed satisfying. All thirteen wines proved a big hit with those who tasted them, and Vino’s staff was lucky enough to try a fourteenth: the first vintage of a new wine by Conti Sertoli Salis called Baccalit, a sample of which Silvia Marinelli had brought with her from Lombardy. A blend of 85% Nebbiolo and 15% Pinot Nero, the 2006 wine was already showing great promise as an affordable red ($21) which could certainly stand up against more noble, pricier wines. The first shipment of Baccalit is due to arrive at Vino in March — when you can expect it to quickly become a new favorite.