2008 Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival – “Innovation by Tradition” – Opening Plenary

02292008.gif“Hedonisticament” – was the defining word Italian Wine Consultant Barbara Tamburini used in her rather verbose keynote presentation to open the Vancouver International Wine Festival. She explained that to her this meant the desire to create and drink great wine versus producing large volumes. Sounds great to me

As we entered, we were presented with a lovely glass of Mionetto Prosecco (not bad for 9:30am) and a tasting station with twelve wines each. I’m not sure if “good things come to those who wait” is an Italian adage, however ninety minutes later we were finally given the opportunity learn exactly what she meant by “innovation by tradition.”

The wines got to have their say and they spoke to the immense and wonderful diversity of Italian Wines. Some highlights included:

2006 Agricola Marrone Langhe Arneis “Tre Fie” – Nice honey and apple on the nose with soft citrus and peach on the palate, nice lime and fennel on the finish with great minerally acidity (4 Stars)

2003 Antinori Tenute Marchesi Antinori Chianti Classico DOCG – Amazing eucalyptus and mint with some pepper on the nose, followed up with jammy black currant and berry. Yep, I’m likin’ this year’s festival theme now. The finish was all nice firm tannins vanilla and hint of liquorice. (4.5 Stars)

2003 Prunotto Bussia Barolo DOCG – This will definitely make my top choices for the festival. Plain gorgeous is the place to start with it’s brick brown color and nose full of prune, violets, brown sugar and some pepper. A nice big sip showed jammy blackberries and currants with lovely raisin overtones, followed up with nice balanced tannins with some tar and peppers. A nice way to end the tasting to say the least. (4.5 Stars)

We followed this up with an afternoon of amazing Barolos, Barbarescos and Bubbles. A great start and back at it tomorrow.

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