Off to Piemonte and VinItaly

03272008.gifI’m packing for my trip to Italy and am really looking forward to hopping on that plane tomorrow afternoon. It’s a long trek, but I know that Rachel and I will have a blast touring around the countryside, visiting wineries and eating some great food. I’ve got visits set up at Damilano, Prunotto and will be getting together with Anothony Nicalo of Farmstead Wines to visit a few of the farmer winemakers around the area. That should prove to be a highlight – small, family-made wines made from their own grapes.

In the first week of April, we’ll head up to Verona for VinItaly and will also pay a visit to Vini Secondo Natura, a smaller wine show that is the “alternative” to the humongous VinItaly, based around the farmer wineries.

On Saturday, April 5th, we’ve been invited to a party at Bertani’s Villa Novare estate just outside Verona. In their words, “it will be possible to taste beautiful food and taste the best wines from Bertani including some old vintages.” Man oh man, this is going to be great.

I’m just really looking forward to paying my first visit to the country that makes my favourite wine and food. I’ll post some pictures and write-ups as I go, so stay tuned. 🙂

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