Slow Wine and Vinitaly International Wine Tasting Event in NYC - A Chance to Love Italian Wines - Page 3
One wine that I did get the chance to taste and enjoy, was from winery Conterno Fantino. The wine was a Barolo Mosconi 2008, and though the weed control was mechanical, they are converting to organics (the Slow Wine way) which according to Conte Brando Brandolini, is a risk. However, owners Alda and Fabio Fantino feel the land must be respected. The workers who pick by hand should not be harmed, and the vines must be protected with natural ways. It is worth it to them.
I spoke to the Managing Director of Vinitaly International, Stevie Kim, about the fact that Americans are enthusiastic to learn more about Italian wines. First, the beauty of the Italian lifestyle has taken off with fiery passion, promoted by chefs Mario Batali and Lidia Bastianich, and their restaurants with Joe Bastianich. Second, loving great Italian food from the various regions of Italy means also making great wine pairings with the food. Italians always drink wine with their wonderful meals, knowing how to graciously enjoy and savor some of the most wonderful aspects of living. Americans are getting into this with fervor, desiring more knowledge about Italian wines.
When I left, my head was filled with not only the memory of fabulous tastes and aromas, but valuable information. I felt satisfied that another world of Italian wines had opened up to me, a world that I, of Italian ancestry, thought I was familiar with. In actuality, I had just scratched the surface. Now, I feel I've gone beyond to a greater level of comfort to differentiate a great Italian wine I may love to one I like. It may have nothing to do with price.