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Vinitaly Day Two, Friday, Part One.


“They should do it in Rome,” said my Dad, as we once again weave through traffic maze, gate swarms. Someone came up with the idea to move Vinitaly nearly thirty years ago, when these factors first became a problem. But somehow the fair remains fixed in Verona, city of clunky transport and outrageously priced hotels - yet also unquestionable charm, romance, and approachability.




For me, Verona is a blend of Alba’s sophistication with Venice’s love-struck tendency to brood, but also more girl-next-door than steely seductress. It’s a city where one could fall head-over-heels in love - but today, within Vinitaly’s confines, I fell for our terrific wines, one by one.






Today’s roster was lengthy. We began with a quick visit to Giorgio Pelissero’s stand, where I was happy to meet Cristina Pelissero for the first time.





We then sampled the wines of Dante Rivetti with Katia Rivetti. I enjoyed their Barbaresco Micca ’06, and the nose's floral notes. For a girl who’s not all that big on sparkling whites (go figure), their new Ivan Brut Champenoise ‘07 is terrific, with finely-meshed bubbles and a crystal-clean finish.




(more of today on the second post...)


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