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Vinitaly Day Two, Friday, Part Two

At Icardi, we sampled the Barolo Parej ’06, and their Barbaresco ’07 Montnubert, of which I was a fan.

(Claudio Icardi with his sister Mariagrazia.)








(the Braida stand's clever product display, and below, us with Raffaella Bologna.)

At Braida, we sampled their Il Fiore ’09 white, Bricco dell’Uccellone ’07, and Bricco della Bigotta ’07. I enjoyed Braida’s Grignolino d’Asti, of an indigenous grape: a pale-hued red with fruit/herbal aromas, yet strong acidity and tannins.






At Sardus Pater, I was truly impressed by their Kanai Riserva ’05, 100% of Carignano del Sulcis, a varietal native to Sardegna. We also sampled their Verdicchio ’09, their ‘Is Solus’ and ‘Arenas’ (both also of Carignano del Sulcis), and their ‘Amentos’ Moscato. All are solid wines, of vines that grow in view of the sea.





What with all this wine, I was so relieved upon arriving at I Greco's booth to find the most amazing spread of meats, cheese, and a spicy tomato tapenade, better than anything you'd find in a specialty store, and all homemade by their Mom.

Tommaso Greco, of 'Masino fame, impressed us with his extensive I Greco wine knowledge that my Dad offered him a sales job back in the states. While 'Masino happens to be my favorite of their line, I was also delighted to discover their Savu, a rose' of Gaglioppo, perfect accompaniment to our feast.


     (Tommaso Greco with my Dad.)



(Giancarlo and the Greco family's hospitality.)

At the end of the day we find ourselves back in the tangle of cars all trying to exit the parking lot at once. “Every year I say it’s the last, and every year it’s the same,” says my Dad. When it’s time to pay the toll, my brother adjusts his sunglasses, and Dad leans over him to address the Attendant.

 “Sono Io,” Dad says. This literally means “I am me,” but connotes identity, of celebrity: he once heard Gianna Nannini say this and by now has taken it on as his own. And somehow, this works – the parking attendant grows flustered and replies, “Si, si, prego, grazie,” brushing us toward the exit without pay. As on the first day I was surprised, now I am shocked.


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