As Formaggio Kitchen Cambridge’s Wine Buyer, the long-awaited arrival of spring usually means having the opportunity to travel to Verona for Italy’s most significant wine expo, VinItaly. This year was no exception.
During a short stint from January 23rd to 25th, I had the opportunity to once again attend Millésime Bio, an annual organic wine exposition in Montpellier, France.
If you are familiar with our wine philosophy, you will know how important natural, traditional farming is to us. In general, we have found that those winemakers who have a closer relationship to their land translate their terroir most authentically. Giovanna and Stefano are pioneers in their growing community, not only for their organic farming but also their commitment to tradition in both the vineyard and wine cellar.
When he told me that the pallet that I had seen picked up the day before had magnums of this wine on it and was destined for Massachusetts, I was already placing the order for those bottles in my mind, hoping to transfer a little bit of my experience to my customers this holiday season.
One of the most memorable tastings I had at VinItaly was with Valli Unite, a cooperative I visited in 2006, located in the hills outside of Tortona (essentially in the DOC Gavi growing area).
During the second week of April, I had the opportunity to attend VinItaly – one of the largest and most well-attended trade shows for wine professionals – and two smaller, organic off-shoot shows: VinNatur and Vini Veri