8 April 2010. Vinitaly 2010 has kicked off, although it will ‘officially’ be opened by the President of Italy, Giorgio Napolitano, tomorrow. There is already a buzz in the air with a renewed optimism following last year’s circumspection due to the global financial crisis, notes Harshal Shah Sommelier India WINE magazine’s Delhi correspondent reporting from Verona.
There are some superb tastings lined up including a look at Solaia, the historical Super-Tuscan produced by Marchesi Antinori. If last year’s retrospective on 150 years of Gaja is anything to go by, then this year’s look at the 1978, ’88, ’94, ’97, ’04 and ’07 vintages will be just as enjoyable and we hope, rather memorable.
Elsewhere around the fair, the annual Civiltà del Bere tasting looks at 12 ‘blue chip’ Italian wines – the consistently highest rated wines in the most regarded wine publications and critics around the world such as Gambero Rosso, Parker, Wine Spectator etc. The producers showing their top wine include Allegrini, Ornellaia, Antinori, Mastroberardino and Tenuta San Guido (producers of Sassicaia) to name a few.
There are also historical Amarone tastings to look forwrad to: we are in the region for it after all.