Cheers to a wonderful day wine lovers!
Saturday April 9th was the anticipated OperaWine (5th edition) event hosted in the Palazzo della Gran Guardia by Wine Spectator.
If you love wine and like to read about it you are probably acquainted with this magazine, but for the few of you who don’t know about it “Wine Spectator is the world’s leading authority on wine that reaches more than three million readers” -operawine.it
The magazine is basically a worldwide guide for wine news.

Through OperaWine, Wine Spectator chooses about a 100 wine producers that well represent the regions of Italy, that way allowing the large variety of grapes within Italy to be noticed.

So scroll down to get a little summary of the event and don’t forget to press play on the last video of the blog.

Press Conference

OperaWine also serves in uniting Italian wine lovers around the world that want to spread the word on the unique features that Italian wine contains that makes its composition stand out from wines of other countries around the world. During the press conference the message that I always try to give collectors and young wine consumers was highlighted. Besides the fact that Italian wines benefit from having such rich variety of grapes, another advantage it has is the flexibility of being able to age as well as being ready to drink. This kind of flexibility allows young wine consumers and the older collectors to meet in the middle and enjoy both of the wine’s benefits.
If you want to have more information on the Italian wine regions included go to http://www.operawine.it/wineregions2016
First, I want to start by congratulating the 8 wineries that were newly included this year. They are the following:
CASTELLO D’ALBOLA
 Chianti Classico Riserva 2010
( Region: Tuscany )
BELLENDA
2006 Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore S.C. 1931
( Region: Veneto )
BINOMIO
 Montepulciano d’Abruzzo 2010
( Region: Abruzzo )
ELVIO COGNO
Barolo Ravera 2006
( Region: Piedmont )
VINCENZO IPPOLITO
Ciro Ripe del Falco Riserva 2001
( Region: Calabria )
IL PALAGIO
Sister Moon 2011
( Region: Tuscany )
SCHOLA SARMENTI
Nardo Nerio Riserva 2012
( Region: Puglia )
LA TUNELLA
Friulano Friuli Colli Orientali Col Livius 2011
( Region: Friuli-Venezia Giulia)
To summarize my picks of the night I have grouped them into four categories.

*Please note that I have not included the wine producers that I will interview in Vinitaly since I will discuss their vintage in the next blog.*

I. Collectible Wines

If you are a wine collector you should keep an eye on the following:
BRUNO GIACOSA
Falletto Di Bruno Giacosa Barolo Le Rocche del Falletto Riserva 2007
( Region: Piedmont )
GAJA
 Langhe Sperss 2011
(Region: Piedmont )
BIBI GRAETZ
Toscana Colore 2008
(Region: Tuscany )
TENUTA SAN GUIDO
 Bolgheri-Sassicaia Sassicaia 2012
(Region: Tuscany )
VALDICAVA
Brunello di Montalcino Madonna del Piano Riserva 2006
( Region: Tuscany )
MASI
 Mazzano Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2007
 ( Region: Veneto )
CASANOVA DI NERI
Brunello di Montalcino Cerretalto 2008
( Region: Tuscany )
II. Must-Have
Wines that you can age and are also ready to drink!
CASTELLO D’ALBOLA
www.zoninusa.com/estates/castello-dalbola

 Chianti Classico Riserva 2010
( Region: Tuscany )
BINOMIO

Montepulciano d’Abruzzo 2010

( Region: Abruzzo )
BRAIDA DI GIACOMO BOLOGNA
 Barbera d’Asti Bricco dell’ Uccellone 2010
( Region: Piedmont )
 LEOLINDO PIEROPAN 
www.pieropan.it

Soave Classico La Rocca 2011
(Region: Veneto )
FERRARI TRENTO
www.ferraritrento.it

Ferrari Extra Brut Trento Riserva Lunelli 2006
(Region: Trentino-Alto Adige)
ELENA WALCH
www.elenawalch.com

 Alto Adige Beyond The Clouds 2013
(Region: Trentino-Alto Adige )
RENATO RATTI
www.renatoratti.com

Barolo Rocche 2004
( Region: Piedmont )
III. Everyday Enjoy
Options to enjoy on a daily basis
BELLENDA

www.bellenda.it

2006 Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore S.C. 1931
( Region: Veneto )
Thomas Matthews (Executive Editor of Wine Spectator)
A big thank you to Thomas Matthews and Stevie Kim for organizing such a wonderful wine event and of course the wine producers that made this day extra special.
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So every great day has to come to an end, but of course, not before having a fantastic dinner at Tre Marchetti, which I’m still dreaming about. You really can’t go wrong with Italian food AND WINE!
And with that being said I will end my blog.
But this is just the beginning! I will keep you updated on the many more wine labels you should keep an eye on, plus interviews in Vinitaly with some of the top Italian wine producers.By the way, there are some great wine labels that I have purposely not posted on this blog because I will give certain wine producers an interview where I will further discuss their new releases on the Vinitaly blog coming up Thursday.So follow me on social media where I will post snippets of the fair before the blog and if you have any questions or comments regarding the wine labels you can contact me through my website.
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