This years 46th Bibenda Day was a 2 day celebration of the organization in Rome with 430 produces of wine and food from all over Italy. They also had special conference with winemakers in Italy and abroad. I signed up for two, but due to a transportation strike and a mistake on my part I could not attend the Valentini tasting. I did have the pleasure of not only taste some of the wines of Josko Gravner, I was able to spend two hours listening to him speak about his life, his approach to wine and his dear father. You can read in more detail here at Katie Parla's blog
My favorites for the evening were Benanti from Etna in Sicily, Skerk from Friuli Venezia Giulia and Josko Gravne from Friuli Venezia Giulia. There were other great wines but these are the produces that stood out because of their unique approach to winemaking. Of the 8 wines wer tasted at the Gravner conference 6 were fermented in Amphora. We tried Breg 1998 and 2005 and Ribolla from 2000-2005.
These wines were intense and full of character and differed great from each year. Gravner spoke a lot about weather and conditions of each year, and since there is very little intervention on his part there is a lot of variation from each year. So much mineality in all of them. They were alive.
|The Tasting Room|
|Some of the delicious food|
|Benanti pour-beautiful wines with tons of mineality and very lively|
|Copper wines of great complexity and intensity|
|Breg 2005 (blend of Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio and Riesling)|
|When you go to an AIS tasting,don't forget your suit.|