OK, I admit it, I like to sniff…

We are deep into it now, Vinitaly 2014. The heat is on, here in Verona – temperatures are record-breaking, and the wines are sweating. The refrigeration just can’t keep up with the sun beating down on the Verona fairgrounds.

I’ve got to admit it, I prefer to sniff. The aromas are heady… I came to this realization somewhere toward the end of the First Level Sommelier course. In Italy, if you want to become a Sommelier you can do 3 levels of course with the prestigious Italian association Associazione Italiana Sommelier, affectionately known as AIS, which is pronounced ‘ice’. And we could have used some of that around here yesterday.

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Crowds of people swarm through the pavilions to see the stands and taste vintages…

 

 

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This is a time for chefs as well as winemakers.

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And can I say something? They take their polenta seriously here in the Veneto!

 

 

 

Our day ends with a fabulous party, ‘the party’ of Vinitaly – at the Allegrini Estate. Here is yours truly with Marilisa Allegrini, definitely the hostess with the mostest! A feast for the eyes, as well as the palate!

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 Don’t those glasses just invite you to take another sip?

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