MEDICI ERMETE CONCERTO LAMBRUSCO REGGIANO Italy $21.99 571968 This sparkling red from Emilia-Romagna delivers pomegranate, maraschino cherry, rose petal and star anise aromas. It is fizzy, singular and fresh with a creamy mousse.

DI MONTALCINO Italy $64.99 139220 Here is a classic Tuscan beauty. It is silky, complex and elegant with notes of cherry woven with licorice, dried roses and pipe tobacco.

Tasting Room Tips


Make sure you eat before a tasting; even if you are only sampling small amounts of wine, best not to do it on an empty stomach. Make a plan. It’s not possible to taste all the wines in the room. Decide ahead which winery tables you absolutely want to visit, and go there first. Spit! There are always spit buckets provided. Use them, and you can taste more. Engage. The winery representative is there for a reason. This is a great opportunity to learn more about the wine in your glass.

GÉRARD BERTRAND ORANGE GOLD LANGUEDOC ROUSSILLON France $31.99 456710 From southern France, this blend of seven white varieties expresses honey-laced tea, quince jelly and apricot aromas. It has a slick texture and long finish.

PHANTOM CREEK CABERNET FRANC BC VQA $41.99 90203 Hailing from Oliver, this savoury Cabernet Franc delivers currant, black chocolate, graphite and espresso aromas. It is supple yet muscular.


Monopolize the table. Get your sample and ask your question; then step back to allow others an opportunity. Wear fragrance. It affects your own sense of smell and the sense of smell of those around you.

ROBERT MONDAVI NAPA VALLEY CABERNET SAUVIGNON USA $59.99 255513 A classic and substantial Napa Valley Cabernet offering purple berries, spice, graphite and mocha. It is a superb example of the variety with notable persistence.

EL PETIT BONHOMME JUMILLA TINTO Spain $17.99 169383 This fragrant blend of Monastrell, Syrah and Garnacha packs a punch of cherry, strawberry, violets and baking spice aromas. It’s generous and fresh.



For more information about the VIWF and a list of participating wineries, see page 106.

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