Ah, one of my favorite times of the year has arrived. I’m not talking about the start of baseball season, however I am looking forward to seeing my beloved Red Sox make another run at a World Series title. No, I’m talking about what happens in the wine world this time of year. This is the season for many of the world’s biggest and most influential wine trade shows.
Prowein (Dusseldorf, Germany) and Vinitaly (Verona, Italy) both take place in the next couple of weeks and I’m delighted that ABCFWS has once again asked me to attend Vinitaly in search of more great Italian wine.
Vinitaly is regarded as one of the preeminent trade shows in the wine world. This year over 150,000 visitors are expected to turn out. Attendees include distributors, wholesalers, importers, bars, restaurants, sommeliers, the trade press and serious retailers like ABCFWS. It will be four days of non-stop meetings, tastings, workshops and events designed to encourage contacts between exhibitors and those of us in the trade. For anyone who thinks I’m going on vacation I would love to invite you along for just one day.
Ok I’ll admit there are worse places you can be. Verona is one of my favorite Italian cities. The spectacular array of ancient Roman and Medieval architecture within the old city is captivating. I keep telling myself that one day I will return to Verona when I can enjoy exploring this wonderful city. From the enormous Roman amphitheater erected in the 1st century AD to Piazza Della Erbe, home of the Forum in Roman times to taking a stroll down Via Mazzini. One of these days I’m going to make it happen.
This year I will be arriving a few days before the fair not to sightsee but rather to take the Vinitaly International Academy Certification Course. Myself and 59 candidates from all over the world will work toward the title of Italian Wine Ambassador. Wish me luck as I think after reviewing the study material I’m going to need it. Until then Arrivederci.
Paul Quaglini, Wine & Spirits Sales Manager
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