November 23rd, 2019 – A Tasting of Wines from Italy- Year 16!


A Tasting of Wines from Italy  –   Year 16 !  

 The Show

Depending on who you tallk to, Canada is either the 5th or 4th largest importer of Italian wine in the World.

We flat out love Italian wines.

Doesn’t seem to matter whether it’s :


  • Arneis
  • Pecorino
  • Pinot  Bianco
  • Pinot Grigio
  • Trebbiano-Abruzzese
  • Verdicchio
  • Vermentino


  • Barbera
  • Corvina
  • Dolcetto
  • Negro Amaro
  • Primitivo
  • Nebbiolo
  • Nero d’Avola
  • Sangiovese
  • Aglianico

 They come from every part of this fabulous country:

  • Puglia
  • Sicily
  • Tuscany
  • Veneto
  • Piedmont
  • Asti
  • Barolo
  • Barbaresco
  • Alba
  • La Morra
  • Sienna
  • Chianti

And  then there’s the hottest star of the show – Prosecco.

 Italians don’t just sip wines.  Every Italian wine has to pair with Italian food.  Plain and Simple.

That fact and the work of time has made their wines into liquid art.

Even though they don’t push the organic branding as much as other countries, many Italian farmers, growers and owners have always grown organically.

My co-host for this Italian Special is Michaela Morris.


tdm and Michaela

Michaela  is an international wine writer, educator, judge and speaker based in Vancouver  with frequent engagements in Italy. Besides writing for several Canadian publications including Taste and Quench, Michaela contributes to Meininger’s Wine Business International and Decanter online and print magazines.

Michaela devotes much of her time traveling to wine regions around the globe and speaks English, French and Italian.

She saved me time and time again – with pronunciations, translations and introductions.

She knew most of the wine people pouring on the day.  I got to ride shotgun and this show was better for it.

Thank you Michaela. Impressive work.

The annual 16th A Tasting of Wines from Italy event is organized by the Italian Trade Commission and co-hosted  by the Consulate General of Italy.   The event was  also held in Calgary (16th edition) and in Toronto and Montréal (24th edition).


Alessandro Guagliardi Export Manager TRAVAGLINI GIANCARLO – Piedmont

Giovanni Silvestri CASALE DEL GIGLIO – Lazio

Ida Savoia Export Manager IL POGGIO VINI – Campania

Patricia Mejia Export Manager FIRRIATO – Sicily

Federica Pecorari Owner LIS NERIS – Friuli

Matthew Fleming, North American Brand Manager MALVIRA’ – Piedmont

Nicola Guidi (Guidi Owner) – Tuscany

Carmen David D’Onofrio  (managing partner) Stile Brands

Matthew Landry – Stable House Bistro.  Sommelier of the Year


Bill Jones – Foraging Mushrooms

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A primer on Phantom Creek

The Science of Wine