Our 3rd day at the largest wine trade show in the world started with a meeting with Cantina dei Colli Ripani from Offida in the Marche. They are part of the Biologico movement which is gaining strength in Italy. They farm organically and produce their wines organically. Cantina Colli Ripani is also part of an organic co-op from which they buy some of their grapes. The greatest thing about their co-op is that it is a community of farmers that share all the produce…vegetables,fruits, eggs, and everything else that they need. They support one another,eat well, and make great wine. They are also working to promote indigenous grape varieties like Pecorino and Passerina. We tasted through a dozen wines with them, they were all very impressive. The 2013 Cantina dei Colli Ripani Passerina IGT was a particularly nice way to start our morning. Next stop Tunute Soletta and a meeting with Umberto and Pena. The Soletta’s are from Sardegna, famous for their Cannonau. The first wine that we tried was the 2014 Sardo Vermentino…beautiful nose, bright fruit, racy finish, gorgeous wine. We also tasted the “Chimera” Vermentino and then 5 different Cannonau finishing with Umberto’s amazing Muscat dessert wine. All very impressive. On to Campania and a great meeting with Lorenzo and Lorenzo at Nifo. Lorenzo’ father Erasmos grows Falanghina, Greco,Fiano and Aglianico. The way he tells the story, his grapes are so good that it makes Lorenzo’s job as wine maker “easy”. He is one of my favorite characters, and Lorenzo truly is a great wine maker. Nifo is also biologico and all 8 wines were fantastic. Look for new labels this year and a new line of IGT wines. If you love Aglianico, like I do, treat yourself to a bottle of 2011 Nifo Aglianico del Taburno. Next stop…Trentino and Casata Montfort and Terre del Fohn. Lorenzo Simoni and his family grow indigenous regional grapes that were almost forgotten, and the do it very well. Trentino is known for Pinot Grigio, and both of their’s are very good. Lorenzo makes one of the most impressive Pinot Grigios on the market, the 2014 Casata Montfort Pinot Grigio Rose’ will definitely change your mind about Pinot Grigio. He also make one of the most impressive Gerwurztraminers I have ever had. I can’t say enough about how good there wines are. Muller Thurgau, Sauvignon Blanc, and the 2013 Blanc de Sers (a blend of Wanderbara,Veltliner Rosato, Nosiola and Vernaza) is like no other. The reds…Marzemino, San Lorenzo. Pinot Nero, and Toroldego speak of the terroir of this part of Italy. A great meeting with a great family and another day at Vinitaly comes to an end. Now, off to dinner with the people Cantina dei Colli Ripani. Ciao!