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producers in this wine event i shouldn't miss? (see post for golden glass attendees)

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the producers participating in this year's golden glass --

ITALY

* La Corte, Piedmont
* Villa Giada, Piedmont
* Marco Destefanis, Piedmont
* La Montagnetta, Piedmont
* Cantina del Pino, Piedmont
* Marchesi Incisa della Rocchetta, Piedmont
* Podere Ruggeri Corsini, Piedmont
* Nuova Cadameo, Piedmont
* Cascina Dongiovanni, Piedmont
* Ghisolfi Attiglio, Piedmont
* Germano Ettore, Piedmont
* Bricco Maiolica, Piedmont
* Scagliola, Piedmont
* Enzo Boglietti, Piedmont
* La Gironda di Galandrino, Piedmont

* Adami, Veneto
* Arnaldo Caprai, Umbria
* Azienda Agricola Contesa, Abruzzi
* Borgo Scopeto e Caparzo Srl, Toscana
* Borgo Colloredo, Molise
* Ca’ Du Rabaja’, Piedmonte
* Cantina Produttori Cortaccia, Alto Adige
* Cantina Pedres, Sardegna
* Cantina Produttori San Michele Appiano, Alto Adige
* Cantina St. Pauls, Alto Adige
* Cantina Tollo S.C.A., Abruzzi
* Cascina Adelaide, Piemonte
* Castello di Neive Azienda Agricola di Italo Stupino, Piemonte
* Centorame, Abruzzi
* Conti Zecca, Puglia
* D’Angelo, Basilicata
* D’Antiche Terre, Campania
* Eugenio Collavini Viticoltori, Friuli-Venezia Giulia
* Filippo Gallino, Piemonte
* Fornacina, Toscana
* Gigante, Friuli-Venezia Giulia
* I Balzini, Toscana
* Marotti Campi, Marche
* Nicolis, Veneto
* La Boatina, Friuli-Venezia Giulia
* La Crotta di Vegneron, Valle d’Aosta
* La Montecchia, Veneto
* La Tordero, Veneto
* Le Fonti, Toscana
* Lini Oreste e Figli SPA, Emilia-Romagna
* Livon, Friuli-Venezia Giuli
* Pierpaolo Pecorari, Friuli-Venezia Giuli
* Podere Gualandi di Guido Gualandi, Toscana
* Primosic, Friuli-Venezia Giulia
* Prunotto, Piemonte
* Ronco Dei Tassi, Friuli-Venezia Giuli
* Ruggeri, Veneto
* Sassotondo, Toscana
* Scacciadiavoli, Umbria
* Tranchero Osvaldo, Piemonte
* Valle dell’ Asso, Puglia

NEW ZEALAND
FROM THE WINEGROWERS OF NEW ZEALAND

* Allan Scott
* Brancott
* Dashwood
* Forrest
* Gladstone
* Goldwater
* Huia
* Lindauer
* Mills Reef
* Mt Difficulty
* Nautilus Estate, Marlborough
* Matua Valley
* O:TU
* Palliser Estate, Martinborough
* Paritua
* Staete Landt
* Spy Valley
* Stoneleigh
* Steve Bird
* Trinity Hill
* Vavasour
* Villa Maria
* Waimea
* Whitehaven
* Wild Earth
* Woollaston

AUSTRALIA

* Cullen, Margaret River
* Henschke, Eden Valley
* Jansz, Tasmania
* Jasper Hill, Heathcote
* Jim Barry, Clare Valley
* mesh, Eden Valley
* Pewsey Vale, Eden Valley
* Philip Shaw Wines, Orange
* Yalumba, Barossa & Eden Valley

SPAIN

* Bodegas Alejandro Fernández-Tinto Pesquera, Ribera del Duero
* Condado de Haza, Ribera del Duero
* Dehesa la Granja, Vino de la Tierra de Castilla y León
* El Vínculo, La Mancha
* Bodeas Guelbenzu, Navarra/Ribera del Queiles
* Bodegas Bretón, Rioja Alta
* Bodegas Toro Albalá, Montilla-Moriles
* Martinsancho, Rueda
* Bodegas Valenciso, Rioja Alta
* Bodegas Pasanau, Priorato


GERMANY

* Georg Breuer, Rheingau
* Dr. Bürklin-Wolf, Pfalz
* C.H. Berres, Mosel

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  1. There is a lot of good wine here...I would not miss
    Marchesi Incisa della Rochetta
    Arnaldo Caprai
    Prunotto
    Goldwater
    Nautilis
    Henschke
    Phillip Shaw
    Georg Breuer

    Good luck!

    1. NEW ZEALAND
      * Allan Scott
      * Dashwood
      * Goldwater
      * Huia
      * Mt Difficulty
      * Palliser Estate, Martinborough
      * Vavasour

      AUSTRALIA
      * Cullen, Margaret River
      * Henschke, Eden Valley
      * Jasper Hill, Heathcote
      * Jim Barry, Clare Valley
      * Yalumba, Barossa & Eden Valley

      SPAIN
      * Bodegas Alejandro Fernández-Tinto Pesquera, Ribera del Duero
      * Condado de Haza, Ribera del Duero
      * Dehesa la Granja, Vino de la Tierra de Castilla y León
      * El Vínculo, La Mancha
      * Bodeas Guelbenzu, Navarra/Ribera del Queiles
      * Bodegas Bretón, Rioja Alta
      * Bodegas Toro Albalá, Montilla-Moriles
      * Bodegas Valenciso, Rioja Alta
      * Bodegas Pasanau, Priorato

      GERMANY
      * Georg Breuer, Rheingau
      * Dr. Bürklin-Wolf, Pfalz

      1. I fully support the suggestions so far, and would second the Jim Barry and the Cullen from Oz. I would also definitely go for the Nautilus if they're pouring their pinot. I was very impressed by them last year when I was working in Marlborough.

        1. Arnaldo Caprai - Hopefully Marco will be there as well - super nice guy.

          Georg Breuer - the man himself passed away, and way too soon I might add. Have not had wines from this estate since then - they used to be GLORIOUS wines.

          1. For something a little off the beaten track...try my friends at La Crotta di Vegneron, from the Valle d’Aosta.

            They are trying to make their wines known to the wider world and they are taking their first trip to the US... so they will probalbly be a little hesitant,... tell'em Mark sent you and that might help...

            Recommnedations worth tasting are the Muscat based wines both in the Dry and Dessert version (Passito).
            In the Reds try the Fumin which is grown only in the Val D'Aosta.
            Then there are also the Pinot Grigio wines, again both Dry and Dessert (called Flétri).

            There's more but I'll let you discover them by yourself....

            1. Here are a few more:

              ITALY
              * Cantina Produttori San Michele Appiano, Alto Adige -- large producer but well-priced. Their Santa Maddelena red wine was very nice last time I tried it. If you've never had Lagrein, try it. It's Zinfandel-ish. Most of all, I hope they pour their St. Valentin Comtess, a late-harvest dessert wine redolent of apricots.
              *** Prunotto, Piemonte -- CH wine board
              *****Scacciadiavoli, Umbria -- name means "scare away the devils";Chowhound thread on this winery and wine.

              SPAIN
              ***** Bodegas Alejandro Fernández-Tinto Pesquera, Ribera del Duero -- CH wine board
              *** Condado de Haza, Ribera del Duero -- CH wine board
              * Bodegas Pasanau, Priorato -- just to check out this Priorat

              1. I bet there is a lot of good wine here. I'm just not familiar with a lot of these producers. Here is the lst of the producers that I am both familiar with and enjoy (at least in the context of what they are trying to achieve).

                Adami, Veneto (IT)
                Nautilus (NZ)
                Henschke, Eden Valley (AUS)
                Jasper Hill, Heathcote (AUS)
                Yalumba, Barossa & Eden Valley (AUS)
                Bodegas Alejandro Fernández-Tinto Pesquera, Ribera del Duero (SP)
                Condado de Haza, Ribera del Duero (SP)
                Dr. Bürklin-Wolf, Pfalz (GER)

                1. Did anyone else make it to the event? I don't have my notes with me, but I found a lot of great inexpensive Italian wines that I'll definitely search out. Plenty of big Barolos too that might be good, but I found it really hard to gauge quality in young super tanic wines when my palette had been through the wringer.

                  Got to taste the 2007 Estate Dr. Burklin-Wolf Riesling, I think I had the last glass and boy did I luck out. The wine was perfect--almost boring in its perfection, I sort of liked the 2005 from the same producer better just because it was a bit less straight-forward. The importer is up in Seattle, and while he was evasive about where to find it locally, he told me to email him and he'd make sure some showed up at my favorite local wine shop. Odd--but I guess production is quite limited and he wants the wine to go to a good home.

                  Bodegas Alejandro Fernández: I wanted to like this winery more, but it just didn't do much for me. One of the wines was corked, and for some reason after agreeing with me that it was corked and pouring me a fresh glass from a different bottle, the proprietor kept pouring from the corked bottle for other people.

                  Logistically, the event was kind of a mess. Unlike the Family Winemaker's Tasting in the same location, the crew emptying dump buckets didn't have rolling garbage cans and they had to navigate the crowds with full buckets on trays; it added a certain stress to the afternoon wondering if I was going to be sloshed by a gallon of masticated juice. Tables had printouts with winery signs, but they were often hidden by the crowd, rather than signs attached to posts. Lastly, the will-call ticket holders had to wait in line for the better part of an hour because they were so understaffed, but I waltzed right in with no wait when I bought my ticket the day of the event.

                  Luckily, they don't seem to promote this as well as they could, and the crowd was moderately sized. The food options looked good, but I wasn't willing to wait in the long lines for some of the more popular offerings from the Fatted Calf or Chez Panisse when there was so much good wine to try.

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                  1. re: SteveG

                    The will-call line was rediculous. I was one of the people who had to wait nearly an hour. I would have paid the extra $7.50 had I known. Also didn't get to try the food at the fatted calf because the line was so long.

                    The best wine of the tasting to me was the Hawshead Pinot from NZ. Loved the Pesquera, of course, and the Adami Proseccos.

                    Funny enough, the person who got me to go -- Ceri Smith -- was the same person who convinced the people both in front and behind me on the will-call line to go. So I wonder how much of an impact she had in the overall attendance. I don't know what she was doing before she opened Biondivino, but it seems like in no time she has become a major force in the SF wine scene.

                  2. Arnaldo Caprai, Umbria

                    Enzo Boglietti, Piedmont

                    Huia (New Zealand)

                    Bodegas Alejandro Fernández-Tinto Pesquera, Ribera del Duero
                    Condado de Haza, Ribera del Duero

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                    1. re: vinosnob

                      vinosnob,

                      Did you go and like those producers? Or did you just read the top post and not realize this event happened yesterday ;-)

                      1. re: whiner

                        Oh, the latter. (Sigh), sleep deprivation acting up again ;)

                        Sounded like a great event! I'll be keeping an eye out for the Hawshead; Central Otago is an excellent piont-producing region...

                        1. re: vinosnob

                          ug... my keyboard has been acting up again.... HAWKSHEAD :D

                          www.hawksheadwine.com