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What I Learned I have never tasted so many wines back-to-back-to-back, let alone wines all from the same region, from the same vintages, in rapid succession.Previously, when I heard wine connoisseurs compare the distinctions of vintages or producers from the same area, particularly for wines that have strict quality standards like Brunello, I was skeptical that anyone could tell marked differences between these wines with confidence.While spittoons were placed at each producers table, I sometimes found the bucket was just on the other side of a large, chatty Italian-man I needed to politely maneuver around to delicately spit my wine out.I also quickly learned that producers liked to showcase their full range of wines—preferring that you start your tasting at their table with their Rosso di Montalcino wine (more on that later) and “working your way up” to the Brunellos and Riservas.“Tasting Groups” are a great way to approach the same type of tasting that wine professionals get to experience all the time, in which a group of similarly minded wine drinkers pool their funds and host themed tastings. Christina lives in New York City, lawyer by day, student of wine by night.
I quickly learned that one of the trickiest aspects of participating in this tasting was vying for the spittoons.These included “I get to taste lots of expensive Italian wine for free? I soon learned there was a good reason for that, as these vintage unveilings are trade tastings reserved only for those in the wine industry whose job warrants an invitation.