The Italian Trade Commission to Canada held its 20th annual Toronto wine seminar and tasting this week at Roy Thomson Hall. The academic seminar was conducted by Professor Attilio Scienza of the University of Milan, who led a group experts and sommeliers through a presentation called The Wines of the Viceroys. The focus was on the wines from what was once known as The Kingdom of the Two Sicilies, with it’s capital in Naples and its territory including the wine growing regions of Campania, Calabria, Puglia and its namesake Island. To lead us through tasting eight very different wines, was GFR’s very own Jamie Drummond, who drew comments and observations from the crowd.
Here is a quick photo essay of some of the fine people I spotted at the seminar and later on the floor for the big tasting of wines from all over Italy.
Zinta Steprans from The Living Vine, an importer of biodynamic, organic and naturally made wines gets ready to go inside Roy Thomson Hall.
Planeta’s great brand ambassador and export manager Penny Murray catches up with a friend in between pouring from the family’s six wineries across Sicily.
Umberto Biasiotto, here representing his family’s premium and blue bottled Prosecco, Foss Marai, with a friend.
The dynamic duo of Sommelière Rebecca Meïr-Liebman and Chef Eyal Liebman (a.k.a. Chef & Somm) get things started at the Planeta table.
Bring on the Barolo: sausage and salumi crafter and wine expert Angelo Bean with
a friend from Piemonte. Inerio Cinque of J. Cipelli Wines. (Following Angelo around a wine show is always a good idea. And thank you, Charles Steven Trenholme for the correction.)
Much activity at the Lifford Wine & Spirits booth, as founder Steven Campbell (centre) looks on and your photographer avails himself to a tasting through the Còpetrone line-up.
The ever dapper sommelier, consultant and sometimes GFR contributer Jay Whiteley is on the hunt.