Situated high in the hills of Conegliano is the magical castle of San Salvatore. Here, in the palatial estate rooms with painted murals and outside views of vineyards, many events are held. On the 10th of March it hosted 300 x 100, a wine event that promotes 100 producers from the Veneto state, each with 3 different wines. This is the third year that the Italian Sommelier Association presented this event, and with each year more people attend. Each room of the castle represents a different wine area- Lison Pramaggiore, Valpolicella, Conegliano (Prosecco), etc. Roaming around these rooms, we can taste the different wines and grapes grown in each area. We can see how a slight change in land and climate can offer a wine different from its neighbor. In fact, this is the beauty of these events, that we are able to understand how various the wines of the world can be. The Veneto may be the fifth largest state in Italy, but it’s smaller than Massachusetts, with around 7,000 sq miles. Even still, an endless amount of grape varietals are grown, from international names like Cabernet, Merlot, Pinot Grigio and Chardonnay to indigenous vines like Raboso, Refosco, Bardolino, Garganega, Tai, and Prosecco. Some of the most famous wines known world wide are from the Veneto. Wines like Amarone, Soave, Prosecco and Pinot Grigio were all represented at the event. There were some larger names like Speri, Zeni, Santa Margherita, Tedeschi, Villa Sandi, Mionetto, Venegazzù and Astoria. Other producers may not have as large of a recognition worldwide but are producers with whom I work with often and believe that they will be leaders in the future. These are Geretto, Sandro de Bruno, Le Carline, Col Vetoraz, Stajnbech, Casa Roma, Cechetto, Maculan and Santa Sofia. Lots of tasting helped me find new wines to add to my cantina and others that I found less desirable. Most of all, I realize that I will never know enough about wine or get to taste every producers version of what they think to be the best representation of their wines. Guess it just means I have many more events to go to.
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