European Wine Bloggers Conference and a Live dégorgement
Another European wine bloggers conference gone. This time we met in Brescia, Franciacorta, Italy. As expected, there was a big focus on the sparkling wines from Franciacorta, which are nowadays known not only in Europe but a little bit everywhere. As I am not a fan of sparkling wines, I was satisfied to see other Italian wine regions represented, as well as Austrian and Chilean wines. This year there were well over 200 attendees, reaching the reasonable limit for the conference with this format, in which we try to meet most of the people present at the event.
From Portugal there were not many people but I was happy to see that we are no longer alone as Port Wine producers. Sogrape was present in the last two editions, but this year two other Port producers joined us, João Roseira from Quinta do Infantado and Cynthia Jenson representing Graham’s Quinta dos Malvedos.
The highlight of the conference was on Sunday when a small group of around 25 people visited Monte Rossa winery. Emanuele Rabotti, the MD of the winery, degorged a 1990 Cabochon. I had the chance to make a video of it. A total of 4 bottles were opened, which, due to the high pressure inside the bottle (around 5 atmosphears) was in the water, making it a cleaner opening. And the wine showed very well, still fresh and vibrant!