Wine Spectator executive editor Thomas Matthews and I spent three days at Vinitaly this past week. The last time I visited Verona, where the annual wine fair is held, was in 1998.
My memory was faded, but this was an energizing time spent meeting dozens of Italian producers. It was made even more enjoyable by the sunny, 80° F weather, a welcome change from the chill and rain we left behind in New York.
Roughly half our time was spent wandering the fair's nine exhibition halls, tasting wines and meeting producers, many of whom we knew, and others whose wines we were tasting for the first time. Here are a few of the highlights.
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