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Pomeriggio Italiano:
An Italian Flavor Afternoon Tasting at Procissi Cellar
Loris Scagliarini - November 20, 2006

Sunday morning, November 19, 2006 Brigit and I left our San Anselmo bungalow wrapped in an unusual low fog to find that the sun was bright and uncovered in Sausalito and the city.

We picked up our Italian marketing manager, Christian Lepori, with Maurizio Favrel, the young owner and winemaker of the Azienda Agricola Malibrán, located in the northeastern region of Veneto and Matteo Buffagni, of the Azienda Agricola Cantina Barbolini, in the center-north region of Emilia Romagna, at their San Francisco hotels and headed east on Highway 80 and across the Bay Bridge.

I strongly believe that Maurizio is one of the growing young stars of the Italian winemaking world and I am, obviously, not the alone in my belief, as his delightful sparkling Prosecco wines are being awarded numerous prizes and recognitions, both in Europe and the US. Two of his prize-winning wines are available in select stores and restaurants in California and Oregon, as well as online at Emporio-Italia.com.

 
   

Our destination is the Procissi Cellar in historic downtown Folsom, a town well known in California for the double album recorded live there, at the high security prison, by Johnny Cash, among other things. Wayne Procissi is a winemaker in Placerville and, with the help of his wife Barbara, runs the Procissi Wine Gallery, a welcoming wine tasting room / art gallery.

Specialty Food
Matteo Buffagni, of Azienda Agricola Cantina Barbolini, producers of Lambrusco wine.
Maurizio Favrel, owner and winemaker of Azienda Agricola Malibrán is in the background.
Specialty Food
Maurizio Favrel, owner and winemaker of Azienda Agricola Malibrán pours his prize winning Proseccos,
Matteo Buffagni, of Azienda Agricola Cantina Barbolini, is in the background.

The day is dedicated to tasting Malibrán's "Gorio Valdobbiadene Prosecco DOC Spumante Extra" and the "Ruio Valdobbiadene Prosecco DOC Spumante Brut", as well as Barbolini's red sparkling "Lambrusco di Modena IGT Il Maglio" and "Lambrusco Grasparossa di Castelvetro DOC Terra dei Pio Cru". Italian specialties such as limited production extra virgin olive oil from Tuscany and Apulia, which served as dip for crudites or bread along with balsamic vinegar from Modena; ABTM, or traditional balsamic vinegar from Modena, served with imported Italian Parmesan and Grana Padano cheeses, as well as with strawberries; delicious green and black olive tapenade from Veneto spread on sourdough bread and assorted crackers; and fruit-based balsamic vinegar sauces served on chunks of Valtellina cheese, are served to go with the wines.

Specialty Food
The Munchies

Samples of olive oil and olive leaf-based body products by the Azienda Agricola Frezza from Veneto were available for the customers to try and evaluate.

There was a constant flow of people at the event from 12 noon to 5, when it officially closed.

Specialty Food
Four happy customers of Procissi Cellar.
From left: Cara and Patrick Nooren, Amy and Gil Garza

The 80 / 90 people who participated, appreciated the opportunity to talk directly to the producers very much, and most of them were generally intrigued by the two Lambruscos and delighted by the Prosecco. Many of them walked out with bottles or cases of both.

It's a fun, though tiring, day. We all appreciated meeting people truly interested in knowing more about niche and specialty products, and discovering what's behind a great traditional wine or specialty food product.

As a token of appreciation, three prizes were drawn among all the participants who returned a filled-in feedback form. The results are published below.

The winners are:

Product Scores

The best of show was Gorio – Valdobbiadene Prosecco DOC Spumante Extra Dry, which scored an average 95.26 points, including a WOW!, which wasn't counted as I did not know what numeric value to assign to it. Below please find the complete score chart.

Product Name Producer Region Type Highest Score Lowest Score
Average Score
WINES
Gorio – Valdobbiadene Prosecco DOC Spumante Extra Dry Azienda Agricola Malibran Veneto Sparkling White 100 49
95.26
Ruio – Valdobbiadene Prosecco DOC Spumante Brut Azienda Agricola Malibran Veneto Sparkling White 100 50
84.50
Lambrusco Grasparossa di Castelvetro DOC “Terra dei Pio” Cru Azienda Agricola Cantina Barbolini Emilia Romagna Sparkling Red 100+ 30 80.31
Lambrusco di Modena IGT “Il Maglio” Azienda Agricola Cantina Barbolini Emilia Romagna Sparkling Red 100+ 25 80.23
FOOD PRODUCTS
Traditional Balsamic Vinegar from Modena Barbolini (20-year-old) Azienda Agricola Cantina Barbolini Emilia Romagna Balsamic Vinegar 100 80 95.17
Balsamic Vinegar from Modena (4-year-old) Premiata Distilleria Galdino Caselli Emilia Romagna Balsamic Vinegar 100 55 91.86
Balsamic Vinegar based Fig Sauce Premiata Distilleria Galdino Caselli Emilia Romagna Preserve 100 50 89.28
Olivolo – Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil IGP Toscana Azienda Agricola Buccelletti Vivai Tuscany Olive Oil 100 50
86.17
Black Olive Spread Azienda Agricola Frezza Veneto Tapenade 100 40
84.97
Balsamic Vinegar based Strawberry Sauce Premiata Distilleria Galdino Caselli Emilia Romagna Preserve 100 50 84.74
Green Olive Spread Azienda Agricola Frezza Veneto Tapenade 100 45
84.39
Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil Azienda Agricola Masseriola Apulia Preserve 100 50 81.37
Balsamic Vinegar based Cranberry Sauce Premiata Distilleria Galdino Caselli Emilia Romagna Preserve 100 50 79.77
BODY PRODUCTS
Antirughe Viso – Anti-wrinkle Face Cream Azienda Agricola Frezza Veneto Cream 100 50
80.78
Fluida Mani – Fluid Hand Cream Azienda Agricola Frezza Veneto Cream 100 50
80.50
Fluida Corpo – Fluid Body Cream Cream Azienda Agricola Frezza Veneto Cream 100 50
80.55
Body and Face Soap Azienda Agricola Frezza Veneto Soap 100 46
78.38

We thank Wayne and Barbara Procissi for the wonderful event.


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