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.
|Matteo Buffagni, of Azienda Agricola Cantina Barbolini, producers of Lambrusco wine.
Maurizio Favrel, owner and winemaker of Azienda Agricola Malibrán is in the background.
|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.
There was a constant flow of people at the event from 12 noon to 5, when it officially closed.
|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:
- Timothy Mark Magsam, of Folsom, won a bottle of Lambrusco di Modena IGT “Il Maglio” and one of Gorio – Valdobbiadene Prosecco DOC Spumante Extra Dry
- Vicki Crane, of el Dorado Hills, won a gift basket including a bottle of Ruio – Valdobbiadene Prosecco DOC Spumante Extra Dry,
- Stacie Puchalla, of Fair Oaks, won a Malibrán ice bucket and special sparkling wine stopper.
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.
We thank Wayne and Barbara Procissi for the wonderful event.