In an extremely crowded Pavillion 8, in the exact middle of it, stands the Tuscany Regional booth. This is where I am, at the intersection of bright red carpets that turn into a river of people and finally into a basculating slow stream or rivulet.
Every single one of the people making up this homogenous flow is interested in one way or another in wine. Buyers, sellers, sommelieres, journalists, bloggers, students, teachers and chefs, restaurant and wine bar owners and on and on and on…
They all love wine, for one reason or another although I’ll never know how much they understand it and how far they can go into appreciating it after having tasted at least a dozen before 11 a.m. There is also a understanding ranges but interest is high and this makes me think.
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According to me highlights and facts that I will definitely remember:
- The immense amount of people walking up to the stand and asking for info on Sassicaia, Ornellaia and Brunello, all time classics that seem to keep up their popularity
- The two bottles that according to Franco Ziliani rhetorically represent unity, and that I managed to see (not touch) inside the press room, jealously held in a sealed glass case.
- The minister of agriculture and the one of tourism, Michela Vittoria Brambilla and Saverio Romano, signing the new protocol that intends to promote wine and food tourism