Barbera 2010

There was a power outage at the venue about 10:00 and I lost my internet connection and never got it back, so I’m continuing this post later.

The tasting was set up v. well, in the way that in Italy details are looked after. Only two tasters to a table mean that there’s plenty of room to spread out your gear. Bread sticks, separate bottles of water, separate pour buckets, though they could be larger which would save on constant emptying them. And we need one more waiter; pouring 68 wines to 15 tasters in complicated. The waiters, or pourers, are from the Italian Association of Sommeliers; they’re wearing long black aprons, short black jackets over black vests, white shirts and black bow ties, all as it should be in the uniform department.

My first impression, which I will expand upon later, is that Barbera d’Asti lacks consistency; the aroma and flavor profiles of these wines were all over the map. There’s nothing wrong with individuality; we wine writers are always praising it. There needs to be some varietal recognition though, because many of these wines felt as if they were made from different grapes. There’s a lot of wood in some of the wines too.

We’re about to embark on a tour of several properties this afternoon and then there’s dinner and we’ll get back to the hotel late. Still, I’ll try to post before falling gratefully into the arms of Morpheus.

Readers, I’m sitting in a sala at the Barbera Meeting 2010 in Asti, waiting for the first blind tasting to begin. There’s a hush of anticipation, or are we just all fagged out by jet lag? This is an interesting experiment, to post to the blog at an actual event as it occurs. The organizers set this up intentionally, and perhaps the situation is a testimony to the importance, or growing importance, of the collective blog voice for the world of wine making, marketing and buying.

Ah, now we’re getting a welcome from a representative of the Ministry of Agriculture. He’s thanking the journalists but especially the bloggers, “for putting the Barbera Meeting in touch with the world.” We’re being video-taped, so maybe we’ll end up on television. There was already an article about “us” — the bloggers — in the local paper on Saturday.

And now they’re starting to pour the wines.

I’ll be back.

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