The Black Rooster’s traditional meeting with the wine press and trade is slated for February 15 and 16 at the Stazione Leopoldo in Florence. There will be 152 wineries present, for a total of 400 labels.
Again this year the stars of the event will be the hundreds of bottles of Chianti Classico tasted during the two days devoted to one of the world’s most prestigious wine districts. The “Chianti Classico Collection 2011” will be held as usual at the Stazione Leopoldo in Florence, where the wine press and trade will be introduced to the latest vintages and biggest news coming from Black Rooster territory.
The event will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, February 15, a day devoted exclusively to wine journalists who will be able to taste the latest Chianti Classico vintages from the 152 participating wineries. This year, too, more than 200 wine writers are expected to attend, from 29 European and non-European countries: Italy, Denmark, Spain, Germany, Great Britain, Poland, Serbia, Holland, the Czech Republic, Russia, Sweden, Norway, Austria, Ukraine, Finland, France, Belgium, Greece, Switzerland, Croatia, the USA, Japan, Canada, China, South Korea, Australia, India, Israel and Brazil.
On February 16 Black Rooster wineries will be presenting the latest Chianti Classico vintages along with the IGT wines made in the territory and previews of a 2010 that promises fine surprises. In fact, the newborn Chianti Classico is behaving well in the cellar, is intense in color and fragrances and has acidity levels predicting a good aptitude for aging; alcohol content is high but not excessively so, to the advantage of balanced wines that leave room for a wealth of aromas. From 1 p.m. onward the day will be devoted to sector operators who will be able to meet with producers and sample their various labels until 8 p.m.
There will be a lot of new things this year for an edition that, starting with its image, speaks of the territory and the elements comprising its most authentic products. In fact, this year the Black Rooster production territory will be put into even greater evidence thanks to a winery division that on February 16 will be by community and not by alphabetical order as in past editions. This will give the public the chance to savor the unique character of Chianti Classico in the differing nuances that its various production zones give wines from their vintners.
A territory that has also always offered a great olive oil, which the 2011 Collection intends to valorize, giving more space and occasions to get acquainted with Chianti Classico DOP olive oil during the two-day event. For the first time, in fact, the Chianti Classico Collection will be including Black Rooster makers in the green version not only at a consortium tasting booth as in past editions but also at independent stands where olive oil producers can meet in person with journalists and the trade. And that’s not all: on February 16, Chianti Classico DOP Olive Oil Consortium experts will offer the public one-to-one meetings to learn more about one of Italy’s most important DOP products through a mini-course in olive oil tasting.
And again this year some of the finest wine & food and allied companies will be partners of the event, such as the Parmigiano Reggiano cheese consortium, which along with the tutelary consortiums for Asiago and Gorgonzola cheeses and Acqua di Toscana® San Felice will be offering their products to the public. Participating wineries will be opening their bottles with Pulltex corkscrews and pouring their wines into Spigelau goblets distributed by CABAIBA. And making repeat performances will be the revolutionary Enomatic tasting systems for tasting Chianti Classico wines along with great Italian cheeses and DOP olive oils in the dedicated “DOP LAB” area.
While the wine press can gain admission solely by invitation, the trade can sign up for the event using the online registration form found at www.chianticlassicocollection.it