First kiss: harvest 2014

best prosecco 2014I had a blast at the Nino Franco thirtieth anniversary tasting and party last night in Valdobbiadene with Primo Franco (who was amazing).

More on the festivities later but just had to share the above photo: my first kiss with the 2014 vintage in Italy.

It was fascinating to hear the Nino Franco enologists Giulio and Luca talk about the challenges of the harvest.

They’re going to make good and even great wines with this vintage. But, as nearly every winemaker has told me, Herculean efforts in the vineyards are what will make the difference.

“The wines are great,” said Roberto Anselmi, who also attended the party. “But I’ve never had to work harder in my life.”

More later. Thanks for being here…

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