Another Evening with Some Italians: Amarone!

                         Discussing the process of production of Amarone wine, and the market for Amarone and other fine Italian wines

September 14, 2015




In November 2014 we held an event titled “An Evening with Some Italians” at which Professor Davide Gaeta made a presentation about wines from the Chianti Classico denomination of origin http://www.chianticlassico.com/en/ followed by a tasting of the new top tier wine category “Gran Selezione,” guided by Darrell Corti.  Those who attended were glad they did. 

At this sequel event, “Another Evening with Some Italians: Amarone!” Professor Gaeta described the process of production of Amarone wine, and discussed the market for Amarone and other fine Italian wines both in general and from the perspective of an active producer.  The presentation was followed by a tasting of Davide’s own Piovesole Amarone della Valpolicella Doc Classico: http://www.vinieleva.it/piovesole-amarone/, guided by Darrell Corti.

               Presentation slides available here



        Davide Gaeta


          Darrell Corti


Davide Gaeta is Associate Professor in the Department of Business Administration at the University of Verona, Italy, where he teaches economics of wine firms and wine policy.  He has managed many private and public institutions, policy organizations and EU lobbies in the wine sector.  He also serves on the boards of several wine companies.  He is co-owner of Vini Eleva, which produces, among other wines, Piovesole Amarone Della Valpolicella Doc Classico: http://www.vinieleva.it/piovesole-amarone/

Darrell Corti is still cool (http://www.sacbee.com/food-drink/appetizers/article2593920.html).  For the third year in a row, Sacramento gourmand-grocer Darrell Corti of Corti Bros. Market has been included among “The 60 (Plus) Coolest People in Food & Drink” by thedailymeal.com http://www.thedailymeal.com/60-plus-coolest-people-food-drink. The editors at the all-things-food-and-drink site define “cool” as “a way of behaving, a bearing, an attitude.  Cool people are true to themselves and don’t serve the masters of fad or fashion.” Corti’s entry reads in part: “Corti is simply one of the most deeply knowledgeable food and drink experts in America, able to expound with equal authority on Chinese tea, Spanish vinegar, Central Asian wine, Italian pasta and about 30,000 other gastronomic topics.  Corti knows everybody worth knowing in his chosen field, and everybody knows him.  They call him ‘The Professor.’  If you’ve never heard of him, well, that sort of makes him even cooler, you know?” Darrell serves on both the Robert Mondavi Institute’s Board of Executives and Honorary Board and on the Advisory Board for the University of California Agricultural Issues Center.


Presented by the Center for Wine Economics, Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science, UC Davis and the University of California Agricultural Issues Center


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