A Toast to Tradition: A Sommelier’s Experience at Gambero Rosso Vancouver Event

As the sun dipped below the Vancouver skyline on May 3rd, wine professionals and consumers from across the city converged upon the prestigious Gambero Rosso Tre Bicchieri event, transforming the Sutton Hotel into a bustling hub of oenophilic delight. As a professional sommelier representing Cantina Zoe and Tenuta Mancassola from the illustrious Veneto region, I was able to transimit the passion of the winemakers to the wine professionals.

Gambero Rosso venue at Sutton Hotel

Entering the venue, I was stunned by the amount of quality producers present in the room, including wineries and wine agent.

As a sommelier, my role extended beyond merely pouring wine; it was about crafting narratives, weaving tales that unveiled the rich history and cultural significance behind each sip. Representing Cantina Zoe and Tenuta Mancassola, I felt a profound sense of responsibility to honor their legacy and showcase the essence of their terroir.

As I guided guests through the tasting notes, I found myself immersed in conversations that transcended language barriers, united by our shared passion for wine and the boundless curiosity to explore its nuances.

Transitioning to the offerings from Tenuta Mancassola, I presented a selection that epitomized the essence of Veneto’s winemaking tradition. From the crisp elegance of Garganega to the robust complexity of a Cabernet and Merlot blend and a sparkling made with a second fermentation in the bottle, each wine bore the indelible stamp of its terroir, a reflection of the land from which it was born.

Wines of Tenuta Mancassola
Wines of Cantina Zoe

One particularly memorable encounter was with Paolo Biron, owner of “Into the Vineyard“, a wine travel business based in Vancouver. Italian-Canadian, his family is from the area of Bassano Del Grappa, near Cantina Zoe. He was very interested in learning more about the story of the winery and its location.

As the evening unfolded, I couldn’t help but marvel at the profound impact that wine had in fostering connections and bridging divides. Beyond its ability to tantalize the senses, it served as a catalyst for cultural exchange and mutual understanding, reminding us of the universal language that unites us all.

As the curtains drew to a close on the Gambero Rosso event, I found myself filled with a sense of gratitude for the opportunity to represent Cantina Zoe and Tenuta Mancassola, to share their stories and celebrate their legacy with fellow enthusiasts. It was a night that transcended mere tasting; it was a celebration of tradition, heritage, and the timeless art of winemaking.

Myself pouring wines at the event

As I bid farewell to the bustling venue, the echoes of laughter and clinking glasses lingered in the air, a testament to the indelible memories forged amidst the swirl of wine and camaraderie. In the heart of Vancouver, amidst the sea of Italian wines, I found not just a gathering of enthusiasts but a community united by a shared love for the vine, a community that I was proud to be a part of.

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