The no-cholesterol menù at the restaurant (Il ristorante Casa Rispoli in Campania lancia il menù contro il colesterolo)

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In Campania region next to Naples, the already known restaurant “Casa Rispolilocated in Cava dei Tirreni city has launched the low-cholesterol menù!

4 new starter, 6 new first courses, 5 new second courses to offer 3 tasting menù planned together with a nutritionist!

A great idea for those who take care of that and to answer to this current need, congratulations

no-cholesterol menù

no-cholesterol menù

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A “Casa Rispoli” già apprezzato ristorante di cava dei Tirreni (in Campania, provincia di Salerno) è stato lanciato il nuovo menù a zero colesterolo: 4 nuovi antipasti, 6 nuovi primi, 5 nuovi secondi per 3 menù degustazione.

Un’idea originale e molto attuale che credo possa rispondere alle esigenze di molti.

Italian wineries and social media (Le difficoltà delle cantine italiane sul web)

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The research on the relationship between the world of Italian wine and new medias conducted by “BeSharable” (communications agency), which involved 3,439 companies shows that:

  • 43% of companies have an internal person dedicated to communication
  • only 13% involve external professional agencies
  • while 46% of companies rely on internal people which are not completely dedicated to those activities

The risk is to be cut off from the market, especially internationally.

Need to be more active on social networks, the favorites are Facebook, Twitter, Google plus, business blogs, Instagram, but quality is needed, not quantity; and then the use of e-commerce 24 hours per day.

In Italy this often happen because of the small sizes of the most of the companies which cannot always invest in this direction, but they could get together to make sinergy or rely on third parties who deal with this kind of activity such as the many portals that deal specifically with e-commerce and can assist wineries that would not be able to handle the task on their own.

 

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La ricerca sul rapporto tra il mondo del vino italiano e i nuovi mezzi di comunicazione condotta dalla “BeSharable” (agenzia di comunicazione con “focus digital”) che ha coinvolto 3.439 imprese evidenzia che:

  • il 43% delle imprese ha una persona interna dedicata alla comunicazione
  • solo il 13% si rivolge a un professionista esterno
  • mentre ben il 46% delle aziende affida la comunicazione a una persona interna non dedica

I rischi sono quelli che conosciamo già: essere tagliati fuori dal mercato, soprattutto quello internazionale.

Serve essere più attivi sui Social, i preferiti sono Facebook, Twitter, Google plus, blog aziendali, Instagram ma serve qualità e non quantità; e poi serve l’e-commerce 24 ore su 24. Le esigenze sono cambiate e con queste i mezzi di comunicazione, non abbiamo scelta, serve adeguarsi.

Leggi maggiori dettagli e i consigli di “BeSharable” qui.

Spesso dipende dalle dimensioni aziendali e dalla relativa forza delle cantine di investire in questa direzione, ma quando da soli non ce la si fa servirebbe unirsi e/o affidarsi ad enti terzi che si occupano di attività di questo genere come ad esempio i numerosi portali terzi che si occupano specificamente di e-commerce e possono coadiuvare le cantine che non riuscirebbero a gestire l’operazione in autonomia.

Wine is a family matter sometimes, a very good Falanghina (Il vino è questione di famiglia e la Falanghina di Capolino Perlingieri la rappresenta al meglio)

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The notorious wine guide of “Gambero” in the 1989 cited the winery “Volla” along with a few of the area of Benevento in Campania region (southern Italy). Volla was, in fact, the name of the company then managed by Mrs. Teresa. During the analysis of different vintages, the authors of the guide had to explain the lack of a couple of them. Unfortunately, one of the vintages of that period was missing because of health problems that hit Ms. Teresa preventing her from dealing with the work in the cellar. So, at this point they added a note “we hope that the youngest daughter, the lovely Alexia, will work at the winery in future”.

wine guide from the 1989

wine guide from the 1989

They were right!
Alexia at that time was only 16 years old, she helped her mother but probably for fun. Then she graduated in Economics, she moved to Milan until she realizes she wanted something else. Back to Benevento in 2007 her adventure with wine began with a new company named “Capolino Perlingieri”: 32 acres for about 20,000 bottles.

I like to give an introspective  and human touch to the choices that revolve around a bottle. This is what I like to tell friends when I bring a wine at the table.

But which wine? I’ve tried all the wines they produce, 3 white and 2 red, the rosé unfortunately is no longer in production. I was pleasantly satisfied but I have to begin with “Falanghina”, one of the most representative white wines of the area.

Falanghina is also the first wine I drank guided by Alexia. It’s called “Preta”, vintage, 2013, and is pure (Falanghina grape 100%).

The nose is intense with hints of yellow fruit and very mineral. It seemed young to drink. Maybe in a year or 2 will be even better.
The confirmation comes in the mouth,very pleasant, with well-balanced acidity which, in fact, makes me realize how the wine can stay a little more in the bottle.

the line

the line

I’m not mistaken, I have also had the fortune to try another vintage the 2009! Excellent: full, fruity aromas mixed to candied fruit and in the mouth is full and intense, something you would not always expect from a Falanghina especially after a few years and it is for this reason why I am impressed by this wine.

 

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La guida vini del Gambero negli anni 80 aveva indovinato, puntava sulla piccola Alexia che oggi dirige la Capolino Perlingieri con dei vini di nicchia ma tutti da scoprire.

la guida del gambero del 1989

la guida del gambero del 1989

In particolare la Falanghina, vino tipico di questa zona (provincia di Benevento in campania) riesce a dare il meglio anche dopo diversi anni.
Oppure scarica il PDF qui: capolino perlingieri- pdf da wlog

X edizione del Salone del Gusto e Terra Madre – evento di enogastronomia biennale internazionale (In italian)

Questo è l’ “Anno internazionale dell’Agricoltura Familiare” dichiarato dalle Nazioni Unite.

Questa è la decima edizione di un evento che celebra il cibo di tutto il mondo e l’agricoltura familiare innanzitutto.

Si svolge a Torino presso Lingotto Fiere: dal 23 al 27 Ottobre siamo “Tutti a bordo dell’arca del gusto”.

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title

Numerosi gli stand disponibili al pubblico per capire di più e meglio sull’artigianalità dell’enogastronomia: la forza dell’Italia e l’antidoto alla crisi causata da una globalizzazione troppo spinta. Espositori, Presidi Slow Food (cioè aziende selezionate da un garante della qualità, Slow Food, protagonista dell’evento), comunità da tutto il mondo.

Il salone si allarga e si espande in tutto il Piemonte: diversi i ristoranti che in quelle sere offriranno menù dedicati con gli “APPUNTAMENTI A TAVOLA” non solo a Torino Città.

Infiniti i LABORATORI dedicati alla cucina, alle degustazioni di vino, alle birre, ai rum, al sigaro e così via, inclusi i sapori internazionali; una sezione speciale FUCINA PIZZA&PANE simboli di una cucina semplice ma di eccellenza e prestigio internazionale. Non manca lo spazio per il cocktail nella sezione MIXOLOGY.

copertina

copertina

La novità è LA SCUOLA DI CUCINA, con coinvolgimento diretto dei partecipanti.

E tanto altro ancora consultabile sul sito dell’evento (QUI) inclusi gli intrattenimenti serali; Gli eventi sono differenziati: per amanti, per esperti, per famiglie e bambini, per appassionati di cucina o vino e i più golosi.

 

Si torna, finalmente, alla terra e lo si fa con gusto, non solo quello italiano: tipicità non significa chiusura, eccesso di globalizzazione e ritorno alla territorialità non significa mancanza di scambio ma esaltazione delle differenze, perché qui troverete Francia, Inghilterra, Belgio, Etiopia, Cina, Indonesia, Australia e Nuova Zelanda, Caraibi, Canada, la mia amata California e tanti altri paesi ancora insieme a tutte le regioni italiane con le proprie specialità!

Ancora una volta ci metterò i piedi e il naso e le orecchie e il gusto e vi racconterò come meglio riuscirò a fare, seguitemi in quei giorni (23-27 Ottobre 2014) anche sui social.

 

 

Architecture and wine (L’architettura si ispira al vino)

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Wine is popular not only for its taste but for its charm too. The exchange between art, architecture and wine is very common. Business cards made with cork layers, wooden boxes that become paintings to hang on the wall, wooden pallets that become stairs for apartments, original ideas are endless.

nice idea

nice ideas

Travelling around, I have tried to gather some examples of pieces and furniture inspired to wine. For example, the German B&B in barrels: in short, near the Black Forest you can sleep in these huge renovated barrels, containing 2 beds with views over the surrounding vineyards.

sleep in a wine barrel

sleep in a wine barrel

But there are plenty of examples: a chair made of corks tied together, available in the cellar of Franz Haas in Alto Adige region (north-east of Italy), a winery well-known for its wonderful wines.

Then there’s the company Majolini in Franciacorta area (north-west of Italy and famous for its prestigious sparkling wines) with an effective communication focused on art: they have original ideas, for example I remember very nice wooden box decorated with a collage of several pieces of different woods, each with a different color. Those boxes are realized in a limited edition: 199 units, each recognizable only by one piece chosen between the all and therefore unique. They collaborate with the artist Luciano Molinari.

Yet, a Russian friend of mine showed me a chest of long and narrow drawers: each contains a lying bottle, and by the way, wood is a natural insulator.

wooden boxes at majolini winery in franciacorta

wooden boxes at majolini winery in franciacorta

Moreover, I wrote recently about the Italian company habiMat (interior design) for the creation of an object that is gaining a great success: “Robo”, a mini table of 3 feet to be opened if necessary becoming a bottle holder: the designer is Piccinelli, the project leader is Dayana Venturiello, a young architect who is bringing creativity and taste to the group. /read the old article here)

There are, in addition, the cellars built right into the hill become one with the land. Among these, the new winery “Antinori in Chianti Classico”: all around the vines have been planted to cover the entire building. (see here).

There are those who use the wooden boxes as small tables or the entire barrels as bar table leaning on a round glass plate; someone cuts them and uses them as plant container. I use the one-bottle-wooden-box as bread basket or to keep documents; yet a barrel, properly cleaned and restored, has become a wine cellar with 4 layers and 2 doors to open and access, as well as and the wheels to move it.

And do not even need to be an architect, online you can find several companies that make pieces inspired to wine, such as stools in the shape of giant corks!

 

robo to contain wines

“Robo” contains wine bottles

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Il vino ispira per il suo fascino e l’eleganza che trasmette. Così arte e architettura inventano nuovi pezzi su questo tema: dalle sedie fatte di tappi di sughero, alle cantine incastonate nelle colline, a mobili ricavati dalle barrique.

Di esempi ce ne sono tanti.

Leggili tutti qui: http://www.wineverse.it/blog/arte-architettura-si-ispirano-vino/

Oppure scarica il PDF qui: arte e rchitettura+vino -pdf da wlog

Another great italian sparkling wine (Il Franciacorta pensato per i giovani de I Fratelli Berlucchi)

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The addictive music you can listen to connecting to ‘Fratelli Berlucchi winery’ website can only carry in a unique and fascinating world. the one of the bubbles (listen to it here).

the bottle

the bottle

Just as happens in France with the term “Champagne” that identifies a product, a territory, a method today, “Franciacorta” is synonymous with sparkling wine in Italy thanks to the great work of the Consorzio too, which defend and support the territory as well as the brand. A great team effort, that I have rarely seen in other Italian regions, is the key to their success along with the quality of their products, of course!

The Consorzio began in the 1990 with only 29 producers of wine, now there are nearly 200 members, including growers, wine producers, bottlers.

For the third consecutive year, Franciacorta is the official wine of the fashion weeks in Milan with elegance and charm.
Although sparkling wines are the most prestigious and renowned throughout the world, in Franciacorta some red and white wines are also produced, I’ll write also about them one day.

company logo

company logo

Among the others, one of the companies that make great this land is ‘Fratelli Berlucchi’, and recently I have tasted their “Brut 25″, the last born. 25 as the months the grapes take to become a bubbling liquid! It is Chardonnay 85% and Pinot Blanc for the remaining part. A simple wine, not too complex but pretty pleasant, fragrant and flavor; I liked the freshness and its balance. I find it great for a light aperitif, summer time and more. It seems they wanted to create something to be appreciated by youngs, an immediate wine.

 

 

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Perché “Il tutto è più della somma delle sue parti” come recita il sito dell’azienda Fratelli Berlucchi all’apertura!

Un Franciacorta di ottima qualità per tutti anche se pensato per i giovani…

Leggi l’intero articolo qui: http://www.wineverse.it/blog/vino-pensato-per-i-giovani-dei-fratelli-berlucchi-brut-25/

Oppure scarica il PDF qui: fratelli berlucchi brut 25- pdf da wlog

Organic wines and the experience of the italian producer Roberto Ceraudo (Vini biologici e l’esperienza del calabrese Ceraudo dopo 26 anni)

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The success of organic wines is undisputed in the world and in my “beautiful country”: Italy. Whether it’s a trend or a better care in what we eat or both, is difficult to determine.

The attention, for organic wine is evident under different points of view. First of all, there is a growing number of initiatives and showcases intended for Bio, not least the pavilion “Vinitalybio” opened for the first time at Vinitaly in April 2014, for example. Not only, even politicians, in Italy, are destinating funds to this field.

bio at vinitaly 14

bio at vinitaly 14

Organic means “natural” we could state meaning maximum respect for nature and its cycles according to the rules already identified at European level already. These regulations govern both the grape farming in the vineyard and the wine-making systems in the cellar.

A few examples:

  • YES to crop rotation and the preservation of woods and ponds in order to preserve the natural mechanism that prevents, in some cases, damages which then would require the use of chemicals; moreover, there also are natural methods to prevent some specific diseases.
  • NO to GMO or to synthetic chemicals (fertilizers or herbicides, fungicides or insecticides, pesticides in general).

Everything is done under the strict control of the authorities required to verify any accidental contamination too. Another issue is the Sulfites content, allowed in a quantity lower and lower than traditional production.

An important choice, therefore, that requires to producers about 3 years of work (at least) for the so-called “conversion”

Skeptics should make a further reflection this year, with this difficult vintage, the 2014; This is because I have already read about the “revenge of the organic”. The Attention to nature and its cycles-in general, for everyone- seems to have been the only way to salvation. The producers of organic wines -according to some- seem to be more accustomed to the unexpected, as if the plant was more in balance with nature, and probably will result if not extraordinary, at least satisfactory in many cases, we’ll see. In any case, it would be a rematch with a double value when you consider the tortuosity of the road traveled before it was made ​​possible for italian producers, the use, on the label of the term “organic wine” and the European logo.

At this point, what is missing is a strategy to make italian organic wines well recognize  abroad.

So, now, what is the experience of the Italian producers and, in particular, of Roberto Ceraudo, known winemaker in Calabria region (southern Italy, in other words “the toe of the boot”)? (read some articles on Ceraudo here).

Roberto Ceraudo, started with organic production more or less in 1988 with excellent results right from the beginning until his company was considered a “pilot company” at regional level.

roberto ceraudo

roberto ceraudo

Everything happens as a result of an accident because of which Robert was hit just while he was carrying out a chemical treatment in the vineyard. Risking serious damage on his skin, he realized how these substances could damage the vineyards too. Nothing more “simple” but effective.

Today, the company covers an area of ​​60/70 hectares of vineyards (not to mention the olive groves) and is surrounded by approximately 3000 hectars which are not grown at all so, he does not suffers any contamination. “The philosophy of the organic production is prevention to avoid the care, that’s what distinguishes it from traditional systems and it is probably what has allowed -even in this hard vintage (2014)- to obtain quite good results” this is what Roberto has answered when I asked an opinion about the results of this last harvest that seems to have been smooth in that area.

 

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I vini biologici hanno un successo crescente sia in Italia sia all’estero. Che sia un trend (non credo passeggero) o una maggiore attenzione a ciò che si mangia, magari allarmati da alcune notizie a volte veritiere altre un po’ gonfiate, è difficile dirlo. Ma può essere utile iniziare ad avere qualche elemento in più, anche attraverso l’aiuto di un produttore, Roberto Ceraudo, che lo fa da 26 anni.

 

Leggi l’intero articolo qui: http://www.wineverse.it/blog/i-vini-biologici-lesperienza-produttore-calabrese-roberto-ceraudo/

 

Oppure scarica il PDF qui: vini biologici e ceraudo- pdf da wlog

The italian underground cellars recognized by Unesco (Il primo spumante italiano e le cantine sotterranee patrimonio Unesco)

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Gancia is the first Italian sparkling wine, since 1850, thanks to Carlo Gancia who, secretly worked in France to learn the production techniques of Champagne and repeated them in Piedmont, and more precisely in Canelli town (Asti district) . Here they used to work already with the Moscato variety (already used as a basis for Vermouth, another notorious alcoholic drink) which seemed to be perfect for spakling wine too thanks to its sweet aroma, that, at the time, was most appreciated.

underground cellars

underground cellars

Then, there were not restrictionsimposed by French about the terminology yet, so you could use, also outside the area of Champagne, the term “Champagne” to identify sparkling wines, as well as “Champenoise” (second fermentation in bottle, the classic method) and “Charmat” (second fermentation in big tanks) to identify methods of production. After many experiments on what, at the beginning, was called “Italian Champagne” Gancia was able to have success both in Italy and abroad until he felt the need to identify his product using italian terms.

So in 1865 he launched the first true “Italian sparkling wine”, in all senses since before 1861 Italy was not even an united nation. The numbers increased year by year and the company has transformed itself from artisanal one into an industry but preserving their own roots and expanding the range to meet the needs of different ages.

historic labels

historic labels

A stretch of wine history which is currently feasible accessing to the underground cellars. The historic cellars, in fact, have been carved out of the rock for miles and then used for experiments, refining, manufacturing in general. A tour that lets you immerse yourself in the past thanks to a path that includes historical documents and underpasses useful not only to better understand the company but the culture of those times and the art of farming then.

They are known as “Underground Cathedrals” in Canelli town that from June 2014 are included in the UNESCO Heritage, a symbol of pride and excellent result of commitment and hard work.

 

 

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Canelli e le cantine sotterranee sono oggi Patrimonio dell’UNESCO. Ed è qui che nasceva, nel 1850 il primo spumante italiano grazie alla famiglia Gancia che offre un tour in queste suggestive cantine, lunghe kilometri.

Canneli and its cellars are Unesco

Canneli and its cellars are Unesco

Leggi l’intero articolo qui: http://www.wineverse.it/blog/cantine-sotterranee-patrimonio-dellunesco/

oppure scarica il PDF qui:gancia – pdf da wlog

The “dark” version of the Wine Museum of Paris (Tour al museo del vino di Parigi… al buio!)

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It is the only wine museum in Paris, if you want to visit others, in France, you should reach Bordeaux.

I hope to visit some there too as soon as possible but it is unlikely I will relive the experience of the visit to a museum in the dark! The managers, in fact, that afternoon, told me it was the first time in which the whole neighborhood remained dark suddenly. But please find more details below to get where I was.

the dining room

the dining room

The wine museum in Paris is located below the street level and exactly in the caves created between the thirteenth and eighteenth century when it was digging to retrieve the stone necessary for the construction of the city of Paris just above.

Between the sixteenth and seventeenth century these caves were anyway used to store wine which had quite a reputation already. But the Italians have a role in this: the caves were used by the convent founded in Passy in the XIII century by St. Francesco of Paola (Paola is a town in Calabria region, southern Italy); the convent was surrounded by orchards and vineyards. In fact, it was common at that time, to find vineyards in the city. The vineyards within the city were explanted due to zoning requirements but one is still there: “Clos Montmartre”, just behind the Basilica.

The museum is housed in these caves with a trail of suggestion that the French are good to promote. There also is a source of water in its interior.

Well, perhaps now you can get better what I mean: when you start the tour at the wine museum of Paris, you get an audio-guide supplied with the torch… just for emergency. And my case became a sort of emergency! All the lights turned off while I was in the cave. I was with a few visitors, we could not do anything, we stopped, we were silent and we were… waiting for light! We did not wait very long fortunately so no panic, just fun.

some old tools

some old tools

The museum is a symbol in my opinion, to visit for the location or -maybe- for super-fans who can find old tools, corkscrew and some old piece of history about consumption and so on.

What is also interesting is the wine tasting held in a more modern part of the museum but same style: you can choose a red or a white paired to fine french cheeses. In this fascinating Dining room it is also possible to have lunch, they also organize some monthly events generally.

Furthermore the rooms are available for private or corporate events after 6 PM, when the museum is closed to the public.

 

 

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Il Museo di Parigi è un luogo suggestivo che si trova nella città sotterranea dove un tempo i monaci conservavano il vino. Si tratta delle cave createsi per recuperare la pietra che servì a costruire la città di Parigi. Trovarsi in grotte al buio a causa di un black out nel quartiere è un’altra storia.

tasting

tasting

Leggi l’intero articolo qui: http://www.wineverse.it/blog/museo-vino-parigi-buio/

Oppure scarica il PDF qui: museo paris – pdf da wlog

In attesa del Congresso Nazionale AIS (in italian)

E’ ancora il prisma, mitizzato grazie alla famosa copertina dei Pink Floyd per “The dark side of the moon”, simbolo della magia. Stavolta però attraversa un bicchiere, o meglio un calice.

Siamo alla 48ma edizione del Congresso Nazionale dell’AIS (Associazione Italiana Sommelier) che si terrà a Torino dal 22 al 24 Novembre (2014).

“Wine To Magic” recita la copertina che avvia ad un programma veramente interessante con appuntamenti unici, eleganti presentazioni, anterprime e degustazioni verticali (degustazioni di uno stesso vino ma di annate diverse) e non.

In trepida attesa, seguitemi a fine novembre per saperne di più.

A presto

Per maggiori info, clicca qui: http://www.congressoaistorino2014.it/programma/