Ristorante Ornellaia opens in Zurich

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Ristorante Ornellaia opens its doors today to the public just off one of the world’s most luxurious and exclusive streets, the Bahnhofstrasse in Zurich, with the entrance in Sankt Annagasse 2. The celebrated Bolgheri-based wine estate, founded in 1981 has opened its first restaurant with Bindella, its life-long importer and ambassador in Switzerland, renowned also for its expertise in gastronomy.

Celebrated Swiss Architect Tilla Theus has sought to create a taste of Ornellaia and the unmistakable atmosphere of Tuscany; a landscape of people, food and wine, while such an innovative project required a chef of the same calibre. Italian Giuseppe D’Errico after working alongside maestro Gualtiero Marchesi at Alma and developing his considerable talents alongside Michel Troisgrois at the three star Restaurant Troisgros in Roanne, France was the perfect choice. D’Errico’s cuisine is a restyling of classic Tuscan cuisine that uses the same audacious spirit and vision as Ornellaia itself.

“My own personal style relies on simplicity, fine taste, and tradition. Michel Troisgros taught me the values that a dish should exhibit: beauty, goodness, and simplicity. I derive my inspiration from various sources—people I meet, respect for raw ingredients, traditions linked to my own origins, the flavours of what the earth yields. I approach food, just as I do wine, with enormous respect and a hunger to learn. Ornellaia enjoys an unmistakable bond with its growing area; a magnificent, refined, and harmonious corner of Tuscany. All my dishes have this as their starting point.”

GIUSEPPE D’ERRICO, CHEF RISTORANTE ORNELLAIA

Ristorante Ornellaia is a small plot of Bolgheri in Switzerland. Wine, is the focus, but together with the character of every single creation by the team. D’Errico’s guiding hand reveals the rich flavours of a wine-growing paradise, and his sensitivity is obvious in dishes embodying the spirit and philosophy of Ornellaia.

Ristorante Ornellaia is a very special place for Bindella as it continues to strengthen the bond with the Estate.  The expertise in fine wines and hospitality will be on full display, as well as the stunning beauty of Bolgheri’s landscapes, so that the whole becomes an expression of artistic beauty. This fine restaurant is further enhanced by the works of two swiss artists; the outstanding painter Cuno Amiet, and sculptor Hans Josephson, whose talents have won international recognition.

“We wanted to create a superb venue for Ornellaia’s wine since we have been their ambassador in Switzerland right from the first vintage, 1985. The venue reflects the audacious spirit of Ornellaia and the wine list boasts older vintages and rarities from the ‘Ornellaia Archivio Storico’, as well as large-size bottles that one can find only in international auctions. The bond between Bindella and Ornellaia is also obvious by the inclusion on the wine list of a selection of wines from Vallocaia, our own winery, which also first emerged in 1985.”

RUDI BINDELLA

Architect Tilla Theus designed the restaurant with a special focus on native Tuscan materials, such a travertine, famous for its use in historic churches and buildings in Florence.  

“My visit to Ornellaia renewed my memories of Tuscany in a very positive way. The experience of an unforgettable atmosphere; the landscape is beautiful, and the hospitality is without peer. It was that atmosphere – combining landscape, people, food and wine – that I wanted to capture and recreate in Ristorante Ornellaia. Therefore, the travertine used in the interior of the restaurant comes from Tuscany. I remodelled the grey granite stone-front of the building in Bahnhofstrasse 53 inside the restaurant using the warm-coloured travertine stone, together with a classic Tuscan wood ceiling. The more than 100 different lights appear as single spot and call to mind the starry firmament. They also draw attention to the impressive ceiling height. This novel atmosphere is completed by the bronze replica of an oak on the ceiling that recalls the impressive oak at Ornellaia. The interior design is complemented by bronze art-pieces by Josephson as well as art in the traditional Tuscan colours by Cuno Amiet”.

TILLA THEUS, ARCHITECT

Ristorante Ornellaia owes its existence to a desire to combine world-class wine with the highest expression of Italian cuisine, as well as to provide way, even at such a distance, of feeling oneself actually at the winery, in Bolgheri and sharing the philosophy of those who strive each day to respect an area’s genius loci so as to bring forth its finest possible expression.

“Wine summons up emotions, and every visit to our vineyards and the cellar is a unique expression, with that pleasure repeated and renewed with every vintage. We opened Ristorante Ornellaia because we wanted people to enter our world and experience the passion and excellence that are innate in Bolgheri—even when one is physically distant from the Estate. This year, we are celebrating the 30th vintage of Ornellaia and the 10th annual Vendemmia d’Artista, which coincides as well with 30 years of collaboration, and friendship, with Bindella. The offspring of this perfect marriage has been this restaurant, which we would not have wanted to do with any other partner.”    

GIOVANNI GEDDES DA FILICAJA, CEO ORNELLAIA

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New Winemaker at Masseto: Eleonora Marconi

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We are pleased to announce the appointment of Eleonora Marconi as the new winemaker of Masseto, under the supervision of Axel Heinz, Masseto Estate Director. 

Eleonora discovered her passion for wine back in high school, when she trained as a sommelier. From there she began studying for a degree in oenology at the Polytechnic University of Marche in Ancona, Italy, which led to an internship at the famed Frescobaldi Castello di Nipozzano winery and then to a full timeposition as winemaker over a period of 6 years.

born in Italy to an Italian father and Australian mother, Eleonora has a meticulous and thorough approach to winemaking and a true appreciation and respect for terroir.

In addition to her work at Nipozzano in Italy, she has garnered international experience working in the vineyards of South Australia and France. 

Also, she is part of a growing number of women who are making strides in the wine business – an industry once dominated by men.

Sontium new cuvée by I Feudi di Romans pay tribute to river Isonzo

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In 1991, the purchase of a vineyard of American grapevines led to the birth of the first 15 hectares of the Cru “I Feudi di Romans”, created with a mission of consciousness and awareness to totally respect this land. Today, the Lorenzon company is considered one of the best wine-producing companies in Friuli Venezia Giulia, boasting 120 hectares of cultivated vineyards in the Isonzo DOC area.

The Lorenzon winery pays tribute to its land by transforming its best grapes into a sublime wine, expression of a unique territory dedicated to excellence. From ancient vines rediscovered “Sontium” is born, from the Latin translation of Isonzo, a new cuvée that inebriates the senses and seduces with its elegance.

The tasting

Sontium is the result of a methodical selection of the best grapes of Pinot Bianco, Friulano, Malvasia and a small part of Traminer Aromatico.

The nose is a continuous search for suggestions revealing a broad and complex bouquet with its particular spicy and ripe fruit notes. In the mouth Its charm is based on taste continuity and aromatic detail. Fluctuating in its ability to wrap the palate, it lengthens with great flavor and richness in the aftertaste.

For the food pairing this wine is ideal with starters, fish dishes and risotti.

Asolo Prosecco Superiore DOCG: so much to discover in a single glass

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The smallest Prosecco Consortium established in 2009 is punching above its weight: experiments on native yeasts, promotion of autochthonous varieties and wine tourism. The recently released institutional bottle is the symbol of this steady growth.

From 2013 to 2016 Asolo Prosecco Superiore DOCG has been increasing at a very fast pace, to say the least. Actually, increase has been explosive with a +569% rate, reaching in 2016 a total amount of about 8 million bottles of Asolo Prosecco Superiore. This can be explained by the fact consumers have started appreciating more and more Asolo Prosecco Superiore thanks to its intense sensory characteristics typical of hilly viticulture: freshness, minerality, fruity notes.

Altitude and constant breezes create important diurnal temperature ranges, therefore contributing to the ultimate aromatic complexity of wines and their remarkable freshness. The use of autochthonous yeasts aims at fostering even more Asolo Prosecco Superiore organoleptic identity. “When we sell a bottle of our wine we are first and foremost promoting the local region” believes Armando Serena, President of the Consortium Vini Asolo Montello. “This is why we have decided to use autochthonous yeasts for the creation of our institutional bottle. Tasting it, people will immediately remember Asolo hamlet its breath-taking views, secret passages, stunning villas”.

In the past, Asolo has opened the front gates of its villas in order to welcome personalities such as Robert Browning, Eleonora Duse and Freya Stark, Igor Stravinskij and Ernest Hemingway. It comes as no surprise that still nowadays Asolo is the third most visited town in Veneto region, after Venezia and Verona. A place full of mistery and charm that can be discovered with a glass of Asolo Prosecco Superiore DOCG.

Ornellaia 2015 “Il Carisma” in starring role at Christie’s in London

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On 15 March the 12-litre Ornellaia 2015 will go under the hammer of the London auction house, alongside first-release Ornellaia Bianco 2014 and 2015 magnums

 

Ornellaia 2015 “Il Carisma” will play a starring role next 15 March when it goes under the hammer for the “Fine & Rare Wines” event hosted by the prestigious London auction house Christie’s, at 8 King Street. The occasion will showcase Italy’s top vintage wines, a category forging ahead in leading international auctions.

As already announced, the auction will include a single 12-litre bottle of Ornellaia 2015 “Il Carisma”, an authentic expression of its unique terroir. The diverse nature of the Estate’s soils – marine, alluvial and volcanic – coupled with its maritime climate create an environment in which red and white varietals can express themselves to the full. As winemaker Axel Heinz says, “wines of great vintages know how to impose themselves naturally, without force, their balance allowing them to shine without having to flaunt themselves”.

This is why “Il Carisma” is the quintessence of Ornellaia 2015. The version presented for auction is a pre-release and the 12-litre bottle (£2,200 – £3,500) is the only example of this large format leaving the cellars this year. Also going under the hammer are several bottles of the very rare Ornellaia Bianco, created in 2013 as the white expression of Ornellaia Rosso. New horizons thus open for aficionados and this auction offers collectors the chance to acquire magnums of the 2014 and 2015 vintages that have never been made available for sale.

Chardonnay Brut and Moscatel by Panizzon

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We tasted:

Chardonnay Brut

 

This Chardonnay Brut, has the classic Charmat method of elaboration, which is the second fermentation of the wine, at low temperatures. Clean in color and with greenish features with fine and delicate bubbles.
Aromas of tropical fruit, lemon, with touches of toasted bread and some almonds. In the mouth, pleasant, intense freshness, good structure, marked acidity, good persistence.
It can be served as an aperitif and accompany meals of fish and poultry.

 

 

 

Moscatel

Panizzon’s Moscatel Sparkling is produced by the Asti process from a single alcoholic fermentation at low temperatures. Clean in color and with greenish traces. It has intense aroma, with floral, fruity notes and honey. In soft and delicate mouth, with sweetness and freshness balanced.
This Moscatel is ideal with a desserts.

Harvest 2018 in Brazil: the best of decade

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The Miolo Winery is close to finishing the 2018 harvest with a realization: for at least 6 years there was no climate so favorable for the quality of the vintage in Rio Grande do Sul. So far, in this decade, there were 2 harvests of exceptional quality: 2011 and 2012, but none will exceed the quality of 2018. In the 3 projects of Miolo in RS were collected 2/3 of the total estimated, which is 6.2 million kilos of grapes. In this way, it is already possible to safely assert its superior quality.

Climatic behavior x grape quality of the 2018 harvest

The winter of 2017 was one of the mildest in recent years, with a low accumulation of cold hours (below 7.2 ° C). Initially this caused a lot of fear, as it could generate negative reflexes in the breakage of the dormancy of the grape buds, interfering in the volume of production in 2018. However, the good phytosanitary status of the vines crown in the post-harvest of 2017 compensated for the lack of cold and the sprouting was vigorous and uniform. The less intense cold of the winter and the spring with favorable temperatures triggered the beginning of the sprouting, with 15 to 20 days of anticipation in most of the varieties.

The spring passed in the normal way, with no ups and downs of temperature, which led to continuous growth of the vegetation and flowering within the expected. Due to the reduced winter cold, some varieties showed fewer flowers per bunch, leaving them a little more “thin”, which influenced a lower average weight. In contrast, it provided a maturation with optimum quality and sanity in the early grapes, usually of more compacted bunches and susceptible to rot.

The rains of spring and early summer also occurred within the normal climate and only in October there was a week with slightly more intense rains that did not cause damage to the varieties that were still flowering.

The summer has been raining well below average due to the influence of the phenomenon “La Niña”, with very positive effects on the quality and sanity of the grape. The nocturnal mild temperatures are being a constant in the maturation period, with average thermal amplitude of 16 ° C, reaching in some cases to exceed 20 ° C, thus favoring the accumulation of coloring matter in the red varieties.

The Ultimate Bourgogne wine tasting: 33 Grands Crus

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33 Grand Crus of the Bourgogne winegrowing region are revered by wine-lovers the world over. If you feel the same, then you should sign up for this exclusive three-day training session in June during which you can sample and explore the very quintessence of Bourgogne wines.

With this unique session, the École des Vins de Bourgogne is offering you the opportunity to explore all 33 of these exceptional appellations. These three days are dedicated to tasting the most desirable and sought-after Bourgogne wines in an extraordinary learning experience.

“The Ultimate Bourgogne Wine Tasting: The 33 Grand Crus” will be hosted in English by two passionate experts, one in tasting and the other in geology.

To really get to grips with the terroir of these Grand Cru AOCs, multiple landscape readings below some legendary plots such as Montrachet and Corton are on the menu. The event is rounded out with visits to Grand Cru-producing wineries and guided tastings from the École des Vins de Bourgogne.

“Maximus” from Panizzon wine estate

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Headquartered in Flores da Cunha / RS, Brazil’s largest city producer of wine, Panizzon wine estate founded in 1960 by Ricardo Panizzon and his sons, is today one of the country’s largest beverage companies.
The Durans vineyards are the birthplace of the Panizzon Wine grapes. The production of wines and sparkling wine made from its own vineyards guarantees excellence, due to the strict quality control that is done from the planting, which is carried out in vineyards until the vintage. These unique differentials guarantee the recognition of the Sparkling Wine and Panizzon Fine Wines, awarded in national and international competitions.

We tasted: Maximus

The Maximus wine is produced with grapes from its own vineyards and selected seedlings in the Campos de Cima da Serra at an altitude of 850 meters in Campestre da Serra, Rio Grande do Sul. It has been traditionally elaborated with daily reruns and temperature control. Aged in American and French oak wood.

This wine has an intense ruby ​​red color, with subtle yellow reflections evolved, result of a great thermal amplitude, favored by the terroir of the region of the fields from the top of the mountain range. The smell has an evolved aroma, intense and fresh, with notes of spices and touches of chocolate, coffee, tobacco and leather. In the mouth it is voluminous, dense, soft sweet and with pleasant and prolonged retro taste.

For the food pairing is ideal with red meat, game and pasta.

24 medal winners at the Chablis Wine Competition

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At the 32nd edition of the Chablis Wine Competition in January, 24 wines won medals, across the four appellations of Petit Chablis, Chablis, Chablis Premier Cru, and Chablis Grand Cru.
This competition is unique in that winegrowers do not participate in the judging, in order to guarantee total objectivity. The 86 jurors from this edition, under the presidency of German journalist Stefanie Köhler, include journalists, restaurateurs, sommeliers, traders, and amateur wine buffs.

The wine is judged in two phases. The wines are first tasted by the entire jury. Those samples that obtain the best notes then go before a super-jury which alone awards the medals; gold, silver, and bronze.

The medal-winning wines are used by the Chablis arm of the BIVB during operations in France and abroad, and act as ambassadors for Chablis wines for the period of one year.

Some 272 samples are presented, with Petit Chablis, Chablis, and Chablis Premier Cru wines from the 2016 vintage and Chablis Grand Cru wines from 2015, representing 69 cellars, estates, and négociants.53

Ca’ de’ Rocchi “Istà” becomes 100% Pinot Grigio delle Venezie

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Tinazzi celebrates the creation of the new DOC appellation Pinot Grigio delle Venezie by changing the grape varieties of “Ca’ de’ Rocchi – Istà”, which now becomes 100% Pinot Grigio delle Venezie, accordingly with the guidelines of the newly created appellation.

The new DOC appellation brings together the Pinot Grigio producers of three major wine regions, Veneto, Trentino, and Friuli Venezia Giulia, and it aims at improving the quality of Pinot Grigio by decreasing the allowed production per hectare and bringing more value to the final product, which will be labelled as Pinot Grigio DOC delle Venezie.

As a result, “Ca’ de’ Rocchi – Istà” becomes 100% Pinot Grigio delle Venezie DOP, changing its style, while keeping its traditional freshness and balance between fruit and minerality.

Magister by Cantina di Nizza

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In October 1955 in Nizza Monferrato, someone realised that gathering together all the farmers who had worked their vineyards for so long alone, might lead to something completely new.

The production of quality wine starts in the vineyards of which there are 550 hectares of vine, treated with the care and respect they deserve. Cantina di Nizza Monferrato’s aim has been carrying over to our present the tradition and the secrets of the ancient way of “wine-making”. This was possible just by unravelling the secrets and techniques of wine-making to hand down these methods and improve them with the help of the technology and new enological knowledge.

 

We tasted: Magister “BARBERA D’ASTI SUPERIORE” D.O.C.G.. Cantina di Nizza

 

This Barbera result of selection grapes, is matured for 6 months in large oak barrels. The wine has a ruby red color and very vinous aroma as its main feature. With fruitful notes of blackberry and cherry when it is young, whereas on aging it develops a composite and persistent aroma of nuts. The taste is full and very harmonious. It is perfect with red meat, poultry, pasta, lamb and game.  Best matches traditional Monferrato cuisine, generally perfect with meat-based dishes.

New guide-book for Bourgogne wine

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For more than a quarter-century, the Bourgogne Wine Board (BIVB) has been to wine tourism, and in particular through two key tools: The “De Vignes en Caves” welcome charter, created in 1991; and the “En Route vers les Bourgognes” guide.
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The “A trip through the vines” section of the Bourgogne Wines website completes the service, enabling you to plan the perfect trip!
The “En Route vers les Bourgognes” guide was designed to facilitate planning your trip with six tourist trails through the vines. The 2018 edition lists even more producers and wine-related celebrations that ever before, proving that wine tourism is anything but a passing fad, and is a confirmed trend in the Bourgogne winegrowing region.

The 2018 guide in figures

The details of 363 estates, producers, and cooperative cellars that have signed up to the “De Vignes en Caves*” welcome charter, listing languages spoken, opening hours, price ranges, accommodation and food options, and details of organic producers.

100 wine-related events throughout the year are listed in a calendar at the end of the guide.

A map of the Bourgogne winegrowing region listing key sites to visit across the region, with smaller maps of each wine route on the back. Produced in partnership with the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté tourist board.

I veroni, Chianti Rufina Riserva Quona

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The name I Veroni is derived from the wide terraces surrounding the farm where many years ago tobacco leaf and grain from the Arno valley was dried.  For some time, Lorenzo Mariani, the dedicated winemaker of the I Veroni vineyard in Chianti Rufina, near Florence, had been thinking about developing his wines and giving them new impetus. The new labels were presented for the two most famous wines of the farm, Chianti Rufina and Chianti Rufina Reserve. Both wines are now produced exclusively from the grapes of a single vineyard and are named after the origin.

Today the farm which lies in the Pontassieve Hills (240-280 meters), spreads over 50 hectares and is close to the church of S.Martino a Quona. The vineyards cover 15 hectares and 20 hectares are planted with olives.

I Veroni now has a dynamic range of 3 distinct Chianti Rufina wines which are true to the authentic character of the Sangiovese- Rufina tradition and 4 IGT wines : two red wines , a Rose’ and White blend .

We tasted: Chianti Rufina Riserva Quona 2014 DOCG

I Veroni Chianti Rufina Reserve is produced with a long fermentation with only selected Sangiovese , this wine is aged in French oak barrels of 500 litres for 16-18 months before being bottled and stored for a further period of 8-10 months.

On the nose has hints of black fruits, ripe red fruit, spicy aromas, notes of tobacco and a limited presence of oak. The palate is full and velvety, with a well-integrated tannic component, long in the finish. Ideal in paring with pasta and risotto with meat sauces, red meat and seasoned cheese.

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Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Silvio Nardi

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We are in the picturesque town of Montalcino which still preserves its charm as an ancient medieval village. At the beginning of the 20th century, Montalcino was no more than a tranquil village of the Tuscan countryside: a few houses, shops and vineyards. The terrains of the Tenute Silvio Nardi have shared in the history this area.

The Tenuta is composed by Two estates, two slopes, West and East eight plots, several terroirs…
The finesse and identity that Sangiovese grosso expresses in each vineyard of the two estates, so different in their soils and climates, are undeniable.

Manachiara, exposed to the east where sun rises, offers full bodied and powerful wines.
Casale del Bosco, in the west side where sun goes down, offers elegant and complex wines.

We tasted: Brunello di Montalcino 2012

This Brunello composed of 100% Sangiovese is characterized by a ruby red color with garnet highlights. The nose opens with an intense and complex bouquet, with hints of berries, anise  enriched with pleasant spicy notes and delicate hints of vanilla. On the palate it is pleasantly warm, with soft tannins. The wine has a great structure, with a notable persistence.

Perfect to accompany roasts and game, it is ideal paired with aged cheeses.

San Leonardo 2011

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The Tenuta San Leonardo was formerly a monastery and for over 3 centuries has served as the residence of the Marquis Guerrieri Gonzaga family, its proud custodians. Today, the San Leonardo estate is a garden of vineyards and roses, protected by the massive barrier of the Alps, which blunt the force of the cold northern winds, while the valley floor benefits from, and in turn releases, warmth from nearby Lake Garda. The Tenuta remains an ancient world, in which winemaking practices, still uncompromisingly artisanal, yield wines that are true gems of Italy’s wine tradition, marked by freshness, harmony, and an innate elegance.  Inside the ancient walls of the Estate San Leonardo have always cultivated the international varieties of Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenère, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. In the north region however, they cultivate the Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling.

The vineyards are approximately 30 hectares in total, sited at a relatively low elevation of 150 metres. All of the vineyards are in well-drained, nutrient-poor soils that yield grapes whose wines boast levels of anthocyanins that are unusually high, and not just for Trentino.

We tasted: San Leonardo 2011

This is a legendary wine, one of the most famous and award-winning Italian reds, the San Leonardo represents the magical result of a tradition that is defined in all over the world as a “bordeaux blending” bringing together the colours, aromas and savours of Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenère and Merlot aged in small oak barrels.

It is a ruby red wine, light garnet toenail. Elegant and delicate aroma, it is expressed on cherry and plum notes, dark spices and tobacco. In the mouth has a splendid entrance, intense. The twisting tannins accompany a sapid background and contrast the generous softness, directing a taste of spectacular breadth and taste, as only the great reds can make.

In the food pairing is ideal with game, roasted duck, lamb also with aged cheeses from cow’s milk. For the dessert cheese/vanilla soufflé, snails, truffles and dark chocolate.

A Chinese buys top winery in Bordeaux

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Chinese businessman Peter Kwok bought a prestigious grand cru in Bordeaux region, one more gem in his growing collection of French wines Chateaux.

Peter Kwok

The transaction was signed in the last days of 2017. Bellefont-Belcier, already bought by a Chinese in 2012 had been sold to a Cypriot in 2015. A new page is written for this area of Saint-Laurent des Combes in Gironde, which aims to make quality and the highest steps of Saint-Emilion.

Bellefont-Belcier, it is a great name of Saint-Emilion, a classified growth which was the first classified growth bought by a Chinese industrialist in 2012. This property of 13,5 ha is located between the Château Larcis Ducasse and the Château Roteboeuf, on the west of Saint-Emilion, not far from Château Pavie 1er cru classé A

Bellefont Belcier is the 7th castle acquired by Peter Kwok, after Château Tour Saint Christophe, Château Haut-Brisson, Château La Patache, Tourmaline Enclosure, Enclos de Viaud and Château Le Rey, Peter Kwok, is a businessman from Hong Kong, born in Vietnam. He never hid his love for French culture. He was the first “Chinese” investor to buy a vineyard in its entirety in 1997 with Château Haut-Brisson.

Like other areas, the vineyard will be managed by the team of Vignobles K with Jean-Christophe Meyrou as general manager whose goal is to bring Bellefont-Belcier to a higher level of quality.

According to the French renowned expert the property  has welcomed VIP guests including Royals, namely Juan Carlos of Spain.

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Russians lead among buyers of Italian wines

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Exports of Italian wine reached a record six billion euros ($7.2 billion) in 2017, up 7.0 percent on the previous year thanks largely to Russia, Italy’s largest agricultural union said on Wednesday.
They are interested in everything from the full-bodied to the fruity were glugged with glee in established markets, with sales up eight percent in Britain, six percent in the United States and three percent in Germany.

Sales in China increased by 25 percent, though they were still relatively limited compared to the import of French wines.

But Russia proved the most partial to an Italian glass or two, with sales there leaping 47 percent on a 12-month comparison.

Le Serre Nuove dell’Ornellaia

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From its position on the hillside close to Bolgheri, the Ornellaia estate lies hidden in the foothills around Bolgheri that face the Mediterranean coast. The cool maritime breeze caresses this exceptional Estate and its surrounding olive groves throughout the summer months. During the winter the hills give protection from the cold northern winds.

Ornellaia’s obsession with excellence is at all levels. Every choice they made is of absolute importance and implies an all-consuming attention to detail. At no point in the production process are shortcuts allowed or tolerated, and this is how they succeed harvesting grapes that are of the very highest quality irrespective of the climatic conditions in that particular year.

Ornellaia believes that wines should be the truest expression of the terroir from which they come. The diverse nature of the Estate’s soils – marine, alluvial and volcanic – coupled with this maritime climate create an environment in which red and white varietals can express themselves to the full.

We tatsted: Le Serre Nuove dell’Ornellaia 2015 – Bolgheri DOC

Le Serre Nuove dell’Ornellaia is a true “second vin”. A blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon,

Cabernet Franc & Petit Verdot, Le Serre Nuove dell’Ornellaia combines generosity and depth of flavour with an engaging and vibrant personality.

This wine has intense ruby-red and noble color. It presents elegant fruity scents of cherries, black cherries and blueberries, which are enriched by tones of spices, coffee, liquorice. In the mouth is soft, lush and persistent tasting, expressive in the fruit and silky in tannins. The long persistence gives deep closure.

It goes very well with dishes based on noble poultry or feathered game. To try with hen in red wine.

 

Colli della Toscana Centrale Gagliole

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The magic of the Tuscan countryside, in the heart of Chianti, fascinated and captured Monika and Thomas Bär – Bettschart right from the start, a love at first sight that left no doubt about what would in the future be their Land of Dreams. Their love for Tuscany and for its world-class wines became, as the years succeeded each other, a strong passion.

One part of the vineyards, amounting to 10 hectares, is in Gagliole (Castellina in Chianti). These vines are predominantly planted on age-old terraces, studded with olive trees among the vine-rows, a method of crop-cultivation in use since the Middle Ages, creating spectacular landscapes that excite the wonder of visitors from every part of the globe.
A further 10 hectares are located in Panzano, which lies in the famous Conca d’Oro, a natural amphitheatre which offers ideal growing conditions for every grape variety.

We tasted: Colli della Toscana Centrale Gagliole IGT 2014

This red wine contains Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes.

Gagliole is characterized by a beautiful ruby red color. The nose offers elegant aromas of ripe fruit, with hints of undergrowth and sweet spices, made from small wood. On the palate it expresses an excellent structure, with tannins present but well polished. The finish proposes very pleasant fruity and spicy sensations.

This wine is perfect for dishes based on grilled red meats and stewed meats. Also excellent for accompanying aged cheese platters and very elaborate first courses.

Goccia Umbra, ancient genuineness

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Umbria, land of millenary traditions regarding the olive and the grapevine cultivation since the Etruscan Era. Here the Brand Goccia Umbra was founded in 1988 with the aim to create a genuine  and superior quality extra virgin olive oil. Year after year the company enlarges its products variety and starts to export abroad the Italian tradition’s excellences.

Today, Goccia Umbra aims to bring the undisputed quality of Italian food products to consumer tables, in particular the extra virgin olive oil, a fundamental element of the Mediterranean diet,obtained directly from the olives through mechanical procedures of cold pressing. The olives used are from three different cultivars: moraiolo, frantoio and leccino.

Moreover balsamic vinegar of Modena, acacia honey with white truffle, pecorino cheese with acacia honey and sliced truffle, mustard, onion’s mousse complete the company’s quality proposals.

Goccia Umbra is a company that has been able to combine the rediscovery of the oldest traditions of cultivation and processing of olives with new technologies, maintaining the authenticity and fragrance of the past.

Taurasi Feudi di San Gregorio 2012

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Irpinia, a historical region of the Campanian Apennines, is a unique vine growing and wine producing territory, where vineyards have always coexisted with fruit trees, woodland, olive trees and herbs

Established in 1986 by two Irpinian families, Feudi di San Gregorio has its roots in the town of Sorbo Serpico in the province of Avellino. Since its early days, the winery focused on the preservation of authentic top quality productions and on the definition of a premium quality standard to meet the highest and most severe market requirements. The territory’s orography causes a system of winds that gives the region good rainfall and creates a microclimate that sets it apart from the other Campania areas.

today represent a real oenological renaissance of southern Italy, promoting a wine culture for the rediscovery of Mediterranean flavours.

We tasted: Taurasi Feudi di San Gregorio 2012

The noblest expression of Aglianico, this wine takes its name from the place of origin of the grapes: the area of Taurasi. The color is ruby red with garnet reflections. We found an intense and complex nose, with hints ranging from ripe red fruit to cinnamon spice, nutmeg and anise. The palate is soft and balanced, supported by a good freshness that makes it a long-lasting wine. This is an excellent wine for drinking with the finest roasted red meats and poultry braised in Aglianico.

Il Picchio 2013, Castello di Querceto

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At Castello di Querceto the majority of the varieties grown are red with only a small percentage of white.
Of the red grapes, Sangiovese grosso obviously takes pride of place, with numerous other varieties including Canaiolo nero, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Syrah, Petit Verdot, Colorino, Merlot, Mammolo, Ciliegiolo and Malvasia Nera.

The white grapes include traditional varieties such as Malvasia del Chianti, Trebbiano toscano and San Colombano as well as Chardonnay. Top quality and environmental sustainability in wine making are the estate’s founding principles. Castello di Querceto  decided not to use chemical fertilisers preferring organic ones and to use natural and integrated techniques in pest control, supplementing this where it is not sufficient with especially mild plant protection treatments.

The harvest normally takes place from the 25th of September to the 25th of October and is mainly done by hand with careful grape selection.

We tasted: Castello di Querceto Il Picchio Gran Selezione 2013

This is a very nice Chianti Classico from Il Picchio vineyards. The colour is ruby to garnet colour, intense jammy black fruits. It has a very minerally nose, cool and stony with flavours of berry and currants. On the palate it reveals ripe cherries and vanilla. It has a definitely a relatively high acidity and firm tannins. In the food paring it is ideal with grilled and game meats, white truffles, stews and aged cheese.

Stupore by Campo alle Comete Bolgheri DOC

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Bolgheri is, above all, a state of mind, a way of life, the rarefied atmosphere of a world thought to no longer exist. As in a mosaic, the single pieces which compose it are of precious materials and colors, but observing them one by one there is no perception of the overall picture. Nature here remains in a pristine state; woods dominate the hillsides which, running parallel to the coast, protect it from winter’s worst cold. And, to the west, sparkles the blue of the sea, a sea which mitigates with its breezes the dog day heat of July and August. The vineyards, often wedged into the green of forest spaces or of ancient olive groves, dominates, together with the silent whistling of the wind, a landscape drawn discretely by the human hand.

The Campo alle Comete estate is located at the foot of Castagneto Carducci, the only municipality that holds the prestigious DOC Bolgheri denomination. Here is also born the “Stupore”, a wine that brings the peculiarity of Tuscan coast to full expression.

 We tasted:  Stupore Campo alle Comete 2015 Bolgheri DOC

“Stupore” is a red from Bolgheri in which four different varieties of international vines meet, which together make up an absolutely excellent blend.
This wine has a beautiful ruby red, deep and intense colour. On the nose it expresses fruity notes of cherry and fresh plum. The taste turns out to be soft, balanced and fresh. Excellent length and sapid the final. It is perfect with meat and especially poultry, it is excellent to accompany stuffed honey duck.

Vecchie viti 2016 by Ruggeri

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The Ruggeri winery was established in 1950 by Giustino Bisol, whose family boasts a deeply rooted, centuries-old tradition in viticulture in the Valdobbiadene area. The Ruggeri winery, which was established in 1950 by Giustino Bisol, was originally housed in small premises in the village of Santo Stefano di Valdobbiadene. Ruggeri owns a small vineyard of Cartizze and 20 hectares on the nearby Montello, 12 of them are cultivated with Pinot Grigio and Glera (traditionally called Prosecco). About 1 hectare is dedicated to the growing of Recantina, an ancient and authochtonous red grape variety which was recovered thanks to the hard work of cooperation with the Istituto Sperimentale Per la Viticoltura di Conegliano (School of Viticulture of Conegliano).

The Ruggeri winery is well equipped to cope with the considerable harvest; it has two fully independent lines for receiving the grapes and 5 ‘soft’ presses, thereby ensuring separation of the various vineyard harvests also at the busiest times.

We tasted: Vecchie viti 2016

This wine, obtained from the Old Vines of Valdobbiadene, the most beautiful and longlived Prosecche, Bianchette, Verdise and Perere, would be a tribute  to our country and to the memory of all men and women who, with their hands and their heart, made it an extraordinary and fertile land”. Vecchie Viti” (Old Vines), because it is the fruit of grapes coming from old vines between 80 and 100 years old, scattered all over the hills of Valdobbiadene’s territory and not from a single vineyard. The production of this wine need the cooperation of numerous farmers, owners of the best vineyards.

This wine has a light straw color with silvery reflections and a fine perlage. On the nose emerge scents of flowers of lily of the valley, white rose, apple, banana, pear and cedar, embellished with mineral cues and hints of candy. The sip is fresh, simple and continuous, with a subtle and creamy effervescence, savory and with a good final trail of citrus lemon and orange.

For the food pairing is ideal with aperitif, with lake fish and risotto with mushroom.

Sagrantino Montefalco 2012, Pardi Brothers’ Winery

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The story of Pardi Brothers’ Winery begins in 1919 when the brothers Alfredo, Francesco and Alberto Pardi establish the Cantina Fratelli Pardi, that was located on the ground floor of the Saint Marcus Hospital, that belonged to the stately building of Saint Francis in Montefalco.

The Cantina Pardi present winery begins in 2003 in Montefalco beneath the ancient walls and is for the whole production of wine, from the cultivation and the wine-making process to the marketing of the wines. The wine-making room is equipped with stainless steel tanks and is used for the fermentation of the red and white musts and for the preservation of the wines.

An underground room is kept for the ageing of the wines; it is equipped with French barriques and, according to tradition, with big oak barrels from the Alps and Slavonia. Here are bottled and aged the great wines of controlled and guaranteed origin, such as Sagrantino Secco and Passito from Montefalco DOCG, Rosso DOC and Bianco DOC.

The vineyards extend for about 11 hectares and are all located in Montefalco, along the gentle hills of Casale, Campolungo, Pietrauta and Lasignano. The choice of these areas is the result of the long-lasting knowledge of the family concerning the wine vocation of this wonderful territory and we preserve this tradition with loyalty and constancy.

Together with the renowned Sagrantino, the autochthonous vine from Montefalco, the Pardi Brothers’ grow also grapes with red berries, typical of the area, such as Sangiovese, Cabernet and Merlot ; these grapes, together with Sagrantino, make up the Montefalco Rosso DOC. The Grechetto, Chardonnay and Trebbiano Spoletino vines, with white berries, make up the white wine Colle di Giove DOC.

We tasted: Sagrantino Montefalco 2012

This wine made of Sagrantino vine 100% aged in bottle for 6-8 months.

This Sagrantino is intense and deep ruby red. It opens to the nose giving clear hints of dark fruit that recall ribes, plum jam and sour cherries. In the mouth it is set on an imposing tannins. Important the body, warm in the mouth and with long persistence.

For the food pairing is ideal with red meat with roast meats, hare in salmì, brasati cooked at Sagrantino. Extra hard cheese.

Franco Mondo, wine-makers for generation

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The Mondos have been recognised in the town of San Marzano Oliveto near Asti, in Piedmont, as wine-makers for generations and are, as such, much appreciated.

The ridge which is home to the Mondo family cellar bears a striking resemblance to the profile of a sleeping woman.” The particolar composition of the soil and a temperate microclimate make it the ideal place for cultivating vines.

The company, which still maintains its artisan, family character, is run by Valerio and his father Franco. Their estate covers about twelve hectares of vineyards, approximately 60 % of which are dedicated to the cultivation of Barbera grapes while the rest is divided between Moscato Bianco, Dolcetto, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cortese, Chardonnay and Favorita varieties.

We tasted: Le Rose Barbera d´Asti Superiore Nizza 2012

This wine made from rigorous selection of grapes Barbera d’Asti 100% in the vineyards. In the vinification the wine is left refinig for 18 month in small french oak barrels which allow it to reach a specific maturity.

The bouquet recall spices, dried roses and vanilla. In the mouth, It has a full body, round and soft in the palate.

This kind of wine is ideal with red meat and game dishes.

Asti DOCG extra dry, Arione

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Arione wine estate led by brothers Mauro and Luca in Castiglione Tinella and Canelli in Piedmont is a family-run business with four generations of Piedmont wine producers.

The company has access to vineyards located in the best Piedmont areas, the Langhe and the Monferrato, where the family jealously guards the initial learnings handed down from the first master winemaker, Luigi Arione, translating them into solid practices.

Arione family has definitely, strong roots connected to the Langhe and Monferrato lands, to the landscapes and the passion for the craft of “making wine”, because being producers here in Piedmont, means great daily challenge.

We tasted: Asti docg extra dry

«Our Extra Dry Asti DOCG, the non-sweet version of the famous Asti DOCG, is a new and innovating product born from the idea of relaunching a sparkling wine that represents the history of our territory and our hills, now belonging to the UNESCO World Heritage” with these words the brothers Mauro and Luca Arione, present their new sparkling wine obtained from Moscato grapes: an absolute novelty that is raising the interest of the market and obtaining the approval among wine-lovers.

This wine is classified “Extra” because it is an extra-dry sparkling wine. In fact, according to the regulations, it has a content of residual sugar between 12 and 17 grams per litre, so clearly less sugar than in the traditional Asti DOCG that has always been produced in sweet version with over 50 grams sugar per litre.

The colour is straw yellow with thin and elegant perlage. The bouquet shows scents reminding sweetness of exotic fruits and the freshness of the garden flowers. In the mouth is well Balanced, fresh savoury and pleasantly dry. It is ideal for a toast with aperitif, fish finger foods and sushi.

 

Brazilian sparkling wines elected the best in Americas

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Among labels from Europe and wine-producing countries on the American continent, two sparkling wines from the Brazilian winery Miolo were elected the Best Sparkling Wine of the Americas and the Best Rosé Sparkling wine of the Americas, which reinforces Brazil’s supremacy and vocation in sparkling, consecrating the charming region of Serra Gaúcha, in the Vale dos Vinhedos (Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil), as the terroir of origin of some of the most awarded bubbles in the world.

The important awards for the sparkling Miolo Cuvée Tradition Brut (Best Sparkling Wine) and Miolo Cuvée Tradition Brut Rosé (Best Sparkling Rosé) took place in the 10th edition of the Challenge International Euposia, the only contest in the world dedicated exclusively to the bubbles elaborated by the Traditional Method, with the second fermentation of the wine inside the bottle itself. Thus, for example, champagnes are made. The event brings together some of the most important specialized critics in the world.

It is an expressive achievement not only for Miolo, but for the market and for the image of Brazilian sparkling wine abroad. We have carried out a consistent work in international markets, promoting, communicating and divulging our sparkling wines, which have increasingly attracted attention because of its extremely high quality “, commemorates Adriano Miolo, the group’s superintendent.

The Miolo Cuvée Tradition Brut and Miolo Cuvée Tradition Brut Rosé are made in the winery’s own vineyards in the Denomination of Origin Vale dos Vinhedos. Versatile and sophisticated, they are already a subject in the international market: a lot of the Cuvée Tradition Brut has just been taken from a submerged sea basement in France, an action unheard of for a Brazilian company. And a lot of the Cuvée Tradition Brut Rosé rests, at the moment, in the same submerged basement, from where it will be removed in 2018.

“Clouds with silver linings” Vendemmia 2017 @ Ornellaia

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Undeniably 2017 has been a challenging year in the vineyards. We have become so used to abundant harvests and constantly high quality that it comes as a shock when mother nature makes things difficult for us. In my past 12 years at Ornellaia a few vintages have presented challenges, 2009 & 2014 in particular, but none quite so much as 2017. All the talk so far has been about the low yields, and this is of course an issue for the commercial side, but certain aspects of 2017 give us reason to be happy.

2017 has seen a rare combination of an anticipated growth cycle with hot and dry weather, resulting on one of the earliest harvest in the history of the estate.

The Growing season

An early start with a sudden slowdown

The relatively warm and dry winter, only interrupted by a brief period of temperatures below 0°C in January, and an unusually warm weather in February and March set the stage for an early budbreak, which indeed arrived around the 27th March, a good week before average. April followed the same pattern leading to an explosive shoot growth that got brutally slowed down by a few days of extremely low temperatures that went below 0°C in many parts of Tuscany, causing important frost damages on the vines. Luckily in Bolgheri’s mild coastal climate the temperatures stayed just above zero preventing any frost.

Although May, the third consecutive month with rainfall below seasonal average, was warm and sunny, the shoot growth could not fully recover from the cold wave in April, therefore flowering occurred with canopies that had not reached their full size. The bloom was rapid and very uniform with good fruit set, but due to the slow vegetative growth clusters and berries stayed smaller than usual. On the positive side, the dry and sunny conditions reduced pressure of fungal diseases, allowing us reduce spraying to a minimum.

Summer: it never rains in Bolgheri…but we sometimes wish it would

From June on we saw a particularly hot and dry weather that would stay until mid-September. By July the lasting drought started to create some concern. The clusters stayed small without much berry growth, forcing us to adapt ourselves to the dry conditions, by removing cover crops and operating fruit thinning in order to further stress the vines. Ornellaia’s soil management, based on improving microbiological life and organic content, certainly helped to increase the vines’ resistance to the drought and keep enough moisture in the soils.

Veraison occurred about ten days early third week of July.

The harvest: As fast as you can

The long-lasting drought in the run up to harvest time was a constant source of anxiety, and we knew we could not change this. Not to our surprise the first grape samples showed already high sugars and indicated that we were in for an early harvest. A brief heat spike first week of August further accelerated the ripening and concentrated the berries, leading us to kick off harvest of the first Sauvignons on the 7th August, a date unheard of in Ornellaia. Sauvignon and Viognier harvest was completed by the 17th August and – quite astonishingly – was immediately followed by the usually late ripening Vermentino and Verdicchio. Our experience with white wine making accumulated since 2008, allowed us to avoid the traps of such a warm vintage – early harvest, picking only in the very first morning hours, transporting the grapes in a refrigerated truck and careful pressing in absence of oxygen have helped us to fully express the aromatic quality and maintain a beautiful acidity. Naturally the quality of the vineyard sites and the cool nights helped as well.

The first reds were harvested together with the Vermentino and Verdicchio on the 24th August, starting as usual with young vine Merlot. Harvest of the last old-vine Merlot was completed on the 4th September. In only ten days, 2017’s Merlot is one the fastest ever in the estate’s history. The exceptionally small berries showed high sugars, high tannin and luckily also high acidity. A good amount of fruit, especially when directly exposed to the sun showed some significant berry shriveling, which we could deal with perfectly through optical sorting, in use at Ornellaia since 2016, allowing us to discard sometimes up to 10% of shriveled berries. This certainly has immensely benefited the aromatic purity of the wines, avoiding any pruney or raisiny character.

Cabernet sauvignon harvest will as well be remembered as the earliest in the estate’s history. Young vines started to be picked on the 30th August in similar conditions than the Merlot, but by the 10th September the long-awaited rain came in, giving a fair bit of relief to the vines, hydrating the fruit and allowing us to complete the ripening under virtually perfect conditions. Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and the older Cabernet sauvignon vines were completed by the 26th September, with sunny but cool weather.

The exceptionally small, concentrated and rich berries required particularly careful extraction. Less – in this case – is more and so we shortened maceration times to a maximum of 3 weeks, kept fermentation temperatures low, and reduced pump-overs to a minimum, to only extract the purest flavours and soft, gentle tannins of high quality.

…And finally, how are the wines?

We cannot sugar coat it – the yields in 2017 are very low and will cause some financial difficulty for some in the next few years, but in the end the quality of the wines, across the board, is a happy ending to a demanding and challenging year in which we were reminded of mother nature’s changing moods.

Concentration would be the first thing that comes to mind when describing them. The whites have maintained bright flavours and good acidities, testifying to the great potential of the area, a potential we had seen ever since we decided to start all over again with the production of Poggio alle Gazze dell’Ornellaia with the old sauvignon blanc vines that had not accepted their regrafting to Merlot. It is beautiful to see the wonderful quality coming from the newly planted vineyards in Bellaria, that have allowed us to produce Ornellaia bianco and have yielded wines of great finesse even in a hot vintage as 2017.

The reds are opulent, rich and dark, with abundant, yet silky and refined tannins and excellent acidities to cut through the richness. The fruit is intense and pure, without signs of over ripeness.

Last but not least, the Petit Manseng for Ornus dell’Ornellaia, picked in mid-October looks very promising with high sugars and great concentration. We will have to wait until the end of the year, once fermentation will be completed to express a final judgement

 Axel Heinz – Winemaker & Estate Director

Brachetto d’Acqui Spumante, la Torre Castel Rocchero

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La Torre Castel Rocchero is a winemakers association founded in 1953 by people form the village of Castel Rocchero in Piedmont, “driven by a single faith in the collaboration of free spirits,” as the scroll commemorating the first harvest tells us, “for a fuller utilization of our wine, synonymous with the improvement in the family and social economy.”

The vinary tower is a bulwark, a symbol of presence and a lookout and reference point in the whole Monferrato. Its shape is unmistakable as its lure: planted in between the vineyards, bumps and ridges designed by vines and grapes of Barbera or Dolcetto, Moscato or Brachetto.

The vineyards draw the landscape for 300 hectares between the high hills of Nizza Monferrato and Acqui Terme. Here they are able to interpret at their best all those varieties typically grown in this area of Piedmont.

We tasted:  Brachetto d’Acqui Spumante

Brachetto is produced in a small area, between the provinces of Asti and Alessandria. This is a special wine that has always been drunk with great parsimony in the days of great occasions.

It has a ruby red color with tendency to garnet clear and rosy, with persistent foam. The bouquet has scents of rose and ripe fruit, while its taste is fresh, lively and with musk notes.

In the food pairing this wine is ideal as aperitif and with a dessert after a meal. Wonderful companion of lightly sour fruit, such as strawberries and peaches, it gives good results in the preparation of wine cocktails, marrying it with liqueurs, bitters and vermouth.

Dolcetto Novello S. Martino, cantine Volpi

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Cantine Volpi was founded in Tortona in 1914. Since then, through four generations it has been the protagonist of a continuous evolution that has led it to be a reference reality in the Piedmont wine industry, an authentic expression of the Tortona hills.

A company that has always been oriented towards innovation: between the ’70s and’ 90s with the Cortese Docg of the Tortona Hills it has established itself in Italy as the main protagonist of the launch of the ‘sparkling white wine natural’, a forerunner of the planetary successes of Prosecco and of Franciacorta.
In the same period Cantine Volpi brought the Barrique to the winery and started the production and marketing of Vino Novello. In the 90s it was among the first wineries to marry with determination the choice of Bio in large numbers, which today accounts for 70% of production.

At the end of the 90s, when in Italy there was not yet an organic wine market, Carlo Volpi with pioneering spirit, decided to satisfy an English customer who required a selection of the best Italian wines produced organically. Thus the first experimental line of organic wines was born.

We tasted: Dolcetto Novello S. Martino 2017

This wine produced in Colli Tortonesi area by Dolcetto grapes, has an intense rubin red colour. In the nose is vinous, characteristic, pleasant. In the mouth is dry with a discreet body and harmonious.

For the food pairing this wine is ideal with local and regional cuisine from Piedmont, and in autumns is also excellent with roasted chestnuts.

Casa Valduga Arte Tradicional Brut

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Casa Valduga wine esate is one of the pioneers in the utilization of champenoise method in Brazil, the winery is one of the responsible for the international recognition of Brazilian sparkling wines.

At the end of the 19th century, in 1875, the first Italian immigrant of the Valduga family arrived in Brazil. From the city of Rovereto, in northern Italy, they cultivated the first grapevines in the very heart of what is today Vale dos Vinhedos, or the Valley of Vineyards in the South of Brazil.

The main principles of Casa Valduga are synthetized on working as a family and constant innovation. For sure, creativity runs in the veins of the Valduga family, as does determination and the desire to turn dreams into reality.

Before making two bottles of wine, make one, but make it good.” said the patriarch and founder, Luiz Valduga

Investments in technology increased and with it grew the acknowledgment of Casa Valduga as one of the most highly regarded vineyards in Brazil.

We tasted: Casa Valduga Arte Tradicional Brut

This sparkling wine is produced by the Champenoise method with 12 months maturation in underground cellars. It has a composition of 60% Chardonnay and 40% Pinot Noir.

The perlage is fine and lasting. The aroma recall fresh tropical fruit and toasted bread.

This wine has definitely a wide pairing range. Ideal as aperitifs with dish of fish, white meats, pastas and light sauces.

This wine was awarded of Gold Medal at “Concours Mondial de Bruxelles” on 2009.

Paulo Ovidio da Silva

Monteagudo wine estate

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Monteagudo wine estate located in state of Santa Catarina in Brazil, is a family business founded in 2004 by doctor Leônidas Ferraz and the grain producer Alceu Muller. A dream was born … to produce quality wines in a unique terroir with soil, temperature and altitude different from those explored in other producing regions of Brazil. It has the advantage of being in the Serra Catarinense and still suffer the influence of the maritime breeze which confers, to the wines, very peculiar characteristics.

The Monte Agudo family started planting the vineyards from seedlings from France. The vineyards originated at the beginning of 2005, January 6th – Magi’s Day. That is why they are used to say that the wines were present from the fertile land of São Joaquim, at 1,280 meters of altitude at Fazenda Morro Agudo, Serra Catarinense.

The strains planted were Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, and the result was an expression of the terroir; giving rise to complex and safe wines.

Currently, Monte Agudo has an intense involvement of the Rojas Ferraz family, counting on the daughters of Leônidas, Carolina and Patricia, who have managed to best convey their passion for wines. Monteagudo has recently won the gold medal in the Great Test of Brazil, with their red wine 2011.

We tasted: Sinfonia Brut Rose

This wine has two fermentation, in steel tanks and in autoclave by the charmant method at low temperatures.

In contact with the yeasts for 6 months, aiming for more aromatic complexity and creaminess in the mouth.
The colour is vivid light pink color with fine, intense and persistent perlage. The aroma is fruity with nuances of guava and cherry in syrup, mixed with light notes of toasted bread and yeast. In the mouth this wine has a good volume and intense perlage. Retro soft and persistent taste that brings out a pleasant fruity flavor.

For food pairing this wine is ideal with food finger, sushi and with dessert.

This wine was awarded with gold medal at the “Concours mondial de Bruxelles” 2013

Sublime

This Rosé wine is made from merlot, harvested in advance and obtained by light pressing controlled by the release of color until obtaining a bright red, with orange tones that give it copper notes.
It was then debranched and fermented with selected ferments at low temperatures in order to preserve the numerous and intense fruity aromas of raspberry, butiá and ripe strawberry mixed with a light background of white roses.
The lively acidity and the lightness of the tannins reveal in the mouth, citrus flavors and aromas that end up emphasizing a pleasant aftertaste of lime.

Ideal for aperitif and fish dish.

Amalia Cascina in Langa

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We are in Monforte d’Alba (Cuneo-Piedmont), one of the most interesting and historic towns in the Langhe declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Amalia Cascina in Langa created in 2003, aim to produce high quality wine that respected the territory and tradition in an elegant and reserved location. The Boffa family, seduced by the serenity of the area, acquired an early 19th century farmhouse and its surrounding vineyards that produced the typical wines of the zone: Dolcetto and Barbera. Additional vineyards were then acquired in the prestigious cru of Barolo Bussia and Le Coste in Monforte. The production is focused on bringing out the best from every vineyard and in every harvest, thanks to scrupulous work done in the vineyard and in the winecellar.

We tasted: Barolo Bussia 2013

This Barolo is produced from a selection of grapes harvested by hand from the prestigious Fantini di Bussia vineyard.The vineyard fantini lies at an elevation higher than the others belonging to the same cru and on soil characterizes by sandstones with high percentage of sand.
The colour is intense ruby. The aroma recall notes of citrus fruits, berries and roots. In the mouth is fruity, tannins, with a persistent finnish.

For the food paring is ideal with salami, aged cheese, red meat and with the typical Brasato al Barolo.

Barbera d’alba superiore 2015

This Barbera ‘Superiore’ is obtained by aging in wood a wine made from a selection of the best grapes from the Sant’Anna vineyard. The grapes are harvested exclusively by hand after meticulous selection of the best grapes.

It is a bright, intense ruby red. The bouquet is made of cherry, notes of roast coffee and a touch

of vanilla. Barbera’s characteristic acidity blends well into the wine’s body and the sweetness conferred by the wood in this long lasting wine.

In the paring is ideal with mushroom soup, grilled vegetables, game meat.

Pinot Gris 2015 Eclat du Terroir, Domaine Huber & Bleger

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Domaine Huber & Bleger wine estate are winemakers from father to son for several generations. The cousins ​​Marcel HUBER and Robert BLEGER came together in 1966 to form the first Agricultural Exploitation Group (GAEC) in France. New cellars were built in 1972 and the Domaine HUBER and BLEGER continued to evolve and expand to currently operate a vineyard in France. 27 hectares, located mainly in the commune of Saint-Hippolyte, at the foot of Haut-Koenigsbourg castle in Alsace, France.

All vineyards are traditionally and respectfully managed the environment (Guyot pruning, grass cover and ground work, manual harvesting …).
The constant search for quality, in the cultivation of the vine as in the vinification of grapes and control of the costs are for the domain essential objectives. That is why this domain has been certified in Sustainable Agriculture since 1999, for a production subject to rules of an environmentally friendly specification (Terra Vitis label).

We tasted: Pinot Gris 2015 Eclat du Terroir

The vineyard is located on a hillside with a superb South-East exposure, the Geissberg is a granitic and gneissic terroir. This wine harvest entirely manual, is yellow with golden highlights. The typically of the grape variety is undeniably found in this wine of great richness, with complex aromas of dried fruits and fruits candied but also smoky notes. Great finesse and minerality nascent are characteristic of the subsoil. In the mouth is rich with a touch of sugar, oily and of a beautiful aromatic persistence. This wine is definitely well structured.

For the food paring is perfect with the refined dishes and the Asian cooking also with aperitif, roasted white meat and poultry in sauce ,smoked salmon, the typical foie gras, and Game (pickled or not).

pinot-eclat

Campe Dhei Raboso, Cantina Ponte

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Cantina Ponte is a wine cooperative with traditionally strong ties to its own region, which has become the engine of development initiatives for the entire Venetian wine district. Cantina Ponte  was created in 1948 by the will of a small group of winegrowers who joined forces to face the aftermath of the postwar crises.

The cooperative has always considered its most important company asset to be its “human capital”: a wide and varied working group of farmers, laborers, managers, agriculture experts, wine experts, agents and sales people who make the company a big family. The Cantina is committed to the environment with the aim of promoting ever more sustainable famring.

At present, the cooperative has 1200 producer societies for 2000 hectares in the whole of the Veneto region, from the north of Venice to the banks of the river Piave.

We tasted: Campe Dhei Raboso

It is a deep red wine that tends to garnet. The nose we recognizes hints of marasca with notes of plum and chocolate. In the mouth is well balanced dry and slightly acidic.
Ideal wine during winter season with game, grilled meats and seasoned cheeses.

Poggio Lupo, Della Luna Merlot 2016

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The wine estate Poggio Lupo is a young company founded from the dream of Massimo, Manuela and Marco Morgante.

The farm is located in the municipality of Allerona, in the province of Terni (Italy). The territory is characterized by the presence of clay-sandy soils comprising gray-blue clays, dating to the lower middle-sized pliocene. The vineyard stretches for about 32 hectares and is placed in a natural amphitheater with a south-eastern exposure that allows a great solar irradiation throughout the day.

The vineyard is made up of international varieties such as Chardonnay, Sauvignon blanc, Merlot Cabernet, Sauvignon and Petit verdot. The wines of Poggio Lupo derive from sustainable agriculture for a clientele attentive to the environmental issues in the search for products coming from a low impact agriculture and respectful of nature.

We tasted:

Della Luna Merlot 2016

It is a ruby red wine with purple shades. The olfactory bouquet features sweet spicy scents and red cherry and black berries. In the mouth is well balanced and of good persistence.

This wine is aged for 6 months in steel with batonnage on fine lees and for at least 3 months in bottle.

For the food pairing it is ideal with traditional Umbrian dishes like croutons with liver pans, salami, and semi-matured cheeses and with the stuffed cake (Capocollo, sausage, sausage and vegetables).

Miolo Quinta do Seival Alvarinho, Brazilian wine with Portuguese essence

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Label was the big winner in the category ‘Brancos de outras castas e cortes‘ in the Great Event Wines of Brazil

A wine with a Brazilian signature and Portuguese essence: Quinta do Seival Alvarinho is the first Alvarinho wine made in Brazil with one of the grapes icons of Portugal. The Miolo winery invested in its adaptation in the terroir of the Southern Campaign in Rio Grande do Sul, in order to extract unique characteristics and express the whole personality of a great wine.

The first vines of alvarinho were planted in 2003, in our vineyards in the Southern Campaign / RS. It is a liquid relic. It is a unique wine of a Portuguese variety very much in vogue, but still little cultivated in Brazil. The Quinta do Seival Alvarinho is a label that reminds us of our Portuguese heritage and the historical connections between the two countries “, summarizes Adriano Miolo, superintendent of the group.

Versatile and medium intensity aromatic, has notes of peach, mango and honey. Its straw-yellow color translates all the elegance of the wine, whose label is a re-reading of the baroque, artistic movement of great influence in the Portuguese aesthetics of the XVI to XVIII centuries.

The high quality of this white wine with Brazilian DNA and Portuguese soul has just been recognized in the Great Wine Tasting 2017. Among the hundreds of samples tasted the Quinta do Seival Alvarinho stood out as the great winner in the category “Brancos de outras castas e cortes” being one of the 30 winners of the competition, which reinforces its perfect adaptation to the terroir of the Campaign and the excellent work that Miolo has been developing with the caste.

In addition to the Quinta do Seival Alvarinho, 8 other Miolo wines elaborated in the Rio Grande do Sul projects won Gold Medals at the tasting: Miolo Millésime Brut 2012, Miolo Tempranillo Reserva 2015, Miolo Sauvignon Blanc 2017, Miolo Reserva Pinot Noir 2016, Miolo Cuvée Tradition Brut Rosé, Miolo Cuvée Tradition Demi-Sec, Miolo Cuvée Giuseppe Chardonnay 2015 and Miolo Selection Pinot Grigio / Riesling 2016.

From the vineyards of the brand in the Valley of the São Francisco (BA) also received Gold Medals the sparkling Terranova Moscatel and Terranova Brut Rosé, and the red Testardi Syrah.

November flavors: the new olive oil by Tenuta di Trecciano

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On the typical red clay soil, a medieval villa and 22 hectares of vineyards and olive groves this is Tenuta di Trecciano.

In the Chianti Senese 22 hectares of Vineyards and Olive groves, laying in a beautiful valley with the typical red clay soil. The territory is rich in ancient churches and castles, that represent an important heritage to be protected, and where man’s economic activity has been able to respect the natural environment.

Olive oil is an ever-present food on the tables of Italians and, just like wine, depending on the production areas, can be characterized by a wide variety of quality. To better and fully appreciate its value, it is important to know its origin and also how it is produced.

Tenuta di Trecciano let us discover olive oil, starting with its history and typical Tuscan olive varieties.

History
Source: http://www.olioextraverginetoscana.it

In all the Mediterranean basin civilizations, the olive tree has always been considered a sacred tree and the oil extracted from its fruits was used not only as food but also for religious and ritual purposes: Egyptians it considered it as a gift from the gods; through trade the Phoenicians help spread the production throughout various territories, calling it “liquid gold”; the Greeks and the Romans used it for medicinal purposes and as fuel in the votive lamps; the Jews used it to “flatter” their King, Christians have always used it in important rites. Olive oil represents one of the fundamental products of Mediterranean agriculture, of undeniable nutritional value for its chemical composition and organoleptic characteristics that are highlighted when using it as a dressing/seasoning.

Tuscan Olive varieties
Source: http://www.olioextraverginetoscana.it

Each oil is bound to its own territory, and thus is a synthesis of each native varietal of olive from which it is produced. There are hundreds of varieties of olives, for oil, for food or for both. They come in different shapes and sizes, each may be characterized by a different ratio between pulp and seed and therefore contain different quantities of oil, on average ranging between 10 to 16%. The trees’ productivity depends on several climatic and cultivation style factors, which also help determine the production in its two-year cycle.
Here at the Tenuta di Trecciano we cultivate the most typical Tuscan varieties: FrantoioMoraioloLeccino and Pendolino.

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Tenuta di Trinoro triumphs at Merano WineFestival

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The Wine Hunter names Palazzi 2015 as Best Wine


The best wine at the Merano Wine Festival 2017, the prestigious wine show that attracts producers from Italy and across the globe, is Palazzi from Tenuta di Trinoro, the cult winery of so many wine-lovers.

Palazzi stood out from all the Platinum wines (over 95 points) that had been selected by The Wine Hunter Helmuth Köcher (award.winehunter.it) and which this year too included world-class wines such as Saffredi, Le Serre Nuove dell’Ornellaia, Le Pergole Torte, D’Alceo, and Il Marroneto—to mention just few examples from Tuscany, Tenuta di Trinoro’s winegrowing region.

“I am extremely proud of this recognition, which is such a tribute to our interpretation of Merlot,” commented . “Here in the Val d’Orcia, in our clay-rich soils, this grape gives us a remarkably fleshy, deep wine.

“The 2015 growing year was essentially trouble-free, with rains coming regularly and at substantial intervals right up to November, allowing us to bring in exceptional-quality Merlot without any haste.”  

Today, the results are on full display in the bottle—if one can find one of the 3,700 produced.

The 2017 Vintage, the epitome of Bourgogne elegance

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In 2017, everything came good for the Bourgogne winegrowing region in terms of both quality and quantity.

And after several years of harvests that suffered the whims of  the weather, 2017 has provided volumes set to satisfy the market, with wines that are already promising great things to  come from this elegant vin tage.

After spending the winter building up their strength, the vines profited fully from a very warm spring, with budburst
in early April ensuring a head start in terms of the growth cycle that was maintained right up to the harvest. The  plants progressed from  stage to stage free from hindrance, and by mid-June, were flowering before rapid fruit set.
An early vintage was confirmed.  During the summer, a few spells of heatwave alternated with more mixed weather.

However, ripening continued  at a good pace and by  the end of August, the first grapes were being picked, two weeks ahead of average. Harvesting  continued until mid-September as each plot reached peak maturity. The grapes were in exceptional health and required virtually no sorting. Everyone was very enthusiastic about this fabulous fruit, its peak ripeness, and the volumes produced. The only downside were a few areas hit by spring frosts, where yields were below norms.

Vinification went without a hitch and the mood was one of serenity for this vintage wh en the Bourgogne  winegrowing region returned to more habitual levels of quality and quantity.

Castello di Querceto 120 years history of wine

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Entering Castello di Querceto, one’s gaze is immediately caught by a late 18th-century photo of some François family’s ancestors. The images are a bit time-scarred, but those piercing eyes, even 120 years on, leave no doubt about the reasons why this family, still today owners of this wine estate, has become one of the leading lights in Chianti Classico, driven by their desire to offer wine-lovers authentic expressions of classic Tuscan grape varieties.    

Starting in the early 1900s, with their first all-Sangiovese vineyards, through 1924, when they and a select group of 32 other producers founded Consorzio del Vino Chianti Classico, and right up to the present moment, Castello di Querceto has always, through its wines, spoken to the world in an intensely family and personal fashion.   

The interpretation of the cru vineyards and the identification of grape selections that best represent the estate have always been, since the 1970s, Alessandro François’ objectives, and he has succeeded in winning recognition across the globe for Castello di Querceto as one of Chianti Classico’s best-known producers. Today, in fact, 90% of its production is exported to over 50 countries, a marketing achievement of which Alessandro and Antonietta François are justly proud.    

2017 ushers in Castello di Querceto’s commemoration of its 120 years of winemaking, and it is celebrating that milestone by uncorking two of its iconic wines–both obviously monovarietal Sangioveses. The first, La Corte IGT Colli della Toscana Centrale, was the winery’s first cru, and some early-1900s vintages of it are still lying in collectors’ cellars. The second, Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG Il Picchio, is the quintessential expression of the best vineyards in the south-eastern part of the estate. 

“There will be no special commemorative label for either wine,” states François; “the wines themselves are perfectly capable of recounting our history.” And in fact, these two interpreters of the wine estate’s philosophy prefer to reveal themselves directly in the glass: La Corte through its elegance, its fruit and subtle hint of balsam, Il Picchio with its structure and impressive length, heightened by herbaceous and floral notes and a touch of chocolate.   

Raising a glass of Castello di Querceto is a full-immersion into the history of Chianti Classico. 

 

Ruinart: the origins of champagne

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If it’s the vines that give birth to our champagnes, it’s well below there that they grow. Here, 38 meters under our feet, the underground chalk tunnels has been keeping watch for 60 million years.

The sea, in pulling back from these lands and smoothing out all of the crayères mud that had accumulated, strengthened and transformed this ground into chalk. And thus, the chalk pits came to life. We’ve been making our gems here since the 18th century and these most prestigious sparkling wine were granted UNESCO World Heritage status in 2015.

For novices, the crayères are true labyrinths; only the initiated can understand. They’re the ones who know that when you come down the massive staircase, supported only by a wrought iron railing, you’ll soon find yourself in a maze of tunnels…

We can still find new ones today! Here, the stretched-out bottles slumber, lying upside-down on the racks. Here still, these precious containers are shielded from the other side of the champagne mirror. A must-see in Reims, with eyes wide open.

Siddura, eight wines to tell an island

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Siddura winery founded in 2008 from the fusion of the experience of a German industrialist and the profound knowledge of the territory and market of Massimo Ruggero, Siddura CEO.
Located in the little village of Luogosanto in Sardinia, it has in the “Terroir” the strong feature of the winery. The estate is immersed in a valley surrounded by granite, protected by the mighty winds of maestrale and caressed by the sea breeze.

The union of climatic factors and the specificity of the granite soil degradation give the wines a particular minerality. The cellar was born around its fulcrum: a fully-buried amphitheater building that exploits the geothermal potential of the site and boasts an innovative control system for the fermentation of individual tanks.

Here, the entire production chain, from grape to bottle, takes place, privileging spontaneous fermentations and using the most diverse types of containers: from concrete tanks, barrels and amphorae.
The estate stretches for two hundred acres and the grounds are a mixture of granite, sand and clay. They are loose soil, often arid, ideal for viticulture.

Sardinia in purity” is the Siddura philosophy, which has made it possible to produce a line with eight high quality wines. The company’s goal is to produce wines that identify with the terroir from which they come from. Production therefore provides limited harvests to ensure maximum quality, selective handmade harvest, micro-wine making and aging in the best oak barrels built in France.

In five years, Siddura wines have conquered over 130 medals in the most renowned national and international wine competitions.

To point out a revolutionary concept of Siddura; the innovative winemaking of white wines as if they were red, that is to create a long-lasting Vermentino that improves after a year of aging.

Siddura wines

1) SPÈRA Vermentino di Gallura DOCG in purity, about 13 °.
2) MAIA A Vermentino di Gallura coming from another squad of our vineyard, always in purity DOCG.
3) BERU Extreme processing, French vinification, small Chardonnay cut on Vermentino’s mass.
4) ÈREMA red sardine grapes, vinified in long fermentation.
5) BÀCCO Cagnulari in purity, historical grape of Sardinia recently rediscovered by the great international oenologists.
6) FOLA Cannonau in purity DOC.
7) TIROS It is the Sardinian super Tuscan, a base of Sangiovese and Cabernet sauvignon as the great wines of Tuscany.
8) NÙALI Moscato di Sardegna DOC Passito.

Recovered the first sea refined Brazilian wine

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Miolo the Brazilian wine estate, announces the recovery of the first batch of aged Brazilian sparkling wine in an underwater cave. The company is the first and only in Brazil to use this method.

The operation was carried out on 12 October, 12 months after Miolo Cuvée Brut diving in the Brittany Sea, France. The labels will reach the Brazilian and European markets by the end of this year, for a special and limited edition.

“In Brazil and Europe there are high expectations regarding the withdrawal of bottles from the sea. We are approaching the end of the year, an expressive moment for sparkling wine sales and no doubt, lovers and collectors will want to have in their cellars and the first Brazilian product aged in an underwater cave, “says Adriano Miolo, superintendent of the Brazilian group.

Strategically immersed in the island of Ouessant, in the region known as Baie du Stiff, bottles of Miolo Cuvée Tradition Brut have been kept in contact with sea temperatures (11 to 13 ° C). The underwater cave creates ideal conditions for aging wines: darkness, total humidity, constant temperature and pressure.

According to Director Adriano, the effects of conservation of sparkling wines on the seabed are observed in laboratory tests and tastings. A submerged label has up to 10 times more molecular compounds than those aged with traditional methods; these compounds are responsible for the formation of aromas and complexity of the beverage. In the tests the results indicate the quality of the method: sparkling wines have a richer floral flavor, complexity, freshness and clear notes of butter and nuts.

New lots in 2018

In 2018 it will be possible to appreciate the results of the aging of another Miolo in a submerged cave: Miolo Cuvée Tradition Brut Rosé, in an even smaller edition. A small batch of the product rests in the Brittany Sea from June this year and has to stay there for 12 months. A second batch of Miolo Cuvée Tradition Brut was also submerged in June and will arrive in the market next year.

The labels of the Miolo Cuvée Tradition line are processed in the Vale dos Vinhedos in the state of Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil, with Chardonnay and Pinot Nero grapes using the traditional method, ie fermentation in the bottle itself; the process is the same as used by French maisons for processing Champagne.

2017 Ornellaia harvest

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“Here at Ornellaia 2017 has been an unusually early year dominated by a long lasting drought period, which has forced us to startharvest two weeks earlier than usual. It is certainly a challenging year with a very small crop and very concentrated fruit. The Merlot have been harvested from last week of August to first week of September. The Cabernets have benefitted from some rain in mid September and could be picked in perfect conditions in the last decade of the month.”

“In the cellar it was crucial to drastically sort out any dehydrated and dried fruit and go through very gentle extraction with moderate maceration times. The quality of the red wines is definitely a nice surprise, they are certainly ripe and concentrated, with intense and dark colour, abundant but ripe and silky tannins and, luckily, healthy acidities to balance out the alcohol levels. The whites are equally beautiful for all varieties, they are concentrated with bright aromatics and excellent acidities.” Axel Heinz, winemaker and Estate Director

2017 Eu wine grape harvest: the lowest in 36 years

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2017 seems the poorest wine grape harvest in 36 years, this caused by heavy hailstorms, late frosts in spring and a hot, dry summer.

According to the European Commission, production of pressed juice, or must, in Spain was set to be down 16 percent from 2015/2016 volumes. In France it would be 17 percent lower and in Italy down by 21 percent. Wine must production across the 28 members of the EU is seen at 145.1 million hectoliters, down 14 percent from the 2015/2016 level.

Pinot Bianco Moriz

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Belonging to the large pinot family, it is in Alto Adige that pinot bianco has found its own area of choice, a large territory where it is able to express itself with great elegance and composure thanks to a strong mineral vocation. No exception is the “Moriz” by Tramin, a wine from the Sella vineyards, a small village not far from Termeno. After harvesting, the grapes are brought to the cellar in small tanks. The soft pressing and the subsequent vinification in steel lead to a wine of great pleasure.

Tasting notes

Pale straw yellow, the nose expresses an olfactory profile with a clear mineral footprint, very elegant. Fruity notes of apple, pear and kiwi are flanked by floral hints of wisteria before a fresh and lively taste. A good acidity accompanies it towards a finish of good persistence, on citrus tones.

Pairings

Excellent as an aperitif, the “Moriz” by Tramin is a white wine ideal to accompany light dishes based on fish and poultry meat.

The Grands Jours de Bourgogne 2018

The 14th edition of the Grands Jours de Bourgogne in March welcomed just over 2,300 wine industry professionals and journalists.
With 51% new visitors, equivalent to 1,171 wine industry professionals and journalists out of a total of 2,311 visitors, the 2018 edition of the Grands Jours de Bourgogne was a real success.

Indeed, the Grands Jours de Bourgogne event, held every two years in the heart of the Bourgogne winegrowing region, is unique in that it is not actively looking to increase the number of visitors. To preserve the quality of how guests are received, and to be able to offer tastings to key players in the industry, the organizers limit the number of accreditations available, preferring to rely on the number of new faces each year as a gauge of its success.

Wine buyers and market influencers came from around the world to discover the 2016 vintage and to meet growers and négociants. Some 57% of attendees were foreign visitors, representing 50 countries. The five leading nationalities were American, Italian, Belgian, Chinese and German. The remaining 43% of visitors were French.

Concerning professional activities, the event attracted importers (30%), specialist wine store representatives (21%), restaurateurs and sales agents (9%), and sommeliers (7%). Journalists accounted for 7% of visitors.

Visitors and exhibitors agreed on the quality of this edition: “Everything is done to enable visitors to discover the unique character of the Bourgogne region and its many terroirs.”

We look forward to seeing you in March 2020 for the 15th edition of the Grands Jours de Bourgogne!