Monthly Archives: September 2016

Terra Madre Salone del Gusto 2016 concludes with a wave of positive energy

TURIN, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 23:  Atmosphere during the Terra Madre Parade during Terra Madre Festival by Slow Food on September 23, 2016 in Turin, Italy.  (Photo by Tullio M. Puglia/Getty Images for Slow Food Terra Madre)

TURIN, ITALY – SEPTEMBER 23: Atmosphere during the Terra Madre Parade during Terra Madre Festival by Slow Food on September 23, 2016 in Turin, Italy. (Photo by Tullio M. Puglia/Getty Images for Slow Food Terra Madre)

Paolo Di Croce, Slow Food International General Secretary comments: “Seven thousand delegates from 143 countries, 300 Slow Food Presidia and 1000 food communities of the Terra Madre network from five continents. These are not simply numbers, they represent a humanity that is united here to discuss the great challenges which we must confront, above all the safeguarding of agricultural biodiversity. The event’s new open air formula, the discussion spaces and the interactive tours have helped foster a direct and fertile relationship between visitors and delegates, raising awareness and creating positive energy towards the objective of Slow Food: good, clean and fair food for all.”

Over 5000 members of the public followed the series of conferences at the Carignano Theater, dedicated to themes of agroecology, health, migration, the relationship between food and art and cinema. Another 5000 participated in the Terra Madre Forums, listening carefully to the experiences of our delegates.

Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples: “This event has a very important political impact for the Indigenous Peoples pushing and protecting their rights to their territories and resources. Globalization is a tremendous challenge, so we need to enter into partnership because the battle for land rights is a battle for all. Slow Food can definitely be a strong ally for the Indigenous Peoples around the world.”

Sergio Mattarella, President of Italy, who was present at the opening ceremony, said: “Terra Madre Salone del Gusto is, at one and the same time, an Italian challenge and a meeting with the world. I believe that initiatives like this help in the construction of a shared language, and to support changes in our culture which we know are necessary.”

Among the many journalists present, Dan Saladino, BBC Radio presenter and producer, said: “I took part in a forum about the biodiversity of bananas and I heard the stories of producers from Indonesia, Japan, Uganda, and discovered lots of varieties and a thousand uses of this fruit. Nowhere else can you find such a wealth of testimony all in the same place.”

Olivier Roellinger, a French chef known for his extraordinary interpretations Breton cuisine, described his experience in Turin: “Something is happening in the world and the marvelous market of Terra Madre in Turin is part of that change.”

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The over-production and over-consumption of meat is a vital problem for the environment and our health. Slow Meat is offering a solution.

unnamedgddgdThe production and consumption of meat has become a central talking point among the public thanks to Slow Meat’s interactive stand at Terra Madre Salone del Gusto, taking place in Turin (Italy) until 26 September.

The production and consumption of meat has become a central talking point among the public thanks to Slow Meat’s interactive stand at Terra Madre Salone del Gusto, taking place in Turin (Italy) until 26 September.

Over the past seventy years, global meat consumption has increased six-fold, from 45 million tons per year in 1950 to 300 million tons today. This figure is expected to rise to 500 million tons by 2050, an increase of 10-fold since 1950 and double what it is today.

What does it mean to eat meat responsibly and sustainably in today’s world? How can we safeguard our rich heritage of raising domesticated animals, something that is central to rural communities across the world? What are the environmental and health implications of industrially raised meat? The Slow Meat campaign is trying to answer all of these questions and more, examining the real cost of the meat that lands on our table and comparing both production methods – industrial and sustainable – to understand the outcomes of our choices.

 Serena Milano, General Secretary of the Slow Food Foundation of Biodiversity says, “It is unsustainable for the West to continue eating meat to the levels that it’s used to. Animals are being raised in inhumane, stressful conditions in increasingly crowded environments. Low quality animal feed, monocultures, deforestation and the use of large quantities of water are all consequences of the industrialization of animal farming. This will have terrible effects on the environment, our health, animal welfare and social justice. But by making better choices, we can change this.”

Slow Meat’s tagline – eat less meat, of better quality – is of crucial importance for both our health and to save the finite natural resources that are being used to produce meat.

For Slow Food, an educational campaign to teach consumers why they should avoid buying cheap meat is important. Low prices are reflective of poor quality. This, in turn, is demonstrative of how poorly farmers are raising their animals, whose welfare is not cared for and whose feed is of poor nutritional quality, as well as the hidden costs that harm the environment. Improving the quality of meat and reducing its consumption would lead to a decrease in diet-related diseases that are currently putting a huge strain on public health systems.

Terra Madre Salone del Gusto has also dedicated a space to the Slow Beans network, demonstrating the many nutritional benefits of beans as an alternative to meat. There are also 40 bean exhibitors at the event and 188 bean varieties at risk of extinction that are being safeguarded by the Slow Food Ark of Taste.

Richard McCarthy, executive director of Slow Food USA presented the Slow Meat Manifesto: “The industrial model of meat production has isolated us from this grand multi-species community, and instead we are isolated in a culture of confinement. Animals are confined in torturous conditions, dollars are confined to the hands of few, and eaters are confined to unsavory options – our future confined to a desolate path. It is time to break free.”

The Slow Food Asia network explained how obesity levels are rising exponentially in the countries where meat is increasingly forming part of the diet. It’s necessary to find alternatives, to reconsider how our ancestors ate with a diet rich in vegetarian protein, which is now being preserved only in indigenous communities.

Latest wine reviews from James Suckling

I am glad to inform you that in his article of September 6th, 2016 James Suckling reported on the huge improvement in the quality of the white wines in Tuscany and  our two white wines 2015 Vento Teso with 92 and 2015 Vento with 90 were among the top ones over the 110 he tasted.

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Terre di Talamo
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VIOGNIER IGT TOSCANA

2015

A very pretty viognier with honey and dried appie character.
Hints of pear. Full body, a/most oily with dried fruit and hints
of tropica/ fruit character. One of the best whites in Tuscany now.
Drink now.

92/100

James Suckling – September 6th, 2016

 

 

 

 

Terre di Talamo
Vento

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2015

A brighi and delicious white with tropical fruit
and stone character. Flavorful. Delicious.

90/100

James Suckling – September 6th, 2016

VINTAGE 2016 HAS THE POTENTIAL TO BECOME ONE OF ORNELLAIA’S GREAT VINTAGE

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ORNELLAIA: START TO ONE OF THE EARLIEST HARVESTS IN RECENT YEARS

“For Ornellaia, this will be one of the earliest-concluding growing seasons in recent years: our harvest started immediately following the late-August holidays. The reason is that, contrary to 2015, we had no significant rainfall during the month of August,” explained Axel Heinz, Director and Winemaker of Ornellaia.  “Thus, on Monday, 22 August, Ornellaia brought in the first clusters of Sauvignon blanc and Viognier, which showed excellent component levels, with a potential alcohol of 13% and a good, balanced acidity. We will already finish this week the harvest of our white grapes, while we have just started picking, in these past few days, some Merlot, and we’re planning to continue with the other reds next week.

“Significant heat in July and August speeded up the ripening process,” continued Heinz. “Fortunately, the area of Bolgheri is blessed with wide day-night temperature differentials, which in turn allows the vines to recover during the night from the daytime heat and dryness. In addition, the depth of our soils creates optimal conditions for developing the aromatic qualities of our grapes.    

“As it stands, it is possible 2016 could be among the best vintages at Ornellaia, on a par with 2001, 2006, 2011, and 2012, which were all characterized by hot, dry summers and yet gave us wines of great concentration, structure, and richness. The first rows we pick are never the whole story, so we are still sampling all the various vineyards and evaluating their potential. In point of fact, though, the figures we are seeing do indicate a vintage similar to the great ones of past years.” 

 

Wine Spectator: Bruce Sanderson’s recommended Brunellos di Montalcino

‘Wine Spectator’ of August 31st, Bruce Sanderson recommends the 2011 Brunello Renieri as one of the best 9 “Top 2011s” and our 2010 Brunello Riserva Renieri as one of the best “Top 2010 Riservas” out of the 160 reviewed.

TOP 2011s

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Renieri
Brunello di Montalcino

DOCG

 2011

Packed with cherry, strawberry, floral and salty,
mineral flavors.

93/100

 

 

 

TOP 2010 RISERVAS

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Renieri
Brunello di Montalcino

DOCG

RISERVA 2010

Reminescent of a fine Burgundy, showing berry, fading cherry, spice and chalky mineral notes. Juicy and elegant, firm yet harmoniuos.

96/100