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From Denmark to Japan and Russia, the Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore confronts the world at “Vino in Villa”, the classic Prosecco’s rendez-vous , from 19 to  21 May 2012 at San Salvatore’s Castle -close to Treviso- in Italy.









From Denmark to Japan to Russia, the kitchens of the world meet in the hills of Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore to marry a wine that has become an international success.

At Vino in Villa, an event scheduled from May 19 to 21 at San Salvatore Castle’s in Susegana (TV), visitors can taste the new vintage of Treviso bubbles in combination with Japanese cuisine, sushi and sashimi, prepared by  Sosushi. The Russian presence will ben ensured by Skaski, which selects Russian products like smoked salmon, red salmon caviar and pirozhki. Special guest will be the Danish cuisine, thanks to collaboration with the Tourist representation  VisitDenmark, who will fly to Italy with  chef Klaus Styrbæk of the restaurant Kvægtorvet Odense (Fiona), for a five star dinner for the press.
The presence of the cuisines of the world will be coordinated by “gastrotourist” journalist  Vittorio Castellani better known  as Chef Kumalè, expert of world food in Italy.
As usual there will be the “Menu of Conegliano Valdobbiadene”. Also this year, in fact, chefs of restaurant of Treviso will propose one or more specialities that blend perfectly with fruity sparkling wine bubbles, the  most loved ProseccoSuperiore, from appetizer to the dessert.



Brazil is an unknown wine country with its wine region on the borders with Argentina. It will become one of the most exciting wine countries in the world.

This city in the heart of Brazil’s wine country is Brazil’s wine capital. Bento Goncalves is a quiet city. In this city, they make furniture

Wine regions have much in common with each other. There are ‘poster signs’ in the form of a bunch of grapes indicating the wine routes, as well as those listing the names of wineries with arrows pointing to their direction. Large area maps featuring specific winery locations are also common and tastefully presented.

Here people breathe, eat, sleep and live wine. On any given day it is hard not to come across locals visiting their wineries. The many restaurants also feature local wines, displaying the signs of some of the 30 or more wineries whose wine they patronize.

Most of the Vale dos Vinhedos belongs to Bento Goncalves. However, two other cities, Garibaldi and Monte Belo do Sul, also lay claim to part of it. The Vale dos Vinhedos is currently the only approved ‘Wine Appellation’ in Brazil, however one more, Pinto Bandeira, is also hoping to have this ‘quality assurance and regulation’ as part of its makeup.

The wines of this area range from jug wines made from Niagara, Isabella and other Labrusca grapes such as those that can be purchased from an excellent winery called Strapazzon, to the very fine vinifera wines of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Tannat, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Muscat, Alicante Bouchet, Touriga Nacional and many more.

If there is one grape that grows best so far in this area, first prize would have to be given to the Merlot. As Malbec grows well in Argentina and Cabernet Sauvignon seems to be the grape of Chile, Merlot is establishing itself as the prime grape of this region.

The wine produced by many of the wineries seems to have a particular old world freshness and leanness. It offers strength without sacrificing elegance and offers fruit that melds with other nuances of spice, chocolate, cassis and flowers. Most winemakers describe their Merlot as being the child of both new and old worlds. The wineries range in size from the large Miolo to the smaller Pizzato and Lidio Carrero. They share two traits however — passion and excellence.

Like other wine areas, Bento Goncalves offers other products besides wine. There is, of course, the majestic scenery as well as food products such as cheese (sheep cheese is amazing), beef, pork, poultry, clothing and vegetables. There are also some superb hotels such as the Five Star Marriott Hotel and Spa Do Vinho and the Villa Michelon.

It is very apparent that this region will soon have a place amongst the great wine regions of the world.


Karl Lagerfeld special guest at  the hotel Metropole Monte-Carlo called to reinterpret the outdoor inspiring to the epical travel of Ulysse.

The famous fashion designer was invited by the Hotel Metropole Monte-Carlo to reinterpret its outdoor spaces including the pool, terrace, gardens as well as his restaurant.

The Hotel Métropole, located near the Provence wine valley, Monte-Carlo named “Best Hotel in the World 2010″ opened in 2004,  has been decorated by the interior designer Jacques Garcia  who created a “palace of the 21st century”, a contemporary and stylish hotel combines glorious past and a fresh Mediterranean.

The new true work of art created by Karl Lagerfeld for the hotel includes an impressive glass screen illustrating the voyage of Ulysse, will be part of the new place. This photographic mural composed of 15 panels was designed and built by Karl Lagerfeld exclusively for the Hotel Metropole Monte-Carlo.

The guests can now discover the new universe decoration designed by Karl Lagerfeld, and a new universe flavor signed by Joel Robuchon, a two Michelin stars chef, who then added a third restaurant to his name in the hotel. A dream tandem to this palace, real symbol of luxury and elegance of the 21st century.

The hotel also proposes his “Lobby Bar” to local and  International customers, the most sparkling place of the Principality and the restaurant of the new pool –which will be opened soon-, haven of peace in the heart of the Golden Square.

The Metropole ESPA Monte-Carlo, joined shortly after its opening in 2006 the very closed circle of ”Leading Spas of the World” and offers a range of treatments combining modern and ancient therapies from around the world for the greater well-being of the face and body. The impressive large architectural project signed by Karl Lagerfeld will be launched in summer 2012.


Montalcino, 25th February 2012 – The early harvest was rewarded with four stars for Brunello di Montalcino2011. These were assigned by the jury of experts and producers that this morning, on the occasion of the Benvenuto Brunello, announced publicly their evaluation of the quality of the harvest. The decision to pick the grapes 15 days in advance balanced the effects of the heat wave that struck the Tuscan territory last summer, making the  year 2011 another high-level vintage. Now we shall have to wait the regulation 5 years  (6 for Riserva) before tasting the Brunello 2011 and having a confirmation of the excellence and high quality of this wine that, potentially, a 4 star harvest provides for. The rest will be guaranteed by the ability of each producer.

Mean time the international 2012 preview continues with the other  usual events of Benvenuto Brunello: today the  affixing of the commemorative plaque and the assignation of the Leccio d’Oro prizes.

An artist design for the 2011 harvest plaque affixed, following the tradition, to the outside wall of the Montalcino’s Palazzo Pubblico: the image was created this year by the stylists of “Salvatore Ferragamo”, griffe of the internationally renowned fashion house. The same design has been reproduced on T-shirts and sweatshirts for sale at the event. The proceeds of their sale will be used entirely to finance the acquisition of a new ambulance for the Confraternita della Misericordia of Montalcino. The plaque represents an original floral composition in which the vine leaves,  stems and bunches of grapes are the background of a glass and a bottle of wine, that take the shape of delicate white and pink flowers. Giovanna Gentile Ferragamo, Salvatore’s daughter, presented the design of the plaque which was reproduced on the T-shirts sold for the purchase of an ambulance donated to the Confraternita della Misericordia di Montalcino.

The “Brunello calendar” that can be admired in the historic centre of Montalcino, is a veritable art gallery with works by artists such as Sandro Chia and Oliviero Toscani, fashion stylists such as

Roberto Cavalli and Ottavio Missoni, cartoonists such as Emilio Giannelli or sport champions such as Deborah Compagnoni.

The recipients of the Leccio d’Oro this year were GAIA RESTAURANT of Hong Kong for the restaurant sector, the BIONDIVINO WINE BOUTIQUE of San Francisco (USA) for the wine shop sector and the ANTICA TRATTORIA SUBAN of Trieste for the bistrot sector.

The Gaia Restaurant (, one of the best Italian restaurants of Hong Kong, was the first place to be opened by the “Gaia Group” that started in 2000 and spread rapidly throughout China with the opening of several other restaurants and bars. Gaia Restaurant of Hong Kong is managed by Pino Piano: Neapolitan by birth, Piano has travelled all over the world, moving from London to New York until he landed in Hong Kong. The wine lists contain more than 600 bottles, between Italian and French labels.

The Biondivino wine shop ( of Ceri Smith was founded in 2006 and is mainly specialized in Italian wines. This exclusive “Italian wine boutique” of San Francisco comprises in its wine list something like 490 wines of twenty different Italian regions of which 150 have a shelf cost of under twenty dollars.

The Antica Trattoria Suban ( of Trieste was born back in 1865 and since then four generations of restorateurs  have done their best to carry on the gastronomic tradition born of the fusion of different people, religions, habits and customs. The trattoria was opened and to this day still stands in the Rione di San Giovanni, a stipover area and a passage for the traffic between the Carsica Plane and Trieste. Today the  trattoria is managed by Federica Suban.

The jury that chose the candidates is composed as usual by the President of the Consorzio  Ezio Rivella and the members of the Committee of the Presidency Donatella Cinelli Colombini, Marco Cortonesi, Giancarlo Pacenti and Fabrizio Bindocci, and of experts Allan Bay, renowned journalist in the food and wine sector and Corriere della Sera writer of the “Vivi Milano” column; food and wine writer of food books for the US market Faith Willinger; President of the Associazione Italiana Sommelier (AIS) Antonello Maietta and President of Gruppo del Gusto  of the Foreign Press in Italy Alfredo Tesio.


Montalcino, Toscana

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