One of the wonderful things about wine is its ability to surprise and delight — there are always new wines made with unusual wine grapes and from unexpected places to enjoy. A person who is bored with wine, given this great discovery potential, is bored with life! Portuguese explorers were at the forefront of the
My latest book, Wine Wars II: The Global Battle for the Soul of Wine, has been recognized by Gourmand International as an outstanding “Wine & Sustainability” book. Four books (see list below) were identified for special recognition in this category, and all are entitled to wear Gourmand’s “Winner” logo for promotional purposes. In the spirit
La produzione di vino in Lombardia è stata di 1.4 milioni di ettolitri nel 2021, in calo del 9% sul 2021 ma allineati alla media degli ultimi 10 anni (1.39 milioni di ettolitri). I dati ISTAT che qui pubblichiamo nel dettaglio sono coerenti con quelli rilasciati dal MIPAAF (ministero), che accredita alla Lombardia una
Il bilancio 2021 di Zonin evidenzia il ritorno al fatturato pre-pandemia di quasi 200 milioni di euro, mentre i margini restano ancora piuttosto distanti dal livello (peraltro record) generato dall’azienda nel 2019. Con un margine EBITDA dell’8% per un valore assoluto di circa 15 milioni, quasi 10 milioni di euro di ammortamenti e l’impatto di
From the Archives ~ Nov. 18, 2007I have been back in Texas less than a week. During the first half of November, I visited six regions in Northern Italy. These were wine producing areas that were mountainous. There was usually a temperate valley included, for the grapes. We visited wine producing areas such as the Valle d’Aosta, Valle de la Roya, Valtellina, Valpolicella and the Valle Isarco.Today I worked in my garden. It is past mid November and the figs on the trees are ripe, the basil is still growing and I harvested a 5 pound cucuzza squash. There are dozens of baby cucuzzas that probably won’t survive the coming cold spell later this week. The oregano and the rosemary will, though.I don’t know how to go about telling stories about the wine valleys we visited. They were intense visits, lots of climbing and probably too many appointments. But what diversity there is between the regions. Is this Italy? Happy to report, it is, although it will be difficult to find many of the wines, and the food to go with it, in Italian restaurants here in the US.One place that captured my heart was Airole in Liguria. Positioned in the Italian Riviera, this is a little known area, but what a treasure. Stark landscapes, dramatic inclines, awesome vistas, heroic spirit of place. On the trip into Liguria, and specifically to Airole, we had an appointment with Dino Masala, whose A Trincea property makes a wonderful olive oil from the Taggiasca olive. The oil is a dense, prehistoric kind of primordial slime that is worth fighting over. Brilliant yellow, cloudy, dense and desirable. If an olive oil can be sexual, the oil from Liguria is a symbol of that kind of sensual quality one normally associates with a person. It is an elixir, a medicine, an antidote, a vitamin, mineral and vegetable, a full meal and an anointing potion.Dino Masala charges €18 Euro for a 1 Liter bottle of his oil. That’s precious enough. He also makes a variety of white and red wines, but it is his signature wine called Roccese that was one of the most interesting finds of the trip. Made mostly with the famous Rossese of Dolceacqua and blended with other indigenous grapes of the area. That could mean Italian or French varieties, as we straddled the two worlds on these mountaintops, shared between vines and olives, thyme and ruta. The wine is this rich, fleshy, ride in the back seat of a '55 Chevy - smooth, comfy and pleasurable.Dino Masala is a man with a tan from working on his land, not from a tanning machine or a bottle. He is less about the wine and more about the land. Here is a man who, when he puts his head on a pillow, sleeps so soundly, so deep, that when he awakes, resurrects himself everyday as a new man. An entrepreneur who has made several fortunes, but who sees his bees and his vines and his mules as his real wealth. As we were walking though his property, which looks and feels like something out of Cervantes and the Douro, the bees were buzzing so loudly as to be the dominant hum of the world around us. “There are no sick bees here,” Dino remarked as we walked through a wall of the busy little creatures, intent upon gathering as much of the precious nectar that they could find, or steal. Yes, the air was filled with the sound of bees with the music of Leonard Cohen playing in the valley below.Maybe it is just that I haven’t been here that much. For me Liguria is a wonderful find. It is rustic and wild, far from cities and frescoes. It is a wild side of Italy. At the end of the day I smelled like a bouquet of herbs - ruta, thyme and rosemary. From the top of A Trincea I remarked to Dino that his place is the Macchu Picchu of Italy. He nodded, as if that hadn’t been the first time someone had said that to him. To the old Roman bones inside this soldier of the vines, it was like coming home.The Macchu Picchu of Italy
written and photographed by Alfonso Cevola limited rights reserved On the Wine Trail in Italy
Ci sono vini che in un certo senso rispecchiano il nostro modo di intendere la vita in un determinato momento. L’ombra dell’età che avanza mi spinge a evitare in maniera ormai sistematica qualsiasi forma di competizione. Nelle solitarie corse in … continua »
Quando inizia una IntravinoCup è necessario introdurre non solo le regole del gioco ma anche i criteri di selezione. In questo caso, come sapete, abbiamo effettuato noi la scelta di 32 nomi a cui poi aggiungerne altri 32 che ci … continua »
Tra le molte, stimolanti sessioni dell’ultima edizione di Wine2Wine
Business Forum, quella che personalmente mi ha colpito di più è stato lo
speech corale dedicato ad alcuni Paesi dell’Africa subsahariana come
Nigeria, Sudafrica, Ghana, Kenya. Un piccolissimo spaccato su un continente
in merito al quale la maggior parte degli italiani è rimasta ferma al “hic
sunt leones” di coloniale ottocentesca memoria, semmai aggiornato (spesso
in negativo) dalla cronaca delle problematiche migratorie. Invece l’Africa
è un luogo di millenarie culture oggi in grande fermento, dinamico,
giovane, con enormi potenzialità. Un luogo al quale il mondo del vino
dovrebbe iniziare a guardare con attenzione. Degli spazi che il vino
italiano potrebbe ritagliarsi su questo continente ho parlato con uno degli
speaker di Wine2Wine: Victor Ikem, business director di Drinks Revolution
Limited. L’intervista integrale (in inglese) è pubblicata qui.
Come sempre, anche in questa edizione del Business Forum di Vinitaly
International in programma tra pochi giorni (7-8 novembre) a Verona Fiere
le direttrici proposte (leggi: worksops, speeches, seminari) sono numerose,
e toccherà fare delle scelte. Wine2Wine propone ogni anno tematiche di
discussione di grande attualità, ma come al solito spetta a chi partecipa
individuare quelle più coerenti con la sua destinazione finale.
Poil de Lievre 2017 - Domaine Bobinet, un vino quotidiano, in equilibrio tra luminosità calde e luci fredde, generoso nei sapori e ritmato dalla tensione acido/sapida.
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I recently pulled out my old book and started to read at random and thought I’d share some of it. Many of you reading might not know that my first book was published in 2008 before we really ever talked about natural wine, when the wine world was still new and not talked about but very much feared. Here’s my unedited reading of the beginning of Chapter 2. It goes on to visit U.C. Davis where I wasn’t exactly welcomed, got into a few nasty tussles about native yeast and irrigation. So, this incident was in 2006, Big Joe was the late and certainly great, Joe Dressner. And thus, and thus.. it goes. what i learned at UC Davis and below, continues to the point that I am about to meet Roger Boulton.