IOsonoDonatella 2012 Brunello
IOsonoDONATELLA Brunello 2012 second edition, only 600 bottles, of the most exclusive and important wine by Donatella Cinelli Colombini
<< I have always dreamt of producing a perfectly harmonic wine like this>> says Donatella Cinelli Colombini presenting us with the Brunello 2012 to which she has wanted to give her name IOsonoDONATELLA >>a unique wine with silky tannins and an inebriating aroma of small ripe red berries. A potent wine that will last for decades, but also very pleasant for those who decide to drink it today>>.
Only 600 bottles made exclusively in the best vintages.IOsonoDONATELLA is a masterpiece, something rare and exclusive, where the Tuscan wine producer has included her dreams and her history.
IOsonoDonatella Brunello di Montalcino 2012
It is made on the northern slope of Montalcino, from the grapes of a small vineyard called Ardita, in a splendid sunny area. Here in the Casato Prime Donne winery it has aged for nearly three years in 5-7 hl oak casks, these are handmade by 4 French artisan workshops. The barrels containing this Brunello have red ceramic hearts on them so that everybody, especially the cellar staff, cosset them and so that there is no mixing with wine from the other barrels. Before going into bottle the wine stayed six months in a bare concrete egg shaped vat to oxygenate and get even more velvety. A small touch of elegance but also a return to the past and to old Tuscan traditions going back at least 500 years. Read more…
I am among those who hate flûte glasses and also coupe shake ones that fill cabinets taking up loads of space. But many still insist in using them
By Donatella Cinelli Colombini
Many of us have the coupe shake wine glasses, maybe we have inherited them or we have them as they were a wedding gift received from our mothers or grandmothers. But they have remained in our cabinets unused for decades. <<The size of Madame de Pompadour’s bosom>> the experts used to say, emphasizing the beauty of Luis XV of France’s lover and the fantastic story behind Champagne, that this extraordinary glass should exalt.
This is also the opinion of Marco Cenedese ambassador for Mumm who underlines, how in the coupe,
the amber liquid reaches the tip of the tongue before the bubbles thus resulting delicate and full , while in the flûte it gets a drier and more determined character. The tapered wine glass that gets its name from a flute, in French flûte, is the most used Champagne glass but also the most contested. In a recent article in The Drinks Business the CEO for Krug, Maggie Henriquez, made this comparison <<..it is like going to a concert with ear plugs>> . However, in most French bars dedicated to these legendary bubbles, the so called champagneries, they use the typical glasses, ampoule shaped, that look like a flute with a wide and round base. So the flûte has a vast number of estimators. I do not feel that it is able to exalt a fizzy wine, but however together with the cold temperature it can hide the defects in lower quality bottles. Read more…
150 million visitors per month, TripAdvisor is certainly the largest travel site in the world and now it supplies maps and itineraries too
By Donatella Cinelli Colombini, Fattoria del Colle, agriturismo, Toscana
TripAdvisor was created in 2000 by Stephen Kaufer. At that time Kaufer was planning a trip to Mexico and was having difficulty in finding hotels. Today he has assets for 260 million dollars and he is among the men who have changed the world. Exactly, as his invention, based on the where anybody can register and write their opinion about a hotel, a restaurant or a museum, has changed how people travel allowing tourists to become more active and allowing for more “democratic” reviews.
The novelty, announced at the IFA fair in Berlin, is the alliance between TomTom and Tripadvisor, to create personalized itineraries that unite maps from the GPS navigation device with reviews from the most famous travel platform . It is called “TomTom Road Trips” and allows one to book hotels and restaurants inside a made to fit itinerary. For those who do not have GPS an Android or iOS Smartphone will do fine.
Today TripAdvisor has an enormous importance for all activities and the 4,2 million restaurants present on the website can use it as a marketing instrument. For this reason it is the same managers of the portal to reveal the most important things to do.
First of all reply to the reviews, accepting criticism as advice and thanking for the compliments. The client that receives attention is gratified and tends to increase his involvement with the restaurant.
Second thing, the images. These influence a lot the clients decision and so there must be many and they must be beautiful. Those who have at least 11-20 charming photos of the restaurant and its dishes get double the interactions compared to those who have none. Read more…
In wine glasses the stem breaks easily, the cup might cut your hand while you wash them and most of all the cloudiness of the crystal…What to do?
By Donatella Cinelli Colombini, Toscana, Brunello, Casato Prime Donne
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Obviously the shape of the glass is fundamental to taste wine but it is not the only element to be considered when we buy a set of glasses. I’ll not be talking about prices as there are incredible differences: from the 400.000 $ for the Champagne flutes by John Calleija’s in quartz crystal that make cheap even the 150$ for the Lalique 100 points by James Suckling to then get to the 6 € for a normal goblet at the supermarkets.
Wine glasses especially for those who use and wash them often, must remain sparkling and not be delicate. The most fragile parts are the rime and the stem. Let’s avoid very thin cups, that might be elegant to chip very easily and are like razors when drying the glasses by hand- My husband Carlo still has the scar from a Riedel cut on his hand. The stem is however the most critical part. If we want glasses that last a long time it must be quite thick. Hand blown glasses, where there is no joining between cup and stem, are the most delicate. Then there is the intermediates type, hand blown cup and industrial stem- But must glasses are made mainly machine. Read more…
These are the 5 words most associated with Italian wines in USA. What is evident is the presence of Tuscany and Chianti
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By Donatella Cinelli Colombini, agriturismo, Fattoria del Colle
This news comes from the report by “Wine Opinions Vinitaly Survey” and has been commented on excellently by Wine Meridian. In decreasing order there is a first group of words which includes Chianti, Toscana, Sangiovese, Barolo, Rosso and Dry followed by a second list of terms, that regard mostly the sensations that come from wine: Earthy , Prosecco, Food, Fruity , Robust, Diversity .
Here is first thought on the word Chianti that demonstrates how the effort to communicate Classico, selezione, superiore …. Has only been successful with those who work in wine while the public still gets confused … like when we say Bordeaux
and put all together the Premier Cru and the vin de pays, Margaux and the les Graves.
That there is this difference between the perception of wine lover and the general public is evident from the comparison of this list and the most frequent appellations written about by the International press shown by Regione Toscana at the inauguration of the Anteprime 2017. Brunello was on top of the list before Chianti and Chianti Classico. While in the “Wine Opinion Vinitaly Survey” the prestigious red wine form Montalcino is stationed in a very peripheral position. Read more…