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…
Tequila costing 3,5 million dollars and Cognac costing 2 million. These are the most expensive wines ever sold, covered in platinum and diamonds
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By Donatella Cinelli Colombini, Montalcino, Brunello
A list of prices that make your head spin, where every single drop of liquid is worth thousands of dollars. Here are the most expensive wines in the world, those that have been paid astronomic prices
10) 25.000 Dollars Rhum Legacy by Angostura limited edition produced for the 50th anniversary of the Trinidad & Tobago independence
9) 117.000 Dollars Château d’Yquem from 1811, this is the most expensive bottle of white wine in the world white . It was bought by the wine expert and private collector Christian Vanneque from the l’Antique Wine Company in London who had carried out a carful investigation regarding the authenticity of the bottle.
Henri IV Dudognon Heritage Cognac Grande Champagne
8) 168.000 Dollars Ampoule from Penfolds a wine making masterpiece in handmade glass and wooden masterpieces made created by Nick Mount, Hendrik Forster, Andrew Bartlett and Ray Lake. Only 12 bottles containing Cabernet Sauvignon produced in a Vineyard planted in 1888. Read more…
A few days ago the Rioja wine region has decided to divide the territory in subzones. So here is my reflection on the utility and problematic regarding subzones
By Donatella Cinelli Colombini
Advantages and problems in dividing a wine region into small portions with similar characteristics: the subzones. Journalists talk about this, the more traditional wine lovers ask for these as an instrument to preserve the “purity” of their favourite wines, but in truth there are some international wines such as Grange, the Australian “first growth” for which, each year, grapes from different vineyards and different zones. It is legitimate to ask then if the subzones offer real advantages then, or if they complicate the work for the Italian producers already bound by a long list of rules and a lot of bureaucracy. In Montalcino, for example, many wineries use grapes coming from different zones of Montalcino and it is exactly because of these blends of slightly different characters that a particular style comes out that distinguished this brand. In 2012 Kerin O’Keefe editor and taster for Wine Enthusiast
launched the proposal to divide the Brunello territories into 6 zones, and initiated a great debate.
In Montalcino e cultivate 2.100 hectares of Vineyard used for the production of 9 million bottles of Brunello. The territory seems to be a small one; especially too small to be broken up, however there are those who are adamant that the subzone method is to be followed. Barolo has a surface of 1900 hectares of vineyards, for a production of about 13 million bottles per year. In this territory the division has been found in the definition of historical districts (for example Cannubi) and the analysis of the vocation of the territory that began at the end of the Nineteenth century and continued with the coordination of the Regione Piemonte, so as to form boundaries that are administrative, agronomical and agreements, in respect of previous situations, that set off ferocious conflicts. Read more…