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A great wine ha san excellent cork, keep your eyes open

It is absolutely indispensable to recognize the quality of cork for wine producers but also for the consumers, as it reveals very important things

by Donatella Cinelli Colombini

Comparing corks

Comparing corks

A great wine needs an excellent cork and to learn how to recognize it helps to under stand what we are drinking. I have not said it clearly but everyone had understood that I am talking about the natural wine corks in one piece that are used for great wines.

Obviously, the main function of the cork is to “seal” practically in a hermetic way the bottle. The cork gets more important according to the length of time the wine must age. For a Brunello it is essential while for a Novello no. Those who have antique bottles must check if their corks are beginning to leak (25-years). If the cork is leaking the nit means that it is completely saturate and cannot hold any longer. At that point you either drink the wine or have the bottle  “checked over” in the winery where it was produced. It will be given back to you with a certificate that states that the cork has been changed, in the case of very expensive bottles this is done in the presence of a notary. Read more…

Which are the most expensive Italian wines?

Barolo Collina Rionda by Bruno Giacosa, Amarone Classico riserva by Giuseppe Quintarelli and Masseto these are the most expensive Italian bottles

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Giacosa Collina Rionda, Barolo (dark label)

Giacosa Collina Rionda, Barolo (dark label)

This is a list where all the Italian producers would like to see their bottles, a list which transforms the appreciation of the critics and the market in prices company income, in other words the economical prize for the many efforts, risks and all the passion that goes into every drop of wine.
The list comes from Intravino which advises the Italians to spend in great National bottles the increases in the pay packets promised by Renzi, the prime minister. Maybe the money will not be enough but it would certainly make those who made this decision very happy. These are in fact exceptional bottles, maybe even better than foreign wines with inaccessible prices. It all begins with the information from Winesearcher the portal that fishes for prices from a database of 44.439shops all over the world. The list of the most expensive wines is based on their average price regarding several vintages and without taxes (our VAT).

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Screw cap .Gianluca Morino interviewed for you

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Screw caps in wine bottles: for many in Italy this is still taboo. Gianluca Morino, producer from Nizza Monferrato, has been interviewed and he has a different opinion.

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Gianluca Morino,

Gianluca Morino,

I discover by chance, after following him on Twitter and Facebook, that Gianluca Morino, wine producer from Castel Boglione (AT), 43 years old, with a passion for Barbera and Brachetto, is a convinced sustainers of screw caps or Stelvin, and he uses them. As I come from an area in Tuscany where great wines are made such as Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, where just pronouncing the name of this bottles closure is heresy, I get curious, and from this curiosity comes my interview for the producer from Piemonte, another land of great Italian red wines, who challenges tradition.
Gianluca Morino is president of the Associazione Produttori della Barbera d’Asti superiore Nizza. He is an impassioned innovator, he believes in the importance of all that is digital for the economic development of farming estates; he divulges values and beauty of his territory, with the help of the web he is getting wine lovers, journalists and importers from al lover the world to get to know Barbera and Nizza, In 2011 he created #barbera2; in 2013 he created the round table #digitalbarbera.

Bonella Ciacci – In the world of wine producers you are an innovator, you have changed the way wine and a winery are talked about, and even regarding the subject of corks, you seem

VeraC

VeraC

to be in step with times. When did you begin to use screw caps?
Gianluca Morino – I have always believed strongly that wine needs to conquer the position that is its due. And to do this thee is a need for innovation in communication to invert the route. I began using the screw cap 2 years ago for a range of three red wines called Vera, in honour of my daughter Veronica. A Dolcetto, a Merlot and a Barbera vinified in steel to exalt the fruit and drinkability that I wish to prepare for the tables of my consumers. It’s for this reason that I have chosen the screw cap, to be sure to have well safe all the work and all the investments that go into producing a wine.
It is not possible to imagine the rotation of a bottle of wine and for how long the consumer will keep it in his cellar before drinking it. In this aspect I am more than sure, because I am firmly convinced that the screw cap is perfect also for wines that must age in the bottle. Read more…

Cost of vineyards around the world, with or without a villa

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Knight Frank‘s quotations for villas with vineyard in the most famous wine making regions around the world and those by Assoenologi for vineyards in Italy

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Bordeaux-France

Bordeaux-France

Knight Frank is the largest independent estate agents in the world with 330 offices and 12.000 properties on sale. But most of all it is a formidable consulting and information office. They like vineyards and wineries very much. That type of business Knight Frank keeps a constant eye on, and is summarized in a report published on January 7th last:
•Vineyards are considered a good investment all over the world
Mendoza and Tuscany have had the major increases in value in 2013 with 25% and 20% (music to my ears)
• The Spanish vineyards have registered the major decrease with 20% since 2000, the Italians with 15,3% and the French with 11,8%
• The extension of vineyards in New Zealand and China has increased by 164 % and by 90 % during the last 12 years.
In December Knight Frank published its “Global Vineyard Index 2013” a type of report regarding the value of wineries with a surface of less than 5 hectares. Its estimates, brought to us by WineNews, are very very interesting.
The highest prices are in Bordeaux for vineyards of Merlot, Cabernet, Sauvignon and Semillon in properties with traditional stone buildings, which have been renovated and with swimming pools. The values varies between 20.500 to 2.500.000 dollars per hectare and has decreased by 4% since last year.
Studying the report one understands how these most sought after properties are those where together with the vineyards there is also a historic building to be used as a holiday home. Evidently the attraction for wine is entwined with the desire of a lifestyle where there is contact with nature, where many friends can come and visit. Read more…


Chianti, Montepulciano Barbera Italian wine on Twitter

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Research carried out by Almawave regarding 7,8 million tweets during the month of October 2013 has pointed out the most mentioned wines together with the 14 key words for other subjects

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The order of the most “tweeted” goes: Chianti 18%, Montepulciano 9%, Barbera 8%, Prosecco 5%, Brunello 4% and Barolo 3%. This list has received a very funny post from Intravino, which I suggest you read and to which I would like to add a couple of comments.
In 2009 the Società Dante Alighieri carried out a survey regarding the Italian words most known in the European Union, what resulted were terms for things to eat : Pizza, cappuccino, spaghetti and espresso. The word Chianti resulted in being the better known wine going strong especially in Luxemburg and in Belgium. Read more…

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