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Gambero rosso conquers the Vikings

The assault of importers on Copenhagen and the super trendy hall in the snow in Oslo. Come with me to see the Gambero Rosso tastings in Scandinavia

Oslo, the Gambero Rosso tasting hall before it all began

Oslo, the Gambero Rosso tasting hall before it all began

by Donatella Cinelli Colombini

Denmark is Lego land, and it is well visible, even the houses seem to be made with little bricks. Copenhagen is less monumental than Stockholm but maybe livelier. Everywhere in Scandinavia, few cars, public transport works wonderfully so everyone uses it. The Gambero Rosso tasting with 32 wineries from the Guida vini d’Italia is held in a beautiful 18th century building in the historic centre, once headquarters of the handicraft associations. The hall reserved for us has enormous crystal chandeliers. An amazing amount of importers arrives, here any enterprising wine lover can open their own company, they are called garage importers and they are a solely Danish phenomenon. To distinguish them from the more structured companies is not easy but in the end we collect a pack of business cards which at home we can check on the web and make a selection. Even though we serve the wine sparingly at 5 pm we are left without – we have served more than 300 people- with great disappointment of the wine club members who arrive during the last two hours, all with the same request <<Brunello?>>.
Tattoos are worthy of notice: there is a splendid young women with grape clusters and

Marco Sabellico with Tiina and one of his collaborators with Francesco Azzarone

Marco Sabellico with Tiina and one of his collaborators with Francesco Azzarone

barrels on half her arm and a gentleman who after a stay in our

Fattoria del Colle and having bought 6 bottles of our Brunello 2006 has had “Prime Donne” written on his skin. Fantastic!
The climate is quite mild, compared to Sweden, and the food is exquisite with enormous portions fit for an ox. In this nation where everything works we had a night-time adventure. Our bathroom gets flooded so we get moved to another room. Violante moves her thing whilst in pyjamas.
Up early for the flight to Oslo where we find lots of snow. Norway in a postcard, where you expect the reindeers and sleighs, everyone walks happily in 30 cm of snow. The tasting hall is in an unused factory, its super trendy, where even the bathrooms, with synthetic grass on the floor, are great works of design. We serve Leone Rosso and Cenerentola Orcia Doc and Brunello di Montalcino riserva 2008. The wine arrives freezing cold so the tasting is postponed by an hour so that they can warm it up. At the seminary where

Marco Sabellico explains one wine per estate in fluent English, I meet Francesco Azzarone a

our Moestue importers with the best Italian chef in Oslo

our Moestue importers with the best Italian chef in Oslo

young man from Puglia, rated best Scandinavian sommelier who arrived among the best 10 in the world championship in Tokyo. He tells us of the great feeling it is to explain a wine in a blond tasting in front of 4,000 people and how Paolo Basso well deserved the title thanks to an extraordinary technique and self possession. Both Basso and Azzarone are Italians who reached success abroad, it is sad but once again our talents find room to emerge only once away from home.
Evening walk through the snow as far an old monastery where one finds once of the best Italian restaurants in Oslo. In the park a red hearts remembers the massacre of the young people that took place two years ago on an isle not far away. We eat splendidly, invited by our importer Moestue Grape Selections.
At the end the result of this trip is more than positive, and it has shown us the great international fame of Gambero Rosso and the ability of Tiina , the Swede who organizes the foreign missions and doesn’t get one wrong.

 

Donatella’s first time abroad with the Gambero Rosso

Sweden, a cold nation with a warm heart and, a nation of gluttons. Producers from all over Italy with Gambero Rosso in a 18th century dancing hall with 500 buyers

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Violante for Gambero Rosso event in Stockholm

Violante for Gambero Rosso event in Stockholm

We arrive in Stockholm with this year’s first snowfall, for us its cold, for the locals it’s unusually mild. The city is beautiful with its immense buildings, all perfect and tidy. We are in the north, where Father Christmas lives and there are evident traces of the festivities just gone. There are still lots of lights in the roads, lots of pile of fir trees piled high in the squares and a few trolls with red hats on.
The food market is a Swedish version of Eataly with all sorts of salmon, shrimps and herrings. Karina Tholin takes us to the Sommelier Association office

tomte-babbo

tomte-babbo

where they are preparing two youngsters for a competition: in five minutes they must describe in English a white wine of which they do not know the origin and they manage it perfectly. These Swedes do not take things lightly; they have just positioned one of them on the podium as best Euopean sommelier. The wine safety vault-treasure chest, with its iron bars, is spectacular, it resembles a medieval prison. Read more…


Brunello wins the Foreign Press award in Italy

Donatella Cinelli Colombini on the Gambero Rosso stage receives the award from Foreign Press and tells of Brunello magic

   Donatella Cinelli Colombini receives the prize awarded to Brunello

Donatella Cinelli Colombini receives the prize awarded to Brunello

The “Gruppo del gusto”, born in 2002 reunites 118 journalists from 30 foreign nations and interested in wine & food, chooses every year 4 excellencies and the award living takes place during a gala dinner that this year took place at the Città del Gusto in Rome. This is an exceptional year, because of the conjuncture of the Foreign Press centenary and the decennial celebration of the “Gruppo del Gusto” coordinated by Alfredo Tesio.

So this event was such a success, as never before, with the public of journalists also standing in every area of the theatre.
Even though it seems incredible this is the first award given to the Consorzio del Brunello in 45 years of activity so receiving it was enormously exciting, as was going on stage of the Teatro del Gusto del Gambero Rosso. A mythical place! These were the winners: for production Pastificio Luca from Corte Croera (BL) the highest in Italy at 1450 metres above sea level in Cadore.

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The new wine contests have a female jury

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Women have more importance now as wine experts, producers, buyers and consumers, 4 wine contests underline this with all female juries

Daniela Scrobogna

Daniela Scrobogna

During the past 10 years the importance of women’s opinion regarding wine has constantly grown in importance at the same rate as the increase in numbers and competence of the consumers. At the end of the 20th century, among the tasters of the “Guida dei vini del Gambero rosso” there were only men, today Eleonora Guerini “Lady Wine” has a high level role like Daniela Scrobogna in “Duemilavini” by Bibenda AIS.

The most striking manifestation of the increase of importance of the weaker sex regards wine contests with entirely female juries, there are at least 4 of them:

Wine Women Want” – National Women’s Wine Competition that took place in Santa Rosa California in 2007 and 2008, next edition September 2012. Read more…


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