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Il Barone 2.0: Francesco Ricasoli Italian instagramer

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Practically one thousand years of history for the Castello di Brolio family, always ahead of times. Francesco Ricasoli has been chosen as Instragramer of the week.

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Francesco Ricasoli Iger of the week

Francesco Ricasoli Iger of the week

Today, if we talk about noble titles such as “barons”, we think of something old, dusty, forced into costumes of long ago… Nothing could be more wrong, at least for what regards the 32nd Baron Ricasoli, direct descendant of the family owners of Castello di Brolio, in the middle of the Chianti area.
Francesco Ricasoli has been nominated by the Italian web site of Instagramers (the community of users of the photographic social networking service Instagram), as Instagramer of the week and has been interviewed by his fellow countryman Antonio Cinotti on July 25th. If you visit Francesco Ricasoli’s photo gallery you will remain speechless because of his great style, the fantastic images, and his great passions, which he is very capable of expressing in his photos. And there is not only his wine, Chianti Classico, of which his ancestor Bettino Ricasoli, the “ barone di ferro”, created the formula as it is known today. On his profile we find images of his trips around the world, the sea, one of his great passions, and delicious food… So it is not a company account, born only to publicise its products and the company name, but a persona profile which allows us to discover the great man who is behind the rebirth of a winery that had ended up in Australian hands (the Australian winery Hardy), and has returned to be the flagship for Tuscan wine making. Read more…

Okanagan Canada beats Bordeaux on wine tourism

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Is the wine region most appreciated by wine tourist from all over the world really in Canada? It beats Napa and Sonoma Valley, Tuscany and even Bordeaux

 

 

Okanagan valley

Okanagan valley

Read for you by Donatella Cinelli Colombini

The list of “wine destinations” most appreciated by wine tourists arrives from a very authoritative source: The Huffington Post, the online information colossus founded in 2005 by Arianna Huffington, which, in a short time has become one of the most clicked web sites in the world, in fact number one according to Technorati. The figures are impressive: 50 million visitors and 6 million comments per month. Many have had article published by the Huffington Post; Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Michael Moore, Madonna. Since 2012 there has also been an Italian edition, in collaboration with the Gruppo Espresso, with Lucia Annunziata as director.

After this introduction it is impossible to underestimate the importance of the Huffington Post leader board regarding the 10 most appreciated wine regions, even though it does surprise somewhat, here it is:

1 – Okanagan Valley, British Columbia Canada

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Finger-Lakes-New-York

2 – Bordeaux, France
3 – Finger Lakes, New York
4 – Mendoza, Argentina
5 – Willamette Valley, Oregon
6 – Tuscany, Italy
7 – Cape Town, South Africa
8 – Napa and Sonoma, California
9 – Barcelona, Spain
10 – Yarra Valley, Australia

Maybe it is because of the first effects of global warming, which has taken vineyards more towards the North, but in truth to think that the first wine destination is in Canada, near Vancouver, is quite strange. What is most strange is to see this region beat Bordeaux with its Chateaux, the cities of art, the restaurants, the oysters … In third position Finger Lake in the state of New York, an area which looks towards the

Willamette-Valley-Oregon

Willamette-Valley-Oregon

Ontario Lake just like the Canadian wine regions are on the other side of the Niagara Falls. In other words we can say that these new wine territories have made an impression and are moving the horizon towards the North.
Our beautiful Tuscany and the area of Barcelona with its Cava wineries seem to be the survivors after an earthquake which takes to the top it seems practically only new wine territories such as Mendoza in Argentina, Cape region in South Africa, Willamette Valley in Oregon or Yarra Valley in Australia.
An earthquake, which should make those who think that just tradition and excellent wines are enough to guarantee success in wine tourism, reflect. It is not so! The tourist is an unfaithful lover always attracted by novelties. Even the wine tourist is not immune to this rule. In fact he is among those who is mostly online so he sees the new destinations maybe even before a tourist attracted by art or the seaside. It is an open challenge and if Italy wants to win it must work hard and straight away beginning with the famous tourism site www.italia.it where wine has just one sole page.

Before closing a great thank you to “WineNews” who, with their usual diligence have reported to us.

 


The 100 places in Italy that make women happy

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A guide book for women where Susan Van Allen describes 100 exclusive or particular places among which Casato Prime Donne in Montalcino

  Susan Van Allen and Donatella Cinelli Colombini

Susan Van Allen and Donatella Cinelli Colombini

The tile is very original “100 places in Italy every woman should go” (www.travelerstales.com pp. 443 $ 19,95) and it contains the description of places where women are welcomed and cared for or where something can touch their heart. Following this criterion Susan Van Allen has chosen gardens, beaches, beauty centres, coffee shops, stores, weddings and even mothers…… always with a vigilant eye and without being influenced by the fame of certain places, on the country sometimes choosing unusual locations.
At the end of the book there are some practical pieces of advice: how to save money, what to leave at home (iron, and trainers for example) …. How to dress << Italian women dress stylishly without a lot of fuss. So colour coordinate your outfits, add lightweight accents, be neat, and all will be well. Over-packing will end up being a drag on your trip—unfortunately the days of scurrying porters are over and you’ll end up having to lug about your own belongings—packing light is so much more sophisticated! Remember, you can always hand wash, or get to a laundry or dry cleaner while you’re there >>.

Very useful advice considering the dimensions of the suitcases used by the majority of US female tourists.

In the guide book by Susan Van Allen, which it as its second edition, there are also some sacred place, with particular

100-places-in-Italy

100-places-in-Italy

preference for the Virgin and a list of all the religious female festivities : Santa Lucia in Syracuse, Santa Caterina from Siena … then of course there is lady day on March 8th International Women’s day.

The description of Casato Prime Donne in Montalcino begins wonderfully like this <<This place is extraordinary >> and she describes the inside and outside of the winery as a place where women really are protagonists.

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susan_van_allen-

Susan came to visit us some months ago. Nice and always smiling, she transmits enthusiasm; she is minute with black hair and large eyes which are always attentive. Here ancestors emigrated to the USA from southern Italy but she grew up in New Jersey and began to travel to Italy especially to rediscover her origins. She is a successful journalist and has been a member of the staff of the Everybody Loves Raymond programme that won an Emmy Award.

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