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Women’s wine according to Jancis Robinson

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The most famous Master of Wine Jancis Robinson asks <<Do women and men have a different relationship with wine? >> and her answers leave you speachless

Jancis Robinson MW

Jancis Robinson MW

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You might be thinking about a woman’s magazine? No, the article appeared in the “Financial Times” the newspaper for bankers, the finance that matters and great entrepreneurs! And it is a milestone. I invite everyone to read it, especially the boys. <<when a man chooses a bottle to serve at home he asks himself – is it expensive enough for my boss/client/friend? A woman instead asks herself – will we enjoy drinking it together?>> It’s so true. It is a truth that is before everyone’s eyes, women are pragmatic. But it is the next part that really surprises <<women have superior tasting abilities to men, performing more precisely and consistently in experiments>> literally women are more capable than men in tasting, they are more careful/accurate and more experimenters. Read more…

Flying wines

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These are the characteristics of wines to be consumed while in flight according to the Master of Wine and world champion Sommelier Markus Del Monego and our Andrea Gori

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First Class dining

First Class dining

The starting point is a brief article by Andrea Gori who comments positively the choices made by Airlines regarding wines << it is really difficult, at least in first class and business class, to not find specialities that have great value>>. In fact to capture and render faithful the frequent flyers it is necessary to also offer them wine experiences which gratify them and surprise them especially during long transatlantic flights.

Lufthansa and Air France have asked advice of two world champion sommeliers: Markus Del Monego, winner in 1998 and Olivier Poussier, winner in 2000, who will create for the Airlines some onboard cabinets, where the contents will be changed every couple of months. The German airlines keep an eye on trends and specialized press opinions, then they select the bottles though a blind tasting so as not to influence the opinion of the tasters with brand name or appellation. The wines apt for consumption while on board must have low acidity or very soft tannins. Those with a slight residual sugar level are fine, as those with high alcohol content, as these two elements are not at all perceived whilst in flight. Criteria which correspond to the requests of the very clever Andrea Gori <<fresh young wines that are very intense in taste and in the aroma>>.

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Marqués de Riscal and their masterpiece wine city

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Known news and unknown news regarding the Spanish estate that has revolutionized the Rioja wine and architecture in the wine world: here for you Marqués de Riscal 

marqués de riscal

marqués de riscal

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Marqués de Riscal, for those who like me adore great wines and contemporary architecture is a name that is a myth. The wine city –hotel, restaurant and museum- designed by Frank Gehry next to their winery is one of the absolute masterpieces of the 20th century. Bolder than the  Guggenheim museum in Bilbao and the  Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, bolder because it’s varicoloured  titanium volutes  disturb the old peace of Rioja, its vineyards, the old villages with cathedral and bell tower, the stone walls and the curvy roads. Like light in the darkness, like something new arriving in the old countryside, wonderful!

For this reason the article by Tim Atkin Master of Wine published in Wine Searcher has attracted my attention. It is entitled <<The 10 things that every wine lover should know about Marqués de Riscal>> Read more…

How much does a super sommelier earn?

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Bloomberg presents the 5 professions which are well paid which nobody expects to be such and among them are the Master Sommelier, 214 great experts who work all over the world

Curt-of-Master-Sommelier

Curt-of-Master-Sommelier

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In North America there are 135 Master Sommelier among which only 19 women. To get this title one must succeed in 4 formative levels each with an exam. A 12 year experience and a 4.000$ investment but in the end you can earn as much as 125.000 dollars per year. The starting point for my post is an article in Intravino which I suggest you read.

In Italy thing are not so bright. The average salary of a full time sommelier is about 1.500$ per month, to which tips are to be added, and sometimes percentages on sales. It’s not bad, considering the moment, but certainly a lot less than the salaries quoted by Bloomberg. Read more…


Global warming in the Vineyard according to Jancis Robinson

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His name is Italian – Antonio Busalacchi – but he is director of an inter-disciplinary centre regarding climate in the University of Maryland and he has studied vineyards around the world

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Europe change in areas suitable for growing wine grapes through 2050

Europe change in areas suitable for growing wine grapes through 2050

The very well known Master of Wineand opinionist Jancis Robinson has found Busalacchi and his assistant Eric Hackert’s studies regarding the impact of the new climate in two dozen wine regions around the world.
The first piece of information is alarming: according to Busalacchi “extreme events, like heat waves, that stop photosynthesis and hail storms which destroy all of the grapes in a matter of minutes, will become more and more frequent “ . So global warming will decrease the potential of certain regions and will increase it in others, because it will modify alcohol, sugars, tannins and colour in every wine. For this reason many wineries in Champagne are buying land in Sussex and Kent which are more apt now for high quality viticulture.
Generally speaking the vineyards with higher latitudes or altitudes will be favoured by the climatic changes just like the vineyards surrounded by the ocean. So here is a list of the lucky ones “ Rhine in Germany, the states of Oregon and Washington in the United States, and the Mendoza Province in Argentina and New Zealand” . Read more…

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