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The Prime Donne at the NY Wine Experience: a dream come true

Donatella Cinelli Colombini’s Brunello flies to the NY Wine Experience, the famous tasting of the 250 top wines selected by Wine Spectator for their prestige and quality

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Brunello-riserva-2010-NY-Wine-Experience

It’s 18 years old, the young company of Donatella Cinelli Colombini (it was born in 1998) is of age now and it has received the most desired invitation of all, the debutantes’ ball of wine cellars.

The invitation to the Wine Experience, the tasting organized in New York by the prestigious American magazine Wine Spectator. A selection of the 278 best wines in the world selected for thier prestige and quality.

A tasting so exclusive that attracts winelovers from all over because here they are certain to find the best of the best and a lot of new products. The ticket costs 2.495$ and it has a limited number, and the tickets are purchased online until the fully booked. For Donatella Cinelli Colombini there has been another gift: hers is one of the 4

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New-York-Wine-Experience-2015

Brunello chosen to be part of the seminar. She will be speaking in front of 1.000 people, telling the story of a country house in ruins that becomes the first Italian winery with a staff of all women; and the story of the Ardita vineyard, a small piece of land about 2 hectars, that produces extraordinary grapes with an extraordinary qualitative continuity in the different vintages. A magical place for the cultivation of Sangiovese. Read more…

The most expensive restaurants around the world

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From Scattidigusto, a preview, images and descriptions of the dearest restaurant ever, which is about to open in Ibiza: Sublimotion

Sublimotion-ristorante-Spagna

Sublimotion-ristorante-Spagna

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It will be inside the Hard Rock Hotel in Playa d’en Bossa in Ibiza and it resembles a tropical aquarium where the table and walls change colour becoming, sky, grass, a royal hall…. All for 1.600€ per person. The experience proposed by the chef Paco Roncero, is multi-sensorial with images, aromas, music which changes with every course immerging the diners in a virtual reality only for millionaires. A similar proposal, even though more expensive, from Ultraviolet in Shanghai, based on the same concept of being immerged

Ultraviolet-Shanghai

Ultraviolet-Shanghai

totally in sensations set off by food.
It is surprising how the pleasure of food is developed as something to be enjoyed alone and with an absolute concentration on ones own senses. In other words exactly the opposite to what we have always thought, and that food was an experience to be shared, for socializing something to be experienced, enjoyed and commented with others as if it were something adhesive among people. Another thought regards the price which seems to be created to generate exclusivity, because << Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing >> said Oscar Wilde. Read more…


Brunello 2008 conquers and surprises New York

Brunello 2008 is liked by the Americans more than they expected. It’s a 4 star vintage but is earning its fifth on the field.

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NewYork-preview-Brunello2008

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500 clients for 41 wineries from Montalcino under the monumental Gotham Hall dome for the first New York toast to the Brunello 2008.

We are in the heart of the Big Apple, in the 19th century branch of a business bank, a sort of modern Pantheon where everything – from the doors to the chandeliers – transmits the opulence of the golden years of America. A location that become a cult for the Batman film and upon entering you really think you see the famous bat fly under the enormous central vault.

The tables for the 41 Brunello producers positioned in a circle around a central buffet with tables for eating on the outside. At midday the assault begins. Really long queues in front of the signing- in desks and an ever growing crowd in front of the producers’ tables, who for 5 hours didn’t have time to go to the restroom. Importers, buyers, journalists and bloggers, restaurateurs, shop owners

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Piero_Antinori_NY_tasting_Brunello

….. as if to confirm that Brunello is a star that shines more and more in the first wine market in the world. It is also evident that the 2008 vintage meets with the requirements of the best clientele of the area: it is a “friendly” wine, so much readier and more easily understood than other Montalcino vintages. More importantly it is liked more than everybody expected. It reached here with 4 stars awarded in the harvest rating but is earning its fifth on the field. Read more…

Frank Ferrante: the American dream is born from crisis

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Frank Ferrante Business lawyer in Manhattan, explains how most of the 500 major American societies were born form the 1929 crisis

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Cristina Vannuzzi Landini interviews the Italo-American lawyer Frank Ferrante, founder of the Studio Legale Ferrante in New York. Born in Calabria, he studied in Italy and then in USA. In his profession he unites the rapidity and dynamics of the American business style together with the care for attention and the flair which are typically Italian.

The Studio Legale Ferrante is a real boutique for Italian clients in New York, there are about 15 experts with an International vocation. He has already opened offices in China and Brazil. The Studio assists in Italy and abroad many clients from real estate, fashion, design, technology, and from wine and food sectors. It offers services relative to 5 micro areas: advisory for start-up business in USA for Italian companies, real estate, immigration, e-commerce and intellectual property (brands/copyrights)

Interview by Cristina Vannuzzi Landini

Q. Avvocato Ferrante “Is small still beautiful?

A. “I am convinced that small is always better, but the time has come to reinvent ourselves. The Italian economic fabric has always been made up of mostly medium and small companies; most of these were in fact family run. The US is one of the largest “friendly” nations for business men, as proven by the  World Bank statistics. As long as the “business plan” is solid, the States can offer infinite benefits from a fiscal, corporate, immigration and transparency point of view.  I have directly experienced this myself and I try to help the Italian excellencies to experience the so called “American dream”. In a moment of crisis, the worst thing to do is to stay still and wait for it to go away. To look abroad is no longer an option, but a strategy for survival. From this “survival” many have obtained success!” Read more…


Houston places Brunello sky high

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A tasting of 41 Montalcino wineries in Houston – Texas attracts operators from hundreds of kilometres and even from other states

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shoes_from_Texas

The USA are now the largest Brunello market, even larger than Italy. They absorb 25% of the total production, which means one bottle of Brunello very four. If we consider that most of the wine sold in Montalcino is sold to foreign tourists Italy goes below this quota and become the second market. It seems strange but that is how it is!

For this reason the first important tasting of the new Brunello 2008 takes place in the USA even before the Benvenuto Brunello kermess in Montalcino.

Every year the presentation in the USA takes place in New York and in another key city. This year for the first time we are in Texas, and it’s a success.

Don’t think of cowboys and cattle, here there is true richness, petrol, an industry bound to electronics, here is found the best hospital in the world and the largest university if the States. A less formal lifestyle and dress style but, many dollars…everything is big, exaggeratedly big!

The Brunello tasting location is a structure used for banquets, with a large hall and a smaller one for the two seminars held by Kevin Zraly a wine expert and tutor for wine courses of international fame. Read more…

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