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A vineyard on the roof among the skyscrapers

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Vines grown on rooftops in New York, Rooftop Reds, have been talked about the world over, and it’s really easy. Let me tell you how to grow an urban vineyard

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Rooftop Reds New York

Rooftop Reds New York

As there are many urban vegetable gardens now the vineyard on the loft must not create illusions: this will not be the beginning of a career at will bring to a managerial role at Château Lafite Rothschild.

Rooftop Reds Team

Rooftop Reds Team

However it is a new trend. And it is a lot less complicated than what it might seem. All you need is a terrace and a lot of passion. The idea comes from Devin Shomaker, a young New Yorker who is also about to be financed to develop the project. The vineyard on the terrace seems about to duplicate the success of vegetables grown on the balcony and tomatoes grown in bags.  This type of production has been studied for residual toxins absorbed from traffic. To swap domestic productions for something else that was absolutely healthy, only because they have no pesticides is wrong because leaves can also absorb heavy metals in polluted air. However to grow plants is however a fun activity and it stimulates the consumption of vegetables so it must be encouraged. Read more…

Love at first sight for Vernaccia riserva

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Vernaccia di San Gimignano to be framed and rediscovered: finesse, personality and harmony much superior to long ago; in the Riserva version it bowls over the Gourmets

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Il Mestolo restaurant - dinner with Vernaccia di San Gimignano

Il Mestolo restaurant - dinner with Vernaccia di San Gimignano

For someone from Siena to rediscover Vernaccia di San Gimignano is like for an Eskimo to realize that ice is cold. Something evident hat you have always had under your nose and consequently you do not observe with the necessary attention. This is why the members of the Union Européenne des Gourmets in Siena get bowled over in front of the lavish and elegant character of the Vernaccia Riserva. Obviously the explanations given by Stefano Campatelli and a 15 kg greater amberjack prepared divinely by Nicoletta chef at the Il Mestolo restaurant are accomplices …. the 35 diners have had a collective sense of love at first sight.
The evening was special for me too as I was celebrating my recent nomination as Cavaliere della Repubblica /knighthood) and the Consul Alessandro Bonelli awards me a plaque in the name of the club. Read more…


Fashion show wines: wineries belonging to stylists

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Only Mario Moretti Polegato creator of Geox has gone from wine to fashion, Cavalli, Renzo Rosso, Ferragamo …. All come to wine from fashion

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Renzo Rosso Diesel Farm

Renzo Rosso Diesel Farm

These are designer bottles; they have a pinch of glamour, these bottles created by the great names in fashion that have now turned to wine production. Even when the wineries belong to international stars such as Arnaldo Caprai from Montefalco they bring with them a more creative, international and brilliant imprint. Marco Caprai, the most famous name from Sagrantino, comes from a family of cashmere producers, the same who produce the famous lace bracelets Cruciani. Read more…

VIP in the vineyards in Montalcino and Tuscany

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From the singers Gianna Nannini and Sting, to fashion stylists such as Ferragamo, bankers, and porn stars … a bit of everything among the VIP’s in the wine world

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In a way the Tuscan Vineyard resembles a stage for successful women and men who have everything and who are maybe on the lookout for new emotions such as having their name on the label of a small wine treasure. Famous people with exceptional abilities who have availabilities of great capitals and great contacts. People who can increase the prestige and the myth of Tuscan wines as if the vineyard were the red carpet at the Oscars.
Tuscany has plenty but Montalcino is really full of super VIPS.
Starting from Brunello and the most recent arrivals: the newest is Soleya International Corporation from Panama although there is no face behind this society at the moment.
Andrè Santos Esteves, 45 years old, banker from Brazil, 329th richest man in the world and 14th in Brazil according to the Forbes list. He adores great wines and has seen in the splendid Argiano estate in Montalcino a type of Italian chateaux.
Alejandro Bulgheroni richest man in Argentina according to Forbes, his business is in gas and petrol but he spends lots of time in Italy where his wife lives. Maybe for this reason he has bought Dievole in Chianti Classico, Poggio Landi (just in front of my Casato Prime Donne) and Podere Brizio in Montalcino adding it to his vineyards in Mendoza in Argentina, Garzòn in Uruguay, California … Read more…


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

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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…

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