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Obama’s cellar? Top Secret

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The cellar at the White House is small and thrifty. But the dimensions do not matter it is the wine that peaks

read for you by Elena Mazzuoli

brindisi-Obama-vino

brindisi-Obama-vino

Each of us would think it obvious that the most powerful man in the world, always busy with state engagements and diplomatic rapports, able to make decisions which regards the whole world, might have a collection of wines that is never ending, one of those dreams that us common people can only imagine.
In fact the White House in Obama’s era has a very small cellar which seem so sort out the wines in a Just In Time logic. This secret is unveiled not be the official Sommelier of the White House but Jennifer Simonetti-Bryan, Master of Wine, who has visited the cellar several times, she describes it as being similar to a “walk-in-closet” because of its reduced dimensions. The mundane events at the White House have always been excellent occasions to promote American vineyards. But after the complaints received from President Obama regarding to the wines considered too expensive for a dinner with the Chinese President Hu Jintao, a veil of silence has descended , protected by all the officials. Read more…

Brunello in Washington, the centre of the world

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A day’s work in the cold in Washington with just a little time for tourism with the Brunello producers

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Donatella Cinelli Colombini, Washington, US Capitol

Us Capitol in Washington, Donatella and Carlo

We were up at the crack of dawn, and then took a taxi to Penn Station, the enormous underground station next to Madison Square Garden where Nino Benvenuti’s international boxing contests took place. Here we take a train with very large wagons but they are so old that for 2 hours 45 minutes they shake us ‘til we reach Washington. Once out of the splendid Victoria station we are in front of the United States Capitol, what a sight! The small group of representatives of the Consorzio del Brunello and I had planned a day at the Italian Embassy. The building was constructed in 2001; it is square shaped and has a spectacular glass-domed atrium. There are archaeological objects exhibited and a hall dedicated to Falcone and Borsellino with the photos of the two magistrates killed by the mafia.

After a long meeting and a buffet enriched with 20 odd bottles of Brunello, including mine, – which is something that I am particularly proud of- we are finally free to roam as tourists. Read more…


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