She seems fragile but she has real stamina. In the past month she has visited New York, Philadelphia, Denver, Minneapolis, 4 days home and then Hong Kong and Shanghai
Violante Gardini the Cinellicolombini Jr, always has trips that begin with an adventure: to go to the US they cancelled her flight but she was able nevertheless to get to the wine tasting in Washington on time going via Brussels . To go to China her car’s clutch broke on the way to Rome. A journey with mechanical noises and lots of frights. When she got to Fiumicino she was so upset that the check in staff was so sorry for her that they gave her a super comfy seat on the plane
Her texts from abroad are hilarious, here’s one of them <<how much do you have to walk to sell wine? My feet are exhausted!…. This first week on work, running after planes, taxis and
most of all time, has finally finished >> . Violante describes a different New York than what she has seen the last few years, more beautiful and with more positive energy. People have more faith in the future and want to spend more.
<<Lots of overweight people, but less than usual. Maybe Michelle Obama’s campaign regarding exercise and eating vegetables has worked. There are less McDonald’s, where have they disappeared to?>> <<It is said that there are BIO stores everywhere, but I didn’t see any, however all that is organic is liked>>.
<<The Rosso di Montalcino was fantastically successful, everyone loves it and we placed it in 2/3restaurants to be served also by the glass. Someone is surprised by its freshness, how delicate it is and sweet and pleasant, others just fall in love with it straight away. >>
Violante finds time also for friends and shopping <<Tomorrow Maria will come to the city, she is a young wine producer from Puglia who is doing work experience for a few month with an importer just out of the city. She will come to NY for the weekend so we can spend some time together, fantastic!>> The result of this shopping is a pair of really funny pink shoes. For someone always dressed in black, brown and blue this has been a really revolutionary choice!
During the next few days more flights, taxis, wine tastings and lunches and ………..<< 14.00-18.00 wine tasting in a store (we sold so much wine!), see attached photos. 19.00 dinner with another client that has ordered the Brunello Prime Donne. Tomorrow we leave, they will take me to the airport at 1.00>> Sales continue in China with the usual problems for the because of the continuous divisions and reconstructions that characterize the local societies. Cheatings, divorces and such seem to be much more frequent here than in the rest of the world resulting in the fact that small companies break up after only a few years of business.
As well as the usual tastings in restaurants and wine stores there have been some really sensational events: in a super luxury ladies shoe presenting its new collection, one day matching them with our Brunello Riserva 2005. Lunch with association “Femmes du Vin Asia” with 15 really powerful women form economy and finance. They are all beautiful and young and for them we have sent to Hong Kong some really exclusive wines. And finally a workshop regarding aromatherapy, essences and wine, fantastic!