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What a scandal! Prosecco on tap

In London they sell it as  “Sparkling Italian wine” and it’s all the rage: Pizza Pilgrims in Soho, Tozi in Victoria and the Covent Garden restaurant

prosecco on tap

prosecco on tap

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It all started just before Christmas when a pub in Leeds promoted via Facebook Prosecco on tap. This news was then picked up by the Daily Mail and got a hashtag on Twitter that was very successful #proseccoontap. At that point the Veneto producers our out for blood soliciting the intervention of the Ispettorato centrale della tutela della qualità e repressione frodi.

commonprosecco

commonprosecco

In fact the European rulings impose the sale of Prosecco only in bottles. So the name of the wine was substituted and became  “Sparkling Italian wine”  but the type of wine has remained the same both in its aromas and in its taste. And the pub landlords use the “said and unsaid” to commercialize it as Prosecco even without specifically writing it.

The best 2014 wine post regards Turkish wines

The digital wine Oscar, Wine blog award, went to  Lauren Mowery for a post regarding Turkish wines made with autochthonous varieties published in her blog Chasing the vine

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Lauren Mowery

Lauren Mowery

There are 9 wine blog awards but the most important is surely the one for best blog post of the year. The award exists since 2007 and has quickly asserted itself as a prestigious prize.  There are about one

Wine Blog Awards

Wine Blog Awards

hundred participants and they get voted online, so as to choose the 5 finalists. A panel of experts then chooses the winner. The award living ceremony takes place during the Wine Bloggers Conference, resembling the real Oscar ceremony which takes place in front of the whole film world.
But let’s see you won the most desired prize, she is called Lauren Mowery and is a pretty young blonde journalist who writes about travel and wine. Here articles have been published by Wine & Spirits, Wine Enthusiast, Saveur, and The Wine Merchant …. and by many other magazines among which her personal blog Chasing the Vine. On  Twitter she has 14.200 followers … in other words she is a grand opinion leader and most of all she has had the courage to study a wine region which is still unknown such as Turkey letting us thus all discover a paradox. It is the nation with the longest wine making history – 7-15.000 years –and the political and religious situation most contrary to the consumption of alcohol.

Giacosa Collina Rionda, Barolo (dark label)

Which are the most expensive Italian wines?

Barolo Collina Rionda by Bruno Giacosa, Amarone Classico riserva by Giuseppe Quintarelli and Masseto these are the most expensive Italian bottles

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Giacosa Collina Rionda, Barolo (dark label)

Giacosa Collina Rionda, Barolo (dark label)

This is a list where all the Italian producers would like to see their bottles, a list which transforms the appreciation of the critics and the market in prices company income, in other words the economical prize for the many efforts, risks and all the passion that goes into every drop of wine.
The list comes from Intravino which advises the Italians to spend in great National bottles the increases in the pay packets promised by Renzi, the prime minister. Maybe the money will not be enough but it would certainly make those who made this decision very happy. These are in fact exceptional bottles, maybe even better than foreign wines with inaccessible prices. It all begins with the information from Winesearcher the portal that fishes for prices from a database of 44.439shops all over the world. The list of the most expensive wines is based on their average price regarding several vintages and without taxes (our VAT).

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Brunello 2008 Riserva out to conquer the world

Donatella Cinelli Colombini’s passion is evident in this Riserva 2008 destined to few restaurants and wine stores in 32 nations[caption id="attachment_8872" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Brunello-Riserva-2008-"][/caption]The Brunello Riserva is the most important type made by each winery in Montalcino, in fact the great Sangiovese wine is born to last in time and the Riserva enhances this characteristic.In 2008 only the grapes picked for last were used for making the Riserva. They all come from the Ardita vineyard planted in 2001 on the highest point of Casato Prime Donne and facing south. The soil is poor, very clayey and the vines produce few...

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To listen or not to listen to the market and the guidebooks. The producers’ doubts

If up until 5 years ago a rating of 90/100 in the Wine Advocate or Wine Spectator opened up the market now the influence of the web grows and the desire for different winesRead for you by Donatella Cinelli Colombini [caption id="attachment_8577" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Wine-Advocate-Brunello-riserva-2007"][/caption]The theme is <<Who buys wine and who is an “influencer”>>. An important subject and one that has always been of interest for wine producers. But it is also a subject that has different replies to 5 years ago. In the Wine Industry Financial Symposium, which took place on September 23rd last in Napa Valley in California,...

A mystery regarding Italian wine we import South African bulk wine by the litre

The worldwide wine market for 2013 will reach 35 billion Dollars with an increase of more than 5% with respect to 2012, due to the massive increase in prices for cask wine [caption id="attachment_8510" align="alignleft" width="271" caption="bulck wine shop"][/caption]Read for you by Donatella Cinelli ColombiniThe scarce productions from the 2011 and 2012 vintages have created a great increase in prices which in the exportation of wines has originated 5 billion dollars more business.InItaly, after the surprising increase in the 2012 harvest foreseen of 40 million hectolitres and then resulted in 45,6 there is another surprising fact:South Africahas sold 14 million litres...

Wine corks

The wine killer does not come only from the cork and it is not a smell

WRITTEN BY DONATELLA ON OCTOBER 7TH 2013. POSTED IN FORUM From the cork but also from furniture or chlorine based soaps, and in the University of Osaka they have discovered that it is not a smell but the absence of odour [caption id="attachment_8462" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="Wine corks"][/caption]Seen for you by Donatella Cinelli ColombiniThis news regards the under standing of the motive why the “smell of cork” impedes the smelling of every wine aroma. This discovery arrives from a group of scientists under the direction of Hiroko Takeuchi  from theuniversityofOsakaand that has been published in the  PNAS  “Proceedings of theAmericanAcademyof Sciences” . The...

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How a journey can destroy wine in just a few days

In a container left under the summer sun the temperature can reach 75°C, it goes below 30-35°C only once in the hold of the ship. In the winter on the port dock it goes down to -15°C[caption id="attachment_8389" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="containers-at-the-harbur"][/caption]Read for you by Donatella Cinelli ColombiniA wine tasting organized by Professor Gerbi from the Università di Torino had demonstrated how easy it was to distinguish an Asti Spumante transported at 22°C from that which is kept in the cellar. Let’s consider the wine that is held in a container on the port docks or at sea with the sun...

Chateau Lafite

Online, the most expensive wine costs 135.299 $

The Grand Cru Richebourg by Henri Jayer, is the wine with the highest average price of 16.193 $ , but actually it seems quite reasonable compared to the maximum price of a LafiteRead for you by Donatella Cinelli Colombini[caption id="attachment_8319" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Chateau Lafite"][/caption]An article by Wine News is the starting point for a curious search in Wine Searcher, the web site that supplies the best price for all the wines on the market picking them out from 42.000 e-commerce addresses. In the list of most expensive around the world the prices are really extraordinary. A glass, not even full of the...

Brunello producers in Calgary

Oh it’s so cold! Pope Francesco and the Brunello lovers

The mission “Brunello in Canada” coincides with the election of Pope Francesco and finishes in the cold in Calgary

Brunello producers in Calgary

Brunello producers in Calgary, Canada

Do you remember the Calgary Olympic Games in 1988 with Alberto Tomba’s two gold medals? Well, it seems incredible but in Calgary there are no mountains.

The city is full of skyscrapers connected one to the other with suspended gallery area between buildings (in certain places its like being in a science fiction film) is considered the richest in the rich Canada because here there is petrol. In 10 years its population has doubled and there are more than 1 million people, with an amazing amount of young people.

Finally a free market for wine, without the monopoly as is in the other Canadian states. What a pushover!

Jancis Robinson for her magazine

Jancis Robinson magazine gives recognition to the Brunello 2008

Donatella Cinelli Colombini’s Brunello 2008 among the three preferred by Jancis Robinson super taster and obtains 17,5 points out of 20

Jancis Robinson for her magazine

Jancis Robinson

The European ratings are expressed out of 20 and not out of 100 as is done in the US, plus they are much more rigid so to achieve 16 or 17 is a first rate outcome. So a vast amount of the 230 Brunello tasted by the super taster Walter Speller – a sort of 007 at the service of Her Majesty Jancis Robinson, queen of the wine experts – have reached this excellent result.
Donatella Cinelli Colombini’s Brunello 2008 rates higher with its 17,5 points, third in his podium. This is his description <<Lacklustre mid ruby with orange rim. Sweet and concentrated and quite closed at the same time. Hint of leather. Chewy tannin framing fresh cherry fruit. Muscular and yet not heavy. (WS)>>.
The rating for the Brunello 2008 Prime Donne is wonderful too 16,5/20 and good for the Brunello Riserva 2007 which obtains 16/20.

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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.

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Robert Parker leaves Wine Advocate. Changes are coming, but which ones?

On December 9th we get news of the putting on sale of Wine Advocate and now we hear that the new owners are among the major distributors of luxury wines in Asia

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Robert-Parker-at-Ultimate-Parker-in-Asia-2010-Singapore (1)

Since 1978 the bimonthly magazine belonging to Robert Parker Jr has been a cult for lovers of great wines all over the world. This magazine owns its fame and its enormous influence to its absolutely independent character. Printing in two colours, no publicity, absolutely impartial ratings, and great competence in the tastings …. In other words Wine Advocate deserved respect at the first glance.

Everybody expected a rotation and that Robert Parker Jr would have left his creation in the hands of the super expert taster Antonio Galloni. Everything made one think that through the succession there would have been continuity, but now this rotation seems to revolutionize the bases of the famous lawyer’s newsletter.

The new owners are from Singapore and they will put in charge of Wine Advocate Ms. Lisa Perrotti Brown transforming the paper newsletter -which will continue at least for all of 2013- into a digital bulletin.  Wine Advocate will accept advertisements even though not those advertising wineries.

Gallo winery

The giants'rating in the wine world

The new rating of the big names is monopolized by the new world and must make us reflect on the fragility of the Italian production system

Gallo winery

Gallo winery

A recent article on the English magazine “The drink business” proposes a new rating of the best worldwide wineries and puts the Gallo Winery on the throne, followed immediately by Concha y Toro. The number of bottles produced make you dizzy with a billion pieces the first and 81 million the tenth of the world top 10. Among them no Italian producer, practically all USA and Australia.

The rating regarding income made a few months ago by Mediobanca showed a more diversified panorama with French, Chinese, South African Chilean, German and even Italian groups like GIV Cantine Riunite in seventh position. At the top of the Costellation Brand (USA) in a dominant position and at a great distance from the others tank to its annual sales of 2.494.000.000 €. Straight after with its 1.664 million in business, is the very prestigious multinational luxury company LVMH belonging to Bernard Arnault. Two societies which seem to have disappeared according to the English rating.

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Those who sell wine don’t know how to use Twitter?

According to Professor Damien Wilson of the Burgundy’s School of Business the commercial sector of wine business uses Twitter as an anti-depressive

 

Damien Wilson.

Damien Wilson.

The term used by the Professor in his interview for “Harpers” Wine and Spirit Trades Review, is definitely strong: Twitter according to him is a << verbal Prozac >> for the consumer. Wilson is the director of the Master of Wine Business and consequently his opinion is one of those that get attention. According to him social media in general and especially Twitter, have a key role in the creation of a rapport with the consumer.

                                               

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