Violante Gardini Cinelli Colombini Jr and the English wine lovers
Two trips to the UK to give tastings of my mother Donatella Cinelli Colombini’s wines and to get to know other producers from all over the world
by Violante Gardini
I have just come back from the UK where I presented our wines at the wine store “The wine Reserve” in Cobham, just out of London and in the wine cellar called “bluebird” in Chelsea. Two events organized by our importer Ellis of Richmond in two spectacular stores that hold wines from al lover the world. Both wine tastings were fully booked, the second tasting had an entrance fee. To think that there are wine lovers willing to pay to listen to my explanations (obviously tasting the wines) makes me feel very proud.
On both occasions there were many women among the guests; and this only confirms the figures released during the last Vinexpo which state that, in the UK, there is a strong increase in consumption of wine among women. The British wine lovers are younger than the Italian ones, and generally better off. There attire and conduct indicate in fact that they are people with high level
positions and friends.
Their competence regarding wine is surprising and their questions are always more and more pertinent, evidently for them it is not enough to drink it, but they want to read about it and visit the production areas. One thing is sure the aged wines such as Brunello di Montalcino or the great Bourgogne’s are their favourite.
This is my second trip to the UK in two months. In February our importer, Ellis of Richmond, had organized like he does every year a great event with all the wineries in their portfolio. In 2012 was at the Northumberland, in a wonderful hall a short distance from Trafalgar Square, in the centre of London. A very high decorated ceiling with enormous chandeliers in wrought iron, large eight metre windows…… basically a very elegant location, extremely British.
On that occasion the tasting lasted all day with very many clients. There were more than 1.000 wines with the producers present. Grape growers from al lover the world: Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Argentina, Chile ….. and obviously France. In the end we all contributed to timing up the hall with a festive atmosphere and we had dinner all together to celebrate the success of the event, a perfect occasion to meet new producers and exchange ideas. This is the part of my job that I prefer because it unites people from distant nations that do exactly the same job.