Soon to come
Milan, October 6th Vendemmia di Montenapoleone
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A venetian story, an Lagoon tradition, a bottle of pure magicvenissa-da-pinchiorri-700x434

In the name of gold MUSIC AND WINE

Back in the 70′ the iconic Fiorucci New York store discovered that music could actually influence and improve the sales. screen-shot-2016-10-26-at-10-27-57“Never play slow music, told me the legendary store manager Enrico Baroni, the man who helped the Fiorucci empire to bloom. Slow rhythm makes costumers slowing down; they loose the excitement of a new purchase and easily get bored of the shopping adventure. In our store we play loud up-tempo music either pop or disco and most importantly without any interruptions. That causes a shopping rush and improve the appetite of buying”screen-shot-2016-10-26-at-10-33-41
The world famous Japanese wagyu cows, in order to produce the tender kobe beef…non only are pampered with massages, drink beer and sake, but also spend their days  lessening to Mozart! The body relaxes, the muscles stretch and they seem to enjoy the music vibrations.

Can music influence the aging process of wine?
In the magical atmosphere of the Podere Rocche dei Manzoni in the beautiful Langhe territory (in Piedmont region, province of Cuneo) resident wine producer Rodolfo Migliorini and  one of the most influential living composers, Italian Maestro Ezio Bosso. screen-shot-2016-10-26-at-09-47-47Recently this extraordinary couple of creative souls and long time friends invited press, friends and all the people who in recent years have “filled rooms” of the company
The occasion was to introduce the brand new sparkling wine named Valentino Cuvèe 185th Door, an exclusive, limited production (only 1500 bottles and 150 magnun size) of the  spumante cuvèe made with classic
chardonnay, pinot noir and locally rarely used pinot meunier. .img_2217-copy During an informal press conference, Rodolfo and Ezio unveiled the convincing theory that music can actually influence the wine making process, from the vineyard to the final bottle. Obviously many questions:img_9221-copyHow a sparkling wine may get refined listening to music? Which kind of music?
Bosso selected among his works a “symphony for the wine”: a suitable composition to act during the wine aging process and to influence the second fermentation of yeast. Loudspeakers were installed in the vineyards and in the cellars. After a minimum of 4 vintages assembly, a percentage which varies according to the characteristics of each of them, 185th Door, during its life in the bottle, which lasts at least 8 years, is subjected to a measured musical stress and controlled to optimize the activity of yeast.img_2248-copy“We are the first to have thought of applying the vibrations of music to a sparkling wine refinement process, says Migliorini, At first, we proceeded by trial and after 12 years this project is still in an embryonic basis. However, with the data collected during the trial I can say that thanks to the music the activity of yeast is faster and the product is improved.  Certain notes and sounds have frequencies that the wine seem to .. listen , enjoy and mature with a pleasant aging. In the coming years we will try to understand how to further influence the activity of the yeast, thus modulating the music according to our needs“.img_9277-copy

Why 185th?
What’s behind that door?
Ezio as a co-composer of this innovative method, loved have a very unique and personalized name: The ‘door’ is linked to the theme of ‘the rooms’ the common thread of his recent albums.The 185, takes us the alphabet where the R (Rodolfo) is the18th letter while the E (Ezio) is the 5th. Ezio continues “The sounds coming from a violin and  a cello, from a full orchestra or simply from my piano were able to pass through wood and cement of the barrels to create a chain of harmonies that reborn in a chain of wine.img_2226-copyIt may sound a paradox, but  now it is like
we could drink the music and lessen to the wine.
The presentation was filled of love and music.
Ezio started with a corale by Bach, one of his favorite composer, then his masterpiece.“Following a bird,” and delighted the public with Chopin. A long and emotional applause gave the green light to a sumptuous dinner boasting traditional dishes of the  traditional Piedmont cuisine, elegantly revisited
by Chef Maurilio Garola of La Ciau del Tornavento.img_9281-copy

On the Rooftop of the Hotel, that is called “Terrazza Boscolo” by Dama,
Sommellier Diana Zerilli will create two exciting drinks
Chiantigno, born from the encounter between Chianti Colli Senesi Mormoraia,
with Campari, Gin, Angostura, Rosmarine and Ice
Tropical Wine, con Vernaccia San Gimignano Mormoraia,
with Honey, Mango, Ice.

Chiantigno Photo © Cesare Zucca 2016

Chiantigno Photo © Cesare Zucca 2016

To join the party the guests will pay 20€ including 1drink and finger food
July 13th from 6 pm to 9 pm,
Terrazza Dama at Boscolo Hotel, Corso Giacomo Matteotti, 4/6,Milan

South Tyrol is waiting  for you.

Eli300 cellars, 100 artisans of Italian taste. 150 international wine producers!
Merano is hosting the annual WineFestival,merano w f an international wine&food bonanza,  one of the most exclusive places and occasions for all industry operators, where the recurring keyword is always “excellence”.
In addition You will find the best Italian wines produced organically, biodynamically and naturally, the  Beer Passion experience, where the artisan flavour becomes beer, Consortium: the Italian protection consortia are presented within the Gourmet Arena, charity Wine Master Classes. where the revenues of which are given to charity and spectacular show cooking among,seminars and workshops for discussion on the future of wine in Italy and Europe.
November 5th-10th
More info at

Talking of a beautiful Sunday!2 Festival Franciacorta Estate_ph N.TirelliYesterday I went to the picnic lunch at the Palazzo Monti della Corte , in Nigoline right in the heart of the Franciacorta region, one of the best producer of sparkling wine.

Tasting a Berlucchi Brut, one of the most recognized product of Franciacorta

Tasting a Berlucchi Brut, one of the most recognized product of the Franciacorta region.

The occasion was the annual Franciacorta Festival
a bonanza of wines and food, traditional or revisited, all signed by well-known chefs
who were invited to create dishes using local traditions and ingredients.

the Feastival will be back next year.
Mark your calendar

…it’s not only a great Sting’s song…trudie_10_356117o

The Villa Il Palagio perches elegantly at the top of a long steep drive, overlooking the distant Tuscan hills and the undulating countryside which has always had profound agricultural significance. Screen Shot 2016-04-30 at 13.19.50The nearby medieval town of Figline Valdarno was known as the “barn of Florence” for its abundant corn supplies. Grains, wine, oil, sugar beets, peaches, apricots and cherries have long been grown here. Not only…Palagio has been the summer retreat for
Sting and Trudie’s family and friends for more than 15 years.Palagio produces an excellent red wine.
A blend of Sangiovese, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvigon Biodynamic wine. Screen Shot 2016-04-27 at 10.26.06Named after Sting’s song “Sister Moon”
this was the first IGT Toscano wine produced at Il Palagio.

it’s time to toast !

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Imagine: a secret bottle kept in the cave for years (sometimes more than 30). It’s the rich and velvety wine called sciacchetrà. This aged treasure resurges in occasion of a wedding as the greatest gift that the family of the groom could offer to the bride’s family. I had the privilege of opening a bottle than was more than 10 years old. It reminded me of a rich passito straw wine, sweet and liqueur-like.
The color is intense: from golden shades to amber. The taste is a fruity, floral bouquet that reminds of a Mediterranean garden: scents of nuts, apricot jam, nectarine, vanilla, chestnut honey and spices.
Where can you drink the best sciacchetra’?
Cinque Terre, a piece of the Ligurian coastline, just West of the border with Tuscany. MonterossoVernazzaCornigliaManarola and Riomaggiore are five multi-colored borghi (villages) overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.CINQUE terre 5 copyThey are pretty close to each other, a few minutes distance by car or train. Better yet, a boat will take you back and forth, making an unforgettable five stop mini cruise. If you like to hike, you can also reach them via a beautiful trail and enjoy spectacular sea views.

Wine Pavillion, a true multi-sensorial experience. Tasting Settesoli.
Great surprise at Expo 2015!
I visited the Wine Pavilion boasts a wide array of communications tools, as it narrates the history of wine-production.IMG_7907 copyThe exhibit brings all five senses into play, with taste taking priority. Some of the best-qualified sommeliers are on hand to arrange wine-tasting experiences blending tastes with aromas.IMG_7903

I attended to the Cantine Settesoli tasting hosted by charming PR Roberta Urso.IMG_7871 copy

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Inzolia, a very reasonable price for a great white wine. Light and fruity, just the way I like it. Roberta suggested fatty fish such as halibut or dory with potatoes and cherry tomatoes to go with.
Grillo, with a distinct aroma of jasmine and citrus.To be served with grilled vegetables, medium seasoned cheese, legumes soups, raw meats.
The legendary Nero D’Avola with its ruby red, and a brightly intense taste, smooth and warm, with a distinctive scent of marasca, local red cherry, excellent with raw meat and grilled white meat.IMG_7892 copy

The Mandrarossa wines are the toprange of Cantine Settesoli.
They come from the careful selection of both the vineyards and the vines, together with the harmonious combination of local culture, traditional farming and winemaking technology.

The tasting ended up with an amazing finale.

The “meditation” chardonnay CALADEITUFI  calaMandrarossa Vendemmia Tardiva, produced in a small vineyard that slopes down toward the coast, between sandy dunes and wild vegetation. the breeze refreshes the grapes that are left to ripen on the plant.   Deliciously perfect as a  “solo” wine or ‘solo’ wine or accompanied by light cheeses, desserts, dry fruits.

Settesoli is the largest wine company in Sicily, Twenty million bottles are made in a year and they are sold in 35 countries. “Settesoli is a stellar constellation, said proudly Cantine the general manager Salvatore Li Petri, each producer is a star”.


Screen Shot 2016-06-23 at 15.34.41The territory of Franciacorta is a section of the Province of Brescia
in the Region of Lombardy
The annual Franciacorta Festival will entertain again his visitors with a two days
tour de force of exquisite food and superb wines.
Saturday 25 will be dedicated to the discovery of the territory, its wines,
its products and its food. 3 Festival Franciacorta Estate_ph N.TirelliPhoto N.Tirelli
The wineries will organize little events, guided tours and tastings during the day, while in the evening the best restaurants, diners, farms and the Strada del Franciacorta venues will offer their menu, dedicated to local food and wine culture.A legendary Franciacorta Brut , the exquisite 61 Berlucchi 1 Festival Franciacorta Estate_ph N.TirelliPhoto N.Tirelli
On Sunday 26 June,
from 11 a.m to 5 p.m. the lawn of the magnificent Palazzo Monti della Corte di Nigoline will host a spectacular . A tasting bar will be set up, where over 60 local wineries will offer tastings of various types of Franciacorta:, while street food delicacies by great chefs and pizza masters.
The  € 20,00 ticket includes: 4 Tokens, Wine glass and wine glass pouch ,Water, Coffee
“Refill” packages (available on site for those who already have the ticket)
3 tokens € 15, 6 tokens € 25, 15 tokens € 50Photo N.Tirelli
The address is Via Alessandro Volta, 2 – Nigoline di Corte Franca (BS)
More info at

30 wines of Romagnascreen-shot-2016-09-23-at-12-01-19vino-italia
From Friday Feb 26th to Sunday 28th  “Wine Festival I am Romagnolo” where quality food and wine enthusiasts will enjoy local Sangiovese, Albana, Pagadebit *and more img_4542-copy

Try the wines of 30 wineries of Romagna, dozens of winemakers of the territories of Forli, Faenza, Cesena, Ravenna and Rimini
Purchase the cup,  and ticket “Euroromagnoli”, enjoy the guided tastings tours.
Entrance to the Festival is free.
Info at  Sono Romagnolo

Super Chef Bottura at Berlucchi Palazzo Lana. We got the menu!
Let’s start with “Una lenticchia meglio del caviale”:  A ‘better than caviar’ lentil.
A game like where lentils lie down over ice with acid cream and dill.
“La parte croccante di una lasagna”,  the lasagna crunchy side.
Both dishes will be paired with Cellarius Rosé 2011, Franciacorta
Then another Bottura must, the answer to the dilemma should Tortellini be served with broth or crème fraîche? “Compromesso Storico: Tortellini in crema densa di Parmigiano Reggiano”,Screen Shot 2016-06-11 at 15.17.39Chef Massimo is coming out with a surprising solution.. paired with Berlucchi ’61 Nature 2009, ‘A true expression of our territory, says PR Cristina Ziliani, combining Chardonnay to Pinot Nero. More surprises, from the  “Psychedelic Spin Painted Veal, not Flame Grilled” paired with Palazzo Lana Extrême 2007 to the Oops! Mi è caduta la crostata al limone…” My pie felt down… A lemon cake,  zabaione vervain sorbet, bergamot e candied fruit. Screen Shot 2016-05-28 at 10.28.52 An exclusive dinner hosted by the emperors of the renowned
Italian sparkling wine Berlucchi, King Arturo Ziliani and Queen Cristina,
with a menu created by His Majesty three Michelin stars Chef
Massimo Bottura
of Osteria Francescana Modena. Massimo BotturaBottura, proclaimed # 2 in the world by prestigious The World’s 50 Best Restaurants,
will offer his ingenious creations paired with
Vintage, the Reserves and the best Berlucchi Franciacorta.
For more info

Easter Colomba and Italian wines classes

Colomba is a traditional Italian Easter yeast bread. It is shaped like a dove (colomba in Italian), the symbol of peace and resurrection.Soft and fragrant, colomba is a generous cake with butter and eggs, filled with raisins and candied orange peel.20160229_145836-1024x576The colomba could mean not only a peace message but also solidarity. Like in the case of the artisanal Colomba Arcobaleno (Rainbow Dove)  created by the Milanese sommelier Diana Zerilli  who supports gay rights and gay issues in Italy, such as marriage and child adoption. Her colomba is made with Sicilian Avola almonds, Calabria cedar, kneaded with Vernaccia Mormoraia, a traditional white wine from San Gimignano,d zerilli

Beside food, Diana passion  and expertise is (of course) wine. Twice a week, she gives classes and wine tasting at Hotel Rubens in Milan.

Each class will introduce an Italian region, with its local wines and food.

Here the current calendar
March 10th Wines from Valle d’Aosta
March 17th Wines from Veneto and Diana’s Chiantigno drink tasting
March 22th Wines fron Piemonte.
Classes will continue in April, after Easter Holidays.


Each class costs 35 Euros.
If you are interested, you can contact Diana at

Chic, Tasty and Sparkling? Berlucchi Lounge at Duomo !
Milan, April 6th Berlucchi from 7.30 pm at Mercato Duomo
will host a wine tasting featuring the classic
Brut, Rosee and Saten Franciacorta Berlucchi ’61,
and including the new Nature, with five exquisite dishes large tapas like,IMG_9337 copy spanning from cold cuts, to veggies, to cheeses that representing
the Italian excellence in the world of gastronomy.
The event will take place in the beautiful Franciacorta Lounge
right on Piazza Duomo.IMG_9345 copyWine tasting and food 35 Euros


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