DISCOVERING THE WINES OF THE EUGANEAN HILLS
Are you a wine lover? Do you like to discover new tastes while sipping a nice glass of white or red? Do you enjoy to end up a dinner with a sweet touch of dessert wine? Or …do you indulge meditation?
Here several good reasons to visit the Euganean Hills, to get acquainted with the local wines, starting from the typical Fior d’Arancio, a very golden Moscato to a variety of whites with the typical straw-yellow color and jasmine scent, The hills produce Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon reds, the Chardonnay, , the Merlot, to my fav, the sparkling Serprino
Where to stay
Abano Ritz Hotel
Abano Terme is famous worldwide as the “Thermal Baths of Venice”, thanks to the extraordinary curative qualities of the thermal water and the bio-thermal clay or aged mud: a true medicine without side effects. At AbanoRitz boasts two swimming pools, the SPA, wellness rituals and culinary experiences at our 3 restaurants; immersed in a territory that offers a wealth of culture and folklore, as well as golfing and other sports.
Where to eat
Antica Trattoria Taparo in Torreglia, since 1921.
Not to be missed the ‘baccalà itinerary’ stockfish cooked in 3 different ways.
Al Sasso in Teolo, celebrated for his one and only fried chicken, which (unfortunately ) I could not try… Instead I had an elaborate pasta dish, tagliolini with morchella mushrooms and snails.
What to visit
Villa Barberigo, Valsanzibio. A sumptuous residence dated 1600, so spectacular that has been renamed the little Versailles. Get lost in the amazing labyrinth garden.
Cini Castle, Sanctuary of the Seven Churches and Villa Duodo in Monselice
At the foot of the Colle della Rocca there rises an imposing architectural complex called Castello Cini, which incorporates several diverse types of building.
From the XI to the XVI centuries the castle has changed from a luxurious residence, to defensive tower to become a Venetian villa. The Council Hall with frescoes and wooden stalls on the walls,
Visit the Armory, a precious room with frescos walls and the Carrara motif of red and white checkerboard which contains one of the most important collections of arms and armours in Italy.
Photo Enrico Paggiaro
Located in Battaglia Terme, close to Padua, with 360 rooms, decorated by the amazing GianBattista Zenotti’s frescos, this castle is considered among the most unusual of the Villas in Veneto, it has served as a mansion, ducal palace and imperial residence. conceived in 1570 by the wealthy Obizzi family as
theatre to receive and amuse their guest.
Glamorous balls, sea battle scenes, huge theatrical productions…in a way hey were one of the greatest party planners of all ages.
Photo Art New Media
Where to stop
Arquà Petrarca one of the most beautiful Italian burg, included on the prestigious list of Parchi Letterari Italiani (Italian Literary Parks), those locations that where celebrated in the italian and international literature by famous authors. The quiet and enchanting beauty of the Euganean Hills has been an iinspiration for writers, poets and artists, Bruce Chatwin, Shelley, Byron, and Foscolo, narrates theses inspiring places that vibrate of beauty, passion, and poetry. Unique colors, flavors and scents bring to the attention of environmental oases, ancient abbeys, castles, villas, country retreats and other excellent stages. Visit the village where the iconic poet Francesco Petrarca Francesco Petrarca (1304-1374) lived and the house that hosted his final days.
This Literary Park take you to a journey through an itinerary identified by 11 plaques that portray sentences from different authors who immortalized the landscape and its heritage.
For more info
parco petrarca e dei colli euganei
On the panoramic outdoor of the Villa Beatrice, a former Convent founded in12th century, on the top of the hill, we tried the Quota 101 wines, I loved the Malterreno an authentic expression of the Euganei territory. Authentic and true. The grapes are hand-picked in September, when the sun has made them nice and ripe. Warm yellow color, scent of Summer, in the mouth it is velvety and well-structured.
Next stop at Paolo Brunello’s Cantina Vignale di Cecilia, located in Baone.
My fav was the white Val di Spie, an experimental trip in the world of sparkling wine, blinks its eye to the traditional natural fermentation in the bottle, while maintaining its natural yeasts, followed by the first born at Vignale, the red Passacaglia made with Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Barbera boasting a long maceration as well as the handmade mixing of fermenting grapes.
In the evening I met with lovely Elisa Dilavanzo, owner of Maeli Colli Euganei featuring the yellow muscat
from these amazing volcanic hills, where Elisa decided to “work towards the production of a wine that is rich in emotion whilst at the same time a worthy ambassador for this prestigious territory”.Sparklyn Moscato Giallo IGT
Muscat 85% Chardonnay 15% Destemming and soft pressing, maceration on the skins for three days, pressing, fermentation on natural yeasts without added sulphites. The wine is bottled on its own yeasts with in-the-bottle secondary fermentation using the original must following the time-honoured method.
Grand finale with a wide varIety of Zanovello wines, hosted by Mr. Franco Zanovello, President of La Strada del Vino and owner of Cà Lustra wines. I ended my journey with the iconic Passito, born in the year 1200. Only in the Euganean Hills that the 100% Fiori d’Arancio muscat grapes keep that strong Mediterranean character, cheerful and vigorous.
Intense aromas, thick and colorful skin, crunchy pulp,are the hallmarks of this archaic variety that likes bright and dry sites. It’s a farmer’s tradition to harvest the ripest grapes and let them dry on racks in the old barns with the dual aim of producing a strong sweet wine and rustic cakes for the spring-winter festivals. Its intensity and complexity allow it to enter the category of “meditation wine.”
Believe me, no many other places on earth would enrich a meditation time
like being on the top of one of the volcanic Euganean Hills,
specially after sipping a glass of a delicious volcanic wine…
LEONARDO DA VINCI..
would have loved this!
Oil: The most ancient condiment in the human history
We don t have to be afraid of the growing production of virgin olive oil all around the world, we have to be afraid instead of the growing of bad quality oil produced who knows where and labeled as
olio di oliva vergine.Let ‘ start with a tip. Look at the production date: The younger the better. Extra virgin olive oil does not age well. Check the date on the bottle and make sure you are getting oil produced during the last harvest. The shelf life of an extra-virgin olive oil is on average about 2 years, i Its life can reach up to 18 months, if it is stored properly. Oil needs a lot of attention: from the variety and quality of the olives, to the cultivation and harvesting processes, to the grinding and extracting methods. The blue IGP or PGI seal (Indicazione Geografica Protetta, or Protected Geographical Indication) is also a nice designation, but only guarantees that the extra-virgin oil is at least partially prepared, processed or produced within a specific region.Focus on taste. Concentrate in the acidity levels rather than colour and remember that an oil to be graded as extra-virgin, it must have zero defects in taste and smell and more than zero in the fruity attribute. The extra-virgin can be reminiscent of almond, grass, pear, artichoke, tomato leaves… and many others flavors!I was enchanted of my researches so I joined ONAO , (The National Organization of Olive Oil Tasters), the most prestigious school of oil tasting in Imperia, Ligury, and located in the historic Sasso Building, the former headquarters of one of Italy’s historic olive oil companies.right in the center of Imperia, one of the most important centres of olive oil in Italy. ONAOO,has gained the reputation to be the world’s first and leading school of the art of olive oil tasting, providing training, carrying out scientific researches, acting as an engine for a continuous process of education, and improving and the cultural integration of olive oil worldwide. At ONAOO tasters are continuously trained to experience, to make comparisons, and to give scores to mark it as an authentic virgin olive oil.THE TASTING
The ritual stars with warming up a small oil sample of the product to be quantified , to make more difficult the taster are provided with several little glasses each of them with a different oil m often coming from different parts of the world, the ritual begin , the glasses are warmed up with the hands . the gently sealed and warmed up with the hands , a warmer temperature will enhance the oil fragrance and taste, Sniff, it, drink it and noisy leave air penetrate in the mouth in order to oxidase the fluid and spread it all over the mouth. feel the structure.
Taste bitter? Does it burn?
That is an effect caused from the polyphenols, and is NOT a bad thing..as Mario Amelio, scientific oil consultant says ‘the bitter, the better’.Then the testers will fill up a profile sheet, noting the intensity of perception of defects that spans from muddy sediment, to vinegar acidity, to rancid flavor, to a taste of frostbitten olives.
Only one of them and …that ‘s a bad oil! Following the experts will indulge in the consideration of the intensity of perception of positive attributes. A ‘real ‘olive oil should score the right notes of fruity, bitter, and pungent levels. Oils are anonymous, no body knows the factory or the farm or the producer’s name. During my time at Onaoo, they have been served oils from Australia, New Zealand, Chile, South Africa and many Mediterranean countries. The experts of ONAOO staff, together with the community of ONAOO tasters and former students located throughout the world, help to foster social, cultural and economic growth in the olive oil market, as well as improvements in processing technologies. In this way the objective classification of oil as a product will improve, increasing and enhancing its commercial uses. First and second level classes are held in the Imperia headquarters among convenient online courses where ONAOO sends oil samples to the participant, to be tasted during an online session led by expert tasters via Skype. at the end of course, ONAOO will issue a certificate of attendance. ONAOO strives to maintain a totally open outlook on all areas of production worldwide, both around and beyond the Mediterranean, and to appreciate the organoleptic characteristics of great oils worldwide. because Every year Imperia host OLIOLIVA a spectacular event dedicated to oils, oil products, food and wines, while street vendors will show and sell the best of their products. This year this oli kermesse is happening onNovember 11th, 12th, 13.th. Let me tell you: the city will be an oil bonanza!
W I N E
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 Rocca 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. Recently 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. . 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:How 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.“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“.
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.It 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
Soon to come
FASHION MARRIES GAVI DEI GAVI LA SCOLCA
AT MAISON VERSACE
Milan, October 6th Vendemmia di Montenapoleone
MANDRAROSSA WINEYARD TOUR 2016
A spectacular adventure in the land of Sicily
A venetian story, an Lagoon tradition, a bottle of pure magic
In the name of gold
MILAN FROM THE TERRACE
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
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.
300 cellars, 100 artisans of Italian taste. 150 international wine producers!
Merano is hosting the annual WineFestival, 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.
More info at
SUPERCHEFS CELEBRATE FRANCIACORTA.
HERE THE BEST AND THE…VERY BEST
Talking of a beautiful Sunday!Yesterday 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 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…
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. The 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. Named after Sting’s song “Sister Moon”
this was the first IGT Toscano wine produced at Il Palagio.
it’s time to toast !
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. Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore are five multi-colored borghi (villages) overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.They 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.
MILAN EXPO 2015
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.The 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.
I attended to the Cantine Settesoli tasting hosted by charming PR Roberta Urso.
My favorite wines?
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.
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 Mandrarossa 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”.
FRANCIACORTA FESTIVAL. EAT, DRINK, BE MERRY !
The 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. Photo 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 Photo 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
Free“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 http://www.franciacorta.net/en/festival/
“I AM ROMAGNOLO”
30 wines of Romagna
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
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”,Chef 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. 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
of Osteria Francescana Modena. Bottura, 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 http://www.berlucchi.it/speciale-eventi/#visita-9.
DIANA’S ‘DRUNK’ COLOMBA
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.The 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,
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 email@example.com
Chic, Tasty and Sparkling? Berlucchi Lounge at Duomo !
Milan, April 6th Berlucchi from 7.30 pm at Mercato Duomo
Davide 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, 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.Wine tasting and food 35 Euros