Wine News - September 2004

The Monthly Columns

Accidental Enotourist

This month Bruno Petronilli, our 'Accidental Enotourist', introduces us to Le Pergole Torte, a Tuscan Sangiovese wine produced by the Fattoria di Montevertine.

Surrounded by the relaxing landscape of Villa Roncalli in Foligno, Umbria, he conducted a vertical tasting on vintages from 1986 to 1995, pairing them with an outstanding menu prepared by Chef Maria Luisa Scolastra.
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The Chef's Corner

Brought to you by the School for Hotel and Restaurant Management from Serramazzoni, Italy.

This month Daniele Bondi and Chef Davide Dalloco talked to us about the main courses, offering our readers advice and suggestions on how to cook meat and seafood.
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Company of the Month

This month we introduce the association La Strada dei Vini e dei Sapori "Città Castelli Ciliegi" (The Wine and Flavor Road "Cities, Castles, Cherry Trees"), which is, the very first enogastronomic itinerary that was created in Emilia Romagna.
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This month we proudly introduce WineCountry.IT Selection, a new series of articles by our president, Loris Scagliarini, in which we introduce Bay Area and California Wine Country eateries and lodgings that, though not by any means are Italian places, we feel that Italians and other visiting tourists from any part of the world would enjoy. We will start by introducing one of our true favorites, Tony's Seafood Restaurant.

The full version of the articles introduced below are available in their English version on WineCountry.IT, Italian Wine Hub and Italian Wine Labels, while the Italian versions are published in a different section of WineCountry.IT, Vino Italiano Club and ABC Vino.

As usual, the 'Dates to Remember' close the monthly e-Letter. To see the updated list during the month please visit the specific section on WineCountry.IT.

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WineCountry.IT Selection – Tony's Seafood Restaurant


With this new series of articles, WineCountry.IT will let readers in Gene, Anton, Bobon our favorite eateries and lodgings in the San Francisco Bay Area and California Wine Country. Here we feature restaurants, cafes, diners and destinations that we are particularly fond of. Though these places are not by any means Italian, we feel that Italians and tourists from any part of the world would enjoy them.

We will start the series with one of our favorite eateries, located on old coastal Highway 1, north of Point Reyes Station, right on the shore of Tomales Bay.

Traubenkur – Curing with Grapes


Lake GardaFree distribution of grapes and grape juice from the Trentino vineyards in three beautiful villages overlooking Lake Garda: Arco, Torbole and Riva del Garda. In addition, expert sommeliers from the Enoteca Trentina, offer tasting of the best regional wines and grappas at Arco's Casino and at the Spiaggia degli Olivi (Olive Beach) at Riva del Garda.

Ninth Annual Summer's End Festival – September 3-5, 2004


Associazione Pro Loco CarpaneaPresentation to the press of the Ninth Annual Summer's End Festival on Tuesday, August 31, 2004 at 11:30AM, at the headquarters of the association Pro Loco Carpanea (non-profit association promoting the area) in Casaleone, in the province of Verona, at 93 Via Vittorio Veneto.

Italy's Greatest Hit (Fifth of 5 Parts)


Cinque Terre - CornigliaThe Cinque Terre as seen by an American tourist.
Eventually, the crowd left in a boisterous peal of ciaos and arrivedercis. We left on foot toward town. The Italians took off in their Alfas.

Italy Loses Top Spot as U S Exporter to Australia


US ImportAccording the report released by the Italian Wine & Food Institute on August 26, Italy lost the top spot as US wine exporter during the first half of this year.

Global Warming Affects Wine Production


Global WarmingWine lovers may one day find themselves buying British champagne or German Chianti as global warming threatens to produce dramatic changes in viticulture, scientists meeting in Italy have warned.

STOEP TALK: Wine + cycling = bonding; ergo, get on yer bike (Part two)


CyclistsI have already explained how, with the recruitment of Peter Sullivan (55), the average age of our Tour de Farce team - which leaves this month to cycle across Italy - has dropped from 69 to 66, making us all feel much younger.

Sue Stricker tells me that six mothers of St. Stithians College pupils - average age 44 - have followed our example and bought themselves bicycles. I invited them to join us because this would then bring our average age down to 55.

Cooking Class Reveals Soul of Italian Food (Third of three parts)


Chianti wine road mapPerhaps best of all, it demystified and democratized the Tuscan kitchen. The essential message was how to get good food to emerge from simple concepts and very fresh ingredients.
That's a strategy I feel comfortable trying to replicate at home - even though home, sadly, is far from the nurturing green landscape of Tuscany.

Wine Surplus Gives France Headaches


Chardonnay GrapesFrance's wine industry is bracing for a problem of Bacchanalian proportions this year, with bountiful grape harvests expected to flood a world market being taken over by competitors from Australian, US and other "New World" wineries.

The History of Wine Reconsidered Following Sardinian Discovery


CannonauDutch and Italian archaeologists digging in the fertile Sardara hills north of the Sardinia's capital, Cagliari, announced on August 3 that they had discovered ancient grape pips and sediment dating to 1200 BC. The discovery may well mean that Sardinia was the cradle of European wine culture.

Italy's Greatest Hit (Fourth of 5 Parts)


Cinque Terre - MonterossoThe Cinque Terre as seen by an American tourist.
In the mountains above each village in the Cinque Terre is a church shrine, connected to the other shrines by a ridge trail that links the town of Levanto, northwest of the Cinque Terre, to Porto Venere to the southeast. The walk is some 12 hours.

Italian Wine Is Top Import in the United States


Italian Wine LabelsBased on data released by the Italian Wine and Food Institute regarding the first five months of 2004, Coldiretti stated that "French wine is beaten also by Australian wines, in second place after Italian wines, which in 2004 are the most sought after 'foreign' wines in the United States."

STOEP TALK: Cyclists need super vino power to traverse Italy (Part one)


Map of Central ItalyOn August 31, six of us - average age 66 - leave South Africa for le Tour de Farce III, when we cycle across the Italian subcontinent.
But team member Harvey Tyson has raised a serious doubt. He fears Italian wine does not have a high calorific value and that we are unlikely to get more than 10km per liter out of it.

Bitter Aftertaste: Italian Winemaker is Using the Leader of Nazi Germany as a Marketing Tool


Gazing up at me from dozens of wine bottles on the station's shelves is Adolf Hitler, his right arm outstretched in the familiar Nazi salute. Alongside him is a bottle bearing a portrait of SS chief Heinrich Himmler, organizer of the mass murder of 6 million European Jews. Joseph Stalin and Benito Mussolini are there as well, staring out from hundreds of bottles of Merlot, Burgundy, Cabernet Sauvignon and the like ...

Soloperto Vini Rewards the Winners at the Valle d'Itria Festival


Claudio BaglioniThe 250 bottles of Primitivo di Manduria Doc, (14 percent alcohol content), are provided by the Manduria producer to reward the winners of the 'XXVII Premio Bacco dei Borboni 2004' ('27th Contest Bacchus of the Bourbons 2004') and the journalist's contest 'Lorenzo D'Arcangelo' at the Festival della Valle d'Itria in Martina Franca.

Cooking Class Reveals Soul of Italian Food (Second of three parts)


Panzano in ChiantiDuring our class in Fagiolari, Giulietta was in the background, turning things over to her young assistant, Stefania Balducci, who also speaks very good English. She sweetly, patiently and ably guided me, my wife, a Dutch couple and two New Zealanders.

Seventh Annual Barolo Auction


Barolo BottlesOn Sunday, September 26, 2004, in the town of La Morra, in the heart of the Barolo zone, the seventh annual Barolo Auction takes place. The 2003 annual broke both the sales and participation records, notwithstanding a bleak market as well as an energy black-out that, right during the event, brought Italy and parts of Switzerland to a standstill.

Italy's Greatest Hit (Third of 5 Parts)


ManarolaThe Cinque Terre as seen by an American tourist.
Supporting Grasso's theory, we heard no Italian. In fact, the only locals we encountered were one old paesano selling apples, wine and water from a basket on the side of the trail, and the ubiquitous wild cats that live off the scraps and cat food donations of feline-loving visitors.


Dates to Remember - September / October

Note: To find out more about the places and activities for each event, please visit the News page.

Festival of the Salama da Sugo (typical kind of salami)

Beginning of September

Discovering the Teroldego wine

September 3 - 5, 2004

Grapes and Neighborhoods

September 3 - 5, 2004

Ninth Annual Summer End Festival

September 3-5, 2004

Tasting La Morra Wines

September 9, 2004

Traubenkur - Curing with Grapes

September 11 to October 3, 2004

Looking for Gavi (wine) - Seventh Annual

September 12, 2004

Sagra del Tortellino (Tortellino Festival)

Second week of September

La Disfida della Salama (The Salama Challenge)

Mid September

Cesanese Wine Facets – Three appointments to get to know Cesanese Wine

September 18, 2004 from 5:00 to 8:00PM

Saveurs et Senteurs - The taste of agriculture

September 18 and 19, 2004

Italian Quality Rice Festival

September 18 - 20 , 2004


Third Sunday in September

Seventh Annual Barolo Auction

Sunday, September 26, 2004

The Selezione del Sindaco (The Mayor's Selection) Annual 2004

September 28, 2004

Italian Primi (First Entry) 2004

September 29 to October 3, 2004

A.I.C.E.V. - Members' Meeting

October 9 and 10, 2004

13th Sagra del Tartufo Modenese (Modenese Truffle Festival)

October 10 to November 1 , 2004

Vinitaly US Tour - 1

October 26, 2004

Vinitaly US Tour - 2

October 28, 2004


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