Wine News - November 2004


Accidental Enotourist

Bruno Petronilli, our 'Accidental Enotourist', raves in literary delirium over owner and chef of the Gambero Rosso restaurant, Fulvio Pierangelini, creative cuisine.

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The Chef's Corner

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

This month our Daniele Bondi talked to Daniele Bergami from the Scuola Alberghiera di Serramazzoni about the dining room service

Company of the Month

The Company of the Month selected for November 2004 is the Azienda Vitivinicola Biasiotto from Vas, in the Belluno province, just a few miles from world famous Valdobbiadene wine-producing area. We visited the winery on a recent trip to Italy and were very impressed by the wines that we tasted there. 

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In addition to being the harvest and grape crushing month, October is the month when new Italian enogastronomy guides come to live.

We introduce five wine guides and, as we have had the opportunity to say in other occasions, the differences of opinions among experts are due to the fact that, in wine tasting, the best judge is always one's own taste buds. We suggest using guides and point evaluations to compare one's appreciation for a wine with the notes of the professionals, thus identifying the similarities or dissimilarities in preferences and deciding the kind of consideration to give to their "expert" opinion, when buying an unknown wine.

To read the full version of the articles below, please follow the links to the English version published on WineCountry.IT, Italian Wine Hub and Italian Wine Labels. The Italian versions are published on Vino Italiano Club and ABC Vino and in a different section of WineCountry.IT,

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.

The harvest is over, the grapes have been crushed, the Novello wines will be released this month while the Fall weather has arrived and takes us toward Winter. It's a good time to think about spending time shipping a meditative glass of wine.

Happy reading and pleasant drinking from the staff of WineCountry.IT network.



Twenty Six Excellent wines according to La Romagna da Bere


Wine BottleHere comes another enological guide. This time it is La Romagna da Bere 2005, or "The Drinkable Romagna region", the first guide to the wines from this region was published by PrimaPagina Editore and the Romagna chapter of  the Italian Association of Sommelier). The guide honors 26 wines produced by 22 wineries, chosen among the 238 variety tasted by the AIS sommeliers.

Furry teeth can be a wine drinker's friend


Chianti wine road mapProfessional wine tasters face a hidden occupational hazard, rotting teeth, according to Dr. Diane Hunt, a senior lecturer in restorative dentistry at the University of Adelaide, Australia who advises professional wine tasters not to brush their teeth the morning before a tasting.

Vinitaly US Tour: New Consumption Trends on the U S Market


Vinitaly US TourWine consumption habits are changing in the USA. There are no longer "cult" wines and there is an increasing interest and curiosity in trying new tastes and lesser known brands and varieties – provided they are sold at the "right price". Consequently, the consumption of wines priced up to $25 has grown in the high-level U S restaurant sector.

According to Datamonitor, UK Wine Market will Grow 15 Percent by 2008


Wine DrinkersProduced by Datamonitor, the 'Wine in Europe' study predicts that the amount of wine consumed yearly per capita in the UK will rise from 16.6 to 19.3 liters by 2008, up from 14 liters in 1998.

Fast Times for 'Slow Food'


Salone del Gusto 2004The point of view of an American journalist at the Salone del Gusto Internazionale, or International Flavor Show, held in Turin, at the Lingotto Fiere exhibition center, from Thursday, October 21 to Sunday, October 24, 2004 from 11am to 11pm and on Monday, October 25 from 11am to 8pm.

"It's autumn in Italy, when even soccer fans become preoccupied with something more important: food."

Bio-terror Rules Could Raise Import Wine Prices


Merrick Dowson, president of Adventures in Wine in Daly CityThe official start date for enforcement of the anti-bioterrorism law was postponed from August 12, 2004 to November 1, 2004 to allow the U.S. Food and Drug Administration weighs how to protect the food supply without disrupting the wine trade. However, the provision has already hung up some fine wine imports, hampering the shipment of Burgundys and Champagnes in particular, and has the potential to disrupt many more.

EU: Cash for Quality


EuroThe EU will hand out 450 million Euros (about US$522 million) in subsidies to encourage the continent's wine producers to focus on quality instead of quantity.

The subsidies, which are the highest since the EU began its mission to support better-quality wines in 1999.

Good News for Wine-Loving U S Tourists


PignolettoGood news for wine-loving United States citizens traveling abroad.

In its December 2003 anti bio-terror ruling, the FDA required consumers to fill out via computer complicated paperwork if they wanted to mail themselves wine from abroad, but ...

From "Slow Food" a First Level Course on Wine


Pouring WineThe 'Master of Food', or the first università del gusto (taste university) is back. Within the scope of the school, the 'Valle Telesina' Slow Food chapter organizes a First Level Course on Wine in collaboration with the Gal Titerno, (Gruppo Azione Locale, or Local Action Group from Titerno).

Flavors of Science – Dining with Sicilian red wines: positive health effects


Tre Merli LogoTuesday, November 2nd, at 8:30pm, at the restaurant I Tre Merli (The Three  Blackbirds), located in the area of the old Genoa port, a special dinner event entitled "Flavors of Science – Dining with Sicilian red wines: positive health effects" will take place.

Tre Corone, or "Three Crowns") – Vini Buoni d'Italia Guide


"Tre Corone"This guide, unique in its genre, as it is dedicated exclusively to wines made with Italian native grapes, was presented to the press on October 12, 2004 in Bologna, at the headquarters of Caraiba, the Italian representative for Spiegelau wine glasses. During the award ceremony, the 95 winning wines that were honored with "Tre Corone" ("Three Crowns"), were available for tasting.

The "Five Bottles" – Fourth Annual Espresso magazine – Guida Vini d'Italia 2005


Guida Vini d'Italia 2005 dell'EspressoThe fourth annual Guida Vini d'Italia 2005 dell'Espresso, or Espresso magazine's "Guide to Italian Wines", written by journalists Ernesto Gentili and Fabio Rizzari, in collaboration with director Enzo Vizzari, was presented to the press and public.

The new school year started at the Scuola Alberghiera di Serramazzoni, Italy


Scuola Alberghiera di SerramazzoniSERRAMAZZONI, ITALY - The new school year started at a fast pace at the Scuola Regionale Alberghiera e di Ristorazione (Regional School for Hotel and Restaurant Management). The number of students is at a record high of 212, divided into five first-year, three second-year and three third-year classes.

Teatri di Vite, or Vine Theaters – When the Quality Wine Meets Contemporary Theater


WineglassIf it's true that theater is but a social rite, the glass of wine drank after the show could represent the ritual ending to it, especially if the wines come from the best wineries and are tasted in the knowledgeable company of professional sommeliers.

A.I.C.E.V. – Second Annual 'The Best Label Composition'


PanelsSaturday, October 9, 2004 the Second Annual of the competition 'Il Più Bel Quadro di Etichette', or 'The Best Label Composition' took place. It was organized by A.I.C.E.V. (Associazione Italiana dei Collezionisti Etichette di Vino, or Italian Association of Wine Label Collectors) and hosted by Signora Pezzi in the wonderful environment of Fattoria Paradiso in Bertinoro, in the province of Forlì-Cesena,

ICE Reports 2004 Vintage Exceptional plus Sales Up


Red GrapesThe value of Italian wine exports in the first six months of 2004 went up by 4.9 percent and volumes increased by 10.42 percent. In absolute terms, it means that sales increased from 1,252 million Euros in the first six months of 2003 to 1,313 Euros in the corresponding period for 2004. On the production side, the increase went from 6.1 to 6.7 million hectoliters.

A piece of Italy took root in the city (Edinburgh, Scotland) and is still growing (Part two of three)


GrassmarketAnd so the institution, well-known as it is today, was born. Philip, appreciative of the fact that explaining the bloodline can be as puzzling as it is fascinating, further explains: "My uncle’s brother, Dominic, had joined him after the Second World War but soon went back to Easter Road, where pre-war he’d an ice-cream shop and one of his biggest customers was the Hibernian Football Club. He sold out in the early 70s to Tony Crolla, who has a thriving business further down Leith Walk.

Tavola con Vista (Table with a View), a Short Movie Festival


Tavola con VistaGola Gioconda (Happy Throat) and Teatro Puccini in Florence, Italy invite you to tell a story about food, wine and enogastronomy using your video camera, thus participating to Tavola con Vista, the first short movie festival ( maximum 15 minutes) dedicated to these subjects, so important and central in the Italian culture and lifestyle.

Most Famous Italian Wines in the World are Tuscan


SassicaiaWhat is the best known brand of wine in the world?
And the most famous Italian wine in the world?
And what is the most appealing wine growing area?

Read the article to find the answers to these questions. Based on a poll of 8,894 wine lovers done in collaboration with Vinitaly.

Tre Bicchieri (Three Glasses) 2005 – Eighteenth Annual Publication


Tre Bicchieri 2005In addition to being harvest and grape crushing time, this is the season when new enogastronomic guides are published and prizes are awarded. Below please find the recipients of the just awarded Tre Bicchieri 2005 (Three Glasses 2005) of the Guida ai Vini d'Italia (Guide to Italian Wines) from Gambero Rosso (Red Prawn) magazine and Slowfood organization.

Duemilavini 2005 – Sixth Annual Publication – Edited by AIS (Italian Association of Sommeliers) - Bibenda


Duemilavini 2005 Canvas with silver printing and Picasso cover. 1,600 pages introducing 1,384 wineries. Over 15,000 wines tasted, about 800 of which made the final and 320 were awarded the Cinque Grappoli, or 'Five Bunches', which is the excellency award assigned by AIS - Bibenda.

'Italia', a New Mondadori Magazine for China


China'Italia' is the title of a new special publication that Mondadori started distributing recently in the most important Chinese cities to satisfy the interest in the Italian lifestyle and products by the new Asian upper class.

Chocolate Beats the Heavy Rain


CioccolatoThe second Annual 'Chocolate and Almond Crunch Games' ended with great success, unexpected by even the most optimistic of the chocolatemakers who participated in the event. Not even the rainy weather stopped the thousands of sweet-toothed participants that gathered in Sestola.

Young Talented Chefs Give their Interpretation of the 'Taste of the Land'


Il Gusto del Territorio 2004The Gusto del Territorio, or "Taste of the Land", debuts in Turin, bringing to town the modern interpretations of the Italian North-West gastronomic traditions. Ocean and mountain flavors, interpreted by talented chefs who share the capability to bring personal nuances to the richness of typical regional products.

Transparency in Wine Labeling


OGM no"Promote transparency in wine labeling, including producer's name, nutrition factors, and clear indication of territorial origins".

This is one of the goals included in the agreement of intent signed by Paolo Bedoni, President of Coldiretti, the Italian agricultural grower association. and the President of Città del Vino, or "Wine Cities", Floriano Zambon.

All in the Sebastianis (First of five parts)


Chianti wine road mapAs usual, television didn't get it right. The '80s TV series Falcon Crest was never as good as the reality show The Sebastianis. The real deal doesn't have as much sex and violence, but family dynamics are just as puzzling with their battles, endless cast of characters and roster of wine labels.

Wine: The Perfect Pairing for Carb-Aware Cuisine (Part Two of Two)


Carb-Aware CuisineThe Wine Market Council is an independent, non-profit trade association of grape growers, wine producers, importers, wholesalers, retailers and other organizations affiliated with the wine industry.

Recipes provided  by Chef George Stella.


Dates to Remember - November / December

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

Teatri di Vite, or Vine Theaters – When the Quality Wine Meets Contemporary Theater

From October 20 to December 19, 2004

The Taste of the Land

October 26 - November 23, 2004

Naturalmente Italiano (Naturally Italian)

From November 1 to 14, 2004

Taste of Science – Dining with Sicilian red wines: positive health effects

November 2, 2004, 8:30pm

From "Slow Food" a First Level Course on Wine

From November 3 to December 1, 2004

Merano Wine Festival & Cuisine

November 6-7-8, 2004

Exposition of "Vino Novello" Labels

November 6 to 14, 2004

Worldwide Truffle Auction

November 7, 2004

Novelli & Sfizi (Novello Wines & Tasty Bites: Wines, Cheeses and Cold Cuts

From November 7 to December 5, 2004

Welcome Novello Wine

November 12-13, 2004

Expo dei Sapori (Flavor Exhibition)

November 12 - 15, 2004

Italian Novello Wine Festival

November 13-14, 2004

Table with a View, a Short Movie Festival

Entries accepted up to November 15, 2004

SAPERI DIVINI® Wine tasting and gastronomy

November 20-21, 2004

Salón del Vino de Madrid 2004

November 23 - 25, 2004

Vinitaly China

November 24 to 26, 2004

Tavola con Vista (Table with a View), a Short Movie Festival

December 5, 2004

A.I.C.E.V. - Pre-Christmas meeting

December 12, 2004

The Bubbly Sunday

December 19, 2004 - 4:30PM


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