Wine News - September 01, 2006


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A very hot month of August is over! Harvest time is upon us and, Bacchus willing, it promises to be a superior vintage in most parts of Italy. We have heard from several producers, from as far north as Piedmont and Veneto, to as far south as Apulia and Sicily: everywhere the expectation varies mostly from good to excellent.

To our readers who are currently busy preparing this year's grape nectar, we wish all the best. We know how busy you are and our hearts and minds are with you. Should you find the time though, and to those not directly involved in harvesting and crushing, we propose a range of interesting articles.

First of all, we are starting a new monthly column entitled Beyond Wine, dedicated to typical Italian food products. The reason for this is that the vast majority of Italian wines are food-friendly, and made to be enjoyed with some of the best products of the healthful Mediterranean diet.

I love the article about Romano Levi, who the late Luigi Veronelli nicknamed the Grappaio Angelico, or Angelic Grappa Maker. Romano is certainly one of a kind, with his art, kindness, and philosophy of life.

This month Rosa D'Ancona introduces us to the native vines of Emilia-Romagna, a region more famous for its cuisine, but where winemaking tradition dates as far back as the Etruscans and which produces quality wines with strong personalities. We have also completed the series dedicated to the best wine movies ever and, without much of a surprise, Sideways was deemed the top wine flick ever.

Without taking up any more of your time, I will join the editorial team in wishing you a profitable harvest seaon. Enjoy your reading.

Loris Scagliarini, President


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Settembre Scansanese 2006

Morellino di ScansanoA month filled with appointments that will satisfy all tastes. Settembre Scansanese. or Scansano September, held in Scansano, in the province of Grosseto, is an extravanganza which includes parties, quality wine, typical food, culture and many shows in honor of the Morellino di Scansano wine.

Organized by the Municipal Administration, in collaboration with the local trade associations, the event promotes and honors the local top production wine, the Morellino, attracting numerous lovers of this wine as well as curious visitors each year.

Romano Levi: The Grappa Maker Who Speaks with the Angels and Designs His Labels by Hand

Etichetta di Grappa Romano LeviRomano Levi's life could be measured in matches. He lights one per year, in Fall, to start the almost ritual activity which centers around the big open-fire still in his ancient distillery. Once lit, the fire continues to burn until the following spring.

Romano's work begins at the end of the harvest, when the vintners and winemakers from the surrounding Langhe hills bring him the the fresh pomace, or what's left after the bunches have been pressed.

Vinin Villa (Wines at Villafranca)

Vinin VillaOver 150 wines selected by ONAV (Organizzazione Nazionale Assaggiatori di Vino, or National Organization of Wine Tasters) will be poured on Friday and Saturday, September 1 and 2, 2006, at this event dedicated to the typical wines from the province of Asti, held at Villafranca d'Asti.

2006: Biggest Cork Harvest in the Last Nine Years

Cork HarvestIn 2006 Europe experienced another scorchingly hot summer, and so the grape harvest in Italy is expected to match that of 2004. Additionally the cork harvest in the Old World is the biggest in the last nine years, bringing in a total of 140,000 tons of raw cork between Portugal and Spain.

Cortina d'Ampezzo: Flavor & Spumante Wines

Saturday, August 19, 2006, within the event "Cortina: Cultura e Natura", or "Cortina: Culture and Nature", at the PalaVolkswagen congressional center of Cortina d'Ampezzo, the round table "Cortina Spumanti & Sapori" (Cortina Flavor and Spumante Wines)took place.

Traubenkur: On the lake the taste of healing with grapes

Traubenkur 2006At the turn of the 1900s, the Middle-European elite flocked to the beneficial climate of Upper Garda, to treat the body, reaping the benefits of the Traubenkur or, should we say, "Grape Therapy". The historical tradition of the Traubenkur is still very much alive, and year in September / October, modern European tourists will gather on the shores of Lake Garda to take advantage of the Grape Therapy.

Alto Adige's Famed Bread, Strudel, Speck, Apples

WeinsuppeIn the Alto Adige Alps, from September 29, to October 15, 2006, Bressanone will be the place to discover the art of making bread, in Funes, visitors will taste the king of cured pork meat, and at Naz-Sciaves 'Miss Apple' will be crowned.

Clarification by Anton Volpini de Maestri Verpackungs Gmbh

VinotopFollowing the publication last month of an article about the ruling by the European Patent Office in favor of US-based Nomacorc, in the dispute with the European Anton Volpini de Maestri Verpackungs Gmbh, the latter contacted us requesting the publication of the following clarifications.

"A Good Year": Another Wine Flick

A Good YearBased on the novel by Peter Mayle, "A Good Year" follows Crowe, who plays Max Skinner, an ambitious London bond trader whose uncle (played by Albert Finney) bequeaths him an 18th century chateau and vineyard in Provence. Scenes were shot at Chateau La Canorgue in Luberon, which makes organic wine under the appellation Cotes de Luberon.

Wine World Soured as Half-Price Offers are Labeled 'Misleading'

Wine BottlesJacob's Creek boss breaks ranks to say the £3.99 bottle smells

Supermarkets and multinational wine groups are making pricing claims that bear little or no, relation to the true value of the wine they sell, according to a leading industry executive.

Third Annual Pesto e Dintorni: Information & Exhibition

Pesto e DintorniAfter the success of the past years, the Pesto e Dintorni (Pesto Sauce and Surroundings) event returns to Chiavari, in the province of Genoa, from the 6th to the 8th of October 2006. The regional event will take place in the Park & Villa Rocca and the Auditorium in Piazza San Francesco (St. Francis Square.)

Calici di Stelle: 500,000 Wine Tourists Toasts in 200 Cities

Calici di StelleThis was the first year that Rome participated in the most important and suggestive event in Italian wine tourism, when all over the peninsula wine lovers' toast under the shooting stars that typically fall from the sky during he night of San Lorenzo (St. Laurenz, July 24).

Top 10 Wine Movies – Part 9 of 12

SidewaysThere really is no rival for the title of Best Wine Movie Ever.

All of the other films on the list have interesting scenes about wine, but only in "This Earth Is Mine" does wine play such an important role. And of those two, this is simply the better movie.

Part 10 of 12

Silence of the LambThere's no actual wine in this movie, so if there's a ringer on the list, this is it. But this film is responsible for the most famous wine and food pairing in the history of cinema.

This is what everyone remembers about Lecter. Trying to scare FBI trainee Foster, Hopkins says: "A census taker once tried to test me. I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti."

Part 11 of 12

This Earth is MineFilmed at what is now Rubicon Estate, with workers appearing as extras, this film is even more winecentric than "Sideways," and just as accurate. Its portrayal of the issues that divided Napa Valley in the 1930s still seems prescient today. Also, some of the gender-preference innuendo in Hudson's dialogue is pretty interesting now.

Part 12 of 12

Sex, Lies and VideotapeWhen the list of Top 10 Wine Movies was compiled, a few flicks were left on the cutting room floor. The runners-up:
• An Affair to Remember
• Blood and Wine
• Disclosure
• Dracula
• The Godfather
• Mondovino
• The Parent Trap
• Seconds
• Sex, Lies and Videotape
• Star Trek: Nemesis
• They Knew What They Wanted
• The Unholy Wife
• A Walk in the Clouds
• Year of the Comet

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Italian Native Vines

The Emilia-Romagna region is possibly the most famous Italian food valley, both nationally and worldwide. It is not by chance that the regional capital, Bologna, was known in the Middle Ages as La Grassa (The Fat One, as even in those hard times, good healthful food and wine of similar quality were rarely absent even upon the poorest dinner tables.


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Company of the Month

The September 2006 Company of the Month, Tenimenti Marchisio d'Osasca, takes us to Coazzolo d'Asti, in Piedmont, at 300 meters above sea level. The estate is located in a hilly landscape made of small valleys, surrounded by long ridges which fade into the horizon in a sweet, wide open, dream-like panorama.

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Beyond Wine

The vast majority of Italian wines are food friendly, made to be enjoyed with some of the best products of the Mediterranean diet.


For this reason we have launched a new column entitled 'Beyond Wine', where every month we will introduce one or more Italian typical products. We will start with the Aceto Tradizionale di Modena DOP (ABTM), and Aceto Tradizionale di Reggio Emilia DOP. - Read More...


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