Wine News - April, 2009


Welcome to VOLUME VII, NUMBER 3 of Wine News, the e-Letter from the WineCountry.IT network. (Would you rather see the e-Letter on your favorite browser? Use this link. Usa il link seguente se vuoi leggere le News in italiano).

Sorsi DiVino 2009
Read about the first
Sorsi DiVino 2009,
held at the
Consulate General of Italy
in San Francisco, CA,
on February 23, 2009


February was so busy that we had to skip sending out the monthly e-letter, thus this month we are sending it out a few days in advance, before we go back to Italy for the 43rd Vinitaly, the largest wine trade show in the world, held yearly in Verona.

On February 23rd we organized the first ever Sorsi DiVino 2009, at the Consulate General of Italy in San Francisco, California, a very successful invitation-only event which attracted numerous guests, despite the rainy weather and road work just in front of the Consulate building.

Sorsi DiVino 2009 was barely over when I flew to Tuscany to participate in the second Arezzo Wine 2009, a minor, though very well organized trade show. Now, barely three weeks after returning to California, I am heading back for Vinitaly 2009. In these times of lean market, networking is more important than it has ever been, thus we continue promoting the Made in Italy brands in general, and the quality products of the associated estates in particular, keeping their brands very much in front of the American consumers.

Loris Scagliarini, WineCountry.IT President


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Arezzo Wine Sideways 2009 • Part 1

Air FranceOn February 25, 2009, just a little over 36 hours after wrapping up Sorsi DiVino 2009, the quality Italian wine tasting which WineCountry.IT organized at the Consulate General of Italy in San Francisco, I board an Europe-bound Air France flight to participate in the second Arezzo Wine trade show, in Tuscany.

Part 2

MangilliThough relatively small, especially when compared to such a trade show as Verona's Vinitaly, Arezzo Wine 2009 turns out to be a very well organized, excellent event. The group of young people who took care of the organization, have set up well thought out one-on-one meetings between the participating producers and professional buyers, importers, distributors arrived from various European and non European countries.

Part 3

Loris Scagliarini - Loire Valley Wine tastingIn the evening I am the lucky guest of honor of Luigi Carnevali, a long time friend of mine who is the current head of the Modena chapter of the Associazione Italiana Sommeliers (AIS, or Italian association of Sommeliers). The event is an educational tasting of five great French wine from the Loire Valley, paired with five courses featuring French haut cuisine recipes made with local Emilian ingredients.

Part 4

Ca' Boffenisio- Oltrpo' PaveseWe arrive at the estate on a cold, gray, rainy day, with misty low clouds hanging over the naked vines rolling along the brown hills. We park in front of the main house and, stepping out of the car, we are welcomed by Mozart's music echoing among the hills to nurture the vines, spreading in all directions from around the small compound including the cellar, the wine tasting building, and a gazebo used for open air parties from spring to fall, when the weather is much mellower.

Veneto, Noialtri e il Vino awarded 'Best Book on European Wine' and 'Best Wine Photography Book'

Il Veneto, Noialtri e il VinoThe book entitled 'Il Veneto, Noialtri e il Vino' ('Veneto, Ourselves and the Wine') participated in the 'Gourmand World Cookbook Award 2008' and won the Italian categories for:
• Best Book on European Wine
• Best Wine Photography Book

Amorim Cork Listed Among the Top 'Green Companies' in the World

Cork TreeFrom the environmental point of view, cork is the best wine stopper.

According to authoritative British wine magazine The Drink Business, Portuguese cork wine stopper producer, Amorim is among the top 50 'green companies' in the world, that is, firms which produce respecting the environment. The world leader wine stopper producer is the only company worldwide to make the list in this category.

GAIN Report: Wine Consumption to Fall

Wine drinkerAccording to the GAIN (Global Agriculture Information network) report, the EU remains the world's largest wine producer, consumer, exporter and importer. Total EU-27 wine production in 2008/09 dropped one percent due to adverse weather, mainly in France and Spain. The drop in production in France and Spain was not completely offset by increases in production in other countries.

Sting to Launch his own Red Wine

StingFormer Police frontman, Sting, is the latest pop star to turn to wine production, as he prepares to launch a red wine produced in his own Italian estate in Figline Valdarno, in the UK and US.

Italian Wine Export 2008:
Bottom Line on a Difficult Year, -7% in volume and +2% in value

ItalyAs was widely expected, based upon the slow start in January, as reported by ISTAT (Istituto Nazionale di Statistica, or National Institute of Statistics), 2008 closed with a negative balance for the wine export volume, at 17.8 million hectoliters (over 470 million gallons), or minus 7% compared to 2007. On the other hand, there was a slight increase of 2% in value of exported wines, for a total of 3.6 billion euros (calculate current value in other currencies).

Moletto News March 2009

We have received and published the March 2009 issue of Moletto News, the periodic Azienda Agricola Moletto newsletter.

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Sorsi DiVino 2009

Sorsi Di Vino 2009On February 23, 2009, the Consulate General of Italy in San Francisco, California, hosted the first Sorsi DiVino (play on words meaning either Sips of Wine or Divine Sips) 2009, the Italian wine tasting organized by WineCountry.IT, L.L.C. to promote sales in the current stagnant market, which appears to be the case at the beginning of the year, following the depressing performance of the third and fourth quarters of 2008.

Australian Wine Exports Continue to Fall

Val di NotoMonday, January 9, 2008, the Australian site ABC reported that higher alcohol taxes in the UK, unfavorable exchange rates, and the global financial crisis have all contributed to the decline of current wine exports.

According to the Aussie site, a new report shows that from February 2008, to January 2009, exports fell 701 million liters (over 185 million gallons), or 9% compared to the previous 12-month period.

Agrigento and its Wines in a Book by Roberto Spera

I Vinci dell'AgrigentinoThe book I Vinci dell'Agrigentino. Vigneti e luoghi incantati della Valle dei Templi (The Wines of Agrigento. Vineyards and Enchanted Places in the Valley of the Temples), by Roberto Spera and published by Vini in Viaggio (Traveling Wines), with the contribution of the Consiglio Interprofessionale dei Vini DOC e IGT della provincia di Agrigento (Inter-professional Council for the DOC and IGT wines of the Agrigento province), was presented to the public in Agrigento.

Alfa Romeo, Fiat, Lancia and Juventus Wine Labels

Italian winery Scrimaglio, located in Nizza Monferrato, in the heart of a wine zone whose traditions date back to the 1200s, has teamed with car maker Fiat to produce the Fashion Wines line, sporting labels featuring the brands of Alfa Romeo, Fiat, and Lancia, as well as Milan's soccer team Juventus, owned and sponsored by Fiat.

Cooking for Wine Tirreno 2009

Cooking for Wine Tirreno 2009The appointment is from March 1 to 5, 2009, and is part of the 29th annual Mostra Convegno Tirreno C.T. (Exhibit Convention [of the] Tyrrhenian Sea), the trade show dedicated to restaurant and hotel sectors. The trade show is organized by Tirreno Trade in Versilia, at the Fiera Internazionale di Marina di Carrara (International Trade Fair of Marina di Carrara).

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