Will it be a double N year?

Categories: Vineyards and wines

We have officially begun the 2014 harvest. This is, without a doubt, a complicated and delicate year, where a producer’s timing and decisions will have a fundamental effect on the quality of his wine. This is a year which will teach me a great deal. I have experienced 16 years of harvests first-hand and I’m…

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Waiting for the blossoming

Categories: Stories

I just got back from Pecking, and I am still under the effect of the tiring 8 days I spent in China, but as always when I come back from a a trip abroad, I like to take a tour of the vineyards, to see and check the situation. Finally the temperature is pleasant, the…

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Dangerous photo

Categories: Stories

China, Pecking, Tiananmen Square: it’s absolutely forbidden to take pictures of commercial products in the square which is the symbol of the regime. Policemen are everywhere, they check and give directions.Furtively, a picture is taken, and then a fast, fast run. The policemen do realize it, but it’s too late, it’s done! The brave photographer…

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Last day at Nebbiolo Prima

Categories: Events

Today is the last day of Nebbiolo prima, and I’m happy that most of the chats with journalists from all over the world had as a common point the beauty of the 2006 vintage, the complexity, the richness, the fragrancy of it. My brother partecipated to the tasting in the Barolo Castle, where buyers and…

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Claryfing with bentonite gelatine

Categories: Production, Vineyards and wines

For those who never heard about it, the word “bentonite gelatine” may sound a lot like “kryptonite”, but of course that’s not it. What bentonite gel eliminates, or better lowers are proteins. To reach the protein stability in wine, which means making all those substances in suspension fall before bottling it, the wine should be…

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Thank you, dad!

Categories: Stories

He survived the most difficult times in wine production, the lack of manpower in the 70’s, the crisis of methanol in 80’s and the raw and unpleasant separation with his brother in the early 90’s. His name is Sergio, my father. If I am here, doing what I do today, it’s only thanks to him, who…

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Vina Studija

Categories: Winetrotter

Simplicity and elegance in a friendly atmosphere is not easy to find in the world of wine, I like a lot the concept behind Vina Studja in Riga, in cold Latvia. Winebar, cellar and  and lessons with sommelier, in just a bit less than 100 square metres. I’m in a city with both Russian and…

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Barbera meeting and Barolo tasting 97-99-00-01

Categories: Stories

I agree with Franco Ziliani that on his blog vinoalvino he speaks about innovative Barbera Meeting, where the wine bloggers are the real protagonists of event. It will be very difficult, in my opinion impossibile to think about organizing a similar event in Piemonte or  elsewhere, consciously doing without bloggers, the good ones, who write…

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The wine-man

Categories: Stories

A few nights ago I was watching “Anno Zero”, a TV show on Italian state TV. The topic in discussion was our  “Festival di Sanremo”. At some point, Adriano Calentano called in. The “molleggiato” complained about the fact that a member of the “trio” who won the second prize had a non-singer in it.. From…

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Craving for the sea

Categories: Stories

I am in the car, on “Autostrada dei Fiori”, my destination  is Cannes in France for bilateral meetings with international importers. I am attracted like a magnet to the Finale Ligure exit, I have to stop here because I need  to feel the air coming from the sea, I want to walk on the beach,…

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