My first time in Latin America: Sao Paolo

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Michele Chiarlo told me: “In Sao Paolo, and a large part of Brazil, the quality of food is the best in the world.” Indeed he was right. I’m coming back from a short, but intense, business trip to a green land and in certain ways I was amazed by the excellent level of food offered….

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Pennsylvania side-by-side

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Pennsylvania is one of the few American states where alcohol is controlled by the state, therefore there are no private wineries, but rather a big chain of shops controlled by Harrisburg. Like all monopolies, they have good points and bad points: on the one hand secure earnings and control over the products, on the other…

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The Great North

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      6 days, 5 cities, 8 flights, 5 dinners and more than 350 people tasting the Rivetto Barolo. That is the numeric breakdown of my recent trip to ‘conquer’ the Great North. Norway and Iceland were my destinations last week, and I found the cities I visited, like Bergen, Trondheim, Tromso and Reykjavik,…

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Do we still need the fairs?

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[Note: The following post was originally published in Italian on 28 March 2013] I realise that it is a rhetorical question, but returning from Prowein and with Vinitaly on the near horizon, I find myself asking, as I have for a few years now, the same question over and over: are the wine industry fairs…

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China enigma

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Hong Kong, Dalian, Shenyang, Shanghai, Suzhou, Nanjing in 13 days, I can assure you it was a real tour de force. I absorbed tons of information, observed, tasted and tried to immerse myself as much as possible in Chinese culture. I have tried to reflect on it, but must admit that the tardiness of this…

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Pre-Christmas tasting in Belgrade

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I had a lovely time in Belgrade, Serbia in the days leading up to Christmas, on the occasion of the ninth wine salon organised by Invino The event took place in the luxurious Hotel Hyatt in Belgrade, and my wines were represented by Silbo , an importer who distributes fine wines throughout Serbia. Serbia, with…

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The young generation in the Baltic world of wine

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After a long time away from Northern Europe, I have returned to the Baltic States, which after having paid a dear price during the financial crisis a few years, have come back strong. It is enough to consider that tiny Estonia increased its GDP in 2011 by 7.2%.   Specialty shops are sprouting up everywhere,…

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Between France and Switzerland…

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Earlier this month I enjoyed a magnificent evening at the celebrated restaurant Le Cepage in Thoiry, France, a few kilometres from Geneva, where I had the opportunity to present six wines from our line to a group of forty international guests. The most appreciated were the Barbera Zio Nando 2009, the Barolo Leon Riserva 2006…

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Preview of Barolo Briccolina 2007 at Vinitaly Moscow

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I was in Moscow for only three days, but that was enough for me to understand the Russians’ enthusiasm for Italian wine. Vinitaly Moscow was held in the luxurious Ritz Carlton, four steps from Red Square. Rivetto and its wines were part of the team of producers lined up by our representative in Russia, L-wines….

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With the French in the centre of Prague

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On 16 and 17 October, I participated in a tasting organised by our representative in the Czech Republic, Martin Kozak, owner of Kupmeto CZ. I was the only non-French invited and, unlike what one might imagine, I was completely at ease, the export managers and wine house owners Nicolas Bauget and Alix D’Espagné from Champagne,…

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Grand Prix Magazynu Wino

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I was very happy to have been invited earlier this month to Warsaw, for the Grand Prix wine tasting of Magazyn Wino, the most important national magazine for the industry. I was quite proud to be the only representative of Piedmont at an event the gathers together the entire world of wine in Poland.  The…

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