Terre di Pisa 2019

Terre di Pisa 2019 , Wine Exibition

Terre di Pisa Terre di Vino 2019

Terre di Pisa  Terre di Vino 2019″  , organized by the Comunication Agency “Darwine & Food”, is an important and charming Wine Exbition, which aims to offer learning opportunities about “Pisa Hills Top Wines” for all: industry operators, connoisseurs and Wine Lovers. It is also an important occasion to promote Pisa and its province with its incredible Cultural, Historic, Wine & Food heritage.

On the 27th and 28th May at the “Chamber of Commerce of Pisa”  , 36 Local and talented Winemakers launch their Top Wines made by Sangiovese and  International Grapes in ocassion of this stunning event. They are here gathered to represent “Terre di Pisa Wine Production”, a  beautiful territory  of hills, forests, fields, and olive groves, where Wine History goes back to the Etruscans time. Here grapes grow in an area, which once was covered by the sea, in  soils rich on fossil,  and composed of  sand along the coast and limestone towards the inland. That’s the reason of Fine, Complex and Mineral Wines in Pisa ! Moreover, Pisa Wines Producers boast about the “DOC  Terre di Pisa Wine” designation  created in 2011 and “Terre di Pisa Wine Consortium”  founded in 2018 to classify and protect “Pisa Hills Wines” Here a list of the most important ones: 

Terre di Pisa 2019
Terre di Pisa 2019

Pisa Top Wines Exhibition

There is  a packed program of must-attend events and activities: tastings, seminars, and workshops run  by industry workers and experts such as:

And last  but not least, it’s worth emphasizing the importance of  great speeches of two renowned journalists regarding the history and the future of Sangiovese. Let’s begin with  Daniele Cernilli  , “Doctor Wine Blog” editor. He claims that Salviati Dukes introduce Merlot (1600) in their estate in Migliarino Pisano before  French  in Bordeaux. Then, Antonio Boco, contributor writer to the famous  “Gambero Rosso” Italian Cuisine guide, highlights the economic value generated by  IGT and  DOC  appelations for this terrific corner of Tuscany, whereas quality plays an important role in determining demand. The message is clear! Pisa  is  something over than the famous Leaning Tower and the city centre. It’s a massive treasure  to be discovered by curious travelers from the Wine Tours through the Pisa Hills  to “Massacciuccoli Lake”, from the “Parco di San Rossore” to the sandy Coast and the Apuan Alps. Wine and Tourism could become a driving force of  job creation, economic growth and development.  Howerever, Politicians, Education Institutions, Enterprises and others,  must invest in Workforce Development ,  Skill Formation and Comunication Strategy. 

Giusti e Zanza Winery

Pisa Coast Wines Press Trip

Pisa is certainly a step in the right direction for interest and commitment of private parties, but  it still has a long way to go, beacuse it needs a more efficient public administration. By the way, I just realize how many Wine-Growing Small and Medium-Sized Wine Enterprises are scattered everywhere in thiz land kissed by the sun. They define the key success factors in the process of internationalization and enrichment of  Pisa and its province. I join a Press Visit at the most enchanting Wineries along the Tyrrhenian Coastline to experience ths Pisa Wine Renaissance: 

  • “Torre a Cenaia”, Crespina Lorenzana: it is an oasis  of peace and tranquility. At “Torre a Cenaia” you can live the experience of a millennial Estate, with its 500 hectares of unspoiled Tuscan countryside, where time seems to have stopped. Wine, Craft Beer, Extravirgin Olive Oil, Restaurants, Events and more. A real unconventional Tuscan Experience not far from Pisa and Livorno; 
  • “I Giusti e Zanza”, Fauglia:  it was born in 1996 from the restoration of an Historical Winery in the Fauglia Hills. Wine has been made here since the 16th century. I find their “Bruno” (100 % Syrah)  excellent. “Pierbruno” is a fulll-bodied wine of an intense purple colour. The bouquet features aromatic undertones  cherries, blackberries and blueberries.The mouthfeel is fantastic with its softness and extra fine elegance. When you taste it you’ll be greeted with a punch of flavor that tapers off and then has a spicy peppery note in the aftertaste;
  • “Sator”, Pomaia: the vineyards cover over 11 hectares in three different plots: Campo San Giovanni, Campo al Pino and Cantina. The Red and White grapes varieties are: Ciliegiolo, Sangiovese, Teroldego, Merlot , Cabernet Franc, Vermentino and Fiano. This is a Family-Run Winery, so most likely you’ll find a family member guiding you on the journey into the World of Wine, starting from their vineyards to the Winery before moving on to the tasting of their Wines, which you can choose to buy afterward as well;
  • “Pagani de Marchi”, Casale Marittimo: it dates back to 1996 and it’s very well-known due to a  glorious archaeological discovery, the so called “Tomba del Principe Guerriero” (“The War Lord Tomb “) with his “Tasting Wine Kit”(a funeral banquet outfit) . Therefore this domain stretches back into the antiquity (VI – IV centuries B.C.). Their Wine are made by Sangiovese, Merlot , Cabernet Sauvignon, and Sauvignon Blanc. 
Pisa Wines

If you love Wine, Food and Life , Tuscany waits for You. Book your Holiday in Pisa, and left behind all your Worries. 

Enoy it ! 

Stefania

“I Pisani più Schietti 2018”

 

I Pisani Più Schietti

“I Pisani più Schietti 2018”   è l’evento dedicato alla premiazione e promozione  delle migliori Etichette di Vino a Pisa e Provincia

Quest’ anno la splendida rassegna tutta Made in Pisa organizzata “Fisar di Pisa” ,  si è svolta il 2 di Dicembre  2018 all’ interno del “Palazzo Gambacorti” , con una sezione dedicata al pubblico , e una dedicata agli addetti del  lavoro con una degustazione guidata dei vini in concorso . Ho avuto il piacere e l’onore di partecipare a quest’ultima parte della kermesse sul Vino Pisano   riservata agli esperti del settore, a cui hanno partecipato personalità di spicco del  Mondo del Vino, sia da un punto di vista tecnico che da quello prettamente comunicativo e commerciale: 

Un lavoro di squadra che ha visto impegnati la “Fisar di Pisa”, le Aziende Vinicole di Pisa e Provincia, il  “Comune di Pisa”, la “Camera di Commercio di Pisa”  e il “Museo della Grafica di Pisa”. Si sono presentate  31 Aziende , ci sono stati più di 80 vini in gara contro i circa 50 dello scorso anno! L’interesse e la partecipazione è notevolmente aumentata rispetto alle edizioni passate.

Vini Toscani in Concorso

I Vini in gara comprendevano 12 etichette di 12 grandi Aziende Vinicole di Pisa e Provincia, per analizzare, ma soprattutto per  scoprire insieme alle caratteristiche vitivinicole dei diversi territori, l’unicità Vino Pisano.

Ecco di seguito le premiazioni per Categoria di Vino e Azienda: 

Toscana Terra di  Vini Eccellenti

La Toscana è sempre stata terra di grandi campanilismi. Firenze, Siena e Lucca si presentano con grande compattezza dal punto di vista enologico, Pisa si configura come un mosaico le cui tessere sono ancora da comporre: si produce del Chianti, e questo lo accomuna alla Toscana enologicamente più classica, ma d’altra parte ci sono produzioni di vini di carattere più meridionale, realizzati a pochi chilometri dal bolgherese a cui si saldano attraverso la Strada del Vino Costa degli Etruschi.  

Stanti questi limiti, il fatto che i produttori più importanti ed affermati fra le Aziende Vinicole di Pisa e Provincia abbiano deciso di aderire a questa  manifestazione indica in positivo una volontà di riguadagnare una Identità Territoriale fin ora ritenuta poco rilevante dal pubblico più vasto. “I Pisani più Schietti 2018”   è un segno tangibile che le cose stanno cambiando. C’è nell’aria la voglia, il desiderio di unire le forze per correre insieme, ognuno a proprio modo, verso un traguardo unico: donare in un bicchiere lo splendore di Pisa. Il  Vino  di Pisa e provincia è Cultura e Tradizione e va tutelato e riconosciuto come un gran valore da parte di tutti. I Vini Bianchi e Rossi di Pisa e provincia meritano tanta attenzione, sono vini interessanti e potenti, che sono prodotti dalla costa tirrenica (Riparbella) fino alle colline che toccano  rinomati borghi storici, come San Miniato, Peccioli, Terricciola e  Volterra. Il Vino del Territorio di Pisa è anche un forte motivo di richiamo per un Turismo Enogastronomico di Qualità, capace di regalare al Visitatore una città “oltre la Torre” , un gioiello  da scoprire attraverso  percorsi nuovi  in un vasto territorio di antiche origini, un ambiente unico modellato dal lavoro dell’uomo, sintesi delle migliori caratteristiche della Toscana; un paesaggio capace di stupire per varietà, colori e qualità dei prodotti. 

Enjoy it !

Stefania

Mare DiVino Livorno 2018

Mare DiVino 2018 Livorno

Si svolge al Terminal Crociere Piazzale dei Marmi di Livorno la  X Manifestazione MareDivino 2018 , organizzata dalla Fisar di Livorno per degustare le eccellenze vinicole della Toscana: un percorso di grandi  vini che vanno da Bolgheri, Val di Cornia, Montescudaio, Riparbella, Bibbona fino all’ Isola d’Elba e Capraia .

MareDivino 2018 è un anteprima delle eccellenze enoiche della Toscana, un’occasione unica di conoscenza e  promozione del territorio che si svolge sempre ogni anno  e con grande successo dal 17 al 18 Novembre . Nelle due giornate di MareDivino 2018 , sono presenti Wine Lovers ed Esperti del Mondo dell’Enogastronomia da ogni angolo d’Italia: molti produttori di olio, cibo, salumi, miele, formaggi, farine, e tanto altro, sono insieme per far conoscere le eccellenze regionali e non, esaltate dalla passione e dal lavoro delle persone che le interpretano e realizzano. Ho l’occasione di conoscere etichette  di nuove aziende , e di parlare con gli stessi produttori che raccontano le loro storie con passione dedicandomi un pò del loro tempo. 

Cantine Toscane presenti alla Manifestazione

Elenco qui di seguito  le  Cantine Toscane che mi hanno colpito in modo particolare:

Rosso Buono per Tutti

Oltre  60 aziende e 300 vini in assaggio a MareDivino 2018   , e la curiosità degli appassionati  è risvegliata da un interessante Concorso : “Rosso Buono Per Tutti”, una selezione “a giuria popolare” con assaggio alla cieca dei vini rossi più graditi alla fiera. 

Trovo MareDivino 2018 una grande iniziativa, perché coinvolge un grande pubblico, e anche io mi sento partecipe in prima linea di questo imperdibile  evento organizzato in ogni minimo dettaglio, che mi regala delle belle emozioni e soprattutto nuove conoscenze in fatto di vino da  riproporre a cena con le persone a me care in questo periodo di feste! Questa indimenticabile manifestazione mi fa riscoprire anche Livorno, che invito vivamente a visitare., per il suo fascino, la sua storia e l’ospitaltà della gente. La splendida giornata volge al termine . E concludo in bellezza con una  cena insieme a  degli amici livornesi in un locale storico in centro nella città labronica, la   “Vecchia Ciurma” , per assaporare le delizie di mare da me preferite,  crudità di mare e il famoso  “cacciucco”. 

Scusate è ora di andare

Enjoy it! 

Stefania

Roberto Cipresso: a DiVine Novel

… perché se vuoi emozionare, devi provare per primo le emozioni che desideri suscitare…/…if you want to thrill someone,  try first to feel  the same emotions you desire to awake…” . 
R. Cipresso.

Wine Tasting at “Nautilus” Restaurant, Tirrenia, Pisa. 

Scanning across the bookshelves in my flat, it dawns on me that my collection falls into three categories: Wine, Food & Travel! Three passions that blend in perfect harmony to a special book, that is “Wine, the secret Novel” written by Roberto Cipresso.

This Outstanding Work is available for purchase in occasion of its presentation prepared by the same author Roberto Cipresso. It takes place at “Nautilius”, an elegant restaurant in Tirrenia, Pisa. On 28th November 2018  Andrea Baldeschi, an experienced Sommelier and the owner of the fascinating place by the seaside, invites me for this memorable event. It is especially a Guided Tasting of Wines from Roberto Cipresso’s most significant Labels , paired with delicious  dishes:

Guests  enjoy the pleasant atmosphere and the refined cooking, and they are under lovely Roberto‘s spell. Before I sit down together with the other people to taste the lavish food, “Nautilius” ‘s  Wine Cellar grabs my attention. After a while , Andrea leads me in a journey through his best Wines, such as “Masseto”, “Le Difese”, “Sassicaia”, “Keber”, “Dom Perignon 2009”, and more over. Andrea is very proud of his fine Wines Collection. He talks with me about his jewellery, his restaurant “Nautilius”. Andrea manages it with great enthusiasm and success since last April, after his former experience in the catering service. Our conversation about his great Wine Cellar goes on , and at a certain point, he tells me about an incredible story about his precious treasure: the White Wine “Chateau Montelena”-he owns the Top “Chateau Montelena” vintages! Let’s go to France! 

 

Chateau Montelena and the Judgment of Paris

“Chateau Montelena”’s history is unbelievable. It is in the Napa Valley and California.

Founded just North of Calistoga by a senator and San Francisco entrepreneur in 1882 at the turn of the century, it was one of the largest wineries in the state. Prohibition put an end to “Montelena”’s winemaking, and the next major era began in 1968, when Jim Barrett purchased the estate. Jim fell in love with this exceptional property. He had a dream of  winemaking at the highest quality level. In 1976 “Chateau Montelena” put California at the forefront of the wine world. That year there was an exclusive tasting at the “Inter-Continental” Hotel in Paris. Four white Burgundies were tasted against six California  Chardonnays. When the scores were tallied, the French Judges were convinced that the top-ranking white wine was one of their own. In fact, it was “Chateau Montelena’s 1973 Chardonnay”, rated above all other wines. This seminal event has been memorialized in the book ”The Judgment of Paris,”” by George Taber, as well as in the 2008 feature film “Bottle Shock”. Today “Chateau Montelena”’s distinct 19th century stone structure stands as a quality icon in Napa Valley , consistently producing some of the finest wines in California. Master Winemaker Bo Barrett, Jim’s son, now runs the estate with the help of Winemaker Matt Crafton .

Wine, the Secret Novel  by Roberto Cipresso

At the end of the “Chateau Montelena” ’s tale, Andrea brings me in the main lounge of his ”Nautilius”  to start the gala dinner in honour of  his friend Roberto CipressoI really enjoy Roberto ‘s  sentimental speech about his book “Wine, the secret Novel” . We  all Wine Lovers and Experts are delight to listen to Roberto, while speaking about his passion, Wine ! 

Roberto Cipresso is an Oenologist, a Winemaker, a Writer, but above all he is a Visionary Leader . His way of  life makes him stand out from the rest of the crowd in the Wine Field. I can feel Roberto‘s personality power, while presenting his book.  He can imagine things that others cannot imagine. He sees the whole process of a big picture, and not a single step. He is present and focused, you can connect with him when you  talk about what he has  in mind, when he  teaches you something about Wine, his Travels, his previous job experiences, his Life!  Roberto Cipresso, a native  of  Bassano del Grappa (Veneto), completes his agricultural studies and starts his  Winemaking career  at the outstanding estate of “Ciacci Piccolomini d’Aragona” in 1987 .  Some years later he and two partners founds “Fattoria La Fiorita”, located in Castelnuovo dell’Abate, near Montalcino. He collaborates with well-known  Wine Producers in Italy (“Case Basse”, “Poggio Antico”and abroad (Achaval-Ferrer Winery, Argentina). Roberto ‘s chances to put his professional skills and  ideas about Wine into action are three of his major projects:

    • “Wine Relais Poggio al Sole”: a secret lair for his visitors and his relax in  Montalcino, where Roberto  tries to give birth to his unique “Brunello di Montalcino”, that grows only in this  magical territory with just 5000 inhabitants ; it is on a hilltop at 567 meters above sea level, between Siena and Florence; 
    • “Winemaking”: a Wine Consultancy for  wine-industry professionals ( in collaboration with his brother Gianfranco, his friend Santiago Achaval , and the Universities of Padova, Venezia, Palermo,Torino, Pisa and Udine);
    • “Wine Circus”: a laboratory aimed at ones who don’t inherit a winery and want to manage a wine label! 

Roberto Cipresso Wine Awards

Recalling the most important Roberto‘s enterprising ventures and lifetime achievements awards in terms of Wine & Food  culture, means understanding his complex and sensitive soul: 

The list would already be too long! Roberto is a creative and multitalented man. Along with the benefits of his many abilities and passions, there is his love for writing, occuring in his books about Wine and its Mystery published between  2006 and 2009:

Roberto is also a frequent speaker at different national and international conferences on technical-scientific nature  at Wine Schools and important Universities world-wide.

The 43th Parallel

Roberto still continues his  incredbile adventure  in his challanging Wine Experiment  entitled “Cipresso 43th”, moving ahead with his ambitious and global vision of the concept of Terroir

“Cipresso 43th” is an attempt to create an Oenological Itinerary using only grapes grown at 43th degrees North Latitude.  According to Roberto’s recent researchesthe 43th Parallel is a magical line with  singular physical/spiritual features for Wine Production. It is  situated halfway between the Equator and the North Pole, running through central and florid places that have shaped the main phases in the evolution of Vine Culture from Mesopotamia  to the USA. A circular line that engulf the Earth among important autochthonous vines:

Roberto demonstrates his  theory about the inimitable  Terroir of Wines produced along the 43th Parallel in his three red Wines  I’m  sipping this evening: 

In collaboration with the University of Florence, Roberto Cipresso is studying what makes the 43th Parallel so special for Wine Production together with its general aspects (geography, geology, orography, climates, soils, altitudes,etc). Moreover, Roberto remarks that there is Something Magic and Mystical  behind the 43th Parallel, because it is the same axis where holy places are also  located, from Medjugorje, Assisi, Santiago De Compostela to Lourdes . And, of course, that is something very special for Roberto, who think of   himself as an atheist! 

Roberto‘s life is a strivinfor Exellence and Harmony  not only  for Wine, but above all for  Life.  

He is open minded . He doesn’t  limit himself to his own thoughts and ideas. When you talk to him, he listens to what you talk about attentively. He  encourages you to be as creative as possible and never afraid of presenting your point of view! Roberto  gives me a big picture of  his vision about Wine and living in this world. His job  is  an essential part of his existence. It’s not only about running a laboratory or doing analysis, it’s  mainly to be part of making Something Amazing. It’s to combine Science, Creativity and Love, that keeps things interesting, and a  great industry to be in as well. You are surrounded by great Food, Wine, and awesome People. It’s hard work, but very rewarding, like this unforgettable Tasting Dinner skillfully prepared  by Andrea Baldeschi at “Nautilius” restaurant Tirrenia, Pisa. .

Roberto experiments with unconventional colors to find inspiration for his Next Masterpiece, that is still to come! I’m looking forward to it!

Enjoy it! 

Stefania 

 

 

 

Vinoè 2018: Wine Exibition at Stazione Leopolda, Florence

“One should always be drunk. That’s all that matters…But with what? With wine, with poetry, or with virtue, as you chose. But get drunk.” 
― Charles Baudelaire

Florence

Florence is not only the “Cradle of the Renaissance”, because its historical center is a triumph of art, but it’s a lively city . There are lots of things to do, such as traditional Festivals, Art and Cultural manifestations that represent the core of the city and its inhabitants. Experiencing Florence in this way means  living the city as a local! 

As the capital of Tuscany, Florence has remarkable Wines, most notably the deep red wine Chianti Classico. Florence offers Wine Festivals lots  all the year long.  In addition, every restaurant, every cafe, sometimes every vendor on the street sells Florence’s best Wines. Above all Tuscany is famous for its Chianti , made with perfect purple Sangiovese grapes grown in the golden sunlight of the Tuscan hills. You’ll also find fine Wines like the”Brunello di Montalcino”, “Pomino Vin Santo” and other “Trebiano White Wines”, and “Moscadello” varieties for sweet wines! It takes a long time to speak about Wine in Tuscany, so it’s better to participate in the Wine Exibition ““Vinoè”, held in Stazione Leopolda, Florence, from from Saturday 27 to Monday 29 October 2018.

Vinoé Wine Exhibition in Florence

“Vinoè”now in its third edition, is  an event dedicated to Italian and International Wine Excellence , and it is organized by FISAR (Italian Federation of Hotel and Catering Sommeliers). There are not only exihibitors with their best bottles of white, sparkling, rosé and red wines, but also cooking shows . 

“Vinoè” is a meeting point for Wine Lovers.  It is possible in 3 days  to discover: 

My Top List of Italian Wines 

“Vinoè” is a really beautiful and inspiring experience. There are lots of visitors and I have the fantastic opportunity to taste High Quality Wine such as: 

Three Extraordinary Wineries  give me the idea what Passion for Wine and Life means.  They are: Claudio Cipressi Winery, Molise”, “Piccini/Tenuta Mora, Tuscany” and “Tenuta del Travale, Calabria”

 “Vinoè” 20018 is not only a sensorial experience. It’s the perfect place where you can understand why the story behind each Wine in your glass matters. There’s the Value of Work according to human passion and effort. An example of Authentic Life to follow in the caos of these times!

Enjoy it ! 

Stefania