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Opinions, reflections and stories about Italian wine and beyond, important anniversaries, trips to the most prestigious territories and those to be discovered, through their nectars linked to the beauty of the landscape and art, but also through the words of characters and personalities who are part of the world of wine, who are protagonists or “occasional guests”, and much more: this is what we tell every day, with our work, and what we also do with services and video interviews. So, at the turn of this change of thousandth that, we hope, opens the doors to a less complicated future than the recent past, here is the selection of some of the most popular videos, according to the interactions on our social channels Facebook (followed by over 60,000 people ) and Instagram (with over 42,000 followers).
The most popular, and it is not surprising that much given the value of the names on the field, is the one that has as its protagonists the Brunello di Montalcino that his extraordinary vintages 2015 and 2016, and two critics of the caliber of Monica Larner, signed from Italy for “Robert Parker Wine Advocate”, and James Suckling, among the most popular voices especially in Asia, with their reflections on two thousandths that will remain in the history of the territory and of Italian wine. Another highly appreciated video, is the one that tells a story between cinema and wine, or that of the 50 years of “Lo Chiamavano Trinità”, one of the most viewed Italian films ever, thanks to whose success, Italo Zingarelli, film producer, became a wine producer creating one of the most prestigious realities of the Chianti Classico as Rocca delle Macìe, today led by his son Sergio Zingarelli together with his family, who celebrated the anniversary by inaugurating a museum of “memorabilia”, the “Italo-Trinity Museum”. Between poetry and wine, on the other hand, is the video that tells another top territory of Italian wine, namely Bolgheri, in the verses of the poets, first of all that Carducci who made the Bolgheri avenue immortal with “The cypresses that in Bolgheri tall and straightforward Van da San Guido in two rows”, but also in the words of those who dreamed and created a territory from which some of the most precious wines in the world are born, such as Piero Antinori, Gaddo della Gherardesca, Renzo Cotarella (Guado al Tasso), Federico Zileri Dal Verme (Castello di Bolgheri and Tenuta Argentiera), Giovanni Geddes da Filicaja (Ornellaia and Masseto) and the ” triumvirato ”who leads the Consortium, with Albiera Antinori, Priscilla Incisa della Rocchetta (Tenuta San Guido) and Cinzia Merli (Le Macchiole). To win over our readers was then, is the journey through the history of Barolo, another wine and territory among the most loved in Italy and in the world, with its history of recovery from a territory in crisis to an absolute symbol of Italian wine, with a revolution that began in the 1980s as told by Matteo Ascheri, president of the Consortium del Barolo, and by producers such as Sandrone, Marchesi di Barolo, Poderi Luigi Einaudi, Chiarlo and Gianni Gagliardo, remembering Pio Boffa, one of the many greats of Italian wine who left us in this 2021. From myth to myth, the Sassicaia of Tenuta San Guido celebrated the 50 harvests in 2021, wine born from the intuition of Mario Incisa della Rocchetta and thanks to the genius of Giacomo Tachis. An anniversary that brought to light stories and reflections, such as those of Nicolò and Priscilla Incisa della Rocchetta, who run the winery together with the CEO and Carlo Paoli. Another story that has fascinated, all contemporary, however, is the one that sees wine as the engine of a beautiful project of social inclusion and true solidarity. That is, the one that tells of the collaboration between the Arnaldo Caprai winery (which celebrated its first 60 years) and Caritas, and the integration through the work of migrants seeking asylum in the vineyards of Montefalco and in the cellar that has rediscovered and relaunched Sagrantino and the territory. Another contamination between wine and culture (a combination that obviously works very well in the narration of wine) is the one they tell in the wine dedicated to one of the most prestigious and long-lived festivals that link the nectar of Bacchus to music, that is the “Jazz & Wine in Montalcino” signed by Castello Banfi, who already “imagined” it in 1998, and whose value is testified by the words of artists such as Stefano Bollani and Alex Britti. And if 2021 confirmed the growth of great Italian wines in the collecting market, it is almost natural that one of the most viewed videos was the one dedicated to thoughts of some of the producers of tricolor wines protagonists on the Liv-Ex, the reference of the secondary market, such as Giampiero Bertolini, CEO of Tenuta Greppo Biondi Santi, “cradle” of Brunello di Montalcino, Priscilla Incisa della Rocchetta (Tenuta San Guido), Lamberto Frescobaldi (Frescobaldi Group), Albiera Antinori (Marchesi Antinori) and Giovanni Geddes da Filicaja (Ornellaia and Masseto). To attract attention, then, testimony of the greatness and prestige of some territories, is still an all-Tuscan filotto. Like the prediction, later fulfilled, of a 2021 with a Brunello di Montalcino great protagonist, again thanks to the 2015 and 2016 vintages incensed by the great international critics, confirming a universal success already foreseen, in unsuspected times, by a master like Mario Soldati , in the story of the director of WineNews, Alessandro Regoli. Or how, still from Bolgheri, the sense of the novelty of the inclusion of the name “Toscana” on the label from the next vintages, and the high-level wine tourism projects in the area, exemplified by the splendid dinner along the mythical “avenue of cypresses”, told by “historical” entrepreneurs and by others who have invested more recently in the “Bordeaux of Italy”. Then, again Montalcino, but in a different and fascinating key, that is the one given as a gift from the spectacle of the white roads that run through the Brunello vineyards, admired by the world in the memorable “Brunello Wine Stage”, the wine stage of the 2021 edition of the Giro d’Italia, one of the most popular cycling races ever.
The interview with one of the most successful cyclists in the world was also linked to two wheels and wine, and very popular, international cycling icon Chantal van den Broek Blaak, passionate about Brunello di Montalcino and Amarone della Valpolicella, winner of a mythical race such as the “Strade Bianche”, encountered in Pieve a Salti, immersed in the landscape of the Tuscan hills, between the Crete Senesi, the Brunello vineyards, cultivated fields and olive groves , in one of those rural villages on which Italy is aiming to restart tourism in the post-Covid period. But 2021 was also the year in which Italy greeted its first “Master of Wine”, Gabriele Gorelli, who, to WineNews, told about his path, the vision of the future of Italian wine in the world, between types, styles of wine and a communication “that must be tailored, different for each target, and, at the same time, accessible”, in an era that wants “contemporary wines in style,” pleasure “wines, generous”. And if it is true how true it is that among the many agricultural practices the harvest is the only one that enjoys the media echo of a true star, one of the most viewed videos is the one dedicated to the 2021 harvest that we made in October at the “Vinitaly Special Edition”, where Valentina Abbona (Marquesses of Barolo), Alberto Mazzoni (Istituto Marchigiano Tutela Vini), Alessio Di Majo Norante, Marina Cvetic (Masciarelli), Sergio Zingarelli (Rocca delle Macìe) and Giuseppe Speri (Speri Viticoltori), passed through the spring frosts and the summer drought, they told us about the 2021 harvest as a symbol of “resilience”, a word that is very popular in these times. But among the Veronafiere pavilions we also collected the reflections, between current events and wine, of two of the most popular journalists in Italy, namely the N. 1 of the Italian anchormans and wine producer in Puglia, Bruno Vespa, and Andrea Scanzi, with whom we talked about wine, of which he is a great lover and connoisseur, of naturalness and a parallelism between wine and music. And again, with the voices of many leading producers and managers of the Belpaese, such as Marco Caprai (Arnaldo Caprai), Lamberto Frescobaldi, Ettore Nicoletto (Bertani Domains), Beniamino Garofalo (Santa Margherita Group), Camilla Lunelli (Ferrari), Domenico Zonin (Zonin 1821), Matilde Poggi (Fivi), Ernesto Abbona (Marquesses of Barolo), Vittorio Moretti (Terra Moretti), Rodolfo Maralli (Banfi), Chiara Lungarotti, Michele Bernetti (Umani Ronchi) and Celestino Gaspari (Zymè), we have also declined the meaning of some universal words such as hope, craftsmanship, nature, storytelling, environmentalism, work, vision, love, tradition, goodness, diversity, moderation and courage which, in some way, will be a guide for the future of Italian wine . Finally, again Barolo protagonist, this time with reflections on an important theme such as zoning, also thanks to which the territory, among the first in Italy to have invested in it and among the few to have pushed it into a very defined phase, is advanced, with the words of vignerons such as, Stefano Chiarlo (Michele Chiarlo), Federica Boffa (Pio Cesare ), Ernesto Abbona (Marquesses of Barolo) and Guido Damilano (Damilano). The invitation to invest even more in the growth of knowledge of wine by wine lovers was also very popular, and a wish to return as soon as possible to a full sharing of a product that is the undisputed symbol of conviviality arrived, from “Wine Future 2021”, nothing less than the words of Francis Ford Coppola, one of the greatest directors of all time (of Italian descent) and wine producer in California. “Wine is very similar to music: the more you know about it, the more you appreciate it, and it also applies to food. The more we know about the nature of wine, the differences between grapes, climates, territories, the stories behind the wine, which are wonderful and fascinating, and span the ages, the more we can enjoy it ”, some of his words. Also, to be noted, the intervention of a great personality like that of Don Luigi Ciotti, “Priest of action” and founder of a beautiful example of redemption such as Libera Terra, which, in the digital edition of “Terra Madre – Salone del Gusto” by Slow Food, has returned to point the finger at a phenomenon to be fought with always more strength and effectiveness, like that of agromafies. These, therefore, are our most followed videos in 2021, in a mix of topics, voices, visions, lighter times and other more busy ones, as is life. Characterized not only by many daily events, but also by the passing of the seasons, as happens in the vineyard, which of life and continuous rebirth is one of the most long-lived and powerful symbols in the history of the centuries.
A passing of time that we wanted to tell in our “Cycle of Months” between winter, spring, summer and autumn, led by an exceptional guide like Professor Leonardo Valenti of the University of Milan. Everything to relive and review, between the end of a complicated 2021 but a harbinger of a restart that, we hope, will become solid reality in 2022.

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Marco Ribaudo

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For the love of food and wine! Marco Ribaudo, Certified Sommelier, with 25 years in the food and beverage industry now invites you to join him in his latest adventure, the opening of la Cucina del Vino to share his culture and passion for creating unforgettable memories around the table.

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