Have you ever been to the Roero region? I live in Piedmont and think that it's one of the most beautiful wine regions in the world. Here you can find many types of wine. There are 17 DOCG (Denominazione di origine controllata e garantita) - the Italian DOCG are 75 - and a lot of indigenous grapes. It's very hard not to find a wine to your taste. It's also hard to know all the wine regions of Piedmont well, exactly because the ampelographic patrimony is so huge. One of the ones that I knew little is the Roero. During Vinitaly 2018 I visited the stand of Cascina Chicco and three weeks ago took part in a tour of the cellar and the vineyards. You may have seen some pics and video on my Instagram Stories. I want to tell you more about the Roero region and my experience at Cascina Chicco. Are you ready? Let's start!
Do you know what a wine influencer does during Vinitaly? There is more and more talk about wine influencers. But, who are they? The term “influencer” means a person who influences other people and their choices. Then a wine influencer is a person who influences people in the wine trade. In my opinion, we are all influencers, some more than others. When you need to find a new restaurant, you ask a friend or a member of your family. That person influences you! People define me as a wine influencer for the large community that believes me. Now, I'll tell you what the days are like for a wine influencer during Vinitaly. More precisely, what Vinitaly 2018 was like for me. Are you ready? Let’s start!
Do you remember the last edition of ProWein? ProWein was my first international fair in the wine trade and it impressed me a lot. This year I came back to Düsseldorf and I can confirm my impressions from the last year. If you work in the wine trade, you should take part in ProWein. All the participants are there for one reason: business. And from one meeting to another you can support your wine lover's spirit by tasting the best wines from 64 countries. Yes, you read that right. 64 countries! Now I'll share with you my impressions and which new wines impressed me during my meetings in ProWein 2018. Are you ready? Let's start!
Do you know how Amarone della Valpolicella was born? It's an incredible and accidental story worth knowing. It was 1940 when a winemaker forgot to stop the fermentation of a Recioto barrel. This fact allowed the whole amount of sugar to become alcohol. Then, the result was a dry wine and this is the reason for the name Amarone. Today Amarone della Valpolicella DOC turned 50. And I had to take part in Anteprima Amarone 2014. It was my second event of 2018 after Io Bevo Così. Over the last months I was very busy with studies to become an AIS sommelier. As you already saw on the Instagram Stories, I successfully passed the final exam on 9 February! But back to Anteprima Amarone 2014 and my impressions of the event and which wines I preferred. Are you ready? Let's start!
Who loves natural wines? Nowadays a lot of people use this term to indicate three categories: organic, biodynamic and natural wines. But they present several differences! My first event of the new year was Io Bevo Così 2018. It's the perfect summary of these three different philosophies of wines. Do you remember the last edition? This time there were some improvements. Here're more details about Io Bevo Così 2018 and three new interesting discoveries. Are you ready? Let's start!
Do you like Trentino Alto Adige? Have you ever been there? During 2017, I visited this region very often for some wine events and tastings. In October and November in particular, I took part in Autochtona, Ferrari Trento 1995 tasting and Merano WineFestival. Merano WineFestival 2017 was the 26th edition! It's the "winter" appointment for all wine lovers. Every year, this fair gets more and more attention.
What's the most epic wine tasting in which you have taken part? It was on a Sunday when I received a call: "Hey Simone, I'm Matteo! What're your plans for tomorrow? I want to invite you to a horizontal tasting of the Ferrari Trento 1995 vintage with some friends." At that moment I was very surprised. But, who is Matteo? Matteo Lunelli is the president and CEO of Ferrari Trento, and CEO of the Lunelli Group. That horizontal tasting was a unique opportunity, so I was delighted to accept with great pleasure and on Monday I went to Trento. Now, I'm here to explain to you why it was so epic. Are you ready? Let's start!
Do you remember Vitae? It's the official wine guide of AIS, entirely dedicated to Italian wines. Finally, the new edition: Vitae 2018 is available. I took part in the official launch in Milan, after Autochtona and Bottiglie Aperte. The presentation event is one of my favorite wine events! If you lost my Instagram Stories, I'm here to give you more details about the new edition and how the official launch was. Are you ready? Let's start!
Do you know how many indigenous grapes there are in Italy? It's an insane number! There are more than 350 varieties. After Bottiglie Aperte, it's time to talk about another great fair. On 16th and 17th of October, Autochtona 2017 took place in Bolzano. It was my first time at this fair. Autochtona is very special because you can discover some interesting indigenous Italian grapes. Now, I want to give you more details about the event and what my new delightful discoveries were. Are you ready? Let's start!