Have you ever tasted St. Magdalena wine? It's one of the two flagship wines from Bolzano Bozen. The wine growing area of Bolzano Bozen covers 12% of the vineyards in the Alto Adige/Südtirol region. The wine production is 63% red and 37% white. The main grape varieties are Schiava (Vernatsch), Lagrein, Gewürztraminer, and Pinot Blanc. St. Magdalena is one of the most important red wines from Alto Adige/Südtirol. So much that there is a specific event held every two years for this wine. It's the St. Magdalener Culinarium. This year it took place on Friday 11 and Saturday 12 September. Two days to taste all the different shades of this great red wine. Now, I'd like to tell you all about the main characteristics of St. Magdalena wine and how cool St. Magdalener Culinarium was. So you can take part in next year's event. Are you ready? Let's start!
When was the last time that you tasted an Amarone wine? It's a full-bodied wine with high alcohol and sometimes it's too heavy. Usually, you have to find the right occasion or the best paring to open a bottle of Amarone. In a nutshell, it's hard to drink it. Ok, this might have been true in past, but now its style is quite different! A "slimming" transformation is underway on Amarone and this operation is not easy without distorting the wine. But some wineries have been successful. They obtained a more drinkable Amarone and always worked to high quality. I appreciated this good job by tasting several Amarone 2016 wines during the official preview last week. Some were bottled, others were barrel samples. Here, I'll give you my impressions about. Are you ready? Let's start!
How many wines from the South of Italy do you know? Italy is a wonderful wine region, but it's immensely difficult to know all its wines. More than 350 indigenous grape varieties, a lot of subregions, small and big productions. There's something for every taste! Mercato dei Vini FIVI is the right place for all the wine lovers. You can improve your knowledge of wine there. I'm not an expert in the South of Italy, so I took the opportunity. First I'll tell you the reasons why you should take part in this fair, then I'll share my favourite tastings. Are you ready? Let's start!
Have you taken part in Merano WineFestival this year? I'm traveling a lot in Alto Adige and am in love with this region. It offers great wines, delicious food, some stunning spots in Italy, and the people are amazing. Then, I couldn't miss Merano WineFestival 2018. The event has reached its 27th edition and even more wine lovers came to taste the great selection by The WineHunter. Now I want to tell the news of this edition and share the new wine discoveries with you. Are you ready? Let's start!
Have you heard about the Milano Wine Week? It was the first edition and it has been a great success! Milan was the wine capital for one whole week with a lot of events, from tastings to speeches. Bottiglie Aperte 2018 was the opening event on 7 and 8 October. Do you remember my last experience of Bottiglie Aperte? There are always some interesting wines here from small to big producers. This is the reason why this was my 3rd visit. Now I want to share my impressions and the new wine discoveries with you. Are you ready? Let's start!
Have you ever heard of the Only Wine Festival? It's a fair for small and young wine producers. It happened after Vinitaly and in Città di Castello (Umbria). I also took part in the last edition. The Only Wine Festival is a type of wine event which I like, because you can discover some interesting pearls in the wine trade. I'll now give you more details about the event and which new wines impressed me. Are you ready? Let's start!
Nowadays the Millennials effect on the wine trade is one of the trendiest topics. Do you know who the Millennials are? What's their role in the wine trade? The Millennials (also known as Generation Y) is the generation of people born between 1980 and 2000. They're between the Generation X (1960-1980) and the Generation Z (after 2000). Their role is very important because they're the first to use daily the digital technology during adulthood. Then, they can access the social media, blogs, e-commerce, and many others. Their buying behavior is completely different from that of the previous generations. I think that some considerations of their effects on the wine trade are needed. The Millennials can change a traditional sector such as the wine one. I'm part of this generation. This is exactly one of the reasons why I took part in the debate "Millennials Effect: the wine in according to the new #winelovers" organized by Cantina Tollo during Vinitaly 2018. 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!