Highlights from last week’s blogger and buyer trip
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Highlights from last week’s blogger and buyer trip

Heartfelt thanks to #TeamClassicMethod and to the fine folks at the Franciacorta consortium for making this such a wonderful and rewarding trip. Here are some highlights in no particular (or exclusive) order… Giulio Barzanò (center) at Mosnel. Super tasting with Mattia Vezzola at Bellavista. Stellar flight at Ronco Calino. Robiola risotto was superb at Lantieri … Continue reading

Thank you, Nostrana! Thank you, Portland, for a great tasting and evening!
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Thank you, Nostrana! Thank you, Portland, for a great tasting and evening!

Heartfelt thanks go out today to the wonderful team at Nostrana in Portland, Oregon, where I hosted a Franciacorta Real Story tasting and evening on Monday night. Chef and owner Cathy Whims created a Franciacorta-inspired tasting menu especially for the occasion and the restaurant served five Franciacorta wines by the glass. And wow, what an … Continue reading

Portland tasting Monday 9/12 expands to include dinner menu pairings
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Portland tasting Monday 9/12 expands to include dinner menu pairings

I mean, just look at this photo I lifted from the Nostrana Facebook this afternoon! What Italian enogastronome wouldn’t want to go to that restaurant???!!! That dude is wearing a t-shirt that says “I heart Teroldego!” I love it! Response to our Monday, September 12 Franciacorta Real Tasting at Nostrana in Portland, Oregon has been … Continue reading

Earthquake relief efforts: Here’s how to donate from the U.S.
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Earthquake relief efforts: Here’s how to donate from the U.S.

Ammado is the official micro-donation platform for the Italian Red Cross. Here’s the link for donations to the Italian Red Cross and earthquake relief efforts. Donations can be made using a credit card and don’t require an Italian social security number (Italian micro-donation channels require one). Here’s a link to information on what the International … Continue reading

The Franciacorta Consortium, some numbers and facts
Franciacorta

The Franciacorta Consortium, some numbers and facts

The Consortium The Consortium was founded on March 5, 1990 in Corte Franca hamlet with the aim of ensuring and monitoring producers’ adherence to Franciacorta appellation regulations. One name: Franciacorta denotes the land, the production method, and the wine. The Consortium and its roughly 200 grape grower and bottler members work together to find innovative … Continue reading

Franciacorta harvest has begun: Notes from Consortium VP Silvano Brescianini
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Franciacorta harvest has begun: Notes from Consortium VP Silvano Brescianini

Harvest 2016 in Franciacorta Vice President Silvano Brescianini: “It would probably be a great quality year thanks to the low temperatures which have preserved the acidity and aromas of the grapes” Erbusco (BS), August 12, 2016 – Franciacorta begin its harvest today, starting from the wineyards of the south slope of Monte Orfano, where the … Continue reading