Some 40 wine bloggers from around the world are set to descend on Soave on the 16 of October to participate in the European Wine Bloggers Conference (a.k.a. EWBC). The bloggers will then set out for other wine zones around Italy. For more info: http://winebloggersconference.org/europe/sponsor-us/
Leonardo Di Caprio bought an apartment in Verona’s Piazza Bra last year. Emma Watson, the Harry Potter actress, bought a place nearby a few months ago. And now Madonna has been checking out luxury apartments in the city. I predict that it will only be a matter of time until Soave, Verona’s white wine of choice, starts making its appearance on the tables of Hollywood glitterati. Soave goes supremely well with oysters and caviar, afterall.
Guerrieri Rizzardi (www.guerrieri-rizzardi.it) hosted the second annual Antonio Canova sculpture competition, which offers young Italian artists an opportunity for international exposure. Works by the nine finalists were displayed at Villa Rizzardi, which is surrounded by a stunning garden designed by 18th century architect Luigi Trezza (www.pojega.it). This year’s winner was Daniele Salvalai. Besides producing an excellent Soave, Guerrieri Rizzardi also makes Valpolicella, Amarone and Prosecco.
The Strada del Vino Soave Association’s “Adopt A Vine” program is a roaring success. For a minimum donation is 100 Euors, the adopters will receive a certificate with a map showing the position of their Garganega vines. In time, they will receive 12 bottles quality of Soave DOC. For details of this nifty initiative contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Or visit the website: www.stradadelvinosoave.com.
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The Soave Consortium met with John Isacs, a journalist and marketing consultant who has been based in China for some thirty years. His observations were enlightening. One of the interesting tidbits he shared with us is that Chinese consumers – at present – are usually red wine drinkers. However, things are changing as independent, upwardly-mobile professional women become wine consumers. He told us that, afteryears of remaining stagnant, consumption of white wine increased by 26% from 2009 to 2010. John’s website: www.enjoygourmet.com.cn
Soave showed well at the 2011 Verona Wine Top tasting, with the Cantina Di Soave taking home top honors for 6 wines. Other producers to garner recognition: Le Battistelle, Lenotti, Tenuta del Vento, Le Mandolare, Franchetto, Collis, Corte Moschina, Monte Tondo, Solar, Cambrago and Cantina Riodo. For information about other winning wines visit: www.veronawinetop.it.
Vulcania, the international symposium on white wines produced from grapes grown on volcanic soil, kicked off this year’s edition of ViniMilo, an annual wine and food event held in Sicily. Vulcania is organized by the Soave Consortium in collaboration with the consortia of Etna, Campi Flegrei, Lessini Durello and Gambellara.
“For the past several years we have been putting the wines of Soave up against the other great whites of Italy that are produced from volcanic soil,” says Aldo Lorenzoni, Director of the Consortium. “And from this it has emerged that there are two other zones with which Soave has a strong affinity: Etna and Campi Flegrei. Therefore, we have begun to think about uniting our forces in order to make a joint presentation of international markets.”