Slow Wine USA Tour 2016: Barone Pizzini will be there (save the date)!

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Slow Wine Editore to present the 2016 edition of the

Mark your calendars! Slow Wine will debut the newest edition of their guide
along with a delegation of top Italian wineries during their annual US tour,
visiting San Francisco, Los Angeles, Austin and New York City early next year.

Monday, January 25, 2016 – San Francisco, California
Wednesday, January 27, 2016 – Los Angeles, California
Monday, February 1, 2016 – Austin, Texas
Wednesday, February 3, 2016 – New York, New York
For more information, please contact Tiffany Hoang
at / 646.624.2885 ext. (113).

Great guides, like great wines, begin in the soil.
Slow Wine believes that wine must be good, clean and fair.
Discover new wines and meet the wine producers who represent slow wine values.

Barone Pizzini CEO Silvano Brescianini to teach Franciacorta Master Class in London Oct. 21

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Above: The Fizz Sparkling Wine Show in London is one of the English-speaking world’s premier sparkling wine tastings and events.

We are thrilled to announce that Barone Pizzini CEO Silvano Brescianini will be teaching a Master Class on Franciacorta on Wednesday, October 21 at the Fizz Sparkling Wine Show in London, one of the premier sparkling wine tastings in the English-speaking world, featuring more than 25 sparkling wine appellations.

Click here for event and registration info.

Here’s the seminar description:

A tutored tasting of the award winning Organic Franciacorta wines from Barone Pizzini. An incisive insight in to the production, philosophy and heritage of one of the region’s most famous and best loved wines. This tasting is hosted by Silvano Brescianini, former Michelin star restaurant sommelier, and now Production Director at the winery. Silviano has great presence and charm and a huge abundance of knowledge on the wines and region.

The show is free but only open to trade members.

Monica Larner (Wine Advocate): “2011 Franciacorta Satèn Brut is a lovely sparkling wine” (91 points)

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From Monica Larner’s reviews in the September 2015 issue of Wine Advocate:

2011 Barone Pizzini Franciacorta Saten Brut
91 points

The 2011 Franciacorta Satèn Brut is a lovely sparkling wine with crisp tones and a fresh, forward style. Crisp fruit tones of peach, citrus and melon pop with bright intensity from the bouquet. Those overtly fruity tones from Chardonnay grapes are followed by heavier aromas of toasted nut and baked bread, although these are contained at the back. In the mouth, this pretty Satèn sparkler presents a creamy style with medium density and thick, slow-moving perlage. This wine ages on the the lees for up to 40 months.

NV Barone Pizzini Franciacorta Brut Animante
90 points

Made with organically-farmed fruit, the non-vintage Franciacorta Brut Animante is a plush and textured sparkling wine that peels back slowly to reveal aromas of peach, honeydew melon, pear and Golden Delicious apple. Crisp acidity helps to create a mouthfeel that is light, tonic and graced with a great sense of energy and brightness. The wine presents mild textural richness that suggests immediate or near-term drinking window. The blend is 78% Chardonnay, 18% Pinot Nero and 4% Pinot Bianco.

Barone Pizzini takes home a snail award in Slow Wine Guide 2016

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We are pleased to announce that, once again, Barone Pizzini has brought home a Snail (Chiocciola) award with the publication of the 2016 Slow Wine Guide.

Here’s how the editors of the guide describe the meaning of the Snail award:

The “Snail” [or “Chiocciola” in Italian] is awarded to a winery for the way in which it interprets the sensorial, territorial, and environmental characteristics of their wines in synch with Slow Food.

The wines by “snailed” wineries also need to represent good price-quality ratio.

The Slow Food movement (or Slow movement, as it is often referred to now) was founded in the late 1980s in response to the growing number of fast food restaurants and expanding fast food culture in Italy at the time.

Pievalta, Barone Pizzini’s estate in Jesi, also brought home a Snail this year.

Nathan Smith @dolcenathan and his remarkable Italian program in Houston @DolceVita_HTX

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In the words of PUNCH magazine, one of the nation’s leading wine and spirits publications, “Dolce Vita [in Houston] rises above the rest thanks to the influence of wine director Nathan Smith [above], who’s curated an exclusively Italian list with lots of classics and affordable esoterica. Though meant to pair with Dolce’s Neopolitan pizza and low-key trattoria fare, the wines—in tandem with consistent food—make this place so much more than just a pizza joint.”

Barone Pizzini CEO Silvano Brescianini has been on the road “working the market,” as they say in the American wine trade. And Wednesday night found him at Dolce Vita in Houston, where Nathan Smith runs one of the most ambitious Italian wine programs in the country.

Whether a tasting flight of seven Lambrusco or the biggest collection of macerated white wines from Friuli; whether obscure grape varieties from Piedmont or cult wines from Tuscany… Nathan has got it.

What’s more impressive about his thrilling, stellar list is that many of his wines are sourced especially by him from out-of-state. In many cases, he is the only one to carry the wines in Texas.

This is simply one of the best Italian wine lists in the U.S. right now and Barone Pizzini is extremely proud to be a part of it.

Nathan is also an accomplished jazz musician, a sax player, and he’s a great resource for the best places to hear music in the Bayou City. Silvano would know. He’s been on a late-night jazz hunt with Nathan.

Cheers, brother! We love what you do and we are glad that someone in Houston is really pushing the envelope on what Italian is and can be in Houston!

Amphora winemaking at Pievalta

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As of yesterday, the harvest still hadn’t been completed at Pievalta, writes the winery’s general manager on its Facebook. And the end of summer had yet to arrive, she notes.

Last week, grape grower and winemaker Alessandro Fenino began fermenting part of their harvest in amphoras (above).

For this parcel of wine, the biodynamically farmed fruit is de-stemmed and then added to the terra cotta casks without being crushed and without the addition of sulfur.

The vessels are then sealed and placed in the ground where they will ferment spontaneously.

In many ways, it’s one of the purest forms of contemporary winemaking, even though the technique has its roots in antiquity.

Winebow is Barone Pizzini’s new U.S. importer!

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The summer is now officially here and we can finally share the news: Winebow, one of America’s leading importers of fine wines from Italy, now represents the wines of Barone Pizzini in the U.S.

Click here for the Winebow profile page for Barone Pizzini.

For more than 35 years, Winebow and its founder, Leonardo Locascio — one of the great visionaries for Italian wine in this country — have introduced American wine lovers to some of Italy’s most iconic winemaking estates.

In many ways, the Italian wine renaissance wouldn’t and couldn’t have taken place without this pioneering company.

Barone Pizzini CEO Silvano Brescianini is about to embark on his first trip to the States as the representative of a Winebow brand. And this is great news: For the first time, the wines of Barone Pizzini will be readily available in states like Texas and California, among many others, where wine buyers and enthusiasts can now finally enjoy easy access to the products.

The Barone Pizzini-Pievalta blogmaster will be catching up with Silvano next week in Houston. So stay tuned for more news from the winery as Silvano makes his way across the country on his first trip working with Winebow!

Please click here for the Winebow contact page.