A new short film on Franciacorta

We’re pleased to share the following video, produced by acclaimed film director and journalist Ben Shapiro and our blogmaster Jeremy Parzen.

Not only does it feature three of Franciacorta’s leading restaurants and restaurateurs, but it also includes an interview with Barone Pizzini general manager Silvano Brescianini.

If you watch carefully, you might even catch a glimpse of Alessandro Fenino, grape grower and winemaker at Pievalta.

Kind words from the @ReverseWineSnob: “a fabulous food wine, beautiful bubbles”

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Image via the Reverse Wine Snob.

Here’s what the Reverse Wine Snob, a leading U.S. wine blogger and one of our favorites, had to say about the 2009 Barone Pizzini Franciacorta Satèn:

… Franciacorta wines have the lowest allowable grape yields of all sparkling wines in Europe. Sparkling wines have been made here since the 1950s, but the region was just granted DOCG status in 1995 (DOCG is the highest level of quality certification in Italy). The wines can be made from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, with a little Pinot Bianco thrown in as well. And while the region is growing, it produces about 1/100 the volume of Champagne.

The 2009 Barone Pizzini Franciacorta Saten begins with a very pleasant, very complex aroma of citrus, apple, spice, a bit of fresh baked bread and a little vanilla. This is one of those wines that gives you something different with every sniff and I love it. The wine tastes a bit creamy and has similar flavors to the nose with good fizz and an absolutely wonderful mouthfeel. A fabulous food wine, it ends dry, crisp and clean.

Click here for the complete review.

Barone Pizzini by-the-glass in California wine country at Willi’s Wine Bar (Sonoma)

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Above: Willi’s is located in the heart of Sonoma wine country, where the abundance of fantastic produce, fresh seafood, wholesome landfood, and a vibrant wine culture combine to create an unforgettable dining and wine tasting experience (image via John Kroll’s Flickr Creative Commons).

Not every wine bar in the world can boast that Robert Parker, Jr. has dined there and tweeted about it.

But then again, when you work and live in the Napa-Sonoma wine trade, that’s the kind of wine celebrity that you might just find at the table next to you at Willi’s Wine Bar in Santa Rosa (Sonoma).

Barone Pizzini general manager Silvano Brescianini (below, right) recently tasted there with wine director Anthony Viloria (left) and he was thrilled to discover that Anthony currently pours Barone Pizzini Franciacorta Animante by-the-glass.

Willi’s is located in the heart of Sonoma wine country, where the abundance of fantastic produce, fresh seafood, wholesome landfood, and a vibrant wine culture combine to create an unforgettable dining and wine tasting experience.

We couldn’t be more proud that Barone Pizzini is part of it. Thank you, Anthony!

Willi’s Wine Bar
4404 Old Redwood Hwy
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
(707) 526-3096
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An authentic slice of Italy in Miami’s über cool Wynwood arts district at Made In Italy Gourmet @madeinitalygrmt

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Above: “We love prosciutto as much as you do,” write the owners of Made in Italy Gourmet in Miami’s Wynwood art district, “which is why our menu features five different kinds” (images via the Made in Italy Gourmet Facebook).

One of the coolest things about working in wine is the myriad food experiences.

Barone Pizzini general manager, who travels to “work the market” for the brand, is always sending us notes and images from his discoveries.

He recently hipped us to Made in Italy Gourmet Market, a newly opened food and wine shop and wine and salumi bar in Miami’s über cool Wynwood art district.

The venue’s focus is on retail but they also serve pastas and other Italian classics.

The place opened in late January and as the owners write on their Facebook, “We’ve brought a piece of Tuscany with us to Wynwood.”

We were thrilled to learn that they serve Barone Pizzini by-the-glass.

Made in Italy Gourmet Market
Made in Italy Gourmet
10 NE 27th St
Miami, FL 33137
(786) 360-5671
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A note on Terroir Marche, organizers of a May 2015 fair celebrating Verdicchio and the people who grow it

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From left, clockwise: Paola Massi (Fiorano), Alessandro Bonci (La Marca di San Michele), Giuseppe Infriccioli (Pantaleone), Dwight Stanford (Paolini e Stanford Winery), Corrado Dottori (La Distesa), Alessandro Fenino (Pievalta), Federico Pignati (Aurora), Paolo Beretta (Fiorano), Fabio Marchionni (Collestefano), Silvia Marchionni, (Collestefano), Silvia Loschi (Pievalta), Valeria Bochi (La Distesa). Three more producers have joined the organization since we snapped this photo.

Last week we posted on the Terroir Marche Fair, to be held in May 2015, the first-ever event devoted exclusively to Verdicchio growers.

We first wrote about Terroir Marche — an ambitious group of organic growers and winemakers in the Marches — back in July 2013.

In its own words, the group’s mission is to “promote awareness of organic farming in the Marches [Le Marche], to defend the territory and its resources, and to share the culture and practices of a sustainable and humane economy.”

The group now includes 11 grape grower-winery members.

They’ve also updated their website, including the addition of an English-language version.

Be sure also to follow Terroir Marche on Twitter.

And like the association on Facebook for updates on the fair etc.

Terroir Marche: a new wine fair celebrating organic and biodynamic Verdicchio, May 16-17, 2015

Pievalta is one of the organizers of this event. Stay tuned for registration information.

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11 grape growers. 70 wines to taste. 5 tasting seminars led by some of the top names in Italian and international wine writing today. A beautiful setting in the Palazzo dei Capitani, one of the symbols of Piazza del Popolo in Ascoli Piceno.

Saturday and Sunday, May 16-17, the first ever Terroir March fair, featuring organic growers and their wines.

The event is being organized by a group of growers committed to promoting organic and biodynamic winemaking in the Marches (Le Marche). They share a will to protect the land and its resources. And they hope to raise awareness of the local traditions and farming practices that help to create community and economic sustainability there.

From the north to the south, participants will experience the best growing zones by tasting the wines they produce.

We are grape grower-winemakers. In other words, we only make wine from grapes we grow ourselves. We are organic farmers. In other words, we believe that wine is an agricultural product, not an industrial one. And we believe that it should be as natural as possible. In its most vibrant expression, wine is the result of an inimitable dynamic between nature and culture. And this is Terroir Marche.

This is our fair. It’s a journey that begins in the glass, travels across the land, and arrives at culture.