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.

The (newly updated) Barone Pizzini timeline

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Above: In 2007, the Barone Pizzini winery opened its new bioarchitecture winemaking facility and hospitality center.

1870 – The Pizzini, a noble family from Rovereto, a vibrant and sophisticated province of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, arrives in Franciacorta during the turbulent 1840s. It founds Amministrazione Agricola Pizzini, an agricultural enterprise. Its patriarch is Baron Giulio Pizzini Piomarta Von Thurberg (1847-1911).

1910 – Baron Edoardo Pizzini Piomarta (1882-1966), then commander of the Pinerolo Cavalry School, draws “the prancing horse” in a letter sent to Francesco Baracca. It would later become the symbol of Ferrari automobiles.

1931 – Barone Edoardo Pizzini Piomarta Delle Porte registers the family’s business with the Brescia Chamber of Commerce.

1962 – Barone Giulio Pizzini Piomarta Delle Porte (1916-1995) is among the first ten signatories of the charter of the Brescian winemakers consortium, today known as Ente Vini Bresciani.

1967 – Franciacorta is recognized as an official Italian appellation. Barone Pizzini is among the first wineries to be registered in the newly created DOC (“designation of controlled origin”).

1991 – Local wine entrepreneurs get involved with the estate. They found the basis for the current winery. Their focus is the people behind the wines, the environment, and the appellation.

1998 – The winery begins experimenting with organic grape-growing.

2000 – The winery begins investing in other appellations: in Scansano in Maremma and in Maiolati Spontini in Castelli di Jesi in the Marches.

2001 – The process begins for the organic certification of the vineyards.

2006 – The first organic-certified Franciacorta is produced (Satèn 2004).

2007 – The new bioarchitecture winery is opened.

2009 – Demeter grants biodynamic grape-growing certification to Pievalta, the group’s property in the Marches.

2011 – The winery joins the project. Its scope is that of reducing the winery group’s greenhouse gas emissions.

2012 – The International Wine Challenge calls the winery’s Franciacorta Rosé the best organic wine in the world.

2015 – The winery receives the Gambero Rosso “Special Prize for Sustainable Viticulture.”

Gambero Rosso’s Tre Bicchieri US tour comes to an end

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The Gambero Rosso Guide to the Wine of Italy U.S. tour came to an end yesterday in California.

The events — held last week and this week in New York, Chicago, and San Francisco — featured winners of the coveted “Tre Bicchieri” or “Three Glass” award, the publication’s top rating.

Barone Pizzini general manager poured the winery’s Franciacorta Brut Nature, winner of the Tre Bicchieri prize for 2015.

The guide was first published in 1987 and is widely considered the leading Italian authority on Italy’s best wines.

The name of the top rating — “three glasses” — was inspired by the fact that there are six glasses of wine in every 750ml bottle and that wine should never be drunk alone. Hence, the three glass award goes to wines that two persons will drink until the last drop.

The English-language version of the guide is to be published next month and you can buy it online in print and electronic versions (here’s the link).

Franciacorta Consortium has a new blog

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We published the first post here on the Barone Pizzini blog on the day after Christmas, 2012.

We’re now into our third year of active blogging and social media engagement.

Over the last ten years or so, social media and blogging have become an integral part of life on this planet. From Facebook to Twitter to whatever blogging platform you prefer, social media users and consumers in general expect to interact with their favorite brands.

That’s just one of the reasons it’s so important for wine trade members to actively “curate” their virtual media presence and to engage with their end users.

The Franciacorta consortium has been blogging for some time now.

And most recently, it has launched a new blog geared for the current generation of American wine professionals: Franciacorta, the Real Story.

The last five years have seen an explosion of wine education among young American sommeliers. The movie “Somm” (released in 2012 by Samuel Goldwyn) is a great example of this new ambitious and exuberant wine movement.

The new blog is for them: it focuses on geography, topography, winemaking methods, cultural context, and enogastronomy — all the elements that make Franciacorta so wonderfully unique in the panorama of sparkling wine today.

The blog will also feature a series of “round table” tastings to be held across the U.S. in coming months.

Check out Franciacorta, the Real Story here…