Mozart at Barone Pizzini

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Above: A portrait of Mozart hangs to this day in the aging cellar of Barone Pizzini, where the composer stayed on multiple occasions.

We know from the letters of Leopold Mozart, the composer’s father, that he and his son stayed at the Barone Pizzini estate on multiple occasions while traveling through northern Italy.

During that period of Mozart’s life, he was performing regularly and seeking patronage (from families like the Pizzini) as his fame continued to grow.

At the time, Mozart was a child prodigy and his stays at Barone Pizzini pre-date his appointment to the court at Salzburg where his career would flourish.

Giovanni Giulio Pizzini (1719-1779) was a member of the then newly founded Accademia degli Agiati (which is still active in Rovereto). It was one of the many academies for the promotion and study of the fine arts that appeared in Italy during the Enlightenment era.

Giovanni Giulio is cited in a number of Leopold’s letters.

Here’s the link to a thread of mentions of the Pizzini family and the Mozarts’ stays there, including mentions of the concerts organized by the Pizzini family and other patrons of the era.

Pievalta at Salone del Gusto Saturday and Sunday

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Pievalta will be pouring its wines on Saturday and Sunday at the Salone del Gusto e Terra Madre fair in Turin.

Here are the details for the tastings:

Saturday, October 25, 3:30 p.m.
“The terroirs of Verdicchio: from Castelli di Jesi to Matelica, a panoramic view of the best labels from the Slow Wine Guide 2015″
tasting and seminar begin at 3:30 p.m. and seating is open but limited

Sunday, October 26, from 3-7 p.m.
Silvia and Alessandro will be pouring the Pievalta 2013 Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi and the Pievalta 2012 Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi San Paolo in the Sala dei 500.

Click here for fair details and schedule.

Robin Kelley O’Connor (@InsideIWM): Barone Pizzini rosé “clearly at the top of its class”

Robin Kelley O'Connor“Clearly is at the top of its class of anything of its type made in Italy,” writes Robin Kelley O’Connor (left) for the Italian Wine Merchants website, “the Barone Pizzini Rosé Franciacorta NV is a sparkler that puts Champagne on notice. The Barone Pizzini estate in Franciacorta, located in the province of Lombardia, in an idyllic setting of rolling hills in the district of Lake Iseo with an ever present view of the Alps. Franciacorta, a DOCG, is not only the name of the winemaking district but it also indicates the production method known as ‘metodo classico,’ the same protocol used in Champagne. Made from a typical Champagne grape blend of 80% Pinot Noir and 20% Chardonnay, this wine derives from organic grapes and it has a low production of 19,200 bottles. This wine has a lovely salmon color with an aroma of raspberries, strawberries and red flowers. On the palate, it’s flavorful with loads of red fruit flavors and a long extended finish. It’s pure class.”

Robin is a leading U.S. wine authority and a thirty-year veteran of the trade. Here’s his bio from the Paulée website (the Paulée New York is one of the city’s premier wine events).

A leading wine educator, international wine judge, wine writer, and sommelier, Robin Kelley O’Connor recently joined Italian Wine Merchants (IWM), where he’ll be adding his thirty years of experience, authority and passion to seminars, dinner events, sales, offerings and wine education. In addition O’Connor is currently involved in the wine program at Tark’s Restaurant in Lutherville, Maryland outside of his native Baltimore. Robin was previously Lead Specialist & Head of Wine, Americas for Christie’s Auction House. Prior to Christie’s, he was Director of Sales and Education for Manhattan wine and spirits retailer Sherry-Lehmann. Preceding Sherry-Lehmann, he was Trade Liaison and director of trade and consumer education in the Americas for the Bordeaux Wine Bureau for 20 years. Robin holds Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW) and Certified Wine Educator (CWE) certifications from the Society of Wine Educators and passed the Court of Master Sommeliers’ Certified Sommelier exam. As a popular wine educator and spokesperson, he has conducted over 2,500 seminars; written for the Trenton Times, Santé Magazine, Wine & Spirit; and served as senior editor for Kevin Zraly’s Complete Wine Course 25th Anniversary Edition. For over a year during 2008-2009 he traveled around the world with Kevin visiting over 20 countries, 80 wine regions, 500 appellations and tasted more than 7,000 wines.

Franciacorta in Naples! Scenes from the festival and a word from Silvano

Franciacorta traveled south to Naples earlier this week for the AIS (Italian Sommelier Association) Franciacorta festival and tasting.

Barone Pizzini was there, as was Barone Pizzini general manager Silvano Brescianini, who also serves as the Franciacorta consortium vice president (you’ll see him toward the end of the video).

@DragoCentro, where LA chic meets authentic Italian

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Rarely do you see such an impressive list of accolades for any restaurant, anywhere, like that on the Drago Centro website.

It’s been included in “best of” lists by acclaimed LA food writer Jonathan Gold and LA Magazine this year alone.

And check out this wonderful profile by LA Times restaurant critic Irene Virbila who covered chef and owner Celestino Drago’s knighting by the Italian government this year.

Drago is simply one of the city’s most beloved and respected chefs and he’s been cooking there since 1979 when he first arrived from his native Sicily.

Today his new see-and-be-seen restaurant resides in a former bank vault in downtown LA (how cool is that?).

But forget the celebrity watching. Go for the superb innovative and authentic Italian cuisine. And go for the Barone Pizzini, which were very proud to say, is now on his wine list.

Drago Centro
525 S Flower St
Los Angeles, CA 90071
(213) 228-8998
Google map

Image via the Drago Centro Facebook.

92 points & a great review from the German wine guide Falstaff for our Verdicchio

Pievalta 2013 Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Superiore
92 points

Subtle aromas of ripe pear, yeasty notes layered over a mineral base. Full-bodied flavor but also fresh, salty, with a lingering finish. On the palate, this wine delivers on great expectations without ever tasting manipulated and always remaining fresh. Pair it with anything that tastes like the sea.

(Translated from the German.)

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@VinoRoma: 2005 Bagnadore “because I’m worth it”

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Above: Italy’s leading English-language wine educator Hande Leimer posted the photo above on her social media earlier this week. “Because I’m worth it,” she wrote.

We’ve written about our favorite Rome-based, English-language wine educator Hande Leimer, aka @VinoRoma, before (click here for the post).

We couldn’t be more thrilled that she’s a fan of Barone Pizzini’s wines.

And we’re proud to share the news that she popped a bottle of the 2005 Bagnadore Riserva this week, as she put it, simply “because I’m worth it.”

That’s what a special occasion wine — the Bagnadore is the top label at Barone Pizzini — is all about, right?

Thank you, Hande! We’re glad to see that you’re enjoying the finer things in life. :)