Thank you, Mexico City! Thank you, Gambero Rosso!

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Thank you, Mexico City, for making yesterday’s Gambero Tasting such a great experience!

It was wonderful to discover the vibrant wine culture here and to talk to so many wine professionals about the wines of Barone Pizzini and Pievalta.

Although the four wines we poured — Franciacorta Animante, Franciacorta Brut Nature, Pievalta Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi, and Pievalta Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi San Paolo — were all well received, it was the Franciacorta Brut Nature that seemed to be the favorite among tasters.

They liked it so much, in fact, that we ran out of the wine! It was also poured at one of Gambero Rosso editor Marco Sabellico’s seminars.

And thank you, Gambero Rosso, for organizing such a wonderful event! The staff at the Four Seasons was fantastic and the catering by Il Becco, the hotel’s restaurant, was fantastic.

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Barone Pizzini on the big screen (and tomorrow in Mexico City)

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Yesterday’s Gambero Rosso Top Italian Wines Road Show tasting was held at Minute Maid Park (the baseball stadium) in Houston.

The organizers projected images of all the producers on the score board! Crazy, right?

The turnout at yesterday’s tasting was fantastic. Thanks to all who came by to taste with us.

We’ll be pouring at the same tasting tomorrow in Mexico City. Details follow. Hope to see you there!

Four Season Hotel Mexico D.F.
Paseo de la Reforma #500
Colonia Juarez, Mexico, D.F. 06600 Mexico

12:30 PM – 05:30 PM Trade Tasting
05:00 PM – 08:00 PM Wine Lovers

Email to register.

Barone Pizzini tastings in Houston & Mexico City next week

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Here’s the link to general information regarding next week’s Gambero Rosso Top Italian Wines Roadshow tastings in Houston and Mexico City. Registration information and more detailed venue information follow below.

Barone Pizzini CEO Silvano Brescianini will be pouring the winery’s Tre Bicchieri-winning Franciacorta Brut Nature in Houston.

And Barone Pizzini blog master Jeremy Parzen (aka Do Bianchi) will be pouring the wine in Mexico City.

Minute Maid Park Clock Tower Entrance
1801 Texas Avenue
Houston, Texas 77002

2:00 PM – 6:00 PM Trade Tasting

Click here to register.

Four Season Hotel Mexico D.F.
Paseo de la Reforma #500
Colonia Juarez, Mexico, D.F. 06600 Mexico

12:30 PM – 05:30 PM Trade Tasting
05:00 PM – 08:00 PM Wine Lovers

Email to register.

Barone Pizzini featured in Corriere della Sera as organic pioneer

The following article, “In Franciacorta si viaggia a tutto «bio»” (“In Franciacorta, everyone is going ‘organic'”), appeared last month in the Italian national daily Corriere della Sera (translation by our blogmaster)…

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Understanding biodiversity in viticulture has become an essential element not just for improving the environment where grapes are grown but also for producing wines that can rise up to meet the increasingly diversified demands of the market.

Barone Pizzini is a good example. Founded in 1870, it is one of the oldest wineries in Franciacorta and it was the first to convert its entire production to organic farming in the area surrounding Lake Iseo.

“Organic framing isn’t just a fad,” says Silvano Brescianini, CEO of the Brescia province winery. “The presence of worms in the soil is an indicator of the organic richness and health of the soil. In a study that we conducted with the Milan university agriculture department, we found that there are more than one million worms per hectare in our soil.”

The worms help to enrich biodiversity because they create ecosystems that allow grape growers to reduce the amount of chemical fertilizers and herbicides significantly.

“We manage our vineyards using sustainability criteria,” says Brescianini, “by utilizing farming practices that respect the environment. We rely on organic substances and natural elements like sulfur and copper to battle parasites. All of this serves to increase the quality of the final product.”

Even the architecture of this winery — which grosses 4.5 million Euros and produces 300,000 bottles every year from 50 hectares of vineyards, with 15 percent being exported — was conceived to ensure minimal environmental impact and energy consumption, thanks in part to solar panels.

According to Vinitaly, the number of sustainable-friendly wineries is growing across Italy. Today, there are 500 of them — a third of Italy’s entire wine production, valued at 3.1 billion Euros. Most of these are wineries that are seeking to be innovative given that they pay particular attention to resource management.

—Barbara Millucci
Corriere della Sera
March 23, 2015

Barone Pizzini 2011 Satèn takes GOLD at Texsom International Wine Awards

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It’s official: Barone Pizzini’s 2011 Satèn was awarded a GOLD medal at the 2015 Texsom International Wine Awards.

The competition is widely regarded as one of the most prestigious in the world today.

And the panel of judges include some of the most dynamic tasters, educators, and wine writers working in the world of wine today.

@Levi_opens_wine gives Terroir Marche (May 16 & 17) a great shout-out!

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We were thrilled to see this Tweet by Levi Dalton, who is widely considered to be one of the leading English-language authorities on Italian wine.

It’s a shout for the Terroir Marche fair and grand tasting, to be held in Ascoli Piceno on Saturday and Sunday, May 16 and 17.

Levi is a widely published author and the national wine editor for

And he’s also the voice behind I’ll Drink to That, one of the wine trade’s most popular podcasts.

Thank you, Levi! We hope to see you in the Marches in May!