Pinot Noir harvest has begun in Franciacorta

Barone Pizzini manager Silvano Brescianini (vice president of the Franciacorta consortium) sent these photos today. The panorama shot is a great example of Franciacorta’s unique topography: note the morainic hills (glacial debris) that violently shoot up from the landscape. And note also the cloud cover, created in part by the...

A note from enologist Leonardo Valenti on the 2013 Franciacorta Brut

Above: Leading Italian enologist and consultant Leonardo Valenti visited the Barone Pizzini winery today where he tasted base wines for the 2013 Franciacorta Brut. Notes on the 2011 Franciacorta Brut Parcelization and balance in our work in the vineyards and in the cellar are the two pillars of our technical approach since...

Pievalta: Biodynamic farming practices

Our new Pievalta profile series continues… Biodynamic Viticulture “Balance and beauty, harmony and dynamism, luminosity and warmth. These are adjectives that can be used to describe the Marches (Marche) countryside. But they can also be used to describe the Marches’ favorite son, Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi. After being bewitched...

Barone Pizzini & Pievalta in Houston, Texas! @houstonsomms @CamerataHouston

Above: on Wednesday, Barone Pizzini manager Silvano Brescianini addressed a group of Houston’s leading wine professionals at the Houston Sommelier Association (photo by top Houston wine blogger Amy Gross). Barone Pizzini manager Silvano Brescianini took time out from his Gambero Rosso Tre Bicchieri tour of the U.S. to spend a...

A lighter and “greener” bottle for Verdicchio

Earlier this year, we bottled the 2012 Pievalta Verdicchio at the winery in Castelli di Jesi using a new bottle format that weighs significantly less than one used for the last vintage. The new bottle weighs only 460 grams, 90 grams less than the previous (which weighed 550 grams, a...

Pievalta at @LArtusi leader in the new wave of Italians TY @JoeCampanale

  Above: New York restaurateur Joe Campanale (right) and his mother, the lovely Karen Campanale in a photo taken at L’Anfora, Joe’s wine bar concept, in 2010. Even when you see it “on paper” and peruse his bio, it’s spell-binding to see Joe Campanale’s meteoric rise in the New York...

Harvest in Castelli di Jesi has begun!

  On Friday, we sampled the grapes for a third time and decided that the moment had arrived to begin picking. This morning at 6:00 a.m. (Tuesday, September 3, 2013), we assembled the whole team (Alessandro, Gianlcua, Mitico, and Roberto) and began picking in the “Veranda” vineyard. These grapes will...

@volta_boulder, the newest entry in one of America’s leading food & wine cities

Above: as the owners of Volta write on their Facebook, “food is love made visual.” In the minds of many U.S.-based food and wine professionals, Boulder, Colorado is one of the nation’s leading food meccas and one of its epicenters for gastronomy. Outside of Las Vegas, this easy-going, green-leaning university...