Best Italian Wine List – Voted by the UK Sommelier Association WINNER Locanda Locatelli, to collect the Award the Restaurant Manager Costanzo Cappella. One To Watch Hospitality WINNER Giovanni Ferlito,Head Sommelier and Wine Buyer at the Ritz… View Article
Best Italian Wine List – Voted by the UK Sommelier Association
WINNER Locanda Locatelli, to collect the Award the Restaurant Manager Costanzo Cappella.
One To Watch Hospitality
WINNER Giovanni Ferlito,Head Sommelier and Wine Buyer at the Ritz Hotel
One To Watch Retail
WINNER Tatiana Nikitina Account Manager a at "La Dolce Vita" Wine Importer
WINNER Thomas Soncinelli GM at Gordon Ramsay at The Savoy
Life Achievement Award: Chef
WINNER Giuseppe Silvestri: Private Chef of Lady Diana and Executive Chef Harrods
Life Achievement Award: Restaurant Manager
WINNER Carmine Supino: C & B Manager London Hilton Park Lane
Life Achievement Award: Sommelier
WINNER Gino Nardella: Sommelier at The Stafford the only Italian MS (Italian Master Sommelier in the world )
Life Achievement Award: Best Barman
WINNER Peter Dorelli: Barman Consultant at The Savoy
WINNER Tenuta Venterra - Organic Extra-Virgin Olive Oil With Ginger designed by Antonella Ferrara
Most Innovative Product Awards
WINNER La Molisana – Spaghetto Quadrato
It’s the last day of Bellavita Expo London 2016 and we’re still rolling full steam ahead. We’ve saved some of the best till last, as along with our array of… View Article
It’s the last day of Bellavita Expo London 2016 and we’re still rolling full steam ahead. We’ve saved some of the best till last, as along with our array of authentic Italian food and wine, there will also be masterclasses from Carmelo Carnevale, Phil Howard and Ollie Dabbous, Villa Sandi’s Prosecco to London and of course, we will also be announcing the winners of the prestigious Bellavita Awards.
The day will begin with British cyclist Mike Ramseyer arriving from his trip from Villa Sandi’s winery in the Prosecco hills, where he will present the bottle of Villa Sandi Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG, alongside Mr Giancarlo Moretti, Villa Sandi Chairman, on the Wine Academy stage to a chef from a London restaurant, symbolically pairing food and Prosecco. Celebrations involving canapés and Villa Sandi Prosecco will follow and a series of masterclasses on wine will continue on the Wine Academy stage until the Awards are announced.
The Awards crown the very best of Made-in-Itay produce, with two products at the Expo receiving the Bellavita Platinum Award, as well as numerous other gongs up for grabs.
Meanwhile in the Food Academy, chef and co-owner of upcoming Elystan Street Phil Howard - who also has 2 Michelin stars at The Square - will be cooking dishes using ingredients sourced from the Expo, as will Ollie Dabbous, chef and co-owner of Michelin-starred Dabbous and Barnyard.
So the only question left is… will you be attending?
Get your tickets here
Carmelo Carnevale is the resident chef at Bellavita Expo London 2016, and will be cooking alongside an array of top chefs including Joe Bastianich, Aldo Zilli and Ollie Dabbous. But… View Article
Carmelo Carnevale is the resident chef at Bellavita Expo London 2016, and will be cooking alongside an array of top chefs including Joe Bastianich, Aldo Zilli and Ollie Dabbous. But Carmelo has also carved out an enviable career himself, and is becoming one of the main faces of London’s growing Italian cuisine.
Executive chef at Aman resorts and President of APCI UK, the professional Italian chef alliance in the UK, his career has taken him all over Europe and Russia – and to some of London’s leading restaurants. Carmelo’s love of cooking and food stems from his golden Sicilian roots, which present themselves onto every menu he touches. “I’ve always been in the kitchen, from a very young age and grew up cooking Mediterranean cuisine”, which perfectly explains his authentic but accessible Italian dishes.
His favourite food? Southern Italian dishes of course, in particular fresh pasta and seafood. Also caponata, a Sicilian vegetable stew, a vibrant mix of natural goodness and always, always, including aubergine.
Carmelo will be cooking throughout the three days of Bellavita Expo London 2016, a keen supporter of quality produce, and cites the importance of being able to find genuine Italian produce in London, stating that “Bellavita is a great experience for anyone that loves food!”.
Seeing as everything Carmelo puts his mind - or knife - to receives rave reviews, we’re pretty sure he’s also right about this one...
Get your ticket to Bellavita Expo today, which runs from the 17th to the 19th July 2016 in the Business Design Centre.
Wine inspired by an abbey and fit for royalty. Meet Abbazia di Busco Bellavita: When your company was founded? How it is growing? Tell us your story! Abbazia di Busco:… View Article
Wine inspired by an abbey and fit for royalty. Meet Abbazia di Busco
Bellavita: When your company was founded? How it is growing? Tell us your story!
Abbazia di Busco: Our very name, our company recognizes its origins in the ancient Benedictine Abbey of St. Andrew in Busco, which once stood in this area. It is a Benedictine in the attitude to work on the land and in the ancient winemaking techniques that derive our passion for wine and our experience in creating it. A passion that already begins in the sixteenth century, when the Zeno family settled in Treviso.
As now, animated by a great passion for the land, we continued to manage the business making innovative, sometimes courageous choices, keeping, however, with unwavering respect for tradition and for the territory. Busco Abbey, located in the heart of Veneto, cultivate different types of vines. Prosecco, the wine of ancient origin of the Italian north-east produced with native grapes (Glera), is undoubtedly the flagship of our company. All wines are produced from the vineyards of our property, under the constant supervision of the patient and family who passionately follow the different processing times.
Bellavita: The package is sometimes as important as the product. You who have made choices to bring your flavors in the world?
Abbazia di Busco: About two years ago we decided to give life to a new image of our company, more consistent with the innovative choices that we had introduced, but at the same time in line with the history and the territory that belongs to us. With wine production of 2014 we opened the new brand and the new labels. The current Busco Abbey brand retrieves the historical dimension which is proper to the family: the symbols used in the brand can be found already in ancient maps of the area of Busco, between the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries and the word used, "Abacia d'Buscho ", carries in this forms and sounds of the era. As for the brand, even in the labels we have recovered the geographical roots of the company, so our wines are named by the individual rooms of the historic Abbey: Porch, Pulpit, Cloister, Chapter ...
For us the emotion felt by those who taste our wines already part of the bottle!
Bellavita: Many manufacturers have to fight against those who improperly uses the Italian brand abroad (the fake 'Made-in-Italy' or so-called 'Italian Sounding'). How do you think you can solve this problem?
Abbazia di Busco: Made in Italy should be defended vigorously like the Italian culture in the world. The fact that it is so widespread counterfeit or fake Made in Italy is a clear sign of the value of our products. And 'necessary to defend our heritage through constant and articulated communication company in the world, intended to inform the consumer and to provide the tools to recognize and appreciate the quality of real Italian products. For us Italians it is easy to bring a product to our land, we must teach this to those who have our cultural roots. This needs a strong shared between all producers in defense of the common good.
Abbazia di Busco will be at Bellavita Expo London 2016 on the 17th – 19th July! Get tickets here
A family-run business that is being passed down through generations, Marcello Marchesini is the epitome of tradition, innovation and Made-in-Italy. Bellavita enhances the regionality of products. What does your product say… View Article
A family-run business that is being passed down through generations, Marcello Marchesini is the epitome of tradition, innovation and Made-in-Italy.
Bellavita enhances the regionality of products. What does your product say about your region?
Marcello Marchesini: Our company is located on the hills of Lake Garda, the wine area par excellence of Bardolino Classico DOC. The particular topography of the area and the mild climate allows us to cultivate native grapes and produce wines of remarkable flavour and attractive color such as Bardolino Classico, Chiaretto Bardolino and Chiaretto Spumante. For the production of Bardolino, for example, we have rediscovered the Corvinone Veronese, a grape grown in the past, which gives our wine that particular note spezziata, typical of Bardolino wine. For Claret, however, we use a good percentage of Molinara grapes, another native Verona grape, which guarantees our rosé has fresh, floral and fruity notes that fully reflect the landscape characteristics of the Garda territory.
Bellavita: Is your company based on innovation or history and tradition?
Marcello Marchesini: Tradition is the basis of our business. It was Plinio Marchesini, in the fifties, who begin the cultivation of the vine: a knowledge that is now in the hands of his son Marcello and granddaughter Giorgia. Based on this solid foundation, we have continued to innovate: the manual management of the vineyards are accompanied by the most modern and advanced winemaking techniques, which allow us to guarantee the high quality of our products. Every year we invest in new machinery, both for the cellar and for the campaign. We recently introduced the pneumatic press and the central membrane, which we pressed to extract only the best must, and the refrigeration system of the tanks, which helps us keep the musts at optimum temperature during fermentation, a particularly sensitive time for a wine such as Chiaretto.
Bellavita: When your company was founded? How it is growing? Tell us your story!
Marcello Marchesini: The wine culture has become part of the history of our family thanks to Plinio Marchesini, who in the fifties began producing wine, first as a convivial element then as a product to be marketed, and in 1970, he created the Marchesini brand. From that small grower who produced Bardolino we came to a reality which today, is present in many foreign markets such as the US and China, and in many European countries. While Pliny taught Marcello the "recipe of good Bardolino", the latter wore small but significant innovations in the cellar, as a change from concrete tanks to just stainless steel bowls. Now the same shift is occurring between Marcello and daughters: Georgia, graduating in oenology, joined her father in the cellar, while Erika takes care of the business side of the company. This allows a comparison between generations, handing down the experience and knowledge of the territory, with a focus on new technologies.
Marcello Marchesini will be at Bellavita Expo London 2016 on the 17th – 19th July! Get tickets here
The Bellavita Best UK Sommelier will put some of the best sommeliers in the country on stage in Bellavita’s very own wine theatre. The competition organised by the Italian Sommelier… View Article
The Bellavita Best UK Sommelier will put some of the best sommeliers in the country on stage in Bellavita's very own wine theatre. The competition organised by the Italian Sommelier Association, will take place during the Bellavita Expo in London at the Business Design Centre, in front of a tough panel of judges including Masters of Wine and iconic VIP guests, all hosted by Nigel Barden, BBC Radio Presenter and food expert. The competition is sponsored by Villa Sandi, iconic premium Prosecco producer in Italy, and will see some of the top names in the industry fight to be crowned Bellavita’s Best UK Sommelier.
Judges of Bellavita’s Best UK Sommelier competition include many big names in the business, such as journalist Christoper Walkey, Peter McCombie and Anthony Rose, as well as AIS Italian champions Ivano Antonini and Luigi Pierazzo, and Villa Sandi’s very own Moretti Polegato.
Entrants will undergo a strict process to whittle down the best competitors to just 25 (from an estimated 100), the first proviso of which, is that they have been working as a sommelier in the UK for at least one year. Contestants will sit written exams in both theory and tasting, in the morning of Sunday 19 July, and then the three top-scoring sommeliers of this round will go through to the final in the afternoon, where they will exhibit their practical skills in front of a panel made up of VIP wine experts and wine media, including a number of MWs. The finalists will also be judged in a real-life setting experience, serving wine to “guests” such as Erica Parisi, Italian Wine Ambassador Vinitaly International Academy, Andrea Balleri, Bartender World Champion and Roberto Veneruzzo, the General Manager at Locanda Locatelli.
The winner of Bellavita’s Best UK Sommelier competition - Villa Sandi Award will receive a trophy, sash to confirm their title and a bottle of Villa Sandi’s finest prosecco. The winner of Bellavita’s Best UK Sommelier - Villa Sandi Award will also win a trip for two with a tour of the Villa Sandi Estate, and the two nights stay in Venice, compliments of Villa Sandi.
Last year’s best UK Sommelier competition was won by Vincenzo Arnese, sommelier at Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, who set a real benchmark for other contestants. Talking about the competition he said, “The best part of this experience was that it gave me the chance to meet several other people from the industry, people whom I share the same passion with.”
“Wine and food are ideal partners, and where better for a sommelier to win the Best UK Sommelier - Villa Sandi Award, than at a food and wine fair,” commented Andrea Rinaldi, who has been president of the Association since 2007. “Bellavita is a great event and the ideal venue to demonstrate the skills of the sommeliers we have here in the UK.”
Rinaldi believes that the Best UK Sommelier competition initiative adds to the current buzz around the UK’s own premium wine industry. “Every major wine producing country holds national sommelier competitions, and so with this event at Bellavita, we want to help put the UK on the wine map, backed up by showcasing the best sommeliers this country has.”
With many important industry figures competing, the confirmed competitors will include:
Jonathan Kleeman – Social Eating House by Jason Atherton
Antonio Polise – The Savoy Grill
Dario Barbato – Individual Restaurants
Andrea Briccarello – Galvin at Windows
Gaetano Giangaspero – Orrery Restaurant
Francesco Gabriele – Chewton Hotel & Spa
Manuel Trevisan – Dinner by Heston Blumenthal
Valentine Radosav – Dinner by Heston Blumenthal
Martin Jezek – Dinner by Heston Blumenthal
Jonathan Giffrin – China Tang
Chantal Serrano – Murano by Angela Hartwell
Shane McHugh – The Savoy Grill
Simone Fattore – The Ritz London
Matteo Montone – Locanda Locatelli
Fanrizio de Fenzo – Sartoria Restaurant
Modestino Agrenziano – Zarrerano
Marina Finocchiaro – The Cinnamon Club
Valerio Brunetto - Novikov