From grapes to glass

A DAY WITH MATTEO MONTONE

A day in the life of Matteo Montone, assistant head Sommelier at Locanda Locatelli and winner of Best Sommelier at Bellavita Expo London 2016 - Villa Sandi award. Matteo came to Bellavita headquarters and talked us through a standard day in the office for him... which mostly involves being surrounded by wine 24/7. Bellavita: What time…

A STORY ABOUT WINE

“People like a story, an identity and a character behind wine, to know their wine is being made by someone,” explains Master of Wine Beverly Tabbron, yet “an awful lot of people wouldn’t know the difference between big and small producers”. While there may be slight differences in taste between the two - “not so…

ITALIAN OLD VINE WINES

The basis of all good food and wine lies in what the Italians evocatively call la materia prima: the raw materials, the starting point, the primary ingredients. And as fine wines get better with age, looking at Italy’s old vine varieties helps us discover some of their very best. As they age, vines learn how…

Bruno Vespa launches his new wine collection in London

Bruno Vespa, the renowned Italian television Journalist and presenter, chooses London to unveil his prestigious wine selection from his new company ‘Vespa vignaioli per Passione’. The exclusive event took place at the Baglioni Hotel, presented by the Editor of GQ Magazine, Dylan Jones and organised by the famous creative director Angelo Galasso, was attended by many VIP…

iSommelier, a very high-tech decanter

How long does wine need till it’s perfectly oxygenated? Is it one hour or more? What’s the secret to achieving the right balance between oxygen and wine? And how do we get the best aromas and flavours from each and every glass? A Sommelier ought to know these things, but in restaurants, time is as…

Wine – Italy is the world biggest producer and overtakes France

Italian wines are on top of the world. Italy has become the world's biggest producer of wine in 2015 according to European Commission estimates released this week. The new reports gave France the silver medal allowing Italy to get the pole position, an historical achievement for the Italian exports. This year Italian winemakers harvested the equivalent…

Growing grapes in the forest (just mind the deer)

Phylloxera, the little pest which devastated vineyards worldwide in the late 19th century, shaped and re-shaped wine growing. In its aftermath, vineyards were transformed. Grape varieties were variously lost, forgotten, discarded and rediscovered. If there was a trend, it was to forget about the varietals that were perhaps more challenging to grow, low yielding, or…

Bellavita Awards – From the deep up to victory

To the delight of the wine community in 1998, around 2,000 bottles of the 1907 Champagne Monopole Hiedsieck 1907 Diamant cuvee were recovered from a shipwreck in the Gulf of Finland. They were auctioned off, as a novelty, around the world, but what a revelation this wine was. Tasted in Hong Kong, it was almost…

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