Cantine Buoso bring quality Prosecco to Wine Pleasures Workshop

Cantine Buoso to particiate in Wine Pleasures WorkshopGianluca Colo, Sales & Marketing Manager at Cantine Buoso chatted to us about us the winery, the challenges encountered in the export market and also recommends his favourite wine for those summer hot nights. The winery is located in Caorle, near Venice and grows a wide variety of grapes, from Merlot to Cabernet Franc, Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc and Glera (Prosecco). Cantine Buoso will be participatating in the Wine Pleasures Workshop  Buyers meet Italian cellar (BMIC) which will take place this 4-6 November in the region of Arezzo, Italy. Here are Gianluca’s answers to our questions:.

Tell us about the history of Cantine Buoso.

Cantine Buoso to particiate in Wine Pleasures WorkshopThe four Buoso brothers started to produce wine during the early 1970’s and step by step the company and the production have grown. The farm now boasts 86 hectares with 8 different types of grapes. The new technologies and ideas have allowed the Cantine Buoso to be one of the most significant wine producers in the Venetian area.

What makes your Prosecco stand out?

Every production area has its own characteristics. We have two in particular: one is that the vineyard is on an ex-lagoon soil which contains many fragments from shells and the second is that we are 3 miles away from the sea and the daily breeze gives a typical richness to our wines.

Cantine Buoso to particiate in Wine Pleasures WorkshopWe see you are interested in exporting more of your wines to USA. Which of your wines do you think would best suit the American market and why.

The American market is the widest market for Italian wines and the consumer has a deep knowledge of the difference between industrial wine and artisanal production. Everybody talks about the quality but it is not easy to find.  Only a full control process from the vineyard to the bottle can guarantee the real taste of any famous grapes from Veneto like Pinot Grigio or Prosecco.

How would you compare the workshop methodology at Wine Pleasures to a large-scale wine trade fair? What are the strengths and weaknesses of both?

We have a large experience in trade fairs and we prefer to have 5 good meetings with interested customers rather than to talk to 100 people who spend the day drinking and walking around a fair.

 Which Prosecco would suit best a summer aperitif?

Wine Pleasures Workshop Spanish CellarThe most indicated Prosecco for aperitif is the Extra Dry, the Charmat method produces a residual sugar range between 12 to 17 grams per litre and the lower level is the most preferable for the consumer.

If you are a wine importer and would like to attend the upcoming Workshop Buyer meets Italian Cellar (4-6 November 2013) as an invited buyer and meet Cantine Buoso there are still places available!

Sofia Sagripanti

Scacciadiavoli Sagrantino good news for exorcists!

Sagrantino good news for exorcistsThe siblings Liu and Iacopo Pambuffetti from Scacciadiavoli tell us about the whimsical story behind their name and other interesting facts about their terroir in Umbria. Combining fanciful tales and historical facts, we are enchanted by the stories of the wines of Scacciadiavoli. The winery is located in Umbria, a region at the heart of Italy which flourished during the Middle Ages; today is still an area where the past had an important influence on people’s customs, local traditions, food and indeed wine. The winery will participate for the second time in the Workshop Buyer meets Italian Cellar 4-6 November (BMIC), Arezzo after the pleasant and benefiting experience last year in Assisi, Umbria’.

What does Scacciadiavoli mean?

Scacciadiavoli is once again ready for Buyer Meet Italian Cellar 2013The name Scacciadiavoli comes from a nickname the Demons’ chaser- given to an exorcist who lived in a village at the edge of our property.

The legend says that one day a young woman who seemed to be possessed by a demon was brought to the village exorcist, to release her from the devil.

Using his potions and infusions, he tried to help her, but he did not succeed, until he tried the “If all else fails” remedy, making her drink the local red wine until she was drunk. The girl came back to her senses straight away. It was thanks to the wine that the exorcist gave to her that the young woman was released from her demons.

Can you tell us about more about the Sagrantino grape and your wine region in Umbria?

Scacciadiavoli is once again ready for Buyer Meet Italian Cellar 2013Sagrantino is a grape varietal which can be found only in the territory of Montefalco near Perugia in Umbria.

The first official document that references the varietal goes back to the 16th century.  Sources hypothesize that the variety was imported from Asia Minor by the followers of St. Francis. The name Sagrantino is a reference to the Sacraments, as the grape was cultivated by the monks for making sweet wine which was then used in religious ceremonies.  There are also many other arguments regarding this grape as native of this area or obtained by cloning other native varietals.  This hypothesis comes from the fact that in 1088 (before St. Francis), there are written sources about vines planted in the Montefalco area.

Scacciadiavoli is once again ready for Buyer Meet Italian Cellar 2013Sagrantino is a slow ripening variety characterized by an enormous quantity of polyphenols and rich skins.  Because of its excellent resistance to mold, Sagrantino has an exceptional technical and phenolic maturation which allows its harvest in the best conditions according to that season.

Sagrantino is also used for passito, a sweet wine, and when harvested the grapes are chosen from the most morphologically adapt in the second half of September. On the other hand the harvest for dry Sagrantino wine usually happens between the 10th and 15th of October.

We see you are interested in exporting more of your wines to Hong Kong and China. Which of your wines do you think would best suit these markets and why?

Hong Kong and China are markets where we have not been exporting to yet. We would like to export Montefalco Sagrantino DOCG , Montefalco Rosso DOC and the Sparkling wines (Spumanti) Brut Metodo Classico. We would also like to establish a long term relationship with our partners there and to build awareness of our brand. Since we do not know these markets very well we would prefer to meet someone very reliable.

Having participated in BMIC 2012 Umbria, how would you compare the workshop methodology at Wine Pleasures to a large-scale wine trade fair?  What are the strengths and weaknesses of both?

Wine Pleasures Workshop Buyer meets Italian Cellar AssisiLast year, BMIC Umbria 2012 was well organised by Wine Pleasures and we had time and space to present our wines properly. We only found one importer but it was enough for us back then. We hope that in Arezzo, the experience will be similar but we also hope that the quality of importers will be higher and they will be interested in high-end wines.

If you are a wine importer and would like to attend the upcoming Workshop Buyer meets Italian Cellar (4-6 November 2013) as an invited buyer and meet Scacciadiavoli there are still places available!

Sofia Sagripanti

Tuscany is on the ball when it comes to Wine & Tourism! Read Why

Wine Pleasures visits TuscanyTuscany has a long tradition of winemaking and it is indeed one of the most preferred destinations for wine connoisseurs and gourmet experts. However, to be such an important hub for the production of wine, Tuscany boasts a dense network of associations and regulatory bodies. Wine producers are linked to each other by the five most important Regional and Governmental agencies for wine. These were born under the lead of the Ministry of Agriculture to function as political, economic and legal bodies for all issues related to the production of wine. They are the: Consorzio of Chianti, Chianti Classico, Brunello di Montalcino, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and Vernaccia di San Gimignano.

Wine Pleasures visits TuscanyFounded before the 1970s, they set national norms on winemaking which all producers are bounded to. Each Consorzio supports its members by promoting the image of the wines abroad: many organise events, others participate in wine fairs, conferences and wine tasting. The Consorzio is then a point of reference for the wine producers, as it deals with the wine tourism and marketing of Tuscany and aims to improve its popularity around the world.

Wine Pleasures visits TuscanyIt is worth mentioning that the Consorzio of Chianti Classico is the most prestigious of the five which boasts 600 members representing 95% of the entire denomination. The D.O.C.G. is rooted in the Medieval History of the war between the Tuscan municipalities of Florence and Siena in the 1400s. Since then, these cities have enclosed the borders of the wine region whose symbol is the Black Rooster. The Chianti Classico Denomination is found instead within the larger Consorzio del Chianti (1927) acquiring the name of D.O.C.G. in 1965. Over 2,500 producers, cultivating more than 10,500 hectares of vineyards and producing 550,000 hectolitres of Chianti are found in this wine region which lies in the heart of Tuscany.

Wine Pleasures visits TuscanyAnother important association for the region is Toscana Promozione; this is an agency which is the first port of call in promoting Tuscan economy and tourism. In order to support Tuscan wines and enhance the terroir and tradition of Tuscany in the world, the brand and concept of Tuscan Taste was born. Tuscan Taste is an idea advanced by the Consorzi to fight against the worldwide competition of emerging wine markets such as Brazil, U.S., Chile, Argentina and Portugal. The brand has been launched officially in the event Florens 2012 which saw more than 300 experts of food, art, design and tourism. Tuscany Taste was also launched in New York, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Moscow. Tuscany hopes to reinforce its traditional food and wine identity and to maximize its international image from its territory to its lifestyle.  With Tuscany Taste, a new global marketing campaign to promote Tuscan wines, the world is finally paying homage to great quality winemaking.

Wine Pleasures visits TuscanyToscana Promozione has also launched the Tuscany Food and Wine app, an interesting and useful guide for foodies complete with maps and addresses of restaurants, wineries, shops, heritage buildings and much more. Available for IOS devices and free to download, the app will be the new online Bible for those who wish to immerse themselves in gourmet heaven.

The 2013 edition of the Wine Pleasures Workshop Buyer meets Italian Cellar will be hosted in Arezzo and has considerable support from both the Strada del Vino Terre di Arezzo and the Camera di Commercio Arezzo. Wine importers A Wine Pleasures Workshopfrom around the world will travel to Italy to meet some 30 – 40 boutique wine producers from all regions of Italy. 15 members of the Strada del Vino have confirmed their attendance – so plenty of Chianti to taste!

We recently tasted one wine from each of the Consorzios mentioned above and here are our tasting notes and pairing suggestions for each one. Please feel free to add a comment:

Gualdo del Re 2008 – I’ Rennero – Val di Cornia Suvereto

A dark cherry berry colour, deep on appearance. Forest fruits are dominant on the nose: raspberry blueberry and blackberry. Intense black pepper and spicy notes with hints of black treacle. A powerful dry red, an explosion of fruits, pleasant tannins on a surprisingly short finish. A well-rounded mouthfeel.

Try with Steak and roasted meats such as venison, beef, wild boar, braised meats. Excellent with parmigiana and ragu sauce or with dark chocolate fondue for the sweet tooth.

vernaccia di san gimignanoCampo della Pieve 2010 – Il Colombaio di Santa Chiara – Vernaccia di San Gimignano D.O.C.G. 

Tasting Notes

Golden yellow in colour. Dominant zesty and lemon aromas leap out with underlying aromas of lemon curd, honey, toasted nuts and apricot jam. There are also hints of grass and subtle floral notes. Fresh crisp entrance with a medium sweetness, and a high level of acidity somehow balanced by the fruityness of the wine. Short finish and quite disappointing taste if compared to the intensity of the aromas. Creamy and buttery texture.

Try with light seafood entrees, poultry, salads and cantucci (traditional Italian almond biscuits).

Brunello di Montalcino 2007 – La Velona – Brunello di Montalcino D.O.C.G. 

brunello di montalcinoPlum red with noticeable orange rim. Beautiful thin legs. Liquorice aroma explodes with a gush of forest fruits such as blackberry, plum, and black cherry. Look deep down behind the berry notes to find subtle hints of cloves, black pepper and coffee. Dry but with a surprisingly fruity entrance if you are not familiar with the Tuscan grape variety of Brunello. Great level of acidity in harmony with the fruityness. Slightly harsh tannins which will make the wine perfect to have with food. Medium finish. A round, enveloping medium bodied very good red. Enjoy it now or wait two years to see the tannins round off.

Try with Hard and mature cheese such as manchego, cheddar, pecorino or sheep cheese. Minced meat, spicy food, roasted meats, marinated herbal wild boar stew, mushroom risotto, tagliatelle with duck sauce.

Cinciano  – Chianti Classico D.O.C.G. 2009

The wine appears ruby tending towards a cherry red colour with hints of orange, clear and without much depth. On the nose, strawberry and cherry aromas with red and forest fruits complement the subtle notes of jam, black pepper and caramelised orange. An intense smell and the thick legs forming on the sides of the glass confirm the high alcohol content of the wine. On the palate the wine is although dry, very fruity, with low acidity, yet, with high tannins. 

Try with the traditional T-bone Florentine steak. It can also be enjoyed with bbq meat, Pizza, cured meats, goat cheese, caprese (Mozzarella and tomato salad) and soft cheese.

Poliziano 2009 –  Vino Nobile di Montepulciano  D.O.C. G. 

vino nobile di montepulcianoOn appearance a firm dark plummy red coloured wine, clear with thin beautiful legs and a medium depth. A quick sniff and notes of plum jam and black pepper are released with hints of wet leaves, wood, cloves and liquorice. Dry on the palate, with medium acidity and slightly harsh tannins. With a subtle peppery and spicy taste and medium finish, this wine leaves you craving for a much longer finish. A good, light-medium bodied wine which can be enjoyed now or left maturing in the bottle for another couple of years.

Try with Pasta with rich sauces, game, rich white and red saucy meats, roasted beef, lamb casserole, lasagne, hard and mature cow and sheep cheese. The jammy and peppery aromas would also suggest a hazardous pairing: the Austrian Sacher Torte (a triple layer of chocolate and jam).

Sofia Sagripanti

A Bubbly Discussion on Cava, Champagne & Sparkling from Portugal

Wine Blogger at Wine Pleaures WorkshopQ: What do you get when you cross three importers, a wine maker, an export manger, an event organizer and a Frenchman?

A: A Champagne vs Cava vs  Sparkling from Portugal taste-off

Day 2 of the Wine Pleasures Workshop Buyer Meet Iberian Celler culminated in a meeting of the senses.  What started as a comparison moved to a discussion on how they complement each other. Which leads one to ask if one is truly superior?…

Antonelli, Sagrantino & Umbrian Cuisine Enlighten Wine Importers

Wine Pleasures visits Antonelli UmbriaOn our third day of Wine Pleasure’s Workshop Buyer Meets Italian Cellar we saw half of the group of wine importers leave while the other half stayed for the second part of the program: winery visits. The handful of us that were left were guests of the very kind Filippo Antonelli, President of the Umbrian division of Movimento del Turismo del Vino, at his home for dinner. Yes, his home. Sure, it’s a winery now but we truly felt like guests at his wonderful house. The villa was owned by the Bishop of Spoleto for 6 centuries but, when his great grandfather bought the place in 1881, it was a farm. After being shown the winemaking facilities, we were treated to a tour of his home. It was like walking through a museum! Old military gear, a library of epic proportions, stories of ceramic thieves breaking to get specific works of art and paintings that one wondered which famous artist had done. Then it we were treated to a wonderful meal cooked by women who seemed more like our Italian mammas than our personal chefs!…

Valle di Assisi Hotel & Resort – Great Hosts & Great Wine!

Wine Pleasures Workshop Buyer meets Italian Cellar AssisiSusanna Bianconi is the lady behind the scenes of Valle di Assisi. She bought the area where the main hotel is in 1997. They were able to acquire the neighbouring Tenuta and so planted the vines in the year 2000. The idea was to have a place that preserves what Umbria is about and produce what Umbria has to offer. It is because of the passion her whole family has, especially her and her father, for Umbria that they decided to create an area that welcomes and preserves at the same time. During the Wine Pleasures Workshop Buyer meets Italian Cellar we took time out to ask Susanna about Bianconi wines and wine tourism in Umbria.

What, do you find, is the most challenging aspect of owning and running a hotel & winery?…

Umbria Food & Wine Impress International Wine Importers at Wine Pleasures

MTV Umbria partners with Wine PleasuresWhen we think of Italian food and wine three things may come to mind: pasta, pizza and Chianti. Have you ever stopped to think how much more Italy truly has to offer? In Rome, where the cuisine is very basic and traditionally poor people’s food, then the wine on the table will reflect this history. In fact, there is pancetta (or bacon), egg, aged cheeses (such as Pecorino Romano), coda alla vaccinara (oxtail seasoned with cinnamon, nutmeg, black pepper and garnished with pine nuts)… all essentially succulent flavors that are on the sweet side. The table wine of Rome balances this by being slightly frizzy and easy to drink. Go to Umbria where the food simple yet hearty- wild boar, rabbit, vegetable stews, bean stews. Enter Sagrantino….

Wine Importers to descend on Assisi to discover the great diversity of Italian wines

Wine Pleasures Workshop Assisi Buyer meets Italian CellarUmbria is a pretty amazing place. So great of a destination, yet it seems like undiscovered territory. It made me happy to hear that New York City’s Michael Bloomberg has officially declared November “I Love Umbria Month”! Hopefully Hurricane Sandy’s damage will still let New York enjoy such a wonderful idea.

What is there not to love? Like Tuscany, it has rolling hills (it is known as the “green heart” of Italy), medieval towns, castles, amazing culinary traditions and wine. As if on cue, Wine Pleasures (with Premium sponsor Movimento Turismo del Vino Umbria) has organized an event in Assisi called “Buyer Meets Italian Cellar“. At this workshop, besides local Umbrian …

Wines of Italy have strong potential attraction for New York wine consumers

David Sparrow Wine Pleasures WorkshopWe spoke with David Sparrow, the President of Sparrow’s Fine Wines in the USA to find out why he enjoys the intimate Wine Pleasures workshops compared to the large-scale wine fairs.

1. You have been in business since 1997, how have you seen the wine industry change over the years?

In the US market, the proliferation of wines and information about wine have confounded consumer choice.  Effective marketing of new wines is indispensable for their successful sale.  The use of social media is helpful in this regard, but …

Tokyo restaurants look set to feature more wines of Italy

V Trading at Wine Pleasures WorkshopTokyo based wine importer, V Trading returns to Europe once again in search of boutique wines for the Japanese HORECA market. This time to Umbria for the Wine Pleasures Workshop Buyer meets Italian Cellar. Taro Akiyama, owner and wine buyer is searching for the right wines to meet Tokyo restaurant winers and diners palates. We asked Taro a few questions before the up coming event and here are the answers to our questions:

1.    Can you give me some background information about V Trading and how it started?

V Trading Co.,LTD was established in 2004 by Taro Akiyama who had been in wine industry for more than …