Wine News - April 2004

Company of the Month

Buta Stupa™ Project

This month we depart from our exploration of the Italian wine roads to extend our support to an initiative that we judge worthy: the Buta Stupa™ project.
Buta Stupa™ sprang from a very simple idea: leave the restaurant with the paid for, unfinished bottle of wine instead of leaving without it.
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The Chef's Corner

Unfortunately, because of the time spent getting ready for WineCountry.IT official debut at Vinitaly 2004 in Verona, Italy, we were not able to update this column.

We apologize with our readers and re-propose the previous interviews, for the ones among you that missed them the first time around.

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Welcome to Volume 2, Number 04 of Wine News, the e-Letter from the WineCountry.IT network. (Versione Italiana)

We are very excited as we get ready to go to Vinitaly 2004, in Verona, at for the first time as WineCountry.IT.

This marks truly an important date for us, as of this time last year, WineCountry.IT was founded. It is nice to look back on all the work done in the past 12 months. We saw an idea bloom into the online editorial reality that WineCountry.IT is today. We have spent the past year living and breathing this project, dedicating virtually all our waking hours to it. It has been worthwhile though, to spend literally thousands of hours at the computer exchanging e-mails with associates, designing and coding web pages, writing, translating and editing articles. We are proud and gratified by results achieved. For instance, alone was visited by over 13,000 people in March, an average of almost 500 visitors per day.

Looking forward we see a lot more exciting work awaiting us.

We have launched five web sites and are building seven more that will be launched before the end of the year. We have a lot of interesting wine professionals to meet, Italian wineries and Agriturismo to visit, regional recipes to try out and, of course, many and many more wines to taste. We particularly appreciate this last part.

The Italian and English web sites in our network are becoming more and more popular. The number of monthly visitors to WineCountry.IT (bilingual), Vino Italiano Club (Italian), ABC Vino (Italian), Italian Wine Hub (English) and Italian Wine Labels (English), keeps on growing. The weeks preceding Vinitaly our database were particularly busy, as we were consulted by a large number of both Italian producers and foreign importers.

While getting ready for Vinitaly, we are looking forward to the next big appointment for Italian and international wines, the first MiWine Annual, that will take place in Milan, Italy next June and to which we the first article in this issue of 'Wine News'. The e-Letter brings you the usual variety of articles as well as the 'Dates to Remember' in the next 30 days. The following articles are published in Italian on WineCountry.IT, Vino Italiano Club and ABC Vino. The English Versions are published in a different section of WineCountry.IT and on Italian Wine Hub and Italian Wine Labels.

For April, 2004 we decided to dedicate the column "The Company of the Month" to the Buta Stupa™ Project.

The staff of WineCountry.IT network wishes all our subscribers happy reading!


From Italy

The MiWine and the Market (First of Four Parts)


We are excited as we get ready to go to the Vinitaly, in Verona, Italy for the first time as WineCountry.IT. We are already looking forward however, to the MiWine, the new wine trade show taking place in June in Milan, Italy. This is the first part of a four-part article that takes an analytical look of the state of the market and how the MiWine places itself in the current enological panorama.
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Vinitaly, Business and Glamour


More space and services to better facilitate business contacts.
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"Tour & Food Italia", a New Bilingual Magazine


The first issue of "Tour & Food Italia", a new bilingual, bimonthly magazine dedicated to traveling and Italian eno-gastronomy, will be introduced Thursday, March 25 at 5:00PM at “The Westin Excelsior” Hotel, in Florence, Italy.
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Bruno Gambacorta praises the Regional School for Restaurateurs


Introduced two new culinary books on typical and organic products at a convention at Palazzo d’Accursio, in Bologna, Italy
The appreciation for the Emilian Scuola Regionale Specializzata nella Ristorazione (Regional School for Restaurateurs) grows.
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Strolling & Tasting ... in Carpineto Romano


Sunday, March 14, 2004 between 10:30AM and 8:30PM Carpineto Romano hosts a fascinating eno-gastronomic event featuring guided walks in downtown historic Carpineto Romano, Italy, the birthplace of Pope Leone 13th in 1810.
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From Europe

Michelin Red Guide 2004 France is Now Available


Three restaurants were awarded the coveted three star rating in the Michelin Red Guide 2004 France, the highly considered gastronomic guidebook known for launching, and sometime destroying, the careers of chefs and the fortune of restaurants all over Europe.
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From the USA

Cal-Ital Tales (First of Four Parts)


Seven years ago, the grape used in Italy to make Chianti seemed like 'the next big thing' here in California. Farmers rushed to plant it; wineries rushed to bottle it. And why not? Americans love Italian food, so it seemed logical that they would want the sort of wines that go with it in the Old Country.
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Italian Pinot Grigio in the United States


WineCountry.IT tips on Italian Pinot Grigio to be drunk now and are available in the United States at a good value for their price. If they seem a little pricey to the Italian readers, well, they are. One of the main reasons for it, is the weak dollar that has inflated the price of all goods imported into the US, including Italian wines.
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Eight Percent Increase in US Import of Brunello di Montalcino


"The success of the Brunello di Montalcino on the United States market is proof that the link to the "terroir" is the true added-value of foodstuffs 'Made in Italy' ..."
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From the World

Is Glass a Thing of the Past?


Air New Zealand has jointly patented a technology that it says could revolutionize the wine world. It is the Pettle, or what the layman would call a plastic wine bottle with a screw-top.
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"Italian Wine Hub" web site buzz

Oak Alternatives, or, The American Way


Some time ago, there was an interesting article in The San Francisco Chronicle, by Jordan Mackay – "Playing with Fire / Love it or Hate it, Oak Adds a Dose of Character to Wine" – about how, after grapes, oak is the most important ingredient in modern wine making.
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"Italian Wine Labels" web site buzz

Château Mouton-Rothchild has released its artist's label for the 2001 vintage.


In 1945, Baron Philippe de Rothschild conceived the original idea of crowning the Mouton label with a work of art created for this purpose by famous artists. The 2001 label by American artist Robert Wilson features a double print of Baroness Philippine de Rothschild, the owner of the estate.
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Dates to Remember - April / May

Note: To find out more about the places and activities for each event, please visit the News page.

Second Annual Chocolate Extravaganza

April 1 - 4, 2004

Vinitaly 2004

April 1 - 5, 2004

Boat (The) La Barca

Pentecost (Whit Sunday)


Corpus Domini

Processione del Venerdì Santo

Good Friday, only in years ending with even numbers.

Rappresentazione della Passione

Good Thursday and Good Friday

Parade of the Machinery (Processione delle Macchine)

Good Friday

Palio dei Buoi

April 23

Danza delle Spade, or Dance of the Swords

The Sunday closest to April 23>rd


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