Friday, November 16, 2018

Sicily coast to coast - ONAV wine tasting


Shanghai, November 16th 2018 – SICILY COAST TO COAST, a journey through Sicilian wines was the theme of ONAV wine tasting event.

Vito Donatiello and Marco Gallardi (both ONAV certified Wine Taster) guided the tasting of 7 wines from Mazara del Vallo (Trapani) to Etna (Catania), from local grapes such as Nero d’Avola and Frappato to international grapes such as Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon.
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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Banfi Masterclass: Brunello Poggio alle Mura vertical tasting


Shanghai, November 13th 2018 – Vito Donatiello was invited to a Castello di Banfi very exclusive Masterclass, a vertical tasting of their “premium” Brunello di Montalcino Poggio alle Mura.
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Monday, November 12, 2018

Gambero Rosso 2018 Shanghai Event

Vito Donatiello tasting Cinciano Chianti Classico DOCG from Poggibonsi | Italian Wine & Food in China blog

Shanghai, November 12th 2018 - Gambero Rosso comes back to Shanghai to present a selection of Tre Bicchieri rated wines (the highest score), awarded in Vini d’Italia 2019 guidebook.
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Thursday, October 18, 2018

Is Organic Wine trend slowing down?

Organic wine trend slowing down | Italian Wine & Food in China blog

In 2017 the growth of the organic vineyards is slowing down in many wine regions.

In fact, 2017 records the weakest growth since 2011, + 2%, for a total of 103,000 hectares (16% of the total Italian organic vineyard). In 2016 the annual progression was +23%.
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Friday, October 12, 2018

French wine classification is quite complex


One single word missing (“Classé”) carries a lot of meaning in terms of brand perception and recognition, classification and market price.

But if you are not French it is difficult to keep in mind the difference between Saint-Émilion Grand Cru Classé and Saint-Émilion Grand Cru (quoted from Wikipedia: “Wines in this category are not seen as being of comparable quality to the Grand Cru Classés”).
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Thursday, October 11, 2018

Blue wine tasted in Singapore

Blue wine tasted in Singapore | Italian Wine & Food in China blog
I have read some time ago that in Spain someone was producing a wine blue in color. I thought it is some enologist laboratory experiment and I didn’t expect to find it on the shelves of a Singapore wine shop. Obviously could not resist and I’ve got one bottle (price point helped, only 19 SGD equal to 12 Euro).
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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Paladin trade tasting

Paladin trade tasting | Italian Wine & Food in China blog

Singapore, October 10, 2018 - Paladin family started writing their wine story as far back as 1962. Vineyards and cellars are located between Veneto and Friuli, where the two regional cultures melted together.

Vito Donatiello participated in this Trade Tasting and introduced Prosecco Millesimanto (”vintage”) DOC and Ripasso Superiore DOC.
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Monday, July 16, 2018

Barbera d’Asti DOCG 2010: 8 years and still well alive

Barbera d’Asti DOCG 2010: 8 years and still well alive | Italian Wine & Food in China blog

Pleased to be invited by Max and Jessica, we had a nice late dinner on their terrace enjoy a lovely Shanghai alfresco summer night.

After the fist bottle of wine, we open the second one, it supposes to be a technical tasting to evaluate how a simple wine (in this case simple means no wood ageing contribution) could decrease after 8 years.

Very surprised to find out that Barbera is not dead, has not passed its peak, instead it is still well alive, fresh and flavorful.
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Monday, June 4, 2018

2018 1Q: imported wine in China grows +32%

2018 1st Quarter China import of Italian wine | Italian Wine & Food in China blog

2018 1st Quarter recorded China import of over 190 million of bottles of still wine (only bottled wine < 2 litre, excluding sparkling and bulk categories) with an increase of +32.4%
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2017 China import of Italian wine

2017 China import of Italian wine | Italian Wine & Food in China blog
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