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Sommelier's Wedding Wine Menu! Wedding Wine List!

Have you ever wondered what an Italian Sommelier chooses for his wedding Wine List? Well, now you'll find out because Ivan Molinarolo will show you his menu! Ivan got married on May 11 and with the consent of his bride, he will reveal his selection and menu .... Are you ready? Ivan: Well, let's start with the fact that I had to choose from almost 100 wineries that make great wines. But as you will discover by following me, I prefer small cellars that really represent the territory, not noble names. In my opinion, noble names are expensive and "linear". My Wedding Wine List selection is therefore dictated by the fact that I know enological Italy as well as I know my pockets. I...

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Netflix Wine Films; What Wine Films Can You See on Netflix?

Wine Films on Netflix: What kind of Wine Film can you see on Netflix? If you stay at home in these hot days, why not look at some good films about wine on Netflix? Maybe with a nice glass of chilled sparkling wine? (see also our post on which bubbles to choose during the summer!) I will discuss films that I like the most and also keep the truth. I will show them in a suggested order of viewing so that you can understand more about my beautiful Italy and the magic of wine! All through the lens of films about wine on Netflix. For the first movie, I want to recommend Somebody Feed Phil. I know, it does not speak...

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France vs Croatia: To Open a Bottle of Champagne or Plavac Mali (Zinfandel)?

We are at the end of a beautiful soccer world cup, in which surprises were not missed! Now in the final we find a very young France, and the smallest Croatia, to whom will we toast? In addition to clashing on the playing field, you will also see a battle between two major wine nations. While France has a massive representation in wine culture, small Croatia’s (4 million inhabitants) wine culture goes back to the dawn of time. France is the nation that has most influenced the world of wine with its native vines that have become a point of reference for all nations, such as chardonnay, Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah etc. But their current history opened after 600 BC. ....

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Sparkling Wine for Summer: Method Champenoise (Champagne) or Charmat (Prosecco)?

Summer is hot, important parties toast with sparkling wine ... .but how do you choose between Charmat and Champenois? To begin, I will briefly bore you with the story :). The first sparkling wines appeared in France in the 1600s in the Champagne area. Legend says that it was invented by Dom Pierre Perignon, but even if the historical reality does not coincide with the myth, I like to think that this great name is still the grand master of this ancient art of bubbles. The world of bubbles owes everything to the champagne winemakers who have refined and made famous the champenois method, which remains among the best products in the world. Nowadays, sparkling wine technologies have improved and...

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Agricola Bellaria - Winery Spotlight

"Since I founded Agricola Bellaria together with the Maffei family, a few years have passed during which I have seen the company be born, grow and grow up. I stop to think about the time we spent in the cellar, trying with all our strength to create wines that would reflect the beauty and history of our Irpinia. Born as a small company in Irpinia that tried in every way to stand out and get noticed among the thousands of excellent competitors, we never looked for shortcuts; with effort and humility, every day we fought and won battles that seemed impossible even to face. I stop to think about the first triumphs in international competitions, the first sales in Italy...

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