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Decanter World Wine Awards 2009 – Yapp Brothers: proud winner of the ‘Specialist Merchant of the Year’

Inserito Wednesday 23 September 2009


Every year, Decanter gives recognition to a select number of retailers for their quality of service and the range and value of wines they offer. This year, at the Decanter World Wine Awards ceremony held on September 1st, the award for Specialist Merchant of the Year went to Yapp Brothers for “its excellent, redesigned website, informative and beautifully produced wine list and attractive delivery terms”. 
The judges felt that Yapp Brothers’ mainly-French range, particularly its Rhone, Loire and Provence variety, included some excellent producers.

Founded in 1969 by former dentist professional Robin Yapp and now sustained with equally unbridled passion by son Jason Yapp and stepson Tom, Yapp Brothers has always been at the forefront of bringing unique and delicious wines of exceptional quality to customers looking for something different. As The Daily Telegraph put it, “there are wines at Yapp Brothers that you simply can not find anywhere”. 

The company also prides itself in providing outstanding customer service as well as offering wine and cellaring advice to its private customers. A supplier to several of the UK’s finest restaurants, Yapp Brothers is also known to host a wonderful variety of tastings and dinners in these establishments.

With its specialism in French wines, the judges felt that Yapp Brothers’ Mere-based outlet in Wiltshire was definitely “worth a visit for any Francophile” – although visiting the company’s superbly-designed website was the next best thing.

The list of winners in full,

Waitrose – Wine supermarket of the year –

Majestic Wine – Wine chain of the year –

Yapp Brothers – Specialist Merchant Of The Year –

Tanners – Independent merchant of the year –

The Sampler – Small independent merchant of the year –

Berry Brothers – Online merchant of the year –

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Spumante grows, Champagne goes down

Inserito Wednesday 16 September 2009

Production and export, French bubbles in crisis. 
Italian sparkling wines go well

To cope with the crisis, this year the Champagne will reduce its production by 44 percent in the number of bottles. This vintage wine growers and bottlers of Champagne have decided to collect 32 percent of grapes less. And only 82 percent of the grapes can be bottled, the rest will be stored, waiting for a recovery of sales, resulting in a reduction of 44 percent in the number of bottles produced.

According to data of Coldiretti, it will instead be 300 millions the number of bottles produced by the Italian sparkling wine, while their cousins from beyond the Alps down to 260 million, sharply down from 322 million in 2008 and 339 million in 2007.

The historic reversal of the case – states Coldiretti – in the first year of production of Prosecco with a designation of origin (DOC) and Colli Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco and Prosecco Islanders (DOCG), which are rapidly gaining foreign markets .

Italians are better even in the export.  Exports of French champagne have fallen by 41 per cent, while the export of Italian sparkling wines are up of 15 percent, says Coldiretti based on the data of the French Federation of Exporters of Wines and Spirits (LVEF) and the National Forum on sparkling wines for the first six months of 2009.

As a result of growth in foreign demand, exports of Italian sparkling wine abroad – continues Coldiretti – have exceeded domestic consumption by implementing a total annual turnover of over 2.5 billion euros for a production of over 300 million bottles.

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Wine tasting in Umbria

Inserito Friday 4 September 2009


Every weekend from August to October the “Strada dei Vini” proposes
a visit to the cellars between Orvieto and Amelia.
With wine tasting and sampling of typical local products in the
suggestive landscape and flavours of Umbrian tradition.

Wine tasting: €10 per person

Wine and oil tasting: €13 per person

discounts on the company products for all the participants
Transportation can be organised, with collection from wherever you are staying
ven 14-ago pm 16.00 Cantina Custodi Canale di Orvieto
9.30 Al Vecchio Frantoio Montecchio
sab 15-ago am
11.00 Azienda Zanchi Amelia
sab 15-ago pm 16.00 Azienda Scambia Allerona Scalo
dom 16-ago am 10.30 Azienda di Corbara Corbara di Orvieto
ven 21-ago pm 16.00 Tenuta Vitalonga Ficulle
sab 22-ago am 10.30 Cantina Custodi Canale di Orvieto
16.00 Azienda Le Crete Giove
sab 22-ago pm
18.30 Al Vecchio Frantoio Montecchio
dom 23-ago am 10.30 Azienda Argillae Allerona Scalo
16.00 Azienda Zanchi Amelia
ven 28-ago pm
18.30 Al Vecchio Frantoio Montecchio
sab 29-ago am 10.30 Azienda Scambia Allerona Scalo
sab 29-ago pm 16.00 Azienda di Corbara Corbara di Orvieto
dom 30-ago am 10.30 Tenuta Corini Montegabbione
ven 04-set pm 16.00 Cantina Custodi Canale di Orvieto
9.30 Al Vecchio Frantoio Montecchio
sab 05-set am
11.00 Azienda Zanchi Amelia
sab 05-set pm 16.00 Azienda Argillae Allerona Scalo
9.30 Al Vecchio Frantoio Montecchio
dom 06-set am
11.00 Azienda Le Crete Giove
ven 11-set pm 16.00 Azienda Scambia Allerona Scalo
sab 12-set am 10.30 Azienda di Corbara Corbara di Orvieto
sab 12-set pm 16.00 Tenuta Corini Montegabbione
dom 13-set am 10.30 Tenuta Vitalonga Ficulle
16.00 Azienda Le Crete Giove
ven 18-set pm
18.30 Al Vecchio Frantoio Montecchio
sab 19-set am 10.30 Azienda Argillae Allerona Scalo
16.00 Azienda Zanchi Amelia
sab 19-set pm
18.30 Al Vecchio Frantoio Montecchio
dom 20-set am 10.30 Azienda Scambia Allerona Scalo
ven 25-set pm 16.00 Azienda di Corbara Corbara di Orvieto
sab 26-set am 10.30 Tenuta Corini Montegabbione
sab 26-set pm 16.00 Tenuta Vitalonga Ficulle
dom 27-set am 10.30 Cantina Custodi Canale di Orvieto
ven 02-ott pm 16.00 Azienda Argillae Allerona Scalo
9.30 Al Vecchio Frantoio Montecchio
sab 03-ott am
11.00 Azienda Zanchi Amelia
sab 03-ott pm 16.00 Azienda Scambia Allerona Scalo
dom 04-ott am 10.30 Azienda di Corbara Corbara di Orvieto
ven 09-ott pm 16.00 Tenuta Corini Montegabbione
sab 10-ott am 10.30 Tenuta Vitalonga Ficulle
sab 10-ott pm 16.00 Cantina Custodi Canale di Orvieto
9.30 Al Vecchio Frantoio Montecchio
dom 11-ott am
11.00 Azienda Le Crete Giove
16.00 Azienda Zanchi Amelia
ven 16-ott pm
18.30 Al Vecchio Frantoio Montecchio
sab 17-ott am 10.30 Azienda Scambia Allerona Scalo
sab 17-ott pm 16.00 Azienda di Corbara Corbara di Orvieto
dom 18-ott am 10.30 Tenuta Corini Montegabbione
Info: Effegi Viaggi, Via Garibaldi 7 – Orvieto
Tel. 0763.34.46.66

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Bottled Futurism: Caldaro green label

Inserito Friday 6 March 2009

This label is dedicated once again to the marriage between art and wine and in particular the relationship that is created in the first nine hundred of the movement of futurism and the transposition of certain works of art of this current art on the labels of wine which until then had been fairly anonymous.
This article is the result of our search for a beloved member of Giancarlo Santagostino Abbiategrasso.
Here we present the Green Label "Caldaro" which is a label of Claudio Cavazzana Cantine di Trento.
The company is no longer in business and has been consolidated since the second world war in another among the most important initiative.
The label is a copy of a set that includes (at least) Terlano (same colors) Marzemino and sweet Lambrusco (predominantly red) and Santa Maddalena Red Castelbarco (predominantly orange) and Negrara Valpolicella (blue / red) and Albana Passito (yellow and blue) to all’aceto (pink). Some specimens were diagonally soprastampati: "Red Castellar" on Negrara and Valpolicella, "White Castelmadruzzo" Passito on and on Albania.
All these labels have the same design and vary only the distribution of colors in different fields.
And one can certainly point out the novelty of this label and also the news that certainly stand out on a bottle today.
Were commissioned in the years 30 to Fortunato Depero that has put his signature in the small FD which is located in the corners of the label.
Fortunato Depero was born at the end dell’800 a fund, in Trentino, subject of the Habsburgs. He studied art and also practiced outside the home.
Attended – it was leading with Jacks and Balla – the cultural movement known as Futurism and in 1914 in Rome signed the Manifesto of Futurist Reconstruction of the Universe, which is distinct from the other posters Futurists in seeking a global dimension in the core the game is seen as liberating activities.
Many of his works, not only paintings, are collected in Casa Depero Museum in Rovereto (now the subject of the work of new production). Depero of works have been presented in recent years in several exhibitions (including Milan and Genoa) devoted to Futurism, a movement somewhat ‘forgotten in recent decades because of the sympathy that the Futurists dedicated to the emerging regime (1922).
Depero was brilliant artist and for him there tapestries, marquetry in cloth, furniture, billboards (Campari, San Pellegrino, Verzocchi, Unica) toys, also worked for the theater and, as you can see, even for the Cantine di Trento Claudio Cavezzani.

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Franciacorta protagonist in the Embassy of Italy

Inserito Tuesday 10 February 2009

Protagonist in the Italian Embassy dinner gala in the presence of the Bertelsmann Group, Barilla and young German industrial
Franciacorta protagonist to the Embassy of Italy, with headquarters in Berlin, at the elegant and prestigious gala dinner sponsored by the Bertelsmann Group, the largest media group in the world, which saw representatives of our country’s intervention Guido Barilla, successful entrepreneur and an international reputation.
Ninety guests, mostly representatives of the young German entrepreneurs, who accepted the invitation Ambassador Antonio Puri Purini to an open confrontation on economic and social issues today.
In a context of integration and comparison Italy – Germany, the Italian Ambassador Franciacorta has chosen to accompany the gala event, this confirms the growing prestige attained by Franciacorta, consolidated emblem of Made in Italy throughout the world and refined ticket visiting our country.
Germany is today the largest importer of Franciacorta, alone, in fact, imports nearly 30% of bottles sold worldwide.
A confirmation of the importance that this country has for the Franciacorta, the Consortium has launched a traveling festival that for Germany after the stage of Monaco in 2007 and Berlin in 2008 in Hamburg this year will see the city that will host the day of May 4, the festival, created to promote the appreciation of Franciacorta in Italy and abroad.
Erbusco, 28 January 2009
Francesco Angius – Press
Mobile +39 334 6080585

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Tuscany wines at NYSE

Inserito Thursday 5 February 2009

The great Tuscan wines – including Brunello, Nobile di Montepulciano, Chianti and Vernaccia – will be quoted on January 28 at the bag of wine in New York on the occasion of ‘English Wine Week’, the exhibition of Italian wine is planned for Boston, New York and Miami January 24-30. He does know Promosiena, stressing in a note that the event will be ”’a test especially for the opening of the market”. This event”- said the chairman of Promosiena, Massimo Terrosi – and ‘an important verification of availability’ to a positive report from the American market with our companies, and an incentive to anticipate a new future development of exports in this continent”. During the event, the production of wines, organized information from, sara ‘with meetings, seminars and tastings.

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Identity Card for Grappa of Veneto

Inserito Tuesday 3 February 2009

The "Valgrave" (Protection and Enhancement of Grappa Veneta) sees collaboration between the Institute Grappa Veneta, Veneto Agricoltura, Italian Wine Union and National Association of Tasters Grappa. According to studies conducted in the first distillate has a composition that characterize and distinguish it from the bordering regions grappas

Results rather than positive in the direction of a product specification and certification of Grappa Veneta.

This emerges from the first steps of the research conducted under the project "Valgrave" (Protection and Enhancement of Grappa Veneta), started in late 2007 and which sees the collaboration between Institute Grappa Veneta, Veneto Agricoltura, Italian Wine Union and National Association of Tasters Grappa.

The research involving 10 distilleries, representative of the entire region, which were collected 36 samples of raw grappa and delivered to the laboratories of the Italian Wine of Verona, for isotopic analysis and gas chromatography.

The analysis revealed characters typical for each distillery for the content of the alcohol and the compounds detected by gas chromatography, while the combination of features (identified by isotopic analysis), probably indicates a composition different from that of neighboring regions, Trentino-Alto Adige and Friuli-Venezia Giulia.

‘It is a very important project for producers veneti – Male says Alessandro, president of Grappa Veneta – Identify the chemical and organoleptic characteristics of grappa, create a panel, a committee of tasters can assess the main sensory characteristics are significant steps in the direction of the certifying Grappa Veneta with the objective to protect and enhance the regional product with benefits for consumers and producers the image of the region. "

Valgrave The project also provides for the formation of a panel of tasters to define the main characteristics of sensory Grappa Veneta, that during this first step of research, was attended by representatives of the National Tasters Grappa.

"For the first time also – concludes Male – associated producers are all united in a project that seeks the protection and enhancement of our product, with the crucial support of the Regione Veneto."

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Italian Wine tasting at CasaVino, Nantes, France

Inserito Friday 30 January 2009

Wednesday February 4, a new tasting evening is organized in CasaVino. On the program, 8 wines of southern Italy will be offered, from Puglia, Sicily and Sardinia.
During the tasting, you will find wine producers include:

The evening will begin around 20:30, and the package for 8 wines with Italian specialties is 30 € all included.
Some notes on the regions visited:
Puglia: unknown region (the heel) is a major region in terms of quantity of wine produced, making it a key pillar of the economy of the area. Even if the quantity is not always the quality, the bulk of production is intended for development of table wine, more and more producers are working to offer quality wines, particularly around indigenous varietals 2 red, primitivo and Negroamaro.
Sicily: the Sicilian wine quality, less unknown, having long been geared towards producing a wine meant to be turned into an "international taste" (with high concentrations in particular), now appears to be heading towards the development of wine most representative of the soil of the island. The Nero d’Avola, wine from the same grape variety, is perhaps the best known of all, except for the wine that is mutated marsala.
Sardinia: this region is probably not at the forefront of the revival of Italian wine, initiated by Tuscany in 70 years, together more or less delayed by almost all other Italian regions. Sardinia a little slow to follow this trail – which is more lucrative than producing large returns. But, as often is the will of the producer who will create a good wine, and the Sardinian region have enough potential, it is not impossible to find excellent wines on the island, particularly in RFSO Cannonau di Sardegna (the grenache Cannonau being French).


18, rue de Briord
44000 Nantes
Tél. : 0240479630
Port. : 0678225596
Site de vente en ligne :

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Saturday on wine in Umbria, Italy

Inserito Monday 19 January 2009

Saturday January 31st 2009 some wineries associated with the Movimento Turismo del Vino Umbria propose an opening on the last Saturday of the month, in which wine lovers can arrange for a nice trip out of town heding to wineries.

Saturday on Wine – Here are the programs in Umbria:
Cantina Tudernum
Pian di Porto, 146
Tel 075 8989403 – Fax 075 8989189 – –
Opening hours 8.15 – 12.30 / 15.00 – 19.00. Visits and tastings by appointment.
Sportoletti Ernesto and Remo
Via Lombardia, 1
Tel 0742 651461 – Fax O742652349 – –
Opening hours 8,30-12,30 / 15,00-18,00. Visit the winery and wine tasting.
Via Cimbano, 36
Cantagallo, Castiglione Del Lago (PG)
Tel O75-95 27 220 – Fax O75-95 27 220 – –
Azienda Agraria SAIO famiglia Mencarelli
Via della Passerella, 9
06081 ASSISI – (PG)
Tel: +39 075/812940 – Fax: +39 075/8019780 – Email: – Web:
Wine tasting c / o Corporate Wine Shop in Via Campiglione, Assisi ..
Zanchi Farm
Via Ortano, 122
AMELIA 05,022 – (TR)
Tel: 0744 970011/0744 970089 – Fax: 0744 970011/0744 402323 – Email: – Web:
Opening hours 8.00 to 13.00 and from 15.00 to 18.00.

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New DOC in Piedmont

Inserito Saturday 17 January 2009

The wine committee of Piedmont has given the green light to a new Doc, Alba derived from Barbera and Nebbiolo grapes, which, if adopted nationally, would enrich the set of designations of origin of the region, and has launched some changes to be the Barolo and Barbaresco that will allow to better adjust geographical indications.
The Regional Committee, which represents the entire production chain and institutions, at a meeting in Turin, has unanimously approved ‘the new denomination of origin "Alba", which involves a large area (47 municipalities) and will be made by Nebbiolo grapes (70%), Barbera (15%) and some smaller vineyards. The opinion expressed by the regional chain will now be forwarded to the Ministry of Agriculture, for an assessment, and after a further step in the National Wine Commitee, will become the subject of a ministerial decree for full approval. Piedmont currently has 14 DOCG and 44 DOC, with the last entry in 2008, Barbera d’Asti, Barbera del Monferrato Superiore and Dolcetto Ovada Superior or Ovada. "Within the next harvest we could have the new Alba DOC – says the Regional Agriculture minister Mino Taricco – a shared result of great importance, because this is the first name that comes from two vines, which in turn represent the two red grapes most extensively grown in Piedmont. In addition, it uses a prestigious name as that of Alba, known at international level, and this could only benefit the promotion of the new DOC, in a scenario like the one already rich excellence of Piedmont in wine making". The wine Committee has also approved an amendment to regulate the production of Barolo DOCG, which introduces additional geographical indications (so-called cru all’italiana), which show on the label the original location from which the grapes come. Already used today, the geographical indications, will make even more complete the system of certification of origin. Similarly, Barbaresco, for which an additional geographical indications had already set in the specification, was completed with the introduction of the term "Ronchi".

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