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The voice of Italian viticulture

Wine Soundtrack is the voice of Italian viticulture and oenology through the words of its protagonists

Wine Soundtrack – Listen to wine personalities as they share their story via a series of thirty questions. You get to hear first hand as they narrate, the hopes, and dreams and the love driven passions that drives them.

Claudio Latagliata founder and major partner of Dukapis & Partners, has decades of experience in the management and the organizational sectors of the wine industry; He specializes in the winemaking industry and family-run businesses of all sizes. 
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Francesco Perillo

Cantina di Venosa is one of the most renowned wineries in Southern Italy. Established in 1957 by 27 members today it grew to 400 members, with an area of ​​800 hectares Cantina di Venosa is the largest producer of Aglianico grapes in the Vulturno area.

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Pierluigi Bolla

The history of the Prosecco Valdo began in 1926, it made the big leap in quality in the early 1930s, when the company was bought by the Bolla family, who changed its name to Valdo Spumanti  in 1951.

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Angela Sini

Cantina della Volta began with a group of wine-loving friends who supported and encouraged Christian Bellei, artist of the classical method and  fourth generation of wine producers, to renovate his family winery in Bomporto in the province of Modena established in 1920

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Source: Dukapis & Co. SRLS, Via Panama, 88, 00198 Roma – Italia

Wine and flavors of Trentino

A trip to Vineards, nature, relaxation and great food – If this is what you like, welcome to Trentino!

Everything you ever wanted to know about the cheese called Puzzone di Moena or about the apples of Val di Non and, why not, on the renowned high altitude bubbles of Trentodoc spumante. And much more, about products you never thought you’d find here, such as small berries, honey, Trentino Lucanica sausage, and a good grappa to top it off.

A rich selection of places where you can enjoy the flavors of Trentino and many recipes for you to try. Many establishments where you can go to sleep but only after having a good meal!

Flavor itineraries to be travelled along lakes, through vineyards and up and down the Dolomites, and vacation ideas made of true experience. And finally, a calendar of tasty events for all seasons, such as those linked to the summer mountain pastures, to the world of wine or to apple picking. Discover: Trentino and discover Producers, Products and Itineraries…

Source: Trentino Sviluppo S.p.A. P.I. 00123240228


Keith Haring

Keith Haring was born on May 4, 1958 in Reading, Pennsylvania, and was raised in nearby Kutztown, Pennsylvania. He developed a love for drawing at a very early age. Upon graduation from high school in 1976, Haring enrolled in the Ivy School of Professional Art in Pittsburgh and, after two semesters, dropped out. Later that same year, Haring moved to New York City and enrolled in the School of Visual Arts in New York.

Haring found a thriving alternative art community that was developing outside the gallery and museum system, in the downtown streets, the subways and spaces in clubs and former dance halls.

In addition to being impressed by the innovation and energy of his contemporaries, Haring was also inspired by the work of Jean Dubuffet, Pierre Alechinsky, William Burroughs, Brion Gysin and Robert Henri. With these influences Haring was able to push his own youthful impulses toward a singular kind of graphic expression based on the primacy of the line.

Haring was diagnosed with AIDS in 1988. In 1989, he established the Keith Haring Foundation, its mandate being to provide funding and imagery to AIDS organizations and children’s programs, and to expand the audience for Haring’s work through exhibitions, publications and the licensing of his images.

Haring enlisted his imagery during the last years of his life to speak about his own illness and generate activism and awareness about AIDS. During a brief but intense career that spanned the 1980s, Haring’s work was featured in over 100 solo and group exhibitions.

In 1986 alone, he was the subject of more than 40 newspaper and magazine articles. He was highly sought after to participate in collaborative projects, and worked with artists and performers as diverse as Madonna, Grace Jones, Bill T. Jones, William Burroughs, Timothy Leary, Jenny Holzer, Yoko Ono and Andy Warhol.
Keith Haring died of AIDS related complications at the age of 31 on February 16, 1990. Haring has been the subject of several international retrospectives. The work of Keith Haring can be seen today in the exhibitions and collections of major museums around the world.

Keith Haring and the Castellani Family

In 1989 the Castellani Family invited Keith Haring to Pisa to realize what would become his most important permanent public work, the monumental mural Tuttomondo

On that occasion, the artist gave the family a drawing, hoping that one day it could be used for a prestigious wine produced in Tuscany. Keith Haring only designed two labels, the first one was for Château Mouton Rothshild and the other he gave to the Castellani Family.

Today, more than 30 years later, this project finds its realization thanks to a special commemorative Supertuscan Cuvée produced by the Castellani family in one of its best vineyards, the Tenuta di Ceppaiano on the Tuscan coast

It all started with Piergiorgio Castellani

“We met quite randomly on a sidewalk in the East Village. I was a young student from Pisa, passionate about art, Keith was at the peak of his career.
I approached him and invited him to do something important in Italy. The next day I was in his studio and we started working on the creation of Tuttomondo

Today Materia Prima Foundation in located in Ceppaiano’s wine estate and becomes a space for creativity. Ready to welcome cultural ideas and innovative though in a philosophy of return to nature, to the earth. A hug that combines new and old values. A source of inspiration for artists who want to breathe the charm. Visit Materia Prima on Instagram

Source: The Keith Haring Foundation, Materia Prima Foundation, Tenuta di Ceppaiano, photo content on this post is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license

Wine Simplified

Expert sommelier and wine educator Marnie Old demonstrates how to evaluate wine using four senses: sight, smell, taste, and texture. Learn how to detect dryness vs. sweetness, fruit flavors vs. oak flavors, and qualities like acidity and body.

The video is an excerpt from iPad/iPhone book “Wine Simplified”.

Angelo Gaya – the undisputed king of Barbaresco

Angelo Gaja best known for producing elegant, opulent wines that are true to their origins. A pioneer in the production of single-vineyard wines in Piedmont. Bruno Giacosa, one of the greatest winemakers of Italy’s Piedmont region, known for beautiful Barbarescos, Barolos and Barberas, died peacefully after a brief illness on Jan. 22nd, 2018. He was 88.
“Bruno Giacosa knew the vineyards in minute detail: every sorì, every winding path, every ridge, every headland,” said Angelo Gaja, whose winery lies just up the road in Barbaresco, in a 2013 interview. “He had tasted the grapes everywhere.”Read More“…

Gaja is an Italian wine producer from the Piemonte region in the district of Langhe, chiefly producing a number of Barbaresco and Barolo wines, and later diversified into Brunello and “Super-Tuscan” production. Angelo Gaja is credited with developing techniques that have revolutionised winemaking in Italy, and terms such as “the undisputed king of Barbaresco”,and “the man who dragged Piedmont into the modern world” have been applied to him, and whose Barbaresco wine is considered a status symbol on a par with Château Lafite-Rothschild or Krug.

Andrew Jeffers wrote a great article “Forward in doubt” on DECANTER – he joins Gaia Gaja plus dog on a tour of the company’s vineyards – and discovers the Gaja way of thinking en route. Read more…

Source: DECANTER, Terlato Wines, Wikipedia, Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator

Is wine fattening?

Calculating the calories in the wine you drink

The calories in wine come from the alcohol. Many German wines are low in alcohol, so they are the least fattening. Reds are higher than whites and fortified wines, are loaded with calories.

“I went to Portugal a few years back for 10 days to tour the Port wine region. I had Port for breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as visited wineries and did tastings there. (Okay, so I didn’t spit very often. That’s what did it!.) Anyway, I gained 20 pounds in 10 days.
I’m not kidding. I was so fat when I got home, I joined a health club and luckily was able to loose the weight in a month and a half.”

To determine how many calories are in a glass of wine, you simply take the percentage of alcohol and multiply by the number of ounces you drink, and multiply that by 1.6 

Example:  15% alcohol in a 6oz. glass, is 15x6x1.6=144 calories.

Source: “Swallow This” by Mark Phillips

Folding Napkins with class

Napkin Folding Guide, a great website that gives folding instructions for an additional touch of class on your table

Also detailed instructions on how to fold shirts, fitted sheets or a flag
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The grappa road

The “GRAPPATURISTI” guide is born

A guide that accompanies tourists while exploring the Trentino valleys and it’s grappa distilleries. The Institute for the Protection of Grappa del Trentino  introduces a guide to discover distilleries associated within the territory. Trentino Grappa, the title of this informational tool that the Institute for the Protection of Grappa del Trentino has created to accompany the visitor in the form of a new journey into the Italian spirit par excellence, the grappa.

A publication that collects all of the member companies and has product pages with technical references.

“The history, the tradition, the geography of brandy, is what we wanted to gathered in this publication – says the president of the Institute for the Protection of Beppe Bertagnolli – because even grappa is a driving force for the economy of the individual valleys of the territory”

It could be described as “the grappa road” thanks to the map attached to the guide that will lead the visitor to discover the 28 distilleries scattered across the various valleys of the Province of Trento. In the introductory part of the guide is also a short handbook on how to properly taste Trentino grappa, how to choose, and pair grappa in the kitchen, not only to prepare delicious recipes, but also to propose pairings with sweet and savory dishes.

It does not end here the commitment of the Institute who has since raised the image of the corporate website  renewing the look and making it compatible with the new technologies. A good way to better address the new consumers who are, according to a recent survey, younger females. With this in mind, communication on social networking sites try to talk brandy in a modern language, best suitable for the consumer of the future.

The annual production of Trentino grappa  represents about 10% of the national, about 4 million (70 cl. bottles). The average annual production is about 10 thousand ectoliters of brandy distilling,and  always on an annual average, 16 thousand tons of “vinaccia”. Three main types of grappa are produced: one from aromatic grapes (40% of the total), the ones destined for aging (approximately 35%) and the blended grappa  (about 25% of production). The average annual turnover that generates Trentino grappa is estimated to be around € 15 million for the bottled with 2 million euro in raw material. The export share is about 20 per cent of the total.

The Grappa from Trentino is a real art which is born from secular familiar traditions, handed down from father to son. Unique in its scents and smoothness, elegant and refined: the Grappa of Trentino is a product of many facets and it’s a real reflection of the territory where it’s produced. In order to highlight its exclusivity and quality, in the sixties it was born the Institute for the protection of Grappa of Trentino. The idea of the five founders (Bertagnolli, Pisoni, Sebastiani, Segnana and Bassetti) was to create a supervisory body to enhance the production, exclusively obtained form grape mark from Trentino, and to qualify these products with the Trident trademark. The Institute is built on self-discipline rules and strict controls, which make it an undiscussed quality guarantee, certified as well by the collaboration with external organizations, such as Fondazione March – Agrarian Institute of San Michele all’Adige, which constantly carries out chemical analysis in laboratories, and the Commission dedicated to the Chamber of Commerce of Trento, which takes care of the organoleptic tests.

Istituto Tutela Grappa del Trentino
Via del Suffragio, 3 – 38100 Trento
Tel/fax: +39 0461 235378 email:;
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