Palate Press

Three secrets of a great wine: an interview with Federico Giotto

Hurdles, knowledge, thought. These sound like parts of a philosophical theory, or features of a poem. Yet Federico Giotto is not a poet or philosopher…or should I say he is? You decide, after reading this interview. To begin, I will only say that Federico is a young, renowned Italian winemaker and consultant. And he believes that “hurdles, knowledge and thought” are the three secrets of a great wine. And yes, he is also a romantic guy. Definitely.

Palate Press

Gusto in Scena: Good Taste on the Scene

"Venice, Italy, recently played host to Italy’s Gusto in Scena—Good Taste on the Scene. The event, the brainchild of journalist Marcello Coronini, is the first show in Europe to combine three events in one: Chef in Concerto (Chefs in Concert), a gastronomic congress for top chefs; I Magnifici Vini (Magnificent Wines), an international wine tasting; and Seduzioni di Gola (Seductions of the Palate), an exhibition devoted to Italian delicacies".

Palate Press, March 21

Amarone Preview Vintage 2006

"There was a particularly festive atmosphere this year at “Amarone Preview Vintage 2006” for two unsuspecting reasons. For years, Valpolicella was considered a prestigious Italian wine region, but wasn’t formally recognized until it was awarded the “Wine Region of the Year 2009″ by the authoritative American magazine, ‘Wine Enthusiast‘. The other four wine regions in the running were: Champagne, the Rhone Valley in France, California’s Russian River Valley, and Stellenbosch in South Africa, all of which provided very stiff competition".

Palate Press, February 24