We had our first significant snowfall last night here in Friuli. Lovely to look at, but tough for driving…
Buon Anno Nuovo friends! Welcome to the new BUZZ… the Official blog of the Bastianich and La Mozza wineries!
We are working to improve the look and the effectiveness of the blog in some ways you can see and some ways you can’t. We are migrating to a new host, new design, and plenty of features “under the hood” that will make it better…
But really, what could make a blog better than creating content?
Well, that’s changing too. The blog is no longer a one-man show (yours truly), but I have some very capable help from Julia Segal in New York who will keep me on time with posts (we have already started filling in an editorial calendar! *gasp*) She will also be contributing on a regular basis, (she has her own excellent blog here) So look for posts about the wineries but also about other wine related stuff…
Lastly we are working on guest posts from Joe and Lidia Bastianich, winemakers and other folks connected with the winery. I know I’m excited!
A Brief recap of 2012…
From a winery perspective, 2012 was a great year. The harvest was very good this year, with the biggest problem being heat and lack of rainfall that lowered yields by 25% and shrivelled a lot of berries. Concentration and ripeness were great though, and early tastings point to some really dense and intense wines. The sorting table was an important addition to the cellar and we look forward to seeing it’s effect on quality.
From a sales perspective, we had a fantastic year in Italy in general, Friuli in particular and we opened more international markets in 2012 than in any other calendar year ever! The US market is always our best and we continue to see growth overall in the States.
We also had a proud moment when Vespa Bianco was voted the best Italian Superpremium white wine in Snooth.com’s “Peoples Voice Awards”… News so exciting it was covered in Italy!
The single most exciting addition of 2012 was the opening of the tasting room at the winery in Gagliano…
You can look out to neighbouring vineyards through the 15-foot glass entrance. It has two Enomatic wine dispensing machines, a serious temperature controlled wine room and a bar complete with a fridge, drawers, glasses and everything – I’m like a kid in a candy shop! It’s what I’ve personally wanted for the winery for years, and a great way to taste wine and meet folks who come to the winery. And with Joe’s success on the USA and Italian MasterChef TV shows, more and more people are coming every day.
All in all, I can’t complain about 2012. The new year brings possibilities for showing the Bastianich wines in such exotic places as Istanbul, Moscow and the Turks and Caicos Islands!
Finally (and possibly most exciting of all) will be the release this spring of the 2011 vintage of Vespa Bianco. Why am I so excited about the release of a new vintage? I’ve been tasting the elements and the progression of the 2011 Vespa for more than a year now and every time I try it, I get goosebumps. It’s that friggin’ good. I’m looking forward to showing the wine at the new and improved 4-day VinItaly in April just to see if everyone else is as enthusiastic about it as I am. Quite possibly the greatest Vespa EVER.
After a very hot and dry Summer, the 2012 harvest has begun here at Bastianich! THe whites have been coming in beautifully clean and ripe, but the dry season has thickened the skins and reduced the yields. That means less juice from the berries (and the possibility for some very structured reds!) but really great quality.
Low quantity, high quality… guess you cant have everything!
Another big addition to the process this year is our brand-new SORTING TABLE!
This is some fantastic Chardonnay coming in and going down the sorting table. All the imperfect bunches are removed, and cleaned (if possible) or eliminated. Ther are usually at least 2 people at the table making sure the grape are perfect and ONLY grapes go into the press (leaves and other “MOG” – material other than grapes – are removed).
The quality here is really good, but we are always pushing to see if we can ger even BETTER…
Well, Welcome me back after a lovely, but too short, vacation in Istria! I wanted to Immediately bring everyone’s attention to the first in a series of blog posts by Gwen and Roger Pratesi at BUNKYCOOKS.COM.
I had the distinct pleasure of spending a lot of time with Roger and Gwen here in Friuli and am really honored by their mention on their James Beard Award-Nominated blog. It’s always a blast showing folks around Friuli, my adopted home, and introduce them to the food and wines and people of this area.
Rarely, though, does a writer manage to transmit the soul of a place a well as Gwen has in this first post. I hope you’ll all go check it out HERE and stay tuned for more from Gwen and Roger about their Friuli tour… Next up I believe is Roger’s take on the wines of Bastianich, as well as Moschioni and Ronchi di Cialla.. Don’t miss it!
THANK YOU SO MUCH GWEN AND ROGER!