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30 April 2019

Ukiyo Cocktail Tasting at the Japanese Room of Drink Kong in Rome


Ukiyo, a Japanese term described as "The Floating World", means the importance of living the moment detached from the rigors of everyday life. In a parallel manner, the wisdom of Ichi-Go, Ichi-E goes on the same stride as Ukiyo. Ichi-Go, Ichi-E teaches us to savor the special moments in life because they only happen once. When a group of people get together, that particular gathering cannot be replicated ever again, and for that reason, each moment is always once-in-a-lifetime.

29 April 2019

Vinitaly 2019: Tastings at Italy’s Most Important Wine Fair


On the 10th of April 2019, the 53rd edition of Vinitaly closed after an intensive four-day event with an impressive attendance of 125,000 visitors hailing from 145 countries. Like every year, there had been an augmentation to the numbers of participants from the exhibitors to the buyers, journalists and people from the wine sector in the 100,000 square meter space. The buyers were led in numbers by U.S.A., Germany, United Kingdom, China, Canada and Japan. This year's count was 4,600 exhibiting producers, which is 130 more than last year's. With this accelerating trend, next year's 54th edition on 19 - 22 April 2020 should come up with excellent statistics as well.

26 April 2019

Campania Stories 2019: The Best Wines From The Preview Tasting




This year's Campania Stories took place between 28 to 31 March 2019 in the small fishing village of Cetara. It lies along the world-famous Amalfi Coast, a stretch of coastline on the northern part of the Salerno Gulf on the Tyrrhenian Sea in southern Italy which in 1997 was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is a stunning location that seems to have been born from a painter's canvas with a vertical landscape of villages, brilliant colors of the majolica domes, terraces of lemon orchards, vineyards, flowers, labyrinth of  staircases and narrow roads surrounded by the blue skies and shimmering water. Making it even more magical, the selected venue of the presentation to the press was at Villa Rufolo, a 13th century villa in the town of Ravello that was once owned by the rich and powerful Rufolo family. Whereas the tastings of Campania Stories was in one of the glass-walled banquet halls of Hotel Cetus, a four-star hotel that's set on a promontory overlooking an enchanting bay where it commands a striking view of the Amalfi Coast.

25 April 2019

Adrenaline-Fueled Italian Tours in Sicily With Sicilying


SICILY, the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea on the southernmost point of the Italian peninsula, is one of Italy's most popular destinations. Among the country's twenty regions, Sicily, along with its surrounding minor islands is one of Italy's five autonomous regions. It has a very rich cultural history, well-preserved ancient monuments and archeological sites including a number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, colorful markets, notable cuisine, mineral-rich wines and a typical Mediterranean climate that permits visitors to enjoy year-round pleasant weather. Its most prominent landmark is Mount Etna, the tallest volcano in Europe and one of the most active in the world.

15 April 2019

Sensi Tua Rosa, A Chianti Wine Producer’s Tribute to Women


Let's start with the beautiful setting of Fattoria di Calappiano, a Tuscan villa built in the Renaissance period by the Grand Duke I De Medici. It was built as one of the first models of wine-growing and producing farmhouses in Tuscany. In the 1800s, it was procured by Henry Savage Landor, grandson of the important English writer Walter Savage Landor who was considered Shakespeare's most reliable biographer. Henry was an artist, writer and explorer who brought with him mementos of his trips. A large variety of roses were grown in the gardens of the villa and among them is the most ancient and most aromatic of all, the Stanwell Perpetual. It was brought to the villa by Henry from the shores of England because of the fond memories of his grandfather's dedication to his romantic tale with Elfrida Mangioni of Florence when he proposed to her.

12 April 2019

Il Margutta of Rome, 40 Years of Experience in Vegetarian Culture


It was in the year 1979 when Claudio Vannini conceptualized Il Margutta in Rome. Starting from a small restaurant specializing in macrobiotics, a diet that balances the yin and yang elements of food based on the philosophy of Zen Buddhism, it quickly evolved into the vegetarian culture. Being centrally located in the good part of the capital and having a very interesting concept of cooking, aside from an excellent local following, its patrons hailed from different parts of the world like world-renowned yoga masters, followers of Indian gurus who impose vegetarian diet, writers and artists.