Tuesday, June 20, 2017

...and then a new foundation was born: #winelover FOR life.



...and then a new foundation was born: 
#winelover FOR life.

Why?

Elisabetta Tosi's tweet explains it all!



Fight against something and we focus on the thing we hate. Fight for something and we focus on the thing we love.
Simon Sinek -> Follow him on Twitter!


Many of you already know that the #winelover community has a foundation - #winelover against cancer (you can learn more about it here: http://www.winelover.co/chapter-1) - and that we have been raising awareness against cancer (especially against breast cancer, as you can see in the picture above - our very first campaign in Sicily) for almost two years now.


Well, after seeing Elisabetta's tweet, I spoke with my Brothers-In-Wine, Magnus Reuterdahl and Ted Lelekas, to explain why it would be important to broaden the scope of our foundation (instead of being "only" against cancer, we would be FOR many things that would make the lives of #winelover-s better, such as helping people with disabilities, or donating to causes like the fires in Portugal for example, but also why it's important to focus on the positive side of things (again, Elisabetta's tweet says it all.)
They loved the idea! 😃🍷👍❤️     
So, I moved to the next step...


I talked to another Brother-In-Wine of mine:
Szövérdfi-Szép Zoltán and explained to him that I wnated to do the official launching of "#winelover FOR life" during his amazing event - "ROVINHUD Salon" http://www.salonul.net/en/despre.html to be held in November this year in Timisoara, Romania. He said that he loves me... and I said "I love you too!"  So this is it... If you are a #winelover, you have to join us in Romania. Rovinhud in itself was already a must (you can see my article about the event last year here: http://thewinehub.blogspot.com/2016/11/the-rovinhud-salon-should-be-named-one.html
and now with this very special addition? 

You must be there... 

#SeeYouInRomania!!! 

Cheers,

Luiz Alberto
  • Master of Wine candidate
  • Member of the Circle of Wine Writers
  • Italian Wine Ambassador
  • I combine my passion for wine with social media



Tuesday, June 13, 2017

The road to happiness is paved with gratitude: My thank you notes from the past two weeks in Greece and Bulgaria. (part 2)

After two weeks in Europe I have a long list of people that I have to thank. From one reason or another, they made our journey in Greece and Bulgaria special and unforgettable. 
Some are dear old friends (the best of friends!)... 
and some a dear new friends (the best of friends!) 


My very first stop will be with the woman who works really hard to put her country - Bulgaria - and the other countries of Balkans on the map of fine wine. Not only she organized an amazing competition but she also managed to join the fight of the #winelover community against cancer: The one and only Galina Todorova Niforou
My dear old friend, thank you!!


My second stop will be with the man who worked really hard (as he always does) as the Chairman of the 6th edition of the Balkan International Wine Competition. 
My dear old friend, Konstantinos Lazarakis MW,

 thank you so much!!


My third stop is to thank my brilliant team. You guys rock! Thank you so much for two days of hard work!! Thank you my dear old friends 

Ivana Simjanovska and Horia Hasnas! Thank you my dear new friend Martin Smid!



 
Neli Ruseva from Bononia Estate Winery & Vineyards

Nicholas & Militza Zikatanova from Вила Мелник Winery (Villa Melnik)


Panayiota Kalogeropoulou from Domaine Sigalas

Mustafa Camlica from Chamlija Family Winery

Stanislav Bakardzhiev from Villa Yustina

My fourth stop will be with the amazing producers above (and to those who I don't have a picture) who opened their bottles of wine and their hearts! Thank you so much!!! 



My fifth stop will be with the amazing judges and members of the team of #BIWC2017. It was great to work (and have lots of fun!!) with you guys!! 
Galina Todorova Niforou,  Konstantinos Lazarakis MWSaša Špiranec,  Maria Sofia Dare Biancolin, Ivana SimjanovskaHoria Hasnas, Martin Smid, Igor LukovicGabriela GeorgievaRod Smith MW, Caroline Gilby MW, Nanci Bergamo and Nikos Panidis.
Thank you so much!!!  



Last (but not least) my final stop of this first chapter goes to my dear friends (old and new) who I had the chance to share a glass of wine during my days in Bulgaria. 
Thanks my dear old friend Sharon Parsons!!
Thanks my dear new friend Paolina Petkova!!


#SeeYouInBulgaria!!! 

Cheers,

Luiz Alberto 


  • Master of Wine candidate
  • Member of the Circle of Wine Writers
  • Italian Wine Ambassador
  • I combine my passion for wine with social media

Monday, June 5, 2017

The road to happiness is paved with gratitude: My thank you notes from the past two weeks in Greece and Bulgaria. (part 1)

The road to happiness is paved with gratitude: 
My thank you notes from the past two weeks in Greece and Bulgaria.
[part 1]

After two weeks in Europe I have a long list of people that I have to thank. From one reason or another, they made our journey in Greece and Bulgaria special and unforgettable. 
Some are dear old friends (the best of friends!)... 
and some a dear new friends (the best of friends!) 



My very first stop will be with the man who had the dream to make it all possible: The one and only Giannis Krassaki. My dear old friend, thank you!!



My second stop will be with the man who worked really hard (as you can see in the picture) to deliver an amazing experience in his homeland, Thrace, Greece. 
My dear new friend, George "The Perfectionist" Touratzisthank you so much!!



My third stop is to thank the brilliant Touratzis Umami team. You guys rock! Thank you so much for everything you guys have done to deliver such and incredible adventure. Please consider yourselves my new dear friends Manos "Vino Vino Vino" AusoneLampros ZografosXristos Alatzias, and Theophilos Geront!!!



My fourth stop will be with the amazing producers who opened their bottles of wine, olive oil and hearts to us! Thank you so much!!!  
Eλαιοτριβείο Κύκλωπας - Kyklopas Extra Virgin Olive Oil - Ktima Vourvoukeli - Elli Vourvoukelis Orfanides - Melmar Winery - Κάβα Πορφυρός - Ethnological Museum of Thrace - Domaine Kikones - Melina Tassou Kikones - Dadia Forest Inn - Pavlos Georgiadis




Last (but not least) my final stop of this first chapter goes to all my dear friends (old and new) who believed in the dream and joined us in Thrace for an amazing adventure. Mariusz F. RybakRobyn BancroftTim Lemke, Kathy BijkerSharon ParsonsClaire Sarazin, Pinar IshakogluSue TolsonLesya OnyshkoClaudia Padilla RasshoferBurcak DesombreCarmen MoraesSerban Sincai (and Santa Simona), Meriane Sander, Sandra Zandavalli Avilaand Monica Miranda Monteiro. 

#SeeYouInThrace!!! 

Cheers,

Luiz Alberto 


  • Master of Wine candidate
  • Member of the Circle of Wine Writers
  • Italian Wine Ambassador
  • I combine my passion for wine with social media
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Saturday, June 3, 2017

The 'Visual Still & Sparkling Wines from Asolo' by Philip S. Kampe & Maria Reveley

 The ASOLO Wine Tasting takes place several times a year.
The producers of the wines and their staff show their wines at the Annual Tastings that take place in the center of Asolo.
Some of the wineries that participated in this event include: Bedin, A.M.A., Vini Costa, Montelvini, Martignago, Tenuta Baron, Villa Giustiniani, Meridiana, Conte Loredan Gasparini, Cantina Cirotto, Dal Bello, Giusti Dal Col, Sartor Emilio, Astoria Vini, Terre Dei Castellaz, Pozzobon Comm. Rosalio, Villa Sandi, Tenuta Amadio, Case Paolin, La Caneva Dei Biasio, Cantina Sociale Montelliana E Dri Colli Asolani, Colmello and Agnoletti Ida




















Philip S. Kampe
philip.kampe@thewinehub.com

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