Italy at Your Table kicks off!
by Filippo Bartolotta
So here we are in the US for a few months.
I broke my camera, so I haven’t been uploading too many pictures recently, but I’ll get one in the next couple of days.
Meanwhile I have a Milo and Daphne getting ready for School:)
Milo seems to be born in the Big Apple. We found a place near China Town, in a lovelyÂ neighborhood and an amazing school: “Love a Lot Children School”. Milo is so happy that when we go to pick him up he doesn’t want to leave!
I am not over jet lag and so i taking it easy at the moment with few walks in the blue sky winter NYC sunny days.
Taking the children to school at 0800 in the morning isÂ awesome. Everything is quite, at every cross road there’s a kind person checking that car stop, saying hello to the kids, then steamingÂ coffeeÂ shops are offering the best beagles in the world: the New York Bagels!!!
Daphne would eat half on the way to school, which is only a few blocks away from home: Milo instead bounces around like a small kung-fu hero! His mood is 110%, I think he feels the Big-City’s energy.
While the kids are in school, Vanessa, Barbara and I instead are working in a near byÂ coffeeÂ place, where our cups are refilled every hour!
I got to NYC after the big dinner with John Malkovich and the TechnoBohemian gang and the TB wines.
for TB minds
By Filippo Bartolotta
After sharing some thoughts aboutÂ wine, food and life-enjoyment withÂ Pierpaolo Moroni and SimoneÂ Ramilli along the lines of JohnÂ Malkovichâ€™sÂ new collection and theÂ TB movement, I have selected a fewÂ ï¬ne wines for you to savour.Â TheÂ result isnâ€™t just a gathering of ï¬neÂ bottles, but the participation ofÂ great men and women wine makersÂ in this extraordinary project.
Following in the steps of theÂ mythical Elvio Cogno, Valter FissoreÂ and his wife Nadia Cogno produceÂ one of the very best Barolo wines.Â Barolo Vigna Elena 2004 andÂ Barolo Bricco Pernice 2005 areÂ extraordinary examples of twoÂ totally different wines coming fromÂ adjacent vineyards.
Filippo and Christian have beenÂ working for a few years to revitalizeÂ a project initially started by Filippo’sÂ father. Today they have successfullyÂ gotten the attention of the topÂ Italian oenologists without loosingÂ simplicity and independence ofÂ thought. Their style is best shown inÂ their Scirus, a warm, dense andÂ structured wine with incredibleÂ aging potential.
A worker in the wine cellar for manyÂ years, Mattia ï¬nally found his ownÂ way by producing one of the mostÂ ï¬‚avorful, succulent and mineralÂ Vernaccia di San Gimignano everÂ produced in the shadow of the â€œcityÂ of a hundred towersâ€. AnÂ extraordinary interpretation withÂ force and expressiveness.
An old and authentic Tuscan farmÂ house in the remote hills of Empoli,Â with a wine cellar which still has
cement fermentation vats that wereÂ used before the over take of steel.Â Here, in this lesser known area, theyÂ produce a Sangiovese with a pureÂ determination and thickness thatÂ surprises everyone with itsÂ perseverance and elegance.
Young Stefano has been drinkingÂ and tasting the best Syrahs in theÂ world for over 10 years. Now he
produces his own in the countrysideÂ around Cortona. He has chosen toÂ produce his wine according to the
biodynamic method to respectÂ nature and with the ultimate goal ofÂ bottling the purest fruit possible!
Tenuta delle Ripalte
Piermario Meletti Cavallari has aÂ highly reï¬ned palates and a freeÂ mind. After having launched andÂ made famous the GrattamaccoÂ Estate in Bolgheri, he now has aÂ new and even more difï¬cultÂ undertaking on the Island of Elba.Â Here he is producing a unique sweetÂ red wine with hints of berry and aÂ little saltiness!
Tenuta di Fessina
Musumeci is born from the lavaÂ covered slopes of Mount Etna. AÂ juicy, succulent, rich and mineralÂ red wine with incredible drinkability.Â In just a few years, Silvia MaestrelliÂ has successfully used his TuscanÂ experience in Sicily with masteryÂ and wisdom.
Terra al Sole
Eclectic Mario Bollag is the owner ofÂ one of the southern most wineries inÂ Montalcino. His indipendent spiritÂ results in a spectacular dense, smoothÂ Brunello packed with fruit.
One of the oldest and most well respected Super Tuscan wines. From the pristine hills of Bolgheri, two miles from the sea, this is a wine of structure and austere class.
Le Baccanti SELECTION OF FINE
ITALIAN WINES AND FOODS
Elvio Cogno Barolo Ravera 2005
Elvio Cogno Barolo Vigna Elena 2004
Terralsole Brunello di Montalcino 2004
Le Sorgenti Scirus 2006
Mattia Barzaghi Vernaccia di San
Villa Petriolo Golpaja 2006
Stefano Amerighi Syrah 2006
Tenuta delle Ripalte Alestico 2006
Tenuta di Fessina Musumeci Etna Rosso
Simone Ramilli and Alessandra Ofir Ortolani the inventors of the TechnoBohemian Â have also put together the new TechnoBohemianÂ Blog: http://roqkrealitybook1.wordpress.com/, go and check it out if you like and follow all the new adventrues here!
All of the wines above where Â tasted and then drunk by the TB Group including the Designer -Â philosopherÂ Riccardo Rami: www.riccardorami.com; Alex from Abaco: www.gruppoabaco.it and of course the Simone, Alessandra, Rosalba.
John loved the wines and we carried on till 3 in the morning!
Here John, Â Imai Â and myself.
Just before dinner we spent the afternoon in Riccardo Rami’s Studio which is a super Zen open space where I will be soon doing a wine tasting.
For our TB WINE MAKERS amazing news: Riccardo Rami was aÂ teetotalerÂ till he met me and your wines.
When in March I am back from the US we will put together a very cool tasting evening: thank you Riccardo for your magic words of wisdom (by the way I am way taller then you…ha!ha!).
The evening with John was very enjoyable, long but enjoyable.
John is like a Diesel engine that never stops. He has track loads of inspiring stories.
I like his way to tell stories, following his direction, then pausing to listen to people and changing his direction a bit to the left, then some else is pushing to the right and he is listening and adjusting.
HeÂ remembersÂ everyone and everything and handles everything personally with no middle men what ever the business!
He has a passion for cinema andÂ literature I discovered while sipping the first glass of Mattia Barzaghi’s Vernaccia: Pasolini is still one of the mostÂ independentÂ and unique writer we have ever had, he says.
From Pasolini we jump in a second to Anna Politoskaya, then Mastrojanni and Catrhine Deneuve: the TRUTH was the thin red line of our conversation. At this stage Silvia’s Nerello Mascalese Tenuta di Fessina opens the red wines tasting. John ask if that was an Italian Pinot, giving me a clear clue that he has an idea of what good wine is about. Musumeci was a little cold for me, but he likes red wines that way. Massimilia at Ratz Mataz in Prato brings some nibbles while we are waiting for the rest to join Rosalba, John, Pierpaolo and me. John is never late.
Moving on to Petriolo, Silvia’s Sangiovese John show again to be able to appreciate fine wines with quick snappy descriptors while having a bite to eat: this has tighter tannins, but is still very good.
We open Mario Bollag Terra al Sole Brunello 2004: a deep, clean fruit and smooth Brunello.
Mario just managed to get away from a majorÂ heart-quakeÂ Â in Haiti where he spent an important part of his life and where he found inspiration for a lot of good things in his life and for his wines too.
If you buy any of Terra al Sole wines he will give away â‚¬20 per Â each bottle plus his giving 300 bottles to contribute for this cause. If anyone wants to help send an email to Mario: firstname.lastname@example.org
John and I manage to talk about the TB wines. On the 19th of this month we will be tasting here in NYC some TB wines to decide how to dress them with new John Malkovich designer’sÂ label.
Barolo Cogno Vigna Elnea 2004 and Bricco Pernice 2005 need decanting as they were too tight. Meanwhile everyone arrives and so we start ordering some food. John never stops talking and telling people interesting stories andÂ anecdotesÂ of his personal life and professional one.
Vigna Elena seemd easier to drink from the beginning while Bricco Pernice, unlike John, needs some seriousÂ oxygenÂ to start talking, but then is a true pleasure.
We end our dinner withÂ overwhelmingly energetic Amerighi’s Syrah 2006: everyone love it and here again we had to open more then one bottle to make sure we got the point across: finally we get it!
The day after is the preparation of John’s show at Museo Pecci.
He is always calm, looking after everyÂ singleÂ detail on his own. I have to say that I was a littleÂ skepticalÂ about Malkovich’s fashion line with Rami. I though: this is another VIP brand adventure with neither content nor soul.
I am not a big fashion guy, but his creations are just like him:Â eclectic, kaleidoscopic, decadent, romantic, karmic and full of life andÂ color. It’s like all his characters, films, trips, dreams are condensed into his creations. Riccardo has been working really hard to make John’s dream come true, and now it is happening.
So now its time to celebrate and enjoy it.
Thank you John for sharing all that with us.
See you soon,