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Italy at Your Table kicks off!

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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 lovely 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 is awesome. Everything is quite, at every cross road there’s a kind person checking that car stop, saying hello to the kids, then steaming coffee 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 by coffee 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.


Technobohemian Wines

for TB minds

By Filippo Bartolotta

The Wines

After sharing some thoughts about wine, food and life-enjoyment with Pierpaolo Moroni and Simone Ramilli along the lines of John Malkovich’s  new collection and the TB movement, I have selected a few fine wines for you to savour.  The result isn’t just a gathering of fine bottles, but the participation of great men and women wine makers in this extraordinary project.

Elvio Cogno

Following in the steps of the mythical Elvio Cogno, Valter Fissore and his wife Nadia Cogno produce one of the very best Barolo wines. Barolo Vigna Elena 2004 and Barolo Bricco Pernice 2005 are extraordinary examples of two totally different wines coming from adjacent vineyards.

Le Sorgenti

Filippo and Christian have been working for a few years to revitalize a project initially started by Filippo’s father. Today they have successfully gotten the attention of the top Italian oenologists without loosing simplicity and independence of thought. Their style is best shown in their Scirus, a warm, dense and structured wine with incredible aging potential.

Mattia Barzaghi

A worker in the wine cellar for many years, Mattia finally found his own way by producing one of the most flavorful, succulent and mineral Vernaccia di San Gimignano ever produced in the shadow of the “city of a hundred towers”. An extraordinary interpretation with force and expressiveness.

Petriolo

An old and authentic Tuscan farm house in the remote hills of Empoli, with a wine cellar which still has

cement fermentation vats that were used before the over take of steel. Here, in this lesser known area, they produce a Sangiovese with a pure determination and thickness that surprises everyone with its perseverance and elegance.

Stefano Amerighi

Young Stefano has been drinking and tasting the best Syrahs in the world for over 10 years. Now he

produces his own in the countryside around Cortona. He has chosen to produce his wine according to the

biodynamic method to respect nature and with the ultimate goal of bottling the purest fruit possible!

Tenuta delle Ripalte

Piermario Meletti Cavallari has a highly refined palates and a free mind. After having launched and made famous the Grattamacco Estate in Bolgheri, he now has a new and even more difficult undertaking on the Island of Elba. Here he is producing a unique sweet red wine with hints of berry and a little saltiness!

Tenuta di Fessina

Musumeci is born from the lava covered slopes of Mount Etna. A juicy, succulent, rich and mineral red wine with incredible drinkability. In just a few years, Silvia Maestrelli has successfully used his Tuscan experience in Sicily with mastery and wisdom.

Terra al Sole

Eclectic Mario Bollag is the owner of one of the southern most wineries in Montalcino. His indipendent spirit results in a spectacular dense, smooth Brunello packed with fruit.

Grattamacco

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

Gimignano 2008

Villa Petriolo Golpaja 2006

Stefano Amerighi Syrah 2006

Tenuta delle Ripalte Alestico 2006

Tenuta di Fessina Musumeci Etna Rosso

2007


Simone Ramilli and Alessandra Ofir Ortolani the inventors of the TechnoBohemian  have also put together the new TechnoBohemian 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  tasted and then drunk by the TB Group including the Designer - philosopher 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,  Imai  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 a teetotaler 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.

He remembers everyone and everything and handles everything personally with no middle men what ever the business!

He has a passion for cinema and literature I discovered while sipping the first glass of Mattia Barzaghi’s Vernaccia: Pasolini is still one of the most independent 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 major heart-quake  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 €20 per  each bottle plus his giving 300 bottles to contribute for this cause. If anyone wants to help send an email to Mario: mario@terralsole.com

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’s 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 and anecdotes of his personal life and professional one.

Vigna Elena seemd easier to drink from the beginning while Bricco Pernice, unlike John, needs some serious oxygen to start talking, but then is a true pleasure.

We end our dinner with 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 every single detail on his own. I have to say that I was a little skeptical 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: eclectic, kaleidoscopic, decadent, romantic, karmic and full of life and 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,

filippo

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