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Italy at Your Table kicks off!


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.


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.


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.



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


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,






A trip to Italy featuring sustainable

food and wine

Benedetta Vitali and Filippo Bartolotta, Italian masters in cooking and wine respectively, are coming to America and bringing with them the Italian culture of fresh local ingredients, traditional foods, seasonal eating and pairing of healthy food with good wine. They will be hosting events throughout the month of February to highlight Italy as THE place to go to experience enogastronomic travel and to learn about healthful sustainable eating. You will spend the evening immersed in Italian food and wine culture with a slideshow, Italian music and tons of tips for planning your next trip to Italy. The knowledgeable and entertaining duo will serve up fresh, authentic Tuscan cooking classes accompanied by hand- selected fine Italian wines, and take you on a journey to Italy without ever leaving the premises.

Each event will be tailor-made and will include either a cooking demonstration or hands-on cooking class. The cooking portion will highlight simple, delicious dishes using local, fresh ingredients. The wine portion will include wine tasting games and activities as well as more traditional wine tasting know-how and information about organic and biodynamic wines in Italy.

The festive atmosphere will be complete as your hosts take you on a virtual vacation to Italy, and help you to start planning a visit to the undisputed king of food and wine culture. What better way to get inspired for your next vacation than to hear about a spectacular biodynamic vineyard in the Chianti or a restaurant in Sicily that serves up the freshest catch of the day.

Make a Reservation!

Let us know if you are ready to discover authentic Italy by creating fresh tagliatelle pasta with ragù, swirling your glass of Vernaccia di San Gimigniano, and taking a guess at the definition of the word “umami.” Events will be offered during the month of February on the East and West Coast. They will be booked on a first come, first serve basis so please contact ….. for more information today.

Filippo Bartolotta is a wine journalist, writing for major European and American wine publications such as Decanter Magazine and serving as the editor for the bestselling L’Espresso Italian Wine Guide (English version). He also teaches about wine at the prestigious University of Siena and hosts countless wine events each year in Italy and abroad. His unique, entertaining style creates the ideal environment for anyone to fall in love with wine.

Benedetta Vitali

is a chef and owner of the renowned Trattoria Zibibbo in her native Florence. Zibibbo has received high prise for its authentic Tuscan flavors in the NY Times, Gourmet magazine, Food and Wine and in all major Italian restaurant guides. Benedetta is also a published cookbook author. She loves to host cooking classes and share her knowledge of the Tuscan kitchen with others, always emphasizing fresh and locally purchased ingredients.


Prosciutto di Parma Dop of the Prosciutto di Parma Consortium

Traditional Balsamic Vinegar from Modena Malpighi

Pasolini Dall’Onda Laudemio Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Arnaldo Caprai



Bruno Giacosa

Castell’in Villa

Castello di Banfi

Castello di Monsanto




Col d’Orcia


Guicciardini Storzzi

Fattoria di Valiano


Fratelli Revello

Gigi Rosso


Il Palagione

Isole e Olena



Mauro Molino







Tenuta delle Ripalte

Tenute Friggiali

Tenute Nardi

Tenute San Leonardo