Wine Enthusiast | Summer Issue 2023

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Finding Love in Southern Italy

14th February 2024

I’d like to dedicate my Valentine’s Day article to those who believe in true love, the eternal romantics who live for love and those who are still looking for their own soulmate. This article is for all of you. Love: what a wonderful word, it makes us happy just to say it. Love fills the…

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Have a Silky Christmas with Champagne Sanger

21st December 2023

Last Christmas I had the pleasure of dedicating my words to the magic of Xmas and all the ornaments that adorn our homes: twinkling lights, festive fir trees embellished with glass baubles, golden stars, sprigs of holly, white candles and spicy cinnamon and vanilla pot-pourri. For this year, my dear fizz lover, I’ll tell you…

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A Night in Via Monte Napoleone Milan

11th October 2023

Lights are on and excitement is in the air. Narrow streets leading towards the main street, via Monte Napoleone, offer a twinkling atmosphere that inflames the night. People walk around wearing flattering dresses and precious jewellery. The most luxurious boutiques welcome their guests with outstanding wines from the finest wineries. This is the night in…

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Adding a Sprinkle of Magic to your Holiday Season

16th December 2022

If I had to pick a special period throughout the year to write some sentimental lines to the ones I truly care about, it would be, without any doubt, Christmas time. Maybe this is because of the magical atmosphere that surrounds every place due to the twinkling lights and festive firs embellished with glass baubles.…

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From the Hills to the Sea: Audace Prosecco as Never Before

26th October 2022

On 29 September 2022, the first Prosecco DOC Trieste came to life from the depths of the sea, after 4 months of aging at a depth of 20 metres in the Gulf of Trieste. This is an unbelievable story, definitely worth telling. It all began when two long-time friends Luca Serena, owner of Serena Wines…

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Catching a Champagne’s Sparkle in Monte Carlo

26th May 2022

This is a story of intriguing suspense merged with mystery, set in the incredible French Riviera. Be prepared for a rollercoaster race up and down winding roads looking for an eye-catching treasure. But, before setting off on this incredible adventure, be aware of the risks you might face and fasten your seat belt; there is…

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Welcoming Spring with a Floral Rosé Champagne

21st March 2022

..Tick-tock…tick-tock…time rolls on and a new season is coming up… there is a different scent in the air, one of flowers in full blossom: welcome back Spring! It’s time to celebrate the most colourful season of the year. This is the period during which Nature gives us its best in terms of scents, colours and…

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Paris, be my Valentine!

14th February 2022

…Nous sommes arrivés à Paris! After a long, exciting journey from Verona, the city of Romeo and Juliet, to Paris, the city of blinding lights, we’ve finally arrived at our destination just in time for Valentine’s Day! I can’t imagine a more romantic city on earth in which to spend this idyllic day. But for…

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Going Back to Paris in the 20’s with a Flute of Champagne

21st December 2021

Just a century ago, there was a thriving city, probably the most exciting city in Europe at that time. Imagine wide boulevards criss-crossed by black cars and old horse-drawn carriages. L’Avenue de l’Opéra leading towards the magnificent Opéra theatre, le Café du Dôme and le Café de la paix full of elegantly-dressed people. The sound…

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Stefania & Christopher Episode 5: Franciacorta

28th September 2021

The lake breeze blowing, the leaves rustling, the alternation of dark and light colors. Wineries hidden by soft lights release vivacious bubbles to gladden hearts: welcome to Franciacorta! If you are seeking an Italian fizz to brighten your mood, then Franciacorta would satisfy your highest expectations: sparkling like diamonds, charismatic and lively will dazzle you…

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Stefania & Christopher Episode 4: Sicily, Mount Etna

26th May 2021

Think blue: boundless horizons are mirrored in the sea. Look around and think yellow: lemon crops give roundish contours. Then take a breath: orange blossom brings candied peel aromas to your nose. Now indulge your senses in listening to the majestic gait of the waves collecting shells and rocking flourishing vineyards. A tinkle of cowbells…

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Stefania & Christopher Episode 3: Prosecco Rosé

23rd April 2021

The Prosecco DOC production area is located in North East of Italy, and more precisely in the Friuli Venezia Giulia Region that includes four cities (Gorizia, Pordenone, Trieste and Udine) and in the Veneto Region, five provinces (Belluno, Padua, Treviso, Venice, Vicenza). It is certainly one of the most beautiful territories in the whole of Italy. History…

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Stefania & Christopher Episode 2: Asolo Prosecco Superiore

25th March 2021

The Asolo Prosecco Superiore DOCG wine area is the subject of the second episode of the Instagram IGTV live series ‘Food & Fizz’ dedicated to the pairing of sparkling wines and food, presented by Christopher Walkey and Stefania Ruffo. A wonderful Italian wine area located in the Province of Treviso in the Veneto region, at…

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Robert-Allait, the Sublime Champagne

22nd December 2020

Once upon a dream, there was a far-away forest enshrouded in mystery, where a rose had been cultivated since forever. It wasn’t a regular rose, it was a Black one with petals graded from dark crimson to black. It was believed that this rose had mystical powers and that the lady who touched it would…

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Following 007’s footsteps in Venice

3rd November 2020

What do exotic spots, the iconic Aston Martin, tech tools, elegantly tailored suits have in common with a charming and committed man? It should come as no surprise that the answer is James Bond, the British secret agent on her Majesty’s service. It was 1952 when Ian Fleming sat down at his desk in his…

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Experiencing Sardinia’s Wonders at the Gabbiano Azzurro Hotel & Suites

28th September 2020

There is a place that is filled with the scents of myrtle, helichrysum and wild rosemary. Where the turquoise blue of the sea merges with the cerulean blue of the sky. Where the North, Mistral and Sirocco winds carve granite rocks into natural sculptures. Where the sunsets provide orange brushstrokes, taking away the heat of…

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Abissi, the fizz from the depths of the sea

11th June 2020

The sea and its creatures offer astounding wonders that the human being can partially admire by remaining on its surface. But how many treasures can be revealed to us if diving in its depths? Just a few metres under its surface, colourful seaweeds paint corals in multiple shapes whilst cheerful fish swim around its rocks…

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Bolllicine in Love

7th February 2020

Love, what a wonderful word. Full of promises and whispers. It’s been said that red is the colour of love. It’s been said that bubbles can stimulate the appetite by tickling taste buds. Are they capable of tickling hearts too and making people fall in love? And what if the bubbles were red? I don’t…

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Roger Brun, the Champagne des rêves

13th December 2019

What defines the elegance of a woman? The posture, the way she looks or her inner beauty? Probably all of them, and it is what makes her so unique. And what about wine? When can we describe wine as elegant? By the shape of its bottle, by its label or by the content? More than…

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Bolllicine The Green

5th June 2019

Turn, turn, turn…beautiful! How many times did we hear this exclamation when listening to a commentator’s speech during a sporting competition? Think about acres of land coloured by a sea of flowers, winding paths bordered by majestic trees, quiet lagoon occasionally crossed by ancient stone bridges, sometimes inhabited by frightening alligators. The roar of the…

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Experience Sparkling Beauty at the Armani Hotel Milano

12th February 2019

When it comes to love a very romantic person may picture a cosy scene of two lovers exchanging glances sitting in front of each other on a dinner table that has been made magical by soft lights whilst warming that moment with a glass of wine. There may be a soft melody coming from behind…

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UK meets Italy in the Name of Sparkling Wine

17th December 2018

XVIII century It is 1730 in London, England. ‘Mr Woodbridge and Captain Holland’ a painting by William Hogarth depicts two men, a successful lawyer and a naval officer, sitting around an ornately carved wooden table in the middle of what must be Woodbridge’s office. A servant walks through the door with a note in his…

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Franciacorta, Bubbles like Diamonds

9th November 2018

Have you ever wondered why women are so fond of diamonds? Is there a reason why each time they see those stones they act like magpies trying to get them? Is that because that their shimmer enhances their beauty? Or makes them more self-confident? Or just because often diamonds are a symbol of love? Who…

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Sicily Black & White on Volcano Heights

10th July 2018

Think blue: boundless horizons are mirrored in the sea. Look around and think yellow: lemon crops give roundish contours. Then take a breath: orange blossom brings candied peel aromas to your nose. Now indulge your senses in listening to the majestic gait of the waves collecting shells and rocking flourishing vineyards. A tinkle of cowbells…

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Recioto, the Golden Bubbles of Easter

26th March 2018

The small town of Gambellara in the province of Vicenza is set quite perfectly amid flourishing hills and slopes almost as if the people who decided to build it had thought of giving birth to a jewel amongst the rocks. And not just a common jewel, one of the most iconic metals. And not just…

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Durello, the Sparkle of an Eternal Love

8th February 2018

Some say true love is hard to find. On the other hand, some say it may come as easily as love at first sight. What about Romeo and Juliet? They definitely fell in love in a blink of an eye. But what about the context where they lived? The families, the conflict to gain possession…

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Celebrating Christmas in Milan Style

19th December 2017

There is the time of the year when everything looks different. An enchanting aura envelops every city in the world turning it into a new one. Milan, the capital of Italian fashion, enhances its allure by wearing its best dress: a shining tree studded with Swarovski crystals adorns the Vittorio Emanuele II Gallery with glittering…

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Lambrusco, the Sparkling Red of a Land in Tune

9th November 2017

One of the most famous operas written by Giuseppe Verdi, the Italian opera composer, at the beginning offers sort of lightheartedness in listening to these words: “ Libiamo, libiamo ne’ lieti calici, che la bellezza infiora; e la fuggevol’ ora s’inebrii a voluttà. Libiam ne’ dolci fremiti che suscita l’amore, poiché quell’occhio al core onnipossente…

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Bubbly in the Venetian Lagoon

3rd July 2017

Often Americans used to end the week by exclaiming: T.G.I.F. Thank God it’s Friday. Let me rephrase this with a slightly poetic shift by saying: T.G.I.S. Thank God it’s Summer! There is no intention to underestimate the other seasons, each one unique in its own way, but summer is the season, the season to celebrate…

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Rosy Shades of Bardolino Chiaretto

23rd June 2017

Imagine a water’s surface, calm and flat like a mirror set among pinkish rocks: swans with long white necks swimming a little snobbily and weeping willows waving slowly in the air. Suddenly some unexpected pop coming from behind you wakes you up and you wonder: was I dreaming? Maybe not, you’re just in front of…

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