Taste with Giovanni in San Diego and Los Angeles February 25-26!

A post from our new U.S. marketing guru Jeremy Parzen aka Do Bianchi!

See the February 25-26 tasting event details below…

giovanni-arcari-wineFranciacorta winemaker Giovanni Arcari (above, left) and I first met back in 2008 in Erbusco in the heart of his appellation. We immediately hit it off and became fast friends. But it wasn’t until I was invited to speak at the European Wine Bloggers Conference in Brescia a few years later that our friendship began to blossom (Brescia is the capital city of Brescia province, which includes the Franciacorta appellation).

Even in those early years of our relationship, we talked about working together. But I was already working with another Franciacorta producer by that point. That partnership was so fruitful that it lead to a two-year campaign that I ran for the Franciacorta consortium.

As our friendship grew deeper and deeper and the years passed, Giovanni and I were disappointed not to be working together. But he always insisted that the appellation came first and he was unabashedly supportive of the program I ran for the bottlers’ association.

In December 2016, after 24 months of blogging, traveling across the U.S. leading tastings, and bringing writers to Franciacorta to raise awareness of this extraordinary appellation and its often spectacular wines, I felt it was finally time to move on. I’ve been thrilled by the results obtained and the full-fledged support that the consortium gave me throughout my tenure there. But it was time to turn the page, as the adage goes.

And where one chapter in life comes to end, another begins: I’m overjoyed to announce that I’m going to be helping out with promoting Giovanni’s wines in the U.S.

giovanni-arcariGiovanni and I are going to kick things off with two tastings this month:

Jaynes Gastropub
San Diego
Saturday, February 25
details to follow

CANCELLED
Sotto
Los Angeles
Sunday, February 26
details to follow

I’ll be posting the details in coming days and sharing on social media. But please save the dates if you’re in Southern California then. Thanks in advance for your support!

nico-danesiThere’s so much more of this story to tell: I’ve just taken over this blog where I’ll be posting regularly there on our adventures, the wines, and their reception in the U.S.

But I couldn’t publish this post and launch this project without a nod to Giovanni’s better (winemaking) half, Nico Danesi (above, left).

He’s also become a cherished friend over the years and he’s one of the most interesting and intellectually provocative winemakers I’ve ever met (he also commands an encyclopedic knowledge of film and film history, our favorite subjects after Wittgenstein).

He and Giovanni conceived what is known as the SoloUva method, the “just grapes” approach to the production of Franciacorta wines. I’ll be sharing more about the method in upcoming posts on the SoloUvaUSA blog.

Read about the SoloUva method here in the meantime. And check out the song I wrote about it a few years ago here or below.

All we need is grapes! Thanks for your continued and future support. And thanks for believing in me and our crazy dreams.

Jeremy Parzen
marketing guru
SoloUvaUSA

Giovanni and Nico, I love you guys! Giovanni, see you soon in the U.S.!

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A great video interview with Giovanni (with English subtitles)

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Earlier this month, TastingSpots, the official blog of the Roscioli food and wine shop and wine bar and restaurant in Rome, published this video, the first in a series they are devoting to Arcari + Danesi, including tastings with Giovanni in Rome and a visit to the Arcari + Danesi vineyard and winery.

The English subtitles are really well done and this is a great way to obtain a greater understanding of what the SoloUva method is and why it makes for such distinct wines.

Photo credit: Roscioli Facebook.

SoloUva North American tour 2016 with Nico and Andrea

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SoloUva winemakers Andrea Rudelli (left) and Nico Danesi (center) will be pouring their wines in the United States starting Monday, March 7, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

On Tuesday, March 8 they will be in New York to pour their wines at the portfolio tasting of their American importer Indie Wineries. Partner Giovanni Arcari (right) won’t be joining them on this trip.

There will be another tasting in Rhode Island on Thursday, March 9. We’ll post details as soon as we have them.

SOLOUVA TASTING

with Nico and Andrea
Monday, March 7, 2016
The Artisan’s Cellar
11:00 a.m. – alle 3:00 p.m.
Panorama
14 N. Front Street
Philadelphia, PA  19382

INDIE WINERIES PORTFOLIO TASTING

Tuesday, March 8, 2016
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Home Studios
873 Broadway (between 18th & 19th Streets)
Studio 410
New York NY 10003
(212) 475-4663
Google map
RSVP: rlawler@indiewineries.com

SOLOUVA TASTING

with Nico and Andrea
Wednesday, March 9, 2016
The Wine Brothers
12:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
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Jamestown Fish
14 Narragansett Ave
Jamestown
RI 02835

SOLOUVA TASTING

with Nico and Andrea
Thursday, March 10, 2016
Olmstead Wine Co.
11:00 a.m. – 3.00 p.m.
Asta
47 Massachusetts Ave.
Boston, MA 0211

Team SoloUva has a new website!

Team SoloUva has a new website, including Italian and English versions.

While some of the content has lived previously on an earlier version, the new site includes English translations from the original Italian.

One that we are particularly proud of is the following poem by Arcari e Danesi and SoloUva winemaker Nico Danesi:

When the sun shines, the Apennines appear in the distance and the plains don’t seem so vast.
When it’s cloudy, our vineyard appears to float in the sky.
There’s a persimmon tree.
There’s an old snake.
There are falcons.
The din of the road below, the road we travel, the roads we know, the bridges we cross.
We sit on a rock and Giovanni and I pop another one open.

Nico

P.S. If you can’t explain it to a six year old, you don’t really understand it. R.F.

Check out the new site here!

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Arcari e Danesi at Eataly

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We were overjoyed to learn that our Dosaggio Zero is now available at Eataly in New York, the Italian food and wine emporium owned by Lidia Bastianich, Joe Bastianich, and Mario Batali.

It seems like it was just yesterday when we dreamed of getting our wine to the U.S.A.

Today, it is available for retail sale at one of the highest-profile and highest-trafficked wine shops in America.

It’s a dream come true.

Eataly is a slice of Italy in New York and the store’s many pavilions recreate the Italian food shopping experience: A salumeria, a fruit and vegetable stand, a dried-goods selection and all kinds of different restaurants specializing in fish, steak, pasta, pizza, etc.

We couldn’t be more proud that our wines are there.

eataly new york

Arcari e Danesi at Babbo in New York

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Ever since it opened in 1998 (a lifetime ago, it seems, in the arc of the Italian food and wine renaissance in the U.S.), Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich’s Babbo has been an epicenter for Italian fine wine in this country.

It’s as hard, if not harder, to get a table there as when Ruth Reichl gave it its first three-star review in the New York Times the same year it opened.

Today, a lot of people don’t remember that when it was opened, it was called (and is still called) “Babbo Enoteca e Ristorante.”

These days, enoteca is a pretty common word in American restaurant lingo and the concept of “wine bar” is widely embraced across the board.

But at the time, an Italian wine bar was a highly revolutionary idea. And when it opened its doors, Joe Bastianich’s and later Joe and David Lynch’s all-Italian list entirely changed the landscape for Italian wine in this country.

The list at Babbo is still one of the country’s most important “taste makers.” Wine professionals come from all over the nation to discover new wines and trends there.

And they are currently serving (as of this posting) Arcari e Danesi Dosaggio Zero by-the-glass.

Photo credit: Heath Brandon (cropped).

“A stunning Italian sparkling wine made using only its own natural grape sugars”

Aubrie Talarico

We really loved this post by Aubrie Talarico (above, left, with Giovanni), an Italian wine educator based in Rhode Island. We’re sharing in part here and we encourage you to read it in its entirety. It’s a great primer on Franciacorta and it really gets to the heart of the SoloUva project. Aubrie’s a great writer and we were thrilled to discover her blog.

“Franciacorta,” she writes, “a celebrated sparkling wine/region of Lombardia, has recently been given a chance to make a radical shift. But unlike scenarios where a revamp or major production change comes about due to quality problems or a slump in market interest, this one is entirely due to Giovanni Arcari, Nico Danesi and Andrea Rudelli’s passion for their wine, the region, and an important word in the wine world: terroir…”

“The Trouble with Terroir & Imported Sugar: For at least 50 years Franciacorta producers have mimicked the Champagne production process, including adding imported sugar for the secondary fermentation’s necessary liqueur de tirage. This troubled Giovanni, Nico, and Andrea because utilizing Brazilian or any other foreign (=non-grape/non-Franciacortan) sugar in the process seemed to them to compromise the wine’s sense of identity — its very terroir (=unique characteristics and sense of place) — becomes masked. Giovanni explained to me that by making a wine like this ‘you taste the method and not the wine.'”

Check out the complete post, including her tasting notes, here.