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Extraordinary Italian Taste – Journey into the world of Italian wines – 2018.

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The Italian Trade Institute (ITA) wine tasting was held for the 3rd. time on the occasion of the Italian Culinary World Week with masterclass for Italian and Hungarian business meetings. The Italian wine tasting seminar titled “Traditional and Quality” were present H.E. Massimo Rustico – Italy Ambassador to Hungary, and representative of the Italian Cultural Institute, the ICE-Agency Office, ENIT, the Italian Chamber of Commerce for Hungary.  The “Wine & Food” workshop within the framework of the Third World Italian Culinary Week was held after the seminar at the Marriott Hotel – Elizabeth Ballroom (District, V., 4. Apáczai Csere János street Budapest. In parallel to the technical seminars, meetings were held between Hungarian and Italian producers, 11 importers, distributors,  restaurants members and hotel sales, as well as members of the press.

Within the series of the Italian Institute for Foreign Trade and the Italian Gastronomic World Week the ICE Office – Budapest invited  Ms. Barbara Tamburini, an internationally renowned wine expert.  In the first part the expert lectured on the emergence of the Italian wine makers, and then after followed to the tasting one-by-one from north to south of 10 Italian excellent wines, which demonstrate the excellence of Italian wine production.

The tasting hosted by ICE offering a snapshot of 10 Italy’s grand wines from Head-to-Toe … meant from North to South of Italy’s  superb wine regions:

Number 1. Lombardy Vigna Dorata Franciacorta Brut. Grape variety Chardonnay 80% and Pinot Nero 20%. The soil composition is alluvional morain soil of early origin with an extremely sandy structure and very frequent presence of moraine stones.The Vineyard comes from the village of Cazzago San Martino. The exposure and height South-West exposure with light slope, 230 meters above sea-level. Taste: vanilla and perfume fragrances. Franciacorta was the official provider of sparkling wines for the Expo Milano 2015.

Number 2. Umbria Fiorfiore Roccafiore  (2017). The grapes 100% Grechetto di Todi and organically treated vineyards at a height of 380m. above sea level are on the bottom of slate, chalk and clay. They are harvested manually. The vineyards have a South and South-East orientation. The winters in Todi are cold and rainy, the summers warm and windy. After the soft pressing of the grapes, the juice and the must get a natural fermentation, followed by a ripening on large Slovenian barrels for a year and in bottles for 4 months. It is best served after 3 or 4 years after the grapes were harvested. Tastes: golden apple, pineapple, small yellow flowers with very delicate sweet spice notes.

Number 3. Campania Donnachiara Greco di Tufo  DOCG (2017) The Campania wine region is in southern Italy. The region’s most prestigious white wine, made predominantly from the grape variety that shares its name. The Greco di Tufo grape is a clone of Greco Bianco and is believed to have been introduced to Campania by the Pelasgians, an ancient people from Thessaly in Greece. The best Greco di Tufo vineyards are found on the volcanic hills of the Avellino province in central Campania.The Greco di Tufo wines are cultivated at an altitude of 450 to 500 meters. Often typified by warm tropical fruit and a touch of oak. Aromas ripe citrus, nectarine passionfruit drive this style. Recommended with White Fish.

Number 4. Friuli Venezia Giulia Aromatic Traminer (2017). The wine made in the north-eastern Italian region of Friuli-Venezia Giulia. Once part of the Venetian Republic and with sections under the influence of the Austro-Hungarian Empire for some time, the wines of the region have noticeable Slavic and Germanic influences.The area is known predominantly for its white wine. Is internationally styled Merlots, The Tazzelenghe (meaning “tonguecutter”) produces a very tannic and fruity wine that mellows as it ages but maintains a good amount of its fruits such as: herbal, apricot, peach and pear.

Number 5. Le Sabbie dell’EtnaEtna Rosso DOC (2016). North-eastern slope of the Volcano – Sicily, the largest active volcano in Europe. The vivid ruby color of the grapes of the native Nerello Mascalese, implanted for centuries in the volcanic area of Etna, Nerello Cappuccio and anticipates a delicious bouquet where cinnamon, black pepper, cherries alternate and blend is really admirable. Soil is loamy and sandy of volcanic origin and mineral content, including phosphorous, magnesium and potassium.

Number 6. Piemonte …  Barolo  DOCG (2014). Origin from Gancia dell’Annunziata farmhouse – Barolo. Grape 100% Nebbiolo. Soaking peels for 12 days. Fermentation in steel tub, ready maturation in French barrel for 18 months. Intense scent, mature fruit and rose petals.

Number 7. Toscany …  Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Podere la Vigna (2013). From the region Rosso di Montalcino Tuscany. Grape Sangiovese (or Nielluccio in Corsica). Color dark-berried and it is the most widely planted grape variety in Italy. Smooth wine with Beef and Venison.

Number 8. PugliaPrimitivo di Manduria “Sessantanni” Corte Giara DOC (2015) …Editor’s remark … Pardon me … this was excellent – my favorite! Most Popular wine in the region Primitivo di Manduria. The”Sessantani” is made from the grapes of vines almost 100 years old, the oldest of the Feudi di San Marzano. Deep ruby-red colour.  The fragrance is very rich, on the nose it releases primary aromas of fruit, ripe plums and blackberries, cherry jam, afterwards, spicy and fragrant notes of liquorice, sandalwood, cardamom, pepper, tobacco, incense and cocoa, It is rich, intense and explosive on the palate, but exquisitely balanced and elegant. A powerful wine with considerable body, but also smooth and caressing. The wine enhances meat dishes such as lamb chops, veal stew.

Number 9. AbruzzoMontepulciano D’Abruzzo Teramane Hills Reserve  DOP (2011). Grape type: Montepulciano. Garnet red color. Fruity and spicy scent. Intense and persistent taste, suggested with rich first course, red meat and medium and hard cheese. Awards: International Wine & Spirit Competition, 2016 – Silver, International Wine Challenge, 2016 – Bronze Mundus Vini, 2016 – Gold International Wine & Spirit Competition and 2015 Bronze.

After the workshop visited a couple of Made in Italy products around exhibitors tables … cheeses, olive oils, olives and vegetables, sweets, liqueurs and grappa by Italy, Italian coffee beans and tourist agency: suditaliahotel – Forio.

The report became slightly long so only highlighting one of the wine table … The Rosso Piceno D.O.C. (D.O.C. stands for = perfect for grapevine cultivation). Organic “CARPINO NERO” ZEROQUINDICI was pretty cool organic wine with low sulphite content and prepared without the use of preservatives, origin from Sangiovese vineyard which is located at Marche region – central Italy. The estate is still among the most esteemed wine producers of the Piceno wine-making region. The Montepulciano and Sangiovese grapes grow on the clayey texture of the soil which determines in the wines the richness of extracts. The nose is perceived with strong notes of red fruits and sweet spices. Pairings goes well with pasta, meat and/or tomato sauce or with grilled meat and cheese. Received Award for the year (2016).

Update and snaps by Aggie Reiter

 

 

 

 

The 8th Diplomatic Fair @ Budapest – 2018

The Diplomatic Fair is coming along again to entertain, give an insight to their  traditional art work, spices, groceries, culture, places to visit, of course a chance for a little shopping for the visitors, organised by the Diplomatic Spouses of Budapest  (DSB) at the InterContinental Hotel – Budapest.

On this occasion just as in the past years, this year 52 countries will be present from respective embassies. It is a fine time to have a taste of delicious international delicacies at several the food corner on the first floor. There will be countries introducing their traditional dance and music. The bagpipes from Scotland will be on stage as well. Ongoing raffles  during the day and a children’s corner to entertain and keep them busy whilst parents have a glance on the items out on display. Some exhibitors showcase the sights of their country in the spirit of tourism. Now that shortly Xmas is on is way, can purchase some spices, cookies and groceries stuff from nations table. The British Pantry, helped by the British Ambassador to Hungary by himself, a proud Scot clad in his kilt around the British table.  Not otherwise this time by the DSB supporting charities. At the event besides all the fun, with raises funds for Hungarian charities  to be going to specific projects that benefit sick, disabled, vulnerable or disadvantaged children, such as the Pető Institute or SOFI, the Special Education and Development Institute.

Update by Aggie Reiter

 Exhibition by Giuseppe Vassallo – Italian Culture Institute – Budapest

On the occasion of Contemporary Art Day –  Friday, November, 23. 2018. – 6 p.m.

Italian Culture Institute – Xenia Gallery
District, VIII., 18. Bródy Sándor Street – Budapest

Giuseppe Vassallo opens an unusual Italian exhibition in Budapest. The young Sicilian artist originally he studied sculpture in his homeland, later attracted more by painting, which he learned in an autodidact manner.

Vassallo spent three weeks in Budapest for the “resident artist” project, inspired by the impressions and experiences gained here in the Italian Cultural Institute.The opening exhibition is divided into two main parts: on the one hand it presents the painter’s paintings in Palermo and on the other hand the paintings and installations of the “resident artist” project. Each of the works made in Budapest is a small tribute to the capital, with familiar moods, symbols, and even Hungarian paintings.

The project was established with the co-operation of the Budapest Várfok Gallery.

Entry is free of charge.

Update by Aggie Reiter

Peter Cincotti a New Yorker in Budapest!

December. 16. 2018.  –  8 p.m.

District, XII., 14 – 16 Csörsz Street – Budapest

Peter Cincotti  – Pop, Jazz, Singer, Songwriter – 4  in 1!

Coming from California … arriving Budapest … leaving for Foggia

In the series of Get Closer Concert, Peter Cincotti pianist making his way to the MOM Sport and Entertainment Center. Learned how to play the instrument at the same age he learned how to walk and talk. Was only 7 years old, Cincotti was introduced to Harry Connick, Jr. in Atlantic City. After singing a few numbers onstage, the wee lad accompanied Connick and his big band from the piano.

It’s as integral to him as the bare essential elements of life. Fame and fortune are just around the corner. A born and bred New Yorker, Cincotti spent much of his childhood going to school during the day and playing clubs at night.  Like a pilot in a cockpit, when Cincotti sits down at a piano it’s as if the world is at his fingertips.

The pianist #1 on the Billboard jazz charts, making 18-year old Cincotti the youngest artist ever to do so. ​ Since then, Peter has performed in some of the world’s mos  prominent jazz festivals, with various artists such as Andrea Bocelli, David Guetta, Seal and Simona Molinari. Played at prestigious venues from Carnegie Hall to L’Olympia in Paris, collaborated with artists ranging from Andrea Bocelli to David Guetta, has been featured in blockbuster films such as Spiderman 2, represented the global fashion brands Ermenegildo Zegna and Tod’s, and just recently appeared as himself in Season 3 of the hit Netflix series House Of Cards.​

Update by Aggie Reiter

B-Life Beauty Competition – Symbol – Budapest

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Balázs Czanik, Capoeira Aerobik founder  and creator, has been involved in many beauty contests as a coach or jury. Combining the experience gained from these ideas with their own ideas, arranges the B-Life Beauty Competition for the third time, where athletic-feminine ladies have great chances.

Balázs Czanik hard work started with a hundred lucky ones, as the most beloved ones in the B-Life Challenge program helped them to achieve their dream shape, but more importantly to shows how to be healthier.

It is important to be able to show the beauty of the girls’ personality, to be able to cooperate and humble themselves. For this reason, in the final week they are getting to know each other in a training camp, participants take part in personality training, stage movement and choreography, makeup and, of course, develop endurance in Capoeira aerobic classes, “says Balázs Czanik, director of B-Life Beauty.

“I’m happy because B-Life Beauty is a huge success. There were a lot of girls coming to the present competition, including a long casting in the Hilton City of Budapest, where 16 people were shown to the public and also the new fitness jewellery brand, the B-Life jewellery, with half chakra stones. There are competitor beside locals, but joining from Vienna, Transylvania and even from Brazil.

The final countdown will be at the Symbol Budapest on November 24, where they will stage in bikini, casual attire and Capoeira aerobic dress.

The program gives participants the opportunity to embark on a quality life. Their slogan is: „Do not forget one thing … if you sit on the couch then that will not work” Balázs Czanik added.

Snaps by Tibor Juhász

Update by Aggie Reiter

 

Anilogue International Animation Festival – Budapest

Exclusively an animation festival!

November, 28 – December, 2 2018.

Urania National Film Theater
District, VIII. 21. Rákóczi Road – Budapest

So once again, Budapest harbors the fancy new flagships of world animation with its 16th season of Anilogue International Animation Festival.
Anilogue is an annual international animation festival taking place in Budapest, Hungary. The festival presents a whole week of animation, packed with feature premieres, sneak previews, workshops, a competition of European animated short films and numerous special programs including a seven hours long animated show, concerts and cartoon exhibitions.
A number of 30 new European animated shorts were selected for the competition out of the 2048 films submitted to Anilogue this year. The international jury was set to decide which one of these films will receive the Best of Anilogue – Cartoon Network Award in 2018.

Further information regarding dates and screening film:  https://urania-nf.hu/en/anilogue-2018

Update by Aggie Reiter

Food and Literature – Italian Culture Institute – Budapest

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In the series of  A Week of Italian Cuisine in the World at the Italian Culture Institute was held a theater show … Art of Cooking … with Maria Teresa Ruta –  Guenda Goria – Silvia Siravo entitled Food and Literature.

Food from ancient times has a long history especially when it comes to Italy flavors.

A culinary evening with sayings from famous people’s, movie worlds, traditional Italian dishes, wines, composers, desserts was on showcase. Began the show by going back in time to biblical age – Eve and forbidden fruit (apple) with several stops in historical lanes to the foodstuffs  and their role in history.

The meals damped not only our hunger, but also creating an opportunity to – based on the Convivio Latin phrase meaning = be in community, share with each other our joys, our sorrows.

Literary works refer to moments of sharing meals, recipes and dishes, because all that is about food, is also a question an important question of life for the Italians. Probably, not on my own, many know, that taking a pan of food over to the neighbor, friends is a kind act, but if the pan, pot is not given back it can become a strong feeling of annoyance, displeasure, or hostility between each other. The Italian of housewives cooking tools are the most important thing in life.

This evening we sat by the imaginary “tables” …  how decisive the food is for our lives. Of course, the words were spiced up with entertaining musical inserts.

For example, Rossini  “set of table” , in his words: Q.: “What is Love for the heart, is the stomach appetite. The stomach is the conductor that conducts the orchestra of emotions, empty stomach sounds like a bassoon or resentful longing flute, while a full rumble beating rhythm of pleasure, joy drumbeat. Love is nothing but hustle and bustle on stage primadonna whose passionate voice intoxicating our ears and our hearts to kidnap. Eat and Love, Sing and Digest are the four acts of the comonic opera that we call LIFE, which is quickly fleeting moment like drunkenness caused by champagne. A fool to let it go without enjoying it”

They talked about the Italian movies having  such an effect culinary  moments, such as:  “The Sweet Life” Ravioli with spelled spinach,  „An American in Rome” Tomato Spaghetti, ”For a Bunch of Dollars”Sausage Beans, „Panther”Flavored Macaroni„Swept away” – Seafood with spaghetti …just mentioning a few.

Almost certain by the end, after the imaginary “table” everybody became terribly hungry and in company asked one-an-other … Are you hungry? … Where shall we to head to eat?

Update and snaps by Aggie Reiter