EWBC friends

lundi, 24 octobre, 2011

Here are various pictures from  friends that I took during the last EWBC  in Brescia ! Enjoy….

French STARS…

Super STAR getting ready !

Much better than « Super Mario »..Super Luiz :)))

.. Luis carrying a new weapon….

Missing the sound…

Very serious:   « so which wine shall I taste, tell me »…

E VIVAAAAAA ….Los de Madrid  i de la Rioja !!

Federico Urso..

And « magic Duck », travelling around !

….With a red shirt to remember « Garibaldi »….

Thanks to all of you and see you next year maybe !


EWBC 2011 in Brescia.

mercredi, 19 octobre, 2011

The European Wine Bloggers Conference…

…took part this year in the north of Italy in Brescia. I went there to meet friends from the previous edition which was in Lisboa and meet and deliver wines to my local customers ….

When you are over 250 bloggers the best is to start with a good party…. BYOB !!

Great evening, some a bit nervous seeing so many faces unknown, but with a few glasses shared, exchanged, the evening was just GREAT ! I particularly loved a beautiful Pinot Blanc from Austria – Georgiberg –  and a superbe Dolcetto d’Ovada ( the 1990 Franciacorta El Mosnel was not bad at all tooooo :))))

Couldn’t resist the invitation to go out for a beer « unpasteurized »…really nice !

First day: meetings in Santa Giulia… By the way, my daughter is called Giulia not after the Saint but after the « Alfa Romeo Giulia » :)))

Various meetings about photos, videos, etc….

« Why do people often shoot at pretty birds… »

Plenty of great people, students from Dijon, Portuguese, Savoyards, Spanish, American (lots  :))) ), Austrian, Catalans, French and even Belgium… over 36 nations  !!

Great diner hosted by Franciacorta producers. Very nice indeed !

Missed the meetings int he morning of the second day,….. French rugby team was playing against the Welsh team to be into the final…and WE WON ( French & Catalans..)….

Then I went back to meet again the group & friends and was stopped  « en-route » by Lionel for a quick lunch.

« Les Beaux Gosses « 

We ended up in a restaurant I had already been to,( Lo Scultore) … so bloody friendly.

Started to eat, drink and talk with Lionel. Next to us was a single woman was asking for wine, and tasting and commenting in various languages with the owner of the restaurant….

We had’nt seen her at the EWBC, (mind you 280 people… can’t picture everyone, even pretty girls !). Anyway we ended up sharing glasses – of Ripasso della Valpolicella- and came back together for the afternoon talks: The girl was Alexandra Corvo !!

Great tasting at the end of the aftrernoon…. with some top Italians that I already knew and some true discoveries like the delicious wines from Piemonte di Ettore Germano…

Evening went to the « official diner » hosted in La Loggia. The Lord Mayor could not even welcome us in an other language than his « bresciano »..a real plonker !!

Very long & got bored waiting, so I escaped ( à l’anglaise) to go and drink Amarone with a nice  rare steack and some gorgeous local cheese,  in a quieter ambiance and a quick service ! !

I went back to meet the friends for the leaving party…until 3.00 am !!

10.00 am Next day was already time to the leave…a quick way back through France to visit customers ….

I enjoyed it very much again, met new people, saw friends from the business, and had good fun ! Many thanks to Robert, Ryan, Gabriella and to all the others who helped them and make our time there so great.

Now it’s time to relax with some Pirata, Cheeeerrrrrrssss :))))









Brescia – Cadaqués: EWBC !

mercredi, 12 octobre, 2011

Le Langhe alle 7.30 della mattina.. Langhe at 7.30 am from my bedroom ! 

Ecco qua sono in Italia per alcuni giorni per il EWBC 2011 !  Vado anche da ritrovare amici di Brescia che hanno ordinato « Sirenes de Cadaqués 2010 », « Pirata » e « S’Alqueria 2006″…..

Carne cruda e tartufo bianco…hhhuuuuuuummmmmmmmmm

(Ristorante il Duca Bianco in La Morra con una buona bottiglia di « Barbera superiore » di Alessandro …. http://www.rocchecostamagna.it )

Here I am in Italy for a few days, for EWBC 2011 : La Morra,  (Rocche Costamagna,..) then Verona:  Carlo Venturini dall’azienda agricola Monte dall’Ora and also « il Grande Graziano » & his delicious Soave Azienda Agricola Prà , and final stop in Brescia – Hotel Vittoria – in the heart of Franciacorta !

Voilà je suis en Italie en route pour Brescia et l’European Wine Bloggers Conference 2011 !!


Lisboa EWBC 2009…

samedi, 31 octobre, 2009

Estupendo… genial… completamente perdido…. Necessito pararme i pensar  … dificil !

Great…. superbe….. completely lost.. Just need to  think more… tough !

A long day …   Friday I drived from Bordeaux to Burgos…. arrived and stopped at the first Hotel I saw… good luck: cheap, nice room and nice food & wine: Abadia de San Quirce Ribera del dueroa 2005. Woke up at 7.00 and drove to Lisboa !

Beautiful drive through Spain and some areas I never crossed : Salamanca, ..saw a few pigs eating and running in « La Dehesa »…. I was already thinking of them in my plate !!…north east Portugal…. Lisboa !


Arrival in Lisboa found quite easily the VIP Gran Lisboa… superbe & modern Hotel: VIP Gran lisboa ..feel like a star… Hermés soap, Hermés body care….. great bathroom…. I wanna stay there more !!!


Registration for the EWBC …. met my friend Oscar Quevedo… Met other people: Anthony Swift: WINE PLEASURES WORKSHOP…. Miss Vicky « herself »: Miss Vicky Wine (Photo below…) I am looking for the most important « blogger sommelier in the world »: Emmanuel Delmas, Paris..but I Can’t see him.. What a shame !!


Great tasting with fortified and sweets wine:  Barquero Amontillado (dry) – Lustau Amontillado Escuadrilla – Apostoles Palo cortado – Quevedo Colheita 1994 – Barcalhoa Moscatel Roxo 1999 ( very unique !!) – Justinho’s Madeira Colheita 1995 – Sandeman Vintage 2007  ( just bottled) – Garvey’s Gran orden  PX  (pedro ximenez) !! In 2010 there is a wine show for sweet and fortified wines in Jerez de la Frontera: VINOBLE 2010.


Write it  in your agenda… Great opportunity to taste Sauternes, Jerez, Auslese, Eiswein, Icewine,Port, etc….


Responsible for Vinoble 2010 – Esteban – Ryan Opaz during the tasting of the sweet wines.

Then we had a tasting with the Douro Boys: Cristiano Van Zeller  Quinta D V. Maria – Luis Seabra from Nieeport – Francisco Fereira from Quinta Vallado – Francisco Olazabal…an old friend I toured the U.K. with 22 years ago !!

IMG_0368Vito Olazabal during the presentation of his Quinta in the Douro.


IMG_0374Studious moment….different people and Evelyne Resnick on the theme: « Blogging and the social wine brand ».

Oscar Quevedo, my friend who produce delicious Port, and « Douro still » (red )! (foto Melanie Tarlant)

14832_1187125233307_1083592023_30525024_5376010_n A nice photo of the restaurant ELEVEN « entrance hall »  after a long day…


Great diner , good food and great ambiance, with a superb view over Lisboa……

I had the chance to taste many vintage port ( from the new release… )

Fabulous time in Lisboa meeting people from around the world: USA: The Wine Hub ,Wine Lover’s Journal, UK: Brett  The Wine Maestro ; Niamh ( passionate about food ) : eat like a girl , France (Vicky see above), Philippe Hugon (Vinternet ) , Italy, Spain etc… &  from differents businesses linked with wine.

Thanks to Adegga , Ryan and Gabriella Opaz: Catavino, and every one who was there !

S'alqueria- Single photo - PETITE