Mezzacorona at Toast of the Town in NYC

Mezzacorona couldn’t be more excited to partner with Wine Enthusiast as we present Toast of the Town New York on May 3rd!  One of the most popular wine events in New York, Toast of the town has moved to a new, larger location at the Oscar Hammerstein Ballroom in Midtown.

 

We’re already shining our shoes in preparation to dance the night away in our own 2nd floor lounge complete with jazz band, cooking demonstrations, giveaways, and of course, fabulous wines!

 

We welcome your presence with open arms, so purchase your tickets through the link included below if you haven’t already. 500 World Class Wines and signature dishes from New York restaurants will be featured along with Mezzacorona for this delightful event.  Come toast with us and our Mezzacorona Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Teroldego Riserva, NOS, Pinot Grigio Riserva and much more!

 

Gorgeous locales. Delicious wines. Gourmet food.

 

A veritable playground for oenophiles and foodies. The ultimate night out. That’s Toast of the Town. We look forward to seeing you there!

 

For more information and to purchase tickets, please

visit: http://www.toastofthetown.com/

Fight against cancer at the 2012 Taste of Hope Event!

 

Mezzacorona is proud to be participating in the fight against cancer during this year’s Taste of Hope Event!  Join us as we taste our way to a cure while honoring the famous chef Todd English for his dedication to the cancer research community, all happening on May 3rd at 82 Mercer in New York City.

 

For the third year in a row, Vinitaly will partner with the American Cancer Society to host this gourmet event which sees all proceeds go towards the goal of eliminating cancer as a major health problem.  Wear your pink ribbons as New York’s most popular Wines, Spirits and Restaurants come together for a common cause.

 

As guests enjoy the R&B stylings of Andre Henry and dance to the groovy sounds of DJ Scott Sheehy, they’re also invited to sample bites provided by some of New York’s hottest restaurants including,Ça Va Brasserie, Beauty & Essex, Blue Ribbon Sushi, Coppelia, Delicatessen, MacBar, The Harrison, Mercadito, Dinosaur Bar-B-Que,Empellon and many more. Mezzacorona will be featuring some of its finest wines, including the Pinot Grigio Riserva.

 

In the past, Taste of Hope has raised over 150 thousand dollars. If you cannot attend but would still wish to donate, please visit their website which we are including below.  Your generosity is greatly appreciated.

 

We look forward to seeing you this Thursday, May 3rd, as we work with Taste of Hope to save lives and create a world with more birthdays by helping you stay well, helping you get well, finding cures and fighting back.

 

For more information and to donate, please visit: http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR/Gala/GalaFY10Eastern?pg=entry&fr_id=34842

Mezzacorona Hits the Windy City

It’s Spring at last:  the perfect time for new beginnings and ta

sting new wines.  For the first time, Vinitaly will bring its fantastic event to the US in the Spring in order to better accommodate the US wine trade.  Vinitaly, as many know, is the largest wine event in the world.  The Vinitaly World Tour was created in 1998 to develop an international platform for the promotion of companies in the Italian wine and food sectors.  Today, the event travels to many of the most important wine markets in the world, including China, Japan, South Korea, India, Singapore, Russia, and of course, the United States.

This year, in Chicago, the event will take place at the River East Art Center on April 30th.  This prestigious venue is located steps from Navy Pier, Magnificent Mile and faces the Chicago River.  A few days later, Vinitaly travels to New York, where it will take place at the rooftop venue Three Sixty in Tribeca.  Both of these events have the best wines Italy has to offer with 100 wineries participating and hundreds of new wines to taste!  Mezzacorona is proud to be participating in both events this year.  Come and have a taste of Italy with our Mezzacorona Pinot Grigio!

‘Tis the Season for White Asparagus with Cheese & Potato Cakes!


Trentino is a region where nature alw

ays has something to offer. During this season in particular, long stalks of asparagus, remarkably tender and brimming with flavor can be found to the north of Trento in an area called Zambana.  For Lorenzo Callegari, the young Chef at “Trattoria Vecchia Sorni,”  this provides the  chance to prove once again his talent with this delicious produce. Here’s his wonderful recipe, so you can soon prove your talents as well:

White asparagus with cheese and potato cakes

12 White Asparagus
2L of Water
¼ Bottle of White Wine
1 Tablespoon of sugar
3 Tablespoons of butter
6 Pieces of Asiago cheese (or any tasty, medium aged cheese)
3 Potatoes
Salt

Peel the asparagus. In a pot, add all of the other ingredients and bring to a boil. Once boiling, add the asparagus and cook for an additional 3 minutes . Once it boils again turn off the fire and let rest for a half hour.
Peel the potatoes, cut them into thin slices and add salt.  With a cookie cutter 3 inches deep, form the layered potato cakes.  Roast them in a frying pan on medium heat for 3 minutes per side.
In another pan, brown the cheese and carefully put it over the asparagus with the potato cakes. Decorate with thyme and some onion grass thinly chopped.

Pair your finished dish with a glass of Mezzacorona Pinot Grigio.  You’ll be delighted!

Screw Caps vs Corks

Although the screw cap was first created for pharmaceutical purposes and to seal such beverages as mineral water, soft-drinks, and hard-liquors, it’s had a place within the wine industry for far longer than many realize. Traditionally, the cost was notably less compared to its cork counterpart and for this reason it was mainly used in wines that were both low in price and low in quality.  But their usage wasn’t solely based on their attractive price tag.  Winemakers found that the utilization of corks with low quality wines made these wines practically undrinkable so other methods of sealing the bottle, such as the screwcap, were introduced to subdue these negative characteristics as well as prolong a bottle’s shelf life.  Today, the main “defect” of the screwcap is in fact not a defect at all, but a negative perception taken from its history: it is associated with an image of low-quality wine, particularly in the countries where it was traditionally produced (France, Italy, Spain).

Interestingly enough, while the progress of materials has been able to better the performance and overall image of the screwcap, modernization has not been as kind to the cork –as nothing is able to guarantee the absence of it’s negative organic substances blending with a wine. In this respect, the synthetic cork represents a notable improvement compared to the standard cork, but it is still an “imitation” with some issues regarding the oxida tion of the wine. In fact the synthetic cork cannot completely prevent oxygen from sneaking into the bottle, that means a reduction in the shelf-life of the wine to about 2 years for whites and 3-4 years for reds.

Screw caps are already largely used in some markets (Canada, Switzerland, Scandinavia, England, New Zealand, and are breaking cultural and mental barriers in more traditional countries thanks to their long list of strengths. How many of these were you aware of?

– They do not give abnormal taste or odor to the wine
–  They prevent oxygen from entering the bottle
–  They reduce the sulphite content (antioxidants)
–  They are easy to open and close
–  They are hygienically more secure
– They increase shelf life

For these reasons, screw caps are overtaking the cork as the preferred bottle closure by wine growers and winemakers alike. They literally protect the fruit of their labor.

And what about the bottlecap? This method happens to be one of the most preferred closures of enologists as it can guarantee the optimal aging of millions and millions of bottles of sparkling wine and champagne for years… but this, our friends, is another story.


Spring Arrives & Brings Environmentally-Friendly Practices to Mezzacorona

The sun is beginning to warm the grass beneath our feet and flowers blossom as animals awake from their winter sleep. Yes friends: spring has arrived!

In vineyards everywhere, the first sprouts begin to appear. And with those sprouts, bizarre insects.   As beautiful as rows of vineyards may look from afar, up close it becomes apparent that those bizarre insects need to be controlled in order to prevent damages on the vines.

Since the 90’s, Mezzacorona has been handling the management of common parasites like Lobesia botranaa nd Eupoecilia ambiguella through a modern biological system. This technique is now applied all over the Trentino region and also experimented abroad, like in California, where they have since seen successful results in the vineyards.

This innovative method consists of limiting the reproduction of harmful insects through pheromone over-stimulation.  In these days, the farmers are distributing between 400 and 500 dispensers for every 2.5 acres. These dispensers are simple tools that release pheromones which confuse the males so much so, that they stop reproducing.

This innovative method allows a proper wine-producing environment where the use of pesticides is practically zero.  This is just an example showing the commitment of Mezzacorona in reducing the impact of its activities on the local environment. In the early 1980’s, Mezzacorona issued “The Protocol for a High-Quality Wine Production in Trentino”, a proposal aimed at regulating the cultivation, new vineyards, green care and other processes in order to promote sustainable agriculture.

Further reduction of chemical treatments translates into the minimization of copper or sulphur residual in the wine. Water and energy management together with balanced vineyard usage increase sustainability and with 70% of the wineries being built underground the use of air conditioning in the cellars is significantly reduced. Photoelectric in conjunction with hydroelectric plants also fulfill the majority of the energetic needs and recycling is as a normal practice as adhering to other quality or environmental guidelines.

Just as seasons continuously change, we at Mezzacorona feel it important to be at the forefront of environmentally-friendly practices within our vineyards, willing and able to change with the times.

Alpine Crispness with Mezzacorona Pinot Grigio


Discove

r why the Trentino region, in the heart of the Italian Alps, is the best suited region to grow Pinot Grigio.

 

What does a Pinot Grigio grape look like? Probably not as you’d expect! Pinot Grigio variety actually derives from Pinot Noir grapes. As a matter of fact, the Pinot Grigio skins are characterized by a dark colour, ranging from copper grey to light red, and the clusters are very small and tight. This distinguishing shape tends to remind people of pine cones –or “Pinot,” as they’re called in French!

 

Mezzacorona Pinot Grigio is a full expression of the unique combination of climate, soil and people you’ll find at the foot of the Italian Alps in the Adige Valley. The combination of these three key elements makes the Pinot Grigio grown in this area exclusive from anywhere else and exemplifies why Mezzacorona is the world’s leading producer of this variety.

 

Climate. Pinot Grigio is a variety that yearns for particular environmental conditions: large temperature swings between day and night (which help preserve the acidity of the grapes), and constant winds. Here in the alpine area in the North-East of Italy, those conditions are perfectly replicated. A fresh breeze comes from the glaciers peaking at over 9,000 feet in the North of the region, while gentle mild winds blow from Garda Lake in the South. Together these conditions allow the perfect aromatic maturation of the grapes, while not subtracting from their perfume and fragrance.

 

Soil. Pinot Grigio is cultivated in favourable soils with optimum fertility, both in deep valleys as well as in the hills. The Dolomitic landscape adds crispness and minerality to the classic, delicate and elegant aromas of Pinot Grigio. The typical “pergola” trellising system allows the grapes to hang free with maximum exposure to air which helps prevent mildew. Moreover, the leaves above the grapes protect them from the sun’s harmful rays (Coppertone SPF 45 failed to do the trick) . All green management and harvest activities are performed by hand, allowing the farmers to carry out the finest selection in the vineyard. As a result, the grapes arrive at the winery in perfect and healthy condition.

 

People. Originally known with as the German name Ruländer, Pinot Grigio has been cultivated in the Dolomites since the 1950’s. The successful cultivation of vines in a steep and difficult environment has been possible thanks to the great determination of the local grape growers & their ability to join forces and work together. We believe Mezzacorona parallels the strong character its workers:  Able to cope with difficulties and create strengths out of weaknesses.

 The result of our triple-threat combination?  An elegant Pinot Grigio characterized by a unique crispness and minerality, perfect as an aperitif and excellent with local and International cuisine. Salute! 

Unique Flavors from Trentino, Italy

 

When you travel, part of the

experience comes from the food and wine you taste around the world. You might forget the boring monuments the tour guide showed you or the name of the village where you got lost, but you will never forget the scents and flavors from your journey. Trentino is a unique region in the North of Italy, with magical hidden valleys, mountains and culinary traditions that make your travel experience unforgettable.
After driving through narrow streets and climbing the hills in the heart of the Italian Alps, you finally reach a small village. In the middle of the square is a local artist carving sculptures. You cannot stop there because there’s something irresistible in the air that drives you to continue exploring. It’s the chef Lorenzo Callegari, creating one of his masterpieces in the kitchen of “Trattoria Vecchia Sorni”. It’s a lovely family run restaurant, with a great veranda where during the spring and summer seasons, you can enjoy a delectable meal with a beautiful view on the surrounding vineyards of the Adige valley.
Today Lorenzo has prepared a delicious appetizer based on “Carne salada” (salty meat), a very traditional dish of Trentino. This exceptional cut of seasoned beef, thinly sliced, can be eaten raw or cooked. In the past, people used to salt the meat to preserve it for long time. Today Lorenzo presents the Carne Salada with fresh salad and a potato pie.

Ingredients for Carne salada (salted meat):

 

2 lb. round of beef
1 oz. coarse salt
½ oz. coarse black pepper
2 tsp. coriander
2 tsp. cumin
Extra virgin olive oil
Rosemary and bay leaves

 

Clean the meat. Once it is covered with all other ingredients, put everything in a tight container in the refrigerator and turn the meat once a day for 8 days. After that, slice the meat thinly and accompany it with fresh salad and a potato pie.
Enjoy with a glass of Mezzacorona Pinot Grigio and you’ll take a journey through the genuine flavors of Trentino!

The new Mezzacorona blog!


 

We’re excited to announce the new Mezzaco

rona blog!

 

Experience the world of Mezzacorona: Our winery, our people, our wines and the territory of Trentino – located in the heart of the Italian Alps.

You relax outside, sipping a refreshing pinot grigio wine on a warm spring day.  The sun begins to highlight the surrounding landscape and a fresh breeze tickles your senses.

You take in the breathtaking view of the snow glistening on the Italian Alps.  Down below, the valley is picture perfect, reminding you of a famous painting.

The vineyards stretch as far as the eye can see until they kiss the Adige river flowing gently in the distance. Is this the perfect Italian romance?  The line between fantasy and reality blurs with every sip of Mezzacorona.

Enter the world of Mezzacorona.  We’re excited to share our history, passion and dedication to make elegant wines since 1904.

Mezzacorona at Vinitaly 2012


 
As one of the premier wineries in Italy, Mezzacorona is excit

ed to once again be a part of the most prestige Italian wine event with attendees from around the world.
 
Mezzacorona will showcase its elegant and crisp wines from the Italian Alps, highlighting new vintages at the 46th annual Vinitaly.
 

We invite you to visit Mezzacorona at Veronafiere, Pavilion 3, Booth B2 from Sunday, March 25th through Wednesday, March 28th in Verona, Italy.

 

For more information, visit www.vinitaly.it.