Grapelive will be covering Italy’s top wine event for the first time, and is very happy to introduce our new reporter that will be at this years Vinitaly: Brandy Falconer. Brandy is starting her wine career after years of international travel and living in Italy. She has lived in the fast lane and comes from a famous Motorsports family, her dad Ryan is a legendary engine builder who has made Indy 500 winning motors and has success in almost every form of racing, and Brandy grew up with all the speed at racing tracks around the country. She has been a huge wine enthusiast and will be a big hit here and at whatever else she decides to do. We are very happy to have her on board for Vinitaly 2009 and hopes she sticks around to write about her future wine adventures as well. So stay tuned and check in for her columns coming soon.
Brandy Falconer is a wine enthusiast and seasoned world traveler.
Discovering her love for great wines living on California’s scenic Central Coast, Brandy got to experience the best offerings from California and the world over.
Her professional interest was sparked after taking wine classes in Carmel (at Carmel’s Rancho Cellars) under the tutelage of now Master Sommelier, Alpana Singh. Enjoying the cultures of Europe, she has traveled extensively throughout the continent, and has also spent two years living in Italy. Brandy’s new-found passion for Italian wines created opportunities for knowledge-building experiences that would redirect her interests to a more serious level.
Ready for a fresh challenge, she has decided to combine her love for wine with a passion for educating enthusiasts to create a new career path. It was a natural progression that now has Brandy studying in Italy and Europe in preparation for Sommelier courses later this year. Truly a story of following one’s passions, Brandy’s enthusiasm for discovering great wines is paving the way toward an exciting new venture.
Vinitaly this year focuses on “the world we love”: wine first of all but also quality, territory, the environment and its protection, people and human challenges, villages and their history… Vinitaly is all this: the place where every year people who love this world come together.
GAJA celebrates its 150th Anniversary at VINITALY, with a great tasting! 1859 – 2009: an important anniversary celebrated at the 43rd Vinitaly in the company of wine-lovers and everyone who admires the person defined as the “Admiral of the Italian Wine-Growing Renaissance”: Angelo Gaja.
This year, in short, sees the Gaja family celebrate 150 years of dedicated wine-growing following the foundation of the Cellar in Barbaresco in 1859 – and, of course, Vinitaly is the ideal setting.
Saturday 4 April: the Europa Convention Centre will celebrate 150 years of this great company: intense years rich in history, anecdotes, changes and even more changes in the world of wine, in the company of Jancis Robinson, the well-known British wine journalist, wine writer and TV presenter who will animate the debate and a tasting of wines selected by the company itself: participation at the event is against payment and places will be on sale in coming weeks: all proceeds will be donated to charity.
Italy at Vinitaly
This is the area that Vinitaly dedicates to the Regions so that they can present their territories, olive oils and wines through promotional activities as well as initiatives organized on individual stands during Vinitaly. This privileged showcase ensures a complete panorama of the multitude of distinctive features characterizing Italian regions and their unique status in the world.
4,200 reasons for visiting Vinitaly 2009! Italian and international exhibitors over a net area of almost 80 thousand square metres promoting their best production in an overview of the most prestigious wine-growing and wine-making traditions. This area is equally joined by a further 10,000 sq.m. dedicated to everything else involved in the world of wine: technical tastings, food & wine pairings, high cuisine and much more… Yet Vinitaly especially promotes business opportunities: the 5-day exhibition ensures more contacts than usually achieved throughout the year thanks to direct matching action: the on-line Buyers Club, the Large-Scale Distribution Buyers Club, workshops and targeted tastings are evident examples.