Archive for November 2012
Oneglass is an Italian company that has had a wonderful idea: a single-dose pocket size pack of wine (100 ml).
Hotel Siena Borgo Grondaie was intrigued and wanted to know more about this novelty.
For the first time a 100 ml innovative packaging: lightweight, unbreakable and pocket-size…easy to use and to carry wherever you go.
This kind of packaging, that maintains all the organoleptic characteristics of the wine, is made of paper (75%), polyethylene (20%) and aluminium (5%); that’s why it can be entirely recycled after use.
Considering the lower weight and reduced risk of breaking compared to a classic bottle, there are many possibilities of use: large shipments, special occasions such as day-trips or picnic; lunch break, canteen, self-service, wine tasting.
It also avoids waste because 100 ml is the right amount for tasting wine without having to open a bottle.
Oneglass sells four kinds of wine: two types of white ( Pinot Grigio and Vermentino) and two types of red ( Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese ).
At the Wine Business Summit ( platform for the exchange of new ideas and business for people in the wine industry coming from different backgrounds) at the Palais du Vin in Bruxelles on January 19th, 2013, Oneglass is in competition for the best innovative company in the wine industry. The winners will have the opportunity to raise their profile and give more visibility to their product.
If you want to express your preference you can do it by voting on: http://wbis.eu/application-vote/
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Along the freeway Florence-Siena, one wonders what that new and futuristic building, that we find in Bargino village (near San Casciano Val di Pesa), could be.
It’s the new Antinori’s winary, the result of an ambitious project strongly wanted by Antinori’s Family, who produces wine from 26 generations and, after five centuries, moves its headquarters from the center of Florence to the heart of “Chianti Classico”.The cellar was built excavating in a hill and then covering the building with the ground.
On the roof, for didactic purposes, a vineyard was planted that brings together all the varieties of the Chianti vineyards, even those almost forgotten.
Inside the building there are three aisles 75 meters long, where, at a constant temperature of 17 degrees, barriques and barrels rest for a potential production of two and a half million bottles per year.
In addition to the winery and bottling area, the building consists of a museum, wine tasting areas, one restaurant, 250-seat auditorium, offices, and one wine store.
The project of the new winery (that has great respect for the Tuscan environment and landscape) is unique because combines architectural innovations and modern technologies of wine making with the Antinori’s family tradition.
Opening is scheduled for February 2013.
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Who knows what would the great Ambrogio Lorenzetti have thought if he had miraculously come back to visit us nowadays, even if just for one day? Surely he would have seen that we had tried hard not to realize the idea of just and peaceful society represented in his fresco cycle “ Allegory and Effects of Good and Bad Government”.
To see this wonderful Ambrogio Lorenzetti’s work, dated 1337/1340, you have to come to Siena and visit Palazzo Pubblico in the beautiful Piazza del Campo (Campo Square). The cycle of frescoes, that had to inspire the city rulers, is located in a rectangular hall known as the” Peace” or the” Council of Nine “ Room; in fact, the work was ordered by the Government of Siena that was , at that time, ruled by 9 residents who remained in office just for a short period to leave the place with nine other people.Observing the Allegory Of Good Government and the benefits that this brings to the city life and the surrounding countryside, it’s inferred that the common good should inspire all the governors’ actions and that where order and justice are there are peace, employment, welfare, too. The Allegory of Good Government is on the bottom of the room. On the left of the painting , there is “Justice”, holding in balance the scales supported by “ Divine Wisdom” which is holding a book. On the scales there are two angels: one, on the left, represents “ Distributive Justice” who gives goods and penalties and the second one, on the right, represents “ Commutative Justice” that governs trade. From balance two strings hang down ,they ‘re-collected by ”Harmony” (Concordia) who has in her lap a plane (symbol of equality of all citizens). The same strings are taken up by the 24 governors (the old government before the Nine) that deliver the rope to the “City of Siena” represented by an old man dressed in black and white (colors the represent the town of Siena). The City is protected and inspired by three winged theological ” Virtues”: “ Faith”, “Hope” and “Charity” . On the sides of the Old Man the ”Four Cardinal Virtues”: “Justice” (with the sword, the crown and a severed head), “Temperance” (with the hourglass, a symbol of wise use of time), “Prudence” ( represented with a mirror to interpret the past, read the present and tell the future),and “Force”( with the mace and shield). In addition there are two unconventional Virtues : “Peace” (comfortably lying on a pile of weapons and with an olive branch in her hand) and “Magnanimity” (dispensing crowns and diamonds). The effects of good government can be seen in the city populated by hard-working people, builders, students, artisans, dancers and even a young girl (on horseback ) getting ready for her marriage. In a just society the countryside is essential to the city and here you can see the beneficial effects , in fact the country , over which the personification of “ Security” flies free, is rich and full of life: farmers who sow and hoe, young hunters among vineyards and olive trees ( and……if you are keen observers……you will see a nice Cinta Senese Pig).
On the left side wall of the room is the Allegory of Bad Government where sitting on the throne you see the personification of “Tyranny” , a demonic monster above which three winged “Vices” fly, namely “Greed” (with a long hook to spear riches), “Pride” (with a sword and a yoke) and “Vainglory”(with a mirror to admire her beauty and a dry branch, symbol of volubility). At the sides of “Tyranny “there are “Cruelty” ( intent to show a snake to a baby),” Betrayal ” (with a little lamb having a scorpion’s tale), “Fraud” (with wings and clawed feet) ,“Fury”(with boar’s head, human trunk and horse’s body, symbol of beastly wrath), “Division” (with a sow) and the ”War” ( with sword, shield and black robe). Under “Tyranny” , “Justice” lies chained and despised. Obviously the effect of Bad Government are devastating the city and the country where citizens destroy rather than build, places where murders and injustice reign and all activities are miserable. The countryside is on fire and the armies are marching towards the walls. Grimm “ Terror ” flies in the sky.
This paintings , so far away from us in time but so contemporary in contents, have an incomparable charm…not to be missed!
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