Archive: September 26, 2017

Top-tier Canella Prosecco DOCG wins Mundus Vini silver

Here at the Canella winery, we’re bubbling over with joy. What’s more, these are not just any bubbles, they’re genuine DOCG bollicine from our vintage Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore Extra Dry DOCG!

We know: the full name is a mouthful, but so is the wine, as testified by the highly coveted silver medal awarded it at the Grand International Wine Award Mundus Vini in Neustadt, Germany. For four days, some 200 professionals from 44 countries tasted nearly 6,200 wines from over 150 wine-growing regions worldwide. You can imagine our happiness in being selected out of the crème de la crème of international vineyards.

Guess what we’re going to toast with?

Is life a cocktail or what?

 Comedians can be seriously committed, and still great fun. A case in point is Giacomo Poretti, aka “Giacomino” or “little Giacomo” for his diminutive size. A member of one of Italy’s funniest and most successful comedic trios ever, Aldo, Giovanni e Giacomo, he is also a very generous man, greatly involved in charity work with his beautiful wife Daniela. His passion for the stage dates from childhood, nurtured at the Sunday school theater of don Giancarlo, his native town’s gruff and kindly priest; so it is not surprising that he volunteered a filmed testimonial of “Growing up at Sunday School” (“Cresciuto in oratorio”), a short documentary to benefit Lombardy’s 2,300 Catholic Sunday schools or “oratori” (which actually function all week long, and provide a valuable cocktail of education, spiritual guidance, sports activities, games and entertainment for children and teens, for free). The Canellas were honored to accompany both Giacomo and Daniela to the Venice Film Festival for the movie’s premiere, sharing Bellini cocktails and a great deal of wholesome laughter.

 

 

Creativity in the limelight: and the winner is…

The classic Academy Award formula would not have been out of place as Simone Calza and Abel Picogna were awarded their prizes by photographer Renato D’Agostin, gallerist Roberto Zamberlan and the Canella family – for the setting was the Venice Film Festival, the venue Hotel Excelsior, on the Venetian Lido.

Bellini goes well with youth, art and creativity, and the Obiettivo Bellini photo contest (“Focus on Bellini”) is one of the many events Canella supports to inspire and encourage the ingenuity of young Italian artists.

A total of 184 photographs were entered by the Veneto region’s university students. Three were chosen, with one brilliant amateur photographer winning both first and second prize.

The first prize went to Simone Calza’s “Plunge”, a virtuoso rendering of Bellini being poured into a glass (from a bottle some two and a half feet above the vessel itself!)… How did you manage that, Simone? You captured the tiniest droplet of the lively pink liquid, against the classic backdrop of its home city. “Do not think, merely let go. Take a plunge, only don’t hold your breath.”

The second prize also went to Simone, with his “Volare”, colorful balloons and small Bellini bottles about to take “flight” – “Sometimes, you feel overwhelmed by things. There’s a remedy: get out, walk to the pier and take flight. Toss your ballast of reality overboard, free your thought processes.”

Abel Picogna came third with his “Gondolas” – “Shall we have a glass, before we board the gondola?”

One thing’s for sure: we shall have a glass to toast to young Italian talent and Bellini sparkle.

 

The Venice Cinema Festival: a pink star on the red carpet

This year’s edition of the Biennale di Venezia’s famous international event, August 30 to September 9th, saw Guillermo del Toro’s joyous, powerful Sixties fantasy, The Shape of Water, elicit a high tide of praise ad wonder… Not to mention actually win the 74th Golden Lion. Meanwhile, at the Venetian Lido’s Excelsior Hotel, the film stars and celebrities toasted to cinematic magic and explored the joyful sparkle of… “the shape of Bellini”.