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During the olfactory analysis of wine, the sommeliers often evoke bizarre scents, that make them sound like aliens, a bit boastful.

Let me make some example: the scent of some New Zealand Cabernet Sauvignon, reminds us of green pepper salad, we then describe the Rhine Riesling Mosel as wines with a strong smell of hydrocarbons and gunpowder, and in red wines, aged in barrels for a long time, we can perceive hints of nail polish. At the height of strangeness, in some French wines, particularly in Sauvignon blanc, we smell "cat pee".

Wine smells like cat pee or nail polish

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Top 7 Destinations to take your Glass of Wine

If you are a wine connoisseur, we presume you design and redesign your travel itinerary to include places that satiate the oenophile in you. Here are a few places that will appeal to the wine lover in you.

From Bordeaux in France, to Veneto in Italy, from Duoro Valley in Portugal, to Tasmania, discover our top 7 destination.



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"GO" the Olfactory Gallery by Zeni1870 near Garda Lake

The Olfactory Gallery "GO" comes from the idea of ​​Elena Zeni and the meeting of different professionals who have combined their senses and their vision in the realization of the project.

The concept and the realization of the Olfactory Gallery were entrusted to the set designer Mattia Cussolotto and to the architect Simone Spiritelli, in team with the architect Carlo Fantelli, already author of several projects for Zeni1870.

Paola Bottai, creator of fragrances, is instead the "nose" that "olfactory deconstructed" the Zeni wines.


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wine at the Milan design week with Legnati Milano

Among the events on the occasion of the International Furniture and Design Exhibition, which attracts thousands of visitors from all over the world, there is also @ilvinoconadri as a wine partner of Legnati Milano.

Legnati Milano is a design brand specializing in luxury and interior furniture.

The exhibition is based at the Lambrate Design District on the ground floor of the exhibition space, in Via Massimiano 25 in Milan, from 9 to 14 April during the Milan Design Week.


Legnati Milano

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wine tasting. visual examination - the color of the wine

wine tasting. visual examination - the color of the wine

In the wine tasting, during the visual examination of wine, after checking the brilliance, which provides information on the wine quality, and the texture, watching the tears and the arches, should be found information on the evolution of the wine, assessing the color.

 the colour of the wine by ilvinoconadri.com

The color of the wine provides a lot of information.

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how wine tasting can improve your life?

Life is a wonderful experience, made of fleeting moments, positive memories to recall every time one needs a positive charge. That's why I've learned to taste wine.

Each one of us has had the opportunity in his life to uncork a prestigious bottle of wine.


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WINE TASTING: VISUAL EXAMINATION - brightness, tears and archs

The journey to discover wine tasting begins in the glass.
Already at first sight the wine speaks of itself, of its history. It’s like the first encounter with a handsome stranger. I do not know who he is, but his look is familiar to me and, at first sight, I can make assumptions.

The brightness

Firstly I should check if my wine has an attractive, bright and pleasant color. A little dull or matt color can be a warning, because it indicates oxidation: my wine may have been improperly stored or it have reached the end of its history. When I am at the restaurant, if I am served with a wine whose color is bad, I should check immediately its scent and, often, I do not even need to taste it to send it back firmly.


The texture

Swirling the glass, the wine creates tears and arches, that give us some information on the texture of the wine. An aged wine, that is a bit denser, will leave thick, viscous streaks (called legs or tears) down the sides of the glass when swirled. When the tears are slow and the arches are thick and tight , the wine has a great texture.

However, if the tears are fast and the arches are wide, such as with still water, probably the wine is young and has not been stored in barrel.


In the next post I will talk about which information provides the color of the wine during the visual examination.