Scent is an often overlooked aspect of interior design & space creation. Yet as nearly anyone who has entered a space can attest, it’s an integral part of the initial key impression. Indeed, if a space contains an unpleasant odor or scent, it may be such a deterrent that one may never revisit it again! Beyond this, though, there are the more fascinating aspects of various scents and aromas. And while it may seem trivial, there are subtle distinctions in the English language between the various nouns — scent, aroma, smell and odor.[Read more…] about Aroma Space Design
Wine Business News — Pinot Grigio Wine & New Delle Venezie DOC
October 2018– The Consorzio Delle Venezie DOC Pinot grigio, the first supra-regional experiment ever in Italy able to unite two regions (Friuli-Venezia Giulia and Veneto) and one autonomous province (Trentino) arrived in New York City last month to celebrate the new DOC. Representatives from the “Triveneto” Consortium will also introduce all the improvements taken to enhance the quality and secure the level of control that will ensure the best Pinot grigios for the ultimate palate enjoyment. The new Delle Venezie DOC was created in 2017 as a direct result of the history and culture of generations involved in the creation of the great “Triveneto vineyard”. Over the past few years, the “Triveneto vineyard” or Triveneto zone in the northeastern part of Italy has become one of the most important wine regions in the region. In terms of geography, for oenological purposes the Veneto region is divided into three geographical areas reflecting unique characteristics of topography and ultimately terroir. The creation of a DOC or “Denominazione di Origine Controllata” represents an important step in creating a higher quality and more constant product.
Italian wines fall under their own unique certification and DOC wine rules regarding quality remain very strict, but allow more freedom than DOCG (Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita) status. DOCG is considered the strictest certification level, whereas IGT is the least restricted. The distinction between the three different classifications is important yet one can certainly find great wines within all three groups. One key difference is that all DOCG labelled wines are professionally evaluated by government–licensed personnel prior to being bottled. To promote authenticity, DOCG wine bottles have a numbered governmental seal placed across the cap or cork. DOC wines also have a government issued label, a topic important to any wine collector as the label is also a seal of authenticity. Knowing how to identify authentic government labels is key if one wants to spot fakes. And apparently wine counterfeiting is on the rise as bottles become more costly, collectible or both. Finally, it’s worth mentioning there’s a fourth category of Italian wine known as Vino da Tavola (VdT) or “table wine” which falls outside of any DOC classification. The creation of a specific regulated classification for the Pinot Grigio delle Venezie DOC started in 2017. Since its first harvest in 2017, the entire Pinot grigio production from the territories of Trentino, Veneto and Friuli Venezia Giulia possess DOC status. From The Alps, the Garda Lake right to the Venice lagoon and the Adriatic Sea up to the Collio hills: one will find great diversity and extraordinary terroirs able to express the distinct excellence of the Italian Pinot grigio. To accomplish this, at the end of the entire production chain certification, each delle Venezie DOC bottle is vetted by professional oenologists’ tasting commissions before finally receiving the Italian government seal as a certified quality wine. As of 2018, the Delle Venezie DOC Wines include:
•Pinot grigio, including sparkling varieties
•Pinot grigio spumante (V.S. and V.S.Q. categories)
This is a rather simplified account of the new system; the exact classifications as well as grape varietal restrictions are a bit more complicated. Additional details on the DOC classification may be found at Italian Wine Central, a highly informative source on the topic.
The creation of the DOC was a result of wine producers and consumers desire to protect and promote the complex and versatile production of Pinot grigio, one of the most representative grapes of the region. The positive trend of the first six-months of 2018 has seen a 73% increase in certification requests estimated by the end of the year. These results have been accompanied by the definitive end of the bottling of the old IGT starting August 1, 2018, working in the direction of quality assurance: a historical and important event that closes a phase regarding the entire Italian northeastern Pinot grigio which will therefore produce only guaranteed DOC going forward. The new standards have important implications for foreign markets, as the Pinot grigio Delle Venezie region contains 85% of the Pinot Grigio exported by Italy.
Historically, the Pinot grigio vine was found in the Venetian area at the end of the 1800’s, an extremely favorable area that has produced often complex and difficult to describe wines with different nuances, scents and flavors appealing to many different kinds of consumers. Pinot grigio today represents the main exported Italian grape variety and the fourth one cultivated in Italy. Under the new DOC delle Venezie, yields per hectare have been reduced to ensure a new level of qualitative excellence. Pinot grigio is a wine with a great past but an even more promising future, one that has the potential to create some of the most strikingly diverse wines in the world.
Film Festivals — Spanish Cinema Days Returns to New York City
New York, NY – On December 7th 2018, King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center at NYU and Pragda Yorkers return with their annual event: “Spanish Cinema Days,” a film festival that takes place over three days. This yea, the festival will present some of the most remarkable stories of cinema Spanish contemporary of the prior two years. the focus will be on films reflecting a range of styles, aesthetic and talents in today ‘s Spanish film industry. Five of the films received international awards, among which Handia (Giant), the winner of the last Goya ® Awards and the fascinating thriller Afternoon to Anger.
This year’s films highlight the intricate balance between emerging talent and established filmmakers. Admission is free and open to the public. All foreign language films are subtitled in English.
“The Latino film production inside and outside the United States is stronger than ever. In this regard, Spain has been a vital and eclectic mix of new and emerging talent stories that will delight us stand out with this vibrant 3 – day festival , “said Laura Turegano, Associate Director of the Center of Spain Juan Carlos I NYU.
This year’s program is as follows:
Spanish Film Days 2018 Program:
Friday, December 7 / Opening Night.
7:00 pm: Late for anger. Winning Best Picture, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay at the Goya ® 2017 Awards, this film is impressive directorial debut Raúl Arévalo, a thriller about a man who has waited years to avenge a crime that everyone else has forgotten.
Saturday, December 8
5:00 pm: The author of Manuel Martín Cuenca brings us to the strange world of artistic creation and crooked manipulation. Played by a magnificent Javier Gutiérrez, it is one of the most honored films of the year and received the Critics Award FIPRESCI at Toronto Film Festival.
8:00 pm: Many children, a monkey and a castle. The award – winning and hilarious documentary Gustavo Salmeron, reveals a portrait of Julita, the extraordinary mother and family director search to know the reason for the murder of his great – grandmother.
Sunday December 9, 2018
4:00 pm: Psiconautas: the forgotten children of Pedro Rivero and Alberto Vázquez is based on the legendary graphic novel Vazquez. This lively, dark and eerily comic tale tells a story of the awakening of children in a world that has been ruined.
6:00 pm: Giant (Handia) Jon Garaño and Aitor Arregi, winning ten awards Goya ®, is based on real events and tells the story of one of the biggest myths of Basque history: Miguel Joaquin giant Altzo. Convinced that everyone paid to see the tallest man on earth, and his brother Miguel travel across Europe, a journey in which ambition, money and fame forever change the fate of the family.
Please check online for schedule updates & ticket availability – suggest visiting the NYU website and Pragda’s events list at pragda.com/events. Spanish Cinema Days is done under the curatorship of Marta Sánchez, Director of Pragda, and Laura Turegano, Associate Director of NYU KJCC; the festival is produced by NYU KJCC and Pragda and co-sponsored by King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center at NYU and the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at NYU. ID photo is required for admission to NYU buildings.
Highlights from Saks IT List Townhouse in partnership with American Express and Harper’s BAZAAR — an exciting space with infinity mirrors and multiple levels featuring unique themed room designs. Please see below for the event description & details.
From the ticket website at Eventbrite:
“Don’t miss your chance to visit the season’s hottest destination to see and be seen this fashion week: The Saks IT List Townhouse, in partnership with American Express and Harper’s BAZAAR. Find yourself immersed in different rooms of fashion, accessories, and style as you discover the Saks IT List trends of the season brought to life. Card Members will also have exclusive access to shop the newest accessories and latest fashions featured throughout the experiential townhouse including bold plaids, Wild West looks, statement outerwear, and the very best of what can be found on the runways.
Location: 80 Washington Place, New York, NY (Between 6th Avenue and Washington Square West in Greenwich Village)
Hours: Friday September 7th, 10am – 8pm EST; Saturday 8th, 10am – 8pm EST; Sunday 9th, 10am – 4pm EST; Monday September 10th; 10am – 4pm EST
Access Policy: Access to The Saks IT List Townhouse in partnership with American Express and Harper’s BAZAAR will be based on venue capacity, event pre-registration, and Card Member priority access. Priority VIP access will be granted to Platinum Card® and Centurion® Members, SaksFirst Credit Card Members (each Card Member will be allowed up to three guests at the time of admission and a physical card must be presented) and pre-registered Eventbrite ticketholders on a first come, first served basis, when capacity allows during the published operating hours. Please note that the venue may be closed for private events and a separate ticket or invitation will be required for entry. This venue is not wheelchair accessible.
Product Purchase Policy: Product purchases at The Saks IT List Townhouse must be paid for exclusively with an American Express® Card or SaksFirst Credit Card. No returns or exchanges may be made at The Saks IT List Townhouse. Returns or exchanges can be made at a Saks Fifth Avenue retail store, subject to Saks Fifth Avenue’s standard return and exchange policy. For full SaksFirst Credit Card terms and conditions, visit www.saksfirst.com.”
We attended the event, the townhouse was beautiful. Staged as an interactive surreal platform for shoppers (see above), the venue offered an immersive experience plus a coupon for any purchase above $300 USD. The townhouse itself made the visit enjoyable. Located in Greenwich Village at 80 Washington Place, the home has historic significance — John Philip Sousa once resided there. How easy it is to miss this fact! But it’s written on a small plaque which also states the home was built in 1852 and is of the “Greek Revival Style of the period.” In case you forgot (I did), John Philip Sousa was an American composer who wrote the official National March of The United States called “The Stars and Stripes Forever.” You can listen to the official march on YouTube at this link— https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-mRn9chmRAY. Sousa’s grandparents reportedly fled from Portugal to Spain during the Peninsular War in 1822. His father, John Antonio Sousa, immigrated to the United States, married and had ten children [Source: your island routes.com]. Born in November 1854, John Philip Sousa was John Antonio’s first born son. At the young age of thirteen, he joined the US where he enlisted in the Marine Band [Source: www.immigrantentrepreneurship.org]. The Greenwich village townhouse where he once resided recently underwent a complete interior renovation and placed on the market; an online video reveals many designer upgrades and luxuries.
The New York Latino Film Festival returns this year with a great lineup of films and events. As featured on their website, this year the festival will include the FUTURO Digital Conference presented by GOOGLE. The conference will be held at Google 85 10th Ave, New York, NY 10011 and admission is free. A ticket is required, the link for online registration is provided here. For more upcoming events, please visit our calendar at the bottom of the main page. Thank you.
It’s hot. It’s delicious. And it’s Kosher and Gluten Free! We’re talking about sauces and salsas by D’Lola. US consumers may not know about D’Lola salsas but if they do, they have excellent taste. D’Lola brand salsas are about as good as it gets for a store-bought product. I’m addicted to salsa and make my own sauces and salsas from scratch. The first time I tried D’Lola, I couldn’t believe how closely it approximated my own homemade version. I was hooked and bought up every variety I could find. Locating their salsas has been a challenge, though. Amazon used to sell them but they have been out of stock for a very long time. As for ordering the sauces directly from the company, this has also proved difficult. [Read more…] about Salsa Recipes We Love – “Salsa de Chipotle” by D’Lola