Monday, June 15, 2009

Italians versus other europeans

I don't usually blog about Italians or Italy as such - just because I think there's enough written about it in other sites and blogs. I, however, live right amongst Italians, my boyfriend is Italian and my daughter was born here and goes to Italian school. I very much love my life here in Italy and find the Italians to be warm and wellcoming towards foreigners. However, there's always a "dark" side to any place in the world, and this film underneath describes it very well - LOL!

Monday, June 1, 2009

Should the word "organic" be on the label or not?

In Italy, when a winery officially becomes organic certified - which (like in most countries) takes several years -, it has the right to advertise the words "wine obtained from organic viticulture" (translated from Italian words) in the label, but the labels might not necessarily have this writing on them. I already know a few vintners who couldn't care less about certifications, or for that sake think that the opposit is necessary: the farms that do use chemicals should declare so in the label - since the chemicals sometimes could be life threatening! At this point in time, that is not the case with vintners nor with other producers of vegetables and fruits.
Here's the opinion of an organic winery in Montalcino, the spokesman is a good friend of mine Federico: