Monday, 12 March 2012

Ligucibario on show during the Salone Agroalimentare di Finalborgo (SV)








The 8th edition of the Salone Agroalimentare di Finalborgo (SV) – 16th – 18th March 2012 – is the ideal occasion to meet Ligucibario® and get plenty of information and previews about gourmet courses, events and pubblications. The Salone, which takes place in the magnificent spaces of the monumental complex of Santa Caterina – is a connoisseur’s itinerary amongst Liguria's food & wine excellences. Thus, a miss-not opportunity to get together with Ligucibario®’s blog fans as well as with all those who are interested in the good, the beautiful and the… Mediterranean. Previews include anticipations on the Laboratori del Gusto (Taste Labs) that Ligucibario® has been developing in collaboration with its qualified partners – wine lectures on the oenology of the Italian Riviera, hands on experiences for the gourmet traveller (both Italian and foreigner) ranging from stockfish to focaccia genovese, mortar sauces and chocolate- as well as details about services expressly planned for Horeca professionals.
Last but not least, save the date and join Ligucibario® on Sunday 18th at 17.30 (Area Eventi, Sala della Piramide) for the presentation of Umberto Curti’s Focaccia, farinata and finger food, storie di Liguria, ricette, strade… the volume he wrote on occasion of the LIGURIA: SONNE UND GESCHMACK project, financed by Regione Liguria - Liguria International. the event will be enriched by a guided tasting of Ligurian focacce and breads, “accompanied” by the innovative Focaccia Genovese tasting sheet created by the Author.



Luisa Puppo, Ligucibario

Friday, 10 February 2012

Oleario, Umberto Curti's DOP blog

Gourmet Liguria announces the birth of Oleario - http://oleario.blogspot.com/ - , a blog entirely dedicated to olives and oil, the Mediterranean (and Ligurian) gifts of nature that become both taste and health.

The Italian Riviera features excellent DOP (Denomination of Protected Origin) extra virgin olive oils.

This new "oil blog" represents a further stage in the rich enogastronomic panorama based on the Ligucibario website. Ligucibario, the vastest on line database dedicated to Ligurian enogastronomy, is integrated by a range of theme blogs such as Liguvinario, which ranks 5th among Italian Wine blogs, and Liguricettario, focusing on the recipes and ingredients of the Ligurian cuisine, described also by 19th century cookbooks .



Thursday, 15 December 2011

DRINK WINE, NOT LABELS – GOURMET LIGURIA JOINS LIGUVINARIO’S CAMPAIGN FOR SAVVY ENO-EXPERIENCES

Gourmet Liguria Joins the "Vini, non etichette" (Wine, not labels) campaign launched by Liguvinario.

Here is the English translation of the article posted by Umberto Curti a few days ago.

The post was originally "dedicated" to Italian readers (hence the reference to Italian wines), but all it takes is a bit of contestualisation...


Which is the importance of the label in the wine – buying process?
“Quality has a price” is a statement I usually tend to agree with as long as it does not come with the (usual) hackneyed phrase “the more you spend, the more you get”. Should we put the (whole) blame on marketing for this? For better or for worse it is marketing that determines the weight of the label, yet several purchases derive at the same time from both snobbish impulses and inadequate competence. Let’s face it, consumers aren’t always that versed in wine knowledge, Furthermore, wine guides’ ratings and passing trends celebrate products that often have little in common with our enological history and wisdom. Always remember that Italy is one the motherlands of wine (or, maybe, “the” motherland of wine), so try to drink wine, not labels. Discover the pleasure of an enriching research. Don’t get obsessed with Bordeaux blockbusters unless you have already searched Nebbiolo or Aglianico. Look for indigenous varieties, as well as for wineries that have been working with passion for decades. Explore the terroirs, talk to producers, match the right bottles and the best “Made in Italy” dishes.



Dear reader, do yourself – and your loved ones, not to forget your country’s enogastronomy - a favour, and circulate the “drink wine, not labels” philosophy!






Luisa Puppo



Gourmet Liguria & Ligucibario

DRINK WINE, NOT LABELS – GOURMET LIGURIA JOINS LIGUVINARIO’S CAMPAIGN FOR SAVVY ENO-EXPERIENCES

Which is the importance of the label in the wine – buying process?
“Quality has a price” is a statement I usually tend to agree with as long as it does not come with the (usual) hackneyed phrase “the more you spend, the more you get”. Should we put the (whole) blame on marketing for this? For better or for worse it is marketing that determines the weight of the label, yet several purchases derive at the same time from both snobbish impulses and inadequate competence. Let’s face it, consumers aren’t always that versed in wine knowledge, Furthermore, wine guides’ ratings and passing trends celebrate products that often have little in common with our enological history and wisdom. Always remember that Italy is one the motherlands of wine (or, maybe, “the” motherland of wine), so try to drink wine, not labels. Discover the pleasure of an enriching research. Don’t get obsessed with Bordeaux blockbusters unless you have already searched Nebbiolo or Aglianico. Look for indigenous varieties, as well as for wineries that have been working with passion for decades. Explore the terroirs, talk to producers, match the right bottles and the best “Made in Italy” dishes.

Dear reader, do yourself – and your loved ones, not to forget your country’s enogastronomy - a favour, and circulate the “drink wine, not labels” philosophy!


Luisa Puppo

Gourmet Liguria & Ligucibario

Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Liguria and citrus fruits. History, recipes, scents, itineraries - La Liguria degli agrumi - Storie ricette profumi itinerari




Citrus fruits have already featured in Gourmet Liguria in a post dedicated to the adventurous journey of the Washington Navel orange (arancia pernambucco). The gourmet glory of this perfumed treat is on show Saturday 3rd December (h 15.30) in Genoa on occasion of "PanealPane - Un Mare di Bontà” Mediterranean Food and Design, 1st- 4th December (Sala del Munizioniere Palazzo Ducale). The event has been planned by food historian Umberto Curti (Ligucibario and Liguvinario) in collaboration with Coop Liguria and Agriturismo " Le Giaire "of Calizzano (i.e. the rural heart of the province of Savona). Especially designed for the 2011 edition of the festival dedicated to Mediterranean food and sustainability, the seminar features an innovative “lecture – tasting” formula that will provide attendants with hints and first hand information about the Ligurian declinations of citrus fruits.
Attendance fee: soci Coop euro 20,00/non soci euro 30,00
Further information info[at]ligucibario.com


Luisa Puppo
Ligucibario & Gourmet Liguria

When wine meets chocolate - Quando il vino incontra il cioccolato




Spend a gourmet week end on the Italian Riviera and attend this lecture about the best wine - chocolate pairings, putting your taste buds to the test during the tastings guided by enogastronomy expert Umberto Curti (Ligucibario & Liguvinario). The event, planned in collaboration with Coop Liguria and "Poldo", is a feature of "PanealPane - Un Mare di Bontà” Mediterranean Food and Design, Genoa 1st- 4th December (Sala del Munizioniere Palazzo Ducale). Save the date: Saturday 3rd December, 18.30. Soci Coop euro 20,00/non soci euro 30,00.

Further information info[at]ligucibario.com.


Luisa Puppo
Ligucibario & Gourmet Liguria