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Italian First Growths Council to hold wine concert in Verona

On the evening of April 16th, the Comitato Grandi Cru d'Italia held a unique wine concert in the Teatro Nuovo, one of Verona's iconic buildings. This was the first time in VinItaly's history that music and wine were combined in a major promotional event, with the aim of revealing to the more than 300 guests from Italy and abroad the commonality and resonance of wine and music in terms of artistic style and emotion.

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The concert featured an instrumental ensemble of 14 musicians performing classic sung melodies by the greats of modern opera, including Rossini"s The Barber of Seville, Mozart's Don Giovanni, Verdi's La Traviata, as well as Bernstein's West Side Story and Piazzolla's Tango of Oblivion and Freedom.

In an unusual move, the committee has established a link between these familiar opera songs and the representative wines of the member wineries: Tignanello and La Traviata, Mormoreto and Symphony of Heroes, Turriga and Bolero, I Sodi di San Niccol and Sweetness of Love, Sassicaia and Prometheus, Bertani Amarone and Prometheus, Bertani Amarone and Sassicaia and Sassicaia. Ornellaia with La Bohème, Sassicaia with Prometheus, Bertani Amarone with Days of Wine and Roses, Annamaria Clementi Franciacorta Traditional Sparkling Wine with Brandenburg Concert, Ben Ry and Night in Tunisia, Chardonnay Cuve Bois and Alpine Symphony, Soss and Devil's Trill, Kurni and Pastoral, Sauvignon Sanct Valentin and My Baby Only Cares About Me, Barolo Pianpolvere Soprano Bussia Barolo with "The Barber of Seville", San Leonardo with "Blues by the River".

By combining various styles of wine with these well-known symphonies, overtures and jazz pieces, the concert speaks to the long-standing symbiosis between Italian wine and music, a symbiosis that has endured over time and is essential to the sweetness of life that people seek.

The concert also featured the presentation of the new book "Wine Music", co-authored by wine expert Cesare Pillon and music critic Luca Zaramella by the Committee of First Growths.

Image from: Italian Wine Network

After the performance, the guests tasted the wines of the committee members" wineries under the professional service of the Italian Sommelier Association (AIS). Amidst the fragrance of the wines, people once again recalled and contemplated the wonderful marriage between music and wine.

Image from: Italian Wine Network

The Italian Committee of First Growths was established in 2005. It requires a minimum of 20 years of winemaking history and at least one representative wine that has received high scores for several years in the world and in the most important Italian specialized media. At present, the First Growths Committee has reviewed and admitted 100 prestigious wineries to its membership.

At this year"s VinItaly, the Italian Committee of First Growths held its annual general meeting of members and elected a new president of the Committee. Valentina Argiolas, a third generation family member of the renowned Sardinian winery Argiolas, was elected. This year coincides with the 80th anniversary of the Argiolas winery.

Valentina Argiolas said: "I am very honored to be the new President of the Committee of First Growths. The Italian Committee of First Growths is not limited to the wine sector, but represents the beauty, diversity and richness of Italy as a whole. The members of the Committee are small wineries and large wine companies alike, with a relentless commitment to quality, environmental sustainability in the vineyard and the protection of the terroir of the region. Together, these wineries show the world the greatness and beauty of Italy.

Lucio Tasca d'Almerita, former President of the Italian Committee of First Growths, comes from the famous Sicilian winery Tasca d'Almerita. During his tenure, he has done a fruitful and catalytic job for the Committee.