You know when he was born to rock? I tell you this while I prepare Spongata


Honestly before attending the evening culinary-literary held on 4 December 'The Garibaldi 'Cantu, I did not know it either when he was born to rock. The answer gave it to me Ezio Guaitamacchi, journalist and music critic, author and host of radio and television, founder of the historical monthly Jam, Italian thriller writer of the first rock 'Psycho Killer'. His latest book, with a preface by Renzo Arbore, is precisely dedicated to the 'History of Rock'.

Well, birth dThe history of rockel rock historians believe dates back to 1954 in the southern United States. A music that embodied the rebellion of young age and has had several phases. That of Lou Reed, according Ezio Guaitamacchi, was unique and special.

His interview more exciting one with Ray Charles, what is still lacking with Bob Dylan. During dinner inspired by the Christmas traditions of Parma, city ​​of the restaurant's chef, between courses and the other has traced the history of rock with songs performed by Ezio and by the talented singer Brunella Boschetti Ventura.

Music and flavors of Parma

Dinner started with the classic Culaccia, an exclusive specialty of Salumificio Rossi Sanguinaro Fontanellato. A salami without preservatives or additives produced only with pork legs National. A follow anolini in broth to which I added, following the teachings of my grandfather Giuseppe (mantuan), of From Old Red Rows the historic Cantine Bergamaschi ofChristmas traditions of Parma Busseto, birthplace of Giuseppe Verdi.

A wine produced with grapes typical of the Parma: Fortana, Lambrusco, Barbera and Croatina. After the mariola cotta (traditional salami Parma) with mashed potatoes and cabbage and sour, dinner ended with spongata, a Christmas cake from the ancient tradition of poor but rich.

And here I stop, rather, I give you the recipe in my turn I got to give.

Christmas 2014

  • Shortbread

We begin to prepare the pastry by mixing 400 Article. flour, 200 Article. di burro ammorbidito, 1 glass of white wine, 180 Article. sugar, 2 eggs and a pinch of salt.

Then let the dough rest for an hour in the refrigerator and roll it out with a floured rolling pin to form two halves, one base and a cover. Use a pan to low edge.

  • Stuffing

Heat in a water bath 400 Article. of honey. Then chop 200 Article. walnuts and combine 100 Article. breadcrumbs toasted, 100 Article. raisins, 100 Article. pine nuts, 100 Article. candied citron, 10 Article. cinnamon and a sprinkling of nutmeg.

Mix everything with honey, pour over pasta, and finally cover with the second disc. Prick the surface with small holes, and put in oven at 200 degrees for about 35 minutes.


Vercesi Castellazzo ... diVino a dip in the history dell'Oltrepò Pavese!

I am fond of history, lo so, I have said before ... Well, are also fond of historic homes, here and say,: "You've already said that too!"And I told you that I love swords? Rise, now I'm just looking, as I have said many times that too! Good, found that are repetitive when I like something (is the truth!), I only say that, knowing that in the farm Vercesi Castellazzo I found "story, an aristocratic residence 800, and even ancient swords ", chi mi fermava dall’andarci!

L 'Farm Vercesi Castellazzo is conducted by his friend Gian Maria Vercesi with his brother Mark in Montù Beccaria (PV). About 20 acres planted to Croatina, Barbera, Pinot Nero, Ughetta e Cabernet Sauvignon. Their history dates back to ancient. Gian Maria told me that his family has owned this land since 1600. However, it was the father in 1961 to give impetus to the company making wine grapes grown until then only.

Gian Maria met at a wine tasting evening I organized about a year ago in Oltrepò OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAbunting, beautiful land, I was beginning to discover. Why ask me to organize an evening in an area I did not know? Friends, during my "tour vinous", as I call them, I often mistreat, or better, I often heard some people critical of the sector towards their wines, and especially to the lack of cohesion of the producers in the promotion. In a way we can not say that things are not exactly, but maybe something is changing. As I often say, go it alone leads nowhere. Fare “system”, this is the right key to open the door leading to the actual promotion of a territory.

Organize that evening cost me no little energy, especially the mistrust that I found myself face… For weeks I went up and down from Milan to Pavia to talk with producers, to make them understand that my intent was sincere. Led by dear Mario Maffi and supported by the farm Doria Montalto who welcomed us, the evening finally took place. But we think, "Canteen dell'Oltrepò, i Doria Montalto, that promoted other local wineries ". When I told this to my project gave me many dell'illusa dreamer! They told me: "Imagine if a producer welcomes to his house the other producers in such a difficult time!" Good, I we are successful, maybe because I have a hard head of Mantua, or perhaps simply because he who takes the win! I just know that in the Land of OltrepÃ, this thing happened…

And now I can just, I go back to these hills to chat with them, with friends winemakers known as ...

  • Gian Maria, tell me what the transmitter “I think your”, in your wine ?

I try to convey the strength of the terroir while avoiding heavy-handed intervention in the cellar, sull’uva, on musts, and on the wines that derive. I try to touch them as little as possible just to keep all their assets arising from the land they live on.

  • It is not an easy time for any Italian manufacturing sector. As an expert of the area which you, can you tell me how you're living in viticulture Oltrepà Pavese? But above all, what are the major current difficulties of you growers?

The difficulties are always those of, unfortunately. Poor relationship between colleagues, but, above all, the amount of quality wine that disappears in relation to the other wine, what fake, mystified, raped to make money from a product that fills the shelves of supermarkets and talking to the market that kind of quality. From here originates the saying that the wine is mediocre dell'Oltrepò Pavese. Another problem is that "there is never time" and very, touches delegate it to others ...

  • As a producer you have tips or suggestions to give reporters and bloggers on the world of wine communication?

Just a tip: not stop at appearances (dell'Oltrepò), deepen without being influenced by fashion. Search, discover ...

  • To make it clear to anyone who reads as I have known, I telling the tasting evening I organized a year ago now. I mentioned some words such as "distrust"Or as"a system”. The desire for change is strong in many. Proof of this is the free association of producers "inotre" of which you are a member and promoter. I want to talk?

Also was born in 2002, starting with the idea of ​​participating at Vinitaly with a large group that is resting not on the usual collective institutional.

We are about ten manufacturers with a dual purpose: "First, participate in trade shows and events to raise awareness of a large number of quality labels, and economies of scale. Second, to degustarci, taste and other.

We've had ups and downs often related to the time available. Now, however, we're sharing with events and tastings. We have one in the works of a great past year interpreted by us ten, and another a bit 'more complicated, which is still in embryo.

In Pavia our wines are sold exclusively in the Village, in a wine bar called also, and in the bar area VEGA Stradella. We also provide wine dell'Oltrepò, Also a gourmet shop showcase of small productions of the territory, il GOODURIA, in the central Piazza Duomo di Voghera. To be clear, Also 80%, rest d'Italia 20%.

We believe in spreading our brand within the province, and this is something much more feasible when working as a team ...

Linen Maga, the winemaker poet

Recently I was asked which character I'd like to meet. There are so many, but in particular I would like to know a winemaker, Linen Maga, the father of Barbacarlo, red wine produced in the hills near Broni, Oltrepò Pavese.

A man who lives in the peace, in the silences, e nei ricordi degli amici che non ci sono più, un uomo che potrei ascoltare per ore. Ebbene l’ho incontrato, l’ho ascoltato, e mi ha ascoltata…

Lo chiamai un giorno in cui ero quasi bisognosa di un conforto, si era frantumato un sogno. Al telefono lui capì subito, ascoltò brevemente il mio sfogo e mi disse: “Cynthia, è una battaglia dura, mai fermarsi… le cose vanno dette”. E così feci, e così farò…

Prendemmo accordi per incontrarci una domenica pomeriggio da li a breve. Ho vissuto l’attesa dei giorni che mi separavano dalla sua conoscenza con trepidante emozione… avrei incontrato una leggenda, una memoria storica.


Al mio arrivo vidi una semplice insegna che mi ricordava le botteghe dei tempi passati. A fianco un portone aperto mi spinse timidamente ad entrare in un cortile. I miei occhi si spalancarono, lo scenario sembrava quasi la rappresentazione di una fotografia degli anni ’50. Vecchi attrezzi, anticaglie, tralci secolari di vite appesi, e ad un tratto lui. Mi venne incontro quasi conoscendomi.

E’ ormai risaputo che adoro tutto ciò che ha una storia, e forse per quello, nonostante Lino mi invitasse ad entrare, ero trattenuta da quell’atmosfera. Cercavo di capire ciò che vedevo, come quell’insegna che riportava la scritta “Cameliomagus”. Lino mi spiegò che era l’antico nome di Broni, località dell’Oltrepò Pavese. Ci perdemmo in chiacchiere per una mezz’oretta, then, soddisfatta dalle risposte che avevo ricevuto, accettai di entrare.

Ero praticamente circondata dalla storia. Dovunque c’erano i suoi scritti, ma non su tele o pergamene, semplicemente su fogli che appoggiava qua e la, tra libri e bottiglie, come pensieri sparsi.


Incominciai a leggerli… amo la poesia degli uomini semplici. Vedendomi così attratta mi disse: “Cynthia, io non sono un poeta”. Io dico di si, lui lo è!

Ne ebbi la conferma quando, visto il mio interesse, aprì un vecchio mobile e prese un suo scritto del 2011, “Il Vignaiolo”. Vicini in quell’atmosfera sognante me lo lesse. Sfacciatamente gliene chiesi una copia. Mi guardò perplesso, io sorrisi, e dovette arrendersi. L’ho in mano ora mentre scrivo…


Passammo poi nel salone della rivendita. Un grande tavolo di legno, un lampadario antico in ferro battuto, vecchie foto, e dovunque scritti di poesie… io guardavo, leggevo e chiedevo. Faticò molto a farmi sedere. Prese una bottiglia, del pane, due fette di salame, e incominciammo a raccontarci. Ero così felice ed emozionata che ad un tratto mi commossi.


Mi raccontò delle sue battaglie, delle sue sconfitte, e delle sue rivalse. Mi riconosco molto in lui, battagliera sempre, a volte ferita, ma orgogliosamente decisa ad andare avanti per la mia strada… Mi these: “Cynthia, mai fermarsi, mai arrendersi !”


Mi descrisse le lotte nei lunghi anni in tribunale, ben ventidue, tra carte bollate e avvocati per garantirsi il diritto dell’esclusività del nome del suo vino.

From 1983 in fact, il vino prodotto sulla Val Porrei, la collina del Barbacarlo il cui nome è depositato nella mappa catastale del comune di Broni, è ad uso esclusivo di Lino Maga. Su questa collina dal terreno tufoso ed impervio, crescono i vitigni di Croatina, Uva Rara e Vespolina (chiamata anche Ughetta). Le lavorazioni manuali e l’assenza di diserbanti e prodotti chimici, garantiscono la naturalità del prodotto.

La mia visita continuò nelle cantine poco distanti. Fui piacevolmente accolta dal figlio Giuseppe, schietto e simpatico come Lino. Ma la vera sorpresa fu, che non solo lui mi accolse! Ero circondata da mucche, cavalli, un asino, oche del Campidoglio, cani da caccia, galline… insomma, una vera fattoria! Mi misi a fotografare qui e la tentando di correre dietro a un coniglio, visto che per una volta ero senza tacchi! Dovetti arrendermi… la corsa la vinse lui!

Passammo insieme un intero pomeriggio di emozioni, di ricordi, Poetry, nature… un pomeriggio diVino!

My wine does not follow the rules of the market but those of time and experience, is grape juice of the earth, the place that gave birth to, per la gente che ama ancora il sapore della terra…

Linen Maga


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