A Look at Slow Food’s Salone del Gusto, October 2012, in Turin, Italy

By Saturday, November 3, 2012 Permalink 0

by Diana Zahuranec

Salone del Gusto ended on Monday 29, but I can’t stop thinking about it.

Salone del Gusto, held in Turin, Italy, is a Slow Food biannual food fair and conference. To sum it up in these few words undermines everything else it is, too, and its importance as an event that brings together producers from all over the world. These are producers that grow ancient varieties of grain to save genetic biodiversity, that make Slow Food Presidia cheeses or salumi, that pipe their cannoli full of the freshest organic ricotta you’ve ever tasted, and whose principles and values align with your own and, it goes without saying, Slow Food’s – good, clean, and fair food for all.

The Slow Food mascot

For all things Slow Food, here are some links courtesy of Scoop.it and Slow Food. To understand a few of those words in the paragraph above, just look at the end of the article.

This year, Salone del Gusto was a marriage of the original Salone del Gusto, first held in 2006, and Terra Madre, first held in 2004. While both events had food artisans and producers from all over the world, different activities were held at each and were not all accessible to the public. Salone del Gusto focused more on the exposition and sale of high quality foods and products, while Terra Madre was a gathering of a network of food producers from around the world. Having never been to either of these before, I can’t offer judgment on the differences of before and after. What I would love to do is share my first-time impressions of this year’s.

To say Salone is a food fair means that, like your down-home county fair, the place is jumping with activity – with a few notable differences. The funnel cakes are replaced with French butter cookies in 20 different flavors, the groundhog whacking game is replaced with the foodie’s (divisive word, I know) form of fun, that is vertical Barolo wine tastings, and that feeling of riding the Zipper right after you eat your funnel cake is replaced by the feeling of pressing up against crowds right after you drink your Barolo wines.

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New EU Labeling for Organic Wines

By Thursday, February 16, 2012 Permalink 0

by Jonell Galloway

On February 8, 2012, the EU organic farming committee passed new rules regarding the labeling of organic or “biologique” wines. The rules become effective as of the 2012 grape harvest.

 

 

 

 

Organic wine producers will be required to label their wine as being organic and labels must be marked with the EU’s organic logo as well as the code number of the certifier, but must continue to follow existing rules regarding wine labeling.

Rules for wine obtained using organic raisins already exist, they do not cover wine making practices, covering the entire production process, from raisin to wine.

Sorbic acid and desulfurication will not be allowed. “The level of sulfites in organic wine must be at least 30-50 mg per liter lower than their conventional equivalent and the general wine-making rules defined in the Wine CMO regulation will also apply. As well as these wine-making practices, ‘organic wine’ must of course also be produced using organic grapes,” says the European Commission.

Wine is the only sector to be covered by EU rules regarding organic agriculture.

 

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