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Grazie di cuore!

    • 5 Aug 2021
    • 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM (HAST)
    • Zoom

     

    Join us at home with your own wine tasting party for the presentation from Tenuta Sant’ Antonio vineyards in the Veneto region of Italy. It will be 8:00 am on Friday in Italy and our Hawaii presentation will be at 8:00 pm on Thursday.  They will talk about their wines from their award winning vineyard Tenuta Sant’ Antonio and sister label Scia.  Their wines are available locally.

    RSVP: Required by August 3.

    Wine availability: The wines are available through Tamura and Whole Foods. You may inquire with them about special orders 


    Presentation fee: $5 per party hosted by a Member; $10 for a party of non-Members

    Zoom: Registered guests will receive a unique link prior to the wine tasting. Please setup your Zoom and familiarize with its features. You can review its short video tutorials (e.g., 
    join a meetingconfiguring audio/videomeeting controlsmore topics) or full training (e.g., Zoom for education).

    Presenter:
     Tenuta Sant’ Antoinio Vineyards

    Tenuta Sant’ Antonio :
     Most of the historic producers of Valpolicella are located on the western side of the denomination, but the Valpolicella district stretches east across several hills and valleys almost to Soave, and it is in this eastern zone that some new, exciting, and innovative wineries have been established in recent decades. The soils in the eastern Valpolicella have a higher component of calcium carbonate, which imparts a higher acidity and bolder cherry fruit character to the wines.

     

    Antonio Castagnedi was a winegrower in the Illasi Valley of eastern Valpolicella in the late 20th century who left 50 acres of vineyards to his four sons. In the 1980s, those four brothers—Armando, Tiziano, Paolo, and Massimo Castagnedi—began making their first moves toward opening their own winery. They had inherited 50 acres of vineyards in the eastern section of Valpolicella from their father, and in 1989 they purchased 75 more acres of top-quality vineyard land on the high terrain of Monti Garbi (also in eastern Valpolicella) and making the leap into wine production as a family, releasing their first vintage under the Tenuta Sant'Antonio label in 1995.   
     With their considerable combined winegrowing experience, the Castagnedi brothers devote meticulous attention to their high-density, low-yield vineyards to provide grapes of such exceptional quality that they require minimal intervention during winemaking.


    The Scaia brand was originally intended only as a temporary outlet for young vines that needed more time to reach maturity, but the line was popular and served a purpose of its own. So, even as the reputation of Tenuta Sant'Antonio continued to grow and the recognition of their Valpolicella wines continued to increase, the Castagnedi brothers continued to make Scaia as a less expensive, everyday option. It also became an avenue for innovation, where they could experiment with new interpretations of the great traditions of Valpolicella and Veneto—for example, atypical blends of traditional grape varieties, or varietal wines from grapes that are usually blended. The resulting wines—white, red, and rosato—are strongly rooted in the region’s winemaking traditions, but with a fresh twist and at an affordable price


    Wine tasting selection:

    TENUTA SANT'ANTONIO “MONTI GARBI” VALPOLICELLA RIPASSO SUPERIORE DOC.  Tenuta Sant'Antonio's Monti Garbi is a versatile wine that falls in between the winery’s Nanfrè Valpolicella and its Amarones in style. Ripasso is a traditional and fairly unique style of wine in which standard Valpolicella wine has undergone a second fermentation in the presence of pressed Amarone grape skins, which adds body and complexity. Monti Garbi starts with superiore-level grapes, which results in an even more robust wine. The name Monti Garbi comes from a vineyard in Mezzane di Sotto in the eastern part of Valpolicella. Monti means "hills," and Garbi is Venetian dialect for "rugged, arid, and poor," which describes the poor calcareous and chalky soil of the vineyard.

     

    TENUTA SANT’ANTONIO "CAMPO DEI GIGLI" AMARONE DELLA VALPOLICELLA DOCG.  Campo dei Gigli is Tenuta Sant'Antonio's most important vineyard, the source of the winery's flagship Amarone della Valpolicella wine. In the traditional fashion, the grapes from this vineyard are taken to the winery's drying room for at least 3 months to allow water to evaporate. The raisinated grapes have a high ratio of solids to water and create an Amarone with a classic style, concentrated and with balsamic notes. The vineyard name means "field of lilies," the flower symbol of the winery.


    SCAIA GARGANEGA-CHARDONNAY TREVENEZIE IGT
    .  The Scaia project was launched by Tenuta Sant’Antonio in 2006 with the aim of creating wines with a modern style outside the restrictions of the denomination system. This wine is a blend of 55% Garganega, the grape variety used to make Soave, and 45% Chardonnay. The vineyards are located near the Soave area. The Scaia wines are very fruity and fresh, for young consumers or for those who want something different.


    SCAIA CORVINA VENETO IGT
    .  The Scaia project was launched by Tenuta Sant’Antonio in 2006 with the aim of creating wines with a modern style outside the restrictions of the denomination system. This wine could be labeled as a Valpolicella DOC except that it uses 100% Corvina without the addition of Rondinella as is required for a Valpolicella. The Scaia wines are very fruity and fresh, for young consumers or for those who want something different.

    Members: Login in order to receive discounted pricing (directions for Logging In).

    Safety policy: All participants will comply with the 
    latest guidance for group gatherings.

    Note: The Friends of Italy Society of Hawaii is not responsible for any liability, cost, and damages which could arise from the programs; and does not provide any refunds, except if it cannot deliver the program, for instance in the case of insufficient enrollment.

    Questions: Email us at info@friendsofitalyhawaii.org.

    • 13 Sep 2021
    • 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM (HAST)
    • Online, Zoom
    Register


    APRIL BOOK:
    Il Giardino dei Finzi-Contini 
    (The Garden of the Finzi-Continis) 
    by Giorgio Bassani. 
    You can find the book in Italian at the Pino Bookshop and in English at local bookstores as well as online.

    ZOOM:
    Registered guests will receive a unique link prior to class. Please setup your Zoom and familiarize with its features. You can review its short video tutorials (e.g., join a meeting, configuring audio/video, meeting controls, more topics) or full training (e.g., Zoom for education).

    REGISTRATION (MEMBERS ONLY):

    • Members: Free to members (directions for Logging In).
    • Your guests (must also be members): If you want to register other members (including your Family Membership's spouse/children), you need to register each of them separately, under their own name and their own email. Note: Update your Family Membership account accordingly, if family names/emails are missing--Directions for Bundle Administrator Guide.

    QUESTIONS:
    Please contact info@friendsofitalyhawaii.org.

    • 30 Sep 2021
    • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM (HAST)
    • Online, Zoom
    Register


    Series: This lecture is part of the 3rd series “From Italy to Hawaii: Connecting two worlds through art, science, and community,” which started in 2019 and features experts from all over Italy who discuss topics that affect both Italy and Hawaii.

    Talk: How the important allegorical cycle of 1400 fresco of the of vices and virtues and its building got discovered, protected, restored, lived in, and transformed in a “nodo museale” of the renaissance city-museum of Ferrara? What are the nodal links to painter Stefano da Ferrara, Giotto’s Scrovegni Chapel, poet Ludovico Ariosto, architect Piero Bottoni, and the writer of “The Garden of Finzi Contini”, Giorgio Bassani?

    Presenter: Dr. Luciano Minerbi grew in his early youth in the Museum Casa Minerbi del Sale, in the Medieval part of the Renaissance city of Ferrara, Italy. Now is a Professor Emeritus of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Hawaii. He specializes in land use, environment, cultural assessment, and sustainability, in Hawaii and the Asia Pacific Region. He consulted for international, national, and local groups and organizations. He served on federal, state, and county boards and commissions. You can read more about him here.

    Zoom: Registered guests will receive a unique link prior to the event. Please setup your Zoom and familiarize with its features. You can review its short video tutorials (e.g., join a meetingconfiguring audio/videomeeting controlsmore topics) or full training (e.g., Zoom for education).

    Note: The Friends of Italy Society of Hawaii is not responsible for any liability, cost, and damages which could arise from the programs below; and does not provide any refunds, except if it cannot deliver the program, for instance in the case of insufficient enrollment.

    Questions: Please contact info@friendsofitalyhawaii.org.

    • 11 Oct 2021
    • 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM (HAST)
    • Online, Zoom
    Register


    OCTOBER BOOK:

    Atlantide: Viaggio alla ricerca della belleza (Atlantis: A journey in search of beauty) by Carlo Piano and Renzo PianoYou can find the book in Italian at the Pino Bookshop and in English at local bookstores as well as online.

    ZOOM:
    Registered guests will receive a unique link prior to class. Please setup your Zoom and familiarize with its features. You can review its short video tutorials (e.g., join a meeting, configuring audio/video, meeting controls, more topics) or full training (e.g., Zoom for education).

    REGISTRATION (MEMBERS ONLY):

    • Members: Free to members (directions for Logging In).
    • Your guests (must also be members): If you want to register other members (including your Family Membership's spouse/children), you need to register each of them separately, under their own name and their own email address. Note: Update your Family Membership account accordingly, if family names/emails are missing--Directions for Bundle Administrator Guide.

    QUESTIONS:
    Please contact info@friendsofitalyhawaii.org.

    • 28 Oct 2021
    • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM (HAST)
    • Online, Zoom
    Register


    Series: This lecture is part of the 3rd series “From Italy to Hawaii: Connecting two worlds through art, science, and community,” which started in 2019 and features experts from all over Italy who discuss topics that affect both Italy and Hawaii.

    Talk: Does a city at human scale exist in contemporary society? Can it exist? That is a city respectful of the human being and of the environment? A city that is truly a gathering place, a place of encounter and exchange for all: children and elderly, different ethnic, socio- economic-cultural  groups? Questions, thoughts, reflections and realization of  the great masters of the Italian architecture among which Renzo Piano and Stefano Boeri, well known for the vertical gardens in Milan. What can they teach us and what can all architects learn from the Hawaiian culture?

    Presenter: Dr. Rocco Minerbi pursued classic studies (Liceo Classico Berchet), earned a Fifth Year Piano Diploma (Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi), and obtained a Doctoral Degree in Architecture (Polytechnical University) in Milano, Italy. She taught Italian language and culture, painting in Italian, psychology, architecture, and peace studies at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa and Kapiolani Community College. Dr. Minerbi is the co-author of the book “Macrohistory and Macrohistorians: Perspectives on Individual, Social, and Civilizational Change” (Galtung et al., 1997). As an artist, she has won prizes and awards, and had art exhibitions in both Italy and Hawaii.

    Zoom: Registered guests will receive a unique link prior to the event. Please setup your Zoom and familiarize with its features. You can review its short video tutorials (e.g., join a meetingconfiguring audio/videomeeting controlsmore topics) or full training (e.g., Zoom for education).

    Note: The Friends of Italy Society of Hawaii is not responsible for any liability, cost, and damages which could arise from the programs below; and does not provide any refunds, except if it cannot deliver the program, for instance in the case of insufficient enrollment.

    Questions: Please contact info@friendsofitalyhawaii.org.

    • 8 Nov 2021
    • 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM (HAST)
    • Online, Zoom
    Register


    DECEMBER BOOK:
    Dante by Alessandro Barbero. You can find the book in Italian at the Pino Bookshop and in English at local bookstores as well as online. If interested, watch his book presentation, fascinating!  

    ZOOM:
    Registered guests will receive a unique link prior to class. Please setup your Zoom and familiarize with its features (e.g., join a meeting, configuring audio/video, meeting controls, more topicsZoom for education).

    QUESTIONS:
    Please contact info@friendsofitalyhawaii.org.

Past events

20 May 2021 Talk: Paths to Italian citizenship (online, members only)
15 May 2021 A taste of Sicily II: Tasting menu with wine pairing
11 May 2021 Language class: Adults (Summer 2021, members only)
4 May 2021 Annual meeting (online, members only)
29 Apr 2021 Lecture: Seeing clearly: What if stars twinkle too much? (Free for all! Online)
12 Apr 2021 Caffe' Letterario: "The Baron in the Trees" by Italo Calvino (Members only)
10 Apr 2021 A taste of Sicily: Tasting menu with wine pairing
25 Mar 2021 Lecture: Italian opera (Free for all! Online)
24 Mar 2021 FOI Welcomes and Congratulates Mayor Rick Blangiardi (Members Only)*
9 Mar 2021 Language class: Adults (Spring 2021, members only)
8 Mar 2021 Caffe' Letterario: Borgo Sud by Donatella Di Pietrantonio (Free for all! Italian language only)
6 Mar 2021 America's cup final: Watch
25 Feb 2021 Lecture: The long shadow cast by Dante (Free for all! Online)
20 Feb 2021 Wine tasting: A night in Venice (Appetito)
23 Jan 2021 Wine tasting: A night in Amalfi (Brick Fire Tavern)
18 Jan 2021 Caffe' Letterario: "A girl returned" by Donatella Di Pietrantonio (Members only)
5 Jan 2021 Language class: Adults (Winter 2021, members only)
18 Dec 2020 Wine tasting: Virtual with Dalla Terra
12 Dec 2020 Wine tasting: A night in Amalfi (Brick Fire Tavern)
10 Dec 2020 Lecture: Raffaello Sanzio (1483-1520)--A humble homage on the 500th anniversary of his death (Free for all! Online)
7 Dec 2020 December Food Drive for Hoa Aina O Makaha
21 Nov 2020 Wine tasting with appetizers: Il Tappo
19 Nov 2020 Lecture: Italian opera, UNESCO heritage (Free for all! Online)
15 Nov 2020 Contribute to our 30th anniversary cookbook! (members only)
9 Nov 2020 Caffe' Letterario: The Lying Life of Adults by Elena Ferrante
3 Nov 2020 Language Class: Adults, Level 1 (online, members only)
29 Oct 2020 Lecture: Living on the Moon and Mars (Free for all! Online)
18 Oct 2020 Aperitivo: Happy Hour (online)
23 Sep 2020 Annual meeting (online, members only)
20 Sep 2020 Game Night: Italian!
8 Sep 2020 Language class: Adults (members only)
1 Aug 2020 Aperitivo
11 Jul 2020 Dinner: Chef Testa's Gourmet Mediterranean Dining Experience
27 Jun 2020 Cooking class: Pizza
7 Mar 2020 Cooking class: Pasta cuts
27 Feb 2020 Lecture: Are there mermaids in Hawaiʻi and Sicily?
22 Feb 2020 Bocce and potluck: Carnevale!
30 Jan 2020 Dance class: Tarantella
25 Jan 2020 Lecture and tour: Dante's Divina Commedia
7 Jan 2020 Language Class: Adults
14 Dec 2019 Cena di Natale: Appetito (by Chef Hiro, Executive Chef of Taormina Sicilian Cuisine)
7 Dec 2019 Cooking class: Canederli (meat balls)
9 Nov 2019 Cooking class: Tiramisu'
9 Nov 2019 Language class: Children
9 Nov 2019 Art class: Painting in Italian
24 Oct 2019 Lecture: Marine explorations
19 Oct 2019 Bocce and potluck
5 Oct 2019 Cooking class: Risotto
28 Sep 2019 Lecture and tour: Firenze and its dome
10 Sep 2019 Language Class: Adults
7 Sep 2019 Cooking class: Limoncello
29 Aug 2019 Lecture: Learn from rocks how to defeat cancer
3 Aug 2019 Cooking class: Lasagne
17 Jul 2019 Party: Maserati Yacht--Benvenuti!
6 Jul 2019 Cooking class: Ravioli
8 Jun 2019 Cooking class: Ravioli
30 May 2019 Lecture: Cinematic connections
20 May 2019 Annual meeting and dinner: Outrigger Canoe Club
1 May 2019 Film and panel: Leonardo 500
20 Apr 2019 Community service: Hoa ʻĀina O Mākaha with Gigi
20 Apr 2019 Language class: Children
11 Apr 2019 Wine tasting: Flavors of Italy and Mediterraneo
6 Apr 2019 Cooking class: Biscotti
2 Apr 2019 Language class: Adults
28 Mar 2019 Lecture: Climate change--Hurricanes in the Mediterranean and Pacific
9 Mar 2019 Community service: Hoa ʻĀina O Mākaha with Gigi
23 Feb 2019 Cooking class: Gnocchi
31 Jan 2019 Lecture: Land that connects hearts
26 Jan 2019 Cooking class: Pizza
22 Jan 2019 Language class: Adults
14 Dec 2018 Cena di Natale: Vintage Cave Cafe'
23 Oct 2018 Language class: Adults
8 Sep 2018 Picnic: Kapiolani Park
18 Jul 2018 Lecture: Tarantella
15 Jun 2018 Film: Arrangiarsi: Pizza...and the art of living
16 May 2018 Annual meeting and dinner: Outrigger Canoe Club
24 Apr 2018 Dinner: Fête
17 Apr 2018 Italian class: Adults
4 Mar 2018 Brunch: Outrigger Canoe Club
11 Feb 2018 Concert: Hawaiian Aroma Caffe
10 Dec 2017 Cena di Natale: Cafe Julia
1 Dec 2017 Dinner: Brick Fire Tavern
18 Aug 2017 Wine tasting: Hawaii Loa Ridge
6 Aug 2017 Italian class: Adults
23 Jul 2017 Brunch: Outrigger Canoe Club
22 May 2017 Annual meeting and dinner: Outrigger Canoe Club
27 Apr 2017 Film: Fuocoammare (Fire at Sea)
19 Apr 2017 Film: La Pazza Gioia (Like Crazy)
14 Apr 2017 Film: Maurizio Cattelan--Be Right Back
6 Apr 2017 Concert and dinner: Hawaii Symphony Orchestra, Oahu Choral Society, Cafe Sistina
1 Apr 2017 Concert: Hawaii Symphony Orchestra
31 Mar 2017 Lunch: Sabrina's with JoAnn Falletta
18 Mar 2017 Concert and dinner: Hawaii Symphony Orchestra and Brick Fire Tavern
24 Feb 2017 Dinner: Baci Bistro
9 Feb 2017 Lecture: Italian Fencing
18 Dec 2016 Cena di Natale: Cafe Julia
14 Nov 2016 Cooking class: Pasta

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