Winery Codorníu has been awarded by the Wine Tourism Awards
The prestigious British magazine Drinks International has just celebrated its annual awards – the WineTourism Awards -, and one of them has returned to fall in the province of Barcelona. Specifically in Sant Sadurní d’Anoia, where the Codorníu winery has had its cavas for more than 500 years.
The visitor center of the Catalan company has been named as the best in the world – ‘Best Visitor Center’ – for its “strategic commitment to quality wine tourism and the premiumization of its visits,” explained Drinks International.
The jury of this publication dedicated to the world of wine and spirits since 1972, has highlighted the Catalan company’s strong commitment to wine tourism and its wide and heterogeneous offer based on quality and innovation, as well as recognizing its work of offering to the visitor authentic experiences: from tasting courses and pairings to bike rides and picnics among vineyards.
It is the third consecutive year that the Catalan winery has been recognized for these awards, although in past editions the magazine has awarded prestigious visitor centers, such as Vius Manent (Chile), Jacob’s Creek (Australia) and Bodegas Tío Pepe Jerez de la Frontera).
Codorníu was one of the first wineries to open its wineries to the public with the aim of transmitting its values to its visitors, more than 80,000 in 2016. We have found documents and announcements of 1924 in which Codorníu already announced their visiting hours.
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The club opened its US headquarters on the twentieth floor of an elegant building of Park Avenue, within walking distance of Chrysler Building, Rockefeller Center and the Empire State Building
In Manhattan they run every day so many things that is very difficult to get the attention of the cameras, but the Football Club Barcelona is a global reference and the feeling last night was that you were waiting for some time. In fact, the local council has turned to the club, and the Empire State Building will tonight welcome to the club brightening with the Blaugrana colors.
The US ambassador in Spain, James Costos, who moved from Madrid expressly; Councillor for Education in New York, Carmen Fariña, the police chief, Bill Bratt, and the commissioner of Major League Soccer, Don Garber, have wrapped the president, Josep Maria Bartomeu in the opening ceremony of the office, installation of 250 square meters has swanky neighbors, the headquarters of JP Morgan without going too far. “We are here because the club wants to be global,” the president said. Then Ronaldinho chute and scored.
The strategic location of the blaugrana embassy is because the objective settling in Manhattan is essentially commercial. The draft bill foresees the board billion in 2021, and so far the income does not exceed 700, so you have to find money anywhere. As television rights are negotiated and collectively, the club can only aspire to increase their income by getting new regional sponsorships and prestige achieved by the football team contributes to US goods brands are interested in joining the club’s image.
The good image of the club is mainly due to the good results obtained in the last decade, but also that identification with the noble values of sport and solidarity that began with the incorporation of the Unicef logo on the shirt.
The main objective of the office is obviously commercial Vice President Manel Arroyo- He points but we are a worldwide reference of how we work and it is obvious that the same thing we do at home, ie, worry about the social aspects and training children will also be an important development in the US “task. Vice President Arroyo will be the institutional supervisor of the blaugrana US embassy lead by Arno Trabesinger and Gerard Guiu. And yesterday Arroyo presented the project to US Barca about fifty representatives of multinational companies such as Morgan Stanley, Black Rock, CAA, Van Wagner, KPMG, Telefonica, Abertis, Bein Sports, Price Waterhouse and Coopers, Johnson Johnson, RCA Records and Clyde Co. The lunch was held at the exclusive Club 21, where the most legendary figures of American equestrian riders wore a T-shirt for the first time a football team.
However, the most fun and endearing footballing day was the day that was organized at a school in the Bronx, with hundreds of children with blaugrana kit disputing the ball with Ronaldinho and Røddik Line Hansen, star women’s team. Fascinated kids but mothers and teachers they were not less. He was also Hristo Stoichkov, who was presented as a dark suit unnoticed spent more children, but not reporters. “Barca is the best club in the world and said his heart is open to everyone”. Indeed, in the morning in the Bronx, at noon at the Club 21 and evening at 250 Park Avenue. “Visca Barça” shouted the vice president of social area Jordi Cardoner and everywhere got the answer. “Visca!”
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Highly selected ‘preemergence’ creators made stays at multipurpose Espronceda center, where they can live, produce and present
The wins Henrik and Holger Sprengel, along with two Italian artists, hold an art center in Barcelona as discreet as unusual. The Center pays Espronceda stays creative young artists and exhibitions of half the world, authors ‘preemergence’ already despunten but have not yet made their way into the difficult market of contemporary art. “Our main goal is to bring artists from outside Barcelona so they can show their art to the public here and take with new contacts in international cultural sector,” explains Holger Sprengel as normal.
He, like his brother, is a multireincidente entrepreneur who has opened several successful online and offline -restaurants Vietnamese businesses, tourists rental scooters, video games, books … customizable – and settled eight-year-twelve in the case of Henrik- in the Catalan capital. They have always been interested in creativity, but plans to open a cultural center arose in 2013 following an unexpected opportunity. His friend and partner, Elia Sabato, also Italian artist living in Barcelona, met by chance a set of old workshops Navas neighborhood (Sant Andreu) who started reconverted into ateliers of artists. “We learned that they had been released three ships and decided to rent them to rehabilitate, was very spontaneous!” He laughs. They are in an alley that has no official name not appear in Google Maps. Being perpendicular to the street Espronceda, just call ‘passage Espronceda’. Tenants of this hidden oasis just open their studios to the public and prefer not to attract attention, aware of the serious shortage of comprehensive and affordable spaces in Barcelona.
These three car repair shops are now a multifaceted cultural space which also adopted the name of the street and poet, well soundproofed and for various uses. A ship contains apartments in which artists are housed. Opposite are the large kitchen, which acts as a shared living for residents and can accommodate from gastronomic events to yoga sessions. On the other hand, there are studies-from painting, sculpture, multimedia … – in which artists produce new works. And finally there is the ship of the gallery, which exhibited before returning home.
The usual profile “guest,” explains the German businessman, is a foreign author of around thirty, that begins to live his talent but still sells little work. Visiting Barcelona can last from two to twelve weeks, but usually lasts four or five. The creators self-manage their schedules and tasks-codesign and the center exposure assumes the dissemination of the event, making the catalog and “comisariado”- and if they want, can also visit the city with the scooter that serve them. “At first we feared that spend the day at the beach, but no way, we are surprised that demonstrate the enormous productivity,” says Sprengel to the evil-minded. “They are aware that this will be a striking point on your resume and important people come to the shows, do not want to fail,” he adds.
Although not close the door to welcome artists who are self-financing the stay, with an estimated cost of 950 euros per month according to the website of the center, only in English, they do not promote this route. “We prefer to make a very hard choice, very good people come and scholarship us,” responds Sprengel. With hardly advertise, they receive dozens of requests. They usually choose to recipients personally, but sometimes rely on the criterion of professional juries, such as the prestigious Venetian Laguna Art Price competition: between the four prizes they can choose the winners is a free stay in the Espronceda. The College of Art in London, added, also want to send them a couple of students who choose half.
Alejandro Martin, curator and collaborator of the center as commissioner, adding that just closed a deal with New York Artist Pension Frost, the largest collection of contemporary art in the world: “We have chosen one of their recommended residences, which involves dissemination more than 2,500 artists and many requests to come to Barcelona “. They also maintain good ties with Italy, for example with the University of Fine Arts in Rome and the association of art critics I Martedi Critici through the fourth partner in this adventure, artist and researcher Tarsitano Savina, Italian living in Brussels .
The artists “guests” are the hospitality of Espronceda two ways. On the one hand, they give one of the works that have been created in Barcelona to the collection center, which is expanding gradually. On the other, if they sell part of the above, Espronceda gets a commission of 45% of the amount. “But the purpose of the stay is not selling, is to serve as a catalyst for his career,” says Sprengel. “And in general, it sells very little: a table, two … or none,” he admits. Prices are not for millionaires -there original work by 300 or 400 euros, but local demand is minimal: “The reality is that art is bought in Barcelona, is not like Madrid or London, this market is not developed and that’s too bad for artists “he stresses.
The Espronceda is one of the areas of relationship and social life of the community dynamics ‘expat’ of Barcelona, mainly formed by young professionals Westerners. The networking loved all leisure activities in these circles, whose frank languages are English and Spanish. Instead, the relationship with the local sociocultural fabric runs at half speed. In the case of contemporary art, for example, Espronceda not maintain any link with the very close and pioneer Ivanow Nau, a former factory converted into a cultural container.
In late February, due to local contact Alejandro Martin, the Espronceda host for the first time in its three-year history a sample of authors from Barcelona and Catalonia, from Hangar and the Faculty of Fine Arts at the UB. “We started very focused on building international ties and bring artists from outside, but now we want to connect with centers and creators of here,” Martin explains. Another line of work over the medium term stays for commissioners and curators and art critics.
The last artist who has exhibited in Espronceda has been an exception in every way possible. Kazakh Tolkyn Sakbayeva, 25, has spent five months producing new work in the Espronceda, but lives with his sister in an apartment in the city since mid 2013. His style is inspired by Impressionism and Cubism – chose Barcelona years of study here Picasso and since age 4 is devoted almost exclusively to drawing. Nevertheless, international criticism has started to focus on his other feature Tolkyn: born with severe cerebral palsy. It took a special exam to be accepted at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Almaty, his hometown.
His first exhibition with pieces for sale -more than 50- Espronceda has been in this fall and have extended until January 11. It has already sold half a dozen pieces and has some more “apalabradas”. The family in not dedicated to the art, his father is a scientist and his mother a teacher, but has turned to the vocation of the middle daughter, whom doctors and teachers had given so little hope of a future career. Both sisters and exercise of managers in English and Spanish touting achievements Tolkyn, name in Kazakh means ‘wave’. Coy and flirtatious, he receives praise from Alejandro Martin and her sisters naturally. “When no longer frustrated by not being able to paint small details-because of the motor limitations-, has found his own style,” explains the curator.
Coincidence or fate, these months Tolkyn has come into contact with the drivers of the first self-managed school Catalunya, Arcadia, with which it has begun to collaborate. It tests for them architectural barriers Ships Can Batllo and methodology for teaching art. In addition, 20% of sales in Espronceda exposure allocated to the project, which would open doors in 2018. “Participate in school as a workshop or as a teacher,” agrees Naomi Valero, adding that “it is essential” that the school Expect “adults concerning functional diversity”.
For its part, the family drives Sakbayeva a foundation in Kazakhstan, ARTolerance to help artists without resources or discriminated against for any reason. “We will open soon a kickstarter [an Online micropatronage] to fund new exhibitions and the work of the foundation,” he adds Togzhan Sakbayeva’s older sister.
Beginning of this year have reached Espronceda new guest artists. It is one of Marseille and Madrid Remy O. Manuel Leyva, who from 21 to 31 January will show their work at the exhibition The way you move. A half of January come two young Berlin artists, which lived in the ateliers with One and Leyva and also have their own exhibition scheduled for February.
In May he will give an artist talk, Ernesto Canovas. This 44 Barcelona moved a decade Great Britain, where he studied Fine Arts and triumphed with his paintings and drawings made, that the London celebrities buy at a good price in a gallery of exclusive Mayfair. Your resume accumulates numerous solo and group exhibitions and catalogs, awards and exhibitions. This, however, abroad. The ignorance of this author in his hometown has been Espronceda to invite to “make known” in Catalonia. “It will be three or four weeks here,” Sprengel progresses.
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Marc Gasol says it will be “an honor” to play for Spain in the Olympic Games in Rio
The Spanish center of the Memphis Grizzlies, Marc Gasol, acknowledged today that he had missed participating in this year’s European and said it will be “an honor” to return to the Spanish national basketball team at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro next .
“If God wants and are healthy, and can be, it is always an honor to help colleagues (in Rio de Janeiro 2016),” said Gasol in the locker room of the Verizon Center in Washington after the match of the regular season in the his team lost to the Wizards 91-100.
Asked about his absence in the European this year in which Spain won launched by the actions of his brother Pau and if he had missed his participation, Marc was resounding.
“I imagine, just imagine,” he replied on the European tournament that decided not to participate for taking “a break”.
Meanwhile, Gasol, 30, justified the irregular performance so far this season NBA team with 16 wins and 15 losses, nothing that the Grizzlies are in a process of change in style. “I’m adapting myself. After seven years playing in a way, the change now takes time, we must be united, disciplined, and hit it hard,” he said about the new scheme with lower players and higher tempo of the Grizzlies .
“The challenges remain will be in a good playoff position, be up and fight for the conference finals and obviously for the final,” he added.
He appreciated, in this sense, the great form of the Golden State Warriors led by Stephen Curry, with 26 wins and just one defeat so far in regular season, but he was cautious. “It is a lot of NBA, more than half . It is true that they are in a very sweet moment, but a lot of season left to play, “said the player of Sant Boi.
Also said the performance of the San Antonio Spurs, with 24 wins and 5 losses, also in the Western Conference, and other rivals to beat. “There are teams that have a good pace attack, they know what they play, very close, that things are very clear and they are going very well,” Marc, now stayed at 11 points and six rebounds.
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The performance took place in Plaza Catalunya and aims to expose the hidden cruelty behind the fur industry
More than a hundred animal rights have been stripped Sunday in the center of Barcelona in protest against fur coats, according to the naturalist entity Animanaturalis, convener of the act.
For the eleventh consecutive year, more than a hundred people from all over Spain and around the world have gathered in Barcelona to challenge the low winter temperatures and undress to protest against the use of animal skins.
The ceremony took place in the central Plaza Catalunya, and has served to “give voice to the millions of animals who are abused and killed each year and who can not defend themselves.”
In the performance, participants have expressed completely naked, doused with artificial blood and piled on top of each other, as are the bodies of dead animals once they have started their skin.
The goal, according to animal rights is to raise awareness of the huge number of animals that are used to make one fur coat and hidden cruelty behind the fur industry.
“It has been wrongly associated with the use of leather garments with luxury and fashion and this is the thought that no change because if we get no demand, no supply. Currently, there are many ways to dress without having to snatch the skin and life to an animal, “said the director of AnimaNaturalis in Spain, Aida Gascón.
Minks, ferrets, foxes, rabbits, seals, otters, cows, chinchillas, China and even dogs and cats are part of the large group of animals that are killed for their skins turn on clothing or fashion accessories.
Annually, more than 60 million animals are slaughtered worldwide to trade in their skin, according Animanaturalis, which claims that to make one fur coat, you need to take the life of 20 foxes, wolves and lynx, 70 minks or rabbits and 300 chinchillas.
It is for this reason that Animanaturalis has formally requested El Corte Inglés to stop the sale of animal fur in their stores, but has received no response, why has launched a campaign against the company, to change its practices .
“The abandonment of fur coats is a global trend that can not be stopped or delayed. For ethical reasons, El Corte Ingles should stop selling these products, even before the public to stop eating altogether”.
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