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Five of the Best: Tips for Making the Most of Rivini


The wait is over!

The first edition of Rivini, the International Wine Festival of the Riviera, takes place this weekend at Villa Eva, just across the border in Latte, conveniently located between Menton and Ventimiglia on the Ligurian coast.

It promises to be a weekend of wine discoveries and new friends, and, if the weather holds, a gloriously sunny spring weekend for a wee outing to Italy (if a reason is ever needed).

Whether you’ve got your tickets booked already, or are planning to buy them on the day, here are my five top tips to making the most of Rivini.

  • Purchase your entrance ticket in advance for €25, instead of €30, here on the festival website. Just think how that €5 saving could be put towards a bottle of your favourite wine from the day, or a delicious Ligurian lunch (more on that below!)
  • Take advantage of the public transport options available so that no-one has to be a designated driver; shuttle buses will run between Villa Eva and Ventimiglia train station. If you do decide to drive, the venue is a mere 7 kilometres from Menton along the scenic coastal route.

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  • Learn from the experts; masterclasses will be held on both the Saturday and Sunday and are hosted by some of the Riviera’s leading wine professionals. Highlights include Master of Wine, Rod Smith, leading us through the often overlooked world of Port, Sherry and Madeira on Saturday at 4pm and a journey through the history of Champagne with two of Monaco’s leading sommeliers, Dominique Milardi and Patrice Frank, on Sunday at 2pm. Book tickets (with earlybird prices) here.
  • Explore the world of wine. Rivini will be a chance to discover wine from around the globe, not just France and Italy. Fancy a drop of crisp, refreshing South African Sauvignon Blanc? Well head to Saam Mountain. Or is a rich, Argentinean Malbec more to your tastes? Trust me, you’ll be in New World wonderland.
  • Stop for lunch. Not just because lunch is essential, especially when it comes to soaking up all those samples you keep meaning to spit, but because it’s the weekend and you’re in Italy! Villa Eva itself is offering a lunch menu, but if you fancy something a little different, why not follow Ingrid’s lead over at Carpe Menton and try the Taverna il Cippo (scroll down for English) in Mortola Superiore. It looks worth the detour!

For more information on Rivini, visit www.riviniwinefestival.com

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