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Summer 2012 in Sardinia is shaping up to be pretty exciting!

Flying the British flag on our favourite Italian island is the incredible Elton John who is set to play the exclusive Hotel Cala di Volpe resort on the Costa Smeralda (north east coast of Sardinia).

In the magical setting of this iconic hotel, on the 16th July guests will experience a legend perform and enjoy the signature coastal flavours found in the culinary delights of Executive Chef Franco Guardone and Antonio Vallana.

Tickets are available at a supplement to guests already fortunate enough to be staying at the Hotel Cala di Volpe on the date of his performance. Die-hard fans who happen to be in Sardinia can also purchase tickets for an evening to remember.

You can read all about the  Cala di Volpe on our website here. Those looking for golden tickets to this event can contact our specialist team on 0208 9732297.

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Here at Sardatur we’re looking forward to all the exciting things that 2012 is going to bring.

For those who worship the grape, one event not to be missed on the Sardinian calender this year is the Porto Cervo Wine Festival on the north of our favourite island.

From the 4th-6th May, the Costa Smeralda toasts its 50th birthday with the stars of Italian wine and the finest products that Sardinia and Italy have to offer.

This kermes is the first of the many appointments that the beautiful and exclusive chain, Starwood Hotels – Cala di Volpe, Cervo, and Romazzino – will propose to celebrate this beautiful destination founded in 1962 by Prince Aga Khan.

The Porto Cervo Wine Festival is an important rendezvous between sixty producers that represent the principal enological territories around Italy, enthusiasts, consumers and wine lovers of the Costa Smeralda.

The tastings, held from 3 pm to 7 pm at the Cervo Conference Center, will be accompanied by a number of exciting events.

“Wine in the Facebook Era”

For the social media savvy there will be a workshop: “Wine in the Facebook Era”.

Can social networks and web marketing really help small and big producers to make their self known and to sell out of their regional and national borders? This will be the theme on which journalists and industry experts will confront Saturday the 5th from 10 am to 1 pm, offering interesting case studies and simple practical advices on how best to use Communication 2.0.

“Eat Parade”, the book

The journalist Bruno Gambacorta, historical face of the TG2 news, presents the book that collects 35 of the most interesting stories of the first 13 years of his famous TV show. With him, on Friday the 4th from 5 pm, Gilberto Arru, food and wine expert, Antonello Salis and Vittorio Castellani (aka Chef Kumalè), two of the protagonists of his stories.

‘Incontri Di…Vini.’

Don Pasta, DJ and economist, food and wine enthusiast, will be one of the guests of the appointments “Incontri Di…Vini”, where entertainment, sport and music personalities will share their common passion: wine. Saturday afternoon, Don Pasta talks about Wine Sound System, his multimedia project that offers a unique way of experiencing wine and vinyl.

Gourmet dinners

The haute cuisine at the Porto Cervo Wine Festival provides two really tasty appointments: Friday the 4th the Cervo Hotel will host a dinner signed by its Executive Chef Stefano Spanu and the Michelin Star Chef Stefano Masanti, from Il Cantinone Restaurant in Madesimo (Sondrio). Saturday 5th The Pitrizza Hotel will be the location for “Vini Buoni d’Italia”, a dinner organized in collaboration with the wine guide, the Chic group and the Ersa (Regional Authority for Agricultural Promotion and Development of the Friuli Venezia-Giulia Region). For this occasion traditional Sardinian specialties prepared by the creativeness of Chef Maurizio Locatelli and Pastry Chef Manuel Arcadu, will meet with the aromas of wines from Friuli to create a menu that highlights the excellence of two great Italian regions.

Private Tasting Lounge

An exclusive lounge reserved to the guests of the Starwood Hotels (that for the Wine Festival are offering a special package, sector operators, buyers and journalists, for the tasting of vertical and special vintages, but also valuable labels of rum, distilled drinks and chocolates.

Give our specialist team a call on 0208 9732297 for more information about how to visit this unique and interesting event.

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