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January 2017

Benanti’s “Brutal” Comeback
A new generation at the pioneering Mount Etna estate sheds vineyards and wines to focus on what it does best
Posted: Jan 23, 2017 12:00pm ET

Twin brothers Salvino and Antonio Benanti, 42, have spent their lives side by side: growing up in Sicily, studying at business school, working banking jobs in London and then returning to Sicily to take over the family winery. In 2012, their father, Giuseppe, handed them Benanti, one of the most important precursors for quality wineries in the now-fashionable region of Mount Etna

The brothers knew what they wanted to do and wasted no time. “The day after our father transferred ownership to us, we started implementing our brutal refocusing program,” Salvino says.


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My 'Drinking Problem'
Too much wine and not enough time
Posted: Jan 9, 2017 12:00pm ET

Friends, I’ve got a drinking problem. I am not drinking enough wine to keep my wine cellar current.

You see, almost 16 years ago, when I moved to Europe, I began collecting wine. Not really collecting wine so much as amassing. Collecting implies a strategy. I’ve been much more random than that. For years, as I traveled through France, Italy and beyond, I bought wines—the more obscure the better.

But in general, as I’ve gathered more wines, I haven’t dealt with one obvious fact: Most of the wines in my cellar weren’t meant to last decades.


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