I was at the Grand Tour tasting in New York last night, and I thought it was fabulous, with lots of interesting wines and cool wine people. It’s a good chance to hang and taste. If you haven’t gone to a Grand Tour before, it’s worth going.
I had dinner the other night at one of my favorite places on earth, the courtyard of Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles. The ambiance is amazing when you're sitting outside with the chateau facade in the background and surrounded by the lush green of the garden.
My girlfriend was not happy. She was sitting next to me yesterday while I was looking at something on the Internet when an e-mail arrived on my MacBook Air. The subject line read: “Hotties from Sicily.
I wonder if Cortona will one day become the Côte-Rôtie of Italy? Will it become one of the best places on earth to grow Syrah? It already has a head start. And it’s made some excellent Syrahs already.
I spoke to the commercial director of Argiano this morning, the well-known producer of Brunello di Montalcino, and he told me that they decided to declassify most of their 2003 Brunello di Montalcino production.
To celebrate my ten years living in Italy, I did some major partying this weekend, with friends as well as wine producers in Tuscany. It’s been ten great years, but that’s another column. On Sunday, we drank a number of 1998s, including Fanti Brunello di Montalcino , Petrolo Galatrona , Ornellaia , Roberto Voerzio Barolo Vecchie Vite dei Capalot e delle Brunate Riserva , and Le Bon Pasteur.
In recent days, wine producers and government officials in Tuscany have been meeting behind closed doors. They are trying to decide what to do about “Brunellopoli” – the highly publicized investigation swirling around Italy’s famous red, Brunello di Montalcino.
Everyone was talking about the growing Brunello di Montalcino scandal yesterday during the first day of Vinitaly, the annual wine fair in Verona, Italy. Italian newspapers and broadcast media were full of reports on Italy’s financial police, Guardia di Finanza, investigation into wine producers planting grape types other than Sangiovese in their vineyards.
I have had some reservations about blogging what I am about to tell you. Some may believe it is unbelievable. Others may applaud such a fine specimen for being so highly sensitive and educated. But I really don’t care.
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