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 am not just pushing one of the magazine's events.
Anyway, one interesting observation was that the Brunello di Montalcino tables were packed with people. In fact, a number of the producers, including Casanova di Neri, ran out of wine near the end of the event. This is normally what happens to all the first-growth Bordeaux at the event. About a half hour before the end of the event, they just don’t have any wine left. I think they start with about two or three cases, but I'm not sure. I do know that they get overwhelmed by thirsty fans.
I spoke to a number of the Brunello producers, and they said the response was very positive from people. And a couple were serving their 2003 Brunello. If you haven’t been following the drama with Brunello di Montalcino, check out my old blog posts. I have written three of them on the subject so far: "Thoughts on Brunello's Witch Hunt" (April 4), "Brunello and Shakespeare" (April 11), and "A Brunello Producer Makes a Brave Decision" (April 21).
I don’t have a lot of new news on the situation, other than that there appears to be a lot going on behind the scenes. It’s still a wait-and-see situation. This could take months, even years.
But I have the impression that Americans’ enthusiasm for Brunello has not been dampened by the whole mess. And neither has mine. Brunello remains one of the great reds of the world.
Just as a quick side note on the Grand Tour: I also ran into a number of people, wine producers as well as consumers, who were very interested in my West Highland Terrier Archie. They are extremely impressed with his nose for great terroir (not terrier!), and some even asked if his services were available on a consultancy basis. I have already had contacts from Hollywood about Archie, even a series in Tuscany -- something like the movie "Under the Tuscan Sun" but more of a furry version. Anyway, please check out my April 1 blog post, "My Incredible Personal Secret in Tuscany," if you haven’t seen my canine buddy in action.
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