A recent incident of vandalism in Tuscany's Montalcino region has been upstaged by the snowballing reactions of its victim and his neighbors. In December, Gianfranco Soldera's Case Basse lost most of its past six vintages when a disgruntled former employee opened the taps on 10 large casks of aging wine. Looking to help Soldera, the Brunello di Montalcino Consorzio offered to donate wine to the embattled producer from other member properties in order to recover some of his losses. Soldera responded by resigning from the consorzio. Also, in the early dawn of April 10 in Listrac-Médoc, thieves rammed a vehicle into the solid oak doors of Château Fourcas Dupré's cellar. Eight minutes later, the burglars were gone, along with 258 bottles of Château Fourcas Dupré. Wine Spectator's Ben O'Donnell and Suzanne Mustacich report.
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