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Gruppo Illy Purchases Mastrojanni Estate in Montalcino

Coffee titans plan to invest more resources in Brunello winery

Posted: October 1, 2008  By Jo Cooke

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Fight Against Counterfeiting Goes Atomic

French scientists employ particle accelerator to authenticate wine

Posted: September 11, 2008  By Augustus Weed

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Montalcino Vineyards Damaged by Hail on Cusp of Harvest

Castello Banfi is among Brunello producers to suffer losses in freak pre-harvest hailstorm

Posted: August 27, 2008  By Jo Cooke

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

The Dark Truth about Pure Sangiovese

Posted: August 18, 2008  By James Suckling

I have recently read a number of comments on the Internet about Sangiovese, and how it can’t make dark-colored wines with ripe tannins and full body. But it just isn’t true. Sangiovese can and does make wines with a depth of color, fruit and tannins, and anyone who says it can’t just doesn’t know what they are talking about.

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Frescobaldi Brunello di Montalcino Partially Cleared

Tests prove yet-to-be-bottled wine is pure Sangiovese, but bottled wine remains to be approved

Posted: July 30, 2008  By Jo Cooke

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Brunello Cleared for U.S. Import

Italian government creates certification process to guarantee wines are 100 percent Sangiovese

Posted: July 3, 2008  By Jo Cooke

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

Sour Grapes or Wine?

Posted: July 2, 2008  By James Suckling

Tomorrow there will be a joint press conference in Montalcino featuring Luca Zaia, the Italian agricultural minister, and Ron Spogli, the U.S. ambassador to Italy. They will announce a plan to resolve the current dilemma with the U.

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Italian Authorities Clear Antinori's Brunello di Montalcino

Lab tests conclude the wine is 100 percent Sangiovese

Posted: June 26, 2008  By Jo Cooke

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U.S. Government Grants Montalcino a Reprieve

Lab tests not mandatory for Brunello wines, provided Italians certify them as pure Sangiovese

Posted: June 20, 2008  By Jo Cooke

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Montepulciano Wines Caught in Growing Tuscan Scandal

Vino Nobile producers under investigation for using non-Tuscan grapes; Italian government appoints panel to oversee production in Montalcino

Posted: June 10, 2008  By Jo Cooke, Mitch Frank

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Brunello Producers Announce Quality-Control Panel

Group would guarantee wines are pure Sangiovese, but critics question the plan

Posted: June 3, 2008  By Jo Cooke

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

A Few Weeks More for Brunello

Posted: May 28, 2008  By James Suckling

Brunello di Montalcino producers were given a few extra weeks before their wines will be banned from the US market. On May 13, I reported in my blog post " Brunello's Mess Worsens " that producers had until June 9 to prove that what's on the label is consistent with what's in the bottle.

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Brunello Producers Granted a Two-Week Reprieve

U.S. officials give producers until June 23 to guarantee Brunello is 100 percent Sangiovese before imports are blocked

Posted: May 28, 2008  By Jo Cooke, Mitch Frank

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Domaine Ponsot Proprietor Halts Sale of Fake Bottles

The wine-auction market faces more questions after 107 bottles of Burgundy prove fraudulent

Posted: May 16, 2008  By Peter Hellman

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

Brunello's Mess Worsens

Posted: May 13, 2008  By James Suckling

You are going to see a lot less Brunello di Montalcino in the United States very soon if Italian authorities and wine producers don’t get their act together. The Italian Embassy in Washington DC recently received notification from the US Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) warning that, beginning on June 9, imports of Brunello di Montalcino to the United States will be blocked unless producers can guarantee that their wines are pure Sangiovese, as required by Italian wine law.

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U.S. Threatens to Block Brunello Imports

Federal agency asks Italian authorities to certify that wines are pure Sangiovese

Posted: May 13, 2008  By James Suckling, Jo Cooke, Mitch Frank

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Argiano Declassifies Its Brunello

Montalcino winery will sell top wine as IGT

Posted: May 2, 2008  By James Suckling

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

Last Night's Observations

Posted: April 30, 2008  By James Suckling

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.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

A Brunello Producer Makes a Brave Decision

Posted: April 21, 2008  By James Suckling

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.

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Chinese Authorities Release American Wine Importer

ASC partner Don St. Pierre Jr. released after officials investigate suspected falsification of reported wine prices

Posted: April 21, 2008  By Mark Graham

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