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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

Collecting  :  Collecting News

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

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

Brunello and Shakespeare

Posted: April 11, 2008  By James Suckling

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.

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Chinese Authorities Detain Wine Importer

Don St. Pierre Jr. held as part of investigation into wine industry

Posted: April 4, 2008  By Mark Graham

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Brunello Under Fire

Italian authorities impound wines as part of an investigation

Posted: April 3, 2008  By Jo Cooke

Collecting  :  Collecting News

Collector Accuses Chicago Companies of Wine Fraud

William Koch files his latest in a series of lawsuits

Posted: April 1, 2008  By Mitch Frank

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

Smoke and Fire in Montalcino

Posted: March 21, 2008  By James Suckling

Rumors spread fast in Italy, just like any other wine region. I think a lot arise from jealousy among wine producers. I really hate it... But sometimes there is some truth to them. The most recent rumor is how about one-third of the producers in Montalcino are being investigated for blending wines from the south of Italy into their 2003 Brunellos.

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Frescobaldi Vows to Fight Fraud Charge

Investigation of Italian wine producer began in 2005, with allegations that the winery used grapes from southern Italy in estate wines

Posted: March 12, 2008  By Jo Cooke

Blogs  :  Richard Betts' Blog

Shades of Red in Montalcino: Part Two

Posted: February 22, 2008  By Richard Betts

Continuing on with my Brunello trip : According to the Consorzio del Brunello, the territory of the appellation is roughly circular, with a diameter of 16 kilometers. This is a pretty big area, and after walking and driving all over its hills and valleys and viewing the variety of altitudes and expositions, I became convinced that it is a very diverse place—one that cannot be defined simply as Montalcino.

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