Posted: October 23, 2008 By Harvey Steiman
The magistrate investigating makers of Brunello di Montalcino and Rosso di Montalcino has cleared some of the wineries he had suspected of using grapes other than Sangiovese. At the same time, without naming names, he has said that 172,000 cases have tested positive for grapes other than Sangiovese.
Posted: October 23, 2008 By James Suckling
I had a quick lunch yesterday at my office with Enrico Viglierchio, general manager of Banfi, the large American-owned Brunello di Montalcino producer, and he looked relieved as we drank a bottle of his 2003 Castello Banfi Brunello di Montalcino Poggio alle Mura.
Posted: October 20, 2008 By Jo Cooke
Posted: October 15, 2008 By Jacob Gaffney
Posted: October 1, 2008 By Jo Cooke
Posted: September 11, 2008 By Augustus Weed
Posted: August 27, 2008 By Jo Cooke
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.
Posted: July 30, 2008 By Jo Cooke
Posted: July 3, 2008 By Jo Cooke
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.
Posted: June 26, 2008 By Jo Cooke
Posted: June 20, 2008 By Jo Cooke
Posted: June 3, 2008 By Jo Cooke
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.
Posted: May 16, 2008 By Peter Hellman
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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