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Fighting Faux Wine

New authentication and tracking systems could help wineries and collectors keep counterfeit bottles out of the market

Posted: November 12, 2008  By Augustus Weed

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

Point Fingers the Right Way in Montalcino

Posted: October 28, 2008  By James Suckling

I wasn't surprised with the news today that the wine producers' association in Montalcino overwhelmingly voted to maintain current regulations for producing Brunello di Montalcino, the famous red of the region.

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Brunello Will Remain 100 Percent Sangiovese

Producers association votes for no change in appellation rules, but leaves several issues unaddressed

Posted: October 28, 2008  By Jo Cooke

Blogs  :  Harvey Steiman At Large

Small vs. Big, and the Brunello Flap

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.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

Brunello Should Be Brunello

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.

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Brunello Investigator Reveals Details of the Case

Siena prosecutor charges that lab analysis has proved wines are not pure Sangiovese

Posted: October 22, 2008  By Jo Cooke, James Suckling

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Banfi's Brunello Cleared

Lab tests conclude all but a small percentage is 100 percent Sangiovese; a small amount tests inconclusive and will be declassified

Posted: October 20, 2008  By Jo Cooke

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English Wine Merchants Convicted of Fraud After Targeting American Investors

Authorities investigating a growing trend of high-pressure sales of collectible wine that never shows up

Posted: October 15, 2008  By Jacob Gaffney

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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

Collecting  :  Collecting News

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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