Posted: April 4, 2008 By Mark Graham
Posted: April 3, 2008 By Jo Cooke
Posted: April 1, 2008 By Mitch Frank
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.
Posted: March 12, 2008 By Jo Cooke
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.
Posted: February 19, 2008 By Richard Betts
I recently spent a week in Italy with my wife, a couple of friends and the goal of gaining a better understanding of that fabled wine, Brunello di Montalcino. The town of Montalcino is a beautiful little hilltop hamlet in southern Tuscany about 90 minutes north of Rome or a couple hours south of Florence.
Posted: February 12, 2008 By Mitch Frank
Posted: January 17, 2008 By Eric Arnold
Posted: October 30, 2007 By Mitch Frank
Posted: October 16, 2007 By James Suckling
I drank the first bottle ever of Luce Brunello last night in a restaurant in Montevarchi near my house in Tuscany. It's a brand-new wine from the Frescobaldi family, who have been making a Super Tuscan wine at the Luce della Vite estate in Montalcino since 1993.
Posted: September 27, 2007 By James Suckling
I just found some notes in my back pocket of my jeans while walking down the street in Havana. They are a bit soggy from all the humidity in the air. They are tasting notes of Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Cerretalto – the fantastic single vineyard wine from the great Brunello di Montalcino producer.
Posted: September 6, 2007 By James Suckling
I was looking at the comments from my blog of Aug. 30 on Hardy Rodenstock and Jefferson bottles and it made me go back and read an article I wrote in 1998 on counterfeit wines. It was called “ A Taste of Deception : An exclusive look at counterfeit wine – a multimillion-dollar business.
Posted: August 29, 2007 By Mitch Frank
Posted: August 7, 2007 By James Suckling
I have been thinking about my colleague James Laube’s blog of August 3 when he discussed the option for winemakers to produce more non-vintage wines. And it made me think about how many people are already doing this – legally and illegally.
Posted: March 12, 2007 By James Suckling
Was it a dream? Did it really happen? For some reason, I find it almost hard to believe that on Saturday night, I drank every vintage of Château Le Pin ever bottled (1979-2004), and in Hong Kong no less.
Posted: March 9, 2007 By James Suckling
I think that people seem to forget that the same family who make the ultra-collectible and ultra-expensive Château Le Pin also make Vieux-Château-Certan. In fact, the Thienpont family has been making VCC for a hell of a lot longer than Le Pin.
Posted: February 13, 2007 By Eric Arnold
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