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.
Posted: May 2, 2008 By James Suckling
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.
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.
Posted: April 21, 2008 By Mark Graham
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.
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.
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