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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.

News & Features  :  News

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.

News & Features  :  News

Chinese Authorities Detain Wine Importer

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

Posted: April 4, 2008  By Mark Graham

News & Features  :  News

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.

News & Features  :  News

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.

Blogs  :  Richard Betts' Blog

Shades of Red: Exploring Montalcino's Diversity

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.

News & Features  :  News

"Jefferson Bottle" Collector Strikes Back

William Koch refiles court case against German wine dealer after recent dismissal

Posted: February 12, 2008  By Mitch Frank

News & Features  :  News

Collector's "Jefferson Bottle" Fraud Lawsuit Dismissed

Judge rules that the court has no jurisdiction over embattled German wine dealer Hardy Rodenstock, but plaintiff William Koch will refile

Posted: January 17, 2008  By Eric Arnold

Collecting  :  Collecting News

Lawsuit Alleges $340,000 of Bordeaux Wine is Fake

California collector and New York auction house targeted in new lawsuit by billionaire collector

Posted: October 30, 2007  By Mitch Frank

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

Tasting a New Brunello from Luce della Vite

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.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

Forgotten Brunello Tasting Notes

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.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

Big Bottle Pétrus Mystery

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.

Collecting  :  Collecting News

Collectors Battle Fraudulent Wines

Will court cases on counterfeit wines scare collectors away from fall auctions?

Posted: August 29, 2007  By Mitch Frank

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

The Vintage Should Be the Vintage

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.

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