Posted: November 25, 2009 By James Suckling
A wine merchant told me a story recently about a customer who wanted to return two cases of 1982 Bordeaux, even though the bottles and labels were in perfect condition. Apparently his customer had served the wine at a dinner with friends and everyone around the table was suspicious of the bottles because the labels and capsules were perfect. They looked new. Moreover, the wine was incredibly fresh and beautiful, like it was 10 years younger.
What his customer didn't know was that the two cases came directly from the cellars of the château.
Posted: October 16, 2009 By Mitch Frank
Posted: September 21, 2009 By Tim Fish
Posted: July 23, 2009 By James Suckling
Brunello di Montalcino has been in the news again in Italy following an Italian finance police press conference this past Saturday in Siena when it recapped its nearly two-year investigation into fraudulent winemaking practices in the region.
Posted: July 8, 2009 By James Suckling
I get sick and tired of some wine merchants misusing my scores. And I have to wonder how many of the other scores or ratings they use to flog wines they misrepresent. Just the other day a wine merchant friend from Hong Kong e-mailed me with an offer from a wine broker in Switzerland that included my scores and the Wine Advocate ’s on 2004 Brunello di Montalcino.
Posted: January 16, 2009 By James Molesworth
Wine fraud continues to be a growing problem. There are more consumers competing for the world's high-end bottlings, both via retail and the secondary market. Since many of these wines are made in limited amounts (that won't ever increase in the case of single-vineyard wines), the increased demand is feeding the growth of this insidious problem.
Posted: January 8, 2009
Plus, a new documentary on Le Cirque, multipurpose eco-friendly wine boxes, a winery unwittingly joins the bottled water business, an economically optimistic new wine and a bistro that babies its customers, literally
Posted: December 18, 2008
Posted: December 11, 2008 By James Suckling
I drank some fake Sassicaia last weekend at a friend’s house near Pisa. The wine wasn’t mine, but I told my friend that his bottle didn’t make sense. The big giveaway was the branded cork that didn’t have a vintage printed on it.
Posted: November 15, 2008 By Augustus Weed
Posted: November 12, 2008 By Augustus Weed
Posted: October 28, 2008 By Jo Cooke
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.
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