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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.

News & Features  :  News

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

News & Features  :  News

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

News & Features  :  News

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

Collecting  :  Collecting News

Fight Against Counterfeiting Goes Atomic

French scientists employ particle accelerator to authenticate wine

Posted: September 11, 2008  By Augustus Weed

News & Features  :  News

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

News & Features  :  News

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

News & Features  :  News

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

News & Features  :  News

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

News & Features  :  News

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.

News & Features  :  News

Brunello Producers Granted a Two-Week Reprieve

U.S. officials give producers until June 23 to guarantee Brunello is 100 percent Sangiovese before imports are blocked

Posted: May 28, 2008  By Jo Cooke, Mitch Frank

News & Features  :  Book Reviews

Buyer Beware

New book details the murky tale of the "Thomas Jefferson" bottles and the collector who is determined to prove they are fakes

Posted: May 23, 2008  By Thomas Matthews

Collecting  :  Collecting News

Domaine Ponsot Proprietor Halts Sale of Fake Bottles

The wine-auction market faces more questions after 107 bottles of Burgundy prove fraudulent

Posted: May 16, 2008  By Peter Hellman

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

Brunello's Mess Worsens

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.

News & Features  :  News

U.S. Threatens to Block Brunello Imports

Federal agency asks Italian authorities to certify that wines are pure Sangiovese

Posted: May 13, 2008  By James Suckling, Jo Cooke, Mitch Frank

News & Features  :  News

Argiano Declassifies Its Brunello

Montalcino winery will sell top wine as IGT

Posted: May 2, 2008  By James Suckling

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.

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