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January 2014

The Son Rises at Biondi-Santi
Working solo for the first time, Jacopo takes on the challenges of running the venerable Brunello estate
Posted: Jan 27, 2014 10:50am ET

The 2013 vintage was tough for all of Montalcino, Tuscany's premier wine region. But for Jacopo Biondi Santi, it was a moment of truth.

It was the first harvest at his family's legendary estate following the death of his father, Franco Biondi Santi, this past spring at the age of 91.

"I have been harvesting here since I was eight years old, first with grandfather, then with my father," Jacopo, 63, said in his office over the winery. "This was the first time I did it alone."

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The Human Face of Wine
Wine's personality comes from the winemakers and grapegrowers behind the labels
Posted: Jan 13, 2014 11:00am ET

There are lots of reasons to love wine, but for me the most important reason is people. Wine is, after all, a story of humans working within the dynamics of nature, culture and history. When you put those forces together, you are bound to have tales of operatic proportions. These are the stories I love telling and will share in my new twice-monthly blog, Letter from Europe, reporting from the wine regions of France, Italy and beyond.

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