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The best panzanella recipe: Winner of the Panzanella Cook Off at Fattoria dei Barbi
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The best panzanella recipe: Winner of the Panzanella Cook Off at Fattoria dei Barbi

In late July, on the occasion of the Feast of the Blessed John Colombini (one of the ancestors of the current generation of the Cinelli Colombini family, owners of the Fattoria dei Barbi), the estate held a Panzanella Cook Off and challenge in which contestants competed for the “Best Panzanella” title. The winner was Susanna … Continue reading

Leading wine critic Michael Godel: “Barbi is a best of both worlds Brunello for both consumer and collector”
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Leading wine critic Michael Godel: “Barbi is a best of both worlds Brunello for both consumer and collector”

The following is leading Canadian wine critic Michael Godel’s (recently published) tasting note on the 2012 Brunello di Montalcino Vigna del Fiore, which he tasted earlier this year. You can read all of Michael’s notes from the 2017 Benvenuto Brunello tasting here, including notes on a number of Barbi’s current releases. Fattoria dei Barbi 2012 … Continue reading

“Thank you, Montalcino!” One of Italy’s leading sommeliers on old-vintage Barbi Brunello
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“Thank you, Montalcino!” One of Italy’s leading sommeliers on old-vintage Barbi Brunello

We just had to share this note, published last week by one of Italy’s leading sommeliers and wine professionals, Andrea Gori, on his Facebook: When Sangiovese sings like this, the wine goes fast! Brunello di Montalcino Fattoria dei Barbi Riserva 1978: Prodigious nose of Mediterranean maquis, vibrant wild berries, tree sap and mustard seed, acidity … Continue reading

Under the Tuscan Stars, a night of stargazing and tasting with Stefano Cinelli Colombini August 11
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Under the Tuscan Stars, a night of stargazing and tasting with Stefano Cinelli Colombini August 11

UNDER THE TUSCAN STARS winery tour and dinner with Stefano Cinelli Colombini Friday, August 11, 2017 Event begins at 5 p.m. and continues until midnight. Fattoria dei Barbi | Montalcino Loc. Podernovi 170 | Strada Consorziale dei Barbi 53024 Montalcino (SI) FattoriaDeiBarbi.it | info@fattoriadeibarbi.it A Friday evening at the winery inspired by the magic of … Continue reading

PANZANELLA COOK-OFF! Feast of the Blessed John Colombini July 30 at Fattoria dei Barbi…
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PANZANELLA COOK-OFF! Feast of the Blessed John Colombini July 30 at Fattoria dei Barbi…

Above: “An Episode in the Life of Blessed John Colombini” by fifteenth-century painter and miniaturist Priamo della Quercia (image via Wikipedia). I’m sure that Stefano will be able to tell us more about the people portrayed in this panel and what they are doing. But I imagine they are Sienese aristocrats who are imploring John … Continue reading

The POWER of PANZANELLA: One of the world’s humblest yet most renowned dishes
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The POWER of PANZANELLA: One of the world’s humblest yet most renowned dishes

Don’t miss the Panzazella Cook-Off Challenge this weekend at the Fattoria dei Barbi! The Blessed Panzanella A Gastronomic Competition mostly but not wholly for the fun of it Dedicated to this classic rustic Tuscan dish and its inventor, the Blessed Giovanni Colombini. Sunday, July 30, 2017 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS. … Continue reading

The best wine pairing for steak? Sangiovese, of course, as any Tuscan will tell you!
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The best wine pairing for steak? Sangiovese, of course, as any Tuscan will tell you!

Tuscany has always had some of the greatest beef in the world. A lot of people don’t realize that, historically, much of the region has been devoted to pasture-based ranching. Especially as you move toward the coast, you move into Tuscan cowboy country. Tuscany is renowned for its Chianina breed of cattle, one of the … Continue reading