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Benvenuto Brunello 2017 in Montalcino: Notes from the Consortium
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Benvenuto Brunello 2017 in Montalcino: Notes from the Consortium

Benvenuto Brunello took place in Montalcino last weekend. Each year, the Montalcino event represents the largest gathering of Brunello producers in the world and it offers guests a unique opportunity to taste the new vintages and to interact with winemakers and wine world celebrities. This year’s event was dedicated to the fiftieth anniversary of the … Continue reading

Leading Italian economist Paolo Bricco calls Barbi a “blue chip” producer
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Leading Italian economist Paolo Bricco calls Barbi a “blue chip” producer

Fattoria dei Barbi is one of the oldest continuously operating wineries in the world. It was one of the founding estates of the Brunello di Montalcino appellation in the late 19th century and it was one of the founding estates of the Brunello di Montalcino consortium in the second half of the twentieth century. Today, … Continue reading

Top Italian taster Paolo De Cristofaro on Barbi: “A memory of an increasingly rare style from Montalcino.”
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Top Italian taster Paolo De Cristofaro on Barbi: “A memory of an increasingly rare style from Montalcino.”

How could we not sure this highly evocative (and provocative!) tasting note by top Italian taster Paolo De Cristofaro (above), published this week on the popular Italian wine blog Tipicamente (translated from the Italian by Montalcino Blog)? In his glass of 2007 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva, he writes, he found “a memory of an increasingly … Continue reading

A vertical of Fattoria dei Barbi at Ai Fiori in NYC
Brunello di Montalcino / food and wine

A vertical of Fattoria dei Barbi at Ai Fiori in NYC

Ai Fiori in New York City is one of the world’s most acclaimed restaurants and has repeatedly earned 3 stars (excellent) from the New York Times and a 1-star ranking from the Michelin Guide. Even though the menu also delves into French cuisine, Italian gastronomy is the heart and soul of this extraordinary restaurant. And … Continue reading

A saint in the family? A wonderful chapter of the Cinelli Colombini family’s story
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A saint in the family? A wonderful chapter of the Cinelli Colombini family’s story

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

Top Italian tasters name Barbi Brunello one of best wines to cellar
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Top Italian tasters name Barbi Brunello one of best wines to cellar

It was no small undertaking: Nearly 20 of Italy’s most renowned and respected wine writers and professional tasters gathered recently for a marathon blind tasting of new vintages from Brunello di Montalcino (2011 and 2012). In the end, of the 94 wines they tasted (yes, 94!), they named their top 20 labels for cellaring now. … Continue reading