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Nose, palate, and mind: “The Best Pairing for Aged Wine Is Already in Your Glass,” writes top wine writer Jameson Fink
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Nose, palate, and mind: “The Best Pairing for Aged Wine Is Already in Your Glass,” writes top wine writer Jameson Fink

“Can food overpower, or even eclipse the pleasures of a well-aged bottle of wine?” asks iconoclast wine writer (and one of our favorites) Jameson Fink in a recent post for top wine blog VinePair. “The greatest aged wines are complex and contemplative,” he posits. “Perhaps it’s better to appreciate their subtleties without disparate, competing flavors … Continue reading

Leading American wine blogger Cathrine Todd finds inspiration in a visit and tasting with Stefano
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Leading American wine blogger Cathrine Todd finds inspiration in a visit and tasting with Stefano

Photo by New York-based wine professional Cathrine Todd, author of the popular blog Dame Wine. “Stefano’s story of the saint of the family,” writes top American wine blogger Cathrine Todd: shows a man who found purpose by simply going to the streets and taking care of all that he could; Stefano has the same philosophy … Continue reading

Do subzones work in Montalcino? Stefano responds to a reader.
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Do subzones work in Montalcino? Stefano responds to a reader.

There was a lot of response to yesterday’s post “Subzoning doesn’t work in Montalcino. Here’s why” by Fattoria dei Barbi owner and winemaker Stefano Cinelli Colombini. One reader, Andrea Fassone, a leading east-coast importer of Italian wines in the U.S., responded with this comment: Why did they map Barolo and Barbaresco then? you have different … Continue reading

Subzoning doesn’t work in Montalcino. Here’s why.
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Subzoning doesn’t work in Montalcino. Here’s why.

You can see Sangiovese’s gold across all of Montalcino! In the background in the photo, you can also see another vineyard that’s located at the same elevation. But the color is different. According to fanciful subzone-lovers, who are armed with their little multi-colored maps and their written-in-stone certitudes, it’s the same subzone. But according to … Continue reading