Op-ed: Brunello can be “classic” but never “normal”
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Op-ed: Brunello can be “classic” but never “normal”

Our English-language blogger Jeremy Parzen proposes that blended, non-riserva Brunello should be referred to as “classic” instead of “normal.” Let’s just get this straight for once and for all: there’s nothing normale about Brunello di Montalcino. Nor is there anything normale about Barolo or Barbaresco. Ever since Italian wine began “trending” in the U.S. in … Continue reading

99 points for Fattoria dei Barbi 1975 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva, tasting note on Doctor Wine’s blog
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99 points for Fattoria dei Barbi 1975 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva, tasting note on Doctor Wine’s blog

Last week, one of Italy’s greatest wine writers, Daniele Cernilli, shared the following tasting note on his blog Doctor Wine. It was authored by noted Pugliese restaurateur Luciano Lombardi, a good friend of Daniele, who had invited Luciano, together with his wife, to join him and his wife for lunch at Daniele’s parents’ house. For … Continue reading

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