“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

Stefano Cinelli Colombini elected vice president of the Brunello consortium
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Stefano Cinelli Colombini elected vice president of the Brunello consortium

Stefanio Cinelli Colombini (above), CEO of the Fattoria dei Barbi, is the new Vice President of the Consorizio del Vino Brunello di Montalcino, the Brunello di Montalcino growers and bottlers association. The following press released was issued by the consortium yesterday, July 31: Following the resignation of Andrea Machetti, who left the Board due to … Continue reading

Father’s Day wines: What better way to say “Happy Father’s Day” than Brunello?
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Father’s Day wines: What better way to say “Happy Father’s Day” than Brunello?

Sunday, June 18 is Father’s Day in America. And across the great expanse of the United States, children — young and old — will be giving their fathers Father’s Day gifts. Ties, cufflinks, power tools, and tool kits… and maybe even a new grill to be christened on the day of the holiday. These are … Continue reading

Montalcino travel tips: Useful information for your summer visit to Tuscan wine country
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Montalcino travel tips: Useful information for your summer visit to Tuscan wine country

The summer is almost here and a lot of you are planning your trip to Tuscany and, in particular, to Montalcino, the land of Brunello, where you will enjoy some of the greatest wine and food tourism in the world. Here are some basic tips (based mostly on questions that I get asked at this … Continue reading

Barbi lands in top 10 among Montalcino wineries with best scores by major critics
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Barbi lands in top 10 among Montalcino wineries with best scores by major critics

We were thrilled and intrigued to read a recent post by the popular Montalcino-based blog and online portal MontalcinoNews. In the piece, the editors have tabulated all the scores for the 2012 releases by the four leading Italian wine critics who cover Montalcino today: James Suckling, Monica Larner (Robert Parker), Kerin O’Keefe (Wine Enthusiast), and … Continue reading

Wine Spectator: “You can almost smell the countryside in this expressive red.” 94 points for the 2012 Brunello
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Wine Spectator: “You can almost smell the countryside in this expressive red.” 94 points for the 2012 Brunello

Fattoria dei Barbi 2012 Brunello di Montalcino Vigna del Fiore 94 points Exhibiting a fine blend of fruity and savory characteristics, this red evokes wild strawberry, cherry, juniper, leather and iron aromas and flavors. There is energy and a sweetness midpalate. The finish extends with refined tannins and freshness. Best from 2020 through 2034. Fattoria … Continue reading

A vertical of Fattoria dei Barbi at Ai Fiori in NYC
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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