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 we get asked at this … Continue reading

“A wall of sound”: Top Italian taster Emanuele Giannone on Barbi’s 2006 Brunello Riserva
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“A wall of sound”: Top Italian taster Emanuele Giannone on Barbi’s 2006 Brunello Riserva

Emanuele Giannone is widely considered to be one of the top tasters working in Italy today. Beyond his prolific production of tasting notes and wine writing, he also teaches aesthetics of wine at the Slow Food University of Gastronomic Sciences in Piedmont. Here’s what he had to say about the 2006 Fattoria dei Barbi Brunello … Continue reading

A classic Tuscan country menu at Taverna dei Barbi (on the grounds of Fattoria dei Barbi)
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A classic Tuscan country menu at Taverna dei Barbi (on the grounds of Fattoria dei Barbi)

Knowing that many of you are heading to Tuscany and possibly Montalcino this summer, we wanted to share the following menu (below). It’s a classic Tuscany country menu from the Taverna dei Barbi, the estate’s farmhouse restaurant. The Taverna’s food is all classic, all the way. And all of the foods are grown or produced … Continue reading

Wine Spectator features Stefano Cinelli Colombini and 2008 Vigna del Fiore
Accolades / Brunello di Montalcino / Vigna del Fiore

Wine Spectator features Stefano Cinelli Colombini and 2008 Vigna del Fiore

“For Stefano Colombini at Fattoria dei Barbi,” writes Wine Spectator senior editor Bruce Sanderson this week, “2008 had perfect ripeness, a year without extreme heat resulting in well-balanced wines.” “‘[The different] zones were important, but the human factor more important. In fact, it was crucial in ’08,’ he said. ‘You could have a good Brunello … Continue reading

“You can keep your radishes. I’ll take the Brunello instead.” Culture, history, and tradition in Montalcino (Stefano Cinelli Colombini)
Brunello di Montalcino / Montalcino History / Stefano Cinelli Colombini / Vigna del Fiore

“You can keep your radishes. I’ll take the Brunello instead.” Culture, history, and tradition in Montalcino (Stefano Cinelli Colombini)

The following op-ed appeared this week on Intravino, Italy’s most popular wine blog. Translation from the Italian by Montalcino Blog. Vinitaly (the annual Italian wine trade fair) is over and the dust has finally settled. We’re exhausted. But we’ve already returned to our little villages and have fallen back our routines. Wherever great wines are … Continue reading