A classic Tuscan country menu at Taverna dei Barbi (on the grounds of Fattoria dei Barbi)
Brunello di Montalcino / Taste Eat Visit Montalcino / Taste Fattoria dei Barbi

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 / Op-ed / 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

Top Canadian wine writer Michael Godel on Barbi 2013: “In a Brunello as here, as always, there is no speculation, only certainty…”
Accolades / Brunello di Montalcino

Top Canadian wine writer Michael Godel on Barbi 2013: “In a Brunello as here, as always, there is no speculation, only certainty…”

For any winemaker, it’s always a highly moving and rewarding experience to read notes on her/his wines by someone who “really gets it,” like Michael Godel, one of Canada’s leading authorities on Italian wine. Michael just got around to publishing his notes from the touring Benvenuto Brunello tasting last month. His superb post, Diversity in … Continue reading

Dog bites Brunello: rare Japanese dog reviews Fattoria dei Barbi 2011, awards “4 out of 5” bones.
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Dog bites Brunello: rare Japanese dog reviews Fattoria dei Barbi 2011, awards “4 out of 5” bones.

There’s a first for everything. Man bites dog. Dog bites Brunello… We were pleased to discover Shiba Sommelier’s blog and review of our 2011 Brunello di Montalcino. Shiba Sommelier (above, with Easter Bunny) is a Shiba Inu who lives — we believe but are not certain — in Park Slope, Brooklyn (we speculate Brooklyn because there … Continue reading