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

Elin McCoy’s 2019 harvest report for Bloomberg, including notes from Stefano Cinelli Colombini
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Elin McCoy’s 2019 harvest report for Bloomberg, including notes from Stefano Cinelli Colombini

Above: Montalcino in late September, a few weeks before the Brunello harvest begin. Photo by Stefano Cinelli Colombini. “Despite extreme weather,” writes leading American wine critic Elin McCoy for Bloomberg, “2019 is a ‘perfect storm’ vintage for wine.” Click here to read her 2019 vintage report for Bloomberg, including notes from Stefano Cinelli Colombini on … Continue reading

Experience the “Birth of a Brunello” this weekend at Fattoria dei Barbi
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Experience the “Birth of a Brunello” this weekend at Fattoria dei Barbi

Click to register for “Birth of a Brunello” events, tours, and tastings this weekend. The Sangiovese harvest has begun in Montalcino: This weekend, Fattoria dei Barbi owner and winemaker Stefano Cinelli Colombini will be hosting tastings of the newly pressed wines and guests will experience the “Birth of a Brunello” (see link above for details). … Continue reading

Experience the “Birth of a Brunello” (the racking of the new wine) October 5-6 at Fattoria dei Barbi
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Experience the “Birth of a Brunello” (the racking of the new wine) October 5-6 at Fattoria dei Barbi

The Fattoria Dei Barbi in Montalcino invites you to an extraordinary event: the “Birth of a Brunello” on Saturday, October 5 and Sunday, October 6. Guests will enter the cellar during racking, when the fermentation finishes and the winemaker tastes the new wine for the first time. Guided groups of visitors will be get to … Continue reading

Celebrate the Brunello harvest by hiking through the vineyards with winemaker Stefano
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Celebrate the Brunello harvest by hiking through the vineyards with winemaker Stefano

This Saturday and Sunday, September 14-15, Fattoria dei Barbi owner and winemaker Stefano Cinelli Colombini will be leading hiking tours of the estate’s vineyards at 11 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Harvest has already begun at Fattoria dei Barbi and they will begin picking the Sangiovese for Brunello di Montalcino any day now. There couldn’t be … Continue reading

Old Barbi at Union Square Cafe, the quintessential destination for American cuisine…
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Old Barbi at Union Square Cafe, the quintessential destination for American cuisine…

Here at the Fattoria dei Barbi blog, we are constantly combing the internet looking for appearances of older-vintage Fattoria dei Barbi Brunello di Montalcino on wine lists at America’s best restaurants. We were overjoyed to learn that Union Square Cafe, the quintessential American restaurant, currently offers 1990 and 1991 Fattoria dei Barbi Brunello di Montalcino … Continue reading