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Wine Glasses: how to choose them and how to keep them

In wine glasses the stem breaks easily, the cup might cut your hand while you wash them and most of all the cloudiness of the crystal…What to do?

By Donatella Cinelli Colombini, Toscana, Brunello, Casato Prime Donne

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most -expensive-wine -glasses- in-the-world-by-john-calleija

Obviously the shape of the glass is fundamental to taste wine but it is not the only element to be considered when we buy a set of glasses. I’ll not be talking about prices as there are incredible differences: from the 400.000 $ for the Champagne flutes by John Calleija’s in quartz crystal that make cheap even the 150$ for the Lalique 100 points by James Suckling to then get to the  6 € for a normal goblet at the supermarkets.

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Wine-glasses-Osteria-di-Donatella-Fattoria-del-Colle-Toscana

Wine glasses especially for those who use and wash them often, must remain sparkling and not be delicate. The most fragile parts are the rime and the stem. Let’s avoid very thin cups, that might be elegant to chip very easily and are like razors when drying the glasses by hand- My husband Carlo still has the scar from a Riedel cut on his hand. The stem is however the most critical part. If we want glasses that last a long time it must be quite thick. Hand blown glasses, where there is no joining between cup and stem, are the most delicate. Then there is the intermediates type, hand blown cup and industrial stem- But must glasses are made mainly machine. Read more…

Chianti, Toscana, Sangiovese, Barolo, Rosso

These are the 5 words most associated with Italian wines in USA. What is evident is the presence of Tuscany and Chianti

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NY-Wine-Experience-Italian-wine-in USA-not -only- Chianti

By Donatella Cinelli Colombini, agriturismo, Fattoria del Colle

This news comes from the report by “Wine Opinions Vinitaly Survey” and has been commented on excellently by Wine Meridian. In decreasing order there is a first group of words which includes Chianti, Toscana, Sangiovese, Barolo, Rosso and Dry followed by a second list of terms, that regard mostly the sensations that come from wine: Earthy , Prosecco, Food, Fruity , Robust, Diversity .

Here is first thought on the word Chianti that demonstrates how the effort to communicate Classico, selezione, superiore …. Has only been successful with those who work in wine while the public still gets confused … like when we say Bordeaux

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Houston-seminary-Brunello-USA-not-only-Brunello-and-Toscana

and put all together the Premier Cru and the vin de pays, Margaux and the les Graves.

That there is this difference between the perception of wine lover and the general public is evident from the comparison of this list and the most frequent appellations written about by the International press shown by Regione Toscana at the inauguration of the Anteprime 2017.  Brunello was on top of the list before Chianti and Chianti Classico. While in the “Wine Opinion Vinitaly Survey” the prestigious red wine form Montalcino is stationed in a very peripheral position. Read more…

Most expensive wines in the world

Tequila costing 3,5 million dollars and Cognac costing 2 million. These are the most expensive wines ever sold, covered in platinum and diamonds

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most-expensive-wines-in-the-world-Tequila Ley 925

By Donatella Cinelli Colombini, Montalcino, Brunello

A list of prices that make your head spin, where every single drop of liquid is worth thousands of dollars. Here are the most expensive wines in the world, those that have been paid astronomic prices

10) 25.000 Dollars Rhum Legacy by Angostura limited edition produced for the 50th anniversary of the Trinidad & Tobago independence

9) 117.000 Dollars Château d’Yquem from 1811, this is the most expensive bottle of white wine in the world white . It was bought by the wine expert and private collector  Christian Vanneque from the l’Antique Wine Company in London who had carried out a carful investigation regarding the authenticity of the bottle.

Henri IV Dudognon Heritage Cognac Grande Champagne

Henri IV Dudognon Heritage Cognac Grande Champagne

8) 168.000 Dollars Ampoule from Penfolds a wine making masterpiece in handmade glass and wooden masterpieces made created by Nick Mount, Hendrik Forster, Andrew Bartlett and Ray Lake. Only 12 bottles containing Cabernet Sauvignon produced in a Vineyard planted in 1888. Read more…

Subzones in wine: yes or no?

A few days ago the Rioja wine region has decided to divide the territory in subzones. So here is my reflection on the utility and problematic regarding subzones

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Zoning-Barolo-Cannubi

By Donatella Cinelli Colombini

Advantages and problems in dividing a wine region into small portions with similar characteristics: the subzones. Journalists talk about this, the more traditional wine lovers ask for these as an instrument to preserve the “purity” of their favourite wines, but in truth there are some international wines such as  Grange, the Australian “first growth” for which, each year, grapes from different vineyards and different zones. It is legitimate to ask then if the subzones offer real advantages then, or if they complicate the work for the Italian producers already bound by a long list of rules and a lot of bureaucracy. In Montalcino, for example, many wineries use grapes coming from different zones of Montalcino and it is exactly because of these blends of slightly different characters that a particular style comes out that distinguished this brand. In 2012 Kerin O’Keefe editor and taster for Wine Enthusiast

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launched the proposal to divide the Brunello territories into 6 zones, and initiated a great debate.

In Montalcino e cultivate 2.100 hectares of Vineyard used for the production of 9 million bottles of Brunello. The territory seems to be a small one; especially too small to be broken up, however there are those who are adamant that the subzone method is to be followed. Barolo has a surface of 1900 hectares of vineyards, for a production of about 13 million bottles per year. In this territory the division has been found in the definition of historical districts (for example Cannubi) and the analysis of the vocation of the territory that began at the end of the Nineteenth century and continued with the coordination of the Regione Piemonte, so as to form boundaries that are administrative, agronomical and agreements, in respect of previous situations, that set off ferocious conflicts. Read more…

Urban Trekking for All Saints’ weekend, do it in Tuscany

Step after step discover the beauty in and around you: urban trekking in Siena and Asciano, sleeping at Fattoria del Colle October 28th to November 1st

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Raffaello?-Asciano-Sant’Ippolito-Urban -Trekking–2016-

By Donatella Cinelli Colombini

We will be waiting for you in the most beautiful countryside in Tuscany for this long bank holiday weekend. Urban trekking in Siena and Asciano  is an experience that you will adore: there are so many incredible surprises for you, such as the first work by Raffaello. At Fattoria del Colle there is a program (on our web site with prices) including tastings, visit, brief cookery lessons, and dinners that you will not find anywhere else

URBAN TREKKING

I created urban trekking in 2002 when I was tourist advisor for Siena and now there are walking trails in every city of art and even urban trekking shoes-

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Brunello_fermentation-room-Casato -Prime Donne-All-Saint’s- weekend

This is a success because it coincides with thy ways people prefer travelling now: no longer in the great masses and those roads where there are only stores for tourists, they prefer to be in contact with those who live in an area. It is the same trend as choosing to sleep I private homes rather than hotels. In other words I anticipated times!

The National urban trekking day 2016 is October 31st, the eve before all saints day. Among the 51 participating cities I have chosen the two closest (Asciano e Siena) to Fattoria del Colle to invite you to come for a walk with me, maybe using my country inn as a base.

Urban trekking is a healthy type of tourism because it tones the muscles and regenerates the mind by letting you discover places and stories that otherwise would remain hidden; our cities are real open air museums and the urban trekking reveals the art work like in a treasure hunt. Everybody can participate, of any age, becoming explorers, and this time there are really many discoveries. Read more…

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