A tasting of 41 Montalcinowineries in Houston – Texas attracts operators from hundreds of kilometres and even from other states
The USA are now the largest Brunello market, even larger than Italy. They absorb 25% of the total production, which means one bottle of Brunello very four. If we consider that most of the wine sold in Montalcino is sold to foreign tourists Italy goes below this quota and become the second market. It seems strange but that is how it is!
For this reason the first important tasting of the new Brunello 2008 takes place in the USA even before the Benvenuto Brunello kermess in Montalcino.
Every year the presentation in the USA takes place in New York and in another key city. This year for the first time we are in Texas, and it’s a success.
Don’t think of cowboys and cattle, here there is true richness, petrol, an industry bound to electronics, here is found the best hospital in the world and the largest university if the States. A less formal lifestyle and dress style but, many dollars…everything is big, exaggeratedly big!
The Brunello tasting location is a structure used for banquets, with a large hall and a smaller one for the two seminars held by Kevin Zralya wine expert and tutor for wine courses of international fame. Read more…
Two awards in one week for the Montalcino producers; here they get recognition as an Italian excellence with the award given by the “Fondazione Italia Cina e Milano Finanza”
Donatella Cinelli Colombini_China Awards
Palazzo Clerici, one of the most beautiful buildings in Milan, with its frescoed halls with lots of golden stucco decorations, is the frame for the China Awards organized by Milano Finanza and by the Fondazione Italia Cina with Cesare Romiti as President. The award giving took place during a charity dinner to collect funds for a hospital on tracks –Life Line Express – which travels through the remotest regions in Asia curing those who suffer from cataracts, about 400.000 people suffer from this condition every year.
So, a very important evening, with all of Milan’s high society present, the Mayor Giuliano Pisapia included. Among the awarded there were 26 Italians, and 3 Chinese societies, divided into seven categories. The Brunello wine was the first to be awarded in a section created this year and which regards those who represent Italian excellence in China. <<For the last seven years the China Awards are the occasion to give recognition to the successes achieved by Italian companies>> said Cesare Romiti in his introductive speech. In fact the list of winners was really impressive, with societies who told stories of vast expansion with great business figures and fantastic production centres. There were even those who had the entire managing staff come over from China to take part in the ceremony. Consequently the event was a big one and Brunello was among the main protagonists also thanks to its brand fame. In the same section as the Montalcino wine prizes went to Cucinelli, the Fratelli Rossetti and to Vincenzi Group.
Donatella Cinelli Colombini receives the prize awarded to Brunello
The “Gruppo del gusto”, born in 2002 reunites 118 journalists from 30 foreign nations and interested in wine & food, chooses every year 4 excellencies and the award living takes place during a gala dinner that this year took place at the Città del Gusto in Rome. This is an exceptional year, because of the conjuncture of the Foreign Press centenary and the decennial celebration of the “Gruppo del Gusto” coordinated by Alfredo Tesio.
So this event was such a success, as never before, with the public of journalists also standing in every area of the theatre. Even though it seems incredible this is the first award given to the Consorzio del Brunello in 45 years of activity so receiving it was enormously exciting, as was going on stage of the Teatro del Gusto del Gambero Rosso. A mythical place! These were the winners: for production Pastificio Luca from Corte Croera (BL) the highest in Italy at 1450 metres above sea level in Cadore.
DonatellaCinelliColombini-presents-Brunello wine-to the Council of Europe
If the European Union is the politic and economic brain of our continent, the Council of Europe is the birthplace of its values. The place where the local autorithies get together to share principles to be spead all over the countries. Strasbourg is the best place for this kind of institution, the german border is only 10 km far away and the city is a multicultural one and a mixture of the perfect german organisation and the french sense of beautiful with its gothic cathedral with the stained glass window, the pinnacles and the arches. The building of the Council of Europe is the modern version of the same architectural shape. An harmonius complex of huge spaces realized to satisfy their functions.
A thoroughbred Montalcinese, great connoisseur of the Montalcino wines and territory, he will be guiding the Brunelloproducers.
Tenacious, tireless worker, very well balanced man; this is the profile for Fabrizio Bindocci. His name has obtained a unanimous consensus from the board and this is an advantage for the whole territory. The three vice presidents remain unchanged. Fabrizio Bindocci has asked me to cover a supplementary role, with him in the marketing of the wines and in the production area.
I do hope that the events organized by me during the past two years – Benvenuto Brunello, the events which have taken place abroad and those yet to happen in 2013-14, the project regarding the social networks – be a good basis for his work so as to increase the commercial prospective and the image of Brunello.