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The Brunello sky with Sandra Savaglio’s stars

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The Casato Prime Donne award 2014 is full of stars: Sandra Savaglio, Daniele Cernilli, Ian D’Agata, Anna Di Martino and Andrea Rontini




September 14th in Montalcino Casato Prime Donne award in a star filled edition: the stars belonging to the astrophysicist Sandra Savaglio, the moon photographed by Andrea Rontini and the three stars from wine journalism Anna Di Martino, Daniele Cernilli, Ian D’Agata and then “Vita” the grape-picker who is looking at the sun by Piero Sbarluzzi.
This award for the past sixteen years has transformed Montalcino into a stage for great women, those who change the feminine profile, it proposes this year a positive example for the world of research: Sandra Savaglio the astrophysicist who has decided to return to Italy to the Università della Calabria in Cosenza after 23 years of working abroad with the best foreign telescopes and after having become the icon of the participants of the brain drain. In fact in 2004 the weekly “Time” magazine put her on the front page with the title “How Europe lost its science stars”. Read more…

Vinitaly 2014 novelties, B2B, Hacker wine, bio and Chinese

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A lot more going on “our of the fair” and more business for the 2014 edition of Vinitaly where the organizers are going to get many more foreign importers to come

Seen for you by Donatella Cinelli Colombini

Vinitaly 2014 preview - lunch at Villa Bertani

Vinitaly 2014 preview - lunch at Villa Bertani

We are guests in a villa in Veneto, belonging to the Bertani family, where Foscolo wrote the “Dei Sepolcri”; there is a cellar dating back to 1098 and the frescoes are from the 18th century by Pesci from Bologna. A fairytale frame for 40 producers who have come from all over Italy to hear, for first, the novelties regarding next Vinitaly. And there are lots of them!
First the good news : <<no more wet shoes, the pavilions will be connected with covered passageways, 2000 more parking spaces in the vicinity of the “unloading area”,120 more toilets. There will be a B2B (upon booking and with a fee) with programmed meetings among wineries and buyers, many more foreign operators and many more foreign journalists, especially form China. There will be an area for biological wines with an area for organic wines with stands in other pavilions and three will be an area dedicated to foreign wineries>> said Giovanni Mantovani General Manager of VeronaFiere. Read more…

90/100 to Brunello Prime Donne by Tanzer alias Ian D’Agata

His name is Stephen Tanzer but in Italy we read it Ian d’Agata, he is the autochthonous variety paladin who tastes wine for International Wine Cellar

By Donatella Cinelli Colombini

Ian d'Agata

the wine critic Ian D'Agata

90/100 is the rating given to Brunello Prime Donne 2008 by a magazine known for its strict judgments, is consequently a fantastic result. Tanzer, since 1985, is the direct rival of Wine Advocate who combats their fiery prose with a most composed stile, with however the same type of rigour. Among the major wine critics, Tanzer is the one who is closest to the consumer; this has been demonstrated by the comparison of judgements on Cellar tracker, the web site where every wine lover can express their opinion.
In Italy Tanzer has a young and very expert collaborator: Ian d’Agata the autochthonous variety paladin, who is at this moment writing a monumental work of art on them. But that is not all, Ian writes for the major British wine magazine “Decanter” and, believe it or not, for “Figaro” . He also teaches. But not in the university of the remotest place in the world, but in the New York University. In other words there is no prestige missing here. Regarding Montalcino he is one of those who is all for the division of the Brunelloterritory

Brunello Prime Donne, Sara shows the rating

Brunello Prime Donne 2008

in zones, so as to put emphasis on the diversity of the product. It is not a rating, says Ian d’Agata because Pauillac and Margaux are different but both produce excellent wines.

It is he who describes the Brunello 2008 Prime Donne with these words <<Good bright full red. More scented and high toned than the basic 2008 release, offering dark red cherry, mint and floral elements; a note of chocolate-covered dry raspberry emerged with air. Fine-grained and floral, with a light touch and attractive inner-mouth perfume to its red cherry flavour .Finishes with substantial dusty tannins. This is likely to age well>>

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