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Wine at home ages quicker

Wine ages 4 times quicker in the home than in the cellar. This is the recent discovery made by Fondazione Edmund Mach –Istituto di San Michele all’Adige

By Donatella Cinelli Colombini



The major research centre regarding Italian wine confirms what producers of great ageing wines already knew though personal experience: domestic storage is a killer for wine. In fact the comment by Professor Fulvio Mattivi author of the study published in “Metabolomics” leaves no room for doubt <<Six months in an apartment make the wine reach a chimical age which is equivalent to a two year refining period in the ideal conditions of a cellar>>.
In the end my grandfather Giovanni Colombini ‘s advice is still valid, advice he gave his Brunello clients <<wine is made for drinking , not to be looked at>>.

Mattivi’s pubblication, entitled “L’influenza della conservazione sull’età chimica dei vini rossi”, underlines, with figures at hand, how domestic room temperatures determine the «forming of composits never seen before, born from the union between tannins and sulphur dioxide accelerating the ageing of red wines». To get these results 400 bottles of Sangiovese ,in dark glass and sealed with real corks, have been monitored. 200 of these were kept in a cellar at the Istituto di San Michele all’Adige where the conditions are ideal (temperaturres between 15 and 17°C, humidity at 70%, darkness). The other 200 were stored in conditions similar to an apartment – laying down and at a

temperature of about 20-27°C. After 6 months the chimical analysis showed great differences Read more…

What are you talking about Soldera?

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Soldera’s accusations towards the Consorzio and its Brunello producers published in “Corriere della Sera” are fantasy and can do a lot of damage

View of Montalcino

View of Montalcino

The nastiest thing is the accusing the Consorzio of having <<proposed a fraud, offering wine from others to be bottled as his own>>. This is ridiculous, the producers wanted to give him part of their production to help him in a difficult moment, creating a “Brunello della solidarietà” a Solidary Brunello and this is his reply? Is he not ashamed?

He creates doubts, talks of mysteries, when the only mystery is how miraculously barrel sand barrels of his precious Brunello have suddenly reappeared. At least 350 Hl it seems, not a demijohn ….at least 5 barrels for 50Hl, as the “Corriere della Sera” talks of 7.000 bottles per year. But hadn’t the vandalic act destroyed all of his wine? Are we maybe at the wedding at Cana?
Soldera accuses the Consorzio because it does not invest in the studies of control systems regarding the pureness of the Sangiovese for Brunello, but that is not true! The Consorzio has invested about 150.000 € in these studies, entrusting the to the major wine research centre in Italy, the one found in San Michele all’Adige. The researchers, directed by Prof. Mattivi have discovered a method of investigation and the Consorzio will present it during the next convention.

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