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November 4-8, Merano Wein Festival

In the most exclusive wine tasting in Italy we too will be present with 5 awarded wines among which the two Brunello 2012 previews, each with a gold medal

By Donatella Cinelli Colombini 

Merano_Wein_Festival

Merano_Wein_Festival

Merano Wine Festival for the last 25 years has been the appointment not to be missed for those who work with or love high quality wines, because those invited to participate are only the best wineries and the best wines. The organizer Helmuth Köcher was born in Merano, he has a degree in Political Sciences taken in  Innsbruck, he often wears black and has a strong personality; he is practically a myth for his unlimited competence regarding wine and food excellencies from all over the world.IT is he together with two friends who have created in 1992 the GourmetClub Alto Adige and the

Brunello di Montalcino 2012 DonatellaCinelliColombini

Brunello di Montalcino 2012 DonatellaCinelliColombini

Merano WineFestival, first Italian event to accept only producers of high quality wines. Today next to the wines are served also oil, grappa and other foods, also from abroad and from 100 Italian high end gastronomy. Read more…

White Truffle with Red Wine: yes right, Brunello with truffles

Weekend with the White Truffle from the Crete Senesi at Fattoria del Colle for a very intense and tasty wine and truffle experience

Truffles and Orcia wine Cenerentola

Truffles and Orcia wine Cenerentola

4-6 / 11-13 / 18-20 November with the white truffle in Tuscany in the Crete Senesi area, a truffle region of very high level. Fattoria del Colle organizes weekends that include for you white truffles and the great red wines Brunello and Orcia DOC. During the same period in San Giovanni d’Asso (15 km away) there is a white truffle from the Crete Senesi fair. So plenty of shopping and hunting for the precious truffle in one of the 5 truffle preserves at Fattoria del Colle, themed dinners with truffle recipes, and even a brief lesson regarding the fungus. To make these weekends unforgettable there will also be some splendid wine tastings. And here are our two treats for this programme, that can give sensations and information to real gourmands and to the less expert, these are experiences in the Brunello winery, Casato Prime Donne: the wine and music tasting created by the musician and sommelier Igor Vazzaz with 4 wines and 4 different pieces of music and the brand new fermentation area for the Brunello wine where a flying dove helps visitor enter into the true Montalcino spirit with images and sounds. A beautiful surprise.

The detailed program in on the web site.

Brunello-wineryCasato-Prime-Donne-Montalcino

Brunello-wineryCasato-Prime-Donne-Montalcino

3 day –two nights  € 214 per person. It is possible to book briefer stays through the reception +39 0577 662108

WHY WHTE TRUFFLE AND RED WINE

Last year I was nominated Cavaliere Onorario dell’Ordine del Tartufo e dei vini di Alba. During the ceremony I asked the Gran Maestro Bianca Vetrino << what do you drink with your truffles?>>  and she replied convinced << red wine>>. This reply made me think … matching white ruffles from the Crete Senesi with Brunello and Doc Orcia works just as well as the pairings in Piedmont in fact it must be studied.. maybe through a weekend full of excellent delicacies. Our white truffle is “honeyed” exquisitely refined; it has an intense aroma and is definitely intriguing (it is not a coincidence that it is aphrodisiacal) . It has become so acclaimed only recently, for this reason it is still quite affordable. Read more…


Drago e le 8 Colombe IGT Toscana 2013

The story of Donatella Cinelli Colombini’s Supertuscan dedicated to a man in the all women winery

Drago e le 8 Colombe IGT Toscana 2013

Drago e le 8 Colombe IGT Toscana 2013

The wine “Il Drago e le 8 Colombe” has a strange name because it has a curious beginning. It is produced in Donatella Cinelli Colombini‘s wineries, where the staff are all women, represented by the 8 doves on the label: Donatella, her daughter Violante who together with Debora takes care of wine sales, Alessia who is in charge of the incoming, Barbara the cellar master with her helpers Antonella and Margherita, and last but not least Valérie Lavigne the wine maker. A formidable team flanked by the men and women grape growers but also by Donatella’s husband Carlo Gardini, who has created a range of sweet wines for this winery. He is the dragon in the label to emphasize a male presence in an all female winery, which is feminine not feminist. Il Drago e le 8 Colombe is a “Supertuscan” a Tuscan wine not covered by a DOC regime. To begin with this type of wine included those of modern style and high quality. It was created in the 1970’s as a reaction to the rules of the appellations that limited the possibility of experimenting. Practically a rebellion against tradition, and this was sustained by the press and by America consumers. Later the Supertuscan became IGT Toscana appellation, and in some cases (such as Sassicaia) they become DOC. Il Drago e le 8 Colombe is an IGT Supertuscan produced at Fattoria del Colle. Read more…

The cities where they drink more wine

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Paris uncorks 697 millions of bottles per year, in second place there is Buenos Aires followed by Ruhr metropolitan area in Germany

By Donatella Cinelli ColombiniMontalcinoCasato Prime Donne

Paris is the city where they drink more wine

Paris is the city where they drink more wine

Among the cities where they drink more wine in the world 3 are Italians: Milan, Naples and Rome. Milan is in 4th position overall with 301 million bottles. Naples surprisingly beats Rome with 188 million bottles and places 8th in the world, while the Eternal City stops at 177 million bottles. The real surprise comes by comparing these numbers with the inhabitants and tourists for each city. In fact Rome is definitely the most densely populated among them, with over 8,5 million people, while Milan doesn’t reach 1,5 million and Naples is under 1 million.

To that we need to add the tourists, notoriously big fans of Italian cuisine, that gladly indulge in wine tastings and shopping, to the point where one out of two usually goes home with an Italian bottle in their luggage.

In the ranking of the most visited Italian cities, Rome (with 8.780 million arrivals)

Naples is the city that "drinks" more wine in Italy

Naples is the city that “drinks” more wine in Italy

dominates over Milan (6.050.000) that gets second place and we find Naples only in 9th place. So, overall, the study carried out by the Isneec Wine & Spirit Insitute business school on the data collected by OIV leaves us a little perplexed.

It reminds us of the study carried out a few years ago on the “Nations with the highest wine consumption per person”, that saw on the first place of the ranking the Vatican City, unleashing the most blasphemous comments on the usage of wine during Mass. Actually, at least in that case, the ratio between the 800 residents and the tourists’ wine consumption easily explained the statistics. Read more…


Wine tours, the winery, and strange questions

Tour after tour, year after year, the questions asked by visitors have been many, and some, sometimes …quite strange!

Wine tours at Casato Prime Donne, Montalcino

Wine tours at Casato Prime Donne, Montalcino

By Sara MazzeschiFattoria del Colle

One of the fun aspects of my job at Fattoria del Colle is the time I spend with guests visiting the estate. Be it here or at Casato Prime Donne in Montalcino it is really nice to show experts or wine lovers where we produce and age the Chianti, Doc Orcia and Brunello.

I have always thought that telling people what is “behind”  a bottle of wine, the challenges, the decisions and everything else that brings to a quality wine , to be the most important aspect of my job, that is why I am always happy to see the curious expressions of those following me and to hear their questions. It must be said though that there is no limit to what I have been asked,  every time I think that I have heard the best then a young bright lad or a professor lifts his glasses to look at me all the better… and I remain speechless. Read more…

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