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Medals in competitions, too many and some for counterfeit wines

English wine competition reward up to 70% of wines with medals while the Concours Mondial de Bruxelles carries out tests to catch those who falsify bottles

The Italian jurt at the Concours Mondial de Bruxelles

The Italian jurt at the Concours Mondial de Bruxelles

By Donatella Cinelli Colombini, Brunello, Casato Prime Donne

 

A very interesting article by Wine News underlines the excessive number of medals of the English wine contests. According to OIV there should be less than 33% whereas the various contests by  “Decanter” awarded medals to 70% of the participants   and <<“The Drinks Business”, regardless of a jury made up practically of only Masters of Wine, actually awarded in one go medals to 90% of the Champagnes>> state ironically Wine News. A situation that could be connected to the price to be paid for every one of the 16.000 bottles in the first of the competitions mentioned and that was put into evidence by “La Revue du Vin de France”.

Medals from the International wine competitions -International-wine-challenge

Medals from the International wine competitions -International-wine-challenge

The  “Vinalies Internationales” seem to be much more rigorous, they give medals to 29,8% of the 3.500 competitors and the  Concours mondial de Bruxelles gives recognition to  28,2% out of  8.000.

Although the advantages go quite rightly to the sole winners of these competitions every medal, if well used, with commercial actions and with vip clients, can give an increase in wine price between  10-15% and an increase in winery reputation. Read more…

Brunello di Montalcino 2011 surprisingly great

General stupefaction over the  Brunello di Montalcino 2011 that is liked just as good, if not more, than the legendary 2010 vintage

By Donatella Cinelli Colombini

Brunello di Montalcino 2011 and 2010 tasting with Luciano Pignataro

Brunello di Montalcino 2011 and 2010 tasting with Luciano Pignataro

It all began on January 22° when Luciano Pignataro, genial and transgressive as ever, publishes an article “Brunello di Montalcino: la 2011 è meglio della 2010. (Brunello 2011 is better than 2010- Blind tasting of 44 samples”.

The group of tasters is of very high level: Fabio Casamassima, Luciano Di Lello, Antonio Di Spirito, Daniele Moroni, Gianmarco Nulli Gennari, Andrea Petrini, Giuseppe Picconi, Luciano Pignataro, Stefano Ronconi, Fabrizio Russo, Maurizio Valeriani.

Informal location, chequered tablecloth and what seems to be quite a joke is instead a real touch of genius. Because among the general bewilderment these Brunello, from a 4 star vintage,2011,  with no expectations from the market, result on average better than the 2010 vintage, that so celebrated by critics and buyers all over the world.  All the better known Brunello included, even Biondi Santi . Only in 8 cases, including mine and that of the best known winery in Montalcino, did the 2010 beat the most recent, but however the differences were really minimal and the level in general very high.

Brunello 2011 and Brunello 2010 tasting with Luciano Pignataro

Brunello 2011 and Brunello 2010 tasting with Luciano Pignataro

To confirm this opinion come, on January 29th, the ratings by Walter Speller super – tater from the very well known blog by the Master of Wine Jancis Robinson. In this case we can compare the Brunello “selection” 2011 and the riserva 2010 or rather those wines for which every winery strives to do their best. Here too the opinions are very close, and considering that Speller liked the Riserva 2010 very much, he said to MontalcinoNews <<it is rally a quality Riserva it was years since there had been such quality >> Read more…


Social Vignerons the best new 2015 wine blog

Socialvignerons is an icon in viral wine talking; it comes from New Zealand and from a winemaker with a degree from the University of Bordeaux: Julien Miquel

Julien Miquel

Julien Miquel

By Donatella Cinelli Colombini Brunello Casato Prime Donne

Julien Miguel began as a “Flying winemaker” and for 10 years has worked for  Chateau Margaux and Kangaroo Island in southern Australia, Sonoma County, Ribera del Duero, Toscana, Margaret River, Toro in Spain … then he decided to change his rapport with wine and to become a communicator. He cared for the publishing of Wine-searcher. com, the most clicked wine portal in the world for 6 years. This took him to New Zealand, a wonderful place where he has literally settled.

Social-Vignerons

Social-Vignerons

In December  2014 he decided to set off on his own and launched a blog called socialvignerons.com, six months later he wins the 2015 Best New Wine Blog , prize awarded by the Wine Blogs Awards. And he deserves it.

In the home page one finds the number of followers: Twitter 216.000, Facebook 13.500, Instagram 20.000, LinkedIn 5.600. Are you convinced about the ability of this genius in social wine? Read more…

The US wine lovers, buy a lot but don’t share on social networks

The Wine Spectator online survey judges the importance of social media for those who buy and rink high quality wines

expensive wine

expensive wine

Read for you by Donatella Cinelli Colombini

34% of consumers of luxury wines do not use a social media network to get information about wine,  33% use  Facebook, only 13% Twitter and still less (11%) prefer Instagram images. This is the result of the Wine Spectator online survey, the major wine magazine in the world.

The powerful American magazine, who conveys to top consumers from the world’s elite of wine lovers, uses internet without refrain and does not disdain using social media, quite the contrary. The Wine Spectator Twitter account has 168.000 followers and it very well organized.

The survey reveals a consumer who is very knowledgeable about wines: 53% happily buy a wine when they know the winery of province, so they do not base their choice on the appellation, the price or the grape variety, but they choose a brand. Read more…


The most expensive wines in the world in 2014

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500.000$ is the price paid for a bottle of wine. Richembourg is at the top of the priciest but the Italian front is lead by Sassicaia

Read for you by Donatella Cinelli Colombini

Cabernet Sauvignon Screaming Eagle 1992

Cabernet Sauvignon Screaming Eagle 1992

The most expensive wine ever to be sold is a 6 litre bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon Screaming Eagle  1992 that was sold at a charity auction in 2000 at the astronomical price of 500.000 dollars.
If on the other hand we go and see the list of bottles normally on sale we find in prime position Richebourg Grand Cru Cote de Nuits produced by the late Henri Jayer the Pinot Noir Wizard. Jayer concentrated on the naturalness in producing extraordinary Burgundies with great concentration, small production to be remembered such as this one. The price of 15.887 Dollars is the highest declared by the stores on Wine Searcher. This portal is the most trustworthy source on an international level because here merge the lists of 47,000 wine stores from all over the world. If they say that the average price of a certain labels is the highest, we can be sure that that is so.

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