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Women and wine 10 false clichés

Julien Miguel the most social wine maker in the world shows us 10 common clichés regarding women and wine that must be exposed, 1st point they buy the most wine

images1By Donatella Cinelli Colombini, Orcia Doc, Fattoria del Colle

Social Vignerons the blog by Julien is one of the most influent the world over and his followers are worthy of the quality of his articles: 254.825 on Twitter, 14.445 son Facebook, 40.058 on  Instagram, 7.334 on LinkedIn … practically all of those who love reading about wine online.



The posts that are published by this French winemaker, who turned to the web while in New Zealand, to then return to Europe last year, are always very interesting.  The article << Women and Wine? Let’s shrug off dusty clichés!>>  is to be framed. Read it and then continue scouring his blog because Social Vignerons will fascinate you.

So let us see which are these myths to be exposed regarding wines and women that Julien Miguel re-proposes from the graph by Feminalise the wine competition that takes place in Beaune in Burgundy –this year it will be on April 6th – and regards 4.000 labels from all over the world blind tasted by a jury of 750 female experts from 18 nations

  1. Men buy more wine than women– INCORRECT Women are the 1st buyers of wine in the world. In the US: Women make 83% of wine purchase UK: 80%     France: 70%         Switzerland: 60% Australia: 57%
  2. Women only drink white and sweet wines-INCORRECT They drink mostly Red. On the American continent and Europe, women drink: Red 57%, White 30%, Rosé 13%
  1. Men drink all the wine, women wash the glasses -INCORRECT: Women drink more wine than men More than 51% of wine drinkers are women everywhere in the world. 85% of them think that wine is a moment of pleasure and sharing


  2. Women don’t know how to buy wine. WRONG: They buy wine mostly for its ability to pair perfectly with food. Women’s choice is driven by variety, region or country, label and suitability with food. While men’s wine selection is more status-driven, drawn to particular brands with price factor. Overall, nearly 1/5 women that are highly involved, meaning knowledgeable about wine, have an interest in the category and/or consider themselves collectors
  3. Wines made by women are for women FALSE: There is no specific wine for women

Wine & Siena brings Brunello into the centre of the Gothic city

Wine&Siena on January 21st and 22nd transforms historic buildings of the Gothic capital into tasting rooms for great wines by 250 wineries [caption id="attachment_11837" align="alignleft" width="300"] Wine&Siena-Donatella-Cinelli-Colombini[/caption] By Donatella Cinelli Colombini, Montalcino, Brunello, Casato Prime Donne Wine&Siena: we are at desk 165 in the sala Mappamondo of the Palazzo Pubblico with our Brunello and Brunello Prime Donne 2012, Rosso di Montalcino, Cenerentola DOC Orcia and Chianti Superiore. To taste our Brunello under the frescoes by Duccio di Buoninsegna and Simone Martini will be an entirely new experience. [caption id="attachment_11839" align="alignright" width="95"] Siena-Palazzo-Pubblico-Wine&Siena-Brunello[/caption] [caption id="attachment_11840" align="alignright" width="259"] Ambrogio-Lorenzetti-Buongoverno-[/caption] It will be the crowning of the cultural value of wine, of its being an important part of the Sienese civilization that has produced works of art such as the Buongoverno fresco chosen by Unesco as worldwide image to represent Peace, or the historic act such as the “constituto”...

Birthday parties, and not only those, in an agriturismo in Tuscany

How and why your birthday parties in an historic estate, such as Fattoria del Colle, in Southern Chianti, become memorable



There are birthdays for children full of games and cakes; there are important ones such as those for 18 years, 21 years or even the “round figure one” to celebrate 30 or 50, which becomes parties with many guests. There are hen nights, degree parties and even parties for divorces. Casual parties with a DJ and many surprises or even elegant parties in dinner jacket with refined buffet, chandeliers and live music …. Each with its own character and small rituals. Each birthday boy or girl with a different dream for their special party but each looking for something new that can surprise friends and remain memorable.



Fattoria del Colle can create these memorable moments, at a convenient price or even in a fairytale way.


First of all the location: the places where it is possible stay have an advantage of excluding the drink and drive problem, and timing as well. After the dance those who like living the night can continue the party next to the open bar, with music slight less loud. The dimension of the location is important too …and not only so that all guests sleep close by (Fattoria del Colle has 100 beds in rooms, apartments and villas). The larger areas allow, through the magic bound to their history, for parties that can surprise and fascinate. Modern structures are in fact all very similar, and also unfortunately more predictable.

Emerging wine regions around the world

Okanagan, Tasmania, Corsica, England, Georgia, Michigan these are the emerging regions and the new frontiers for great wines



By Donatella Cinelli Colombini, Orcia, Fattoria del Colle

In the wine world there are the great classics: Burgundy, Barolo, Brunello, Champagne …. and the novelties such as Oregon or Etna. Among the emerging regions some do get welcomed into the Olympus such as Bolgheri, Napa Valley and others go out of fashion. The authoritative US magazine “Wine Enthusiast” publishes an article by its editors that talks of the 6 emerging wine regions around the world.
Some are confirmations and others are surprises.

Okanagan, in Canada, is a confirmation, and in the last few years has climbed the world rating lists for wine tourism. It is a beautiful area in British Columbia, at 150 km from the border with the US.



During the past 25 years the wineries have gone from 17 to 270 and the grow Syrah, Cabernet, Merlot, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Gris and Blanc on soil very different in altitude and composition. Recently I have tasted a Riesling, clearly inspired, openly admitted by the producer, to the Rhine version of this wine. Clean, technically perfect, but still lacking the complex and intriguing minerality that is found in vineyards that are hundreds of years old.

Brunello 2012 Prime Donne, satisfying and enduring

The 2012 vintage has been rated 5 stars in the Montalcino territory and it is the first great Brunello Prime Donne in the new millennium style.

The high summer temperatures and the drought that lasted fifteen months gave us Mediterranean and satisfying wines. The Brunello 2012 Prime Donne is extraordinary now and will also be long lasting.


That year the winter was cold and dry and even the abundant snowfalls did not irrigate the soil. The summer 2012 began with 12 months of previous dry weather and was dry an very hot even during the night. In those extreme conditions the vines demonstrated a surprising adaptability producing few clusters, small in size and most off, during the colouring of the grapes abandoned part of the fruit that remained green and were removed by the pickers during the green harvest. Nature moves in mysterious ways that mankind must watch with respect, that is why it can give exceptional results even in difficult conditions. The vineyards at Casato Prime Donne situated o the North side of the Montalcino slope, the cooler side, in 2012 well resisted the hydro stress also thanks to the clayey component of the soil  and to the continues hoeing that kept the soil soft. The 2012 harvest is consequently a memorable one with all the clusters healthy and perfectly ripe.



The  Brunello 2012 Prime Donne is chosen by a panel of 4 female expert tasters from all of the Donatella Cinelli Colombini production,  and it distinguishes itself because of its heavier structure and its traditional style. The tasters meet once or twice a year and are the English Master Wine Rosemary George, the German wine shop owner Astrid Schwarz, one of the best Italian sommeliers Daniela Scrobogna and the Italo-American Pr Marina Thompson. In some years the tasters have decide not to produce a Brunello Prime Donne, but when they do, as in 2012, they always create small masterpieces that obtain excellent ratings from the most important international press.

Wine Spectator TOP 100, the best wines in 2016

Let us discover together the TOP 100 Wine Spectator 2016 wines, and in third position we find the winery owned by Robert Parker from Wine Advocate, that is correct, the eternal WS rival

By Donatella Cinelli Colombini, Chianti Superiore, Fattoria del Colle

Here are the top 10 of the most coveted list in the world, the one by Wine Spectator TOP 100 of the year

1) Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2013 Lewis

2) Chardonnay Dundee Hills Evenstad Reserve 2014 di Domaine Serene

3) Pinot Noir Ribbon Ridge 2014 di Beaux Frères

4) Barsac 2013 di Château Climens

5) Barbaresco Asili Riserva 2011 dei Produttori del Barbaresco

6) Monte Bello 2012 di Ridge Vineyards

7) Machete 2014 di Orin Swift California

8) Tignanello 2013 di Antinori

9) Pessac-Léognan Blanc 2013 di Château Smith-Haut-Lafitte,

10) Old Vine Zinfandel Russian River Valley 2014 di Hartford Family California



Let’s see close up the three wines on the podium.

First and king among the Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2013 Lewis is a bottle that cannot be forgotten: an elegant Burgonet bottle with a simple round yellow crest with inside a Block capital “L”. Wine Searcher indicates the price at 495 Dollars, only one store selling, with just one bottle available <<#1 Wine of The Year 2016 Wine Spectator! Not cheap but not many out there!>>  There’s a rarity for you! This wine cannot be found! The surprises are not finished: just to prove that the certainty that certain people have regarding the fact the only big companies get reviews by the great American wine press, Lewis is a family with 3 members –Randy, Debby and Dennis-that do everything manually in their winery in  Napa Valley bought in 1992.


Only 108.000 bottles per year of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.  Randy was a car racer, he once raced in Formula 3 in Europe. His wife Debby is a genius in marketing and comes from the wine world. Dennis the son also loves sport, and before arriving in the Lewis winery worked in personnel for large companies.

The tour of the winery lasts an hour and includes w tasting of 4 wines, it costs 40 dollars. A small enterprise that concentrates on quality but is still incredibly artisanal.

Siena stevie Kim e Donatella Cinelli Colombini

Valentine's Day, celebrate early with a weekend in the countryside

Valentine’s Day: Weekend in a country inn in Tuscany while waiting, a lovers romantic stay dedicated to the “green& sexy” couples’ love

San-Valentino-massages - and - vinotherapy -at- Fattoria-del-Colle

San-Valentino-massages – and – vinotherapy -at- Fattoria-del-Colle

For Valentine’s Day: aphrodisiac Sienese cookery lesson, solemn promise in front of the golden tree, wine bath and couples’ massage ..Candle-lit dinners, tours of wineries… a weekend where you can live more intensely your romance in the quiet and noble Tuscan countryside.

For information write to holiday@cinellicolombini.it or call +39 0577662108.


The most precious products of the earth: wine and oil, contain aphrodisiac benefits known for centuries and that have r recently been confirmed by scientists. The discovery regarding red wine published by “Journal of Sexual Medicine” demonstrates how a couple of glasses increase desire within the couple. Without exaggerating though, too much has exactly the opposite effect, a fit of drowsiness.

Valentine's -Day -Montalcino-itinerant-wine-tasting-at-Casato-Prime-Donne

Valentine’s -Day -Montalcino-itinerant-wine-tasting-at-Casato-Prime-Donne

What better place than Fattoria del Colle to verify the discoveries regarding the sexy virtues of wine?  In the Montalcino wineries and at Fattoria del Colle wines highly rated by the International press are made. Plus there is a restaurant on the hamlet, where the old farmhouses and the 16th century villa have been changed into

During the weekend we have foreseen tours of the wineries plus wine tasting.



Among the noble gifts of the earth is also the extra virgin olive oil that has aphrodisiac effects: an oil massage, especially done as a couple, prepares the skin for caresses and stimulates pleasure with its aroma, which, added to lavender or other natural essences acts as aromatherapy and helps seduction.

Bolt CEO for Champagne Mumm

A revolutionary turning point:  Mumm chooses as its testimonial an athlete, the fastest man ever: Usain Bolt. Surprising choice which might even be risky

By Donatella Cinelli Colombini, Brunello, Casato Prime Donne



Don’t be hasty: CEO means « Chief entertainment officer » and not CEO Chief Executive Officer. This is a typical game in French style. At Mumm they want Bolt as a testimonial nota s a chief executive officer. This news arrived in November: the Jamaican Usain Bolt, the fastest man ever, has been chosen as symbol for the Mumm Champagne. The first video shows Bolt that carries out the sabrage on a bottle of Champagne using one of his Olympic gold medals. It’s difficult to know which it is; he has 9 of them, and has been on the top step of the medium for three consecutive editions, and each edition for two or three races.



The publicity is multimedia and wishes to push Mumm consumers towards a more intimate rapport with the brand using also internet and devises

This is the only way to show the campaign in France where publicity regarding alcoholic beverages is prohibited on TV and at the cinema. The objective is of course to intercept Bolt fans but also to confirm the connection between Mumm and wining moments in the life of the consumer, in an association with a practically unbeatable man. For Mumm this is a strategic message: for years we have been used to seeing its magnums on the Formula1 for racing cars podium, held by winning pilots.

Wine Lady: the 3 ladies of Italian wine in the USA

Wine Lady: a title for Monica Larner, Karin O’Keefe, and Alison Napjus, tasters of Italian wines for Robert Parker-Wine Advocate, Wine Enthusiast and Wine Spectator



By Donatella Cinelli Colombini

If the American wine market is not entirely dominated by women, but we are nearly there. Let me introduce you to 3 different Wine Lady, the women who taste Italian wines for the main USA wine magazines. They are great experts, young, intelligent, open and hard workers as they work without rest.  Monica Larner, Kerin O’Keefe, Alison Napjus are the ones who give the ratings to the Italian wines for the most influential magazines on the American market Robert Parker-Wine Advocate, Wine Enthusiast and  Wine Spectator. Their ratings open the doors to Canadian monopolies and get wines into the wine lists of the most exclusive restaurants; they also help wineries in starting rapports with new importers. In other words they help in launching towards success.

Let’s get to know these three wine women better




Monica Larner is from California but lives in Rome. She comes from a family where wine and cinema cohabit and it was during filming of the TV series “World War II” that she arrived in Italy in 1983. Her life continued between the family winery in the Ballard Canyon in Santa Barbara (California) and journalism that she studied in the universities of Boston and New York. In her professional life there are some experiences with daily newspapers such as La Repubblica and The Herald Tribune, the AIS sommelier course, many books on Italy and an immense photo archive of about 50.000 images.

Brunello 2012, five stars, a dream of a wine

Great vintage for Brunello and for Casato Prime Donne where the vineyards give their best when the weather is really hot



The Casato Prime Donne winery belonged to Donatella Cinelli Colombini’s ancestors already at the end of the 16th century when they were paying taxes for the cultivation of the land. It was used as a hunting lodge and for honeymoons, and for 4 centuries it has never been sold but has been passed down from one generation to another.

Since 1998 it is the first Italian winery to be staffed only by women: the cellar staff, the sales staff and the reception staff all are girls. The Casato Prime Donne wines are exported into 34 nations around the world and receive excellent ratings from wine critics all over the world.



This Brunello comes from 16 hectares of vineyard – pruning, cleaning, tying green harvest and harvest – all done by a team of 8 expert grape growers. Casato Prime Donne is on the northern slope of Montalcino, the cooler area that has had the most benefits from the  surrounding the winery where only Sangiovese is grown. The vines are reared, pruned tied harvested all manually by a team of 8 expert grape growers. Casato Prime Donne is on the northern slope of Montalcino the cooler area that has had most benefits thanks to the global warming and particularly in the hot dry vintages such as 2012, is where absolute excellence is created. In the Brunello territory the 2012 vintage is considered a top year with 5 stars. 

Type: dry red.

Production area: Tuscany, Montalcino, Casato Prime Donne

Siena centro storico

The "after Parker" in Australia, and among wine critics

There are those who celebrate wine after Parker with great joy, and then there are those who continue being influenced by the great Robert, but today all ratings are worth less than before

By Donatella Cinelli Colombini



After Parker the  “The Drinks Business” portal, always very attentive to what is happening in the wine and beer worlds , published an interview given to Master of Wine Chris Hancock (Robert Oatley Vineyards in  New South Wales in Australia) . He is known as Mr Chardonnay because he spread this variety down under at the beginning of ht 1980’s. This article stimulates some thought.

The sentence that hit me was << We have just about lost all of the jammy, alcoholic, heavy, dead skin Shirazes that are Parker pleasing palate killers, which is an hallelujah moment. Instead, we’re moving towards lighter, brighter more interesting wines from quality producers>>

Robert Oatley Vineyards

Robert Oatley Vineyards

So in Australia too there is a change in direction, and after affirming itself with big monumental wines characterized by exaggerated amounts of pulp, wood and alcohol, and in so giving the impression that these out to be chewed rather than drunk, they are  now looking for an identity through a careful attention to the vines.

Where does Donatella and Violante's dove fly?

A new video for the  Cinelli Colombini winery but no change in the protagonist, Violante Gardini, together with a dove that flies through the Brunello and Orcia vines


This year too our estate video is out of the ordinary! Two and a half minutes to talk about the  all female staffed estates  belonging to Donatella, Casato Prime Donne in Montalcino and Fattoria del Colle in southern  Chianti, a quick rhythm of images of the vines, the barrels, the vats, the grapes and bottles….with a lively rhythmical music , like a music box. The novelty, for the very traditional Italian world of is the presence of a cartoon dove that comes out of the Brunello “IOsonoDONATELLA” label and accompanies us in the discovery of the first wineries in Italy to be staffed by only women.

The- doves- at-Casato-Prime-Donne

The- dove-s at-Casato-Prime-Donne

It flies along the vines with curiosity during the harvest, it goes into the fermentation hall where the bare concrete truncated cone shake vats are decorated with images, real, and painted, of Montalcino, it peeps in at the wine tasting organized for the  Brunello Prime Donne with the Master of Wine Rosemary George, the sommelier Daniela Scrobogna and the wine shop owner Astrid Schwarz who blind taste while the wine maker Valerie Lavigne  and the cellar master Barbara Magnani try to combine the wine from different barrels looking for the perfect balance.

Collana sarda in argento

Food bloggers in Italy: is it a hobby or a job?

In Italy there are 280 food bloggers: is this an activity you can live off or is it only a cost for those who do it without compromise? Let’s find out together

By Donatella Cinelli Colombini, Montalcino, Casato Prime Donne



The case with  Giallo Zafferano is emblematic. Born in 2006 thanks to Sonia Peronacci and her partner, both accountants who in their free time wrote and photographed recipes to then divulge online. This has become a venture that employs 30 people and has 2 million contacts per day, important investors…. But in the end  Sonia ended up not recognizing herself in this project, and has sold her shares and got out. Now she is concentrating on <<video recipes in English too (there is practically an online encyclopedia and I wish to open it up abroad”), and a wider view regarding the cuisine. “Something a little more modern in its contents with respect to GialloZafferano” for example intolerances>> she said in an interview for  Gamberorosso.

Italian -food-blogger- Ada-Parisi-siciliani-creativi-in-cucina

Italian -food-blogger- Ada-Parisi-siciliani-creativi-in-cucina

Another high end food blogger who has a similar passion but is oriented towards haute cuisine and refuses any publicity,: Ada Parisi from “Siciliani creativi in cucina”. When she came to prepare the “polpettine di tonno” and the “caponata” (a dream that you would just not believe) for the Casato Prime Donne award, I asked her <<but being a food blogger has a costs you?>> she touched her glasses and closed her mouth tight <<I am a journalist for a large agency, I try the recipes and I publish them as I like to cook them and share, if I must prepare them with ingredients I do not like, then I don’t do it! >>. “Siciliani creativi in cucina” grows in followers month after month, and maybe it is its rigor that is the key to success .

Rosso di Montalcino 2015: will it be a repetition of the 2010 vintage?

[caption id="attachment_11720" align="alignleft" width="300"] Rosso di Montalcino 2015[/caption] Well deserved 5 stars for this 2015 harvest. The Rosso di Montalcino from Casato Prime Donne fills us with enthusiasm. Everybody is asking if the 2015 vintage will be a repetition of the 2010. You will be the first to give your opinion to this Rosso di Montalcino, while waiting for the Brunello that is still resting in the barrels. In 2015 the ripening of the Sangiovese grapes was slow and perfect thanks to the position of the vineyards being on the cooler side of the Montalcino hill. The clusters reached the day of picking sound with a great balance inn  acidity, alcohol and polyphenolic ripening. Fantastic! The 2015 harvest was a musical one: splendid grapes, sunny weather and in the fields 18 pickers among which many young adults with earphones as if they were joggers....

Barolo's Vietti winery sold: the importance of wine myths

The sale of the Vietti winery has surprised experts and wine lovers all over the world. What would happen if en even more famous winery changed owner?



By Donatella Cinelli Colombini, Brunello, Casato Prime Donne

Everything began in March 2015 when the winery Gigi Rosso sold a 9 hectare property with woodland for truffles and 5 hectares of Vineyard among which the Airone Vineyard one of the most beautiful in Serralunga d’Alba. The declared amount of 7 million Euros seems sufficient to put off every neighbour; instead one comes forward and buys. It is Roberto Conterno owner of the cantina Giacomo Conterno.

This price makes the cost of vineyards all over the Langhe increase and it seems to block the market because those selling ask for astronomical amounts. A worrying subject that often I have been asked about during meetings with Piedmont producers <<these prices are absurd, much superior to the revenue of the vineyards, how can we grow in this situation? >>

Vietti- sold- new-and-old-owners

Vietti- sold- new-and-old-owners

in July 2016 the Poderi Luigi Einaudi, estate founded in 1897 in Dogliani announces the acquisition of 9 hectares of vineyards among which 4 of Barolo. The amount has not been divulged but rumours say around 6 million Euro.

Practically at the same time another bomb, that shakes wine lovers and experts all over the world and increases again quotations: the Vietti winery for 60 or maybe 70 million Euro.


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