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Brunello producers in Calgary

Oh it’s so cold! Pope Francesco and the Brunello lovers

The mission “Brunello in Canada” coincides with the election of Pope Francesco and finishes in the cold in Calgary

Brunello producers in Calgary

Brunello producers in Calgary, Canada

Do you remember the Calgary Olympic Games in 1988 with Alberto Tomba’s two gold medals? Well, it seems incredible but in Calgary there are no mountains.

The city is full of skyscrapers connected one to the other with suspended gallery area between buildings (in certain places its like being in a science fiction film) is considered the richest in the rich Canada because here there is petrol. In 10 years its population has doubled and there are more than 1 million people, with an amazing amount of young people.

Finally a free market for wine, without the monopoly as is in the other Canadian states. What a pushover!

Jancis Robinson for her magazine

Jancis Robinson magazine gives recognition to the Brunello 2008

Donatella Cinelli Colombini’s Brunello 2008 among the three preferred by Jancis Robinson super taster and obtains 17,5 points out of 20

Jancis Robinson for her magazine

Jancis Robinson

The European ratings are expressed out of 20 and not out of 100 as is done in the US, plus they are much more rigid so to achieve 16 or 17 is a first rate outcome. So a vast amount of the 230 Brunello tasted by the super taster Walter Speller – a sort of 007 at the service of Her Majesty Jancis Robinson, queen of the wine experts – have reached this excellent result.
Donatella Cinelli Colombini’s Brunello 2008 rates higher with its 17,5 points, third in his podium. This is his description <<Lacklustre mid ruby with orange rim. Sweet and concentrated and quite closed at the same time. Hint of leather. Chewy tannin framing fresh cherry fruit. Muscular and yet not heavy. (WS)>>.
The rating for the Brunello 2008 Prime Donne is wonderful too 16,5/20 and good for the Brunello Riserva 2007 which obtains 16/20.

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Brunello 2008 conquers and surprises New York

Brunello 2008 is liked by the Americans more than they expected. It’s a 4 star vintage but is earning its fifth on the field.

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NewYork-preview-Brunello2008

Seen for you by Donatella Cinelli Colombini

500 clients for 41 wineries from Montalcino under the monumental Gotham Hall dome for the first New York toast to the Brunello 2008.

We are in the heart of the Big Apple, in the 19th century branch of a business bank, a sort of modern Pantheon where everything – from the doors to the chandeliers – transmits the opulence of the golden years of America. A location that become a cult for the Batman film and upon entering you really think you see the famous bat fly under the enormous central vault.

The tables for the 41 Brunello producers positioned in a circle around a central buffet with tables for eating on the outside. At midday the assault begins. Really long queues in front of the signing- in desks and an ever growing crowd in front of the producers’ tables, who for 5 hours didn’t have time to go to the restroom. Importers, buyers, journalists and bloggers, restaurateurs, shop owners

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Piero_Antinori_NY_tasting_Brunello

….. as if to confirm that Brunello is a star that shines more and more in the first wine market in the world. It is also evident that the 2008 vintage meets with the requirements of the best clientele of the area: it is a “friendly” wine, so much readier and more easily understood than other Montalcino vintages. More importantly it is liked more than everybody expected. It reached here with 4 stars awarded in the harvest rating but is earning its fifth on the field.

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Robert Parker leaves Wine Advocate. Changes are coming, but which ones?

On December 9th we get news of the putting on sale of Wine Advocate and now we hear that the new owners are among the major distributors of luxury wines in Asia

Read for you by Donatella Cinelli Colombini

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Robert-Parker-at-Ultimate-Parker-in-Asia-2010-Singapore (1)

Since 1978 the bimonthly magazine belonging to Robert Parker Jr has been a cult for lovers of great wines all over the world. This magazine owns its fame and its enormous influence to its absolutely independent character. Printing in two colours, no publicity, absolutely impartial ratings, and great competence in the tastings …. In other words Wine Advocate deserved respect at the first glance.

Everybody expected a rotation and that Robert Parker Jr would have left his creation in the hands of the super expert taster Antonio Galloni. Everything made one think that through the succession there would have been continuity, but now this rotation seems to revolutionize the bases of the famous lawyer’s newsletter.

The new owners are from Singapore and they will put in charge of Wine Advocate Ms. Lisa Perrotti Brown transforming the paper newsletter -which will continue at least for all of 2013- into a digital bulletin.  Wine Advocate will accept advertisements even though not those advertising wineries.

Gallo winery

The giants'rating in the wine world

The new rating of the big names is monopolized by the new world and must make us reflect on the fragility of the Italian production system

Gallo winery

Gallo winery

A recent article on the English magazine “The drink business” proposes a new rating of the best worldwide wineries and puts the Gallo Winery on the throne, followed immediately by Concha y Toro. The number of bottles produced make you dizzy with a billion pieces the first and 81 million the tenth of the world top 10. Among them no Italian producer, practically all USA and Australia.

The rating regarding income made a few months ago by Mediobanca showed a more diversified panorama with French, Chinese, South African Chilean, German and even Italian groups like GIV Cantine Riunite in seventh position. At the top of the Costellation Brand (USA) in a dominant position and at a great distance from the others tank to its annual sales of 2.494.000.000 €. Straight after with its 1.664 million in business, is the very prestigious multinational luxury company LVMH belonging to Bernard Arnault. Two societies which seem to have disappeared according to the English rating.

San Giovanni d'Asso - Museo tartufo - casa del cercatore di tartufi

Those who sell wine don’t know how to use Twitter?

According to Professor Damien Wilson of the Burgundy’s School of Business the commercial sector of wine business uses Twitter as an anti-depressive

 

Damien Wilson.

Damien Wilson.

The term used by the Professor in his interview for “Harpers” Wine and Spirit Trades Review, is definitely strong: Twitter according to him is a << verbal Prozac >> for the consumer. Wilson is the director of the Master of Wine Business and consequently his opinion is one of those that get attention. According to him social media in general and especially Twitter, have a key role in the creation of a rapport with the consumer.

Forte dei Marmi Enoteca Giulia Chef Marino

Enogastronomicamente comunicando

This is the manual written by Fabio Piccoli and Lavinia Furlani that teaches you to increase your value and that of your estate

Enogastronomicamente comunicando - the book cover

Enogastronomicamente comunicando – the book cover

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Enogastronomicamente comunicando

(Edizioni Le Foglie del Gelso pp. 112, € 18)

Two extraordinary authors: Fabio is a journalist from the food sector; expert in marketing, Lavinia is a philosophic consultant. They are a surprising couple but one that gets wonderful results, because the book really has a new style, and instead of the usual long list of practical pieces of advice “ready for use”. Goes to the root of a problem: sincerity, coherence courage, telling about oneself, boredom of things that have already been said and the need to be creative, optimists, proud of ones own work….

Benvenuto Brunello 2012 - lunch in Palazzo Vescovile

2 anniversaries and 15 stars for Benvenuto Brunello 2012 2 anniversaries and 15 stars for Benvenuto Brunello 2012

Benvenuto Brunello 2012 - lunch in Palazzo Vescovile

Benvenuto Brunello 2012 - lunch in Palazzo Vescovile

80 years since the delimiting of the Brunello production to the territory of the Montalcino municipality, 20 years from the first Benvenuto Brunello, 3 five star vintages on sale

seen for you by Donatella Cinelli Colombini

These are the reasons for a great party in honour of Montalcino and its producers. A winning team composed of champions, a team able to compete at the highest levels in the world's scenario.
This year for the first time three vintages each valued 5 stars (the highest rating possible) Rosso di Montalcino 2010, Brunello 2007, Brunello riserva 2006, exceptional wines, all of them.
Here Brunello is framed in its territory, its hills, its vineyards, its wineries, and the town that welcomes, using its historic buildings an event never seen before.
Vinitaly Donne del vino

Women like more expensive wines

The price of wine influences men less than women. Its seems that women, on the other hand, find a more expensive wine nicer By Bonella Ciacci and Donatella Cinelli Colombini [caption id="attachment_4297" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="Vinitaly Donne del vino"][/caption] This is the result of a survey published by “Journal of Wine Economics” (2011,VI, n°1,...

Donatella Cinelli Colombini e Claudio Galletti

The bottles commemorating the Unification of Italy reach Siena

Here is “UNA” the wine dedicated to the unification of Italy. The two

 

 

 

 

 

UNA bottiglie dell'Unità d'Italia

 

 

 

 

 

bottles, one of red wine and one of white, contain small amounts of wine obtained from 40 autochthonous grape varieties 40 from our country, two per region. For Tuscany the variety chosen was Sangiovese and the wine used was Brunello di Montalcino

The wines celebrating the Unification of Italy are consequently a summary, or a blend as the winemakers may say, which symbolically unites the Italian vine growing world.

Montalcino Quartiere Ruga

Brunello becomes the renovation of a painting

Montalcino Quartiere Ruga

Montalcino Quartiere Ruga

On Sunday December 18th in Montalcino the Quartiere Ruga  has inaugurated the renovation of the Adorazione dei Magi painting, financed by the Consorzio del Brunello di Montalcino and Donatella Cinelli Colombini was there. The painting dating back to the 17th century, from the Sienese School of painting, is particularly loved by the members of the Quartiere Ruga, because their symbol has been taken from the comet portrayed. The comet which lights up our way explains Maddalena Sanfilippo an art historian and member of the Quartiere Ruga.

                                               

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