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RED WINE SERVED COOL: WHERE WHEN & WHY

CLIMATE CHANGE, HEALTHIER MEALS AND THE DESIRE FOR NOOVELTIES ARE INCREASING THE CONSUMPTION OF RED WINE SERVED COOL AND SEEING IT IN THE FRIDGE IS NO LONGER SURPRISING

By Donatella Cinelli Colombini #winedestination

 

Vino rosso fresco e fragole

Red Wine served cool with strawberries

Winters so warm that you can have lunch outside, very hot and then very cold spring days… a truly crazy climate that also brings changes to menus and wines. The consumption of white wine increases and the serving temperature of red wine decreases.

If once it was said to bring bottles of red to the table at “room temperature”, now the specification of 16-18°C is written everywhere. Refrigerated cabinets for red wines are in every good restaurant and there are many more red wines to drink cool.

 

 

WHICH RED WINES ARE THE MOST SUITABLE TO BE CONSUMED COOL?

It is an effect of the new climate and the new attention to well-being deriving from food: more vegetables, less meat, more lightness, less cooking. Uncorking a cool red wine becomes trendy but which wines are suitable for reaching the table at 8-12° centigrade?

SUPERTUSCAN WINES AND MONICA LARNER’S TUSCAN DISCOVERIES

THE EDITOR OF WINE ADVOCATE – ROBERT PARKER PRESENTS US 110 IGT WINES AND MINOR TUSCAN DENOMINATIONS INCLUDING OUR CENERENTOLA AND IL DRAGO E LE 8 COLOMBE

 

By Donatella Cinelli Colombini #winedestination

 

Monica Larner editor of Wine Advocate – Robert Parker amazes us once again with the report of 110 wines including Supertuscans and wines from small Tuscan denominations. In her presentation article she specifies that she has included the “usual suspects” i.e. Tignanello, Solaia, Saffredi, Galatrona and Redigaffi and <<some fun discoveries made on the Tuscan wine route relating to smaller or little-known names>>.

 

MONICA LARNER AND THE BORDEAUX STYLE SUPERTUSCANS

In her explanation of the “super Tuscan” category there is another surprise. Monica Larner clarifies that the highest quality type of Tuscan IGT is linked to a specific period in the modern history of Italian wine, dating back to a period between 10 and 30 years ago << which was heavily influenced by Bordeaux. This catch-all category has always frustrated me because it goes against everything achieved to underline territorial identity, authenticity and varietal typicity in wine>>

OFFER: NEW SANCHIMENTO WITH ROSSO DI MONTALCINO

A proposal that includes a wine from each of Donatella’s farms: 6 bottles of Sanchimento and 6 bottles of Rosso di Montalcino at your home for €219.00

The Sanchimento 2023 from Fattoria del Colle is a real treat for lovers of Donatella Cinelli Colombini wines. It is partly produced in amphora as was done in antiquity. This is a very small series of only 1200 bottles. The Rosso di Montalcino by Casato Prime Donne, on the other hand, is a wine already known and appreciated by international wine critics. This offer proposes something new to discover, and a confirmation!!

Two wines to drink now, without having to wait. Two fresh wines with an extraordinary aromatic richness.

THE NEW SANCHIMENTO 2023 BIO IN ORANGE VERSION

Sanchimento comes from organic Traminer grapes and, in the cellar, is produced according to organic protocols. The particular production process of this wine is the result of the creativity of Donatella Cinelli Colombini’s three oenologists, who in three years of experimentation have developed a method capable of enhancing the characteristics of the vine, increasing the complexity of the wine and giving it distinctive characteristics.

Upon their arrival in the cellar, the grapes are cooled in small baskets then a quarter of them are fermented in terracotta amphorae from Impruneta with the orange system, i.e. with the skins and without the addition of yeasts. The wine remains closed in the jar almost until bottling when it is combined with Sanchimento produced with the traditional method.

THE ADVANCE OF WHITE WINES AND EXCESS PRODUCTION

CONSIDERATIONS ON THE CHANGE IN WINE CONSUMPTION FROM RED TO WHITE AND THE NEED TO RECONVERT WHICH ESPECIALLY CONCERNS TUSCANY, THE LAND OF SANGIOVESE

By Donatella Cinelli Colombini #winedestination

Vernaccia di San Gimignano

San_Gimignano e vigne di vernaccia

The ISMEA 2024 wine sheet is an excellent observation point and helps us frame the Italian situation in the global scenario. On the planet, wine consumption fell from 246 million hectolitres in 2018 to 232 in 2022 while production, net of the 2018 big harvest and the 2023 slide, remained almost stable at 252 million hectolitres. What has changed is the colour: in the last 5 years the production of white wines has gone from 55% to 57.7% of the total. So the excess production is red in colour and this explains the massive clearing of vineyards in the less reputed areas of Bordeaux and the rumours of similar measures also in Spain.

One wonders whether these interventions will be enough to save the fall in prices, given the continuous increase in production in the areas without European regulations and production costs. I’m thinking of Chile, Argentina or China.

ONLY FOR THE CLUB: ORGANIC BRUNELLO 2018 “LATE VINTAGE RELEASE”

The proposal includes 6 bottles of Brunello di Montalcino 2018 late vintage release, each numbered and wrapped to be received directly at your home at a cost of €297.00

DONATELLA CINELLI COLOMBINI PRESENTS YOU  WITH A SMALL SERIES OF BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO 2018 FROM CASATO PRIME DONNE OF GREAT QUALITY AND WITH AGING POTENTIAL

In 2018 a small quantity of grapes and then of wine was jealously kept separate from the rest in 4 5-7hl French oak tonneaus and finally also in a 15hl barrel, until it was bottled on its own.

The refinement in the bottle made the superior quality to the rest of the 2018 “vintage” Brunello even more evident.

This is why Donatella Cinelli Colombini and her daughter Violante have decided to emphasize the exceptional nature of this Super Brunello, born as an “experiment” and that has become a small jewel of only 3000 bottles for enthusiasts looking for exclusivity to drink

 

HOW DO YOU SEE THE DIFFERENCE FROM THE BRUNELLO 2018 VINTAGE?

To distinguish it on the label, a golden stripe has been inserted on the base. These bottles will be numbered, wrapped one by one and marketed mainly in wooden crates. The price increase is minimal and only serves to highlight the difference.

HAPPY EASTER

DONATELLA CINELLI COLOMBINI TOGETHER  WITH VIOLANTE, ENRICO, LORENZO AND THE EXTENDED GREAT FAMILY AT FATTORIA DEL COLLE AND CASATO PRIME DONNE SEND YOU THEIR  BEST WISHES

 

Crocifissione

Crucifixion- Giotto

This year I would like to combine my wishes for a happy Easter with a reflection on the importance of love.

We are living in a period of ferocious wars, the likes of which we have not seen for fifty years. There are people forced to emigrate because their lands no longer have water, but where these migrants arrive they are perceived as a threat and not welcomed as an opportunity. Feminicides in Italy occur at a rate of one every three days.

Don’t we know how to love anymore? Or do we underestimate the strength of <<The love that moves the sun and the other stars>> last verse of the Paradise and of the Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri. Yet by cultivating love, things could go much better and humanity could be much happier. It seems incredible, but giving love makes you happy, much more than receiving it.

I think this is the message of Easter, the one that Jesus sends by accepting to die on the cross to open the doors of Paradise for us: love more, love everyone, always love, even beyond death!

 

Donatella Cinelli Colombini

HAPPY EASTER

ROSSO DI MONTALCINO ACCOLADES FROM CRITICS AND CONSUMERS

FIRST THE HIGHEST SCORE FROM THE AIS SOMMELIER GUIDE VITAE AND NOW THE 92/100 FROM MICHAEL GODEL CANADIAN SUPER TASTER, ROSSO DI MONTALCINO 2021 IS A STAR

 

Incredible! Donatella Cinelli Colombini‘s Rosso di Montalcino 2021 continues to obtain awards from the most qualified tasters and steals the show from Brunello.

The commercial success is confirmed by super experts who emphasize the drinkable and at the same time elegant character of a young wine but capable of showing the world-class virtues of Sangiovese from Montalcino.

For Donatella Cinelli Colombini it is a great satisfaction because Rosso di Montalcino is a wine made by her winemakers alone, without external consultants. Donatella’s wineries – Casato Prime Donne in Montalcino and Fattoria del Colle in Trequanda – are the first in Italy with an all-female staff and pride themselves on always seeking faithful interpretations of the terroir and vintage. A “light oenology” as Professor Luigi Moio defined it, which leaves nature a leading role and the cellar staff the task of preserving the gifts of the vineyard without changing anything.

Here a super harvest like 2021 reveals its merits in the Rosso di Montalcino which heralds a great Brunello from the same vintage.

So, let’s go and see the reviews

OFFER: CHIANTI SUPERIORE 2021, IL DRAGO E LE 8 COLOMBE, 2 FAMILY WINES

Be among the first to receive the Chianti Superiore DOCG 2021 directly to your home together with Il Drago e le 8 Colombe IGT Toscana 2019 for €98.00

 

Montly Offer- 3 Chianti Superiore 2021 e 3 Il Drago e le 8 Colombe 2019

Offer- 3 Chianti Superiore 2021 e 3 Il Drago e le 8 Colombe 2019

The Superiore denomination indicates a Chianti with superior quality characteristics and aging ability. It is produced only in vineyards that have a greater vocation and lower production. This Chianti Superiore is certified BIO-organic  and is a “farmhouse” wine as we call it in Tuscany, that is, it is a “family wine” born in the property’s vineyards, and then vinified, matured and bottled by the same winery.

Indicazione Geografica Tipica, on the other hand, is one of the five denominations present in Italy, namely DOP, DOC, DOCG and IGP, used to indicate the best table wines present on the community market, which respond to certain characteristics such as production area and the use of traditional techniques.

THE INTERNATIONAL PRESS HAS ALREADY NOTICED OF OUR IL DRAGO E LE 8 COLOMBE

92 James Suckling

92 VINOUS – Eric Guido

92 Wine Enthusiast

NEW OFFER: FROM TUSCANY 6 BOTTLES OF ORGANIC EXTRA-VIRGIN OLIVE OIL

Our new offer with EVO oil blend and 2 monocultivars from Fattoria del Colle delivered to your home for tasty and healthy dishes

Three  0,750lt bottles of BIO Evo Oil blend 2023, one 0,500lt bottle each of BIO Evo Oil 2023 Correggiolo, Moraiolo and a blend at €134.00

 

Olio EVO blend e 2 monocultivar della Fattoria del Colle

New Offer with Olio EVO blend and 2 monocultivar from Fattoria del Colle

A VERY LIMITED BUT HIGH-QUALITY PRODUCTION FOR THIS NEW OFFER

In 2023, quantity production was lower than usual, but the yield per quintal was higher! The fruit setting of the olives occurred late due to the rains, and the hot and dry periods that followed also reduced production, causing part of the olives to fall

The 2023 oil has aromas of cut grass and is slightly bitter and a little spicy in the mouth. Ideal for making a plate of pasta, a Tuscan soup but also a pizza much tastier.

THE OLIVE GROVES OF THE FATTORIA DEL COLLE

Fattoria del Colle is located in an area famous for the quality of its extra virgin olive oil. Trequanda, where the farm is located, has been included in the register of “Rural landscapes of historical interest” thanks to the olive groves that cover its hills. Here we have 6 hectares of Correggiolo (frantoio) and Moraiolo olive groves and some Olivastra that produce TOP oils.

TOGETHER WITH THE BOTTLES OF OIL, A RECIPE BOOK WITH THE TYPICAL DISHES FROM THE AREA

Furthermore, as a gift, you will receive a booklet with traditional local recipes for appetizers, first courses, second courses and desserts, plus you will also find some newly created  recipes by the chefs at  Fattoria del Colle and also by Donatella! We also add the recipe for “chickpea soup”, the best dish to enjoy the EVO oil just arrived from the mill.

 

MONTALCINO’S CONDITO

CONDITO IS A TRADITIONAL PEASANT SALAD FROM SOUTHERN TUSCANY BUT WE CAN TURN IT INTO A DELICIOUS HEALTHY STARTER

by Donatella Cinelli Colombini #turismodelvino

Condito di Montalcino della chef Doriana Marchi

Condito from Montalcino bychef Doriana Marchi

This was the “coffee break” for the farmers who went out at dawn in the summer to harvest, during the cooler hours. They returned home in the late morning to eat and then work in the stables and warehouses.

In addition to omelettes and cured meats, the housewives also would put on the table the Condito, a salad made with celery, cucumber, tomatoes, green peppers and spring onion. All coarsely chopped, seasoned with extra virgin olive oil, pepper and salt. The name Condito comes from the difference with the normal salad which was dressed with oil immediately before eating it. The Condito, on the other hand,   was “seasoned” in advance so that a sort of infusion was formed with the liquids from the tomatoes and the oil. A sauce that allowed it to be eaten with bread or on toast.

The peasant bread made with sourdough, kneaded by hand and baked in a wood oven once a week, had a thick, dark crust which, as the days passed, became less hard. Today, finding really good bread is the most difficult task because, in most cases, after a few hours it becomes inedible.