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Excellent ratings for Brunello from Robert Parker – Wine Advocate

Brunello Prime Donne 2013 – 95,  Brunello Riserva 2012 – 93, Brunello 2013 – 92, Brunello 2012 Io sono Donatella 91 from Monica Larner – Robert Parker-Wine Advocate

Ratings Wine Advocate 18By Donatella Cinelli Colombini, Casato Prime Donne

Monica I love you!

It is easy for a wine producer to love a wine critic who appreciates their wine. But it is even easier to love a wine critic who appreciates the wine and sees mirrored in it the producer’s personality. For this reason I really adore Monica Larner the Italian reviewer for Robert Parker Jr- Wine Advocate .When she wrote <<….because of her steadfast dedication to all things Tuscan and wine-related, she is one of the figures I admire most in today’s world of vino italiano>>  I nearly fainted.



Monica was born into a family connected to wine and cinema. Her father Steven Larner, of whom she writes with great love, has been director of photography for very successful films and TV productions, while her brother is wine maker in the family estate in the Ballard Canyon, in Santa Barbara, California and has passed the last few months living the nightmare of the California wildfires.

Monica has had on-hand experience regarding grape growing, including the pruning process. She has in other words a past as a pure journalist with collaborations with La Repubblica, International Herald Tribune and Corriere della Sera, but at the same time a real “grape grower”. In 2003 she began working for Wine Enthusiast and judging Italian wines and getting famous for her great nose able to discover emerging wines from regions such as Etna.

Wine cats

After the winery dogs, now the wine cats, in other words 4 legged friends become a necessary presence in  boutique wineries

Read for you by Donatella Cinelli Colombini 

Wine cat

There is a legend about cats in the Vinsanto lofts in the Chianti region. Nobody has ever seen them but everyone talks about these felines that used to spend their whole life in the dark lofts protecting the small vinsanto barrels from the mice. In truth is does rather seem a tale because the places most loved by these hungry mice were the cellars and most of all the places where cold cuts, cheeses and nuts were stored. But for centuries cats have been welcomed in country homes and in cellars where excellent wines are made thanks to the passion of the producers who live there. These wineries are called “boutiques” small establishments where the owner has his home, surrounded by the vineyards, kept like gardens.

Donatella Cinelli Colombini presents herself part 2

In 1998 when I left my family’s estate (one of the oldest and most prestigious producing Brunello) to create my own, that bears my name, it really seemed a “mission impossible” By Donatella Cinelli Colombini [caption id="attachment_10091" align="alignleft" width="225" caption="Donatella Cinelli Colombini Cavaliere della Repubblica"][/caption] Again like in my other troubled chellenges I...

Donne del vino-Verona-12 Apostoli- Presidente Elena Martuscello

All the winners of Casato Prime Donne Award 2012

The Casato Prime Donne Award 2012 was given to Maria Carmela Lanzetta, Giorgio Dell'Orefice, Luciano Ferraro, Montalcino News and Gianfranco Bracci [caption id="attachment_7260" align="alignleft" width="275" caption="Journalists of Montalcino-News"][/caption] Monasterace is a town where a pharmacist married with two children, a normal woman, has become a modern hero. She is a mayor who...

Zuppa pasqualina di Montalcino

Grape harvest weekend in Tuscany

Take part to the grape harvest of Brunello wine and Chianti in the vineyards, in the cellar and sit at the table of Donatella Cinelli Colombini restaurant [caption id="attachment_7225" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="grape harvest at Fattoria del Colle"][/caption] An unique experience to discover how the great tuscan red wines such as Brunello, Chianti...

Your wonderful wedding in Tuscany

For those who desire a romantic wedding beautiful landscapes and nature are perfect frames. At Fattoria del Colle – country inn in Tuscany you get the best [caption id="attachment_7015" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="Wedding at Fattoria del Colle"][/caption] The most requested location is the Belvedere, a horse-shoe shaped area surrounded buy a seating and...

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.

Brunello workshop New York Piera e Pasquale Vallone riescono a mangiare fra un cliente e l'altro

His royal highness the prince of Montalcino 2010

Here is the Rosso di Montalcino 2010 by Donatella Cinelli Colombini. Five stars (the top) but it actually deserved seven, like the new extra-luxury hotels [caption id="attachment_6458" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Rosso di Montalcino 2010 Donatella Cinelli Colombini"][/caption] The harvest went perfectly, like the one all grape growers dream of. An easy harvest too:...

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