Tag Archives: Sangiovese

• Montalcino Wine Growers Throw Out 50% Of Good Grapes, Here’s Why

Montalcino Wine Growers Throw Out 50% Of Good Grapes, Here’s Why

“During the grape harvest of 2013, I was visiting Tenuta Il Poggione in Montalcino, home to some of Italy’s most expensive wines. As I walked the vineyards with winemaker Fabrizio Bindocci, harvesters all around us carved gorgeous, lush, fully ripe bunches of Sangiovese grapes from the vines. And then they dropped them on the ground, […]

• Romagna Sangiovese ‘different’ not inferior

Romagna Sangiovese ‘different’ not inferior

The Romagna offers a distinct version of Sangiovese that has been unfairly judged in the past and deserves to be reconsidered, wine writer Walter Speller has argued. Speaking to the drinks business at a tasting of the Convito di Romagna in London, Speller said that Sangiovese from the Italian region has been unfairly judged, poor […]

• Limited edition Star Trek wines on sale. Oy.

Limited edition Star Trek wines on sale. Oy.

A Sonoma-based winery has created a limited edition range of Star Trek wines with labels based on the original series’ most popular shows. Created by Viansa Winery, the range is apparently a salute to the fictional wines mentioned in the show, such as Tulaberry and Bajoran spring wine, as well as the show’s fiftieth anniversary. […]

• Italian winemakers consider new varieties

Italian winemakers consider new varieties

Italian winemakers will vote next week over whether to introduce new grape varieties to their region. Producers in Rosso di Montalcino will gather on Wednesday 7 September to vote on whether or not allow the introduction of varieties such as Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah to the traditionally Sangiovese-based wine. Rosso di Montalcino is supposed […]

• U.S. gives approval for import of scandalized Brunello wine

U.S. gives approval for import of scandalized Brunello wine

The U.S. has given approval for the iconic Italian wine Brunello di Montalcino, which had been involved in a quality scandal, to be imported into the country. The U.S. Department of Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB), in a statement released last week, said that since Italy had certified the 2006 vintage it […]

• Illy Caffe, the Italian coffee brand takes up Brunello wine

Illy Caffe, the Italian coffee brand takes up Brunello wine

Coffee, tea, chocolate or wine? Italy’s illycaffe has branched out from coffee beans, tea leaves and cocoa to produce some of the country’s most iconic wines. Riccardo Illy, 55-year-old chairman of Gruppo illy S.p.A., is a former ski instructor, politician and author. Two years ago, just as the economic turmoil began, he decided to become […]