Franco Biondi Santi (Photo ©Tom Hyland) Franco Biondi-Santi, proprietor of his family’s world-renowned Brunello estate, passed away today at the age of 91. Grandson of Ferruccio Biondi Santi, who is credited with “inventing” Brunello di Montalcino in the 1870s, Franco devoted his life to maintaning the traditions of his grandfather and father Tancredi, by producing traditional … Continue reading Franco Biondi Santi, R.I.P.
Claudio Tipa, proprietor, Poggio di Sotto, Castelnuovo dell’Abate, Montalcino (Photo ©Tom Hyland) My latest print article appears in the August 31 issue of Sommelier Journal, one of this country’s finest wine publications. The article is about Brunello di Montalcino and you can read it by clicking on this link. In the article, I discuss the current … Continue reading Simply Sublime
Brunello di Montalcino, one of the world’s most celebrated red wines, is particularly loved and appreciated in America. Approximately one in every four bottles of this wine is sold in this country, as consumers seemingly have identified Brunello as their favorite premium Italian wine. The fact that it’s from Tuscany doesn’t hurt, but it’s also … Continue reading The Real Story of Brunello di Montalcino
One Italian white wine, one red- one famous, one unknown – both great. Today’s lesson on the joys and wonders of Italian wine has to do with the pleasure of discovering greatness in different places. I’m going to focus on two wines – one of which is famous and one of which is not. Both … Continue reading Simply Sublime
Plaque honoring the 2007 Brunello vintage in the main square of Montalcino (Photo by Tom Hyland) 2007 Brunello- Triumph of the Traditionalists I’ve just returned from Montalcino, where I attended the annual Benvenuto Brunello event along with several dozen wine writers from around the world. This is an anteprima tasting, where wines that will be released later … Continue reading Brunello di Montalcino – 2007 normale and 2006 Riserva
Here is my final post on the Best Italian Wines from the past year; this is the third entry on red wines. Again, this is a partial list, see the end of this post for more information on all of my selections. 2008 Grattamacco Bolgheri Superiore – The gorgeous wine zone of Bolgheri, located in … Continue reading Best Italian Red Wines of the Year – Part Three
Brunello bottles at an enoteca in Montalcino (Photo ©Tom Hyland) The new vintage of Brunello di Montalcino is 2006; the wines will be released over the coming months. I tasted several dozen bottlings last month in Montalcino and reported on these wines in a recent post. Here are a few thoughts on recent vintages … Continue reading Brunello Vintages