Franco Biondi Santi, R.I.P.

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.

Simply Sublime

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

Simply Sublime

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

Brunello di Montalcino – 2007 normale and 2006 Riserva

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