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  • Article Inside information

    What's new, Montalcino?

    Today Walter turns his attention to Brunello di Montalcino, with an overview of this year's controversies and an introduction to the 2007 vintage. See…

    7 Mar 2012 Walter Speller
  • Article Inside information

    Montalcino - the path to plonk?

    7 Sep - The Montalcino producers voted in the end to keep Rosso di Montalcino 100% Sangiovese. See more on the issue here.

    6 Sep 2011 Guest contributor
  • Article Free for all

    Keep Rosso di Montalcino pure!

    7 Sep - The Montalcino producers voted in the end to keep Rosso di Montalcino 100% Sangiovese. See more on the issue here.News from Montalcino almost…

    31 Aug 2011 Walter Speller
  • Article Tasting articles

    Monty on the other Brunellos

    Montalcino resident, biodynamics consultant, author and broadcaster Monty Waldin offers this report on Montalcino's current organic and biodynamic…

    8 Mar 2011 Guest contributor
  • Article Tasting articles

    Brunello reaches the point of no return

    16 Mar - See here for news that imports of 2006 Brunellos have been officially sanctioned by authorities in its most important market, the US.The last…

    7 Mar 2011 Walter Speller
  • Article Don't quote me

    Brunello 2006s cause controversy

    The annual en primeur presentation of the 2006 vintage of Brunello di Montalcino last Friday and Saturday has already caused widespread controversy…

    21 Feb 2011 Walter Speller
  • Article Videos

    How Montalcino's terrain varies

    I've been inspired to publish this amateur tour d'horizon filmed just south of the hilltop town of Montalcino by this Do we need crus in Montalcino?…

    20 Oct 2010 Jancis Robinson
  • Article Don't quote me

    Monty on Rivella, Suckling & Brunello

    Later that same day, Monty added the following:  During  today (Thursday) a number of people connected with Brunello have contacted me…

    29 Jul 2010 Guest contributor
  • Article Free for all

    Montalcino votes for modernism

    After dramatic last-minute machinations, it has just been revealed that the secret ballot to elect the new president of the Brunello di Montalcino…

    3 Jun 2010 Jancis Robinson
  • Article Inside information

    Brunello indictments rumble on

    Since publishing the statement from Jane Kettlewell of Banfi US as a 'clarification' of Six indicted over Brunellogate, I have been contacted by the…

    25 May 2010 Guest contributor
  • Article Free for all

    Six indicted over Brunellogate

    25 May - See Brunello indictments rumble on for the next instalmentAs reported by Italian wine writer Franco Ziliani on his blog Vino al Vino and…

    14 May 2010 Jancis Robinson
  • Article Inside information

    Gaja and the bloggers

    Angelo Gaja, whose estate hasn’t even got a website, recently seized the opportunity to reflect online with the help of an army of bloggers. While…

    19 Feb 2009 Walter Speller
  • Article Wines of the week

    Il Poggione 2003 Brunello di Montalcino

    From €24.29, £19,99, $38.99, 45 Swiss francs and Can$57.95 a bottle. Find the Poggione Ooh, ah - fancy recommending a 2003 Brunello...!…

    25 Nov 2008 Jancis Robinson
  • Article Don't quote me

    Monty on Banfi's acquittal

    28 Oct  - In yesterday's vote in Montalcino, 96% of Brunello producers voted to maintain the status quo in terms of varietal requirement that all…

    27 Oct 2008 Guest contributor
  • Article Don't quote me

    Brunellogate's bitter sequel

    Friday just past saw a bitter confrontation between some of the principal protagonists in the Brunellogate affair in a Face to Face Debate held in…

    6 Oct 2008 Walter Speller