Press release of the Consortium of Brunello of Montalcino Wine on the Financial Police Inquiry

With reference to the findings of the investigations carried out by the Siena Public Prosecutor’s Office, which showed that Brunello has been a victim of fraud both in administrative and commercial terms, the President of the Consorzio del Brunello di Montalcino (Brunello di Montalcino Consortium), Fabrizio Bindocci, highlights that, “It is a serious issue that could cause significant damage to  Brunello di Montalcino, to its producers and its territory, however, fortunately there is a system that (in this case) has the strength and the means to identify, isolate and successfully combat those who abuse the reputation of Brunello.  The offences leave no doubt: this is a case of fraud against the consumer and most of all against the producers of Brunello, who have been victims of this affair and who will respond decisively.  If and when the investigations confirm the various parties responsible, the Consortium will immediately submit a civil claim and will use all means necessary to combat similar behaviour, particularly against those who have committed serious offences within the territory or adopted practices that are harmful to the image of Brunello.  After all, on behalf of all the producers and the territory, the Consortium has collaborated with the investigations from the start, investigations that were initiated by the producers’ own system. This is in fact an issue that could have adversely affected the credibility and reputation of an extremely important “made in Italy” brand, which has always focussed on quality so as to distinguish itself on the global market and it is for this same reason, as is the case for the major fashion brands, that Brunello is more susceptible to fraud. In order to avoid any repetition of unlawful and damaging behaviour in the territory,” continues Bindocci, “in the past few months we have already taken two important measures. Firstly, in July the General Meeting approved the inclusion of a new clause in the rules that introduces preventive monitoring of the sale of grapes and wine sold in bulk.  Producers must give 48 hours notice of sales, thereby further facilitating the work carried out by the authorities that are in charge of monitoring. Also in July, a commission was established, which by October will draft the Code of Ethics by which all producers and those who work in the wine sector must abide. After all,” concludes Fabrizio Bindocci, “the Consortium has for many years been involved in safeguarding the producers’ work and protecting consumers, a role that requires an ever increasing amount of attention and continuous updating of the rules, to benefit the territory, the brand and the quality of the products.”

(Italiano) Brunello tra le etichette della “New York Wine Experience” 2014

Calici di Brunello

Calici di Brunello

Da Antinori ad Allegrini, da Biondi-Santi ad Altesino, da Gaja a Casanova di Neri, da Ciacci Piccolomini d’Aragona a Eredi Fuligni, da Fattoria dei Barbi a Siro Pacenti, da Il Poggione a Valdicava: ecco le etichette che parlano di Montalcino tra le oltre 40 griffe del vino italiano protagoniste del “New York Wine Experience” 2014 by Wine Spectator, la rivista n. 1 degli enoappassionati degli States, di scena dal 16 al 18 ottobre. Un team di cantine che conferma, una volta di più, la passione degli americani per il vino italiano, e che vede le migliori etichette del Belpaese insieme a mostri sacri del vino francese come Château d’Yquem o Château Haut-Brion, e mondiale, come Chateau Musar, dal Libano, o Torres, dalla Spagna, solo per fare qualche esempio.
Un evento che, come da tradizione, avrà come prestigiosa location il Marriott Marquis di New York City e che in tre giorni molto densi, con protagonisti 250 vini di prim’ordine provenienti da tutto il mondo (prezzo del pacchetto completo 2.195 dollari), comprenderà il “Critics’ Choice Grand Tastings”, la degustazione dei vini dei migliori enologi mondiali e vari seminari di approfondimento. Come quelli che vedranno protagonisti due nomi storici del vino italiano: Antinori, con il marchese Piero che condurrà la degustazione comparativa delle annate 2007, 2004 e 1997 di due dei vini del Belpaese, i “super Tuscans” Tignanello e Solaia, e Masi, con Raffaele Boscaini, guida della griffe della Valpolicella insieme al padre Sandro, che guiderà la verticale di
Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Mazzano 2007, Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Campolongo di Torbe 1997, Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Serègo Alighieri Vaio Armaron 1988, e Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Costasera 1978.

Incoming from England journalists

Incoming from England journalists. Next week will arrive in Montalcino: Sarah Jane Evans Master of Wine, Peter McCombie Master of Wine, Richard Siddle, Andrew Catchpole, Natasha Hughes, Christine Austin and Rachel Davey, Proven Communication.

Sarah Jane Evans is a journalist and broadcaster specializing in food and drink. She has written for a number of national newspapers and magazines. In the early 1990s she became Associate Editor of the BBC’s Good Food magazine and was also Chair and then President of the Guild of Food Writers. She became a Master of Wine in 2006 and is now Deputy Vice-Chairman of the Institute of Masters of Wine. She writes extensively on wine in a range of consumer magazines including Decanter and is in high demand as a wine judge around the world.

Peter McCombie is a New Zealand-born, English resident Master of Wine, based in London. He spent 10 years handling prestige On Trade accounts for three of London’s leading merchants before going independent as a wine consultant, educator and writer.

An award-winning business editor with over 20 years of experience as a trade journalist, Richard Siddle is the editor of Harpers Wine & Spirit Magazine. Most of his previous experience lies in the grocery retail sector, which he has covered for over 15 years on titles including SuperMarketing, Checkout and Independent Retail News. He joined Harpers in 2007 and has taken the magazine through a major overhaul, where the focus is firmly concentrated on the key business issues affecting all sectors of the wine and spirits trade.

Andrew Catchpole is a freelance wine, food and travel writer and editor, with a broad portfolio of work ranging from consumer wine articles in the national press to in-depth trade analysis in the leading B2B wine and restaurant trade publications.

Natasha Hughes is a freelance wine and food writer, wine educator, international wine show judge, restaurant reviewer and former caterer. She also consults for restaurants on their wine lists and for private clients. She writes in a range of titles from consumer magazines to the top UK trade titles. She is also an MW student, having passed her theory and practical exams and is in the midst of completing her dissertation.

Christine Austin is a wine writer, broadcaster and a wine judge for several international wine competitions. She has a technical background and spent five years as a buyer for a major supermarket before moving into wine writing. She writes for The Yorkshire Post, Dales Life (two important regional newspaper/ magazines) and Olive Magazine (a glossy consumer food magazine). She also organises the York Festival of Food and Drink.

Rachel Davey joined Proven Communication in 2005 and is now a Director and part-owner of the business. She has extensive knowledge of wine, particularly sparkling wine, and has managed the Franciacorta UK account for the last 18 months.

“Meraviglioso Boccaccio”: The Taviani Brothers at Romitorio

Big stars of Italian cinema are on their way to Montalcino. According to unconfirmed reports, brothers Paolo and Vittorio Taviani will bring the likes of Kim Rossi Stuart, Riccardo Scamarcio, Michele Riondino, Miriam Dalmazio, Eugenio Franceschini, Flavio Parenti, Carolina Crescentini, Paola Cortellesi, Vittoria Puccini, Fabrizio Falco and Rosabell Laurenti Sellers to the homeland of Brunello having chosen the striking setting of Romitorio Castle for their next film, “Meraviglioso Boccaccio”. Some of the scenes of the film, produced by Stemal Entertainment and Rai Cinema with grants from the Ministry of Cultural Assets and Activities and of Tourism, which will bring the Tavianis’ take on short stories from the Decameron to the silver screen, will be filmed right in Montalcino at the beginning of May and will feature the Romitorio Castle. The small XII century fortress surrounded by a thicket of holm oak trees was abandoned in the 50s and brought back to life by famous Transavantgarde painter Sandro Chia in 1984. With its mighty walls and the legend that links it to the majestic Fortress of Montalcino via an underground passageway, it seems to be the ideal place for the scheming plots, deceit and deception which characterize Boccaccio’s work.