On the 21st of November 2014, in the exclusive surroundings of the Børsen Palace of Copenhagen, the Consorzio del vino Brunello di Montalcino and the Consorzio i Vini del Piemonte will join forces to create a unique event. It will be a one of a kind opportunity: two wines that symbolise the best in Italian production, Brunello and
Barolo, will be presented together for the very first time in a promotional event that will bring more than 40 top quality cellars to Copenhagen and offer an unforgettable experience for Danish wine lovers. On the 21st of November 2014, thanks to the partnership signed by the consortium I Vini del Piemonte and Strada del Barolo with the Consorzio del vino Brunello di Montalcino, about twenty Brunello producers
and as many producers of Barolo will feature in a tasting day entirely dedicated to final consumers and to numerous representatives of the sector, such as journalists, restaurateurs, sommeliers and importers. The initiative will be supported by the Italian Embassy in Copenhagen and its official partners: the Consorzio di Tutela Barolo Barbaresco Alba Langhe e Roero and the Confederazione Italiana Agricoltori – desk of Alba. The event will take place in Copenhagen as the Danish market has proven to be one of the most receptive for quality red wines. Denmark is one of the countries where Italian wines are highly known and appreciated and the constant growth over the last few years has made Italy the main wine exporter in this country, ahead of France, not only in terms of volume but also in terms of trade value. Furthermore, the Danish public is very knowledgeable and appreciates top quality wine and food products. This is reflected in the fact that two months before the event over 1,000 tickets out of the 1,200 available have already been sold.
The location was chosen on the basis of the positive experiences that the consortium I Vini del Piemonte had during the six editions of the Barolo & Friends Event. It was here in Copenhagen that the Piedmontese producers enjoyed great success: during the last event, last June, some 400 professionals and more than
2,000 wine lovers crowded the halls of Børsen to meet the 40 producers and to taste their wines. Like the previous six events of Barolo & Friends, this one too will take place at Børsen Palace, the historical seat of the Stock Exchange in the heart of the city, and the prestigious palace will also be recalled in the event title: Brunello & Barolo at Børsen. On the 21st of November, at 11:00 am, the Italian Embassy in Copenhagen will host a press conference at Børsen Palace to present the two prestigious wines of the event and the territories where they are produced to the journalists of the top Danish newspapers. Nicola Argamante, vice-president of the consortium I Vini del Piemonte explains the reasons for this events and its goals: “The event originates from three keywords: the first is Export, not only because the
majority of our product is sold abroad, but also because top quality wines are the signature product of “Made in Italy”. Their success in foreign markets can kickstart our economy too. The second keyword is Intelligence: even without any public funding for promotion in EU countries, we believe that it would be counter-productive for us to ignore the Scandinavian markets. Too often, in fact, events of questionable use are organized on the other side of the world, while forgetting strategic countries, also from a tourism point of view, like Denmark or Sweden. The third key element is Coalitions: even if we can rely on a lead product like Barolo, we firmly believe that when we go abroad it is both useful and increasingly necessary
to join forces with groups that share our same values and culture of excellence, to be more competitive and represent even better the “Italian life style”. If the whole world wants to drink “Italian”, what better answer than offering the two best Italian wine products in the same event? We get on extremely well with our friends of Consorzio del vino Brunello di Montalcino, and we believe that this experience can be the beginning of a successful and long lasting cooperation”.
“Over the past few years, Brunello and Barolo have become international leaders in a difficult sector such as that of wine and food. This was achieved thanks to the expertise and hard work of its producers, who are closely connected to their territory and to the values of tradition – explained Fabrizio Bindocci, President of Consorzio del Vino Brunello di Montalcino. In anticipation of an important year for Italy, as 2015 will be the year of the Expo, presenting ourselves together in a foreign country is an example of the will to join forces to protect and highlight, as other organizations already do, the Italian excellence, with a history, emotions and culture that very few brands in the world can claim”.
“Walk Around Tasting” divided into three sessions (at 1:15pm/3:30pm – 4:15pm/6:30pm – 7.15pm/9.30pm), 20 Brunello producers and 22 Barolo producers will present their best DOCG wines to the end consumers and to invited professionals. The hall will also host a food area with some Tuscan and
In order to make the event more innovative and experiential, various in-depth sessions will be organized:
- Vertical tasting of 5 different vintages of Brunello di Montalcino, hosted by Thomas Ilkjaer (in Danish)
- Wine & Cheese tasting session with two different Brunello and two Barolo labels paired with 4 Tuscan and 4 Piedmontese cheeses, hosted by Sandro Minella (in English)
- Vertical tasting of 5 different vintages of Barolo, hosted by Thomas Ilkjaer (in Danish)
- Comparative tasting between a Rosso di Montalcino, a Nebbiolo, two different labels of Brunello and two of Barolo of vintages not available in the hall, hosted by Sandro Minella (in English)
- Comparative tasting between a Rosso di Montalcino, a Nebbiolo, two different labels of Brunello and two of Barolo of vintages not available in the hall, hosted by Thomas Ilkjaer (in Danish)
- Wine & Cheese tasting session with two different Brunello labels and two Barolo labels paired with 4 Tuscan and 4 Piedmontese cheeses, hosted by Sandro Minella (in English)
Technical partner: RCR Cristalleria Italiana
For James Suckling, Tuscany released many excellent wines this year on the market including a perfect 100 point. Some late releases were equally compelling such as the 2007 Ciacci Piccolomini d’Aragona Brunello di Montalcino. In all, Suckling tasted more than 1,100 Tuscan wines this year and he still has a few more to go including reds, whites, and roses. But anyone interested in Tuscan wines is going to like what has been put on the market this year.
Ciacci Piccolomini D’Aragona – Brunello di Montalcino Vigna di Pianrosso Santa Caterina D’oro Riserva 2007 (97 punti)
San Polino – Brunello di Montalcino Helichrysum 2009 (97 punti)
Altesino – Brunello di Montalcino Montosoli 2009 (95 punti)
Banfi – Toscana Summus 2011 (95 punti)
Frescobaldi – Toscana Lamaione 2010 (95 punti)
Uccelliera – Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2008 (95 punti)
Argiano – Toscana Solengo 2011 (94 punti)
Lisini – Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2008 (94 punti)
Marchesi Antinori – Brunello di Montalcino Pian delle Vigne 2009 (94 punti)
Marchesi dè Frescobaldi – Brunello di Montalcino Castelgiocondo (94 punti)
Col d’Orcia – Brunello di Montalcino Poggio al Vento Riserva 2007 (94 punti)
San Felice – Campogiovanni Arkeos 2010 (94 punti)
Siro Pacenti – Brunello di Montalcino 2009 (94 punti)
Valdicava – Brunello di Montalcino 2009 (94 punti)
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.”
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. 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.