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.
Brunello di Montalcino: Italy’s most classic, ageworthy Sangiovese wines
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.
With “Benvenuto Brunello” all wrapped up for another year, the Consorzio is already looking ahead to upcoming events. In March they are flying to Canada to bring the “King of Sangiovese” to Wine Tasting (which transfers to Brazil in May as well as Russia in June, Italy in October, Japan in November and China in December) in addition to Prowein in Dusseldorf. Vinitaly, the biggest wine event in Italy, is a must in April. At the end of May, Montalcino and its nectar make their way to Hong Kong for Vinexpo while in September they play host for “Incoming Enoteche Vinarius”.
“The study of history is essential in order to understand and face the present with all of its challenges,” explains Professor Alfio Cortonesi (Tuscia University), “and it is not even to explain Montalcino as the emblem of a link with the land, agriculture, cultivation of vines and wine production.” And it is precisely in Montalcino, a rough isolated territory with immeasurable resources which have developed competent personnel and brilliant ideas all along, and which have brought this territory to dialogue with the world over the centuries in spite of it all. A rich land, suitable for agriculture as well as art, craftsmanship and research. The cultivation of vines has always been a part of Montalcino, and this is due to various factors. If the morphological, geological and climactic characteristics prove to be ideal for vine cultivation, manual work has stimulated its growth resulting in good fruits of their labor. But the history of vines in Montalcino has not always been connected to Brunello. Even if today it is the main product of the area, the cultivation of Sangiovese grapes is quite recent with roots that trace back to the end of nineteenth century at Biondi Santi.
Since January 2, 2014, “Erga Omnes” has been in effect meaning that the Consorzio del Brunello di Montalcino has abdicated sole control entrusted to “third parties” by acquiring the possibility to adopt governing measures concerning the tender, vigilance, safeguarding and promotional development of the “Brunello di Montalcino” brand with regards to all users.