It’s official: Monica Larner The Wine Advocate

“Finally! It’s official …. I will be tasting Italian wines for the The Wine Advocate” notes, on Twitter, Monica Larner. Then comes the confirmation of the rumors launched by Wine News, one of the most popular Italian sites of wine. To her best wishes for their new career that certainly will also benefit the international growth of Italian wine.

Kerin O’Keefe Named New Italian Editor for Wine Enthusiast

Kerin O'Keefe

Kerin O'Keefe

Kerin O’Keefe named new Italian Editor for Wine Enthusiast Magazine. “Kerin O’Keefe is one of the foremost authorities on Italian wine in the world and is universally respected by the Italian wine community for her prolific, brilliant writing style and her professionalism, which made her the perfect choice to join our Wine Enthusiast global team of tasters” notes Adam Strum, Editor and Publisher of Wine Enthusiast Magazine. O’Keefe moved from the States to Italy in 1991 and has written regularly on Italian wine for Decanter, World of Fine Wine and on She is a former contributing editor for Wine News magazine, and is the author of Franco Biondi Santi: The Gentleman of Brunello (Veronelli Editore, 2005), a recipient of a Gourmand Wine Book Award. She also won the Premio Consorzio Brunello di Montalcino in 2008 for her cover article “Brunello de-con-structed” which appeared in the Oct-Nov 2007 issue of Wine News. Her latest book, Brunello di Montalcino: Understanding and Appreciating One of Italy’s Greatest Wines (University of California Press, 2012), was shortlisted for the André Simon Award.

As Italian Editor for Wine Enthusiast, O’Keefe will be responsible for reviewing all Italian wines, as well as providing key editorial content, news and trends from the country for the print magazine in the U.S., the rapidly growing Chinese digital edition, and the Wine Enthusiast Web site,

O’Keefe joins Wine Enthusiast’s 12-person tasting team, which combined offers more than 100 years of wine journalism and tasting experience, and reviews as many as 20,000 wines per year.

Wine Enthusiast Global Tasting Panel

Steve Heimoff and Virginie Boone: California

Roger Voss: Alsace, Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Loire, Portugal and Austria

Michael Schachner: Argentina, Chile, Spain

Kerin O’Keefe: Italy

Lauren Buzzeo: Languedoc-Roussillon, South Africa, Israel

Joe Czerwinski: Rhône Valley, Australia, New Zealand

Paul Gregutt: Oregon, Washington State

Sean Sullivan: Oregon, Washington State, Idaho, Canada

Anna Lee Iijima: Germany, New York, Other Europe

Susan Kostrzewa: Greece and Cyprus

Andrew Hoover: Virginia, Other U.S.

Kara Newman: Spirits

“Amplum et nobile oppidum”

These are the Commentaries of Pious II, a work of great historical value, considered the first work in which how narrating present times would appear to posterity and also telling about the importance of building a community based on solidarity and willingness to work for the community. This was the reason that moved Pious II to elevate Montalcino, “nobile amplum et oppidum” to a City, based also on the importance it has had over the centuries in the area of Siena and beyond.

Montalcino, an Etruscan town, findings and history

“It is truly impressive to note that … ancient Etruria and modern Tuscany have been the beginnings and the base of Italian civilization”, said Jacques Heurgon, one of the most astute scholars of Etruscan civilization, defining the population of ancient Italy, which emerged starting from the eighth century BC. Etruscan presence in the territory of Montalcino, which on the topographic map “Sanctuaries of Etruria”, appears among the isolated sanctuaries around the countryside, and even though it is isolated evidence, it seems to be confirmed by the rather consistent settlements. The most important finding and the only one in Italy so far, has been revealed in the village of Civitella: a large fortress built at an altitude of 670 meters above sea level. This site was reported back in the ’20s by the renowned archaeologist Ranuccio Bianchi Bandinelli, and it covers a vast area already inhabited by the Etruscans in the sixth century BC. The fort is a military garrison which was used to defend Chiusi and Roselle from the Gauls in the north and the Romans in the south. But there’s more: another extremely interesting area from an archaeological point of view, appears to be Poggio alle Mura, where urns and other material found nearby are preserved inside the castle.