Police in Italy have seized 160,000 litres of Tuscan wines labelled falsely as Brunello and Rosso di Montalcino.
A “wine war” has kicked off in Italy after winemakers were warned too many vineyards could be damaging to the environment.
A combination of high prices and consumer misconception is ensuring that Brunello di Montalcino remains under-represented in the UK market, believes one Master of Wine.
Buyers are shunning “boring” Bordeaux for an “eclectic” collection of fine wines, particularly cult Californian Cabernets, according to Fine & Rare’s, Joss Fowler.
Italian wine producer Argiano has been acquitted of the charges relating to 2008 “Brunellogate” scandal, in circumstances that are only just being reported.
Yena Alicia Park recommends a wine that she describes as “one of New Zealand’s finest Chardonnays”, while Jeannie Cho Lee MW picks out “a seductive Pinot with a delightful aroma.”
Dave McIntyre recommends a red wine that “shows southern France at its finest”, while Will Lyons picks out a “wonderful, quintessential summer white wine.”
The vandal who destroyed six vintages of Case Basse Brunello di Montalcino from his former employer has been sentenced to four years in prison.
Police in Italy have arrested a former employee of Brunello di Montalcino producer, the Soldera family, in connection with vandalism in the winery.
Police are close to an arrest over the attack on leading Brunello estate Case Basse on 2 December in which 62,600 litres of six vintages of Brunello were lost.
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