Friday, May 16, 2008

"Holy Brunello, Batman!"

If you adore a Brunello di Montalcino as much as I do, buckle your seat belts and brace yourself. The available supply of this highly coveted red wine may start shrinking. According to Wine Spectator:
One of Italy's top wine regions, already grappling with allegations of fraud, is now in danger of losing its biggest export market. The U.S. government has asked Italian wine authorities to certify that any bottle of Brunello di Montalcino imported into the United States is made from 100 percent Sangiovese, beginning next month.

Without certification by laboratory analysis or a statement from the Italian government, the wines cannot be sold in the U.S.

. . . "This is a diplomatic problem and I am confident it will be sorted out at the diplomatic level," said Francesco Marone-Cinzano, the [Brunello Consorzio]'s president. But a block on U.S. imports would be a severe blow to Montalcino. The appellation produces 6.5 million bottles of Brunello a year, roughly 25 percent of which goes to America.

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