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Frescobaldi Investigated for Fraud
Staff Writer - April 26, 2005

 

FrescobaldiHalf a million liters of red wine from two Frescobaldi properties have been confiscated and 12 members of the company, including Leonardo, Lamberto e Vittorio Frescobaldi, are under investigation for alleged breach of the article 515 of the Italian penal code.
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Launched the Association Tour & Food Italia
Staff Writer - March 19, 2005

 

Tour & Food ItaliaThe staff of the bilingual magazine Tour & Food Italia in 2005 launched the Association Tour & Food Italia, with offices on prestigious Via della Condotta, just a few feet from Piazza della Signoria in Florence.
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Cafaggiolo Castle: Opens over Easter Weekend, Plus a Peek Into the 2005 Summer Program
Staff Writer - March 7, 2005

 

Castello di Cafaggiolo In occasion of the long weekend, the Cafaggiolo Castle opens its door the the public from Holy Friday to Monday after Easter, to give tourists and art lovers, occasional visitors and passionate cultists of the Medici family, the chance to visit this famous, ancient countryside residence of theirs.
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Frescobaldi Acquires Control of 'Luce della Vite'
Staff Writer - March 3, 2005

 

La Vite LucenteThe wine company Marchesi de' Frescobaldi has acquired control of Luce della Vite, a Tuscan company with its offices in Montalcino, by buying part of the stock owned by California-based Robert Mondavi Corporation. Frescobaldi has bought 50 percent of Robert Mondavi's share and is quickly preparing a 'call option' for a further 15 percent.
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Benvenuto Brunello 2005 – Pictures from Montalcino
Staff Writer - February 26, 2005

 

WomenCristo Lepori, our man in Italy, returned from Benvenuto Brunello, or "Welcome Brunello", the annual presentation of the Brunello di Montalcino vintage held for the press by the Consorzio del Brunello di Montalcino with pictures and a point of view.
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Coldiretti: Brunello Quality encourages Export
Staff Writer - February 23, 2005

 

Consorzio Brunello di MontalcinoAfter having obtained the highest score from a qualitative point of view, the Brunello di Montalcino made with grapes from the 2004 harvest, stands to lead the Italian comeback on international markets, where almost two thirds of the six million bottles of Brunello produced each year end up, said Coldiretti.
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"Adopt A Barrique": An Interesting Proposal from a Tuscan Winemaker
Staff Writer - February 19, 2005

 

BarriqueThe commercial farm Tenuta Valdipiatta, located in the famed Tuscan area of Montepulciano, launched a new, interesting initiative dedicated to all wine lovers. The winemaker offers wine buffs the opportunity to 'adopt a barrique' and become a 'producing eno-tourist' or, take the leap all the way and, from a Sunday wine tourist, become a self-producing wine drinker.
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Frescobaldi to Take Back Mondavi Share
Staff Writer - February 4, 2005

 

LuceThe Frescobaldi family wants to take over the joint venture share held by Robert Mondavi in the wine farm Luce della Vita (Light of Life), near Montalcino. That's what Marquis Leonardo De' Frescobaldi said in an interview with the German daily "Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung".
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Azienda Agricola Betti Quarrata (Pistoia)
- February 1, 2005

 

The Company of the Month for February 2005 is the Azienda Agricola Betti, a Tuscan family-run commercial farm established at the beginning of 20th century that produces quality wines and premium olive oil. Of the about 60 hectares (just shy of 150 acres) of property, 15 (about 37 acres) are dedicated to vineyards and 3.5 (about 8;65 acres) to the olive groves.

Chianti

The property, located at 150 to 200 meters above sea level (about 492 to 656 feet), has been passed down from father to son since the late 1800's, to the current owners, Paolo Betti and his sons, Guido and Gherardo.


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Brunello di Montalcino: Sales Are Up in Northern Europe
Staff Writer - January 21, 2005

 

Montalcino and labelsThe Brunello di Montalcino knows no crisis: if the exportation of Italian wine is stagnating, Brunello sales held on well in 2004, with 5.7 million bottles sold.

Sales were consolidated in the reference market, the US, but actually went up in northern European countries such as Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland.
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Ohio Native Flourishes on Tuscan Soil
John S. Long - January 10, 2005

 

Il Molino di GraceAfter one look at Villa Castagnoli in Panzano, in the heart of the Chianti Classico region, Grace and his wife fell in love with the place. They arrived there on a Saturday, and by the time they left Italy the following Monday, they were owners of an estate, along with 60 acres- much of it vineyards.
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Homeland Burial for the Giant Tuscan Truffle
Staff Writer - December 23, 2004

 

White TrufflesThe 852 gram white truffle that made headlines in November when it was bought for a record-breaking $52,000 (€42,000) by London restaurant Zafferano at the "International Tuscan Truffle Auction", is to be buried in its homeland in San Miniato, Tuscany after it went moldy in the kitchen safe because of the length of time it had been on display.
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The Consorzio Strada del Vino Costa degli Etruschi offers its wines en primeur through Futurewine "Ownership Certificates"
Staff Futurewine - December 22, 2004

 

Wine Road of the Etruscan CoastThere is a narrow strip of land, squeezed between the hills and the sea shore, known as the "Costa degli Etruschi". It begins in Livorno province, extends across the Pisa hills and the Val di Cornia (Cornia Valley), all the way to the boundary of Grosseto, and down towards the coast facing the fabulous Elba island. As Tuscany is synonymous with wine, art, culture and nature, here they combine to assume the identity of the Strada del Vino Costa degli Etruschi, or "Consortium of the Etruscan Coast Wine Road".
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Wine Tourism: Siena to Host First Service Center
Staff Writer - December 21, 2004

 

Piazza del Palio, SienaSiena is to host the first "Study and Service Center" to promote the development of the more than 100 Italian "Wine Roads".

The project was set up by the National Wine Cities Association (comprising more than 540 municipalities) and combunes a series of initiatives supporting wine tourism organized by the association.
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Cafaggiolo Castle, Truffle Satellite Auction with London and New York
Staff Writer - November 22, 2004

 

White Truffle - Tuber Magnatum Pico The "International Tuscan Truffle Auction" is this fall's food event, with direct satellite links to the Italian Wine Merchant wine shop owned by Mario Batali, Sergio Esposito and Joseph Bastianich in New York and the Zafferano restaurant owned by Enzo Cassini in London. This year there's a new record! An 850 grams truffle sold for $52.000 to a group of buyers gathered at the Zafferano restaurant in London.
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The First Italian Truffle Museum Opens in San Giovanni d'Asso
Staff Writer - November 17, 2004

 

Tartufo BiancoThis museum is the twenty ninth in the province of Siena, in Tuscany and was inaugurated on Saturday, November 13, 2004 in San Giovanni d'Asso, in the underground store room of the local, over one-thousand-year-old castle, in the presence of the president of Siena Province, Fabio Ceccherini, and San Giovanni d'Arco's mayor, Michele Boscagli.
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Tavola con Vista (Table with a View), a Short Movie Festival
Staff Writer - October 14, 2004

 

Tavola con VistaGola Gioconda (Happy Throat) and Teatro Puccini in Florence, Italy invite you to tell a story about food, wine and enogastronomy using your video camera, thus participating to Tavola con Vista, the first short movie festival ( maximum 15 minutes) dedicated to these subjects, so important and central in the Italian culture and lifestyle.
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Cooking Class Reveals Soul of Italian Food (Third of three parts)
Brian Bergstein – Canadian Press - August 20, 2004

 

Chianti wine road mapPerhaps best of all, it demystified and democratized the Tuscan kitchen. The essential message was how to get good food to emerge from simple concepts and very fresh ingredients.
That's a strategy I feel comfortable trying to replicate at home - even though home, sadly, is far from the nurturing green landscape of Tuscany.
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Cooking Class Reveals Soul of Italian Food (First of three parts)
Brian Bergstein – Canadian Press - July 21, 2004

 

Chianti areaDeep in the Chianti wine country, I guided a rented Volkswagen over more than a kilometer of dirt road, past vineyards and olive trees and down a steep, narrow and gouged stretch that made the car's shocks groan.
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Palio di Siena (colorful horse race in downtown Siena)
Staff Writer - July 16, 2003

 

The organization of competition was commonplace in many Tuscan towns in medieval times. As "palio", or "prize", the winner would get a gonfalone, or "flag". The world-famous Palio di Siena ...
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The Wine Roads of Tuscany
Staff Writer - July 10, 2003

 

The Wine Roads are itinerary within wine producing areas that offer natural, cultural and historical attractions in addition to vineyards and wineries ...
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"Viniadi", First Italian Competition for Non-Professional Wine Tasters
Staff Writer - June 30, 2003

 

Literally, "Wine Olympics", that's the meaning of "Viniadi"
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Art In A Bottle
Staff Writer - March 29, 2003

 

Artwine BottlesIn collaboration with the Florence Art and Culture Ministry, Artwine has created four labels reproducing as many world famous classic masterpieces associated internationally with Florence and Tuscany. They are:

  1. Nascita di Venere (The Birth od Venus), by Sandro Filipepi, better known as Botticelli
  2. Bacco (Bacchus), by Michelangelo Merisii, better known as Caravaggio
  3. David,  by Michelangelo Buonarroti
  4. Perseo (Perseus), by Benvenuto Cellini

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