As many of you are aware, in the wake of the recent Brunello di Montalcino scandals in Italy, the debate is heating up about whether or not the Brunello disciplinare (regulations) should be changed to allow non-Sangiovese varieties. Franco Ziliani has asked his community to pass on word of an upcoming debate.
Franco, an eminent Italian wine journalist and author of the excellent blog Vino al Vino, and Teobaldo Cappellano, traditional Barolo producer and founder of Vini Veri, will be pitted against the enologist Ezio Rivella, for many years the managing director of Castello Banfi, and Vittorio Fiore, noted consultant enologist and owner of Poggio Scalette. The debate is sponsored by Vinarius, the trade association of Italian enoteche, and will take place at the University of Siena, on the 3rd of October, at 3 PM local time. If you want to tune in, the debate will be broadcast live on the sites of the Tuscany Region and on Vinarius’s own site. It will be in Italian, but I expect there will be a number of English-language blogs with great summaries of the debate shortly thereafter (among them most certainly Jeremy Parzen’s Do Bianchi), and I’ll make sure I get them all quickly into Able Grape.
This is a critical subject, because it gets right to the heart of the purpose of wine appellations, and I, for one, will definitely be tuning in.