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Here’s to Grappa with a capital G !

by Laura Gray on February 17, 2017

Foto GrappaThose of you who follow on instagram may remember some earnest postings in August during a visit to Distilleria Nannoni. I had gone to pay my respects to a cask of 2010 Grappa Riserva and to determine whether it was time to unleash this fire-kitten onto the world. For a number of reasons this is a very special grappa, not […]

The sad tale of the 2016 olive harvest

by Laura Gray on January 15, 2017

Olives galoreWell, to say that 2016 was an excruciating harvest for our olives is an understatement. Almost everything that could go wrong did in one way or another. An absolute absence of below freezing temperatures in winter 2015/2016 meant that we did not enjoy the benefit of sterilizing cold which would have been more than welcome. […]
Sensory Tasting Experience  As humans we can decipher a myriad of scents independently of whether or not we are able to name them. Smell is the one sense that goes straight to the brain and we all know the power of an olfactory flashback, yet it is often the most ignored of the senses. Red fruit, blackberries, […]

Happy (early) Father’s Day from Il Palazzone!

by Jenny Cuddihy on June 12, 2016

091010riserva-3Il Palazzone Brunello di Montalcino makes for a wonderful gift for husbands, fathers & father-in-law wine lovers. Our Rosso del Palazzone makes for a terrific BBQ wine with its’ lighter, fresher style. And the Il Palazzone Olive Oil would make any Dad/Italian cuisine lover very happy. Il Palazzone wines  are distributed in many states throughout […]

2009 Brunello di Montalcino at Cité du Vin

by Jenny Cuddihy on June 1, 2016

La-Cite-du-VinWe are proud to have our 2009 Brunello di Montalcino chosen to be one of the wines featured at La Cite du Vin, the world’s first theme park devoted exclusively to wine, that just opened this week in Bordeaux with much anticipation from around the world.   La Cite du Vin will have over 800 wines […]
Bug warIn the vine-rows closest to the cellar we have noticed the tell-tale signs of either Panonychus Ulmi Koch or Eotetranycus carpini, nasty little red and yellow spider-mites, visible only through the leaf damage they leave in their wake. Their presence is a sign that the balance between predators and pathogens is broken and so we are obviously […]

Private sunset tastings at Il Palazzone

by Laura Gray on May 3, 2016

Sunset tastings at Il PalazzoneAs the day draws to a close, the shadows of the cypress trees are lengthening. The stone walls are warm to the touch. The doves are cooing and a rooster in the distance seems to have misplaced all sense of time. The air is balmy with a gentle aroma of fragrant rosemary and sage… or […]

2010 Riserva Recipe Pairing featuring A Voce Restaurant

by Jenny Cuddihy on February 17, 2016

A voce entrance[1]A Voce is a New York restaurant that celebrates the simple pleasures of Italian cooking in a welcoming, sophisticated and modern venue. Located in the Time Warner Center overlooking Columbus Circle and Central Park, they offer authentic, ingredient-driven, and regionally inspired creations that are both refined and approachable. From beautifully prepared fish and meats to […]

Gongs, boars, vines and bottles…

by Laura Gray on February 5, 2016

IMG_2165It’s been quite a week; the first recognition for our 2010 Riserva from Tom Hyland who put our wine in his top five of the category in his Winesearcher article and then the happy discovery that we are the winners of Vineyard of the Year for the province of Siena from Luxury Travel Guide. We […]

And the 2016 vintage begins…

by Laura Gray on February 2, 2016

January 2016The last three days of January are known throughout Italy as “i giorni della merla” – the days of the blackbird. According to tradition, these days are always bitterly cold and often the coldest three days of the year. Legend has it that the blackbird was once brilliant white but its plumage turned black forever […]

Is Bigger Really Better?

by Jenny Cuddihy on June 10, 2015

Big boys....Is bigger really better? The 2010 vintage of Il Palazzone Brunello is presenting itself to be one of the greatest vintages in our 20 year history of producing Brunello. It is also one of our largest productions, as we made over 14,000 750ml bottles since we were able to use nearly all the grapes from […]

Got to love those little hands!

by Laura Gray on May 19, 2015

manine1The vines are growing upwards, anchoring themselves to the foliage wires with their tendrils. While the agronomical term is viticci, in Montalcino they are known as manine – little hands – since it’s as if the vines are clinging to the wires for support. We are very close to flowering here at Le Due Porte […]

Transparency and Traceability in Brunello

by Jenny Cuddihy on May 6, 2015

FascettaIn 2009 The Consorzio del Vino Brunello di Montalcino announced a system where you can confirm your wine’s authenticity by texting a phone number with the letter and number code listed on the DOCG strip which is found on the neck of the bottle of Brunello. Once the information is received you then get a […]

Private sunset tastings at Il Palazzone

by Laura Gray on April 28, 2015

Setting Sun As the day draws to a close, the shadows of the cypress trees are lengthening. The stone walls are warm to the touch. The doves are cooing and a rooster in the distance seems to have misplaced all sense of time. The air is balmy with a gentle aroma of fragrant rosemary and sage… or […]

Hard at work in the olive grove

by Laura Gray on April 22, 2015

Daisies with olive treesThis month we are hard at work in the olive groves, digging up the soil in a perfect circle around the base of each tree and fertilising each plant. Olive tree roots are a mirror image of the chioma or branch structure so the upturned soil at the base of each plant matches the furthest […]

Budbreak 2015: Montalcino terroir in action

by Laura Gray on April 20, 2015

Le Due Porte 18th AprilOur three vineyards are separated by a total of 15 km (9 miles) and have different elevation, soil composition, vine-age and exposition. These photographs were all taken within ten days of each other. At Le Due Porte, where the cellar is located, the fuzzy nubs of the new leaves were just visible on 8th April […]
Chef-di-Cucina-Lauren-DeSteno-HeadshotMarea restaurant in New York City is known for it’s superb cuisine, seamless service, and award-winning wine programs. To date, Marea has received two Michelin stars, the 2010 James Beard Award for Best New Restaurant, three stars from The New York Times, named Best New Restaurant by Bon Apetit, Esquire, and GQ Magazine and also […]

Watch this space! Benvenuto Brunello 2015 kicks off

by Laura Gray on February 20, 2015

IMG_0427Benvenuto Brunello, Montalcino, vintage 2014

Pruning at Le Due Porte : 12th February 2015

by Laura Gray on February 13, 2015

BackbreakingIt’s hard to believe that we had 4cm of snow last Friday; schools closed, market cancelled, the works. This last week has been full of wonderful crisp and clear days, with startling blue skies and beautiful sunsets. Winter pruning started on Monday 2nd February, a “potatura soffice” meticulously performed by hand. Soffice in Italian means […]

Rosso del Palazzone 01/15 is in the cellar!

by Laura Gray on January 20, 2015

Rosso tasting room shotThe cellar is crammed with cages full of our newest Rosso del Palazzone, ready to be labelled, packaged and sent off around the world. The first Rosso del Palazzone was released 5 years ago. Because our Brunello vineyards are in three very different areas of Montalcino, the grapes from each vineyard show very diverse qualities due to the […]

Winter weekend tastings at Il Palazzone, Montalcino

by Laura Gray on November 14, 2014

Golden Days at Il PalazzoneThink you know Brunello? Think again. Never tried Brunello in your life? In just 90 minutes make up for lost time. Blank slate or sommelier, you have never tasted wine like this before! These special tastings on weekends during the winter months offer are much more than a regular tasting. Allow yourself to be guided […]

Svinatura 2014

by Laura Gray on October 14, 2014

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