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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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Harvest 2014: it is what it is

by Laura Gray on October 5, 2014

Luscious Sangiovese Harvest 2014“Non siamo padroni noi dell’uva, è la stagione che fa da padrone” We are not masters of the grape, it’s the season that calls the shots. Marco pronounced these  words, two days after we finished our 2014 harvest. 2014 was hard; a series of slaps in the face from Mother Nature in the form of […]

Harvest time in Tuscany: a podcast

by Laura Gray on September 21, 2014

harvest2Thanks very much to Travis and Pat of Total Tuscany for getting up at 6.30 am on a Saturday for our interview – and for picking Il Palazzone to feature in their 22nd episode. Click here for 30 minutes of harvest-related banter. If you’d like to read about what we’re doing pre-pick or about my […]

Spampanamento & yield reduction : Harvest 2014 update

by Laura Gray on September 18, 2014

IMG_0741There’s not been much time to blog this last month or so. Montalcino has been riding out the most recent Brunello “scandal” which, in spite of the lure of eye-catching headlines seems actually to have been a huge triumph for the DOCG system of controls that are in place to protect the consumers. Billed as the “largest […]

Polenta in July: Harvest 2014 update

by Laura Gray on July 31, 2014

raincloudsFor the last two or three days most Italian people I see tell me in incredulous tones about their most recent meal. “Polenta! Would you believe it?” – “Stuffato con porcini… ma siamo matti? Porcini beef stew.. crazy” – “Passata di lenticchie… lentil soup, whatever next?.” We are all in a state of shock because […]

Living the dream?

by Laura Gray on July 21, 2014

Camigliano 2I spill the beans in a podcast here  

Benvenuto Rosso del Palazzone 01/14!

by Laura Gray on July 18, 2014

10388144_10152506611284936_511432470915972819_nAt the end of June we bottled 7,200 bottles of our newest Rosso del Palazzone. The first Rosso del Palazzone was released just 4 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 difference in soil, age of vines, position and altitude. The […]

The truth about airlocks

by Laura Gray on June 18, 2014

ColmatoriIn December 2013 a six year old visiting the cellar was prompted by his proud parents to tell me that the glass airlocks on the top of each barrel were designed by Leonardo da Vinci. A blog post to be written I thought to myself at the time, followed by an incredulous scowl and a […]

Il Palazzone 2013 Olive Oil has arrived!

by Laura Gray on May 19, 2014

Olive-Oil-620x826Calling all olive oil lovers! A small amount of our most recent bottling of extra virgin olive oil has just arrived in the US. If you have tasted our olive oil already, you know that we put as much care and love into our olives as we do into the grapes for our Brunello. We […]

Decanter 2009 Brunello Panel Tasting Results

by Laura Gray on May 12, 2014

2009 panel tasting results  Our 2009 Brunello was highly recommended by Decanter. The full listings are here.

Montalcino curiosities

by Laura Gray on May 6, 2014

Salimb_Eucaristia_full_rSome things you might not know about Montalcino The demonym for the inhabitants of Montalcino is ilcinesi, singular ilcinese. There is a wine-shop every 19 inhabitants (Source: Museum of Brunello). There is a Museum of Brunello, on the road between Montalcino and Castelnuovo dell’Abate. The population of 5278 residents includes people from 51 different nationalities (2012 data… […]
Wine Enthusiast Brunello 2009
BS HatThis time last year we were all at Vinitaly, in sad little clusters, grieving the passing of Dott. Franco Biondi Santi, “The Gentleman of Brunello. This in fact is the title of a biography about him, written by Montalcino expert, Kerin O’Keefe. Read her touching tribute to him here. The passing of Il Dottore at […]

A slap in the face from Nature?

by Laura Gray on March 26, 2014

It's a chill wind....We have had no winter this year, and at the beginning of March it seemed as if we had truly skipped a season and fast-forwarded to Spring. Our duvet was off the bed and happy tourists were baring legs much to the consternation of the locals. I wrote here about our late pruning and concerns […]

Budbreak 2014 : Montalcino terroir in action

by Laura Gray on March 24, 2014

IMG_5030Our 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 in the early afternoon of 24th March. At Le Due Porte, where our cellar is, the fuzzy nubs are just visible, whereas at the Castelnuovo dell’Abate vineyards, significantly lower in […]

Late pruning and out of season funghi

by Laura Gray on March 6, 2014

PotaturaMarco found mushrooms on Wednesday. Now this may not seem like news – it has certainly happened before (see here) but actually it is a rather worrying phenomenon. There should not be mushrooms in early March. Mimosa ought not to flower in mid-February but wait until 8th March for International Women’s Day. Wild asparagi have […]
Il Palazzone 2009 - domenico valentino 90 punti

January 2014 in Montalcino

by Laura Gray on January 31, 2014

January 2014 in Montalcino 

A delicious food pairing for 2009 Brunello

by Jenny Cuddihy on January 27, 2014

marovilla familyI Trulli Cucina Meridionale is celebrating their 20 year anniversary in New York City and continues to be a staple for authentic Italian cuisine with a focus on dishes inspired from traditional Puglian recipes. It is a family owned restaurant with the matriarch of the Marzovilla family, Dora leading the way as the mastermind behind […]

Benvenuto Brunello Tasting in New York City

by Jenny Cuddihy on January 23, 2014

5 wine flightThe Consorzio del Vino Brunello Di Montalcino organizes an annual Brunello Tasting event in New York City celebrating the release of the latest vintage of Brunello and for the first time ever Il Palazzone will be participating. The event will be held at Gotham Hall on Monday January 27th with the public tasting portion going from […]

How does a winery use Twitter?

by Laura Gray on January 19, 2014

Il Palazzone tweetsPeople often ask me how we use Twitter…  click here for the answer in 44 seconds. My Twitter obsession has a long history and many people have had to listen to me pontificating about its tangible ROI and other SM acronyms. Apart from the real pleasure of talking to adults about my favorite subjects, I use the […]