Well at least the French aren’t making the headlines this time. Travel a little Southwest and you will find the next scandal brewing! Brunello di Montalcino, one of the top Italian Brunello wine producers, has gotten themselves into quite the scandal. Brunello wine, by law, is supposed to be made only with Sangiovese grapes, and, well Brunello di Montalcino is being accused of using other non-permitted grape varieties. As much as I love to give people the benefit of the doubt, I just don’t know if I can on this one. By adding the other grapes, the company was trying to make their wine slightly sweeter to appeal to the North American palette. However, I feel that a truly good wine is like that adorable old couple you see once in a blue moon. If what you got is good, why change it?
As for now, the sale of 2003 vintage Brunello has been halted and some 600,000 bottles of wine have been impounded while the investigation continues.
Reputations are at stake here for sure. What are your thoughts on the investigation?