Jeremy Parzen (disclosure, a good friend) serves up a terribly compelling examination of the Brunello scandal on Dobianchi and VinoWire. Get ready for his vigorous commentary on the explosion (discussion? nope!) between ex-director enologist for Castello Banfi Ezio Rivella, wine writer Franco Ziliani, and Serralunga winemaker who played a supporting role in my book, Teobaldo Cappellano. Dino Cutolo moderated. It makes no sense for me to blog Dr. J's blog, just go and read it HERE and HERE To hear Ezio actually say, Sangiovese is a lean grape with little color and that the Italian wine industry would be better served by using international grape varieties, and making wines more international in style. You don’t win a 100 points from the Wine Spectator, said Rivella, using just Sangiovese, brings out the latent radical in me---and makes me long for the days when Brunello had a point of view to take seriously to say instead of brown-nosing. There is something very wrong in the world, and just because people choose wine instead of politics, is just perhaps a more artistic symptom of choice. There is nothing to be done to change this kind of thinking but as flawed as the DOC/ AOC systems are, I am grateful for at least their modicum of protection. How do you say fascian victim in Italian?