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Authenticity guarantees more than sufficient for Brunello

American authorities no longer have any cause to block the imports of the prized Italian wine Brunello di Montalcino, Italian Agriculture Minister Luca Zaia said here.

The green light came from the head of the United States Treasury's Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB), John Manfreda.

Last year the TTB had threatened to ban Brunello imports because of revelations that some producers were blending their wine with grapes other than Sangiovese grown inside of Montalcino in Tuscany.

This meant that the wine would not qualify for the official Brunello DOCG designation and could represent a case of fraud.

In order to appease American authorities, Italy last year stripped the consortium of Brunello producers of its power to certify the authenticity of the wine, a task which was passed to the agriculture ministry's department of inspectors.

Italy also introduced a certificate of label approval (COLA) which states that the product's vintage date and brand name meet the requirements for Brunello di Montalcino DOCG denomination and respects all standards for sale in Italy.

by S. C.
23 october 2009, World News > Italy

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