We kick off 2012 with a plethora of links gathered over the holidays from friends throughout the wine world.
First up, some serious chest beating as we most proudly accept Robert Whitley’s anointing Castello Banfi as “winery of the year”.
More buzz on Castello Banfi comes from Ken’s Wine Guide, as Ken provides a thorough review with tasting notes of Poggio alle Mura Brunello di Montalcino 2006.
The Winestein Himself, David Falchek, penned a piece on the pleasures of sweet wine — and included one of our favorite red sparklers from Piedmont.
Ray Isle of Food&Wine forced his way through a week of healthy wine drinking, starting off with Natura Sauvignon Blanc.
Joe Janish is Director of Public Relations for Banfi Vintners, a Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW), and a veteran of the wine industry for over 20 years. He launched one of the first wine blogs back in 1997, the now-defunct “Wine Dictator,” and cut his teeth on his grandfather’s homemade wine. He still keeps a copy of Wine for Dummies nearby for reference.