Unless you've been living under a rock, you have heard the news that Montalcino producers, in a landslide vote, rejected a proposal to allow international grape varieties in Rosso di Montalcino. By law, Brunello di Montalcino and Rosso di Montalcino must be made by 100% Sangiovese grapes. The vote was held last week at an assembly called by the Brunello Producers Association.

By all accounts, the campaign to change appellation regulations pitted a few large commercial wineries against a sea of smaller producers. The proposal was championed by consortium president Ezio Rivella.