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The seizure led Argiano to declassify its 2003 Brunello so it could sell the wine rather than waiting for a resolution in the case, and the U. government threatened to block Brunello imports unless the Italian government could guarantee the wines' authenticity.Eventually, the two governments reached an agreement to allow shipments, and Antinori's Pian delle Vigne Brunello 2003 was cleared, as were half of Frescobaldi's Castelgiocondo and most of Banfi's Brunello.And wine lovers can be a contentious bunch, engaging in friendly debates over corkage policies, whether sommeliers should taste the wine before serving, and how well riper-style wines go with food.But we and our readers also had a lot of fun, from discovering exciting new Napa Cabernets to watching funny wine videos for our annual contest to chatting with hot Spanish actresses.Check out what you missed in 2009 or just reminisce with us over your favorite items. Robert Mondavi Dies at Age 94 The passing of the iconic vintner who helped lead California wine to international prominence was the biggest wine news story of the year, causing an outpouring of comments on our blogs from wine lovers and members of the global wine industry who admired or were inspired by him.Our tribute covered his eight decades in the business: his family's start in the Lodi wine business, the founding of Robert Mondavi Winery, the Opus One joint venture with Baron Philippe de Rothschild, the expansion into a publicly traded corporation with several international joint ventures, the financial strains that led to the eventual sale of his beloved company and his family's move to start over with a Napa Cabernet label. Brunello Under Fire One of Americans' favorite Italian wines got caught up in a scandal in spring 2008 as Italy's financial police impounded several prominent producers' remaining 2003 Brunello di Montalcino, as well as subsequent vintages still aging in bottle or barrel, under suspicions that the wines contained grapes other than Sangiovese, the only variety permitted in Brunello under DOCG regulations.Gwyneth Paltrow may be one of Hollywood's go-to leading ladies, but she also makes a mean bruschetta.THR reports the "Country Strong" actress is currently in negotiations to star in the indie "Blood, Bones & Butter" -- based on Gabrielle Hamilton’s foodie memoir.

Each episode finds the four in a new locale, from learning how Cava is made in Catalonia to meeting the famed pigs of Salamanca, as they steadily reveal the undiscovered delights of a country brimming with gastronomic and aesthetic treasures. In 2009, Sam landed the role as semi-regular Scott Nielson the boyfriend of Nurse Cherry Malone and secret drug dealer in the BBC soap opera, Doctors.Sam is currently playing Tennent’s Lager creator Hugh Tennent in a series of adverts.Date of Birth 30 April 1980, New Galloway, Dumfriesshire, Scotland, UK Bassols graduated from the American School of Barcelona in 1997.Her education includes a degree in Musical Comedy (Coco Comín, Barcelona), with further drama studies in Paris, London, Los Angeles, at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, and at the National Institute of Dramatic Art.Sam Heughan was born in New Galloway, Dumfriesshire, Scotland, in 1980.

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