News Briefs for January 3, 2022January 3, 2022
•Franco Ziliani, the winemaker and revered “founding father” of Northern Italy’s Franciacorta sparkling wine appellation, died of natural causes over the holidays at his home on the shores of the appellation’s Lake Iseo. He was 90. Ziliani’s passing came at a historic milestone, 60 years after making his first groundbreaking vintage of a Champagne-style sparkling wine for Berlucchi, the winery he came to own through his long partnership with Count Guido Berlucchi. That wine demonstrated that the region could produce high-quality sparkling wine, in a similar style to French Champagne. Today, Franciacorta is considered one of Italy’s top sparkling styles. Wine Spectator has more.
•Boulder, Colorado-based Giuliana Imports has partnered with distributors Stem Wine Company in Arizona and Good Life Provisions in Nebraska, effective January 1. This expansion will make Giuliana’s portfolio—including a wide variety of wines from Italian regions like Tuscany, Veneto, Lombardy, and Piedmont, and select wineries in France, Chile, Spain, and Argentina—available in a total of nine states. In addition, Giuliana has renewed with Synergy Fine Wines in Colorado and New Mexico. The company’s full portfolio is available in Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Nebraska, Wyoming, and Utah, with selections also available in Illinois, California, and Texas.Subscribe to Shanken News Daily’s Email Newsletter, delivered to your inbox each morning.