The Italian Almanac


It happens in Italy - January 4th

Police in the city of Potenza announced that they had smashed a gang of thieves they dubbed "la banda del Brunello" (the Brunello Gang) for their dedication to stealing some of Italy's most expensive wines, and Brunello di Montalcino from the town of Montalcino in Tuscany is one of Italy's most celebrated red wines.

Ten of the alleged gang were arrested and two more are still on the wanted list at the conclusion of a police operation lasting nine months, during which they tailed them from one hypermarket to the next, accumulating evidence and information.

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