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The best 100 wines and winemakers of Italy 2021: Corriere della Sera has hit the mark
The best 100 wines and winemakers of Italy 2021: Corriere della Sera has hit the mark

Video: The best 100 wines and winemakers of Italy 2021: Corriere della Sera has hit the mark

Video: The best 100 wines and winemakers of Italy 2021: Corriere della Sera has hit the mark
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Let's start with the facts. Luciano Ferraro and Luca Gardini reward in the guide of Corriere della SeraThe 100 best wines and winemakers in Italy ”Camilla Lunelli, communications manager of the famous Trento DOC winery and Claudio Tipa, entrepreneur and owner of Poggio di Sotto, Grattamacco, Tenuta San Giorgio and ColleMassari. Let's talk about.

Hate and criticism. A series of recommended readings

The free provocation raised a moderately interesting debate. What does it mean to be a winemaker? Jacopo Cossater on Gastronomika (Linkiesta) has quite clear ideas and starts from Treccani to collect a series of opinions that you should read. On the other hand, Antonio Tomacelli on Intravino is more critical and cutting edge, where he does not forget to mention an award given by Corriere for an e-commerce that has Gardini as its brand ambassador. The linguistic question was quickly destroyed by those who brilliantly went directly to google the difference between the term winemaker and entrepreneur.

Regardless, the real issue must be more complex. Despite everything in the world of the contrary bastian, the only opinion that I consider valid is that of Francesco Bordini, agronomist, oenologist and owner of Villa Papiano who writes in a comment on Facebook: "Can I sing out of the choir? For 3 years I have been following the vineyards of "La Palazzetta Fanti" in Montalcino, many of which are located adjacent to those of ColleMassari. For 3 years now, I have been observing the work they do in the vineyard on a daily basis and I can guarantee you that true and very detailed viticulture is carried out there. I applaud them that on such a large scale they know how to do real viticulture. Alas, viticulture of that rank is rare even in the artisan world. Viticulture requires discipline and observation, where I find it, the real one, I can only be admired. The great lesson of Montalcino is how widespread the wine culture is and you have no idea how much I miss such widespread discipline elsewhere. For me, anyone who invests real money in the vineyard rather than in the cellar is a winegrower and has my esteem."

Who is right then? In this fuss that was raised out of nowhere at the end of the day we find ourselves in a wasteland where everyone wins and nobody wins.

The fault is ours alone

My opinion on all this? That once again we are not talking about wine. Ferraro and Gardini have hit the mark. This guide, which until yesterday was worth less than zero in terms of communication, has now become the most important topic to report and an avalanche of articles, including this one, lead the way. Do you know why? Because you, my dear readers, read these articles. As the news broke out, I started getting calls and messages to find out when my article about it was coming out. And here is a small failure of mine. Having to write yet another guide that does not help the wine but helps our desire to break the boxes regardless to hear our opinions overwhelm those of others. And so on with constant clickbaiting and maybe a phone call from the editorial staff to congratulate the numbers.

Rather than my opinion, listen to my advice. Forget Ferraro and Gardini, Corriere and their guide to the 100 best wines and winemakers, me and my colleagues who must necessarily talk about it. Go to the cellar and open a bottle of your favorite wine just to remind you that the best of the best is what you like.