Antonio Galloni of the Wine Advocate [Q&A]

antonio galloni There’s a new order at the Wine Advocate. Last month, Robert Parker announced editorial changes at the publication he founded in 1978. The moves notably included promoting Antonio Galloni to a greater role, as Galloni took over reviewing California wines from Parker himself as well as adding coverage of Burgundy (ex-Beaujolais) to his beat that already included Champagne and all of Italy.

To get to know Galloni better, I recently emailed him a few questions on a wide range of topics. He took a break from tasting in Burgundy, where he is now, to respond. His unedited replies follow below.

Dr. Vino: What’s an early, formative wine experience that you had?

Antonio Galloni: I was lucky to grow up around wine. Both sets of my grandparents always had wine on the dinner table, so I was exposed at an early age. My maternal grandfather loved the great wines of France and Italy. He was also a long-time subscriber to the Wine Advocate and had an extensive library of books on wine that fascinated me, even as a child.

My parents owned a food and wine shop when I was a teenager, and that’s where I got a lot of my in-depth exposure to Italian wines. They were bringing home great bottles all the time for us to try. It was a fantastic education.

I see you went to Berklee College of Music. What’s a piece of music that brings you joy?

Mozart’s opera Don Giovanni always makes me smile, but there are many pieces of music that bring me joy, depending on my mood.

You tweeted that you are “100% focused on wine now.” Where were you previously employed and what did you do there?

I spent fourteen years in financial services in a variety of marketing and business development roles in both the traditional asset management and alternative asset industries.

Which is your favorite Serie A team? And NFL?

My favorite serie A team is Juventus because it is the team I grew up watching with my dad. I went to undergraduate school and graduate school in Boston, so my favorite NFL team is the Patriots. I also admire Tom Brady a great deal for his leadership, ability to perform in clutch situations and his ability to raise the level of the players around him

How would you describe your wine preferences?

In terms of critical evaluation, one of the main things I look for is conviction. The style of the wine is less important to me than feeling that a winemaker is 100% behind what they are putting into the bottle. I believe that, over time, that quality comes through. Of course, I am also looking for the attributes all great wines share; complexity, length, textural elegance, and in the very finest wines, the capacity to continue to improve over time.

As a consumer, it is much easier. I am simply looking for wines that make me want to drink a second glass.

How important is blind tasting to wine evaluation?

I am first and foremost a wine consumer. I subscribe to all of the major publications and many of the smaller, niche newsletters as well. I am looking for reliability and consistency in the critics whose opinions I respect. I don’t care if a wine in question was number 99 out of 100 tasted, if it was tasted blind or unblind, if was tasted under perfect conditions after the reviewer got a great night’s sleep or at 4am after the critic had an argument with her spouse. What I care about is that a note reflects what is in the glass.

There is no question blind tasting is useful, especially for wines that are similar, or in competition settings. That said, I find blind tasting much less useful in regions where terroir is a fundamental part of the wine culture, which includes Burgundy, Piedmont, Germany, Alsace and Austria to name a few. Barrel samples are almost never tasted blind in regions where production is small because it is impractical. It is also virtually impossible to tell a reader about the potential age worthiness of a wine without knowing the wine, its history and overall track record.

How many wines can you effectively taste in a day?

I don’t have a set rule, I trust my judgment and experience in each of the regions I cover. It also depends on what I am trying to get out of a given tasting. If I am focusing on reviewing finished wines in bottle I give myself more time with each wine, but if I am tasting vins claires in Champagne, for example, where the purpose is to get a general sense of the vintage, I can go through a large number of wines very quickly. It also depends on the vintage. The 2003 Barolos were hard to taste because the tannins were so hard, but the 2004s were much easier because the tannins were sweet and ripe.

Tasting a large number of wines is like a sport. It takes a certain amount of training and discipline to achieve endurance. A lot of people think fatigue happens at the end, but that is not my experience. I am more likely to encounter fatigue at some point in the middle of a tasting, so I take many breaks and drink a lot of water to stay fresh. I also give myself time to re-taste all of the wines that are of significant interest. When the wines are great, I am never tired.

How many times have you been to Burgundy and tasted there?

I have been to Burgundy twice prior to this current two-week trip.

Burgundy wines are among the most coveted in the marketplace. Burgundy enthusiasts have looked to other sources of information, such as Burghound, for guidance. What can you do for Burgundy coverage in the Wine Advocate that Pierre-Antoine Rovani and David Schildknecht were not able to do?

I think I will bring a fresh, young perspective to coverage of Burgundy. I am especially concerned with lack of wine knowledge among consumers of my generation, which is to say between ages 30-40. I plan to use social media and technology to give readers a more interactive experience with wine, as I have already done with Italy and Champagne.

What’s your least favorite vintage for red Burgundy in the past decade?

I always tell my readers to focus on grower first and vintage second. That said, the vintage from which I have tasted the highest number of challenged wines is 2004.

How many times have you been to Sonoma and Napa and tasted there?

Twice.

Which California wines excite you the most?

As I mentioned above, I am looking for wines made with conviction, and those wines can encompass a wide range of styles. I think many of the wines that will excite me the most are those that I haven’t yet discovered. California is vast, and one of my priorities for this year is to focus on up and coming producers and regions.

What do you think of the trend in California toward lower-alcohol wines that show more acidity and are more food-friendly?

I don’t like trends. I want to drink a wine that makes me feel something. It can be a big, bold Napa Cabernet Sauvignon or a cool-climate, lower alcohol wine. It comes down to balance. Specifically with regards to alcohol, some people have drawn a line at 14%. Most Barolos are and have been over 14% for years. They are cool-climate wines, pair beautifully with food and very, very rarely show any signs of heat whatsoever.

As you are no doubt aware, there is speculation that you, either alone or with some investors, have acquired an equity stake in the Wine Advocate. The possibility that outside investors may be involved has some subscribers concerned; they wonder if those investors might have financial interests in the wine world and they think that if outside investors are brought in, that should be disclosed. Have you taken an ownership stake in the Wine Advocate, were there other investors who backed you or who took equity stakes themselves, and, if so, can you say who they are?

I think Robert Parker has publicly answered all of the questions regarding ownership of The Wine Advocate.

Do you have a managerial role now at the Wine Advocate? Going forward, for instance, will you be involved in planning the editorial calendar, and have personnel decisions?

My responsibilities at the Wine Advocate are to review the wines of Italy, Champagne, California and Burgundy, specifically the Cote d’Or and Chablis. I have always had 100% control of my own editorial calendar and of my content. Every review I have written has been published exactly as I submitted it, with the exception of the occasional grammatical correction.

In March, you will be holding a “day-long celebration dedicated to Barolo” for consumers and with fifteen producers from the region. Do you foresee more of these types of events in your schedule?

Yes. We will be much more active in educational events that bring consumers closer to wine. Our next event is a complete vertical of Masseto, the first and only time such a comprehensive tasting has ever been held, and probably the last considering how rare the early vintages have become.

What would it take to liberalize wine shipping laws in the US?

This is frankly a subject I have not had much time to think about.

How great a threat to the fine wine market do counterfeit bottles pose?

The auction market continues to grow at a very fast clip notwithstanding all of the problems that have come to light in recent years with counterfeit bottles. This suggests that the participants in those markets accept and know the risks involved. The greater risk to the fine wine market when it comes to new releases is the huge amount of wine that the baby-boomers have in their cellars and will never drink. Those bottles are and will continue to enter the market via auctions, making new releases that are priced higher much less compelling than well-stored wines that are ready to drink.

Which is the more egregious manipulation in winemaking, watering back or chaptalization?

Chaptalization is an accepted practice in Burgundy, Champagne and other regions. Like other winemaking techniques, it comes down to producers being judicious. Watering back strikes me as less of an accepted practice.

Which wine do you plan to pop on Valentine’s Day?

I am a bit late on this one, but we drank a bottle of one my favorite wines in the world, Cedric Bouchard’s 2006 Rose de Saignee Le Creux d’Enfer.

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57 Responses to “Antonio Galloni of the Wine Advocate [Q&A]”


  1. Interesting interview. Gives me hope that may be after years of working in financial services, I can someday switch full-time to wine!


  2. I’m struck by the price tag of the linked “educational events” that Mr. Galloni is planning and promoting. $300 tastings and $700 galas are targeting a very high-end clientele, which is fine, of course, but it’s hardly the “man of the people” approach that Parker’s self-styled consumer advocacy has laid claim to in the past.

    And considering that this blog was ground zero of the Wine Advocate ethics debates a while back, how does a winemaker gala dinner square with the critics’ code of ethics that Parker reaffirmed after his Jay Miller debacle?

    For your reference, Parker’s words on Wine Advocate policy:

    While it is important to maintain a professional relationship with the trade, I believe the independent stance required of a consumer advocate often, not surprisingly, results in an adversarial relationship with the wine trade. It can be no other way. In order to pursue this independence effectively, it is imperative that I keep a distance from the trade. While this may be misinterpreted as aloofness, such independence guarantees hard‑hitting, candid, and uninfluenced commentary.

    http://www.erobertparker.com/info/wstandards.asp


  3. This man is now arguably the most influential Burgundy reviewer on the planet… And he’s been there twice?

    I think that Mr Galloni is spreading himself too thinly.


  4. Richard

    It is hard for the WA to continue to deny that there were more considerable changes a few weeks back. Parker gives up regions. And all of a sudden, Galloni is promoting two “for profit” events, which would appear to go against what Parker has been preaching for years.

    I am just hopeful that the real answers come out, as to what has changed, but while I am hopeful, it is not likely. Monkton is a closed circle of trust, and we are just blobbers making trouble.,


  5. The WA has a ways to go to being the most influential Burg reviewer- but Antonio is taking over for the most influential CA reviewer w/ only 2 trips to Napa and Sonoma under his belt.

    Not saying he’s not up to the task, but he will have an uphill battle to understand a place that stylistically, and terroir-wise is really is all over the map.


  6. How does conviction smell and taste?


  7. Put me in the camp that believes Antonio can review California wines, without issue.


  8. That is the most informative interview that I’ve read so far on this subject. It will be interesting to see how this plays out.


  9. I read quite a bit of dancing around the issue. Mr Galloni is not the person for the job. Perhaps a MS who has dedicated his/her life to wine would be a worthy embassador. Perhaps someone who has lived in the region would be honored to have the job. However, to trust someone who has visited the region twice?! I think not.


  10. Thanks for asking the questions that have been on our minds, Tyler!


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  12. I answered Tyler’s questions on CA and Burgundy in a straightforward manner because I don’t believe in spin and, more importantly, believe my work (or anyone’s for that matter) should be able to stand on its own. I am confident that will be the case here as well. For those who might like a little more insight, these are some additional thoughts on Burgundy and CA.

    Burgundy – I have been buying, cellaring and drinking these wines for most of my adult life, or before. Readers can find plenty of my notes on Burgundies in the Hedonist’s Gazette section of our website. I speak, write and read fluent French, which means if a grower doesn’t speak English I have no issues at all. This year I will spend more than one month in Burgundy.

    California – I first became exposed to California wines in the early 1990s when I worked as a waiter in several prominent Boston area restaurants. I always sold a lot of wine. Later, my finance career took me to CA frequently, and on those trips I had a chance to taste many of the harder to find wines in restaurants across the state. I will soon make a trip to CA to soak in some of the culture, before beginning my formal tastings later in the year. I expect I will spend about a month in CA this year as well.


  13. […] now covers the wines of Italy, Champagne, California and Burgundy for The Wine Advocate, recently sat down for an email interview with Dr. […]


  14. Antonio,

    Thank you for the response and the lengthy answers. I, for one, do not doubt your tasting abilities.

    That being said, can you clarify, a bit more, on the subject of “editorial and ownership” changes at TWA.

    All of a sudden, you have organized two huge tasting events, since you have “taken over.”

    It is hard not to notice this change, in both WA policy (someone mentioned the Parker ethical quote before), and who is in charge.

    Thanks, in advance.


  15. A very interesting interview with Mr. Galloni, who appears to handle direct and challenging questions with the deftness of a diplomat. I am very heartened to hear that he comes to wine with an open-minded palate, and is looking for excellence in wines in a diverse range of styles. It is so important that the influential wine press do their best to encourage excellence and diversity beyond a narrow stylistic range, however personally cordial that range may be to them.


  16. In addition, lest not forget that Robert Parker reviewed the wines of Spain for over a decade, without ever having visited the region. Were people complaining about him at that time?


  17. Daniel,
    As the singular most influential critic in the world, the esteemed Mr. Parker has also been challenged throughout his career. Certainly Mr Galloni is a consummate professional. However, asking one person to report on Italy, Champagne, Burgundy and California is a dauting task for any mere mortal. The challenge was not wether he will perform his duties competently. Rather, is he the best person for the job? There are those who wholeheartedly feel that this is the assignment for several men and women. I believe that there are a number of people who have focused their lives on these regions that may be able to provide the readers of WA with more insight because of their considerable focus on these areas over a sustained period of time. I was looking for more than dutiful competence. I had hoped for brilliance. Fundamentally, I do not believe that Mr Galloni is being set up for success by his employer.


  18. Well, who employs who is one of the more interesting questions that is being asked.

    Nevertheless, and I again I refer to Parker in his “youth” as he covered (extensively) the regions of Bordeaux, Burgundy, Rhone, California, Champagne, and Italy.


  19. Mr Parker did indeed review the wines of Rioja (and other places) for over a decade without ever having visited the region.

    But perhaps he might not have chosen to present a tasting on Garnacha at the Wine Future 2009 conference if he had visited the region before. Then he might have learned that relatively little Garnacha is planted in the region. His argument in favor of presenting Garnacha was crass and, frankly, ignorant.

    We didn’t complain because we ignored what he had to say on these wines.


  20. […] twice – I’ve been to CA twice and Burgundy a bit more often!), Randall Grahm wrote on Dr Vino’s blog to praise […]


  21. Antonio answered the question regarding Wine Advocate ownership this way:

    “I think Robert Parker has publicly answered all of the questions regarding ownership of The Wine Advocate.”

    Can I get a link or quote on this? What did Parker say?


  22. I hope Dr. Vino readers will forgive my candor…

    Let me say this in plain English so that there are no further ambiguities: there has been no ownership change at the Wine Advocate.
    The only think I have ‘taken over’ is coverage of the Cote d’Or, Chablis and California.

    The consumer is always first and foremost in my mind. Over the last five years the Wine Advocate has devoted an enormous amount of space to the wines of Italy (including far more emphasis on lesser known regions where values still exist) than any other publication anywhere in the world. In Champagne, we have given considerable space and attention to growers who were virtually unknown before I started reviewing their wines. I have insisted that Champagne houses provide disgorgement dates or lot numbers on the NV wines to insure readers can buy the same wines I review. No one on this board has any idea of the battles I have fought with winemakers, estate owners, importers and distributors on the consumer’s behalf. Why has no other publication – small or large – done the same?

    My annual white truffle dinner raises between 40-50K each year for charities focused on children and medicine. Over the last few years my wife and I have given generously of our time and wines to make significant contributions to our community. I challenge anyone on this board to find another wine critic – other than Robert Parker – who has done the same. I have adhered to the strictest ethical standards of independence since well before joining the Wine Advocate in 2006. Comments that suggest otherwise have no basis whatsoever in fact.

    I started writing about wine because, as a consumer, I was not fully satisfied with the level of criticism that was available on the wines I was most interested in. Similarly, I have been a hired speaker at a number of events where I felt one or more elements was not perfect; the location, the stemware and/or the pours , for example. I was tired of going to important dinners and being served a so-so Champagne or seeing tiny pours of wines, sometimes with uneven provenance, served in poor stemware. I thought I might be able to do something better, something where everything was as top-notch as it could possibly be that also gets consumers closer to wine. That’s why we started doing our own events. I want people to come to one our dinners and have a great Champagne to start, in the right glass. I want to have enough wine so if someone wants to go back to a wine they particularly liked it’s no problem. The fact that I have planned two events over the coming months simply reflects that I have much more time to focus on wine than I did previously. Specifically with regards to the Festa del Barolo, I have always loved going to La Paulee and simply though that Barolo deserved its own similar event. It is a big, complex undertaking with many logistical challenges and lots of moving pieces, but I felt it needed to be done. The trade is completely uninvolved in planning these events. I have personally chosen all of the wines based on purely on quality.

    One the subject of the editorial calendar and content, it is up to me to decide when the optimal time is to visit producers how I structure my tastings and what the order of articles should be for the regions I cover. Naturally, I have consulted extensively with Robert Parker on California and David Schildknecht on Burgundy on planning trips but ultimately I need to make my own decisions based on what I think is best for our readers. For example, Robert Parker has traditionally done one long trip to both Napa and Sonoma, whereas I will probably do two separate trips with the goal of being able to focus more on each region and hopefully discover producers who are new to us.


  23. Examples of Mr. Galloni’s “plain English”:

    “The only think”

    “to insure readers” (is the Wine Advocate branching out into insurance?)

    “I felt one or more elements was not perfect; the location, the stemware and/or the pours” (incorrect use of a semi-colon.)

    “I want people to come to one our dinners”

    “simply though that Barolo deserved its own similar event”

    “I have personally chosen all of the wines based on purely on quality.”

    “One the subject of the editorial calendar and content, it is up to me to decide when the optimal time is to visit producers how I structure my tastings and what the order of articles should be for the regions I cover.” (“On” or “Once”? This sentence is also lacking commas.)

    If there were fewer solecisms in Mr. Galloni’s post, his lack of modesty would be more understandable. (I do, however, understand his defensiveness and, judging from the above examples, his haste in writing this post.)

    To call yourself a wine writer, you have to do more than to visit Burgundy (or wherever) twice. You also have to know how to write clearly and literately.


  24. Thank you Antonio for your answers and the information regarding no change in ownership in TWA. Is your answer the same for eRMP.com in terms of equity stake and the like?


  25. @Stuart George,

    That was really low and unnecessary comment from you. How can you criticize someones grammar in a blog comment? Ridiculous!


  26. As a follow up, the reason I ask is because it has been stated (on the Parker board) that eRobertParker.com is a different legal entity than The Wine Advocate. TWA has always been owned solely by Parker; the same is NOT true of eRobertParker, making this an important distinction and question.


  27. So it’s acceptable to write badly online…?

    Such a lack of attention to detail hardly fills me with confidence about his writing and other professional abilities. And if, like Mr. Galloni, you are having to defend yourself, then it should be done from a position of strength. The argument should be based on facts, not self-aggrandising opinions, and it should be flawless.

    By the way, I think that you meant “someone’s grammar” (possessive apostrophe), non?

    Bon weekend

    SDG


  28. A Pats fan? NOOOOO!!! #FAIL #FAIL #FAIL #FAIL

    :)


  29. @ Stuart George,

    Well I don’t know, my native language is Swedish.

    Antonio Galloni is a very competent wine critic and I’m sure he’s going to do a great job covering those regions. Regardless of the few grammatical errors he made here.


  30. Ingen är perfekt…!

    Best

    SDG


  31. “Ingen är perfekt…!”

    Förutom du då eller?

    :-)


  32. Well, my Swedish is not good – but I do try!

    Bon weekend

    SDG


  33. Tyler,

    Thanks for the post – and I’m really excited that Antonio answered your questions as best he could at this point.

    In many ways, Antonio is in a ‘no win’ situation – he doesn’t have enough of the street credentials for some and some don’t appear to be willing to give him the chance to prove what he can do.

    I for one am excited about his new responsibilities, especially in California. All that I can ask is that Antonio approaches the region with eyes (and palate) wide open without prejudice – and I’m confident he will. Just wish those on this board and others would have the same openness.

    Cheers!


  34. Coming from the guy who got 77 point scores from the previous CA wine critic of the WA! ;)

    Just kidding, Larry!


  35. Daniel,

    For what it’s worth, I certainly have no ill will towards RMP whatsoever. To me, he’s been the biggest positive impact on CA wines as well as rhone varieties and has brought both to the forefront of consumers on a worldwide basis.

    Do we share the same palate? Heck no – and that’s okay. I am happy how he rated my wines? Would you be? But c’est la vie (-:

    Cheers!


  36. Just to bring this back to relevance, I still believe Antonio will handle the new duties, without issue, despite any grammatical errors. ;)

    Antonio,

    You will have to forgive the negativity displayed throughout the world wide web, in regards to your new appointment. In addition, the questions regarding the possible “changes” at the Wine Advocate and erp.com. You see, we (subscribers, merchants, consumers, importers, etc) have been lied to by people at erp.com on quite a few occasions.

    MyWines continues to be one of the most nontalked about blunders of the wine business. And while it may make you cringe, it makes me laugh. In addition, even recently, Parker downplayed the numerous free trips around the world taken by some of his wine critics. Proof that he never really took what anyone said all that seriously 2 years ago.

    And now we have you, one of his wine critics, who just a month ago, had a full time job, working on Wall Street. Now, you are a full time wine critic. And we are supposed to not question whether something changed at erp.com or TWA? Immediately, you organize two, seemingly for profit, wine dinners, with producers (I am assuming that the Masseto is coming fro, the winery, as is the Barolo wines?), and it would appear that no one wants to answer the obvious question? What changed?

    Call me a pessimist, when I say that I believe something else changed beyond you just picking up Burgundy, and California.

    Nevertheless, I have no doubt that you can handle everything. Hopefully, you can help update the ethics page that Robert Parker wrote 30 years ago, that has been outdated for about 25 years. Based upon the wine dinners that you are conducting, and your comments about blind tasting, it is hard to stomach reading page 1 of the Wine Advocate and taking anything all that seriously.


  37. WineLover raises a really interesting point above. Even if Parker has stated somewhere that the Wine Advocate has not changed ownership in any way, erobertparker.com is a separate business entity. Maybe a stake our partnership in the LLC was sold or granted? Since Antonio comes from Wall Street, it is only reasonable to speculate like this.

    Though gauche, perhaps it is fair game, given the ethical issues that have dogged the Wine Advocate and its attendant businesses and partners, and perhaps it cuts to the heart of the matter, to simply ask how Antonio is being compensated?


  38. Dr Vino

    Perhaps you can summarize some of the unanswered questions here, and send them to Mr. Galloni, and do a Part II interview?

    A lot on the table here, if you ask me.


  39. I am astonished that so much has been said about so little, and by so few – to miss-quote Churchill. Sadly, and this is only my very humble opinion, Parker’s reviews, irrespective of who wrote them, only concern those for whom the final score makes a profit. That is to say, the winery, the distributor, the importer and the retailer.
    If we could simply rely on our own sense of good wine and fair price we wouldn’t be discussing whether Parker is morally flawed or Galloni can use a comma in the correct context. So many consumers have been misguided because retailers push them into Parker rated wines (let’s not forget that’s PARKER rated wines, not GALLONI rated wines – nobody talks about a wine being rated by Galloni), and so many distributors have profited from a sudden 90+ score; we talk about changing the laws in NY State to allow consumers to make their own choice as to where and when they buy wine, but it seems that those that sell wine will continue to misguide them in their judgment. They will continue to hold up Parker as a tool by which to sell their wines, so long as the rating is high. I applaud those smaller wineries that refuse to donate their wine to critics for flawed results, and I applaud those consumers who use their own judgment in taste.


  40. I’m sorry but if this answer:

    “I think Robert Parker has publicly answered all of the questions regarding ownership of The Wine Advocate.”

    …doesn’t set off your bullshit detector then you need to check on getting a new one.


  41. Wino

    I am not sure that is fair.

    Of course, use of the word, “publicly” is odd considering Parker only wrote on a paid subscription fee website, so most likely an oversight.

    I am sure Antonio is very busy (I think he was just in Burgundy (which probably did not suck)) and will most likely get to answering some of the questions laid out when he is over his jetlag.


  42. Daniel,
    I disagree.
    It sounds a lot like “I exercise my Fifth Amendment right not to provide an answer to that question.”
    Check your bullshit detector because it probably needs a tune-up.


  43. Wino

    ;)


  44. It’ll be interesting to see how he reconciles doing for-profit dinners and tastings in conjunction with producers that he also reviews. Not that anybody should expect an explanation, of course. That’s not the Wine Advocate way.


  45. Steinberger tried to pin him down on the conflict thing and Galloni did a shilly-shally around it, which is starting to sound like his normal m.o. He talks like a lawyer, or a used car salesman.


  46. If the Parker ethical standards were changed to say

    “We take free trips”
    “We profit off of private events”
    “We have dinner with producers”
    “We do not taste blind”
    “We do not buy our wine samples”

    That would be a start towards an honest correction.

    Antonio doing these events is all well and fine, provided that the WA does not claim the bullshit that it currently claims.

    There are so many inconsistencies here, it is quite astonishing.

    Heck, look at Neal Martin and his trips around the globe.


  47. But Neal Martin is a British wine writer and we all know by now how Parker feels about them and their behaviour, especially if their name is Clive. But if a freeloading Limey works for the Wine Advocate things are different or just not discussed. This is really getting confusing.


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  50. According to Wickipedia Antonio Galoni is the reviewer of California wines for the wine advocate.

    If so how does one submit wines to him for review? If not who reviews California wines?


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  52. […] in all this. First, Parker has not selected a regional expert for any of the new regions. While Galloni had only been to California and Burgundy twice before assuming his coverage of those areas, it’s not immediately clear if Martin, in […]


  53. […] note in all this. First, Parker has not selected a regional expert for any of the new regions. WhileGalloni had only been to California and Burgundy twice before assuming his coverage of those areas, it’s not immediately clear if Martin, in […]


  54. […] As an expert, Mr. Galloni believes that a good wine has to be structured. According to him, good wines have a balance between flavor, body, color, light and intensity. On the other hand, Galloni’s approach as a consumer is much easier; “I am looking for wines that make me want to drink a second glass”, said in an interview to Dr. Wine. […]


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"...well-written, well-researched, calm and, dare we use the word, sober." -Dorothy Gaiter & John Brecher, WSJ

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Saveur, best drinks blog, finalist 2012.

Winner, Best Wine Blog

One of the "seven best wine blogs." Food & Wine,

One of the three best wine blogs, Fast Company

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