Attended this week in Vancouver a tasting by Gambero Rosso of “tre bicchieri” (3 glass awards) from their new 2013 Guide on Italian Wines. This was a very impressive promotion for this publication as well as their Wine Travel Food magazine by showing off some 77 Italian wine producers with over 100 top rated wines this year!
Raised the immediate question for me about the current marketing of wine advice which seems to be so rapidly changing! In the good old days you could depend on Decanter, Wine Spectator, The Wine Advocate (Robert M Parker), International Wine Cellar (Stephen Tanzer) and a few others to help you make your decisions on which were the best wines to purchase. Now there are so many sites online and for specific wine regions that the landscape has really changed and continues to do so.
In Canada www.gismondionwine.com, www.johnschreiner.blogspot.com, www.vinesmag.com and www.winealign.com among others are all important reference points.
James Suckling ex Wine Spectator has www.jamessuckling.com and now Antonio Galloni ex The Wine Advocate has just launched his own site at www.vinousmedia.com.
So many other blogs out there offering wine advice often based on limited wine experiences in this increasingly wider and wider world of wine choices.
Maybe the time has come to rely on your own opinion on what you like rather than some one else’s 90 point hype!
Please comment on who you believe you can rely on for your wine advice these days!