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Big Changes at the Wine Advocate - The Antonio Galloni Thread

#1 Post by Ken V » February 5th, 2011, 11:27 am

According to an email from erp, Antonio Galloni will now cover Burgundy (specifically "the red and white Burgundies of the Côte d'Or as well as the crisp white wines of Chablis") and the wines of California, in addition to continuing with Italy and Champagne.
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#2 Post by M.Kaplan » February 5th, 2011, 11:28 am

Dear eRobertParker.com Subscriber:

I am thrilled to announce that Antonio Galloni will have expanded responsibilities for The Wine Advocate and http://www.eRobertParker.com" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; as of February 1, 2011. I would like to take credit for my powers of persuasion over recent years in trying to convince Antonio of the virtues of covering additional wine regions, but if truth be known, the writing was always on the wall that his enviable talents and passion for this field would ultimately prevail, and the beneficiaries are the world's wine consumers.

Antonio will continue to focus on the wines of Italy as well as Champagne, but two new areas of responsibility for Antonio will include the red and white Burgundies of the Côte d'Or as well as the crisp white wines of Chablis, and the wines of California. These vast regions will benefit from the increased depth of coverage, as will all the major wine regions of the world.

Additionally, sectors that merit dramatically more attention but have not had sufficient coverage, including Beaujolais and the Mâconnais (now economically as important as the Cote d'Or and Chablis) will be put under a microscope by David Schildknecht, who will continue with his other areas of responsibility but will be freed from covering the Cote d'Or and Chablis.

I will turn to something I have long played around with in The Wine Advocate but have rarely had enough time to do. Older readers may remember the vintage retrospectives called "What About Now?" With Antonio turning his attention to California, I am going to begin a series of horizontal and vertical tastings of perfectly stored California wines that will give readers insight into how they are developing. It has been a long-term ambition of mine to include more reports on older vintages, and this change will allow me to do this not only in California, but also to increase the older vintage reports for Bordeaux and the Rhône Valley.

In all other respects, the staff assignments at The Wine Advocate remain identical. I hope all of you share our great enthusiasm for the fact that Antonio Galloni has finally taken the plunge and will be devoting most of his time to his wine writing career, a job for which he seems particularly well-suited and sure to excel.

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Antonio Galloni - Italy, Champagne, Chablis, Côte d'Or, California
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#3 Post by Eric LeVine » February 5th, 2011, 11:30 am

Well congrats to Antonio!
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#4 Post by Chris Bero » February 5th, 2011, 11:31 am

Very interesting.

Isn't he widely considered the most reputable and liked critic at TWA? I'm just going off of the fact that I have seen way more positive comments about him than negative.

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#5 Post by Eric LeVine » February 5th, 2011, 11:31 am

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#6 Post by C. Grimm » February 5th, 2011, 11:32 am

Fits completely with the comment RMP made about Antonio being the heir apparent, if there was one.
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#7 Post by Ken V » February 5th, 2011, 11:32 am

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#8 Post by Nick Ryan » February 5th, 2011, 11:34 am

Well well well... are new cults going to be able to make their reputations on an AG 100 instead of an RMP 100? Nobody lives forever so this had to come eventually, but I'm surprised Parker is giving up on CA so soon.
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#10 Post by c fu » February 5th, 2011, 11:42 am

It looks like Parker is still doing CA. Does this mean more emphasis on pinot by AG in CA?
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#11 Post by Roy Piper » February 5th, 2011, 11:45 am

The only news that would be bigger than this from a critical perspective is if/when he gives up Bordeaux. This is pretty big news, really. I have almost no knowledge of what Galloni likes stylistically, but you can bet his first Cali review will be one of the most intensely watched and studied ever.
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#12 Post by Steve Nordhoff » February 5th, 2011, 11:47 am

Say goodbye to regular CA 100 pointers.
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#13 Post by John Liotta » February 5th, 2011, 11:51 am

Steve Nordhoff wrote:Say goodbye to regular CA 100 pointers.

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#14 Post by Michael Bowden » February 5th, 2011, 12:02 pm

C. Grimm wrote:Fits completely with the comment RMP made about Antonio being the heir apparent, if there was one.
No brainier here.....this is just a step in AG taking over TWA.
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#15 Post by Lewis Dawson » February 5th, 2011, 12:07 pm

C. Grimm wrote:Fits completely with the comment RMP made about Antonio being the heir apparent, if there was one.
What comment? I guess I missed that. Do you have a link? TIA
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#16 Post by Eric LeVine » February 5th, 2011, 12:09 pm

Lewis Dawson wrote:
C. Grimm wrote:Fits completely with the comment RMP made about Antonio being the heir apparent, if there was one.
What comment? I guess I missed that. Do you have a link? TIA
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#17 Post by Lewis Dawson » February 5th, 2011, 12:12 pm

I'll add my voice to the others, congrats to Antonio, seems well respected, but I admit I have not checked out much he has written. This seems like very big news to me. Fits with Parker taking a bit more time to enjoy himself, reap the fruits of his labors, so to speak.

I wonder if Galloni will clash with Laube more than Parker has regarding producer styles in California???
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#18 Post by Rick Nathanson » February 5th, 2011, 12:23 pm

I think its more exciting that he is covering the Cote d'or.

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#19 Post by D@vid Bu3ker » February 5th, 2011, 12:30 pm

Anotnio is a great guy and a great critic/writer, but man is he going to be stretched.
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#20 Post by Z. Hu » February 5th, 2011, 12:33 pm

When did Miller stop reviewing Australia? Excited that Galloni will cover CA now but hopefully he's able to review the wines early and not after the wines have already been released.
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#21 Post by Anthony Lombardi » February 5th, 2011, 12:36 pm

Really good to read this. As soon as they have different people covering Washington, Oregon, and Portugal, and a different bulletin board moderator that I can take seriously then I might even subscribe again.

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#22 Post by Roger Nellans » February 5th, 2011, 12:39 pm

Rick Nathanson wrote:I think its more exciting that he is covering the Cote d'or.
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#23 Post by Eric LeVine » February 5th, 2011, 12:43 pm

One thing I am presuming is that with this change that Antonio is reviewing wines full time now and likely is no longer at DB. If not then he is indeed SuperMan!
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#24 Post by Z. Hu » February 5th, 2011, 12:50 pm

Eric LeVine wrote:One thing I am presuming is that with this change that Antonio is reviewing wines full time now and likely is no longer at DB. If not then he is indeed SuperMan!
DB? Dave&Busters? Antonio should not be playing arcade games at Dave&Busters while drinking so much wine.
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#25 Post by Eric LeVine » February 5th, 2011, 12:57 pm

I believe that Antonio has been working at Deutsche Bank since he graduated from business school, and the wine writing is a side gig. I am sure the New Yorkers know for sure.
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#26 Post by Alan C h a n » February 5th, 2011, 1:15 pm

Exciting news. Could be the start of a shift back towards valuing beauty and nuance more than it has been in mainstream wine criticism in a while. The beginning of the end of "Parkerized" wines?

If Antonio can last! He's basically doing the workload of a Galloni, a Meadows and half a Parker now, if I'm reading this correctly!
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David Schildknecht canned from Burgundy!

#27 Post by John J. Vachon » February 5th, 2011, 1:19 pm

I was one of the most vocal on Burgundy reports in Parkers

publication but it was based on timing and that was Parkers

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#28 Post by Berry Crawford » February 5th, 2011, 1:27 pm

huh?

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#29 Post by Peter Tryba » February 5th, 2011, 1:35 pm

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#30 Post by Kris Patten » February 5th, 2011, 1:39 pm

Kind of a shitty title when it seems you like David.
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#31 Post by John Morris » February 5th, 2011, 1:59 pm

Wow!

This doesn't seem good for anyone. David is always insightful, so it's a shame to lose him. And how can Antonio cover Italy thoroughly while coming up to speed on Burgundy?
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#32 Post by WvanGorp » February 5th, 2011, 2:01 pm

Way more than this. Antonio has also taken over coverage of California wine as well. Antonio = TWA now.
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#33 Post by WvanGorp » February 5th, 2011, 2:02 pm

Done deal. Parker giving up coverage of California to Galloni, who also takes over coverage of Burgundy.
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#34 Post by billnanson » February 5th, 2011, 2:11 pm

DS 'got it' as BH would say. I don't know about AG, lets's see.

But any subscription magazine needs to have some consistency if you're going to use it as a reference point - doesn't seem to have been WA's strongpoint - but hey, I don't think it is particularly important for them (Neal Martin aside) their officialy Burgundy correspondent only delivered 06 notes up until now didn't he...(?) I'm just kinda surprised that Neal didn't get the gig - maybe he turned it down, clearly a dodgy audience those burgundy drinkers... ;0)
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#36 Post by L e o F r o k i c » February 5th, 2011, 2:19 pm

Doesn't Antonio have a a full time job outside of wine too? Really a lot for him to cover but if there's a person that can do it, it would be him.
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#37 Post by Ken V » February 5th, 2011, 2:19 pm

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#38 Post by Br@d S w @ l l o w » February 5th, 2011, 2:26 pm

WvanGorp wrote:Way more than this. Antonio has also taken over coverage of California wine as well. Antonio = TWA now.
It sounds like the Advocate is angling to become a serious voice in the world of fine wine reviewing. newhere
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#39 Post by Brady Daniels » February 5th, 2011, 2:33 pm

Wow, just got the email. I guess Parker meant it when he named Galloni his successor a few months ago.

So Galloni now has Italy, California, Burgundy, and Champagne. I know Parker used to do all this and more, but I think this is too much for one man to cover in sufficient depth. Also, I am sad for the future Italian wine coverage. Galloni does have a good palate though, and I wish him luck.

Hopefully he can stay more current than Schildknecht with regards to Burgundy. I don't know why they didn't pass this on to Neal Martin though.
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#40 Post by Peter Kleban » February 5th, 2011, 2:35 pm

K V a s t o l a wrote:According to an email from erp, Antonio Galloni will now cover Burgundy (specifically "the red and white Burgundies of the Côte d'Or as well as the crisp white wines of Chablis") and the wines of California, in addition to continuing with Italy and Champagne.
So this implies that DS won't cover Burgundy anymore? Are there any other changes?

Never mind, I saw the other threads...
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#42 Post by Taylor Senatore » February 5th, 2011, 2:42 pm

Good for Antonio, but I can't figure on why we would go down this consolidation road again. He is stretched way too thin, it's too bad they couldn't break coverage up more. You got to figure that some parts of Italy are going to get less coverage or perhaps it will be California, who knows but IMHO they should be thinking of focusing on more writers with less regions. [soap.gif]
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#43 Post by Steve Eisenhauer » February 5th, 2011, 2:46 pm

Kind of head-scratching. As others have pointed out, Galloni would seem to be stretched very thin in the new configuration - that's a very heavy load.
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#44 Post by TomHill » February 5th, 2011, 2:50 pm

WvanGorp wrote:Way more than this. Antonio has also taken over coverage of California wine as well. Antonio = TWA now.
Guess Parker can kiss his election to the Vintner's HoF goodby!!!
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#45 Post by Ian Dorin » February 5th, 2011, 2:51 pm

Brady Daniels wrote:Wow, just got the email. I guess Parker meant it when he named Galloni his successor a few months ago.

So Galloni now has Italy, California, Burgundy, and Champagne. I know Parker used to do all this and more, but I think this is too much for one man to cover in sufficient depth. Also, I am sad for the future Italian wine coverage. Galloni does have a good palate though, and I wish him luck.

Hopefully he can stay more current than Schildknecht with regards to Burgundy. I don't know why they didn't pass this on to Neal Martin though.
I think Antonio is the right guy for Burgundy for the publication. Schildknecht couldn't seem to get his reviews out in a timely fashion, and I'm not sure if I speak for everyone, but Neal Martin's notes are borderline worthless for me. I rarely agree with him on Burgundy, and think he's guy a very specific palate for it. Bordeaux on the other hand.....well, let's just say IF Parker ever gives that up, I will go back to buying Bordeaux when Neal gets that job :)
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#46 Post by Mike During » February 5th, 2011, 3:05 pm

I would have liked to see Neal do Burgundy, very entertaining and insightful. Best piece of wine writing this year is his notes on 2009 Chambolle-Musigny, in particular his visit to de Vogue.
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#47 Post by John J. Vachon » February 5th, 2011, 3:07 pm

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The outrage was directed to Parker not David.

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#48 Post by Alan C h a n » February 5th, 2011, 3:11 pm

Should cult cab flippers start calculating their losses? For which lists?
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#49 Post by Eric LeVine » February 5th, 2011, 3:11 pm

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Guess Parker can kiss his election to the Vintner's HoF goodby!!!
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Re: Big Changes at the Wine Advocate - The Antonio Galloni Thread

#50 Post by rich g r a h a m » February 5th, 2011, 3:51 pm

This likely means Galloni will be required to start grade inflating. That has to be part of the deal. Suckling and others are carving out their niche appealing to retailers rather than consumers with the uber-high scores. The WA will not put up with being a Burghound consumer friendly reviewer versus a shill for retailers/wineries.... [stirthepothal.gif]

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