The new Essential Guide to Italian Wines 2015 by Daniele Cernilli, the top Italian wine critic aka Doctor Wine, is launching on 7 October in Italy and will be officially presented on 11 October at Montecatini Terme (Tuscany) as part of the yearly Food Festival and Book www.foodandbook.it
Published by Arnoldo Mondadori Editore and retailing at €22, the guide is fresh, new and exciting. With a different approach to wine listing and evaluating, it focuses on producers’ reputation, wine value, price/quality ratio and tipicality. With only 871 wines listed and described almost in ‘twitter’ style, this is an easy, approachable working guide, ideal as a quick reference for trade professionals whilst providing the consumer with a captivating snapshot on the Italian wine world.
Shortly after the launch, the ‘shining stars’ from the Guide, around 50 producers, will be touring Europe to present and taste their awarded wines, starting with London on Monday 27 October. The tasting takes place at the Millennium Copthorne Tara Hotel in Kensington W8, from 2 to 7 pm. Trade professionals and the media are invited to register on https://www.eventbrite.com/e/shining-stars-from-doctor-wines-essential-wine-guide-2015-registration-13045779277
HOW THE GUIDE WORKS
The evaluation system of the guide is on three ratings:
– The first refers to the company, with a score ranging from zero to three stars
– The second is for the quality of each wine, and is expressed in points out of 100
– The third is the quality/price ratio, and it is expressed with the symbol of ‘like’ ( thumbs up).
● The stars represent an overall assessment of the company, not related directly to the wines presented and evaluated in the current edition of the guide, but linked to parameters such as the importance of brand, the terroir, the company’s progress in recent decades, the reliability of its qualitative and international image. There are 73 producers who have earned 3 stars, less than 10 percent of the all the companies listed.
● Each wine tasted was evaluated in points out of 100 (which allowed the rigorous selection of companies) employing the system normally used by the international press, which is the also adopted by the online magazine, Doctor Wine, by Daniele Cernilli. Wines scoring 95/100 or more earn the ‘smiling face logo’ of Doctor Wine, indicating Daniele Cernilli’s seal of approval. In this inaugural 2015 edition there are 106 ‘smiles’ to reward the best wines of the year.
● There are also a number of special prizes – best White, Red, Sweet and Sparkling wine of the year, best quality/price ratio, winery of the year, emerging producer, winemaker of the year, reward for cooperation, and a sustainable winemaking prize.