There were a lot of interesting reactions to yesterday’s news that James Suckling will join the editorial staff at Gambero Rosso. Some were… ahem, how can I say this? Mmmmm… visceral.
One of the more interesting observations came from Italy’s top wine blogger and a long-time critic of the Suckling approach to scoring, Mr. Franco Ziliani (above).
Franco pointed out, with a relative measure of irony, that:
- ‘Giacomino’ Suckling is the right man for the post-Cernilli era at Gambero Rosso.
I also think that Mr. Cernilli (some years ago I invented a nickname for him: Robert Parker der Tufello – Tufello is a very popular area in the outskirts of Rome) could be the right man for Wine Spectator in the post-Suckling era.
Why not? Suckling for Gambero Rosso and Cernilli for Wine Spectator and things will never change, absolute continuity in the mainstream (establishment) flow of information about Italian wines.
I also really liked what my virtual friend Andy Pasternak (above, with his wife JoAnn) had to say:
- We actually had a long discussion about this at dinner tonight and my lovely wife brought up a great point. Ten or twenty years ago, when wine drinkers had far fewer resources to learn about wine, magazines like Gambero Rosso and WS were way more important. With the advent of the interweb, and great [wine] blogs […], people have more resources to learn, read and figure out where to get wines that they like.
I think that both make excellent points.
A Sicilian prince once said: In order for everything to stay the same, everything must change.