If you’ve landed here, please see today’s post on Quintarelli with remembrances by his student Luca Fedrigo.
Italy’s top wine blogger Franco Ziliani has just posted the news that the great master of Valpolicella — one of the greatest winemakers of our lifetime — Giuseppe Quintarelli has died (photo via Wineries Wine).
I never had the chance to meet Quintarelli but I interviewed him on three occasions by phone. He was always very gracious, gentle, and jocular and he seemed to take great pleasure in speaking with the “American with the Veneto cadence.”
His passing comes after a long and debilitating battle with Parkinson’s disease.
And see also Elisabetta Tosi’s excellent post for Palate Press here.
I can remember every one of his wines that I’ve had the great pleasure to taste (like a 1993 Recioto della Valpolicella in magnum that I tasted in New York in 2005, one of the best wines I’ve ever had).
As he passes from this world to a better one, I know that his legacy will live on in his wines and a generation whose sensibilities were shaped by them… We are lucky to have had him — and the wines — here among us…