Panerai, Gambero Rosso’s purported “silent” partner & top winner of Tre Bicchieri awards

Above: publishing mogul Paolo Panerai at his Rocca di Frassinello winery in Tuscany earlier this year (image via Melodia del Vino’s Flickr, Creative Commons). To this day, Italian publishing mogul Paolo Panerai — the “Bloomberg of Italy” — contends that he is not the owner of the Gambero Rosso, publisher of Italy’s most influential wine guide, including […]

Stefano Bonilli, founder of Gambero Rosso & inspiration to a generation, dies at 67 69

Across the internet today, Italian food and wine bloggers are mourning the passing of Stefano Bonilli, founder of the popular food culture magazine Gambero Rosso and pioneering food writer and blogger. According to mainstream reports, he was 67 (his friend and colleague, Luciano Pignataro, Neapolitan journalist and editor of one of Italy’s most popular food […]

Heated response to the Gambero Rosso (Red Lobster) controversy

Above: Gamberoni in Castiglioncello, Tuscany, at Nonna Isola. Few remember that the Gambero Rosso monthly magazine and publishing brand take its name from the “Osteria del Gambero Rosso” or the “Inn of the Red Lobster” in The Adventures of Pinocchio, which originally appeared in the Italian in the early 1880s. Here’s a transcription of the […]

Natural winemakers respond to Gambero Rosso

Above: Frank Cornelissen, who produces wine on Mt. Etna, is one of the signatories of the following open letter. On Saturday, Italian journalist and wine industry observer Jacopo Cossater noted on his personal blog that the editors of the Gambero Rosso has managed to do what no one could until now: they have united the […]

Reactions to the Suckling & Gambero Rosso marriage

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 […]

We were better off when things were worse: James Suckling joins forces with Gambero Rosso

Above: James Suckling via his Facebook. “We were better off when things were worse.” That’s what Italian wine blogger Antonio Tomacelli wrote today on Intravino describing his feelings about the news that James Suckling will be joining the editorial staff of the Gambero Rosso brand. (!!!) Si stava meglio quando si stava peggio is one […]

Fat cat Cernilli leaves Gambero Rosso marking end (?) of an era

Above: Soon-to-be ex-editor of the Gambero Rosso Guide to the wines of Italy, Daniele Cernilli, as photographed by Christian Callec, who quotes Cernilli as asking “what is wrong with the use of new oak?” Italy’s top wine blogger Mr. Franco Ziliani and I have posted the news over at VinoWire: Daniele Cernilli is stepping down […]

Gambero Rosso abruptly fires respected director Stefano Bonilli

I am sorry to report that one of Italy’s most respected and beloved food and wine writers, Stefano Bonilli, has been abruptly fired by the Gambero Rosso. Franco and I have reported the story at VinoWire (click here). The circumstances of his being let go are dubious and the Italian food and wine blogosphere is […]