The Gran Selezione wines are, above all, supposed to represent the height of quality within each estate.
In the summer of 2000, an agronomist consultant called Claudio Oliboni was checking some vineyards in a little place called Spigamonti. Within the rows of corvina, corvinone, rondinella and molinara, Oliboni noticed that some bunches of grapes were already deeply colored, while others were still unripe.
According to legend, in the early 1200s, it was decided how the borders of Chianti would be settled. Two horseman should set off at cock’s crow on a designated day, and the boundary would be set where they met.
The judges who evaluate wines come from many different countries. All of the judges are professionals: winemakers, sommeliers, buyers or wine journalists. However, their personal and cultural backgrounds are different. So the question is: is it also possible that their perceptions of wine are different?
Given the Turkish government’s attitude towards journalists, we will not be attending this year's European Wine Bloggers Conference in Izmir, Turkey.