My post about Antonio Galloni and the Wine Advocate Collectors Series has generated quite a bit of discussion. It’s an interesting development in the evolution of the Wine Advocate, and one that has obviously elicited strong opinions.
Galloni and I touched on several other topics during our conversation last week, including his lack of on-the-ground experience in California and Burgundy. He didn’t see it as a problem. He told me that that he had never been to the Champagne region when Robert Parker put him in charge of the Wine Advocate’s Champagne coverage and that this had not proven to be a liability. “Our Champagne coverage is easily the equal of what you find from Tanzer and the Wine Spectator, and in some ways superior,” he said (he now goes to Champagne once a year). He was recently in Burgundy, and he has four trips planned to California in 2011. He’ll be there later this month, making an introductory, meet-and-greet visit. In June, he will head to the Central Coast. In September or October, he’ll hit Napa, and he will return to California in December to do tastings in Sonoma.
Apropos of a recent discussion here, I asked Galloni if he had much experience of older California wines. He told me that a 1975 Beaulieu Vineyard Georges de Latour Cabernet Sauvignon that he drank seven or eight years ago was “one of the seminal wines for me.” He said that he believes in having “an historical foundation” and that he hopes to taste some older wines during his forthcoming visit to California.