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Jan 30, 2009 11:54 AM

Gambero Rosso Guide

Is it the most comprehensive guide on Italian wine? Assuming I am using it as a reference on producers. And their Tre Bicchieri Awards also seem to be held in high esteem?

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  1. I know everyone's preferences are different and I've had many really enjoyable, Italian wines that weren't rated. However, for my taste, the Gambero Rosso is “Dead On”. I do my research after I’ve tried a wine and rarely seek one because it’s Tre Bicchieri, but most of my favorites are.

    1. I like to use GR as one very reliable source of rec's for Italian wines; with the breadth of wines available from Italy, I feel like I need all the help that I can get.

      1. it's a very good guide. The ratings are a bit political, but hey, it's Italy. It's really one of the best yearly guides to Italian wine, and if you're ever able to go to one of the Gambero Rosso tastings, go. My only fault with the GR (other than the "politics") is that it fails to award extremely well-made "friendlier" wines in favor of more "serious" wines. But perhaps that fits with the goal of the guide and the GR board -- to be serious and substantive.

        1. I asked a similar question here and someone recommended the Duemilavini guide. Our Italy trip ended up much more focused on museums and archaeological sites so we didn't have a chance for much wine tasting.

          My favorite Italian wine shop in San Francisco recommends Gambero Rosso, for what that's worth, and had never heard of Duemilavini.

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          1. re: SteveG

            good question, i am aware and use the gambero rosso but i have very little knowledge of duemilavini. anyone have some guidance with regards to this guide?

            1. re: a81

              It's published by the Italian Sommeliers Association through their Binendum magazine, with coverage of 16,000 or so wines; each producer receives a full page treatment, and there are notes on wine and food pairings, price/value ratios, etc, and a five grappolo (bunch) top prize. I've not seen it, and it doesn't seem to be available in English. There's also the more selective Vini di Veronelli guide, and one I picked up last year, L'almanacco di berebene, which focuses only on high-value/low cost wines for each region.

              1. re: bob96

                I would say Maria Lorraine's analysis is spot on. Slow Food (who publish GR) are on a "mission" and that filters through into the publication.

                Duemilavini is my preffered go-to publication for bias-free qualitative analysis.

                I know everyone abroad (I live in Italy) loves to name-check GR because it's "cool " (which, quite frankly, it is), but I wish they would take a better look at Duemilavini.