Antonio Galloni leaves The Wine Advocate
I don't know if it will work for him. How is James Suckling doing? If not well then Galloni will struggle as Suckling had a much bigger name than Galloni when he went independent. I doubt half of the people on this board know Galloni.
Tanzer is the big winner in this one and has the best track record among all the reviewers out there with no scandals and they actually know how to review a wine without giving out 96 pointers every five wines.
It seemed like the writing was on the wall for this once Lisa becameeditor and they seemed to have been shifting gears at the Advocate. I wonder if Galloni was givena chance to put together a bid for the WA, or if the price they got was just out of his league.
So now both Galloni and the Advocate will come out with competing platforms. With all of the data sources out there that pond might have shrunken over the past decade.
Galloni was/is a very good reviewer IMO, though he will have to assemble some others for regional coverage. On the flip, I wonder who will do Cali now for the Advocate? Back to Parker?
re: john gonzales
Here's the email sent by Parker to subscribers:
Dear Subscribers & Friends,
You may have seen news circulating online about Antonio Galloni's announcement to venture out on his own. He told me a few hours before the news broke, and I can't say I was surprised that he didn't want to be an employee in our new structure, as he was brought on as an independent contractor. I fully understand his decision and, as I told him, he has done a great job over the last six years and has a brilliant future, in my opinion. He will be missed, but we want you to know we will continue to generate great content and superb reviews. We support Antonio, his work ethic, integrity and grasp of new wine regions - which is fabulous and something to be admired. As much as I hate to see Antonio go in a different direction, I am happy for him and his family and wish him all the good fortune he most deservedly merits.
We are currently in the process of making the most of the expertise of our existing team while also obtaining the services of new talented writers. We expect to have information in this regard to share with you very soon. Meanwhile, it's business as usual at the Wine Advocate with an exciting issue about to go out at the end of February, which includes my reviews of the 2010 Bordeaux wines (in bottle) as well as in-depth regional reports from Neal Martin, David Schildknect, Antonio Galloni, Mark Squires and Lisa Perrotti-Brown.
All my best,
Of course I wouldn't have received that since I vowed not tor subscribe after they went pay-to-play and threw a bunch of us off that board without warning. I was actually right in the middle of typing a long post when I was shown the door.
Galloni has a decent chance at success in his new venture as it won't be hard to run a business better than the Advocate has been run.