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Antonio Galloni | Grape Legends

Renowned wine critic/writer, Antonio Galloni, covers the regions of California, Chablis, Champagne, Côte d’Or and Italy for The Wine Advocate. Learn more about Antonio at erobertparker.com, follow him @AntonioGalloni, and check him out on Facebook.

Interview Series – Click each question below to load it, above.

» Is having a good palate like having a good ear for music – you either have it or you don’t?

» Preceding a decent wine there were numerous unpleasant ones. How difficult is it not to upgrade the decent wine to good as a consequence of that relativity so fresh in your mind?

» Is there something that concerns you relative the wine industry?

» Someone living or deceased with whom you’d wish to share a glass, and what would you discuss?

» It might appear to some that you are less tolerant of oak, and perhaps favor concrete, for example.

» You’ve said that you want to write well enough for someone to look back and say that’s “great work.”

» Do Americans overemphasize flavors – underemphasizing structure?

» It’s said that as one travels East of Friuli the terroir gets better. Does that bode well for Slovenia?

» NYC’s Mayor Bloomberg said that it’s hard to govern in the age of Twitter “if every time you want to do something they [the public] demand the final results when you’re just sort of feeling your way and trying to evolve.”?

» Is your evaluation tainted if you learn that the wine had been manipulated with designer yeasts, reverse osmosis, etc.?

» Despite winemakers going through a revolving door at Bryant Family in Napa, is world-class wine still capable of being produced?

» View From The Cellar’s John Gilman awards exact points rather than ever scoring a range of points.

» Sine Qua Non’s Manfred Krankl remarked that a ’96 Marcassin Vineyard Chardonnay was “stunning and the kicker was that it was made from 5-year-old vines.”

» Most challenging wines to taste?

» To my eyes it often seems like you haven’t even taken a full sip of the wine that you’re tasting.

» You’ve said that you had the best job. Who has the worst?

» There are plenty of over-the-top dinners, but please describe your ideal meal.

» The 22-year-old Taylor Swift said “When you become a hit you become a brand, you either accept and embrace it or not.” You’ve been criticized for organizing and profiting from events such as Festa del Barolo. How considerate of your brand are you?