Two news items, one good and the other bad. The good, at least for us, is that from Sunday November 11 to Thursday the 15th we’ll be in the Langhe to taste the 2008 Barolo and the 2009 Barbaresco, hosted by Albeisa and the Consorzio Barolo, Barbaresco, Alba, Langhe e Roero. Four days of wine tastings and visits that will certainly leave their marks on our hearts and our livers, and which we will speak of to you on our respective sites, Youtube channels, Facebook, Twitter and so on.
And here’s the bad news, an icy blast for those like us who have always done things absolutely above board. The other day Carlo got a surprising call from an equally surprised Director of the Consorzio, who had just gotten a call from a winemaker who said, “I’ll send samples, but there’s nothing else, right? Because last year I got a bill after I sent in the wines…”
Carlo didn’t know whether to laugh or scream, and after assuring the Director that the IGP Group have never asked for a penny for any IGP writeup, contacted the winemaker as well to lay all doubts to rest.
This because “La Calunnia è un Venticello” (Slander is a little breeze…), as Don Basilio sings in Rossini’s Barbiere di Siviglia http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YUtoL-IDUlk, and to nip it in the bud we want to underline that WE HAVE NEVER REQUESTED, NOR WILL REQUEST PAYMENT IN EXCHANGE FOR TASTING WINES!!!
Therefore, if a winemaker should ever receive a payment request in the name of Carlo Macchi, Luciano Pignataro, Stefano Tesi, Kyle Phillips, Roberto Giuliani, or “IGP I Giovani Promettenti”, said request is as false as a three dollar bill. Moreover, should a winemaker receive such a bill, we would be grateful if he or she could forward it to us, so we can sue whomever is misusing our names.
We feel the need for a strong statement because in the ever more confusing wine-web-world it is easy to spread rumors of this kind, which impact our strongpoint, which is our credibility. We therefore thank Andrea Ferrero, Director of the Consorzio Barolo, Barbaresco, Alba, Langhe e Roero for having quickly passed on the news, giving us a chance to clarify things before they spread.
Having cleared the air, we are ready for what we expect to be a memorable Nebbiolo full immersion.