The Slow Wine Guide in English is almost here with launch events just around the corner on January 30, 2012 and February 2, 2012 in New York and Chicago, respectively. The guide and a number of producers will be the focus of events for the trade during the day and then for consumers in the evening.
The Slow Wine Guide adopts a new approach to wine criticism and looks at a variety of factors to evaluate wineries in their entirety, taking into consideration the wine quality, typicity and adherence to terroir, value for money, environmental sensitivity and ecologically sustainable viticultural practices.
The innovative guide uses three symbols to evaluate each winery:
• The Snail, the Slow Food symbol, signals a cellar that has distinguished itself through its interpretation of sensorial, territorial, environmental and personal values in harmony with the Slow Food philosophy;
• The Bottle, allocated to cellars that show a consistently high quality throughout their range of wines;
• The Coin, an indicator of great value.
I’m really looking forward to trying a number of these wines. I had seen the guide in Italian in Italy last year and meant to buy it but my suitcase was overflowing. I like the fact that this guide doesn’t have a point system and I expect, it will be an catalyst for the creation of other similar guides.