A few nights ago I was watching “Anno Zero”, a TV show on Italian state TV. The topic in discussion was our “Festival di Sanremo”. At some point, Adriano Calentano called in. The “molleggiato” complained about the fact that a member of the “trio” who won the second prize had a non-singer in it.. From his point of view the only ones who should take part to the competition should be professionals, and not any improvised singers. There is a similar situation in the world of wine as well. Sometimes there are producers who come from different backgrounds or jobs, or who do it as a hobby. I agree with Celentano: wine should be produced only by those who are prepared and have the experience to do it. From time to time, I see producers who in 2 – 3 years buy the necessary land, new and expensive equipment for their cellars, they build monumental cellars, like a Greek temples, and all of this makes me nervous. To reach what they can make in 3 years costs me probably all my life. But wine production, just like a singing, is a natural act, thus a free one.
Wine production, just like singing, is human, so it is in the end correct that everybody has a shot at it. Someone will do it better than others, it doesn’t matter. Gaja says that in the world are many enologists and consultants, but none of them ever succeeded as a producer. Wine is human, thus not perfect, and unique. Just like men, wine can be nice, rough, grumpy, pleasant, acid, elegant, muscular, vain, intelligent and it can be loved or hated. This is what makes the wine-man amazing: in wine the producer sees himself and communicates to the world, you cannot separate the wine from the one who produced it. A wine can be considered mediocre, but after learning about the passion of the producer, the taste can change, or be better understood.
My wine is a part of me that is drunk by other, but remember that, unlike the wine, I never taste like cork.