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Ian D'Agata and Michele Longo new co-redactors of the Italy section of the Pocket Wine Book by Hugh Johnson

The most read pocket guidebook in the world will have two italian voices to ...

W.E.B.'s News > Ian D'Agata,Michele Longo

Ian D'Agata (Collisioni's Wine&Food Project Creative Director, VINOUS Senior Editor, Vinitaly International scientific Consulant and Vinitaly International Academy scientific Director) and Michele Longo (Wine Educational Board and Barolo&Co redactor) will edit the Italian section of the 42nd edition of the "Pocket Wine Book" written by Hugh Johnson that will be published this summer; an absolute global Best Seller, still nowadays the most sold guidebook in the world and highly considered beacouse of its recognized reliability. It is a great privilege that two italians will write about Italy and its wines.

Ian d'Agata: "I read the Hugh Johnson's Pocket Book since I was a teenager; it is the world best seller concerning books about wines. Still today, for example, I preserve my old copies of 1988 and 1993; those are memories that I don't want to lose and furthermore are useful to remember how much the wine world has changed with time. To be the editor of the Italian wine section is a great honor and a goal of my wine writer's career. As an italian that lives in Italy, furthermore, it gives me the possibility to write a lot about little realities and wine producers that maybe some foreign writers could miss. By this way, instead, I can keep doing good things to the italian wine, to its vines and its territories, makeing it become more and more famous, better and better."

Michele Longo: "It was the first "guidebook" that I have bought when I started to approach the wine world, and today as at that time, you can keep taking it with you in your eno-travels, beacouse it manteined the same dimensions. It is considered since always, by fans and experts, as a wine Gospel and, despite the material and information that we can found "on-line", it keeps being a world best seller, that contemplates and condenses in a significant and very readable  way, informations about wines all over the world and about theirs producers. I would have never guessed, when I bought my first copy more than 20 years ago, that one day, thanks to Ian, I would have been able to contribute to the wine section of my Country. It was an unique experience, funny and exciting; a manner to study in-depth and to tell with a different style the richness of our wine heritage".

We can certainly say that the contribution of these two minds to the guidebook will increase even more the authoritativeness of both the italian wine world and the guidebook itslef. It will be illuminating for the readers to benefit of their knowledges and it is a pride having them as pillars in the Collisioni's Wine Project.


A new, prestigious role for Ian D’Agata

The Creative Director of Collisioni Vino&Food Project will be Curator of Italy ...

W.E.B.'s News > Ian D'Agata

It is with great pleasure that we announce Ian D’Agata, Creative Director of Collisioni Vino&Food Project, to be the new chosen Curator for the Italian session of 2018-and-on editions of Hugh Johnson’s Pocket Wine Book, becoming the first Italian ever to receive this role.

Now at its 41st edition, selling million copies all over the world, this tiny Guide is the best seller of wine worldwide. Absolute and recognized reference point for wine-lovers, professionals and producers, it gives the reader precise and synthetic information and clear comments on wines, producers and wine-regions of the whole world, with indications of what vintages to buy, which to sell and which to keep in the cellar for some more years, what producers to look for and why. Starting from today, for the first time, it will be an Italian presenting and describing Italy and its grape varieties, wine and producers’ patrimoine.

We all are happy to join Collisioni in contratulating with Ian for this important role. We are even more happy, as all of this is Collisioni itself.


A Masterclass of Piedmont wines in Shanghai

Lingzi He inaugurates her Head Educational Officer role in a very special way

W.E.B.'s News > Lingzi He

2017 August, 12 in Shanghai, at Shangrilander Palace, Lingzi He has hold and moderated a Masterclass and tasting of Piedmont wines.

The wines have been chosen by the organizational committee among their partners and see, among others, the participation of various partner of Collisioni Wine Project, confirming that quality open mind and dialogue surely brea Barolo's walls.

Lingzi He is now starting her new job at a brand-new Shanghai wine school, lead by Yang Lu, just nominated first chinese Master Sommelier ever. There, she'll be Educational Head Officer and Italian Wine expert. She is also pursuing her Master of Wine Course.

Here below, the wines presented at the tasting:

1.Sordo, Monvigliero, Barolo, 2012 

2.Sordo, Ravera, Barolo, 2012

3.Elvio Cogno, Ravera, Barolo, 2011

4.GD Vajra, Bricco delle Viole, Barolo, 2011

5.Elvio Cogno, Vigna Elena, Barolo Riserva, 2009

6. Fontanafredda, Vigna La Rosa, Barolo, 1997

7.Claudio Alario, Dolcetto di Diano D’Alba, Sori Pradurent Superiore, 2012

8. Elvio Cogno, Anascetta, Nascetta di Novello, 2013


Ian D'Agata awarded in Canada

With Cuvée Award of Excellence

W.E.B.'s News > Ian D'Agata

Collisioni and its team are honoured to congratulate Ian D'Agata, Creative Director of Collisioni Vino&Food Project, for being awarded last March, 24 with Cuvée Award of Excellence at Scotiabank Convetion Centre in Niagara Falls (Canada). The award is one of the most important wine recognitions in Ontario and it was never been won by an Italian before. The event, now in its 28th edition, is organised by Brock University’s Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute for a private, a company or an institution, that has the merit of helping Ontario wines all over the world and it is thus expecially meaningful for Ian D'Agata, who has always been into wine research.

The Award was given by Tony Aspler, the almost 70ish dean of Canadian wine writers, who expressed his and the committee choice with these words: "Ian deserves this award for his hard work with Ontario wines (and not only); it is a recognition of the highest importance, as no journalist, not even Canadian, has ever won it before. This fact underlines Ian's exceptional work, that we all  greatly appreciate".

"I was speechless when I came to know about the award"  Ian D'Agata admits "I didn't expect it; it is a award honouring me deeply, I would have never imagined, at the beginning of my career, that one day a viticultural region would have elected me amng those who helped it grow-up and communicate itself all over the world".


Steven Spurrier Decanter Man of the Year

Steven Spurrier has been awarded by the title for 2017

W.E.B.'s News > Steven Spurrier

Steven Spurrier has been named the Decanter Man of the Year 2017 - for devoting his life to the service of wine with passion and the utmost distinction...

Just some of the roles Steven Spurrier has taken on and excelled at over his wine career have been those of critic, journalist, buyer, entrepreneur, wine guide, vintner, visionary, mentor, restaurateur, author, educator, judge, communicator and consultant. But it wasn't just what Spurrier did that counted. It was also how he did it - in his case with characteristic flair, style and élan. He went global with the 1976 Judgement of Paris. Its transformative impact on the Californian wine industry cannot be overstated. Yet it had an almost equally significant effect on the losers. According to Aubert de Villaine of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, defeat also kick-started a much needed renaissance in French viticulture and winemaking.

His lifelong passion for wine education began in Paris but has since been applied around the world. His acknowledged mentor, Michael Broadbent, said, 'There's so much more I could say, but if I had to sum up Steven in just one sentence it would be this: He is a man of unusual charm and versatility matched only by his insatiable appetite for work.'

In the 1980s, Spurrier turned his hand to wine books and journalism and was soon welcomed into the Decanter fold as the magazine's consultant editor and globetrotting correspondent - not to mention award-winning columnist, taster and presenter. Although he has now stepped down as Decanter's DWWA Chairman, to become Chairman Emeritus, the high-profile offers keep on coming and has now been awarded with the highest recognition by the magazine: 'Given the roll-call of previous winners [of Decanter Man of the Year], I am completely over the moon,' he said.


Ian D'Agata at Decanter's Fine Wine Encounter in Shanghai

2016, November 27

W.E.B.'s News > Ian D'Agata

Ian D'Agata, now Senior Editor of Vinous by Antonio Galloni, from time to time still participates as speaker to conferences and tastings with Decanter, where he still has many good friend. Last November 27 the Fine Wine Encounter, in Shangai, Ian D'Agata lead the Tuscan Wine Stars Masterclass with producers such as Sassicaia, Ornellaia,Galatrona, Fontalloro, Flaccianello, Cepparello and others.


Steven Spurrier is the new Honorary President of WSET

announced at January 2017's WSET Cerimony

W.E.B.'s News > Steven Spurrier

The Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) is pleased to announce the appointment of Steven Spurrier as WSET’s new Honorary President.

Steven takes over the role from Gérard Basset, at the close of WSET’s Awards and Graduation ceremony held at the Guildhall, City of London in late January 2017.

Ian Harris, WSET Chief Executive says, "My Board of Trustees and I are delighted to welcome Steven as WSET’s 5th Honorary President, following in the footsteps of Gérard Basset, Jancis Robinson, Hugh Johnson and Michael Broadbent. As WSET’s global reach continues to expand, it is a great honour to have someone who has a worldwide reputation – and with education at his heart – as our Honorary President".


Michaela Morris on Italian native grapes abroad

a dedicated article on Quench's new issue

W.E.B.'s News > Michaela Morris

A preview of Michaela's new article about Italian varieties abroad on pg 36. on Quench Magazine's  Feb/Mar issue. Inspired by Collisioni Festival & Ian D'Agata who brought Mick Unti from Unti Vineyards in California and Patrick Taylor from Cana's Feast in Oregon to piedmont for a round table tasting with Serena Marrone Valentina Abbona Roberto Damonte et al.