Sunday, May 13, 2012

A History of Italian Wine in America from 1977-2012


Anonymous said...

Thank you Mr. Cevola.
Very precise and touchful post.
As I started travelling for USA to sell wine in 1981, I saw exactly all the story. Thank you for let everybody listen it.
Francesco Bonfio

Alfonso Cevola said...

Grazie Francesco

I have friend coming to Siena next week - I will ask them to stop by and say hello

Thomas said...

"Go down the aisles of a local liquor store, and see the immense selection we have now that we didn’t have in 1977.'

What are you nuts?

That's the wine critics' job. ;)

Oh, get rid of the captchas; they have become overly annoying and hard to read.Took me three tries to get through them.

Alfonso Cevola said...

thanks Thomas - I would love to get rid of the captchas but when I changed the settings I got a lot of spam comments - this new blogger format I am not liking so very much...but I will lok into it and see if I can change it _ I do not like them either

Anonymous said...


What a great story. I'd love to read more things along this line...the histories of various product categories in the wine industry.

I don't understand the connection between critiques of the 3 tier system and the rise of product availability of Italian wines. Many stores do in fact have much larger selections of Italian wines, thankfully. But what's so off the mark of asking for the right to buy the Italian wines you want, whether they are in your local store or a store 1000 miles away. That I don't get.

However, I'd love to get more of these kinds of posts.

GREAT stuff.

Tom Wark...

Alfonso Cevola said...

There's nothing wrong with that, Tom, but I reckon there are folks out there just looking for stuff that isn’t available for that very reason when there are a myriad of choices accessible in all the existing channels of commerce. It seems to me that there are folks who just like to gripe about what they cannot get (a good looking mate, a cool car, more hair, more youth, more money, etc.) when there are already so many things to be thankful for in this country. Take a look at what folks are having to go through these days in Afghanistan, Syria, Yemen or Libya and our petty little squabbles about not being able to get a particular wine (whether it is economically viable or even available), it really sounds minor compared to the larger events swirling around us.

Cheers, amigo

Thomas said...

Hmm. More hair, That's the one.

Gail Keller said...

Super article, Alfonso! Great for industry folks, wine experts, and non-experts. Love the history, as well as your comments on human nature....we are indeed a spoiled nation at times. ;)

Anonymous said...

it will be a pleasure to meet your friend in Siena.

Alfonso Cevola said...

Grazie Francesco!

Anna Savino said...

soooo interesting! thanks:)

Anonymous said...

I think we can all be happy with the current position of Italian wines in the market VS the position it occupied 35 yrs ago. And yet we have so much more work to do and now is not the time to stop and rest. Let us continue to promote the best Italy has to offer and leave no doubt that Barolo, Barbaresco and Brunello can stand equal with any wine from France or California. And that Italy has a large number of wines that should and can be a part of what people drink on a regular basis. Italian wines are the best match for Italian foods, and there are no substitutes. Italy has wines to fit every style, type and budget of wine drinkers. It really does have something for everyone.

Ride To Live said...

I came across your post as I was via a link from another blog about Rome. The wife and I are spending some time there in December. Tony Labarba is my grandfather. I appreciate your kind comments about him! He was a great man!

Hans Wright

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