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Published on February 1st, 2012 | by Greg


Slow Wine: A New Type of Guide

Wine crit­i­cism is of­ten sad­ly re­duced to a two dig­it num­ber. And while that might make it sim­ple- like look­ing at the over­all scores on Rot­ten­Toma­toes- it clear­ly masks a com­pli­cat­ed and high­ly sub­jec­tive opin­ion. Some­times, that easy-to-di­gest three star rat­ing ac­tu­al­ly is hid­ing dish­es or wines or el­e­ments that are at the op­po­site ends of the spec­trum. Maybe the ser­vice is five-star, but the food is mediocre.

We like the idea of push­ing be­yond sim­ple nu­mer­i­cal val­ues. De­spite oc­ca­sion­al mis­giv­ings, we con­tin­ue to avoid di­rect rat­ings here. Thus, we def­i­nite­ly ap­prove of the phi­los­o­phy of the new Slow Wine Guide from Slow Food Ed­i­tore.

Orig­i­nal­ly pub­lished in Ital­ian last year, this year marks the de­but of the col­lec­tion in En­glish. Pared down from the larg­er par­ent vol­ume, the En­glish edi­tion fo­cus­es on wines that are avail­able lo­cal­ly, as well as high­lights the best of the best of the 1,800 Ital­ian winer­ies, large and small, that con­sid­er Slow Food prin­ci­ples. There’s even an iPad edi­tion, avail­able from the App Store, which of­fers a lim­it­ed free tri­al ver­sion.

We vis­it­ed with some folks from Slow Food at a re­cent event un­veil­ing the guide and cel­e­brat­ing the En­glish-lan­guage pub­li­ca­tion. And we re­al­ly liked what we heard: a ded­i­ca­tion to qual­i­ty, en­vi­ron­men­tal sus­tain­abil­i­ty, and even price-con­scious­ness. In this guide, there aren’t scores, and in­stead high­light­ed winer­ies and wines in a va­ri­ety of re­gions and price ranges, with clear and con­cise notes. A trio of sym­bols add char­ac­ter- the snail rep­re­sent­ing an em­pha­sis on Slow Food val­ues, a bot­tle for con­sis­tent­ly ex­cel­lent qual­i­ty, and a coin to in­di­cate a great val­ue.

From Bar­bera and Baro­lo to Ver­nac­cia and Verdic­chio, we en­joyed the op­por­tu­ni­ty to try some of the best Italy has to of­fer, and def­i­nite­ly rec­om­mend pick­ing up the Slow Wine Guide 2012. Al­so, if you’re in Chica­go, def­i­nite­ly con­sid­er at­tend­ing the up­com­ing event on Febru­ary 2nd- tick­ets are on sale now for $35 and go­ing quick­ly!

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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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