Posted 11 September 2004 - 05:53 AM
"Remember that a very good sardine is always preferable to a not that good lobster."
- Ferran Adria on eGullet 12/16/2004.
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Posted 15 September 2004 - 02:16 AM
The original purpose was to preserve products that were about to desappear( cheese, agroalimentar products, etc...) and to promote them.
In 1986, togheter with Gambero Rosso , they published the Vini d'Italia guide,
in which, for the first time in Italy, the best wines produced were rated in a 1 to 3 glasses scale.It was an important spark for the future revolution that happened in our zone; every producer, pushed by the desire to be awarded by the "Tre Bicchieri", begin to be more and more ambitious, trying to produce and to vinificate better and better.
As I said in another post, this was a very positive factor for the increase of the quality here( tough someone decided to push too much on the "pedal" of extraction, for me...).
Now, Slow food has founded the" Agenzia di Pollenzo", a very ambitious project in which are involved producers, restaurants and simply wine lovers: there is a university, a "bank" for old vintage of Barolo and Barbaresco, the new"Guido" from Costigliole, etc.... A lot of things, no doubt!
And the Salone del Gusto, every two years, in Turin, the best from every side of the world....
To return to your question, yes, Slow Food pushed also me and my father to improve and, the most important thing, to COMPARE OURSELVES to the others Piemontese, Tuscan, French wines.
Azienda Agricola Sottimano, Barbaresco (Neive)