Meet Antonio Galloni at Wine Library Saturday December 17th from 12pm to 4pm

Posted December 11, 2016

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From jazz musician and student at MIT
to leader of modern wine publication
and now mapmaker too

Anotnio Galloni's adult life could be described as anything but typical. He brings to the wine world his experiences in fields ranging from jazz composition to investment management. He was in the MBA program at MIT's Sloan School when his love of wine truly took over. 

He had started writing about wine as a teenager. Many of us might see this as a bit precocious. Not many of us, however, have dads who give us advice like, "There are two great wines in the world: Barolo and Champagne.” That is certainly not something I heard around my house as a child! Galloni's parents, unlike mine, worked in the wine trade themselves, retailing Italian wines. 

Wine is in his blood.

Galloni explored the fields of music and money for some time, never quite leaving wine behind. During his MBA studies, oenophilia overtook him. Wine became not only his passion but his lifeblood. It was undeniable and almost laughably predictable. He wrote articles about French wine regions for high school French class. I wonder if he was also able to point out to his English class the character in sinclair Lewis's Babbitt named after a wine grape variety. 

Today, Galloni runs the wine review site Vinous, his "vision of a modern-day wine publication." With an amazing team of writers, Vinous covers wine regions around the world. Galloni focuses on those two great wines, Barolo and Champagne, as well as wines from Bordeaux, the remaining regions of Italy, Burgundy and select regions of California. 

With many years of experience tasting wines and traveling to wine regions, Galloni has gained a deep understanding for the concept of terroir. Often, this concept is lost in translation and flowery tasting notes. In order to provide wine lovers with what Galloni describes as "a deeper understanding of how the essence of site is ultimately reflected in the glass," he has created the Napa Valley Vineyard Maps. There are maps for Napa subregions including Oakville, Pritchard Hill, Rutherford, Stag's Leap, Howell Mountain and Yountville. Each is the result of many years of work and shows vineyard boundaries as well as historic background information.

"Vinous Maps are the result of many years of visiting Napa Valley and observing the land with the ultimate goal of gaining a deeper understanding of how the essence of site is ultimately reflected in the glass. Created through extensive proprietary research and boots-on-the-ground work, Vinous’ Napa Valley Maps represent the state of the art in modern cartography. Each map shows property boundaries on the front and more detailed information on the back, including historical background for each region and 3-D images that allow for unprecedented perspective of vineyard sites.

Renowned wine critic and cartographer Alessandro Masnaghetti joins Vinous as a key member of our maps team. Italian wine lovers will recognize Alessandro as the author of the most comprehensive maps and books available on the vineyards of Barolo, Barbaresco and many other regions. Alessandro’s work has been featured in numerous publications, including The Wine Spectator, Jancis Robinson’s Purple Pages, Wine & Spirits and Vinous. We are delighted to call Alessandro an esteemed colleague and friend.

Vinous maps are available in three formats: 8.5"x11" folded; 34"x22" rolled, suitable for framing; or signed, limited first edition prints (100 of each map), rolled and suitable for framing." - Vinous

Paired with wine from their respective regions, these maps make amazing gifts for any wine lover (yourself included). Visit the store on Saturday, December 17, 2016, from 12pm to 4pm, to meet Galloni, purchase a map, and have it signed by Galloni himself! In honor of our guest, we will offer premium Napa selections at our Saturday afternoon sampling table. 

We hope to see you Saturday, December 17, from 12pm to 4pm for this amazing opportunity.