The 11th Barolo Auction organised by Gianni Gagliardo and his winery was another great success. GVCI supported the event and some of its chefs were invited to host journalists from the countries they work in. Among them were Alessandro Colombis (Sihanukville, Cambodgia), Michele Camolei (Armani restaurant, Tokyo), Gianni Favro (Bangkok) and Dario Congera (Taipei), who were accompanied by Italy-based GVCI members and friends Marisa Avalis, Lorenza Vitali and Luigi Cremona. Michele Camolei sent in the following correspondence on the experience: “Let it be noted that there was a suggestive candle-lit dinner in the vineyard on the Serra dei Turchi, where, to the notes of a chilled jazz combo, we tasted (and ate) excellent “pieces” of Piedmont and drank farm culture tuned with the most modern techniques.
We diligently attended an interesting round table, held by expert speakers, on just what Nebbiolo might be and represent for these hills. We were truly enthusiastic about Asta; we tasted once and again Barolos of various vintners. We visited the cellars and flew over the vineyards in helicopters. We realized that the Gagliardos (father and son) are a splendid example of passion for ones own work, and also of the ability to keep pace with the times by means of both applying state of the art technology and paying close attention to new (and old) markets through dynamic, practical and intelligent marketing techniques.
Gianni Gagliardo is a long-time friend of GVCI as well as being a member of the group.