Un’istruttiva intervista al Wall Street Journal
Senza alcun commento, per pura e semplice “completezza dell’informazione”, segnalo, come ha fatto anche l’amico e college wine writer statunitense Jeremy Parzen, sul suo blog Do Bianchi, qui, le dichiarazioni e conclusioni sul cosiddetto Brunellogate, anzi, su Brunellopoli, che Cristina Mariani May (nella foto) “co-CEO della Banfi” ha rilasciato alla giornalista americana Lettie Teague, titolare di un wine blog sul prestigioso (si dice così, vero?) giornale americano.
Intervista che potete tranquillamente, seduti comodamente in poltrona, leggervi qui.
Scrive la Teague e lascio in inglese, tanto lo capiamo tutti:
“ We also talked about “Brunello-gate,” the scandal that rocked the region of Montalcino in Tuscany for a couple of years before ending some months ago. Allegations of fraud were made against some of the region’s top Brunello producers, including Banfi”.
Al che la Signora Mariani risponde:
“It was just to make the press,”. “Everyone was cleared, including us”.
“It was a problem for a good long while, while the wines were impounded for testing (the allegations were that the wines had been ‘adulterated’ and other varietals were possibly blended in with Sangiovese, the only grape permitted in the production of Brunello). But sales were back up “by thirty percent,” said Christina”.
Nuova domanda dell’intervistatrice:
“Did Banfi personally experience any repercussions from ‘Brunello-gate’?” Risposta:
“Some sommeliers were saying ‘I’m staying away from that category of wines’ but I don’t think many customers had any idea of the problem.”
“If it’s not a health issue, it’s not an issue for consumers,” Cristina asserted”. E la conclusione, questa volta dell’articolista, non fa una piega:
“The only scandal that I could think of that really scared wine drinkers was the so-called poisoning of Austrian wines with antifreeze back in the 80s. That kept wine drinkers away from Austrian wines for a while (though there weren’t many Austrian wines in this country back then).
So maybe if they discovered that Brunello was tainted with antifreeze, that would be a problem. Or if the wines turned out to be particularly fattening. The only thing worse than a wine filled with antifreeze was a wine that could make you fat; a calorie-laden Brunello could occasion a real backlash among wine drinkers in this country”.
Ogni parola a questo punto é del tutto superflua…