GUSTOCORTINA, the second edition of an event which should actually be considered home of Taste and Good Taste, this year is enriched by a new section: the special selection by Le Figaro Vin by Bernard Burtschy and Ian d’Agata.

    Never before Le Figaro Vin showed up in Italy, never a great French wine critic, and a renowned Italian wine writer have approached a presentation to the public a comparison born from their work as tasting critics: the result is a small label selection, chosen after a series of tastings held together, comparing their long experiences in terroirs, vines, and cellars.

    The presentation of this special section will be made by Ian d’Agata and Thibault Nguyen, editor in chief of “Le Figaro Vin”. This will be his first time in Cortina thanks to the warm welcome from Maria Pia Montanari, the event promoter together with Gherardo Manaigo from the Hotel de la Poste. In the magnificent natural frame of the Dolomites, great Italian and French wines will be protagonists of two vertical tastings.

    figaro-vin-bernardBernard Burtschy

    Bernard Burtschy is one of the top wine experts in the world. He has a Doctorate in Statistics and is a tenured professor at the National Telecommunications School at the Ecole Centrale. He is also, and above all, a great wine lover, a taster and a well published wine author. Since 1993 he has been a collaborator to the Revue du Vin de France as editorialist and associate editor. He is author of the Wine Guide Le Classement (Revue du Vin de France Editor) where he has been co-editor. From 2002 to 2004 he has been director of Gault & Millau Guide and responsible for their wine section, Le Vin. He is author or co-author of numerous wine guides: The Sommelier Guide, The Larousse Wines 1998 (written in collaboration with Michel Dovaz), The French Wine Trail (Ediguides) and The Year of the Wine (Calman-Levy). Bernard Burtschy is also professor at Les Grais Nobles, a wine tasting school in Paris.

    figaro-vin-ian-dagataIan d’Agata.

    Ian d’Agata boasts more than 25 years of experience in wines. Awarded in 2012 as “Best Italian Journalist” by the Italian Grand Cru Committee, he is author of numerous publications and articles in newspapers all over the world. Holding presentations and conferences at the international level, he has been teaching at Italian and American Universities; from 2004 to 2010 he has been Director of the International Wine Academy in Rome. Since 2005 he is in charge for Italy of the International Wine Cellar of Stephen Tanzer, who promoted him in 2005 to review Bordeaux wines as well, Canadian wines in 2008, and in 2011 also wines from Alsace. Award winning author since 2008 with the Gourmand Award, he has co-authored “D’Agata and Comparini Guide to the Best Italian Wines since 2005. In 2008 he published “The Ecco Guide to the Best Wines of Italy”. His next book dedicated to the original vine from Italy will be published some time in 2013 by a prestigious American publisher.

    His goals include promoting Italian wines in the world, especially in Europe, Asia and North America.