I just received the Slow Wine 2012 English Version. I take all wine guides’ opinions, awards with a grain of salt but I must say I had a tough time putting this one down. The English edition seems to be a bit more condensed than the Italian version but the guide is well laid out and extremely well done. The guide bestows six awards in total, three to wineries and three to individual wines. The awards are as follows:
Snail awarded to a winery that we particularly like for the way it interprets Slow Food values (sensory perceptions, territory, environment, identity).
Bottle awarded to wineries whose bottles presented excellent average quality in our tastings.
Coin awarded to wineries whose bottles are good value for the money.
Slow Wine awarded to wines of outstanding sensory quality, capable of condensing in the glass territory-related values such as history and identity.
Great Wine awarded to the finest bottles from the sensory point of view.
Everyday Wine awarded to wines that offer excellent value for the money.
The Slow Wine award is most intriguing and ambitious. Essentially this appears to be an award for outstanding wines that communicate place. A few of the wines that were awarded the Slow Wine are: Kuenhof Alto Adige Valle Isarco Sylvaner 2010, Zuani Collio Bianco Vigne 2010, Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco 2007, Bartolo Mascarello Barolo 2007. I couldn’t agree more that these are outstanding wines that condense terroir in the glass.
*I’ve linked each award to listings on the SlowFood.it website. Click the link and scroll down to see the listings.