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I take the liberty to use it Andras Lengyel put out on facebook, the Barolo Boys website.
Here are some pictures from the fantastic test with Barolo Boys, which followed the interesting movie of the same name.
Hope all of you who were there to share her thoughts about the film and about the test.

Quote Andras:

Thank you for visiting Munskänkarna here in Gothenburg! Interesting movie and good wines! It Seems That The Number of people attending this event broke a record with us, 152 people in total including us “working” at the event. Here are some pictures from the event:


All the people at the event.

The “working crew” at the event.
Wine tasting in progress. Everybody Focusing on the wines in the glasses.
Silvia and Mats

Silvia with Bjorn kept at the front desk.

Preparing the plate with Italian specialties.

Below is even more pictures from Andras
Mingle wine Telemaco, made of grapes Bosco and Albarola.

Now it’s all the same 152 people in Göteborg who tried these grapes!
Mingelvin …

Food in current lines … It takes some work to prepare for a test.

Not to speak about the preparation to pour all the wines to 152 people!

The tasting
The wines !!

 

 

 

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Barolo Boys/ Film review from Ekstra Bladet magazine – Denmark

Anmeldelse: Barolo Boys

Barolo Boys– The Story of a Revolution er en ny film som fortæller historien om revolutionen der skete i Barolo gennem 1990’erne

Af: Thomas Rydberg

En film af Paolo Casalis og Tiziano Gaia 64′ / ITA / ENG

Produceret af Stuffilm Creativeye

En ny vin dokumentarfilm har netop fået premiere. Denne gang tager historien udgangspunkt i slaget mellem modernisterne og traditionisterne i Barolo i Piemonte. Filmen skildrer hvorledes en gruppe vinmagere gennem 1980’erne og 1990’erne skabte en revolution i Langhe området og mest i Barolo ved at insistere på, at Barolo kunne lagre i små fade (barrique) samt beskære langt hårdere i marken end hidtil set.

I Barolo har man gennem årtier typisk produceret vin med lang maceration (lang skindkontakt), lave fermenteringstemperatur og med lagring på store (brugte) botti. Ofte slovenske fade på 10.000 liter. Hurtigt blev tilhængerne af disse principper kaldt traditionisterne. Modernisterne derimod gik i gang med at lave vin med kort maceration, højere gæringstemperaturer og anvendte gerne nye små 225-liter fade af fransk eg. Endvidere sørgede de for at skære udbyttet i vinmarkerne ned markant, for at kvaliteten af druerne blev højere.

Det var især vinmagere som Elio Altare, Chiara Boschis, Roberto Voerzio, Marco De Grazia og Giorgio Rivetti som var forgangstroppen for denne revolution. Gruppen kaldte sig Barolo Boys (på trods af de bestod af den kvindelige vinmager Chiara) og benyttede dette i promoveringen af den nye stil fra området. Revolution stod på i næsten tre årtier og var genstand for en indædt kamp mellem modernisterne og traditionisterne som flere klip i filmen viser. Især dokumenteret med den indædte traditionist Bartolo Mascarelli som fra sin kørestol tordner forbandelser mod den nye stil.

I øvrigt møder man i filmen Lorenzo Accomasso, Silvia Altare, ASD Barolo Boys Monforte, Beppe Caviola, Giuseppe “Citrico” Rinaldi, Alessandro og Bruno Ceretto, Gianpiero Cereda, Giancarlo Gariglio, David Berry Green, Marta Rinaldi, Davide Rosso og Maggiore Vacchetto.

Konsekvenserne for Barolo var enorm. Hele slaget skabte en enorm fokus på området og med hjælp fra en række af verdens førende vinkritikere som Robert Parker og Winespectator fik Barolo så meget fokus og dermed også penge, at der på 10 år kom flere penge til området end de foregående 100 år tilsammen. Og kigger man på prisudviklingen for en flaske Barolo taler det sit eget sprog. I 1969 kostede en flaske Barolo omkring 7,5 kr. I dag er det svært at finde en fornuftig Barolo til under 200 kr.

Filmen er på lidt over en time og fortæller denne historie, dels ved en række hurtigt klippede interview med en række af de involverede på begge sider samt ikke mindst krydret med en række gamle klip fra 1980’erne og 1990 hvor de unge vinmagere var i gang med at skabe det nye Barolo.

Nu 30 år efter gøres der også en status og roen har igen sænket sig i Barolo. De to stilarter er smeltet mere sammen og i dag snakker man ikke så meget mere om dedikerede modernister og traditionalister. Men følelserne er stadig markante og ikke mindst stædigheden, det ser man især i den sidste del af filmen, hvor modernisten Elio Attaris datter Silvia fortæller, om sin fars totale modstand mod at gå væk fra de mindre barrique. Ringen er dermed sluttet, for Silvia var den første til at bryde med sin fars klassiske principper. Nu er det datteren, som er på vej tilbage til den gang hvor man kunne lave rigtig Barolo, som hun siger.

Filmen er fremragende og en fascinerende historie om ikke kun udviklingen, men også de følelser og temperamenter der ligger så dybt begravet i vin-familierne i Piemonte. Filmen er krydret med flotte billeder fra de betagende vinmarker omkring byerne Barolo, Monforte, La Morra og Serralunga, hvilket i sig selv gør filmen til en nydelse. I øvrigt kan det anbefales at se filmen med et glas nebbiolo i glasset. Om det så skal være fra en traditionist eller modernist vil jeg lade være op til hver enkelt.

Trailer kan ses her

For ca. 50 kr får man mulighed for at se filmen på internettet, for ca. 130 kr kan man få dvd’en. Læs mere om filmen her, hvor den i øvrigt også kan bestilles.

Barolo Boys/ Film review from Magnus Reuterdahl’s wine blog (Vinotinto, Sweden)

Barolo boys – the movie!
A Swedish version of the review is availabe at Magnus Reuterdahls vinblogg Aqua Vitae (http://vinotinto.wordpress.com/2014/09/13/barolos-revolutionarer-barolo-boys/)
I have had the opportunity to see an advance copy of the film Barolo Boys – The Story of a Revolution (http://www.baroloboysthemovie.com/)
Here are a few words on the movie, on Barolo, on a modern winemaking era!

film trailer: https://vimeo.com/99037299

If you do not know the Barolo Boys, they were a group of young winemakers in Barolo in the 1980s and 90s. Despite the name, it was not just the boys in the group it included one girl as well. Another important part of the group was an american; Marco di Grazia. The addition “Boys” come from that they were young, and the majority of them were just boys.

This is the story about them and the Piedmont in change, a change that is still going on but perhaps not gone in the direction they expected when the revolution started. Barolo Boys changed and reinventetd Barolo. They went from poor farmers to winemakers with rock star status. They went from anonymity to fame.

They broke up the traditional and created something new, they brought in outside influences and changes in how they worked both in the vineyard and in the winery. They started from fresch, from scratch and this created conflicts between generations, in some cases as far as fathers and sons broke completely with each other. Others just didn’t understand and viewed them as crazy.

It all started in the early 1980s, a time of optimism in Italy, supported by an economic boom and that it has won the Soccer World Cup in 1982. This optimism was also found among the winemakers. The young winemakers started to experiment, collaborate and fundamentally change Barolo wines and its character – at least for a while. The change also caught international attention through among other things tours to the United States. Soon they got soaring ratings of known wine writers, they got hyped at restaurants and became the name on everyone’s lips, which culminated with the Barolo and Barbaressco score a 100-point vintage in Wine Advocate in 2000.

The success in the 1990s led to a willingness to go even further, leading to more experimenting and a strive of making the perfect wine. Some went over to using more new barrels, making wines that were more suited to American tastes and the wine writer’s palette. Did they go too far from the origin?

Many felt that way – it was something of a war between traditionalists and modernists in Barolo. In the end it is a matter of taste, but it feels like it like that 100-point vintage was one of the turning points when you loook back. Many took a half step backwards and started to look for the traditional again. There is also a new generation of young winemakers who will and have begun to make their mark on the wines – wanting to go there way.

One can see it the modern Barolo as a bubble. Personally I’m not a big fan of the style but I think there are lot of positive that came out of this period and its this experimentation. This has led to the that the wines are much cleaner and fresher today and at the same time more accessible as young though still with good ageing potential. The wineries are more modern so there are better possibilites to do good wines, there is more money in the region which also is an enabler for working with quality.

This movie is a good starting point to understanding Barolo and its development but also to understand where Barolo is going, what is to come. However, it is not a film that only illuminates what happened in the “modern Barolo” but it can be translated into what happened in the “modern Rioja”, the “modern Bordeaux” and so forth – what is sometimes called the Parkerfying of wine. It describes an era in the wine industry that can be found in many places and the movie provides a key in understanding this.

This is a really good and interesting movie for all those interested in wine and winemaking. So sit down, pour a glass of good Barolo and take in what the Barolo boys learned and take part of their heritage, of images of the past and the present, and glimpses of the future.

Cheers

Magnus Reuterdahl

Among the people you see and hear in the movie are Carlo Petrini, Oscar Farinetti, Joe Bastianich, Elio Altare, Chiara Boschis, Marc de Grazia, Giorgio Rivetti, Roberto Voerzio, Lorenzo Accomasso, Silvia Altare, Beppe Caviola, Alessandro e Bruno Ceretto, Giampiero Cereda, Giancarlo Gariglio, David Berry Green, Bartolo Mascarello, Marta e Beppe Rinaldi, Davide Rosso and Maggiore Vacchetto.