Today, Luca Gardini is known as the Wine Killer thanks to the success garnered by his international project, GardiniNotes.com, developed exclusively in English and home to his ratings for wines from every part of the world.
An expert communicator of wine and influential Italian palate at the international level, Gardini is the first Italian critic to become part of Wine-Searcher, the largest database and enological search engine in the world, in good company with some of the most important international professionals of the sector, from noted periodicals. Among these are Robert Parker, Tim Atkin, Jancis Robinson, and James Suckling.
Gardini pens a weekly column entitled Gazza Golosa for the Gazzetta dello Sport, which publishes his Top 50 every year, and together with Luciano Ferraro oversees the guide Vignaioli e Vini d’Italia published by the Corriere della Sera.
His projects in the world of wine are numerous. Gardini is the creator of the BIWA-Best Italian Wine Awards, which each year celebrates the 50 best wines of Italy chosen by an international jury of the highest caliber, comprised of Kenichi Ohashi, Amaya Cervera, Tim Atkin, Christy Canterbury, Daniele Cernilli, Antonio Paolini, Pier Bergonzi, and Marco Tonelli.
Together with Pier Bergonzi, vice-director of the Gazzetta dello Sport, he created PopWine, a ranking of the 50 best Italian labels under 15 Euro. In 2014, he founded his Enoscuola, where every day impassioned students are taught how to taste wine following the rules of the Codice Gardini, a manual for wine lovers published in 2015.
Gardini participates as an expert opinion-leader in numerous wine festivals in Italy and abroad, such as Vinitaly, Ein Prosit, Barolo/Brunello, Merano Wine Festival, Vin Expo, ProWein, ExpoVinis, and the Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Fair. As well, in 2016, the Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux chose him as the Italian spokesperson for promoting their “Week-end des Grands Cru.”
A journalist in Bologna, Marco has written for the most prestigious food & beverage publications (Spirito Divino, Live In Magazine, Arbiter, and more), as well as for leading guidebooks in the field, including the Guida Vini Gambero Rosso and the Guida Ristoranti d’Italia L’Espresso. He is a member of the tasting committee of the Gazzetta dello Sport. In addition, he collaborated with the Corriere della Sera for the drafts of the 2013 and 2014 volumes of Vignaioli e Vini d’Italia. Marco Tonelli is the first Italian Habanos sommelier and in 2013, he participated in the world championship in Cuba, for this category.
Sissi Baratella, Enologist from Verona, Class of ’87.
Sissi approaches the world of wine with enthusiasm and curiosity. A “disciple” of Luca Gardini, she has worked by his side on numerous projects and collaborated on Gardini Notes since its inauguration. She is a member of the tasting committee of the Gazzetta dello Sport. Sissi Baratella is the first Lady Wine Killer in history.