Franco Ziliani

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Franco Ziliani (born 1956 in Milan) is an Italian journalist and wine critic, with a specialty in Italian wines since 1985.[1] He has contributed to several periodicals including Decanter, A Tavola, Barolo & Co. and Merum, Il Corriere Vinicolo, De Vinis, The World of Fine Wine, as well as a column for Harpers Magazine with Nicolas Belfrage MW[2] with whom he has also contributed to Tom Stevenson's annual Wine Report. Ziliani and Jeremy Parzen launched in March 2008, to provide an English language news service on the subject of Italian wine. Ziliani has since been credited by La Repubblica with first breaking the 2008 Brunello scandal.[3]

Ziliani has often criticised Angelo Gaja and his style of winemaking,[4] and frequently and controversially refers to James Suckling as "Giacomino Suckling" and his employer publication Wine Spectator as "Wine Speculator".[5][6]

A right-winger, Ziliani has been harshly criticized after he publicly declared he won't ever again review Giovanna Maccario's wines as a punishment for her pro-immigration stance. [7]

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  1. ^ "Author profile: Franco Ziliani". 
  2. ^ Belfrage, Nicolas; Ziliani, Franco, Harpers (October 24, 2005). "In defence of our column". 
  3. ^ Murphy, Linda, (April 4, 2008). "Montalcino vineyards update". 
  4. ^ O'Keefe, Kerin, (March 3, 2004). "Gaja 'cold and soulless': Gambero Rosso". 
  5. ^ Ziliani, Franco, (November 25th, 2008). Opinion: The best that Enotria has to offer? Reflections on the Wine Spectator Top 100
  6. ^ Ziliani, Franco, (November 10, 2008). James Suckling liquida il Brunello 2003, ma con alcune, doverose, eccezioni… (Italian)
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