The wine writer (by Jessica Bordoni)

Passion and knowledge. These are the keys to the success of Kerin O’Keefe, one of the world’s most influential wine critics. Born near Boston, Massachusetts, and having relocated to our country in the 1990s, Kerin has elected Italian wines as her main area of expertise. She has worked as an Italian Editor for Wine Enthusiast since 2013 and has authored important books such as Franco Biondi Santi: The Gentleman of Brunello, Brunello di Montalcino: Understanding and Appreciating One of Italy’s Greatest Wines and Barolo and Barbaresco: The King and Queen of Italian Wine. In the following exclusive interview, she reflects on the main turning-points in her career and discusses current trends in wine export and consumption.

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Scrivere di vini (di Jessica Bordoni)

Passione e competenza. Sono queste le chiavi del successo di Kerin O’Keefe, tra le firme più autorevoli e influenti del giornalismo enologico internazionale.

intervista a kerin O'Keefe di Jessica BordoniNata vicino a Boston, nello stato del Massachusetts, negli anni Novanta Kerin O’Keefe si è trasferita nel nostro Paese e ha scelto la produzione vinicola italiana come principale focus della sua attività. È Italian editor per la rivista Wine Enthusiast dal 2013, nonché autrice di numerosi libri di successo come Franco Biondi Santi: il Gentleman del Brunello, ma anche Brunello di Montalcino: understanding and appreciating one of Italy’s greatest wines e, ancora, Barolo e Barbaresco: the King and Queen of Italian wine. L’abbiamo intervistata in esclusiva chiedendole di raccontarci le tappe più importanti della sua carriera e di darci un commento sull’export e sui trend di consumo di vino attuali.

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O’Keefe: ageability key to Soave’s success (by Darren Smith)

Communicating the ageing potential of the wines of Soave is crucial to the rebuilding of the region’s winemaking reputation, Kerin O’Keefe has said.

Speaking to the drinks business at the Soave 2015 Preview in Monteforte D’Alpone, Veneto, Italian wine critic O’Keefe said she had been “very, very impressed” by back vintages of Soave wine from the Classico zone presented at the event.

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Barolo and Barbaresco: A Conversation with Kerin O’Keefe (by Evan Dawson)

The best wine writers are willing to offend if it means telling the truth. That’s easier said than done. When a writer publishes an article or a book that is likely to offend the producers that he or she covers, that can make future work more difficult. Doors close. Phone calls or emails are not returned.

cover of Barolo and Barbaresco book
Barolo and Barbaresco. The King and Queen of Italian Wine

Fortunately for us, Kerin O’Keefe is willing to offend if she has to. That’s not her mission. As the Italian Editor for Wine Enthusiast magazine, she has delineated her values. If producers don’t agree, she doesn’t allow that to alter her writing.

Her 2012 book Brunello di Montalcino staked out clear lines in the growing debate over a region’s sense of place. Her newest book, Barolo and Barbaresco: The King and Queen of Italian Wine, offers a similarly valuable perspective on a wine region’s evolution.

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Pinot Grigio e Prosecco. Termometri di un mercato in costante evoluzione (di Carlo Flamini)

Kerin O’Keefe è Italian editor per “Wine Enthusiast Magazine”, una delle riviste più influenti nel panorama della stampa specializzata americana. Una grande passione per i vini piemontesi e toscani, per i quali ha scritto libri di successo, come “Brunello di Montalcino – Understanding and Appreciating One of Italy’s Greatest Wines” (University of California Press 2012) e “Franco Biondi Santi, il Gentleman del Brunello” (Veronelli Editore, 2004). L’ultima sua opera, dedicata ai vini di Langa, si intitola “Barolo and Barbaresco – the King and Queen of Italian Wine” (University of California Press, 2014) e sarà presto disponibile nelle librerie e su Amazon. Con lei facciamo il punto sullo stato di salute del mercato Usa e del vino italiano.

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Kerin O’Keefe’s Montalcino subzones (by Walter Speller)

Just before the annual Tuscan en primeur tastings (on which I will report in detail later this week) last February, I met up with Kerin O’Keefe in Florence. She reports on Italian wines for both Decanter and The World of Fine Wine magazines,while last year she published her second book, Brunello di Montalcino. Understanding and Appreciating One of Italy’s Greatest Wines.

Bunrllo di Montalcino book cover
Kerin O’Keefe, Brunello di Montalcino: Understanding and Appreciating One of Italy’s Greatest Wines

In her book she describes a system of sub zones in order to get a clearer picture of the diverse Montalcino terroirs, and the different wine styles as a result of this. It is something wine lovers and wine professionals alike are keen to know about more, but a controversial topic in Montalcino itself, where every producer considers his or her vineyards automatically to be of Grand Cru status as long as they are located within the Brunello di Montalcino designated area. It is the reason why the region has never tried to map its sub zones in any comprehensive or systematic way so far.

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