Dear foreign reputable bloggers (who will enter next Vinitaly 2013 for free), let me tell you a couple of facts. I am a wine blogger like you. I started my wine blog in 2004 and I am part of the italian wine-blogosphere (whatever that means) since eons. I have been co-founder of Intravino (possibly the best wine blog over this planet, well ok, my rating may be just a little disputable) and I am also wine blogger at L’Unità, italian left-wing newspaper. Like many of us I always spent a lot of time at Vinitaly, actually I attended at least 22 editions of the Verona fair (yes, I’m old). And just like any italian wine blogger I have always been
pissed pissed off to death because wine bloggers were never granted free access to the Verona exhibit: only official mainstream media personnel had, and still have, this kind of privilege. As an officially pissed off wine blogger I always accepted this decision: after all we (the bloggers) are ugly, ranting people, spending our time in criticizing everything and totally out of control. Who is a blogger, anyway? An amateur, a hobbyist.
So, when this year I learnt that foreign wine bloggers, finally, had some kind of free pass, at first I was happy. Then I became even more pissed off as I found out that only “reputable” foreign wine bloggers have this privilege, and that’s why I am writing you this. My dear collegues (let me call you this way), some of you, the reputable ones, will finally be accepted by Vinitaly. I am asking you a favor: would you respectfully ask Veronafiere to articulate a plausible excuse for the exclusion of Italian wine bloggers from the free-pass privilege? Are we bad? Are we really so ugly? Is it a problem of dress code, do we have to wear a tie? And, most of all (this could be of some interest to ALL of you): how the hell did they verify the reputation of foreign wine bloggers? And what makes the other part of you disreputable? I am really curious about this, because I confess you, my dream is to become, some day, reputable too.
That’s it. Not much, just a favor. Please help me in this struggle. As I said, I am happy to see that a small number of the wine bloggers community had this chance – how would you call yourself? “We few, we happy few, we band of brothers”? I am so glad for you. And, at the same time, so pissed off. Tell’em that the bad’n’ugly guys, the outcasts, the Italians are upset. Since you are free to do that.