An Evening with Some Italians

Discussing European wine policy and tasting Chianti Classico wines

November 20, 2014

Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science, UC Davis


       Paola Corsinovi


       Davide Gaeta


       Darrell Corti

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At “An Evening with Some Italians,” Dr. Paola Corsinovi and Professor Davide Gaeta presented highlights from their new book “Economics, Governance, and Politics in the Wine Market: European Union Developments” http://www.palgrave.com/page/detail/?K=9781137395320 .

The book presentation was followed by a discussion of the wines from the Chianti Classico denomination of origin http://www.chianticlassico.com/en/ and a tasting of the new top tier wine category “Gran Selezione,” guided by Darrell Corti. Click here to see the Wine List

Presentations from the event:

Gran Selezione (video)
Chianto Classico Academy (presentation as pdf)
Chianti Classico (presentation as pdf)


Davide Gaeta is CEO of Chianti Classico Company and Associate Professor in the Department of Business Administration at the University of Verona, Italy, where he teaches economics of wine firms and wine policy.  He has managed many private and public institutions, policy organizations and EU lobbies in the wine sector.  He also serves on the boards of several wine companies.

Paola Corsinovi has a PhD in Wine Economics and Rural Development.  Her main research interests lie in the field of wine economics, politics and trade.  She is research fellow and member of the Italian Vine and Wine Academy.  Corsinovi is assistant to Davide Gaeta at the University of Verona (Italy), visiting researcher at the Katholieke Universiteit of Leuven, LICOS Centre, and is international pricing analyst for the Chianti Classico, Denomination of Origin, Wine Consortium.  Born into a family of Tuscany winemakers, she is the President of the Regional Young Agriculture Association, ANGA.

Darrell Corti is still cool (http://www.sacbee.com/food-drink/appetizers/article2593920.html).  For the second year in a row, Sacramento gourmand-grocer Darrell Corti of Corti Bros. Market has been included among “The 60 (Plus) Coolest People in Food & Drink” by thedailymeal.com.  The editors at the all-things-food-and-drink site define “cool” as “a way of behaving, a bearing, an attitude. Cool people are true to themselves and don’t serve the masters of fad or fashion.” Corti’s entry reads in part: “Corti is simply one of the most deeply knowledgeable food and drink experts in America, able to expound with equal authority on Chinese tea, Spanish vinegar, Central Asian wine, Italian pasta and about 30,000 other gastronomic topics.  Corti knows everybody worth knowing in his chosen field, and everybody knows him.  They call him ‘The Professor.’  If you’ve never heard of him, well, that sort of makes him even cooler, you know?” Darrel serves on the Robert Mondavi Institute’s Board of Executives and Honorary Board.

Presented by the Center for Wine Economics, Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science, UC Davis and the University of California Agricultural Issues Center


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