Who is “Dr. L”: top 5 most influential people who changed the wine industry
The wine industry is made of passionate men and women: some of them have had a strategic role anticipating the development of knowledge and progress and have had the courage to change the wine industry through their forward thinking.
Being a wine app, we have to pay a respect to these 5 outstanding wine celebrities.
Ernst Loosen (aka Dr.Loosen, aka Dr.L):
The man who made the world discover Riesling. Born in Germany, in a family that had been producing wine for over 200 years, Ernst Loosen tried to escape his destiny by studying archaeology, but, at the end of the 80s, family circumstances led him to take over the reins of the family winery.
Ernst Loosen (aka Dr.Loosen, aka Dr.L) – the man who made the world discover Riesling
Ignoring the wave of modernization that changed the face of many German companies in the ’60s and ’70s, he chose a minimalist production style, with drastic reduction of the crop and focus on quality, moderate use of fertilizers, and slow and long fermentation, creating the successful recipe for a great Riesling.
Flying winemaker and consultant, he has revolutionized Bordeaux wines creating a style that could appeal to the international market. Angélus, Ausone, Pontet-Canet, Pavie and Smith Haut Lafite are just some of the most prestigious chateaux guided by Michel Rolland. It’s very simple, without him, Bordeaux wines would not taste the same.
Around the world, now, his signature is highly regarded as a guarantee of success and his name sounds like a brand. On the other hand, he has been strongly accused of having standardized wine taste (watch Mondovino movie for reference).
Love him or hate him, he is a superstar of oenology and has a authoritative role in the wine industry.
Without Michel Rolland Bordeaux wines would not taste the same.
One of the most important personalities in American wine, nicknamed the “Patriarch”.
Son of Italian immigrants, Mondavi founded his company in 1966 with the aim of producing wines capable of competing with the best in the world.
Peter Mondavi is one of the most important personalities in American
Among his many merits, the most important is certainly the opening to quality wine production in the USA. He was one of the first producers to label varietal wines, a practice that today represents the standard of the New World and is undoubtedly the one who most contributed to promote wine tourism and spread the idea of wine as a lifestyle product in the US.
Thanks to his work, today we can appreciate fantastic wines that, fifty years ago, were not recognized in the international wine scene.
Wine expert that marked a historic turning point in the world of wine.
Working in Paris as a wine merchant in the seventies, he organized one of the most iconic events known as the The Judgment of Paris, the blind tasting that compared the 1973 wines of Bordeaux with the same vintage from the Napa Valley.
You may already know the results: surprisingly, the Californian Chardonnays and Cabernet Francs got the better of the eleven experts involved. A moment that put upside down the wine industry and made US aware of its production potential.
One of the most influential wine critics, Jancis Robinson was the first person outside the wine industry to become Master of Wine in 1984. She has been writing books and has been wine correspondent for the Financial Times since 1989.
Jancis Robinson was the first person outside the wine industry to become Master of Wine
Her biggest merit is to have opened the doors of the wine business to women. And also have written The Oxford Companion to Wine, considered a sort of wine bible and used as main textbook by the international wine courses.