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Gaia Gaja named one of “Top 10 Women in Italian Wine” by the Drinks Business

The following is the Drinks Business profile of Gaia Gaja, one of the “Top 10 Women in Italian Wine” (by Tom Bruce Gardyne, June 3, 2014):

“I don’t have a title on my business card, so it’s difficult to explain. I do everything,” says Gaia Gaja, daughter of Angelo Gaja – Italy’s cult wine superstar, or “the mad man of Barbaresco” as Jancis Robinson MW once called him.

“My father is 84, but he’s not stepping back, thank God,” says Gaia who joined the business ten years ago. “He’s very Gaia Gaja wise and understands that all the decisions we take are my decisions because they won’t affect the wines for five or six years.” With her winemaking younger sister, Roseanna, she’ll tell him what they’re going to do. “Sometimes he’s not so happy, but he always says ‘OK, do it’.”

It was the sense of family that inspired Gaia at first, the passion for the wines came later. “The thing I love is to think that what I’m doing is not only my passion,” she explains, “but it was the project of my father and the dream of my grandfather. Hopefully, in another 30 years, it will continue within the family.”

She says the aim is to continue making the best wines in Barbaresco, and try and do the same in Montalcino and Bolgheri. If and when that goal is reached, then maybe another region will be given the Gaja treatment. “But it will always be in Italy,” says Gaia emphatically.

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Angelo Gaja featured in Robert Parker’s Matter of Taste

Wine Advocate editor-in-chief, Master of Wine Lisa Perrotti-Brown, interviews Angelo Gaja for the debut issue of Robert Parker’s new magazine, Matter of Taste.

Please click here for the online version of the feature story.

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Gaia & Angelo Gaja lead a tasting of their Tuscan wines for Wine Spectator

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Gaia Gaja featured in Monocle

Click here for the Monocle profile of Gaia Gaja.

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Tasting Table features one of Gaia’s favorite dishes

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Above: “Legendary” Piedmontese chef Cesare Giaccone (image via CesareGiaccone.it).

The editors at Tasting Table have called Cesare Giaccone’s “chestnut polenta spooned over a raw egg yolk nestled in a snow drift of grated Parmesan” a “legendary creation… one of the dishes they’ve been obsessing over” since Gaia Gaja first told them about it.

Gaia herself calls the dish “pure elegance,” they note.

They’ve been so obsessed with it that they’ve asked a top U.S. chef to re-create it for them.

Click here for the article and the recipe.

“It’s my favorite way to eat [white Alba] truffles,” Gaia has told us.