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Galloni and Tanzer merge websites

Wine critic Antonio Galloni has acquired Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar and its catalogue of reviews.

The deal was announced yesterday (18 November) with IWC merging its 180,000 wine reviews and over 1,000 wine articles with Galloni’s new platform “Vinous” which was launched 18 months ago.

Tanzer and his team, including Josh Raynolds, Ian D’Agata and Joel Payne, will all join Vinous and continue in their current capacities, with Tanzer becoming editor-in-chief and lead critic.

According to Forbes, the pair have been friends and, occasionally, colleagues for years and Galloni called the move a “no brainer”.

He said: “I have known Steve Tanzer and have been a subscriber to IWC for over a decade.

“In addition to being one of the world’s preeminent wine critics, Steve is an even better person. When it came time to choose a partner with complementary strengths and shared values, Steve was the obvious choice.

“Needless to say, I am personally very much looking forward to working with one of the most experienced teams in the business. Our acquisition of IWC is an important step as we continue to execute on our vision of creating a global multimedia wine platform.”

Tanzer added: “I am looking forward to partnering with Antonio to bring our combined subscribers the most comprehensive, informative, independent wine web site on the market.

“With five of the world’s most established wine critics, continually streamed content, a large video library and interactive maps, Vinous is clearly taking the lead in reshaping the landscape of our industry.”

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