The Tasting Panel magazine

November 2012

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COVER STORY ReachingReachingfor the THE TONY TERLATO STORY by Anthony Dias Blue / photos by Fred Minnick O ver the past fi fty years, Tony Terlato has been one of the most impor- tant players in the growth of the American wine indus- try. Most famous for bringing Pinot Grigio to the United States, Brooklyn- bred wine importer Terlato is a true industry legend. He participated in the beginnings of the Golden Age of wine at age 21, when he moved to Chicago with his parents to help open his father's retail wine shop. From there, his story became a 50-year saga of expanding infl uence and success. I sat down recently with Tony to get his personal perspective. St Stars november 2012 / the tasting panel / 61

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