Daniele Cernilli is a wine writer, journalist and author. He was born in Rome, Italy and graduated with a Masters in Philosophy.
His love of geography led him into wine. As a student he worked as a shop assistant in a well-known wine shop in Rome. In 1979 he began his career in the wine trade at Vini & Liquori, a monthly magazine. He visited the wine festival at Greve in Chianti (the Expo of Chianti Classico) for the first time. Having been involved with the Roman Sommelier Association for some time, in 1986 Daniele and Stefano Bonilli co-founded what would become the annual Gambero Rosso Vini d’Italia, whose first edition came out in 1987.
Daniele has held various editorial positions, including Editor-at-Large of Gambero Rosso magazine and Wine Travel Food, and in 1988 he was named Editor-in-Chief of Vini d’Italia (also published in English as Italian Wines), where he directed the tastings of wines entered from all over Italy – from a few hundred in the first edition to over 18,000 in the 2010 edition. In 1999, Daniele started writing for Rai Sat/Gambero Rosso Channel and, in 2009, he was made Editor-in-Chief of the programme. Daniele has consulted for the Associazione Italiana Sommelier and the Worldwide Sommelier Association, and is currently working on his own Italian & English web magazine, DoctorWine.it. See wine writers and journalists.