Above: A scene from last year’s New York Wine Experience, one of the wine world’s premier events (image via WineSpectator.com).
It’s kind of like “ministerial week” at the United Nations, when world leaders gather in New York for the biggest summit on the planet each year.
Now in it’s 35th year, Wine Spectator magazine’s New York Wine Experience brings together the world’s leading winemakers for tastings and seminars in Times Square in the heart of Manhattan.
The only criterion for an invitation to join this exclusive club? One of the estate’s wines must have received a score of 90 points or higher from the Wine Spectator editors.
Fattoria dei Barbi is there every year and this year, owner Stefano Cinelli Colombini will be on hand himself to pour the wines and to chat with guests.
The bad news is that the event (which costs $2,195 per person!) sells out months in advance. Sadly, there are no more tickets to be had. But if you are already planning on being there, please be sure to stop by the Barbi tasting table to say hello and taste with Stefano (who will be pouring the 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Vigna Fiore which received 92 points this year in a review by Senior Editor Bruce Sanderson).
The good news is that proceeds from the event go to the Wine Spectator Scholarship Foundation, “which provides grants and scholarships to a wide variety of wine-related and culinary programs.”
Sounds like a “win-win” to us!