From the 22nd to the 24th of October, at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square, the New York Wine Experience took place. This event is an immersive celebration of wine sponsored by Wine Spectator – the most prominent online resource on wine, founded in 1996. The tickets for the 2015 Experience were completely sold out, and the schedule of events included seminars with over 250 wine tastings from the biggest markets in the world, and meetings with Wine-Stars producers awarded by the magazine as the 2015 best entrepreneurs.

The 2015 top 100 of wines will be published on November 9th, but in the previous version the only Italian wine on the list was the Chianti Classico San Lorenzo Gran Selezione 2010 Castello di Ama. This Tuscan wine received an extraordinary 95/100 mark directly from official Wine Spectator’s tasters at the New York Wine Experience, the Chianti was presented by the oenologist Marco Pallanti.

 

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This year the venue was filled with over 2000 people, and many of them went straight for the bubbly: Pierre-Emmanuel Taittinger was offering the Comtes de Champagne 2006 from his world-famous estate, while Roederer, founded in 1776, served its Anderson Valley L’Ermitage 2006 in flutes for the guests. The Italian Cantine Ferrari F.lli Lunelli uncorked many bottles of Brut Riserva del Fondatore 2002.

In the end, Europe, North America and Australia were main characters of the show. From Italy, many Barolo wines placed in the rankings – Barolo Cicala 2010 (98 points), Barolo Margherita 2010 (96), Barolo Rocche dell’Annunziata 2010 (95) and Barolo Bric dêl Fiasc 2010 (97) – confirming the worldwide success of the Made in Italy name. The French Burgundy gave justice to the huge market of the ex-Gaul: the small productions were celebrated, the Pommard Grand Clos des Èpenots 2012 (92), the Clos de Vougeot 2012 (94) and the Chambertin-Clos de Bèze 2012 (95) were presented by the respective producers. Pablo Álvarez, Vega Sicilia’s owner, conducted six tastings of six stocks of his legendary Spanish wine Bodegas Vega Sicilia Ribera del Duero – years 1981, 1996, 2002, 2007, 2010 and 2012. California satisfied its Pinot Noir lovers with four wines, all with above a 92 score: the Dehlinger Pinot Noir Altamont Russian River Valley 2013 (95), the Donum Estate Pinot Noir Carneros West Slope 2013 (95), the Pisoni Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands Estate 2013 (93) and the Skywalker Pinot Noir Marin County 2013 (93). Last but not least, the Australian Peter Gago presented products from his famed winery, Penfold: the Cabernet Sauvignon South Australia Bin 707 2010 (97), the Shiraz South Australia St. Henri 2010 (95), the Cabernet Sauvignon Barossa Valley Kalimna Block 42 2004 (97), the Shiraz South Australia Grange 2010 (98), 2008 (100) and 1990 (98) and the Tawny South Australia 50 Year Old Rare.

 

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The most popular wines above drew the most attention, and with just a few hours to taste as many wine as they could, visitors had to optimize their time. However, thanks to the Bushwick – the wine list-du-jour – many not-so-famous wines were discovered and appreciated by the attendees, coming directly from any and all corners of the world: South Africa (a market with an enormous economic spread), Greece and even Israel and Japan.

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