Highlights from Great Wines of Italy, NY
Great Wines of Italy is a wine tasting event, organized by James Suckling, that features "114 of the finest wineries Italy has to offer, together with tasting notes on some of their best vintages." Each of the featured wines were curated by James Suckling and received ratings of 90 points or higher. Many of the Italian regions were represented, including Tuscany, Piedmont and Sicily. Additionally, the wines were from producers both big and small, some well-known, some lesser known. Thus far, for 2016, the Great Wines of Italy wine-tasting event was held in New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles.
James Suckling is CEO of www.JamesSuckling.com and a respected, world renown wine critic. He is also the wine editor of the Asian Tatler magazines, a writer, an international wine event organizer, and film producer. (Cigars: The Heart and Soul of Cuba and Cannubi: A Vineyard Kissed by God). At the Great Wines of Italy event, attendees had the opportunity to experience wine tasting in a James Sucklings 100 Points Wine Glass by Lalique, which they were able to keep. The glasses are apart of the Lalique 100 POINTS Collection of stemware by James Suckling. What a treat!
Zachys also partnered with James Suckling to deliver the goods for the Great Wines of Italy event and for subsequent orders. This wine and liquor store, located in Scarsdale, NY is a "true destination for premium wine and spirits tastings," and they also have an impressive collection of wine and spirits.
Now that we are finally coming down from our Italian "wine flu," we wanted to highlight a few of our favorites from the tasting event.
The Wining Hour's Favorites:
|2010 Banfi Brunello Riserva|
Cusumano Sicilia Tenuta San Giacomo Sàgana 2013
(93 points) This was a delicious, fruity Sicilian Nero d'Avola that is elegant and rich with a persistent finish.
|2012 Le Pupille Saffredi|
|Luce Della Vita|
(95 points) Spicy black cherry flavors for all Chianti lovers. Smooth finish.
Castello Romitorio Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2010 (97 points) This Brunello immediately caught my attention and made me do a double-take. This one must be added to my collection. It is packed with rich, dark fruit flavors. The nose was intoxicating with spicy dark cherries, licorice and vanilla. In fact, we still smell it now. Full-bodied with a lingering finish.
|Castello Romitoria Brunello 2010|
|2012 Antinori Superiore|
Guado al Tasso
This is a well-balanced Cabernet Sauvignon, with lots of blackberries, black current, black coffee and spice. Delicious!
While the aforementioned wines certainly do not cover all of the ones we enjoyed at this event, we chose to further our relationship with these particular wines.
Great Wines of Italy provided a fantastic networking opportunity, as it facilitated the meeting and greeting of many top Italian winemakers, importers and distributors. Great Wines of Italy was tastefully done--from the tasty tidbit accompaniments to the expert showcasing of one outstanding wine to the next. This was, by far, a grape...or great wine-tasting experience. We be certain to attend future events.
Also read about our experience at James Sucklings Great Wines of the Andes, featuring Argentina and Chile.
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Have you tasted any of these wines? What is your favorite Italian wine?
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