It's that time of the year again- the Gambero Rosso Tre Bicchieri tastings will be held in San Francisco, New York and Chicago beginning next week. These tastings feature wines that have been awarded a Tre Bicchieri (three glasses) rating - the highest possible - from Gambero Rosso, Italy's leading wine guide.
More than 100 wineries will participate, representing 19 of the 20 regions of Italy. The variety of wines, as you would expect at a tasting of this caliber, will be remarkable. You will be able to taste Barolo from producers such as Massolino, Elvio Cogno and Fontanfredda along with Brunello di Montalcino from Biondi-Santi, Canalicchio di Sopra and La Togata. There will also be some great Tuscan reds from Antinori, Colle Massari, Fontodi and Felsina along with some gorgeous reds from Valle Reale and La Valentina from Abruzzo as well as top red wines from Mastroberardino (Campania), Cottanera and Planeta from Sicily and some lovely examples of Amarone from Speri, Tenuta Sant'Antonio and Musella.
As far as sparkling and white wines, there is also an impressive representation. Some of Franciacorta's finest wines from producers such as Guido Berlucchi, Ferghettina, La Montina and Ricci Curbastro will be poured along with Ferrari from Trentino. As for white wines, you will be able to sample from Cantina Tramin, Cantina Terlano and Elena Walch from Alto Adige; Livon, Collavini and Zuani from Friuli along with Soave from Pieropan and Verdicchio from Garofoli and Umani Ronchi.
Here are the details on the tastings. You need to register and can do so by emailing Volkmer Public Relations.
San Francisco - Wednesday, February 15
Fort Mason Center - Hebrst Pavilion
Trade: 2-6 / Public 3-6
New York City - Friday, February 17
Metropolitan Pavilion - 125 W. 18th Street (between 6th and 7th Avenues)
Trade 2-7 / Public 3-7
Chicago - Tuesday, February 21
Union Station - 210 South Canal Street
Trade 2-6 / Public 3-6
I have attended the Tre Bicchieri tasting in New York City as well as the last two years in Chicago and can tell you that this is a superb event with more great Italian wines at one location than any other tasting in America. If you are an Italian wine lover, this is a can't miss degustazione!