Today was the Tre Bicchieri Tasting in New York. I didn’t go. For the past few years I have worked at the event for a producer friend whose wines always win a Tre Bicchieri classification. This year, things were a bit different and I had too much to do to be able to go and taste. Gran peccato. I look forward to reading other people’s posts about the event.
The Tre Bicchieri tasting is always a madhouse as people rush to taste which wines have won those coveted awards. Gambero Rosso, the organization which gives out the awards, has been much criticized of late as have other wine guides and wine critics. Gambero Rosso and Slow Food are officially divorced and this was the first edition of the show without their collaboration.
I am sure there are merits to all sides of the debate about guides in general and about Gambero Rosso in particular but I try to take it all with a grain of salt and to never discount a source just because they are famous or have made a lot of money from their ratings.
Like many other people, I like to discover wines on my own or through the suggestion of a friend whose palate I trust. Sometimes that isn’t possible though and I have discovered many a great wine thanks to the Tre Bicchieri event in years past.
The Tre Bicchieri list of wines for this year was impressive as always, with some new regions getting more play than in the past such as Emilia Romagna, Le Marche, Liguria, and the Valle d’Aosta. I’m sure I will have the occasion to taste some of these wines at Vinitaly in April.