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New York Wine Experience Toasts Its 30th Anniversary With Style

October 24, 2011

At the 30th anniversary of the New York Wine Experience event, wine lovers packed two ballrooms of the Marriott Marquis in New York’s Times Square from October 20-22, with 262 wines poured during the Grand Tasting events on Thursday and Friday night. Producers from all the world’s leading regions were pouring, as guests could start with Taittinger’s Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs 2000, for example, and end with 2008 Port from Quinta do Noval. In between were white Burgundies, New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs, Brunellos di Montalcino, Napa Cabernets and classified-growth Bordeaux.

The winemakers, many of whom had just finished harvest, were happy at the chance to meet so many loyal customers. “It was madness at the Pichon-Baron table,” said AXA Millésimes managing director Christian Seely, who runs estates from Hungary to Portugal to Bordeaux’s Château Pichon-Longueville-Baron. “What’s great is not just the number of people, but their passion,” said Marilisa Allegrini of Azienda Agricola Allegrini in the Valpolicella region of Italy. Passion is one thing, but the Grand Tastings also demand stamina. Guests faced a dizzying number of options for furthering their wine knowledge. But judging from the buzz, they appeared to be more than up to the task.

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