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Wine Spectator’s 34th Wine Experience Attracts Crowd Of More Than 2,000

October 20, 2014

The 34th edition of Wine Spectator’s Wine Experience was held at New York’s Marriott Marquis Hotel late last week, and, as always, it was a signature event for both the wine industry and many of its most dedicated consumers. The three-day event kicked off on Thursday, October 16 with The Grand Tasting, which brought together more than 260 of the world’s greatest wineries—all pouring wines rated 90 points or higher by Wine Spectator’s editors—with a crowd of more than 2,000 wine lovers, winemakers and other industry professionals that packed two ballrooms. “There were wall-to-wall people here,” said Santiago Achával of Argentina’s Achával-Ferrer. “It was great to see.”

Altogether, it was bit daunting to try to taste, reconnect with old friends and talk with the winemakers and winery owners. “I made a list of about 65 wines I wanted to taste,” Wine Spectator editor and publisher Marvin R. Shanken said. “I got to about 11.”

A second Grand Tasting was held on the evening of Friday, October 17, and the event also featured winemaker seminars, three-course lunches with wine pairings and the black-tie Grand Award Banquet, which this year featured a performance by rock legend Chicago.

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