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Wine Spectator Celebrates Successful 38th New York Wine Experience

October 24, 2018

“When we walked into the room, it felt like I was walking onto the field at a Super Bowl,” said Jim Nantz. The longtime sportscaster knows what that is like. But he wasn’t on the 50-yard line. He was pouring his wine, The Calling Chardonnay Russian River Valley Dutton Ranch 2016, at Wine Spectator’s 38th Wine Experience at the New York Marriott Marquis in Times Square last weekend.

For many wine lovers, the Wine Experience is the big game—three days of tasting rare and aged wines with leading winemakers, lunches showcasing the wines of different regions, and the black-tie Grand Award Banquet, celebrating the best restaurant wine programs in the world. At the event’s Grand Tastings—held last Thursday and Friday evenings—wine lovers could taste 269 of the world’s greatest wines, all rated 90 points or higher by Wine Spectator editors.

The Wine Experience happens thanks to the generosity of the countless vintners who share their wines and time. All net proceeds go to the Wine Spectator Scholarship Foundation, which has raised more than $20 million for scholarships and grants for the hospitality and wine industries, including Washington State University’s enology and viticulture program, Sonoma State University’s Wine Business Institute, the viticulture and enology program at the University of California at Davis, Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration, and Florida International University’s hospitality school. Wine Spectator has more on the festivities.—Mitch Frank

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