It’s that time of year again- the Gambero Rosso Tre Bicchieri tasting is back in the United States. The tasting, held in four cities: Miami, (February 3), New York City (February 5), Chicago (February 10) and San Francisco (February 12), is arguably the most important Italian wine tasting of the year in this country.
Gambero Rosso is considered the wine Bible of Italy and for several decades, they have published an annual guide to the year’s best Italian wines; the highest rating is tre bicchieri (three glasses). More than 20,000 wines are tasted for the guide each year, with just 400 or so being awarded the highest rating – that’s pretty tough judging.
Image from a previous year’s Tre Bicchieri tasting in Chicago (Photo ©Tom Hyland)
What I love about this tasting is the wide array of Tre Bicchieri winning wines that can be tasted. That means not only the iconic reds such as Barolo, Brunello and Amarone, but also lesser-known whites and numerous first-rate sparkling wines. For example the latter category this year includes several outstanding examples of Franciacorta from Lombardia, including wines from producers such as Ca’del Bosco, il Mosnel, Ferghettina and Bellavista. Of course, there are some marvelous bottles of Prosecco to be tasted (Ruggieri, Nino Franco) and don’t overlook the beautiful versions of Oltrepo Pavese (Mazzolino, Zonin) or the amazing sparkling wines of Ferrari from Trentino!
There are so many great whites that are showcased in this tasting, wines that rarely get the attention they deserve. This means wines ranging from Campania in the south (Falanghina from Terre Stregate and Fontanavecchia) to Gewurztraminer from Alto Adige (Cantina Tramin and Elena Walch) and also Vermentino from Liguria (Lunae Bosoni), to name just a few. These are striking wines, evidence of the greatness of Italian white wines in today’s market. Don’t miss them.
Here are the details on the final two Tre Bicchieri tastings on this tour:
Chicago – February 10 – Union Station (Grand Hall)
Media 2-3 / Trade 3-6
San Francisco – February 12 – Fort Mason Center
Media 2-3/ Trade 3-6