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Here is the full press release for the Gambero Rosso tasting of Tre Bicchieri wines in New York on March 14. Keep reading to find out GR's methodology. Comments, anyone?
GAMBERO ROSSO AND SLOW FOOD EDITORE
UNVEIL “ITALIAN WINES 2006” GUIDE
THE TRE BICCHIERI (THREE GLASS) WINNERS FOR 2006
AT A PRESS CONFERENCE FOLLOWED BY
THE ANNUAL WINE TASTING EVENT IN NEW YORK CITY
The Quintessential Guide of Italian Wines for Experts and Wine Lovers
New York, New York --Gambero Rosso and Slow Food will
present the 9th edition (English) of Italian Wines, the annual guide to
the Italian wine marketplace on
March 14th at the Puck Building, in Manhattan’s trendy SoHo neighborhood, located at
295 Lafayette Street (corner Lafayette and Houston). The event, which is by invitation only, will kick-off at 3:00PM with a press conference featuring chief editors Daniele Cernilli of Gambero Rosso and Gigi Piumatti of Slow Food, who will introduce the top winners of 2006.
Best Bubbles: Franciacorta Grand Cuvée Pas Operé ’00, by Bellavista
Best White Wine: Collio Bianco Fosarin ’04, by Ronco dei Tassi
Best Red Wine: Taurasi Vigna Cinque Querce ’01, by Molettieri
Best Sweet Wine: Moscato Passito di Pantelleria Creato 1976, by Murana
Winery of the Year: Arnaldo Caprai’s Val di Maggio
Winemaker of the Year: Gianni Menotti of Villa Russiz
Up-and-Coming Winery: Pacherhof, Alto Adige
Outstanding Grape-Grower: Romano Dal Forno
Best Priced Wine: Dolcetto di Dogliani Papà Celso ’04, by Abbona
The event, generally considered the most important North American presentation of premium Italian wines, will showcase 138 producers in New York. Event sponsors include De Cecco Pasta, Bonaventura Maschio, Grana Padano, San Pellegrino and Acqua Panna.
A sister event will take place on the west coast at Fort Mason, in San Francisco, on March 16th. The event, which will showcase 113 wine producers, will also include a press conference and wine tasting.
Italian Wines 2006, the best-selling guide to Italy’s finest wines, is the authoritative work by Gambero Rosso and Slow Food which surveys more than 20,000 Italian wines, grading each on a scale from one to three glasses, or bicchieri.
The 2006 editions awarded 246 wines with the prestigious Tre Bicchieri, or “three glasses,” award; a coveted honor and a powerful influence on the Italian wine marketplace. The guide has helped to identify new Italian wines and wineries and introduce them to enthusiasts around the world.
Italian Wines 2006 continues the Tre Bicchieri tradition of impartial, independent and reliable evaluations based on blind tastings by more than 100 experts. The guide is designed to provide readers with both an understanding of the history and development of producers and their wines.
Each year, the process of surveying begins in May, when independent local panels collect more than 70,000 bottles from across Italy. Once the wines are sorted and secured they are sampled by nearly 30 tasting groups, each composed of five judges. Over the span of two months, the judges blind-taste more than 20,000 wines. More than 10,000 are rejected outright, while the remaining wines are awarded one or two bicchieri. In this first phase, wines are rated on a 100-point scale. Following the scoring process, nearly 1,500 of the top-ranking wines move on to the Tre Bicchieri taste-offs.
The final committee of judges, composed of seventeen experts, each a prominent local taster, is highly collaborative. The process involves multiple blind-tastings, cross-checks and controls over a period of fifteen days, with the three final tastings held in Rome, Pollenzo and Colloredo di Monte Albano. While the end result is a simple “yes” or “no,” much work goes into the deliberations, with each aspect and element of each wine analyzed and discussed at length.
The 2006 guide awarded 246 wines with Tre Bicchieri. Regionally, Piedmont won top honors with 56 prizes, followed by Tuscany with 42, Friuli Venezia Giulia with 26 and Veneto with 21. The large number of winners is partially due to widespread progress in production across Italy. “Efforts to survey and honor a broad selection of Italian wines were developed with both our readers and Italy’s producers in mind,” says Daniele Cernillii.
“While it would be simpler for tasters to pick only the top dozen wines, this would lead to skyrocketing prices for winning wines,” says Gigi Piumatti. “As a result, it would be difficult for most consumers to find the award-winners, much less find them affordable. The broad scope of the 2006 guide will enable our readers to sample many more great wines, including territory and local varieties that might have otherwise gone unnoticed,” he says.
About Gambero Rosso:
Gambero Rosso™ (www.gamberorosso.it) is a well known brand all over the world. It is a complex structure, articulated in diverse activities but all centered on the same theme: the search for quality in food and wine, as an expression of the Italian way of life and of Italian national and local cultures. Diverse activities include but not limited to publishing, broadcast channels, and culinary arts schools and programs.
About Slow Food:
Slow Food™ (www.slowfood.com) is an international association that promotes food and wine culture, but also defends food and agricultural biodiversity worldwide. It opposes the standardization of taste, defends the need for consumer information, protects cultural identities tied to food and gastronomic traditions, safeguards foods and cultivation and processing techniques inherited from tradition and defends domestic and wild animal and vegetable species.