Wine Spectator can always be depended on to deliver a stunning tasting event, and they outdid themselves earlier this week as their Grand Tour, which also stops in Washington and Las Vegas, rolled into two ballrooms of New York’s Marriott Marquis.
A $325 ticket provided wine fans with access to pours of more than 240 different wines as well as a lavish buffet, but these weren’t just any wines: They’ve all been rated 90 points or higher by Wine Spectator.
We had the opportunity to attend, and the variety of wine available was nothing short of mindboggling. Many guests’ first stops were at the adjacent tables of Chateau Haut-Brion (pouring their 2006 Pessac-Leognan, $575) and Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion (also pouring their 2006 Pessac-Leognan, $645), but not all wines were bank-breakers; some retail for less than $20.
Other standout reds included Hall Wines’ Jack’s Masterpiece 2008, Ornellaia Bolgheri Superiore 2013, Aldo Conterno Barolo Colonnello 2011, Heitz Cabernet Sauvignon 2007, Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville To Kalon Vineyard Reserve 2012, Stag’s Leap S.L.V. 2012, Torbreck Runrig Barossa Valley 2012, Fuligni Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2010, and Louis M. Martini Cabernet Sauvignon Lot No. 1 2012.
But it wasn’t all reds: White and sparkling standouts included Louis Latour Corton-Charlemagne 2012 (a spectacular white Burgundy if ever there was one), Mumm Napa DVX 2008, Perrier-Jouet Belle Epoque 2007, Pommery Brut Champagne Cuvée Louise 2002, Yalumba The Virgilius Eden Valley Viognier 2013, Sixto Washington State Chardonnay 2012, Rombauer Chardonnay Carneros Proprietor Selection 2013, and Cloudy Bay Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2014.