One of the most exciting things about pouring at this year’s Gambero Rosso Tre Bicchieri tasting in New York City was that this year marked 30 years (!!!) since the very first Gambero Rosso event there.
When Gambero Rosso senior editor Marco Sabellico took the mic and addressed the already packed room just 30 minutes after the doors were opened and guests begin to file in, you could feel the emotion in the air as he remembered his first visit to New York with the guide.
It’s incredible to think how much perceptions of Italian wine have changed since that time.
Before the Italian food and wine renaissance began to take shape in the late 1990s, Americans scarcely knew Italian wines beyond Valpolicella, Soave, Chianti, and Salice Salentino.
Super Tuscans were just beginning to get the attention of a handful of top collectors and Prosecco was just making its first appearance on the horizon.
Today, Italian wine is firmly established as one of Americans’ favorite categories and their perceptions and interests span a wide spectrum of Italian native grape varieties and appellations.
The Gambero Rosso and its editors played such an important role in that evolution.
Thank you, Marco, and thank you, Gambero Rosso, for all you have done for Italian wine in the U.S.!
And thank you to all the members of the press and trade members who came out to taste with Villa Sandi export director Flavio Geretto, the Folio team, and our English-language blogger Jeremy Parzen.
It was a fantastic turnout and the brio in the air reflected the celebratory nature of the occasion.