Thursday, February 6, 2014

Tre Bicchieri Returns

The Gambero Rosso Tre Bicchieri tasting is back in the United States and if you're a lover of Italian wines - you need to be there. I'll be there on Tuesday, February 11 in Chicago; there is also a tasting in San Francisco on Thursday, February 13.

Gambero Rosso is the bible of Italian wines, rating wines of every type from all twenty regions of Italy. Their highest rating is Tre Biccchieri (three glasses), a designation that is awarded to the very best Italian wines of the year. Last year, a total of 20,000 wines were tasted with only 399 being given the highest award, so this is a very distinguished and difficult rating to achieve.

What's nice about these ratings are that they are not reserved merely for the most famous Italian red wines such as Amarone, Barolo and Brunello di Montalcino, but also for white wines such as Soave, Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi and Friulano as well as sparkling wines such as Prosecco and Franciacorta as well as some lovely, underappeciated reds such as Dogliani, Montepulciano d'Abruzzo and Cannonau de Sardegna (a personal favorite!).

Some of the most famous producers from Italy will be represented, including Vietti, Donnafugata, Nino Negri, Masi and Ferrari, to name only a few. But make sure you also taste the wines from underrated producers such as Valle Reale (Abruzzo), Monte del Fra (Veneto) and Cantine Lunae Bosoni (Liguria, an exceptional Vermentino) as well - you'll miss out on some great wines if you don't!

The details:

Chicago, Fabruary 11 - Union Station, 500 W. Jackson / 2-3 Media - 3-6 Trade

San Francisco, February 13 - Fort Mason Center/ 2-3 Media - 3-6 Trade

Reservations for the Chicago tasting must be made by February 7 and for San Francisco by February 10. Here is the link:

See you at the Chicago tasting on February 11!


  1. The quality and variety of wines on hand at the Gambero Rosso makes it for us, a can't miss event.