The Wine Spectator, Wine Advocate and Wine Enthusiast are all familiar names to American wine lovers. We rely on these publications to help us sort through the seemingly endless choices when trying to select a bottle of wine. An outstanding score from one of these wine reviewers is a near guarantee that the wine will sell out quickly.
If I inform one of our guests that a wine was awarded Tre Bicchieri from Gambero Rosso I usually get that look like I’m speaking a foreign language to them…and I guess I am.
Gambero Rosso is the Italian publishing and training leader in the field of wine and food. Each year Gambero Rosso publishes a wine guide know as Vini d’Italia. For the 2015 edition their experts have managed to taste 45,000 wines from over 2,400 wineries. Rigorous blind tasting and evaluations are made, not by individuals, but by a panel of wine experts. Wines are not given points but instead are awarded one, two or three glasses. This year out of the 45,000 wines tasted there were 423 given the award of Tre Bicchieri (Three Glasses, the top award).
Gambero Rosso as I mentioned is not just a publisher of wine information. For more than 28 years they have supported Italian wineries in their effort to expand internationally. This year the Gambero Rosso Tre Bicchieri World Tour 2015 makes a stop in Miami. The tour has already visited Zurich, Warsaw, Oslo, Copenhagen and Stockholm, as well as New York, Chicago and San Francisco. After Miami, the tour will move on to China in May and then end up in Helsinki this June.
On February 3, the Gambero Rosso Tre Bicchieri World Tour will stop at the Coral Gables Country Club in Miami. I will be attending and proudly pouring one of the elite 423 wines awarded Tre Bicchieri, Giravolta Primitivo di Manduria.
If you are not familiar with Giravolta, it is 100% Primativo from the Puglia region of Italy. It has intense aromas of red berries with cocoa and Asian spices. It has been one of my favorite wines for years and now I can with pride say this wine has Tre Bicchieri.
Paul Quaglini, ABC Fine Wine & Spirits wine supervisor
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