James Suckling: Great Wines of Italy

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James Suckling: Great Wines of Italy

#1 Post by Hank Victor » March 8th, 2019, 4:06 pm

Say what you want to say about the critic but Suckling's events are pretty good. This was my second year attending his Great Wines of Italy grand tasting event and it was awesome. He brought with him about 100 producers and they showcased about 200 wines. I had a free ticket and an hour to kill so I planned my routes before hand with precision. I ended up tasting around 35 wines in an hour with a focus on Barolo, here are some wines that stood out for me.

- Bruno Giacosa, Barolo, Falletto, 2015
- Arnaldo Rivera, Barolo, Ravera, 2013
- Ca del Baio, Barbaresco, Autinbej, 2015
- Fontanafredda, Barolo, Serralunga D Alba, 2014
- Cordero di Montezemolo, Barolo, Gattera

- Garbole, Amarone, Hatteso Riserva, 2009
- Garbole, Veneto, Hurlo, 2009
- Allegrini, Veronese Palazzo della Torre, 2015
- Zenato, Amarone, Classico Sergio Riserva, 2012

- Cusumano, Etna Bianco, Alta Mora 2017
- Cottanera, Enta Bianco, 2017
- Les Cretes, Chardonnay, Valle D'Acosta, Cuvee Bois, 2016
- Franz Haas, Vigneti delle Dolomiti, Manna Bianco, 2016


The Etna whites really surprised me as they were very Chablis like. For those who attended this year, which producer or wine stuck out the most for you?
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Re: James Suckling: Great Wines of Italy

#2 Post by Todd F r e n c h » March 8th, 2019, 4:10 pm

I need to take a look next time - might be a good event. Every location sold out, so obviously they are quite successful
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#3 Post by GregT » March 9th, 2019, 2:25 pm

Super successful. It's how he makes his money. And he says his events in Asia are even bigger. He does manage to get a lot of great producers to show up and it was interesting to compare to the Tre Bicchieri event a week later. Not sure which was a better event for me - I tasted through a lot of Tuscan wines at the Suckling event as well as some interesting one-offs, more Piedmont wines at the Tre Bic.
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Re: James Suckling: Great Wines of Italy

#4 Post by J I M Nuffie!d » March 14th, 2019, 8:46 pm

Where does he hold the Italian event?

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#5 Post by GregT » March 15th, 2019, 8:18 am

Usually NYC, Chicago, LA, and San Francisco, but check his website.
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Re: James Suckling: Great Wines of Italy

#6 Post by Hank Victor » March 15th, 2019, 12:32 pm

J I M Nuffie!d wrote:
March 14th, 2019, 8:46 pm
Where does he hold the Italian event?
Miami, NYC, Chicago, Beverley Hills, San Francisco

He does a South American tasting in the Fall as well.
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#7 Post by M. Chacchia » March 18th, 2019, 3:07 am

I missed this year but have been to 4 or so previously in NYC. I love the event. Well worth it, IMO.

What were they pouring for the Brunellos? 2014 was a mess but I wonder if any were shown.
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Re: James Suckling: Great Wines of Italy

#8 Post by John Kight » March 18th, 2019, 2:06 pm

Hank Victor wrote:
March 8th, 2019, 4:06 pm
...some wines that stood out for me.
- Fontanafredda, Barolo, Serralunga D Alba, 2014
- Cordero di Montezemolo, Barolo, Gattera
The Fontanafredda Barolo is always a great value, as it can usually be found in the $29-$35 range (rare for a Barolo, and especially rare for a Barolo with as much character as this one typically shows). I also like the Cordero di Montezemolo wines across the board....

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