Great Wines of Italy - December 2 & 3, 2013 - Shanghai
This December 2013, the Great Wines series makes its debut in Shanghai with Great Wines of Italy in the Jing An Shangri-La Hotel. Both Shangliu Tatler (尚流TATLER), the popular Chinese luxury lifestyle magazine and Shanghai sister publication to Hong Kong Tatler, and James Suckling hope to bring the same level of sophistication and exclusivity in wine events as in Hong Kong to mainland China – the world's fastest growing market. Owners and winemakers from many of the sixty-odd estates selected for Great Wines of Italy in Hong Kong will also personally serve their finest new releases in Shanghai – including Ornellaia, Castello Banfi, Bruno Giacosa, Casanova di Neri, Marchesi Antinori, Pio Cesare, Roberto Voerzio and Valdicava. Moreover, other top wineries with distribution in China have been chosen for the Shanghai event only – including Tenuta San Guido (Sassicaia), Altesino, Elvio Cogno, Masciarelli, Pieropan, Principe Corsini and Zenato. The Grand Tasting open to all will run from 6:30-9:30pm on 2 December, while the Wine Collectors' Dinner the day after is by invite only. For more information click here. (Tickets are subject to availability)
Great Wines of Italy - November 28 & 29, 2013 - Hong Kong
The second installment of Great Wines of Italy in Asia will take place once again at the Four Seasons Hotel in Hong Kong on 28 and 29 November 2013. Great Wines of Italy continues to be Hong Kong's most exclusive Italian wine event for industry specialists and consumers alike. Co-presented by Hong Kong Tatler, the Hong Kong edition of Asia's leading luxury lifestyle magazine, the event features only Italy's very best wines selected and scored over 90 points by internationally acclaimed and Hong Kong-based wine critic James Suckling (JamesSuckling.com). Among 150 others, the most popular and latest releases from such top estates as Ornellaia, Castello Banfi, Bruno Giacosa, Casanova di Neri, Marchesi Antinori, Marchesi de' Frescobaldi, Pio Cesare, Roberto Voerzio, Tenuta Luce delle Vite and Valdicava will be personally poured by their owners and winemakers. The Grand Tasting open to all will run from 5:30-8:30pm on 29 November, while the Wine Collectors' Dinner the day before is by invite only. For more information click here. (Tickets are subject to availability)
Great Wines of Bordeaux - May 28 & 29, 2013 - Hong Kong
JamesSuckling.com again joined forces with Hong Kong Tatler – the leading luxury magazine in Asia – to create Great Wines of Bordeaux in Hong Kong at the Four Seasons Hotel. The dinner and tasting featured outstanding drinkable vintages of some of the best from Bordeaux as well as the chance to speak to winemakers and chateau owners from the region. Over 1,200 people attended the sold out event to discover Bordeaux's finest ready-to-drink vintages, with a luxury tasting of more than 130 outstanding wines!
Great Wines of Italy: New York City - May 8 & 9, 2013 - New York, NY
JamesSuckling.com and Zachys hosted one of the greatest Italian wine events ever, featuring a selection of wines from 107 of Italy's best wineries. Internationally acclaimed wine critic James Suckling personally selected all the wineries, and every wine poured -- close to 400 different labels -- received no less than 90 points (outstanding quality) on JamesSuckling.com. The impressive walk-around tasting on May 8 with up to three different wines per winery included a fabulous cheese bar. The collector's magnum dinner on May 9 was a relaxed, high-end family style dinner with three courses featuring specially selected magnums from the cellars of each winery. The dinner also included a charity auction for Robin Hood -- one of the top in the city working to stamp out poverty (over $37,000 was raised!). British recording artist Isabel Suckling (the 15-year-old daughter of James) performed. The dinner additionally spotlighted the Lalique & James Suckling 100 Points universal tasting glass.
Great Wines of Italy - December 4 & 5, 2012 - Hong Kong
JamesSuckling.com joined forces with Hong Kong Tatler – the leading luxury magazine in Asia – to create the Great Wines of Italy event on December 4 and 5 in Hong Kong at the Island Shangri-la Hotel. The two-day event was the largest showing of premium Italian wines in Asia. Each winery attending was selected for its history of producing outstanding wines. In fact, all the wines poured during the event have outstanding reviews – 90 points or more. More than 1,200 people attended and the event was sold out two weeks in advance.
Divino Tuscany - May 17 to May 20, 2012 - Florence, Italy
Divino Tuscany 2012 took place in Florence from May 17 to 20. This event was a celebration of the best wines of Tuscany, bringing together 50 wineries from the region. The wine producers actively participated, giving those attending the chance to learn about what makes each of their wines so special. Divino Tuscany brings together consumers and producers in this exceptional festival to share wine, food and culture. Throughout the event, there were numerous performances and dinners held in some of the best restaurants in Florence, as well as private residences and palaces. Watch the video to catch bits and pieces of the festival. It was an amazing four days of superb wines, delicious food, fabulous music, and unforgettable venues.
Bellissimo Brunello - May 10, 11 & 12, 2012 - New York, NY, Los Angeles, CA & San Francisco, CA
Bellissimo Brunello 2012 took place May 10, 11 and 12 in three American cities: New York City, Los Angeles and San Francisco. The event gathered over 30 of Brunello di Montalcino's best producers. Bellissimo Brunello centered around Brunello di Montalcino 2006 Riserva and 2007 Brunello di Montalcino, two great vintages, back to back, for the very first time. I travelled throughout the United States on planes, trains and automobiles to make it to each event. Between the wine, the traveling and the exhaustion, it seemed more like a rock 'n' roll tour across the country. I had a great time. I put together this video to give you a glimpse of what happened during those three days in the three different cities.
Eccellenze Montalcino Brunello Tasting - March 9, 2012 - Hong Kong
Hong Kong Tatler & James Suckling Wine Club hosted wine connoisseurs and enthusiasts at Island Tang for an all-day wine tasting event to sample the best wines of Brunello di Montalcino from Eccellenze Montalcino. The wines served at the event were 2006 and 2007 Brunellos from Valdicava, Casanova di Neri, Siro Pacenti, and San Filippo, including the 100-point 2006 Vadicava Madonna del Piano and 99-point 2006 Casanova di Neri Cerretalto.
Eccellenze Montalcino Brunello Tasting - October 28 & 29, 2011 - Beijing, China
I hosted a Brunello di Montaclino tasting and dinner in Beijing for four well-known wineries united under the group of Eccellenze Montalcino. It included San Filippo, Siro Pacenti, Valdicava, and Casanova di Neri. It was the first time an Italian wine event of it’s kind took place in China’s capital. I took the 250 participants through eight wines: four from the great 2006 vintage and four from the excellent 2004. Read my blog about it here.
Divino Tuscany - June 2, 2011 to June 5, 2011 - Florence, Italy
A celebration of Tuscan winemaking, this was Divino Tuscany's first year. Over the course of four incredible days, attendees experienced grand tastings, seminars, special dinners and entertainment.
Bellissimo Brunello - May 18, 2011 - New York, N.Y.
Photo courtesy of Luisa Ortiz Pérez and Ulysses de la Torre.
Showcasing the magnificent 2006 vintage, I hosted this event in New York at City Winery. There were 30+ of Montalcino’s best producers who brought their wines for the tasting. Read my blog about it here.
Cigar Experience - May 21, 2011 - Hong Kong, China
Presented by Hong Kong Tatler, the magazine where I serve as Wine Editor, this event was held at MGM Macau’s Aux Beaux Arts restaurant. The night started out with a cocktail receiption and cigar rolling performance, followed by a lingerie show and a wine and whiskey-pairing dinner.
Union des Grands Grus Bordeaux Tasting - January 22, 2011 - Santa Monica, Calif.
Held at Barker Hanger in Santa Monica, Calif., this event featured a small seated tasting that I led, followed by a large walk-around tasting. Several Chateaux were in attendance as well as we tasted the 2008 vintage. Read my blog about it here.