Three Glasses and Red Prawns: Wine Roadshow

Gambero Rosso is an Italian food and wine magazine and publishing group founded in 1986. Its name literally translates as “red prawn” and comes from a tavern in the fairy tale – Pinocchio, where the Fox and the Cat dine together, writes SI correspondent, Suneeta Sodhi Kanga from Mumbai

Since 1987, Gambero Rosso has published a guide to Italian wines titled – Vini d’Italia, which in a short time has become the most influential wine and food guide within Italy. Gambero Rosso is now a premier wine and food classification organization in Italy and has been a reference point for the highest quality food and wine in Italy and abroad.
Mumbai was lucky to witness a high profile Italian wine road show event at the Taj Lands End Hotel on the 24th of October 2011 organized by Gambero Rosso.
The Gambero Rosso’s Roadshow featured an exclusive group of about 50 wine producers in Italy, each of them offering for the very first time in Asia a complete range of sparkling, red, white, rose’ and dessert wines. All wine traders, importers, distributors and retailers, representatives from the restaurants, catering services and hotel industry, as well as media were invited to attend this complimentary event. It was a great opportunity to taste some of the best Italian wines like Barollos, Barbarescos, Chianti Classicos, Valpolicellas, Amarones and Sassicaias. What a treat to have prominent Italian producers like Gaja, Ruffino, Donnafugata, Elivio Cogno, Marchesi di Barolo, Bertani, Monte Schiavo etc under one roof.
The highlight of the day were the two seminars of 2 hours each where around 50 top most quality wines of the producers were tasted. The Gambero Rosso wine ratings in Vini d’Italia are built up on the number of glasses (bicchieri) awarded to a wine, which is indicated in the wine guide with a number of stylized glasses next to the wine’s name. Almost all the wines tasted in the seminars that were from these categories.
These ratings are based upon blind tastings by independent experts. The highest rating is three glasses (Tre Bicchieri), and the wine guide only includes wines which are seen by the editors as “above average”. Three glasses indicate “extraordinary wines”. Two red glasses indicates a wine which was selected as a candidate for three glasses (which far from all wines with two glasses are), but did not make it all the way. Two glasses indicate “very good wines”. One glass indicates “good wines”.
The seminar tastings were led by Marco Sabellico, the very well spoken Senior Editor of Gambero Rosso, along with Subhash Arora, President of Indian Wine Academy. Marco guided the tasting by covering all the wine growing regions of Italy. Interesting and quaint snippets about the producers and regions interspersed the tastings.
Starting from Veneto the tasters were taken on an imaginary wine tour through Lombardia, Trentino, Liguria, Alto Adige, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Piemonte, Toscana, Sicily, Marche, Sardinia, Abruzzo, Emilia Romagna, Molise, Lazio, Umbria, Campania and Puglia.
The very efficient Airene and her team from Felicitas Global Pte Ltd, Singapore, managed and coordinated the event very well. This was probably one of the finest wine tasting events witnessed in Mumbai in a long time. It’s a pity that the footfalls were not as much as the participating wineries had expected.

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