Story and photos by Dwight Casimere
Marco Sabellico-Sr. Editor Gambero Rosso
For nearly three decades. the Italian Food, Wine and Lifestyle media giant, Gambero Rosso International (the Red Shrimp), has honored the best in Italian wine with its Tre Bicchieri (three glasses) award. Since its launching in 1988 along with the first ever Gambero Rosso Guide to Italian Wines, Vin d' Italia, the honoring has expanded to include a world tour, which began in Chicago at the beautiful Bridgeport Arts Center, with its panoramic views of the Chicago skyline, and continues on to New York's Metropolitan Pavilion and on to Los Angeles and San Francisco. The tour expands internationally to Canada, Dusseldorf, China and, for the first time, Moscow. The tour not only is a showcase for the greatest wines produced in all regions of Italy, it is also a recognition of the growing prominence of Italian wine in the international market place. In many major cities around the glove, Italian wines are selling right along pace with French wine, and, in the United States, have found inroads into a new generation of young, adventurous wine drinkers who are embracing new varietals based on rediscovered indigenous types of grapes.
Among the favorites at this embarrassment of riches was Lamole di Lamole Chianti Classico 2012 ($21.99) and Basilicata Il Preliminare 2015 from Cantine Del Nataio sparkling wine ($21.99).
Tre Bicchieri is not only a celebration of great wine, but a sign of the rejuvenation of a zest for life and all the many pleasures it enfolds.
Some faces in the tasting crowd, including our good friend Daoud (below)
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