BOOOO – Gambero Rosso Tre Bicchieri 2008 tasting

Well, I had hoped to follow up my very positive Alto Adige tasting with a successful Gambero Rosso tasting. It was recommended by an industry contact so although I am quite busy I made the trip crosstown to try and taste through some wines. And then I was hit with IT – the PRETENTIOUS people. At the door I was told that without an invite I would have to wait a while. I assured this person that I was a member of the trade and hoped to both recommend some of their wines to clients as well as to write up standout wines for my blog readers. “Sorry, you are going to have to wait & those with an invite will be admitted before you”. I was out of there faster than you can say “VINO”.

As much as I want to BLAST them (yes, I’m pissed) I will simply state that this was their loss. Restaurants & wine bars that might otherwise have been exposed to their products will NOT be. And you, my readers will not have the opportunity to hear about their wines.

A WORD TO THE WISE,  anyone considering attending one of their events should know ahead of time that unless you are sent an invitation there WILL BE A WAIT – at least in NYC. If you are one of those who believes that it is not worth waiting behind the “velvet rope” then you might want to think twice about attending this event in the future.

If there is any follow up to this sad & negative story I promise to post, but in the meantime all I can say is I will be drinking, recommending & writing (about) less Italian wines as a result of this slight.

Happy everything BUT Italian wine drinking…


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