More than 2,000 wine lovers attended the Wine Spectator Grand Tour Saturday night at The Venetian Hotel Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.
The event began at 7:00 p.m. Pouring wines were more than 200 of the best producers from around the world. Every important wine region was represented.
At 10 p.m., the event was scheduled to end. But then the boos began. Nobody wanted to leave. They all wanted another hour to taste. Unfortunately, we could not accommodate their desires; instead we let people saunter out. As you may surmise, the feedback from those in attendance was very positive.
Next year, we will return to Las Vegas. We are also considering Chicago, Atlantic City and Orlando, although the final itinerary is still being worked on.
This year, the next exciting event will occur October 19-22 when we host our annual Wine Experience. It is our 26th year. It’s a special opportunity to taste great wines and meet the winemakers. The event, which sells out every year, also includes two days of sit-down seminars and a black-tie award banquet with great entertainment. This fall, it will be held in San Francisco for the first time in eight years. The first California Wine Experience was held there in 1981. If you’ve never been to a Wine Experience, I encourage you to try one.
With regard to my tipping advice from my previous post, I surveyed the Wine Spectator senior editors to see what they would have tipped under the same circumstances. Here they are:
Harvey Steiman: $150
Bruce Sanderson: $180
James Molesworth: $300
Kim Marcus: $150
James Laube: $240
Tom Matthews: $165
Dana Nigro: $150
James Suckling: $240
As you may recall, I recommended $150.
Scott Young — Richmond, Va — May 10, 2006 2:12pm ET
James Peterson — San Antonio, Texas — May 10, 2006 3:38pm ET
Lee R Barczak — Milwaukee — May 10, 2006 6:03pm ET
Sandy Wasserman — scottsdale — May 11, 2006 9:30am ET
Steven Aaron — New Jersey — May 11, 2006 9:49am ET
Michael Dolinski — Tallahassee, — May 11, 2006 9:53am ET
Apj Powers — Dallas, TX — May 11, 2006 11:13am ET
David Starrs — Minneapolis, MN — May 11, 2006 11:25am ET
James Suckling — — May 11, 2006 1:08pm ET
David Lobe — Toronto, — May 12, 2006 8:47pm ET
Don Anderson — Willoughby Hills, OH — May 23, 2006 8:42pm ET
Cecilia Joyce — San Francisco, CA — May 24, 2006 2:20am ET
Ken Yablonsky — December 28, 2006 6:25pm ET
Jack Folbe — Huntington Woods, MI — May 18, 2011 11:05pm ET
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