The Wine Experience is putting down roots in the Big Apple for the foreseeable future. As Wine Spectator editor and publisher Marvin Shanken explained to a packed ballroom of more than 1,000 wine lovers on the opening morning of the annual gathering, the event will be held in New York for the next few years.
"What we have proven is that the center of the wine world is right here," said Shanken. "People want to come to New York."
In previous years, the Wine Experience has alternated annually between New York and other cities around the country. But this year's New York event drew overwhelming interest, with tickets selling out long in advance. New York's appeal was clear the night before, when more than 2,000 people attended the opening Grand Tasting, sampling more than 260 wines and chatting with winemakers from regions ranging from Australia to Lebanon.
"This is the greatest wine event in the world. The wineries here, the interest level of the people coming to taste, is all incredible," said Franco Conterno, of Poderi Aldo Conterno, as he poured for attendees.
For at least the next five Octobers, the great wines of the world will continue to come through New York.