Wine Spectator Postpones 2020 New York Wine Experience

The event’s 40th anniversary celebration has been rescheduled for Oct. 21-23, 2021

Wine Spectator Postpones 2020 New York Wine Experience
Each year, the world's top vintners present their wines in educational seminars, including vertical tastings (such as 6 vintages of Château Lafite Rothschild in 2016) to rarities presented by "Wine Stars," for an audience of around 1,000 wine lovers. (Shannon Sturgis)
Jul 16, 2020

Since 1981, Wine Spectator’s annual Wine Experience has brought together leading vintners, hundreds of wineries and thousands of wine lovers for three days of tasting, education and enjoyment.

This year's event would have been the 40th Wine Experience, and tickets for the weekend were nearly sold out. But the coronavirus pandemic has disrupted plans around the world. So Wine Spectator has re-scheduled the 40th Wine Experience to Oct. 21–23, 2021. It will take place in its longtime home, the New York Marriott Marquis in Times Square.

Portrait of Angelo Gaja and Marvin R. Shanken in black tie at awards gala.
Piedmont icon Angelo Gaja, a Distinguished Service Award winner, and Wine Spectator editor and publisher Marvin R. Shanken at the Grand Award banquet in 2017. (Shannon Sturgis)

"We had a stellar lineup of top producers and great wines to celebrate our 40th Wine Experience," said Marvin R. Shanken, editor and publisher of Wine Spectator. "It is with great regret that we have decided to postpone the event—for the first time in its history. However, our first obligation is to the health and safety of our community."

The Wine Experience generates revenues for the Wine Spectator Scholarship Foundation, and has raised more than $20 million to date, made possible by the generosity of the vintners and wine lovers from around the world who attend the Wine Experience each year.

Eager crowd fills the Marriott Marquis ballroom for the Grand Tasting of more than 200 top wines
The two evening Grand Tastings attract thousands of wine lovers to sample more than 200 wines from around the world. (Shannon Sturgis)

The foundation's latest donation was in April, with a $250,000 grant to World Central Kitchen, the hunger-relief organization founded and led by chef José Andrés. Chef Andrés has been a longtime participant at the Wine Experience. In coming months, the foundation will direct more grants to help people in the wine and hospitality industries.

Chefs José Andrés and Emeril Lagasse on stage at a wine and food pairing seminar
The annual wine-and-food-pairing challenge, with famous chefs such as José Andrés and Emeril Lagasse, has become an audience favorite. (Shannon Sturgis)
Portrait of Robert and Margrit Mondavi at black-tie banquet
The late Robert and Margrit Mondavi were fixtures at the Wine Experience for decades. (Kent Hanson)
Attendees at the 2019 Wine Experience educational seminars
During the 2019 Wine Experience educational seminars, guests had a chance to learn about top wines from Burgundy, Bolgheri, Bordeaux, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Chile, Napa Valley and more. ( Shannon Sturgis)
Owners and representatives of the five Bordeaux first-growth châteaus on stage together in 1991: Baron Eric de Rothschild, the Duc de Muchy, John Kolasa, Baroness Philippine de Rothschild and Corinne Mentzelopolous.
The five Bordeaux first-growth châteaus have regularly appeared on stage at the seminars and Grand Tastings. The 1991 event brought together, from left, Baron Eric de Rothschild, owner of Château Lafite Rothschild; the Duc de Muchy, owner of Château Haut-Brion; John Kolasa, representing Château Latour; Baroness Philippine de Rothschild, owner of Château Mouton-Rothschild and Corinne Mentzelopolous, owner of Château Margaux. (Kent Hanson)
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