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.
"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.
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.
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