Last month, Matter of Taste
, the continuing global series of exclusive events for Wine Advocate
members and guests, returned to New York City for the final event of 2019.
“Matter of Taste is our way of connecting with our readership, where we can actually show the wines that we have been tasting all year-round,” says The Wine Advocate’s editor-in-chief, Lisa Perrotti-Brown, MW, who hosted a Chappellet
retrospective tasting, as well as a Hundred Acre portfolio perspective with Jayson Woodbridge, both of which were sold out.
Held at the famed Ziegfeld Ballroom in Midtown Manhattan, over 500 guests attended the event, which featured a walk-about tasting consisting of 298 wines all rated 93 points and higher, as well as a lineup of esteemed masterclasses hosted by our own troop of reviewers and notable winemakers in the industry.
“What makes this event special is that so many of the winery principals or winemakers are here to pour their wines,” says Joe Czerwinski, who hosted an intimate masterclass with Penfolds
's chief winemaker Peter Gago. The duo led attendees through an eight-vintage retrospective of Australia’s most famous wine, encompassing six decades of winemaking history.
“The whole world is your oyster, really,” adds Gavin Speight, vice president of wine and marketing of Napa-based Old Bridge Cellars, of the event.
Watch the full recap in the video below. Cheers!