It’s the best of the best in one place.
It is actually a three-day wine extravaganza in New York City, with two ballrooms packed with wines from 267 wineries, representing the best of 16 nations, including Japan for the first time.
And these are not just any wines – these are wines that were rated 90 or better on the Wine Spectator’s scale of 1-100.
Now that’s a home run!
The event was held October 20-22 at the Marriott Marquis in Manhattan. And while walking into a ballroom full of the world’s greatest wines makes your jaw drop, you need to pause for a moment and realize that the event is all for charity.
Winemakers and vineyard owners from around the globe, come and pour their prize possessions – for free.
The proceeds from the Wine Experience all go to the Wine Spectator Scholarship Foundation, which supports college programs and learning centers that are dedicated to advancing America's wine and hospitality industries.
Wine Spectator has raised more than $20 million over the 36 years they have been doing this.
So while it is invite only, the selected wineries must come on their own dime. In addition, they must donate all the wines they pour. And that includes premier wines like France’s Chateau Mouton Rothschild or Italy’s Masseto.
Hollywood was in the house too.
Actor Sam Neill, who owns New Zealand’s Two Paddocks, presented his 2013 The Last Chance Reserve Pinot Noir. Trudie Styles, one of the featured wine stars, owns the Tuscan vineyards of Il Palagio with her husband Sting. Trudie presented their 2011 Sister Moon Toscana blend and Sting later performed.
And again, all of these amazing people do it for free.
So after Wine Spectator takes care of the venue, the rest goes to the foundation. Whether you spend around $300 for a night of tastings or $2,500 for the whole weekend, know that a big portion will go to the Foundation.
So if you ever get the chance to attend this event or any other wine events, remember that many have a charitable component. So not only do you get to taste and learn about amazing new wines, you get to help someone else.
And that makes the wine taste even better.
Tracy Byrnes, former FOX Business Network anchor and host of “Wine with Me” for Foxnews.com, is editor-in-chief and chief contributor of The Sip.