City Pulse

By Stef Schwalb

When we talk about our best years ever, we base it on a number of factors including happiness, personal success, health, wealth and more. For wines, the best vintages ultimately have a similar experience (in a way) but with many more factors affecting the outcome — some of which can be controlled (use of oak), though others (like Mother Nature) simply cannot. For fine red wines, it’s always a delicate balance. Enter Brunello di Montalcino of Tuscany. The 2006 Reserve Vintage was hailed by many industry critics as one of the best Brunellos ever, and the buzz on the just-released 2007 is starting to pick up speed as well. Oenophiles will have a rare chance to judge for themselves at the upcoming Bellissimo Brunello event.

Taking place at City Winery on Thursday May 10, this tasting includes 30 wines, which will be led by world-renowned sommelier, wine critic and journalist, James Suckling, and hosted by Bridgehampton, New York-based Sokolin, LLC, a premier fine wine merchant.

The evening will showcase two separate sessions. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. for a VIP Tasting & Discovery where wine lovers and collectors can sample the highly acclaimed 2006 Brunello Riservas, along with recently released and high-scoring 2007 Brunello Vintage wines. The Grand Wine Tasting will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will focus exclusively on a sampling of 2007 Brunello Vintage selections. All attendees will be able to interact with renowned producers from 30 different wineries of Montalcino, Italy who will be in attendance. Guests will also be able to purchase these wines from Sokolin.

Individual ticket price for the VIP Tasting and Discovery is $175.00, while Grand Tasting tickets are $99.00 per person. All attendees will receive a free three-month subscription to, a website dedicated to reporting on and rating premier selections in wine, food, travel, and cigars. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit Sokolin’s website at

Bellissimo Brunello
Thursday May 10, 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
City Winery, 155 Varick Street

Originally published May 2012
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