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Meet the 2023 DFWE NYC Grand Tasting exhibitors

The Special Wines line-up is revealed and the Decanter team pick out their stand outs ahead of this year's Decanter Fine Wine Encounter NYC.

There is just under two months to go until the stunning Manhatta restaurant opens its doors for the second time to welcome you to the highly anticipated Decanter Fine Wine Encounter NYC this June. Not only will there be a sensational line-up of masterclasses held throughout the day, but guests can also enjoy a walk-around the Grand Tasting, which offers a rare opportunity to taste fine wines and meet the people behind the bottles.

The Grand Tasting is at the heart of DFWE and will showcase wines from 50 truly world-class producers from all over the globe. We are so pleased that many of the producers from our 2022 event will be returning this year, and we are equally excited to welcome 32 producers who will be joining us for the first time. This unrivalled wine-tasting experience will represent fine wines from the old world and the new world, with each producer presenting four wines from their collection.

Click here to view the 2023 Exhibitors

As a bonus, they will also each bring an exceptional wine from their cellar, ranging from old vintages, top cuvée, and standard-sized bottles to magnums. These special wines are unique to their collection and you will have the chance to taste, explore, discover or reconnect with vintages and interact with the wineries that made them. It will be a truly unforgettable experience for wine lovers all over.

With the announcement of the Special Wines line-up, you can take a look at the wines the Decanter Team is excited about and which ones stand out for them:

Clive Pursehouse Decanter US Editor

Stony Hill, Chardonnay, Napa Valley, California, USA 2010
An opportunity to taste a 13-year-old Napa Chardonnay from an iconic producer like Stony Hill is one of the unique treats of attending DFWE and not to be missed.

Château Clerc Milon, Pauillac 5ème Cru Classé, Bordeaux, France 2009
The 2009 vintage is regarded as the stuff of legend from Bordeaux and of course the wines of Clerc Milon are always top examples.

Disznókő, Tokaji Aszú 5 Puttonyos, Hungary 2013
A 10-year old Tokaji is the ultimate experience in opulence and Disznóko is a legendary producer.

Vérité, La Joie, Sonoma County, California, USA 2011
The Vérité project is an exciting one combining the best of Bordeaux and Sonoma and so to taste a 12 year old example of this wine is a special treat.

Château Suduiraut, Sauternes 1er Cru Classé, Bordeaux, France 2010
Sauternes is having a moment, and I’ve been tasting younger Sauternes of late, and so to taste one 13 years in, a sort of youthfeel mid-point, and particularly one from Château Suduiraut feels like a great way to cap off the Decanter Fine Wine Encounter

Tina Gellie – Content Manager & Regional Editor (Canada, Australia, NZ, South Africa)

Vasse Felix, Tom Cullity, Margaret River, Western Australia 2017

Following my first trip to Margaret River in late 2022, it was wonderful to finally visit the place where, in 1967, Dr Tom Cullity planted the region’s first commercial vines. Vasse Felix’s top red is named in honour of the winery’s founder and is a blend of old-vine Cabernet and Malbec (from cuttings of the original vines) along with a dash of Petit Verdot. It’s always a powerful, ageworthy and inky-mineral wine, with fine chocolatey tannins and a lovely minty streak.

Yalumba, The Caley Cabernet Sauvignon-Shiraz, South Australia 2018

Taking Cabernet Sauvignon from Coonawarra and Shiraz from the Barossa, this is a quintessential Australian blend – but here intentionally made to be an icon wine, so amped up to the max in concentration (and price). It’s only released with five years of bottle age, so attendees at Decanter’s New York Fine Wine Encounter will be among the first to try it. I’ll be tasting it myself just a few days before the event, and am expecting to be very impressed.

Craggy Range, Sophia, Gimblett Gravels, Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand 2020

I’m excited to taste this new vintage, a Merlot-dominant blend with Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon, from winemaker Julian Grounds. It’s one of the winery’s flagships, and this will be the 19th year since it was first made from Hawke’s Bay’s famed Gimblett Gravels, a terroir similar to the Médoc in Bordeaux and the Rhône’s Hermitage. Apparently it’s named after the Greek goddess of knowledge, but other sources say it’s actress Sophia Loren

Ken Forrester, Dirty Little Secret Three, Piekenierskloof, South Africa NV

Any Chenin Blanc made by Mr Chenin himself is going to be great, but this cuvée is unique, and one which I tasted recently when Ken was in London. Instead of showing the character of an individual vintage, It’s a blend of vintages (DLS Three is 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020) to highlight the terroir of the dry-farmed 1965-planted bushvine vineyard in Piekenierskloof. Layered, complex and mineral, It has a textured palate, honeyed orchard fruit and citrus zing.

Browse the Special Wines line-up

Essential information

Decanter Fine Wine Encounter NYC

Date: Saturday 10 June 2023 from 11am to 5pm.

Location: Bay Room at Manhatta, 28 Liberty Street, 60th Floor,
New York, NY 10005 

Price: Grand Tasting tickets from $225 + sales tax (Save with Group tickets) | Masterclass tickets from $245

A Grand Tasting ticket also includes access to the Decanter World Wine Awards winners’ bar, where you can taste Gold, Platinum and Best in Show wines from 2022.

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