Wine Spectator's Grand Tour 2013 Dates and Locations

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Wine Spectator's Grand Tour is a self-paced walk around wine tasting featuring 200 fantastic producers, each pouring one of their signature wines. Many of the wineries send the winemaker and/or owner. The tasting includes a light buffet and a souvenir Riedel wine glass and costs $200.

Dates and locations for 2013:
  • San Francisco - Wednesday April 24th (Marriott Marquis)
  • Las Vegas - Saturday April 27th (The Mirage)
  • Chicago - Friday May 3rd (Navy Pier)

I attended the event in 2011 when it came to Boston and it was the best wine tasting I've ever been to. What I liked about this event:
  • So many of the wines being poured are hard to find at retail. Like Kosta Browne for example.
  • Many of the wines are being poured by the winemaker or owner. Like Pontet-Canet for example.
  • The event wasn't overly crowded, at least the 2011 event in Boston. You could walk up and get a taste of $200++/bottles of wines like Chateau Margaux or Mouton-Rothschild no problem.
Note that these Grand Tour events are not to be confused with Wine Spectator's New York Wine Experience which features sit-down seminars where Wine Spectator Editors moderate tastings of the year's Top 10 wines and such. That event is in October 2013 and costs quite a bit more when attending the seminars. The New York Wine Experience does have a "tasting only" option that costs about the same as the Grand Tour. Just wanted to mention this so you're aware of the different options coming up this year.

Glancing at this year's list of participating wineries here are (just a few) that I'm looking forward to tasting:
  • Joseph Phelps
  • Pontet-Canet
  • Cos d'Estournel
  • Round Pond
  • Bibi Graetz - Testamatta
  • Caymus
  • Kosta Browne
  • Lynch-Bages
  • MacPhail
  • Merus
We visited Chicago this past summer and had a great time. Here are some reviews to help get you thinking about where to stay, dine, and visit:
Bonus: The Cubs are in town with day games at Wrigley Field Friday and Saturday!

Looking at flights out of Boston they're quite affordable and at convenient times for an overnight. Short flights, fantastic restaurants, awesome hotels, and a world class wine tasting. I hope we can make it. Who's with me?

Further Reading:
Any chance you might be able to make it? If so let me know - I'm hoping to make it and I'd love to say hello. You can reach me at or @RobertDwyer on Twitter.


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