Antonio Galloni's La Festa Del Barolo

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Join Antonio Galloni for this special weekend celebration dedicated to the great wines of Barolo. Fifteen producers will be on hand to personally show their wines, making this the largest collection of Barolo winemakers ever assembled in the United States.

2008 Barolo:  An Exploration of Terroir   ($300/person)

Gala Dinner   ($700/person)


Purchase both the 2008 Barolo tasting and Gala Dinner   ($900/person)

You are also invited to the Rare Wine Charity Dinner, hosted by Antonio Galloni, to benefit The Robin Hood Relief Fund and the victims of Hurricane Sandy


Friday April 26 at

Eleven Madison Park

11 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10010

$3,000/per person ($2,000 tax-deductible)

(tickets must be purchased separately)

(please note that because of the limited number of seats at this event, winemakers will not be present)

To make a reservation please contact


Charity Dinner

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      • Borgogno
      • Andrea Farinetti
      • This historic winery in the center of Barolo continues to undergo a huge renaissance under the guidance of Oscar Farinetti, who purchased the property in 2007.  Intent on recapturing the estate’s former glory, Oscar Farinetti, along with his son Andrea, has embarked on a project to modernize the winery while retaining the classic, old-world style Borgogno fans have come to love. Today’s wines are better than ever.

        Featured Wines:

        2008 Tasting: 2008 Barolo Canubi

        Gala Dinner: 1978 Barolo Riserva (original release)

      • Brovia
      • Alex Sanchez
      • Alex Sanchez abandoned the hectic life of a career with McKinsey in Madrid for the bucolic hills of Piemonte when he married Elena Brovia. The Brovia family owns parcels in some of the most prestigious sites in Castiglione Falletto and Serralunga, including Rocche, Villero, Bricco Fiasco and Voghera/Brea. The wines are made in an enlightened traditional style that captures immense grace and stature in every bottle. 

        Featured Wines:

        2008 Tasting: 2008 Barolo Ca' Mia

        Gala Dinner: 2001 Barolo Rocche 

      • Poderi Aldo Conterno
      • Franco Conterno
      • Aldo Conterno was one of Piemonte’s giants until his untimely passing in 2012. Today, the winery is run by Aldo’s sons Giacomo, Franco and Stefano. The Aldo Conterno wines are essays into the unique qualities of a handful of pristine sites in Monforte. The flagship Barolo Granbussia is one of Piemonte’s most famous wines, but in recent vintages the Barolo Romirasco has come on strong. The Poderi Aldo Conterno Barolos capture a style that is deeply rooted in tradition but contemporary in execution.

        Featured Wines:

        2008 Tasting: 2008 Barolo Romirasco

        Gala Dinner: 2005 Barolo Riserva Granbussia

      • Cavallotto
      • Alfio Cavallotto
      • Cavallotto remains one of the best-kept secrets in Piemonte. Siblings Alfio, Giuseppe and Laura Cavallotto release their Barolos a little later than most of their colleagues, which means the wines are sometimes overlooked (hence the 2007 being presented in the 2008 tasting). Cavallotto fans know the estate’s top Barolos are among the most pedigreed and age worthy in the region. The two Riservas, Vignolo and Bricco Boschis Vigna San Giuseppe are the dual flagships at this traditionally minded estate.

        Featured Wines:

        2008 Tasting: 2007 Barolo Riserva Bricco Boschis Vigna San Giuseppe

        Gala Dinner: 1990 Barolo Riserva Bricco Boschis Vigna San Giuseppe

      • Pio Cesare
      • Pio Boffa
      • One of Piemonte’s established houses, Pio Cesare has made outstanding wines for decades. Under the leadership of proprietor Pio Boffa the wines have become more consistent than they have ever been.

        The estate makes two Barolos; a Barolo ‘classico’ that draws upon multiple sites, and the Ornato, which emerges from one of the best vineyards in Serralunga.

        Featured Wines:

        2008 Tasting: 2008 Barolo Ornato

        Gala Dinner: 2000 Barolo (magnum)

      • Elvio Cogno
      • Valter Fissore
      • Proprietors Valter Fissore and Nadia Cogno have made some of the most exciting wines in Piemonte over the last few years. Cogno is located in the Ravera sub-zone in Barolo, a collection of sites capable of yielding exceptionally elegant and polished wines.

        Today, the style is traditional yet super-refined. Cogno remains one of the under the radar jewels of Piemonte.

        Featured Wines:

        2008 Tasting: 2008 Barolo Bricco Pernice

        Gala Dinner: 1982 Cogno-Marcarini Barolo Brunate (magnum)

      • Giacomo Conterno
      • Roberto Conterno
      • Giacomo Conterno is one of Piemonte’s most historic properties, with a brilliant track record that goes back to the early 1900s. Conterno was among the first wineries to own their own vineyards and sell into export markets. The estate’s signature Baroli Cascina Francia and Monfortino are made from the Cascina Francia vineyard in Serralunga, one of the most pristine sites in all Italy. In particular, the Barolo Riserva Monfortino is considered one of the great wines in the world based on its ability to age spectacularly for many decades after its release.

        Featured Wines:

        2008 Tasting: 2008 Barolo Cascina Francia

        Gala Dinner: 1990 Barolo Riserva Monfortino (magnum)

      • Conterno-Fantino
      • Guido Fantino
      • Conterno-Fantino is one of the beacons of fine, artisan Barolo. The estate’s vineyards in Ginestra and Mosconi are some of the finest in Monforte.

        These sleek, modern wines boast incredible class and elegance from start to finish. The estate’s signature wine is the Barolo Sori Ginestra, which is often among the best wines in the region. Conterno-Fantino is one of handful of estates that doesn’t miss a beat from the simplest wine all the way to the top of the line. 

        Featured Wines:

        2008 Tasting: 2008 Barolo Sori Ginestra

        Gala Dinner: 1996 Barolo Sori Ginestra

      • Elio Grasso
      • Gianluca Grasso
      • Gianluca Grasso crafts exquisite Baroli from Ginestra, Gavarini and Runcot, all top sites in Monforte d’Alba. Although often considered one of Piemonte’s fastest rising stars, the reality is that the wines have been stunning here for many years. The Baroli Ginestra Casa Mate and Gavarini are made along traditional lines, while the Riserva Runcot is aged in French oak barrels. These are but details though, what comes through most in the Grasso Baroli is the impeccable elegance of the fruit. 

        Featured Wines:

        2008 Tasting: 2008 Barolo Ginestra Vigna Casa Mate

        Gala Dinner: 1999 Barolo Runcot 

      • E. Pira
      • Chiara Boschis
      • Proprietress Chiara Boschis runs this small property in the center of Barolo with her trademark boundless passion and enthusiasm. The main wines are Barolos from Cannubi and Terlo, formerly known as Via Nuova.

        Boschis’s Barolos reflect the contemporary values of the modern school of viticulture and oenology. These are some of the prettiest and most expressive Barolos readers will come across.

        Featured Wines:

        2008 Tasting: 2008 Barolo Cannubi

        Gala Dinner: 1990 Barolo Riserva

      • Luciano Sandrone
      • Luca Sandrone
      • Since 1978 Luciano Sandrone has turned out some of the most elegant and refined wines in Piemonte from his holdings in and around Barolo. In most vintages Sandrone’s Barolo Cannubi Boschis is one of the region’s benchmark wines. The Barolo Le Vigne combines a contemporary approach to vineyard and cellar work with fruit drawn from top vineyards across multiple villages, reviving a tradition that is now mostly lost.

        Featured Wines:

        2008 Tasting: 2008 Barolo Cannubi Boschis

        Gala Dinner: 1990 Barolo Le Vigne

      • Paolo Scavino
      • Enrico Scavino
      • Proprietor Enrico Scavino, along with his talented daughters Elisa and Enrica has been at the forefront in making rich, textured Baroli that can be enjoyed relatively young, but without sacrificing longevity. The Scavino family owns vineyards in many of Piemonte’s top sites across multiple villages. It’s hard to know where to start, the Baroli Bric del Fiasc, Cannubi and Riserva Rocche dell’Annunziata are all benchmarks. 

        Featured Wines:

        2008 Tasting: 2008 Barolo Riserva Bric del Fiasc

        Gala Dinner: 1985 Barolo Cannubi (magnum)

      • G.D. Vajra
      • Giuseppe Vajra
      • One of the characteristics that world-class properties share is consistency across their entire range, and that is without question one of key elements that places Vajra among Piemonte’s elite. Aldo and Milena Vajra, along with their children, Giuseppe, Francesca and Isidoro, craft finessed wines that capture the essence of the Piemontese artisan tradition. The Barolo Bricco delle Viole, from the Vergne sub-zone, is the flagship, but the reality is that is virtually impossible to go wrong with any bottle that emerges from this cellar.

        Featured Wines:

        2008 Tasting: 2008 Barolo Bricco delle Viole

        Gala Dinner: 2007 Barolo Bricco delle Viole

      • Vietti
      • Luca Currado
      • The Vietti, Currado and Cordero families boast a rich history that goes back many decades. Vietti was among the first growers to bottle single-vineyard wines, own their vineyards and build a significant presence in export markets. Although the wines have always been benchmarks, they have never been better than under the current stewardship of brothers-in-law Luca Currado and Mario Cordero. 

        Featured Wines:

        2008 Tasting: 2008 Barolo Rocche

        Gala Dinner: 1999 Barolo Rocche

      • Roberto Voerzio
      • Roberto Voerzio
      • Roberto Voerzio is renowned for a maniacal approach in the vineyards, which results in some of the richest, deepest Barolos being made today. Everything in these cramped cellars is bare-bones, which allows the unique voice of each of Voerzio’s eight La Morra single-vineyards to speak with notable eloquence. In particular, Voerzio’s wines from weaker vintages set him apart as one of the most gifted growers in Piemonte, Italy and the world. 

        Featured Wines:

        2008 Tasting: 2008 Barolo Cerequio

        Gala Dinner: 2004 Barolo Rocche dell’Annunziata / Torriglione

12:00PM La Festa del Barolo is conceived as an educational event that brings consumers closer to the great wines of Piemonte through a series of specially tailored tastings and dinners. In keeping with our mission, the first event at La Festa del Barolo is an educational seminar (not open to the public) that will be held on Friday April 26 at Maialino for the benefit of the sommeliers who are working the weekend.

Charity is a second pillar of La Festa del Barolo. In 2011, La Festa del Barolo raised $45,000 for the victims of the Japanese earthquake/tsunami. This year we are proud to support the Robin Hood Foundation and their The Robin Hood Relief Fund, which supports a number of programs designed to benefit the millions of people in the tri-state area displaced and affected by Hurricane Sandy.

Wineries have been chosen based on their long-term track records in The Wine Advocate and Piedmont Report. Unlike the overwhelming majority of events in the industry, wineries do not pay anything to participate in La Festa del Barolo. This guarantees that wineries are chosen not on the size of their marketing budgets – as is typically the case – but solely on the quality of their wines. Attending winemakers have been given an option of bringing a guest to both Saturday events or receiving a stipend to offset travel expenses. La Festa del Barolo has either paid for the wines served during the 2008 Barolo tasting, or will make a charitable contribution equal to the value of the wines to Robin Hood. The Gala Dinner treats all guests equally. In the spirit of Burgundy’s end of harvest celebration luncheon, La Paulée, all attendees are asked to share a bottle (or more!) from their own cellars with fellow guests.

-- Antonio Galloni

Photography: Elizabeth Leitzell
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11:00AM Friday April 26 at Eleven Madison Park, 11 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10010

Rare Wine Charity Dinner

6:00 PM Champagne Reception
6:30 PM Dinner

Join Antonio Galloni for this intimate, once-in-a-lifetime dinner held to benefit The Robin Hood Relief Fund and the victims of Hurricane Sandy. We will be pouring a selection of hard to find gems paired with the brilliant cuisine of Executive Chef Daniel Humm. 100% of profits will be donated to charity.

Charity Dinner Wines include

2002 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne (magnum)

2009 Miani Tocai Buri (magnum)
2001 Edi Kante Chardonnay Selezione La Bora di Kante (magnum)
1955 Terlano Pinot Bianco Vorberg

2001 Elio Grasso Barolo Ginestra Vigna Casa Mate
1999 Roberto Voerzio Barolo Cerequio
1998 Cappellano Barolo Pie Franco Otin Fiorin
1998 Giuseppe Rinaldi Barolo Brunate Le-Coste
1990 Scavino Barolo Riserva Rocche dell'Annunziata (magnum)
1990 Luciano Sandrone Barolo Cannubi Boschis
1989 Bruno Giacosa Barolo Riserva Falletto
1988 Vietti Barolo Rocche
1985 Brovia Barolo Rocche
1982 Borgogno Barolo (original release)
1978 Cavallotto Barolo Riserva Bricco Boschis Vigna San Giuseppe
1971 Giacomo Conterno Barolo
1958 Bartolo Mascarello Barolo (magnum)
1955 Bartolo Mascarello Barolo (magnum)

2:00PM Saturday April 27 at Del Posto, 85 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011
2008 Barolo: An Exploration of Terroir

2:00PM - 4:00PM

In the Saturday afternoon session, Antonio Galloni will moderate a seated tasting of the 2008 Baroli. A cool growing season yielded exquisite wines that capture the essence of Piemonte's greatest sites. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask producers questions in what is sure to be a highly interactive, engaging tasting.

2008 Tasting Wines

Borgogno: 2008 Barolo Cannubi
Brovia: 2008 Barolo Ca' Mia
Cavallotto: 2007 Barolo Riserva Bricco Boschis Vigna San Giuseppe
Pio Cesare: 2008 Barolo Ornato
Poderi Aldo Conterno: 2008 Barolo Romirasco
Giacomo Conterno: 2008 Barolo Cascina Francia
Conterno-Fantino: 2008 Barolo Ginestra
Elvio Cogno: 2008 Barolo Bricco Pernice
Elio Grasso: 2008 Barolo Ginestra Vigna Casa Mate
E. Pira: 2008 Barolo Cannubi
Luciano Sandrone: 2008 Barolo Cannubi Boschis
Paolo Scavino: 2008 Barolo Riserva Bric del Fiasc
G.D. Vajra: 2008 Barolo Bricco delle Viole
Vietti: 2008 Barolo Rocche
Roberto Voerzio: 2008 Barolo Cerequio

6:00PM Saturday April 27 at Del Posto, 85 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011
Gala Dinner

6:00 PM Champagne Reception
6:30 PM Dinner

Join fifteen of Barolo’s finest producers for what is sure to be an extraordinary dinner at New York City’s Del Posto, the first Italian restaurant to receive a coveted four-star rating from The New York Times in over thirty years.

In the spirit of Burgundy’s end of harvest celebration luncheon, La Paulée, each producer will host a table and pour a wine from their cellar. Guests are invited to bring wines from their own cellars to share with their friends, guests and producers in what is sure to be a lively, spirited exchange of great bottles. A group of New York’s most talented sommeliers drawn from the city’s top restaurants will oversee wine service.

Gala Dinner Wines

Vilmart: 2004 Coeur de Cuvee
Ruinart: 2002 Dom Ruinart

Borgogno: 1978 Barolo (original release)
Brovia: 2001 Barolo Rocche
Cavallotto: 1990 Barolo Riserva Bricco Boschis Vigna San Giuseppe
Pio Cesare: 2000 Barolo (magnum)
Aldo Conterno: 2005 Barolo Riserva Granbussia
Giacomo Conterno: 1990 Barolo Riserva Monfortino (magnum)
Conterno-Fantino: 1996 Barolo Sori Ginestra
Elvio Cogno: 1982 Cogno Marcarini Barolo Brunate (magnum)
Elio Grasso: 1999 Barolo Runcot
E. Pira: 1990 Barolo Riserva
Luciano Sandrone: 1990 Barolo Le Vigne
Paolo Scavino: 1985 Barolo Cannubi (magnum)
Vajra: 2007 Barolo Bricco delle Viole
Vietti: 1999 Barolo Rocche
Roberto Voerzio: 2004 Barolo Rocche dell'Annunziata/Torriglione

The information above is current as of January 14, 2013 and is subject to change.

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