Join Antonio Galloni and Vinous for this special weekend celebration dedicated to the great wines of Barolo. Fifteen reference-point producers will be on hand to personally show their wines in a historic gathering of winemakers and consumers from around the world. Guests can look forward to an extraordinary wine and food experience, as captured in the coverage of the 2015 and 2013 editions.

Our 2011 Barolo tasting will be held in La Festa’s traditional masterclass format, while the Gala Dinner & Charity Auction is the perfect opportunity to share older bottles or large formats with fellow guests. As always, the focus is on education and conviviality, with a few twists thrown into the mix.

This event is now sold out. To be put on the wait list please email

Gala Dinner & Charity Auction - SOLD OUT

Friday, February 5th, 2016 at The Four Seasons Restaurant, 99 E 52nd St, New York, NY 10022

 6:30pm reception. 7:00pm dinner

A full list of auction wines can be found here.

Join fifteen of Barolo’s finest producers for what is sure to be an extraordinary dinner in the Pool Room at The Four Seasons Restaurant, one of the most beautiful and iconic dining rooms in New York City. 

Each winemaker will pour two older vintages from their library at the BYOB Gala Dinner, where guests bring wines from their own cellars to share with their friends and fellow guests. A group of New York’s most talented sommeliers drawn from the city’s top restaurants will oversee wine service. 

The Charity Auction will consist of a handful of specially selected, rare lots. This year we are supporting The Zone, a state-of-the art facility within The Mount Sinai Hospital that helps seriously ill children and their families cope with hospitalization. Please note that all checks for auction winnings must be personal checks not Foundation or Family Trusts, made out to The Mount Sinai Hospital.

We have prepared a brief Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) to address any last minute questions you may have.

2011 Barolo: The Here and Now Masterclass Tasting - SOLD OUT

Saturday, February 6th, 2016 at The Four Seasons Restaurant, 99 E 52nd St, New York, NY 10022

10:30am – 12:30pm

In the Saturday morning session, Antonio Galloni will moderate a seated masterclass tasting. The 2011 Barolo: The Here and Now tasting will explore the subtleties and nuances of Barolo's diverse microclimates through the wines of fifteen historic, reference-point producers. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask producers questions in a highly interactive, engaging setting.

Burgers & Barolo Lunch

12.30pm – 2:00pm

Immediately following the tasting we will serve a light lunch in the adjoining Grill Room, during which guests will be able to continue enjoying the wines served during the masterclass tasting. Lunch will be served for guests attending 2011 Barolo: The Here and Now.

Attending Producers

Fratelli Alessandria

Vittore Alessandria

Fratelli Alessandria is one of Barolo's under the radar gems. Over the last few years the wines have been especially brilliant. The emphasis is very much on the vineyards, while in the cellar the approach is decidedly rooted in tradition. The estate works mostly with vineyards in Verduno, where the winery is located, but also owns a parcel in Gramolere, a high-altitude site in Monforte, that entered the family's holdings through marriage.

Explore:  Vittore Alessandria on Winemaking at Fratelli Alessandria in the 1960s and 70sThe Vineyards of Barolo – MonviglieroSan Lorenzo di Verduno

Masterclass Tasting: 2011 Barolo Monvigliero

Gala Dinner: 2006 Barolo Monvigliero, 2000 Barolo Monvigliero

Auction: 2009 Barolo Monvigliero - 1 Jéroboam (3L)


Lorenzo Scavino

Luigi Scavino has been crafting gorgeous Barolos for many years, but over the last few vintages Scavino and his son Lorenzo have taken quality to another level, which is obviously great to see. Azelia's Barolos deliver pleasure throughout their entire lives, something that very few other Barolos are capable of, at least to this degree. 

Explore: The Vineyards of Barolo – Bricco Voghera 

Masterclass Tasting: 2011 Barolo Margheria

Gala Dinner: 1999 Barolo San Rocco, 1998 Barolo Bricco Fiasco

Auction: 1997 Barolo Bricco Fiasco - 1 Jéroboam (3L)

E. Pira (Chiara Boschis)

Chiara Boschis

Proprietor 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 Mosconi. The multi-vineyard Via Nuova is a modern-day example of the classic Barolo approach that calls for the blending of fruit from several sites. Boschis’s Barolos reflect an intriguing intersection between modern and traditional approaches to viticulture and oenology. These are some of the prettiest and most expressive Barolos readers will come across.

Explore:  Chiara Boschis of E. Pira at La Festa del Barolo 2013 and La Festa del Barolo 2015

Masterclass Tasting: 2011 Barolo Cannubi 

Gala Dinner: 2005 Barolo Cannubi, 2005 Barolo Via Nuova

Auction: 2006 Barolo Cannubi - 1 Magnum (1.5L)


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. 

Explore: The Vineyards of Barolo – BreaRocche di CastiglioneBrovia – Barolo Rocche di Castiglione: 1982-2010 

Masterclass Tasting: 2011 Barolo Brea Vigna Ca' Mia

Gala Dinner: 2004 Barolo Villero, 1998 Barolo Brea Vigna Ca' Mia 

Auction: 2005 Barolo Rocche-Villero Edizione Limitata 150 Anniversario - 1 Jéroboam (3L)


G.B. Burlotto

Fabio Alessandria

Burlotto is one of Barolo’s reference-point producers. Fabio Alessandria crafts refined, silky Barolos from some of the top sites in Verduno and Barolo. The flagship Barolo Monvigliero is one of the few Barolos made with 100% whole clusters. In recent years Burlotto's Cannubi has come on very strong. The multi-vineyard Barolo Acclivi and a straight Barolo bottling are generally more accessible and good starting points for readers who want to learn more about the house style.

Explore: Burlotto’s Fabio Alessandria on Whole Cluster FermentationThe Vineyards of Barolo – Monvigliero

Masterclass Tasting: 2011 Barolo Vigneto Monvigliero

Gala Dinner: 1999 Barolo Monvigliero, 1996 Barolo Cannubi

Auction: 1995 Barolo Monvigliero - 1 Jéroboam (3L)

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. The Cogno Barolos are built on aromatics, finely sculpted fruit and racy tannins, all hallmarks of Ravera.

Explore: Live from Piedmont - Valter Fissore of Elvio CognoThe Vineyards of Barolo - Ravera 

Masterclass Tasting: 2011 Barolo Bricco Pernice

Gala Dinner: 1999 Barolo Riserva Vigna Elena, 1978 Cogno - Marcarini Barolo Brunate, 1967 Cogno–Marcarini Barolo Brunate

Auction: 1 bottle each of 2007, 2006, 2004, 2001, 2000, 1999 Barolo Riserva Vigna Elena

Alessandro e Gian Natale Fantino

Alessandro Fantino & Gian Natale Fantino

Brothers Alessandro and Gian Natale Fantino run this tiny estate in the heart of Monforte's historic center. All of the wines emerge from the Dardi vineyard, which lies in Monforte's Bussia district and are made along traditional lines.

Masterclass Tasting: 2011 Barolo Cascina Dardi-Bussia

Gala Dinner: 2010 Laboro Disobedient, 2008 Barolo Riserva

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 Matè and Gavarini are made along traditional lines, while the Riserva Rüncot 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. 

Explore: Gianluca Grasso of Elio Grasso at La Festa del Barolo 2013 

Masterclass Tasting: 2011 Barolo Ginestra Vigna Casa Matè

Gala Dinner: 2006 Barolo Gavarini Chiniera, 1999 Barolo Rüncot

Auction: 2004 Barolo Runcot Riserva - 1 Jéroboam (3L)

Francesco Rinaldi 

Paola Rinaldi

The Rinaldi Barolos are notoriously slow to mature, so readers will have to be patient. Rinaldi remains one of the leading exponents of traditionally made Barolo. Readers who lean towards the classic should not miss these superb, handcrafted wines from one of Barolo's old guard families.

Masterclass Tasting: 2011 Barolo Cannubi 

Gala Dinner: 2010 Barolo Cannubio, 1971 Barolo 

Auction: 2006 Barolo Cannubbio - 1 Jéroboam (3L)

Giuseppe Rinaldi

Marta Rinaldi

Time stands still at Giuseppe Rinaldi, one of the most staunchly traditional wineries in Piedmont. Things are done here as they have always been done, which is to say following a gradual and human pace. Rinaldi’s Barolo Brunate represents the intersection of Barolo's artisan and noble cultures. Seductive, alluring yet austere when young, the Rinaldi Barolos are among the most compelling wines in Piedmont.

Explore: The Vineyards of Barolo – BrunateCannubiMarta Rinaldi at La Festa del Barolo 2015

Masterclass Tasting: 2011 Barolo Tre Tine

Gala Dinner: 1999 Barolo Brunate Le Coste, 1997 Barolo Brunate Le Coste

Luciano Sandrone

Barbara Sandrone

Since 1978 Luciano Sandrone has turned out some of the most elegant and refined wines in Piedmont 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. 

Explore: The Vineyards of Barolo – Cannubi Boschis

Masterclass Tasting: 2011 Barolo Cannubi Boschis

Gala Dinner: 1996 Barolo Cannubi Boschis, 1990 Barolo Le Vigne

Auction: 2000 Barolo Le Vigne -  1 Jéroboam (3L)

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 dël Fiasc, Cannubi and Riserva Rocche dell’Annunziata are all benchmarks. 

Explore: Enrico and daughter Elisa Scavino of Paolo Scavino at La Festa del Barolo 2013 and La Festa del Barolo 2015

Masterclass Tasting: 2011 Barolo Riserva Novantesimo 

Gala Dinner: 2004 Barolo Bric dël Fiasc, 2000 Barolo Riserva Rocche dell’Annunziata

Auction: 2010 Barolo Cannubi - 1 Magnum (1.5L)

G.D. Vajra

Giuseppe Vaira

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 Vaira, 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. A new Barolo from Ravera is the latest addition to the range.

Explore: Giuseppe Vaira at La Festa del Barolo 2013, Aldo Vaira at La Festa del Barolo 2015The Vineyards of Barolo – Bricco delle Viole 

Masterclass Tasting: 2011 Barolo Bricco delle Viole

Gala Dinner: 2008 Barolo Bricco delle Viole, 1985 Barolo

Charity Auction: 2010 Barolo Bricco delle Viole - 1 Jéroboam (3L)


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. 

Explore: The Vineyards of Barolo – BrunateLazzaritoRaveraRocche di CastiglioneLuca Currado at La Festa del Barolo 2015 and  2013 

Masterclass Tasting: 2011 Barolo Rocche

Gala Dinner: 1998 Barolo Brunate, 1996 Barolo Brunate

Charity Auction: 2001 Barolo Castiglione, 2001 Barolo Rocche, 2001 Barolo Brunate, 2001 Barolo Lazzarito (one bottle of each)

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. 

Explore: The Vineyards of Barolo – CerequioLa SerraRoberto Voerzio at La Festa del Barolo 2013 

Masterclass Tasting: 2011 Barolo Brunate 

Gala Dinner: 2009 Barolo Rocche dell’Annunziata, 2004  Barolo Riserva 10 Anni Fossati Case Nere

Charity Auction: 2011 Barolo Sarmassa Magnum



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All information is accurate as of November 12th, 2015 and is subject to change.