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Scenes from “the wine dinner of the year”: the Sassicaia-Barolo dinner at Siena

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Above, from left: Alberto Chiarlo (from Barolo producer Michele Chiarlo, Piedmont), Stan Adams (owner, Siena), Piero Incisa della Rocchetta (from Tenuta San Guido, Tuscany, producer of Sassicaia), and Debbie Adams (owner, Siena).

In the words of one noted wine writer in attendance at last night’s Barolo-Sassicaia dinner, it was Austin’s “wine dinner of the year.”

Over the last two years, Austin has increasingly become one of the “must-visit” American cities for top winemakers. And more and more, top winemakers are making a point of visiting the River City as they travel across the U.S. presenting their wines and speaking at wine dinners.

But last night’s event at Siena Ristorante Toscana marks a new high for the Austin wine scene: not one but two of Italy’s top producers presented their wines and chatted with guests at last night’s dinner.

As the wine writer, an authority on the wines of Italy, noted, “these aren’t just two of the most famous wineries in Italy. They are two of the most famous wineries in the world.”

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The 2010 Sassicaia by the Tenuta San Guido and the 2009 Barolo Cerequio by Michele Chiarlo were just two of the extraordinary wines poured at last night’s dinner (seven wines were poured throughout the evening).

We hope you enjoy the slide show from the event (below).

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