Saturday, February 1, 2014

Vinitaly, Slow Wine Join Forces for Final Stop of Slow Wine 2014 Tour in New York

New York's Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 W. 18th Street in Manhattan, is the prestigious venue that will host the final stop of the Slow Wine US Tour ,   Monday, February 3.  In addition to presenting more than 70 selected Italian wine producers who represent Slow Wine values, the all-day event will begin with a series of seminars designed to assist members of the wine and hospitality trade in their efforts to raise the profile of Italian wine among their consumers. Previous stops on the Slow Wine US Tour included San Francisco at the Terra Gallery in SoMa and Chicago at Spiaggia, One Magnificent Mile.
Prominent NYC restaurateur Gianfranco Sorrentino and TV personality and restaurateur Vic Rallo, Jr. will take part  in a trade seminar entitled Tips on Marketing Your Wines to Restaurants. They will be joined by Guiseppe Rosati, sommelier at Lidia Bastianich's Felidia restaurant, to discuss best practices by producers and members of the US wine trade for getting their wines on top restaurant lists. Lana Bortolot, New York editor for the Tasting Panel and Sommelier Journal, will moderate the seminar. 
Following the day's seminar sessions, Vinitaly will hold an Opening Ceremony and host a walk-around tasting, which is free for members of the press and trade.Registration for the trade only portions of the day is at

The third edition of the Slow Wine Guide will also be availble for purchase at $25 a copy.

The public is also invited for an evening of wine and discovery, at the Slow Wine US Tour: 3rd Edition from 6-8pm. Using their own Slow Wine guide, a value of $25included in the price of each ticket, they can taste your way through the regions of Italy, learning more about the quality, terroir and value of each wine. They will discover new wines and meet the people behind 70+ selected Italian producers who represent the Slow Wine values. Use the following link to obtain tickets: 
PBS TV personality and restaurateur Vic Rallo Jr.
Below: scenes from the Slow Wine US Tour 2014 

                                         Cecilia Naldoni Piccin with her Grifalco wine of Venosa, Italy

Wine Broker Christiano De Santis with his Gigante Friulano white wine of Colli Orientali in Friuli
Melanie Kapoor of the Wine Flow Group
Lodovica Lusenti (r) of Lusenti vineyards in Emilia Romagna
The third edition of the wine guide in English, Slow Wine, adopts a new approach to wine criticism and looks at a variety of factors to evaluate wineries in their entirety, taking into consideration the wine quality, typicity and adherence to terroir, value for money, environmental sensitivity and ecologically sustainable viticultural practices. The guide uses three symbols to evaluate each

THE SNAIL, the Slow Food symbol, signals a cellar that has distinguished itself through its interpretation of sensorial, territorial, environmental and personal values in harmony with the Slow Food philosophy
THE BOTTLE, allocated to cellars that show a consistently high quality throughout their range of wines
THE COIN, an indicator of great value

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