Saturday, June 28, 2014

SLOW WINE/VINITALY: Italian Wines Tasting

reporter: Miguel Dominguez

On February 3rd, SLOW WINE/VINITALY launched the new 3rd edition of the Slow wine guide at the Metropolitan Pavilion.

It was a big deal, with the largest gathering I've witnessed in any of the countless wine tastings I've covered for NYC Culture/Style blog so far. More than 110 wineries plus local importers were present during the walk around tasting session to offer importers, distributors and journalists the opportunity to spend a pleasant afternoon conducting business, exchanging views and tasting fine Italian wines.

Vinitaly International, the true Ambassador of Italian wine, reasserts its resolution to bridge the gap between Italian wine producers and key players of international wine markets by launching two innovative projects, Vinitaly International Academy (VIA) and Vinitaly International Importer Connect (VIIC), the latter still at its experimental phase. The two initiatives were presented on the occasion of this year’s edition of Vinitaly USA at the Metropolitan Pavilion in New York, nestled in a rich and engaging framework of traditional walk around tasting and educational sessions.

“Our aim at VIIC is to provide support to Italian wineries beyond the trade show to grow their distribution and sustain their growth in their current markets” explains Sid Patel, founder of “By Educating VIIC wineries on export markets, BTN and VIIC aim to provide tools that a wine importer expects from a winery when developing a brand”.

Slow Wine presented the 3rd edition of the Slow Wine Guide at Slow Wine/Vinitaly - the largest Italian wine tasting event in the US. The event featured wines from over 70 selected producers and 15 Italian regions at the walk-around tasting and a series of seminars.

The Slow Wine Guide adopts a new approach to wine criticism and looks at a variety of factors to evaluate wineries, taking into consideration the wine quality, typicity and adherence to terrior, value for money, environmental sensitivity and ecological sustainable viticultural practices. The guide features reviews of 400 different wineries, each one visited by Slow Wine experts.

Given the great diversity of Italian grapes and terroirs, the aim of the Academy is to simplify complexity by explaining, divulging and broadcasting the characteristics of Italian wine for all levels of wine knowledge from novice to expert, tailored to each international market.

Falucioli Pork Meats offered porchettas as a palate cleanser

Ferrarelle sparkling water was another delicious palate cleanser

Exhibitor's list:

Agrilandia, Allegrini Estates, Amastuola, Azienda Agricola Giorgio Meletti Cavallari, Ca’ Ronesca, Cantine Europa, Caparra e Siciliani, Casa Vinicola, Zonin, Castelvecchio, Corte San Benedetto, Cossetti Clemente e Figli, Fattoria Montefasolo ™, Guido Berlucchi, Mediatis, Mezzacorona, Monte del Frá, Omina Romana, San Michele Soc. Agr., Tinazzi, Toser Vini

Camera di Commercio di Udine: Obiz Azienda Agricola, Stocco, Vitas 1907
Consorzio Tutela Vini DOC Colli Piacentini: Azienda Agricola Baraccone, Azienda Agricola Podere Casale, Campana Vini Piacentini, Castello di Luzzano, Consorzio Colli Piacentini, Lusenti, Montesissa, Pietro Gazzola Vini, Santa Giustina, Tenuta Pernice, Tenuta Villa Tavernago, Torre Fornello Az. Agr.
Movimento Turismo del Vino Puglia: Azienda Agricola Carvinea, Castel di Salve, Duca Carlo Guarini, Mottura Vini del Salento, Rivera Spa, Tenute Emèra, Varvaglione Vigne & Vini Srl
Prosecco DOC 

Avenìu Brands - Piccini
Banfi Vintners - Castello Banfi, Cecchi, Sartori
Deutsch Family Wine & Spirits - Barone Fini, Villa Pozzi
Mionetto Usa - Castello di Monsanto, Mionetto, Pertinace, Rocca Sveva - Cantina di Soave, Tenuta Capezzana
Opici Wines - Alverdi, Dom Bertiol, Fattoria di Magliano, Luiano, Monteverro, Umberto Cesari, Villa Rosa
Palm Bay International -Bertani, Bottega Vinaia, Feudi di San Gregorio, Fontanafredda, Mazzei, Planeta, Rocca delle Macíe, Sella e Mosca 
Tabaccaia - Avignonesi 
Vias - Damilano
Wein Bauer - Collesi

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