Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Vino 2009 Coming to New York, Boston and Miami

by the Italian Trade Commission

The Italian Trade Commission will present Vino 2009, its first annual Industry Convention of Italian Wine in America, during Italian Wine Week, January 23-30.

The program will dick off with seminars at the Boston Wine Expo, January 23-25, followed by a three day conference in New York City, January 26-28, at the Waldorf Astoria, Palace and Hilton New York hotels. Italian Wine Week will come to a close in Miami, on January 30th, with a final day of tastings, to be held at the Intercontinental Hotel.

For and early registration, or just a sneak preview of the event schedule, please visit www.ItalianMade.com/Vino2009.

All events taking place during Italian Wine Week will be open exclusively to wine and food professional, including wine importers, wholesalers, distributors, educators and journalists from around the nation.

The program will feature a series of seminars, tastings and discussions covering a wide range of topics, led by some of the country's most knowledgeable industry leaders.

Speakers will include Peter Morrell(Morrell & Co), Patrick Fegan (Chicago Wine School), David Lynch (Wine author), Daren MacNeil (The Culinary Institute of America, Greystone), Tome Maresca (Journalist and author), Mary Ewing Mulligan M.W. (International Wine Center), Fred Plotkin (Author and journalist), David Rosengarten (The Rosengarten Report), Richard Valeriani ( NBC News), Elin McCoy (Wine journalist for Bloomberg),Harriet and Bill Lembeck (The New School), Fred Tibbitts (Global Wine accounts), Bill Earle (President of NABI), and Kevin Zraly, among others.

"The program is designed to bring together all the different interests within the Italian wine business and raise greater awareness for Italy's range of wines and their marketing potential, both on and off premise," said Aniello Musella, Italian Trade Commissioner and Executive Director for the USA. "Vino 2009 has been designed to foster business relationships between Italian wine producers and buyers in the U.S., and to address trends and transitions in the wine business."

The highlight of the Convention will be a day long grand tasting of Italian wines, which will take place at the Hilton New York Hotel on January 28th, featuring over 250 vintners from Italy, including the Consorzio Brunello di Montalcino, with many of their leading members and the participation of producers delegations from the regions of Abruzzo, Calabria Lombardia, Toscana and Veneto as well as many U.S. importers. Also of notable interest will be the presentation of the first Distiguished Service Awards, when special recognition certificates will be presented to industry professionals who have devoted their lives to the marketing, education and to fostering the appreciation of Italian wines in America. "The Distinguished Service Awards will recognize wine professionals who have demonstrated a longtime commitment to the Italian wine industry," said Musella: "These are individuals who have devoted their lives to the selling of Italian wines, the country of Italy and the Italian way of life."

Monday, January 12, 2009

A Beer Making Success Story

Have you ever dreamed of making your own beer? Maybe you thought it would be too difficult, or a waste of time and money to attempt to craft a beer that could turn out to be undrinkable. Maybe, like me you listened to old stories of exploding bottle caps and foul tasting brews that not even the guy down the street, who was known to drink almost anything would touch. Let me encourage you to forget the horror stories and go for it! Become the Master Brewer of you own home brewing kingdom. Making beer has rewards of satisfaction and accomplishment. Not to mention the decided benefit of drinking and serving a great tasting beverage you made yourself. I personally never tire of hearing "This is really good, and I mean really good beer! Where did you buy it?"

This is one of my favorite home brewery stories.
My father was visiting shortly after I had brewed one of my first batches of Brown Ale. He was unaware of my new hobby, so I casually handed him one of my new beers cold from the fridge and waited to see his reaction. He drank it all, but made no comment about how he liked it. I was disappointed, but was relieved that he drank it without spitting any out. The next day, dad asked me where I bought that beer I had served him yesterday. Still not sure if he enjoyed it or not, I hesitated to tell him that I made it myself. Pausing just a moment I said, "I didn't exactly buy it at a store. I made it." Stunned he said "No wonder I couldn't find it in the store! I spent fifteen minutes looking for a plain bottled beer with a silver cap!" He was surprised that home brew could be so tasty. If you have never tasted home brewed beer, I think you will be pleasantly surprised too.

In the weeks to follow the Brew Crew will take you through the steps of crafting your own beer. We hope you will come back to experience the journey with us.
The Brew Crew
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Thursday, January 8, 2009

EU Commission Reports Italian Wine Ranks #1!

by the Italian Trade Commission

A reason to uncork and celebrate throughout Italy: European Union Commission reports Italian wines now rank #1 in the world!

Italian wine producers and their U.S. importers are celebrating. After a decade, Italy has regained it's leadership position as the number one wine producer in the world. For the past ten years France has maintained this position. While final data will be released in late January, the EU Commission estimates that at the conclusion of this year's harvest Italy has experience an eight percent growth in production, close to 47 million hectoliters of wine. In comparison, wine production in France has decreased by five percent to 44.4 million hectoliters of wine.

With the 2008 harvest just concluding, Giuseppe Martelli, General Director of Assoenologi (The Italian National Association of Enologists)comments that "overall 2008 was a mixed year depending on the region. Among white wines,strong harvests prevailed in Trentino Alto-Adige and Friuli-Venezia-Giulia. The predominantly red wine regions of Piedmont and Tuscany also appear to have noteworthy harvests."

The news couldn't be timelier for the Italian Trade Commission. From January 23rd through the 30th, the Italian Trade Commission will present Vino 2009- Italian Wine Week, the largest conference on Italian wine ever held in the U.S. exclusively for wine industry professionals.

Aniello Musella, Italian Trade Commissioner and Executive Director for the U.S. remarks "This is a historic moment for Italy's wine producers. Italy has regained it's leadership position in the global production of quality wines thanks to our producers' steadfast commitment to quality." "Vino 2009" he continues "will provide a unique forum for wine buyers and marketers to meet with producers, taste quality wines from all over Italy and discuss important trends and issues relevant to the Italian wine business with the most informed people in the industry." Vino 2009 will kick off January 23rd at the Boston Wine Expo with seminars and a trade tasting. It will continue in New York January 26th through the 28th with a series of seminars led by the nation's leading authorities on Italian wines at the New York Palace and Hilton Hotels. A grand tasting on January 28th will feature more than 250 producers and importers. Vino 2009 will conclude in Miami at the Intercontinental Hotel on January 30th with a seminar and tasting. Five wine producing regions of Italy will be showcased: Abruzzo, Calabria, Lombardia, Toscana and Veneto as well as more that 40 producers from Brunello di Montalcino. For more information, program schedule and reservations visit www.italianmade.com/vino2009
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Sunday, January 4, 2009

The Barrel and Brew team is anxiously awaiting January 30 and Vino 2009. We are planning a road trip to attend the event in Miami. It is sponsored by the Italian Trade Commission and all of the major Italian wine producers will be there.
So in February you can read all about our experiences at this major tasting event as well as view photos. We hope to come home with a lot of information to share, and hopefully all of our oenophile friends out there will find it interesting.
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