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."