Friday, February 6, 2009

Vino 2009 Distinguished Service Awards

by the Italian Trade Commission
2/6/09 The Italian Trade Commission, New York, has announced its first Distinguished Service Awards for professionals in the wine industry who have demonstrated a commitment to advancing the understanding, appreciation and sales of Italian wines in the United States. The awards will be presented during the Italian Trade Commission’s inaugural Vino 2009 - Italian Wine Week, which will commence in Boston January 23-24, continue to New York January 26-28 and conclude in Miami on January 30.
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"We want to recognize those working in the wine industry in the United States who have helped make Italian wines the number one imported wines in America today. These are individuals who have devoted their lives to the appreciation of Italian wines, to the country of Italy and to the Italian way of life," said Aniello Musella, Trade Commissioner and Executive Director: "These awards will represent a Who’s Who of the Italian wine industry in the United States. We intend to recognize those who are currently working in the industry as well as those no longer with us."
Awards will be presented in the following categories: Restaurateur/Retailer, Journalist/Educator and Importer/Distributor based on the number of years an individual has been in the profession. A gala awards dinner announcing the Award attended by wine industry leaders from the U.S. and Italy will take place on January 27, 2009. At the dinner eight Hall of Fame honorees will be announced and presented special recognition awards.
Vino 2009 is open exclusively to wine and food professionals, including importers, distributors, educators and journalists from around the nation. The program will include a series of seminars, tastings and discussions led by some of the country’s most knowledgeable industry leaders covering a wide range of topics.
Winners Announced!
The award categories are Hall of Fame, Platinum, Gold, Silver and Distinguished Awards. Eight Hall of Fame honorees were named.
Burton Anderson - award winning author
Darrel Corti - Co-owner of Corti Bros.
Victor Hazan - Author, opened cooking schools in Bologna and Venice.
Leonardo Lacascio - president and CEO of Winebow Inc. Leading importer of premium
Italian wines.
John Mariani Jr. - Chairman Emeritus, Banfi Vintners and Castello Banfi.
Hubert Opici - Chairman Opici Wine Group
Pier Selvaggio - Owner of the Valentino Restaurant Group.
Anthony Terlato - Chairman of Terlato Wine Group
Click her to see the complete list of honorees.
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