Wine News - May 2010


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Italian Flavor Consortium: Italian Boutique Wines

Italian Flavor Forum XII

May, 2010
Museo Italo-Americano,
San Francisco, California.

Italian wine and food tasting dedicated to professional wine and food buyers and the press.


Hi there, it's time again for our monthly virtual contact.

At WineCountryt.IT, L.L.C. we are currently busy preparing the 12th Italian Flavor Forum, which will be held once again at the Museo Italo-Americano, the museum dedicated to the Italian heritage and culture, as well as the impact the Italian-American community had in the San Francisco Bay Area, in California, and in the US.

As usual, the Italian wine and food educational event is organized under the auspices of the Consulate General of Italy in San Francisco. This time we will pour around 100 small production, Italian quality wines, about half of which are presented for the first time in the US.

Given the over 300 native grapes found in Italy, guests to the Italian Flavor Forum XII will be sure to taste something different and intriguing, in addition to the well known favorites, such as Sangiovese in its various version, including a selection of Chianti wines from various sub-zones, Brunello and Rosso di Montalcino, Rosso and Nobile di Montepulciano, among others.

Without further ado, I'll leave you to the following articles. Happy reading and enjoy the springtime, which is finally arrived in many parts o Europe and the US after a long, weird winter.

Loris Scagliarini, WineCountry.IT President


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America World Wine Meetings

From June 11 to June 13, 2010, at the Embassy Suite Downtown, in Chicago, Illinois, America World Wine Meetings takes place.

America World Wine Meetings

This pre-organized B2B meeting between world producers and US wine buyers will introduce products from over 150 wine and spirit producers from Spain, Italy, France, Portugal and more.

DOCG for Amarone and Recioto della Valpolicella Wines

Val di NotoOn March 24, 2010 the fervent desire of the Venetian producers who have been committed for the last 15 years to obtaining the certification upgrade for these two traditional wines were finally satisfied. From now on, the wines produced by the over 1,800 vitivinicultural estates associated to the Consorzio per la Tutela dei Vini della Valpolicella (Consortium for the Protection of the Valpolicella Wines), along with the 152 bottling facilities, which include the five coops of Negrar, Soave, Monteforte d'Alpone, Valpantena and San Pietro in Cariano as well, will bear the new denomination. This will further guarantee the identity and characteristics of these two products.

Monte-Carlo Wine Festival 2010

Monte Carlo Wine FestivalMichele Florentino, a long time resident of the Principality of Monaco, is the owner of the well known Restaurant Amici Miei (Friends of Mine), at Port de Fontvieille, in Monte-Carlo, which caters to the international jet-setters, as patrons can see from the numerous photographs gracing the restaurant's walls.

Monte Del Frá Newsletter – April 2010

We have received and published the April 2010 issue of the Monte Del Frá, Tenuta Lena di Mezzo, Newsletter.

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'Food, Beverages, and Tobacco: Italy Industry Guide'

Val di Noto'Food, Beverages, and Tobacco: Italy Industry Guide', (£2,811.00 [calculate current value in other currencies], by is an essential resource for top-level data and analysis of Italy's Food, Beverages, and Tobacco industries. It includes detailed data on market size and segmentation, textual analysis of the key trends and competitive landscape, as well as profiles of the leading companies.

Best of Wine Tourism

Castello di GabbianoInside the splendid halls of Palazzo Medici Riccardi in Florence, the winners of the 2010 Best of Wine Tourism competition, received their awards. This was the seventh annual international face off among wine tourism destinations. The competition is promoted by the Great Wine Capitals (GWC) international network which was created in 1999 and currently includes nine cities located within internationally renowned wine production zone.

The Ultimate Wine Challenge

Ultimate Wine ChallengeThe inaugural Ultimate Wine Challenge takes place June 7-11 at state-of-the-art Astor Center in New York City and is revolutionary in scope. All wines entered will be judged using the 100-point system and presented in flights by type, region,varietal and price, at proper temperatures and served in glassware that is most appropriate to its specific classification.

Books: 'Meglio un contadino laureato che un avvocato disoccupato' ('Better to Be a Degreed Peasant Than an Unemployed Lawyer')

Andrea PratoAndrea Prato's book entitled, 'Meglio un contadino laureato che un avvocato disoccupato' ('Better to Be a Degreed Peasant Than an Unemployed Lawyer'), Presented at Vinitaly 2010. A pragmatic proposal to return to agriculture and re-launch the country. The thesis expressed in the book is shared by a large part of the Italian population. Italian Agriculture Minister: "These pages contradict those who believe that agriculture is doomed to failure.

Vinitaly 2010, Verona, Italy

Vinitaly 2010 took place from April 8 toApril 12 at Verona Fiere, In Verona, Italy. Click hetre to enjoy pictures provided by our friends at Migliori Vini (better Wines).


Interview: Pasta Moto's Michael Pirraglia

Michael Pirraglia, vice presidente e CFO di Pasta MotoFollowing the Italian wine tasting organized at Novato's Pasta Moto restaurant, I sat down with Michael Pirraglia, Vice President and CFO, as well as the vital force behind these restaurants, to pick his brain with a few questions.

Vinitaly Gateway for Italian Wines to China: Signed Agreement with Hong Kong

Hong KongHong Kong is the most important hub for China and the Asian market. The protocol agreement between VeronaFiere and the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) foresees events and activities during Vinitaly and the Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Fair, where Italy will be the Partner Country in 2011.

California Wine Shipments 2009: Modest Volume Increase, Value Decrease

Val di NotoAccording to wine industry consultants Gomberg, Fredrikson & Associates, in 2009 California wineries shipped 467.7 million gallons, or 196.7 million wine cases, to the US, recording a modest 0.2% volume increase compared to 2008, for an estimated retail value of $17.9 billion, down 3% from 2008 because of consumers trade-down to lower-priced wines.

Italian Wine and the 2009 World Recession

Mappa dei vini d'ItaliaA market research commissioned by Vinitaly to Axiter-ConfCommercio/Unicab, indicates that Italian wine estates withstood the test of the 'great crisis' in 2009, and even organized themselves to continue growth in 2010. Exports and investments were both up again. Weak points include mark-ups, poor managerial culture, and the under-sizing of cellars.

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