Slow Wine and Vinitaly International Wine Tasting Event in NYC - A Chance to Love Italian Wines
The grand wine tasting and trade show event,hosted at 360 on January 28th in NYC, in collaboration with Slow Wine and Vinitaly International, was exceptional for a number of reasons. First, attendees had the opportunity to learn about both small wine producers and large wineries. They tasted their finest products and learned about the specific wines' terroir and wine making processes. Many producers from the trade and industry are already informed about the more well known wineries and wines. At this event, they had the opportunity to hone in on smaller vintners and discover the history of some of the wineries that were and are taking greater risks, going organic and forging a new respect for the land and their vines.This is vital, as the paradigm shifts away from using chemically processed foods and wines moving toward foods, wines and products that are not irradiated, not genetically modified, but are locally grown, organic and remain untouched by chemicals, fertilizers, pesticides.
There is a growing American and global market for these foods and products. Slow Food and Slow Wine are capitalizing on this burgeoning growth. Vinitaly International is making sure that with regard to wine, the wineries from Italy are given exposure so enthusiastic wine connoisseurs, retailers, and wholesalers alike find the wines with which they, and their customers will fall in love. The love will not only come because of their wonderful flavors, scintillating nose and satisfying finish. It will also come because of their unique story: a vineyard's history and how their particular wines are harvested and made.
During the event I had the opportunity to talk to specific wine producers who oversaw their product from start to finish. I sat in on Master Classes for various wineries (hosted by owner Conte Brandino Brandolini d'ADDA, hosted by Casimiro Maule of Nino Negri Winery). I learned about Italy's volcanic soil from Giovanni Ponchia, the lead enologist from the Soave Consortium who has given wine talks and tastings at Eataly. Ponchia discussed the types of grape vines, the wineries and wines originating from such soils.Continued on the next page