simply.italian.2016Simply Italian Great Wines Americas Tour, kicks off its annual trade tasting in Toronto, Canada and eagerly returns to Miami, Florida, to showcase Italy’s vast range of varietals and bring together over 40 Italian wineries and US importers, distributors, retailers, restaurateurs, media, educators and other professionals in the industry.

Presented by International Event and Exhibition Management, I.E.E.M., and I.E.M., International Exhibition Management, this year’s exclusive trade event promises a program featuring the richness of Italian wine through a series of guided tastings followed by an afternoon walk-around tasting complimented by Italian delicacies from prominent local restaurants.
Keeping with the philosophy that wine is a cultural attribute, this year’s tour is held at the Miami Culinary Institute and Miami’s historic landmark, The Freedom Tower, February 10th.
The program features a multitude of guided tastings, “Vino Classics: The Uniqueness of Veneto” presented by world-renowned wine expert Charlie Arturaola, and for the first time in Miami: “Traceability & Regulation of Italian D.O.C. Wines, Focus on Frascati D.O.C.G.” moderated by famed wine educator of Italian Wine Central, Geralyn Brostrom, and “Chianti Classico Introduces its Top Tier Wine: Gran Selezione” guided by James Beard Award-Winning writer Lyn Farmer.

In partnership with the Vinitaly International Academy, a series of executive wine seminars will be conducted by esteemed wine journalist Ian D’Agata including: “Grignolino, or the incredible lightness of wine being”, “Are artisanal wines the new Italian icons? Powered by FIVI, The Italian Federation of Independent Winegrowers” and “Carmignano: Tuscany's great red from the Medici to modern times".
From 2.00 pm – 6.00 pm  Simply Italian attendees will have the opportunity to discover Italy in a glass at the splendid Freedom Tower ballroom by meeting with newcomers as the Piedmont Red & White Group, boutique wineries showcasing their superb wines from the rolling hills of Piedmont. Consorzio Vini Frascati from the Lazio region will also present for the first time their unique denominations Frascati D.O.C., Frascati Superiore D.O.C.G. and Cannellino di Frascati D.O.C.G. The Consorzio of Chianti Classico will unveil their prestigious Gran Selezione, along with one of South Florida favorites, the United Wines of Veneto. Iconic wineries and local importers will be showcased including: Amastuola Società Agricola, Arctic Wine & Spirits, Cantine La Pergola, Cantine San Marco, Castello Banfi, Cesconi, Colle Manora, Consorzio Alba Export Wine & Food, Conte D’Attimis, Corte Adami, Enovation Brands -  Voga, Federdoc, La Chimera D’Albegna, Monte Schiavo, Ornella Molon Traverso, Piera Martellozzo,
PR.AS.CO, Cantina Sampietrana, Tenuta Roveglia, Ricci Curbastro, Tenuta Coppadoro, Tenuta San Jacopo, Valori, and Zonin 1821.
During the walk around tasting culinary bites will be offered from well-regarded South Florida Italian local favorite restaurants such as Bocce, La Moderna, Oyster Leaf, Toscana Divino, and Via Verdi, which will also be honored with the coveted Simply the Best Award.
MIAMI CULINARY INSTITUTE                      
Wolfson Campus
415 NE 2nd Avenue #9104
Miami, FL 33132
600 Biscayne Boulevard
Miami, FL 33132
Walk around wine and food tasting open to accredited trade representatives and members of the press only.

Wine trade and media are invited to attend Simply Italian by registering at this link.
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