3postercamarapisaFriday, February 12, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., A Taste of Pisa – Specialty Food & Wine from the Heart of Italy,  is an exclusive invitation free to trade professionals ONLY by The Italy-America Chamber of Commerce in Miami and the Chamber of Commerce of Pisa.
The one-day fair is open only to buyers of the food & wine industries and is reserved to business meetings between exhibiting producers and importers, distributors and restaurateurs.
Event free and exclusive to trade professionals. Westin Colonnade Hotel,  Rotunda Hall, Coral Gables. For further information, contact the Italy-America Chamber of Commerce in Miami at  305-577-9868 or email to Sara D’Anzeo (danzeo@iacc-miami.com This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) or Corylie Suarez-Valente (suarez@iacc-miami.com This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ).


 Buy one bottle of wine and receive a free ticket to Vinitaly US Tour 2010, February 8, at the Fontainbleau Hotel, Miami Beach
As a promotion extraordinaire of  Vinitaly US Tour Miami 2010, the largest selection of Italian wines ever assembled in the U.S, the Grandi Marchi, Institute of Italian Fine Wines , a group of elite Italian vintners who advance worldwide recognition of quality Italian wines   –   and Crown Wines & Spirits are joining forces for a unique offer : Buy one bottle of a Grandi Marchi wine at  any participating Crown Wines & Spirits store and receive a free ticket to Vinitaly US Tour 2010.
The Grandi Marchi wines promoted are from the family-owned wineries:
Michele Chiarlo, Pio Cesare, Masi, Alois Lageder, Jermann, Antinori,Umani Rochi, Tenuta San Guido/ Sassicaia, Mastrobernardino
The participating Crown Wines & Spirits Stores:
1030 N.E. 15th Avenue  Fort Lauderdale,  954-358-9463                                 
1320 N Federal Hwy        Pompano Beach,954-941-2608  
306 S Federal Highway   Deerfield Beach                , 954-427-5274                                                  
3363 Sheridan St               Hollywood, 954-987-9463                                                            
12555 Biscayne Blvd        North Miami, -892-9463
13611 S Dixie Hwy,           Miami , 786-249-9463    
757 S Federal Highway   Boca Raton, 561-394-3828                                           
532 SE 15th Avenue        Boynton Beach, 561-734-9463   
VINITALY US TOUR MIAMI 2010 will take place on Monday, February 8, at The Fontainebleau, 4441 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach. For additional information contact : ina.m@iem.it
I.E.E.M. (International Event and Exhibition Management)tel +1 305 937 2488 www.ieemusa.com 


VINITALY US TOUR 2010, Italian Wine Grand Tasting
Miami – Monday , February 8, 2010
at the Fontainebleau Hotel,4441 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach
Palm Beach   – February 10, 2010
at The Ritz Carlton Hotel Palm Beach, 100 South Ocean Blvd, Manalapan



On Monday, February 8, 2010, VINITALY US TOUR 2010, will play host to the largest selection of Italian wines ever assembled in the U.S., at its annual Italian Wine Grand Tasting event in Miami .

The event offers separate programs for the Trade and Media; and for Consumers. 

 FEBRUARY 8, MIAMI, The Fontainebleau, 4441 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, Tel: (+1) 305 674 4670   

11:00am  --          Official opening of Vinitaly US Tour Miami followed by a guided Wine Tasting of Consorzio Franciacorta, Consorzio Friuli Grave and Consorzio Castel del Monte12:30pm  --         Guided wine tasting*: “Wines of the Marche Region” – a selection of wines from the Marche Region – hosted by Istituto Marchigiano di Tutela Vini. *Followed by luncheon (for participants to guided tasting).

2:30 pm --            Guided E.V.O.O. (Extra Virgin Olive Oil) tasting: “I.O.O.% Italian Quality”

2:00– 7:00pm    Walk around wine tasting and olive oil tasting for trade and Press only sample  wines and olive oils  accompanied by light hors d'oeuvres.

4:30pm  --             Announcement of the raffle winner “Win a trip to Italy”(for trade and press)

5:00 – 7:00pm  --   Open to the Public, walk-around tasting of wines and olive oils  accompanied by light hors d'oeuvres; admission  $20 per person  


FEBRUARY 10,  Palm Beach,The Ritz Carlton Hotel Palm Beach, 100 South Ocean Blvd, Manalapan

1:30pm  -- Official opening of Vinitaly US Tour Palm Beach  followed by a presentation of Vinitaly 2010.

2:00  – 6:00pm     Walk around wine tasting and olive oil tasting  for Trade and Press only

4:00  – 6:00pm     Walk around tasting  Open to the public - Wine lovers will be able to sample wines and olive oil and interact with wine producers. Light hors d’oeuvres will be served. 

For additional information and to RSVP, click on  I.E.E.M. (International Event and Exhibition Management) or call: 1 877 217 9867, 305 937 2488 , or via e-mail: info@ieemusa.com,  www.ieemusa.com  

The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) has created a new accredited 30-week  wine and beverage certificate program for 2010, at Greystone, the school's Napa Valley campus.

The Accelerated Wine and Beverage Certificate Program (AWBP) will advance a student's professional skills in the wine and beverage sector. An AWBP certificate will position graduates to pursue career opportunities in numerous segments of the food and beverage industry. "A deep understanding of wine, beer, spirits – even coffee and tea – is vital to career success in the foodservice and hospitality fields," said Adam Busby, CMC and Director of Education at CIA Greystone.

The program will impart knowledge and skills related to sensory evaluation, flavor dynamics, cellar management, and mixology. Food and beverage pairing, service, and hospitality are major components of the eight-month curriculum. "AWBP students will graduate with a wine and beverage education on par with those skills learned by the CIA's culinary students," continued Busby.

The program launches in September 2010 at the CIA's Greystone campus in St. Helena, CA.  Program enrollees must have a bachelor's or associate degree in hospitality management, culinary arts management, or a related field. Financial aid is available for those who qualify. For more information about the AWBP, visit www.ciaprochef.com/winecertificate  or call 1-800-CULINARY.

Starting Monday, January 25, Whole Foods Market Ft. Lauderdale and Himmarshee Bar & Grille will be hosting monthly wine dinners the fourth Monday of each month. Each wine dinner will have a theme from Himmarshee’s menu paired with a variety of wines,  all priced under $20, available at Whole Foods Market.  January’s theme will be Comfort Foods and Value Wines.   All of the wine dinners will be held at Himmarshee Bar & Grille, 210 SW 2nd Street,  Ft. Lauderdale.  To register: (954) 524-1818.   The cost of the January dinner is $59 per person and includes tax and tip.

Every Wednesday at 7:30pm, starting  February 10,   Fratelli Lyon will explore Italian wine, food and culture through the tasting of  Italy’s famous wine regions, numerous grape varietals and mouth-watering dishes  with  Anièce Meinhold, General Manager/Sommelière of Fratelli Lyon, and a guest speaker . The format of the class includes a flight of 6 – 8 wines (depending on the regions covered) paired with a selection of  stuzzichini, small nibbles  prepared by Chef de Cuisine Alex Pinero.  All classes cost $45 per person, inclusive of wine, food and taxes (gratuity is optional).  In addition to the classes, participants are able to purchase wines at retail value at Fratelli Lyon.

February 10 “Romeo & Juliet - Famous Wine from the Veneto”

February 17 “Bubbles & Baubles – the other Champagne”

February 24 “Orange Wines – a Modernist Approach to White Winemaking”

March 3 “Hot Topic! Women in Wine ”

March 10 “Workshop – The Home Bar  “How to Make your own Cordials”

For additional information and reservations: call Aniece Meinhold at  305.572.1271, e-mail:    aniece.meinhold@fratellilyon.com. 4141 Second Avenue, Driade showroom, Design District.     

To kick off the 2010 Naples Winter Wine Festival, on Thursday, Jan. 28, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. , fifteen famous chefs and their sous chefs – including Daniel Boulud of Daniel in NYC, Tom Colicchio of Craft in NYC, Thomas Keller of The French Laundry in Yountville, CA; Emeril Lagasse of Emeril’s in New Orleans  who will prepare elegant vintner dinners for guests of the 2010 Naples Winter Wine Festival -- will gather for a welcome reception at The Inn on Fifth. There, nine acclaimed Naples 5th Avenue restaurant chefs will welcome the stars to town, presenting a tasting of their locally renowned dishes. The Inn on Fifth (2nd floor courtyard).  699 5th Avenue South in Naples.  For more festival information, go to www.NaplesWineFestival.com .

Starting on January 13th, adult consumers can enter their favorite burger recipes on www.amstellight.com/burger_bash/ and if selected, they will win the opportunity to compete in the at the South Beach Wine and Food Festival’s annual Amstel Light Burger Bash against celebrity chefs including Rocco DiSpirito, Bobby Flay and Top Chef’s Spike Mendelsohn on February 25.
Amstel Light’s Chef Jake Linzinmeir will select the winning recipe and will help the grand-prize winner prepare their delicious all-beef masterpiece on-site for the 2,000+ event attendees and the celebrity host of the night, Rachael Ray. The contest ends on Monday, February 8.

On January 8th, 2010, the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition concluded the annual week of judging at the Cloverdale Citrus Fairgrounds in Sonoma County, California.  Over five days, 63 professional wine experts within the media, restaurant and hospitality, education, winemaking and retail wine industries tasted and evaluated a world-record breaking 4,913 entries, a number that maintains the competition's status as the largest competition of American wines in the world.On  the final day of the judging process, each of the "Best of Class Judges' Choice" wines were carefully assessed one more time.  A comprehensive list of the wines and their awards can be found on www.winejudging.com.

Consumers can look forward to tasting the Sweepstake Award Winners, along with hundreds of additional wines, at the 2010 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition Public Tasting, held at Fort Mason Center's Festival Pavilion in San Francisco.  The Public Tasting is an annual celebration allowing wine lovers to compare their favorites to the top picks announced at the judging while enjoying great food and breathtaking views. 

The Winners are:

Sparkling: J Vineyards & Winery, Russian River Valley, J Brut Rose

White: Keuka Spring Vineyards, Finger Lakes, New York , 2008 Gewurtzraminer

Pink: Bray Vineyards, Shenandoah Valley, Amador County, CA, 2008 Barbera Rosato 

Red: Graton Ridge Cellars, Russian River Valley, Paul Family Vineyard2007 Estate Pinot Noir 

Dessert:Watermill Winery, Walla Walla Valley, Washington 2008 Late Harvest Gewurztraminer  



The American Fine Wine Competition (AFWC), one of the nation’s most prominent top quality American-made wine events will be held  on January 17 and 18, 2010 at the Florida Culinary Institute at I-95 and 45th Street  in Palm Beach, with a panel of 20 judges including Virginia Philip (Master Sommelier, The Breakers), Chip Cassidy (Professor FIU & Wine Buyer, Crown Wine & Spirits) and Jennifer Jaco (Sommelier, Eleven Madison Park)among others.

The public is invited to join the judges and to receive two tickets to the Gala Dinner on March 13, 2010 at the Florida Culinary Institute featuring the winning wines and a five-star, five-course dinner prepared by some of South Florida’s top chefs: Johnny V, Cindy Hutson, Michael Wagner, Oliver Saucy and Master Pastry Chef Chris Northmore, in  addition to live entertainment by jazz singer Nicole Henry and performance artist Michael Israel.

For more information about the American Fine Wine Competition, contact Shari Gherman at 561-504-VINE (8463) or via email at Shari@americanfinewinecompetition.com

Napa Valley, CA, celebrates unique agricultural and cultural bounty during the 17th annual Napa Valley Mustard Festival, from January 30 through March 27, when wild mustard carpets vineyards with gold, celebrating Napa Valley’s agricultural and cultural bounty.   To purchase tickets and for information on any of the many events, view restaurant, hotel, winery and retail offers and packages, call 707-938-1133 or visit The Festival website at www.mustardfestival.org  .

The sixth annual Symposium for Professional Wine Writers “How to Succeed in Wine Media By Really Trying” will take place February 16 through 19, 2010 at Meadowood Napa Valley.  Open to published editorial wine writers, wine/food writers, wine/travel writers and editors, the program. Registration is $475 per person for the four-day program. Guest Speakers, Schedule of Events and Registration Information Now Available at www.winewriterssymposium.org

Sonoma Valley Vintners and Growers Alliance (SVVGA) is selling tickets for the Fifth Annual VINOLIVO, taking place Friday, February 12th from 7pm -10pm at  Lodge at Sonoma (www.lodgeatsonoma.com).  VINOLIVO marks the largest event of Sonoma Valley’s three-month long Olive Festival, and celebrates the “farm to table” bounty of California’s oldest wine country. 
From artisan olive oils and wines to gourmet food products grown and produced locally, over 60 acclaimed wineries, restaurants and food purveyors will be on hand to showcase  the agrarian diversity that has many calling Sonoma Valley  “America’s Gourmet Basket”. Exclusive Sonoma Valley wine, food and travel packages will be auctioned online before, during and after VINOLIVO. Bidding for these special lots begins Friday, December 18th and runs through Monday, February 16th at www.vinolivo.cmarket.com .Tickets are $65.00 per person in advance by 10pm, February 11th, $75 at the door and $85 per person for Winemaker’s Salon Tickets – and $95 at the door. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.sonomavalleywine.com or call 707- 935-0803.

Paso Robles Wine Country announced tickets for the 18th Annual Zinfandel Festival are now on sale at www.pasowine.com .
The Paso Robles Zinfandel Festival puts the fun back in Zinfandel by combining a classic Zin Tasting with a Wine Country Auction on Saturday, March 20, 2010. The evening features two ticket levels; Zinfully Important Person (ZIP) Ticket Level (Entrance at 5:30 p.m.) and Zin Fan Del Ticket Level (Entrance at 7 p.m.). Attendees will enjoy vast selections of Zinfandel and Zinfandel blends, as well as a Wine Country Auction featuring unique items only offered during the Zinfandel Festival.  

Artisan Bread School (ABS) is expanding its fourth season to include classes in the United States and UK in addition to its courses in Italy.  Classes (100 percent handmade breads without use of mixers or machines) are taught by boutique baker Carl Shavitz and are scheduled as follows:
March 12-13:  Princeton, NJ — Miele Princeton Design Center, 9 Independence Way
March 16-17:  Boca Raton, FL — Miele Southeast Design Center, 7680 North Federal Highway
March  30:  New York City — Míele Manhattan Gallery, The Architects & Designers Building, 150 East 58th Street (Between Lexington & 3rd), 9th Floor, Suite 951
For more information on all courses and to register for classes:  www.artisan-bread-school.com

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