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 :
I.E.E.M. (International Event and Exhibition Management)tel +1 305 937 2488 


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:,  

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.

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  or call 1-800-CULINARY.

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: 4141 Second Avenue, Driade showroom, Design District.     

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