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3RD ANNUAL VINITALY US TOUR MIAMI & PALM BEACH, FEBRUARY 8 – 10,  2010
In anticipation of Vinitaly at Veronafiere this coming April in Verona, Italy, a presentation of high-end Italian wines, olive oils and typical Italian products for US trade, media and wine connoisseurs, with a series of educational seminars and guided tastings conducted by leading Italian and International wine experts, a walk around tasting with over 50 wineries, winemakers and their representatives and winemakers dinners. For additional information and to RSVP, contact  I.E.E.M. (International Event and Exhibition Management) 1 877 217 9867, 305 937 2488 , or via e-mail:
info@ieemusa.com,  www.ieemusa.com  

2010 SYMPOSIUM FOR PROFESSIONAL WINE WRITERS FEB 16 -19 AT MEADOWOOD, NAPA VALLEY 
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

TICKETS ON SALE FOR 5TH ANNUAL VINOLIVO , FEBRUARY 12TH, SONOMA, CA
 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.

WORLD’S FINEST VINTNERS OFFER WINES TO BIDDERS AT 10TH NAPLES WINTER WINE FESTIVAL
At the 10th Naples Winter Wine Festival, to be held Jan. 29-31 - ranked by Wine Spectator magazine as the nation’s top charity wine auction since 2004 - attendees of the nation’s most successful charity wine auction will have the opportunity to possess rare, highly rated, never-before-available collections of wine coupled with unprecedented vintner access: overnight stays at their estates, tours, tastings and dining experiences personally led by vintners themselves.  
According to NCEF Trustee Scott Lutgert, who also serves as vintner lot chairman, the 2010 vintner-donated lots are causing a stir among patrons. “When I told them we would be auctioning off a vertical of Champagne Salon Cuvée S, 9-liter bottles of 2005 Château Haut-Brion and 2005 Château La Mission Haut-Brion, and all four of Harlan Estates’ 100-point wines, their mouths dropped in amazement. And those are just a few of the extraordinary wines and experiences up for auction.”
Details about all 61 vintner-donated auction lots as well as a schedule of 2010 festivities can be found on the festival’s Web site www.napleswinefestival.com or call the wine festival office at 888-837-4919.

TICKETS ON SALE FOR PASO ROBLES ZINFANDEL 18TH ANNUAL FESTIVAL  MARCH 19 – 21, 2010
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.  

SCHENECTADY'S FIRST CULINARY BOOT CAMP  JANUARY 4 - 6
Boot Camp Registration for Schenectady County's first-ever Culinary Boot Camp January 4 - 6, a three-day and two-night culinary workshop offering food lovers the opportunity to learn classic cooking techniques, taste ingredients, and share a great experience with fellow foodies, is open at www.cookinginschenectady.com .
Schenectady County Community College is one of the nation's top-rated culinary schools. Total cost for tuition and lodging is just $690 per person and includes professional instruction, a sumptuous four-course meal with paired wines at the historic Glen Sanders Mansion, a two-night stay at a Schenectady hotel of the student's choosing, and motor coach transportation between hotels and Schenectady County Community College.
Boot Camp workshops will be taught by Christopher Tanner, culinary instructor at SCCC. Chef Tanner is a Certified Executive Chef and a Certified Hospitality Educator with the American Hotel & Lodging Association. His education includes an AOS in Culinary Arts from SCCC, a BBA from SUNY Delhi and a Masters in Gastronomy and Food Studies from Boston University. Nationally, Chef Tanner is an ACF Approved Culinary Judge and travels the country judging ACF sanctioned culinary competitions.
For additional information:  www.cookinginschenectady.com and www.sayschenectady.org ..

ARTISAN BREAD SCHOOL BRINGS THE ART OF BREADMAKING TO US CLASSES IN 2010
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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