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Presentation of the “Wine Leader Awards”

GREAT SUCCESS
FOR THE 32ND EDITION OF GALA ITALIA

New York, March 6 – – Joshua Greene (Editor of Wine & Spirits Magazine), Piero Selvaggio (owner of the restaurant “Valentino” in Los Angeles), Marc D. Taub (President and CEO of Palm Bay International), and Kevin Zraly (Author and Wine Educator at the Windows on the World Wine School) have been awarded by the Italian Wine & Food Institute with the “Wine Leader Awards.”

The awards ceremony took place during the 32nd edition of the GALA ITALIA, which was held on Thursday, March 2nd, in the Grand Ballroom of the Essex House under the patronage of the Italian Ambassador to Washington.

Represented by their Food & Wine Editors were many of the most important and prestigious wine and food publications in the United States: from Wine Spectator, Wine Enthusiast, Bon Appetit, Wine & Spirits Magazine, and Forbes to Newsweek, Hearst Magazines, Food & Vine Country, Dessert Magazine, Beverage Media, New York Times and Town & Country, as well as various news agencies, television stations, correspondents from the main Italian newspapers, and numerous VIP, including Consul Isabella Periotto of the Consulate General of Italy.

The GALA ITALIA, as it has done continuously for over thirty years, renewed its meeting with the most qualified American wine press in a significant, meticulously organized event that presented a top selection of great, special-vintage wines, thus contributing to the success, prestige and image of quality Italian wine and the Made in Italy as a whole.

The GALA ITALIA began with the “Wine & Food Tasting,” during which high-quality Italian wine and food were tasted, followed by the “Gala Dinner” and the presentation of the “Wine Leaders Awards.”

A variety of high-quality wines was specially selected for the particularly important guests who filled to capacity the Petite Salon for the Wine Tasting and the Grand Ballroom for the Gala Dinner.

Among the journalists in attendance: Jane Cortellini and Adam Strum of Wine Enthusiast Magazine; Jordan McDowell, Callie Eidler, Daria Saenko and Bruce Sanderson of Wine Spectator; Gary Walther of Wall Street Journal; Steve Cuozzo of New York Post; Ellen Roach of National News Service; Sam Dangremond of Town & Country; Noelle Xie of Star Daily; Jeanette Hektoen of JH Media; Ron Kapon of CheeseConnoisseur Magazine; Tony Lawrence of The Global Wine Chef; Jacquelyn Tietz of Kevin Zraly’s Wine School; Woody Wolston of The Cake Bible; Joel Levin of the NJNewspaper Group; Maxine Albert of Bella NY Magazine; Joseph Broski of American Wine Society; Jesse Nash and Irene Patar of Syndicated Group; Jane Nausbaum of Newspaper First; Suzanne Richter of Stonebridge Media; David Allen of Today’s New; Sheri de Borchgrave of C&G Media; Gerald Dillon of The L Magazine; Thomas Farley of New York Insider; Gloria Cressler and Bill Lee Lanndis of Black Tie International Magazine; Robert Stepanek of IBR News; Bruce Alexander of Bruce’s World; Stefanos Kasselakis of Phila Coatings; Alex Shenberg of ASB Media Group; Tor Sporre’ of Food & Wine Country; Philip Kampe of  The Wine Hub; Harriet Lembeck of Wine & Spirits Program; William Lembeck of the  Society of Wine Educators; Kris Shetty of Asia News and Marina Carminati of NBC. Also present were numerous Italian journalists.

The Wine Tasting featured the following wines: the AB Vinea Doni, Vernaccia di San Gimignano DOCG 2014; the Citra, Caroso Montepulciano d’Abruzzo DOC 2010; the Ferrari Brut NV and the Ferrari Rosé NV; the Campora, Rosso Toscana IGT 2009; the Cavit, Lunetta, Prosecco NV and the Cavit, Infine Pinot Grigio Trentino Superiore DOC 2015; the Mezzacorona, NOS Teroldego Rotaliano Riserva DOC 2007; the Puiatti, LUS Ribolla Gialla IGP 2014; the Paretaio, Rosso Toscana IGT 2012; the Planeta, Cerasuolo di Vittoria DOCG, 2014; the Rocca delle Macie, Chianti Classico Riserva di Fizzano DOCG 2012; the Rotari Rosé, Trento DOC 2013 and the Rotari Brut, Trento DOC 2013; the Sella & Mosca, La Cala Vermentino DOC 2015; the Stemmari, Grillo, Sicilia DOC 2015; the Travaglini, Gattinara DOCG 2011 and the Vigna a Solatio, Vernaccia di San Gimignano DOCG 2015.

At the Gala Dinner were served: the Ferrari “Perlé” Trento DOC 2009; the Vigna a Solatio, Vernaccia di San Gimignano DOCG 2014; the Castello di Querceto, “Il Picchio” Chianti Classico Riserva, Gran Selezione DOCG 2012; the Col d’Orcia, Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2007; the Campora, Rosso Toscano IGT 2009; the Mezzacorona NOS Teroldego Riserva 2007; the Bertani, Amarone della Valpolicella Classico DOC 2007; and the Fontanafredda, “Moncucco” Moscato d’Asti DOCG 2010.

The dinner recalled a professional wine tasting, as guests were seated around large, round tables with triangular “glass mats” upon which were placed nine different glasses for the various dinner wines. Throughout the evening, the wines (whose descriptions were highlighted in the event program) and their specific qualities were further illustrated to the journalists by the wineries’ representatives.

The menu was specially prepared by Chefs Achilles Poliviou and Andrew Burriesci and by Pastry Chef Tommy Doh to pair with the exceptional dinner wines. The menu featured Butter Poached Lobster with butter head lettuce, treviso, watermelon radish and herbed olive oil; followed by Braised Lamb Ossobuco with white bean cassoulet, saute escarole, roasted cipolini onion and port wine reduction; and an assorted cheese plate of gorgonzola, parmigiano reggiano and asiago. Dinner concluded with a Mocha Chocolate Mousse Cake with gold leaf and hazelnut gelato.

Guests were also treated to Ferrero Rocher chocolates provided by Ferrero, and to ground coffee provided by Illy Caffé.

Among the past recipients of the “Wine Leaders Awards”: Adam Strum, John Mariani, Florence Fabricant, Mary Ewing-Mulligan MW, Piero Antinori, Jacopo Biondi Santi, Pio Boffa (Pio Cesare), Matthew Lunelli (Ferrari) Chiara Lungarotti, Lucio Tasca, Sirio Maccioni, Gualtiero Marchesi, Giovanni Rana, Vittorio Assaf and Fabio Granato.

An elegant, colorful catalogue was specially prepared for the GALA ITALIA containing detailed information on all of the wines, the participating companies, and the honorees. Over 2,000 copies were distributed to guests in attendance, and were subsequently sent to the principal trade representatives across the United States.

The GALA ITALIA was organized by the Italian Wine & Food Institute with the support of the Ministry of Economic Development and ICE-Italian Trade Commission.

For information please contact the Italian Wine & Food Institute: Tel.: 212-867-4111 – Email:iwfi@aol.comwww.iwfinews.com

A wide selection of pictures are available on the website of the Institute (https://iwfinews.com/gala-italia-2017-photo-gallery/). High-resolution pictures are available upon request.

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Gala Italia: 32nd Edition on March 2

A SPECTACULAR EVENT
TO PROMOTE ITALIAN WINES

New York, February 24 – The finest Italian wines and the most flavorful Italian food will be the highlights at the 32nd edition of the GALA ITALIA that will be held on Thursday, March 2nd, under the high patronage of the Italian Ambassador to Washington.

Over the years the GALA ITALIA has contributed considerably to the success, prestige and image of the Made in Italy with its considerable press coverage, attracting selected and qualified trade representatives, restaurateurs and Food & Wine Editors from across the Northeastern United States, many of whom for years have participated in what is the most significant Italian wine event in the U.S. and an annual meeting point with the Italian producers.

Within the luxurious Grand Ballroom of a premier Manhattan hotel, GALA ITALIA will kick off with the “Wine & Food Tasting,” featuring a tasting of Italian wines and food specialties, followed by the “Gala Dinner” and the presentation of the “Wine Leader Awards”.

Strictly by invitation only, and reserved to the most important American Wine and Food Editors, the Gala Dinner will feature a rigorously-designed Italian menu combined with a wide selection of special vintage Italian wines, all of which will be personally presented by their producers.

The dinner wines will include: the Ferrari “Perlé” Trento DOC 2009; the Vigna a Solatio, Vernaccia di San Gimignano DOCG 2014; the Castello di Querceto, “Il Picchio” Chianti Classico Riserva, Gran Selezione DOCG 2012; the Col d’Orcia, Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2007; the Campora Rosso Toscano IGT 2009; the Mezzacorona NOS Teroldego Riserva 2007; the Bertani, Amarone della Valpolicella Classico DOC 2007; and the Fontanafredda, “Moncucco” Moscato d’Asti DOCG 2010.

One of the highlights of the evening will be the presentation of the “Wine Leader Awards” to: Joshua Greene, Editor & Publisher of Wine & Spirits Magazine; Piero Selvaggio, Owner of Valentino Restaurant in Santa Monica; Marc D. Taub, President & CEO of Palm Bay International; and Kevin Zraly, Author & Wine Educator at the Windows on the World Wine School.

Since 1986, Joshua Greene has been Editor and Publisher of Wine & Spirits Magazine, one of the best wine publications in the country and the recipient of the most James Beard awards for excellence in wine writing. Greene also serves as the magazine’s critic for California wines, Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Portugal, Rioja, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.

Piero Selvaggio, who is responsible for popularizing such important Italian staples like truffles, prosciutto and mozzarella in the U.S., founded his restaurant, Valentino, when he was only 25 years old. With Selvaggio at its helm, Valentino is widely regarded as one of the top Italian restaurants in the country.

Under Marc Taub’s leadership, Palm Bay International – a third generation family-owned business that is among the largest and most successful wine importers in the United States – continues to bring the ultimate wine and spirits experience to consumers around the United States.

Founder of the Windows of the World Wine School, which boasts more than 20,000 graduates ranging from wine novices and aficionados to top chefs and culinary professionals, Kevin Zraly’s passion for wine and his engaging teaching style have led him to become one of the world’s leading wine educators and best-selling wine authors.

Past recipients of the Wine Leader Award include Adam Strum, John Mariani, Florence Fabricant, Mary Ewing-Mulligan MW, Piero Antinori, Jacopo Biondi Santi, Pio Boffa (Pio Cesare), Matthew Lunelli (Ferrari), Chiara Lungarotti, Lucio Tasca, Sirio Maccioni, Gualtiero Marchesi, Fabio Granato and Vittorio Assaf.

Usually present at the GALA ITALIA are the top representatives of the most important wine and food publications in the U.S.: from Wine Spectator, Wine Enthusiast, Bon Appetit, Wine & Spirits Magazine, Forbes, and Newsweek to Hearst Magazines, Food & Vine Country, Dessert Magazine, Beverage Media, The New York Times, and Town & Country. Also in attendance: leading press agencies, TV reporters (including RAI TV), and correspondents of the main Italian publications.

The GALA ITALIA will once again feature an elegant, colorful catalogue containing detailed information on all of the wines, the participating companies, and the honorees. Over 2,000 copies will be distributed to guests in attendance, as well as to the principal trade representatives across the United States.

The GALA ITALIA is organized by the Italian Wine & Food Institute, with the support of the Italian Ministry of Economic Development and of the ICE-Italian Trade Commission.

For information please contact the Italian Wine & Food Institute at: iwfi@aol.com – tel.: 212-867-4111 – http://www.iwfinews.com

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The 32nd edition at the Essex House in Manhattan on March 2

GREAT EXPECTATIONS
FOR THE GALA ITALIA

New York, January 17 – Expectations are soaring for the 32nd edition of the GALA ITALIA Wine Tasting & Gala Dinner. The event will be held, under the high patronage of the Italian Ambassador in Washington, on Thursday, March 2nd at the Essex House in New York.

Promoting Italian excellence annually for over thirty years, the GALA ITALIA will see the participation of the most prominent and prestigious Italian wineries together with their producers, as well as the most famous food producers and Italian restaurants in New York, who for years have provided their constant presence at this important event.

Over the years the event has contributed considerably to the success, prestige and image of the Made in Italy with its considerable press coverage, attracting an average of over 1,000 selected and qualified trade representatives, restaurateurs and Food & Wine Editors from across the Northeastern United States, many of whom for years have participated in what is the most significant Italian wine event in the U.S. and an annual meeting point with the Italian producers.

Within the luxurious Grand Ballroom of the Essex House in Manhattan, which will be specially prepared and decorated for the event, GALA ITALIA will begin with the “Wine & Food Tasting,” featuring a tasting of Italian wines and food specialties, followed by the “Gala Dinner.” Reserved to over 300 of the most important American Wine and Food Editors, the Gala Dinner will feature a rigorously prepared menu by Italian chefs combined with a wide selection of special vintage Italian wines, all of which will be personally presented by their producers.

The Gala Dinner, with the presence of the media, numerous opinion leaders and VIPs, will feature a ceremony awarding Italian and American leaders of excellence in the wine and food industry with the presentation of the “Wine Leader Awards” and “Gold Medals.”

Among the Italian producers awarded in recent editions of GALA ITALIA: Piero Antinori, Jacopo Biondi Santi, Pio Boffa (Pio Cesare), Matthew Lunelli (Ferrari) Chiara Lungarotti and Lucio Tasca.

Among the awarded American Wine Editors: Adam Strum, publisher and editor of Wine Enthusiast; John Mariani, the well-known journalist and author of best-selling books, (including “How Italian Food Conquered the World”); Florence Fabricant, the famous New York Times reporter and icon of American journalism, and Mary Ewing-Mulligan MW, the International Wine Center Director and the first American woman to be awarded the title of Master of Wine.

Among past awarded restaurateurs: Sirio Maccioni, who elevated Italian gastronomy in the U.S. to unprecedented levels; Gualtiero Marchesi and Giovanni Rana, the great standard bearers of Italian cuisine; and Fabio Granato, who with Vittorio Assaf brought traditional Italian cooking and wine to various countries across the world.

To further encourage and give prominence to the presentation of high-quality wines, an American jury composed of leading wine experts will select the best wine of each participant and assign them with a special “Certificate of Merit.”

For the GALA ITALIA will be realized, as done in previous editions, an elegant and colorful catalogue highlighting all of the participating companies. More than 2,000 catalogues will be distributed to all attendees and subsequently sent to major industry representatives.

More information on the GALA ITALIA, the participating producers and their importers, and the descriptions and labels of the wines are available on the website (www.iwfinews.com) specially created by the Italian Wine & Food Institute.

For additional information, please contact the Italian Wine & Food Institute: iwfi@aol.com – (212) 867-4111.

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