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Chicago - Monday, October 26, 2015 at Hyatt Chicago Magnificent Mile

San Francisco - Wednesday, October 28, 2015 at The Fairmont San Francisco

Miami, FL (October 15th)Simply Italian Great Wines U.S. Tour, one of the years most anticipated Italian wine trade tastings will be returning in October at Chicago's stylish Hyatt Magnificent Mile and at the majestic Fairmont San Francisco Hotel with an impressive line-up of Italian wines - both new and classics. The US Tour is designed to showcase Italy's vast range of varietals and bring together Italian wineries and US importers, distributors, retailers, restaurateurs, media, educators and other professionals in the industry. Discover the richness of Italian wine through a series of guided tastings followed by an afternoon walk-around tasting complimented by Italian cheeses & delicacies.

Some of the highlights of the tour include newcomers as the Piedmont Red & White Group, 18 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. Several wineries from the beautiful island of Sardinia will offer a guided tasting in Chicago to introduce the characteristics of their unique terroir.  Wines from iconic regions will be tasted during the "Veneto, Piedmont & Tuscany: The Iconic Image of Italy" seminar supported by Italian Wine & Style Promotion.  The Consortium of Emilia Romagna returns with another sold-out guided tasting and unveiling of their 2012 Romagna Sangiovese Riserva release in San Francisco. While Mr. Riccardo Ricci Curbastro, President of Federdoc, the only organization in Italy which serves to protect and promote the Italian Appelations of Origin and long-standing partner of the Tour, will advise on the latest Rules and Regulations regarding Italy's DOCs and DOCGs during the "Traceability & Regulation of Italian D.O.C. Wines" seminar.

During the afternoon walk around tasting, trade and media attendees will have the opportunity to meet the winemakers and taste wines from individual producers such as Agriment Italia, Aldegheri, Antonio Roncolato, Azienda Agricola Drusian, Azienda Agricola Ricchi, Azienda Agricola Tiberini, Ca' Tullio, Cantina F.lli Zeni, Cantine San Marco, Castelfeder, Citille di Sopra, Consorzio Tutela Lugana, Gradis'ciutta, La Pergola, Masciarelli, Ornella Molon, Poderi Lecci e Brocchi, Ricci Curbastro, Sansilvestro, Società Agricola Faccioli, Villa Ilangi, Yes Grapes along with Udine Chamber of Commerce, Consortium of Emilia Romagna, Consorzio Tutela Denominazioni Vini Frascati, Piedmont Red & White, Sardinia Wines, and Italian Wine & Style Promotion.

The Tour's founder, Marina Nedic, Managing Director of IEM/IEEM states, "We are delighted to bring back Simply Italian Great Wines to Chicago and San Francisco for the 2015 US Tour. This year's program will feature a perfect mix of newcomers and old-time favorites providing a chance to explore Italy's diverse terroirs, producers and wines. It truly is an exciting event for wineries to meet trade professionals and promote their wines in America's markets."

Full program of events:

633 North Saint Clair - Chicago IL 60611

10:00 am - 11:00 am         "Veneto, Piedmont & Tuscany: The Iconic Image of Italy"

                                         Presented by: Geralyn Brostrom, Cofounder & Education Director of Italian Wine Central

11:00 am – 12:00 pm        "Traceability & Regulation of Italian D.O.C. Wines. Focus on Frascati D.O.C.G."

                                         Presented by: Riccardo Ricci Curbastro, President Federdoc & Geralyn Brostrom, Cofounder and Education 

                                         Director of Italian Wine Central

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm           "Romagna: Albana to Sangiovese. Queen of Grapes, King of Wines"

                                         Presented by: Giammario Villa, Professor & Wine Educator at UCLA

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm             "Sardinia an Island to Discover: From its Vineyards to its Surrounding Treasures"

                                         Presented by: Tom Hyland, Journalist and Italian Wine Expert

2:00 pm - 6:00 pm             Walk-around tasting open to wine trade & media.



950 Mason Street - San Francisco, CA 94108

10:00 am - 11:00 am          "Veneto, Piedmont & Tuscany: The Iconic Image of Italy"

                                          Presented by: Geralyn Brostrom, Cofounder & Education Director of Italian Wine Central

11:45 am - 12:45 pm          "Romagna: Albana to Sangiovese. Queen of Grapes, King of Wines.

                                          US Preview of Romagna Sangiovese Riserva – Vintage 2012"

                                          Presented by: Giammario Villa, Professor & Wine Educator at UCLA

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm             "Traceability & Regulation of Italian D.O.C. Wines. Focus on Frascati D.O.C.G."

2:00 pm - 6:00 pm              Walk-around tasting open to wine trade & media.

Meet the producers and key regional influencers; taste classic wines from top appellations such as Brunello di Montalcino, Barbaresco, Barolo, Chianti Classico, Sangiovese and discover the wines of Sardinia, Lazio, Friuli Venezia Gulia, Trentino, Lombardy, Marches and Emilia Romagna.

For registration and more information, please visit www.ieemusa.com.

I.E.E.M. (International Event & Exhibition Management), the Miami-based branch of I.E.M. (International Exhibition Management), is a comprehensive agency specializing in marketing, events production and public relations for the wine industry. Driven by a passion for trade shows and a flair for flawless organization, I.E.M. was founded in 1999 by industry veterans Giancarlo Voglino and Marina Nedic. A reputation for constantly delivering high quality events coupled with its extensive network of contacts with trade professionals and international press has led IEEM/IEM to become one of the most well-regarded Italian wine event organizers in the world.  Learn more at www.ieemusa.com