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Simply Italian Great Wines Americas Tour 2019 Press Release



For Immediate Release                                                                          

Victoria Smith
International Event & Exhibition Management
(305) 937-2488

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Series of Guided Tasting Seminars, Food Pairings, and Walk-Around Wine Tastings for Press and Trade at the
Ritz Carlton in Fort Lauderdale and the W Hotel in Mexico City;

MIAMI, FL (January 31st, 2019) – Simply Italian Great Wines Americas Tour kicks off its annual trade tasting in Fort Lauderdale, Florida for the first time and returns to vibrant Mexico City, Mexico after 5 years, to showcase the highly anticipated Italian wine portfolios.

The I.E.M. tradeshows’ signature format – educational seminars and walk-around tasting – is the strength of the tour, created to promote Italian fine wines and establish key relationships with the trade. Marina Nedic, I.E.M./I.E.E.M.’s Managing Director explains: “As the US market continues to grow and mature, so does the potential to appreciate the richness and diversity of Italian wines. Simply Italian Great Wines represents the ideal opportunity to make these two worlds come together.”

On Monday, February 4th, the tour debuts at the luxurious beachfront Ritz Carlton Fort Lauderdale, capturing the U.S. market in one of the top five states responsible for nearly two thirds of Italian wine imports. The program features a series of educational seminars and tastings presented by distinguished experts in their respective fields:

10:00 a.m.
“One Denomination, Three Great Wines: Asti, Asti Secco, Moscato d'Asti D.O.C.G.” presented by the Consortium per la Tutela dell’Asti D.O.C.G., and James Beard Foundation award-winning food and wine writer, Lyn Farmer.

11:45 a.m.
“Ricci Curbastro: One Family, Two Territories – Franciacorta and Romagna” presented by Riccardo Ricci Curbastro, Winery Owner.

1:30 p.m.
“The Sparkling Life – Fresh & Fun Wines from Friuli” presented by the Consortium Tutela Vini D.O.C. Friuli Grave & author and wine expert, Lyn Farmer.

From 2 p.m. until 5 p.m.
, Simply Italian attendees will gather inside the Ritz Carlton Foyer for a prominent walk-around wine and food tasting. Producers from Italy's finest regions will pour their latest releases exclusively for press and trade members, amidst panoramic oceanfront views.

The tour will once again host the Enjoy European Quality Program, a 3-year promotion cosponsored by the European Community designed to increase the awareness and recognition of European quality products within the food and wine sector with wines promoted by the Consorzio per la Tutela dell’Asti D.O.C.G., cured deli meat from the Istituto Valorizzazione Salumi Italiani and cheese from Consorzio Tutela Provolone Valpadana D.O.P. within various cities in the United States.

Simply Italian Great Wines Fort Lauderdale is organized with the support of the Italian Ministry of Economic Development and in cooperation with the Italian Trade Agency. “The Italian Trade Agency is pleased to support the grand tasting of Simply Italian Great Wines in Fort Lauderdale”, explains Maurizio Forte, Italian Trade Commissioner. "Considering the growing interest in Italian wine also in secondary cities of the United States, we believe it is essential to support events that allow Italian wines of high quality to find new markets and thus favor the increase in the average price of Italian wines in the USA. These objectives are perfectly in line with our "Italian Wine: Taste the Passion" campaign, launched in April 2018 to promote Italian wine in the United States.”

Wednesday, February 6th, Simply Italian Great Wines continues by meeting the Mexican trade in the fashionable W Hotel within the heart of Mexico City. The program begins at 11 am with a Food & Wine pairing dedicated to showcasing the diversity of Asti wines, presented by the Consortium per la Tutela dell’Asti D.O.C.G. & distinguished sommelier, Georgina Estrada: "One Denomination, Three Great Wines: Asti, Asti Secco, Moscato d’Asti D.O.C.G."; followed by tastings in the afternoon.

Participating Simply Italian wineries and importers include an exciting array of the familiar and the new:

Abbazia Santa Anastasia, Agriment Italia, Attilio Ghisolfi, Azienda Agricola Biasiotto, Azienda Agricola Terrabianca, Cantina Frentana Società Cooperativa Agricola, Cantina Valpolicella Negrar, Casa Vinicola Abbazia di San Gaudenzio, Cascina Ciuchè di Dogliotti Angelo, Castello Banfi, Consorzio per la Tutela dell’Asti D.O.C.G., Consorzio Tutela Vini D.O.C. Friuli Grave, Conte d'Attimis Maniago, CVA Canicattì, Gaglio Vignaioli, I’m Fil Inc., Matteo Soria, Menicucci 1689, Orlando Abrigo, Perlino, Primosic, Ricci Curbastro, Ronco Margherita Società Agricola, Santa Elvira, Scriani, Tenuta Olim Bauda, Viticoltori Associati di Vinchio Vaglio Serra, Zeni 1870.

ABOUT 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 reliably delivering high-quality events, coupled with its extensive network of wine trade professionals and international media, places IEEM/IEM among the most highly regarded Italian wine event organizers in the world. Learn more by visiting www.ieemusa.com.

RITZ CARLTON FORT LAUDERDALE: 1 North Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
W MEXICO CITY: Campos Elíseos 252, Polanco, 11560 Mexico City, Mexico


Wine trade and media are invited to attend Simply Italian by registering at this link.


Enjoy European Quality Promotion Press Release



Press Conference/Presentations:

San Francisco – Monday, January 14, 2019 at The Westin St. Francis San Francisco on Union Square

Chicago - Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at Gibsons Italia

Miami, FL (January 10, 2019) – Enjoy European Quality (EEQ), a 3-year project cofounded by the European Union – designed to increase the awareness and recognition of European quality products within the food and wine sector with wines promoted by the Consorzio per la Tutela dell’Asti D.O.C.G., cured deli meat from the Istituto Valorizzazione Salumi Italiani and cheese from Consorzio Tutela Provolone Valpadana D.O.P. – continues its educational and promotional program in cities across the United States. A press event will be held at the iconic Gibsons Italia rooftop in Chicago, on January 16, to further expand its market reach.


The campaign consists of workshops, business-to-business meetings, restaurant-week promotions, lifestyle events, point-of-sale promotions, social media activities in all major US markets – Atlanta, Miami, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Las Vegas and many others – geared towards end consumers, buyers, distributors, large-scale retail trade, chefs, sommeliers, food experts, media and opinion leaders.


The three Consortia committed to providing the outmost quality products following the strict European P.D.O. & P.G.I. regulations within the project are:




Founded in 1932, the Consorzio per la Tutela dell’ASTI D.O.C.G. works to protect, develop and promote ASTI Dolce (sweet), ASTI Secco (dry) and MOSCATO d’ASTI all over the world. These premium products are leaders in the segment of quality sweet wines and/or sparkling wines and they represent a vast background of culture, memories, traditions, knowledge and stories of entire family lineages that have dedicated their whole lives to their vineyards, located in the UNESCO core zone of the Vineyard Landscapes of Langhe-Roero and Monferrato. All three wines enjoy D.O.C.G. status and are made exclusively from Moscato bianco grapes.


Following the recognition of ASTI Spumante as a controlled and guaranteed designation of origin wine, a distinction was established between ASTI and MOSCATO d’ASTI, while ASTI SECCO was officially granted D.O.C.G. status in 2017.


ASTI Dolce D.O.C.G. (sweet) has a characteristic musky flavor, well-balanced sweetness and acidity along with a moderate alcohol content. The style of ASTI Secco D.O.C.G. (dry) was developed with the assistance of the Consorzio’s Research Lab and is characterized by particularly fine and persistent beading; dry ASTI offers a fresh mouthfeel which makes it suitable as an aperitif as well as a full-meal wine. MOSCATO d’ASTI D.O.C.G. is one of the most recognizable products of Piedmontese wine-making with its intense musky aroma and delicate flavor reminiscent of wisteria and linden, peach and apricot with hints of sage, lemon, and orange blossom.


ASTI DOCG wines by the numbers: in 2018, the total AUV planted with Moscato d'Asti was 9,700 ha and included 3,700 viticultural estates in 52 townships in the Provinces of Asti, Alessandria and Cuneo. The 2018 harvest yielded 82,100 tons of Moscato bianco grapes, or 615,000 hectoliters of wine, which translated into 88 million bottles, of which 54 million ASTI D.O.C.G. (sweet and dry) and 34 million of MOSCATO d'ASTI. 88% of ASTI D.O.C.G. bottles are exported (of which 35% to the U.S.).




The “Institute for the valorization of Italian deli meat” is a non-profit organization formed in 1985 in response to the growing need for information from consumers with the aim of improving the image of Italian deli meats. I.V.S.I. has become a reference point for education and training programs on the production process and the economic, nutritional, and cultural aspects of the various facets of Italian Salumi both in Italy and abroad, promoting a unique culinary heritage of Made in Italy food products.


Cold cuts belong to the oldest Italian food heritage and are the expression of the culture of the territory where natural foods are produced. Over the centuries, the production and consumption of cold cuts have become increasingly relevant: from the Italian Renaissance triumphs where gastronomic art was developing, up to the XIX century, when the first food labs and deli meat spread to Italy. The commitment of the entire production has been able to combine tradition with modern nutritional needs. Nowadays, in a balanced diet, cold cuts are a valuable source of protein, minerals, and group B vitamins.


The sector of cold cuts production in Italy has about 30,000 workers who operate in 2,000 companies; it develops over 8.3 billion euros in business (2017), of which approximately 1.6 derive from exports. Outside the European Union, the United States is the primary market for Italian salumi, with 8,845 tons of exported ones, which correspond to € 106.3 million (ASSICA 2017 data). The most exported Italian salumi are traditionally the seasoned cured hams (79%) followed, in the order, by cooked hams (7%), mortadella (6%), and salami (5%).


In the first nine months of 2018, exports of Italian cold cuts reached 7,010 tons (+10.3% compared to the same period of 2017), an increase of approximately 83 million euros (+7.8%). All cold cuts categories contributed to the growth of Italian exports to the U.S.: the performance of raw-cured hams, salami and cooked deli meats has been particularly good. The affirmation of salamis started in 2016 and confirms North America consumers’ interest for quality as well as for variety and flavors of these products.


Protected Designation of Origin (P.D.O.) SALUMI



• Coppa Piacentina • Culatello di Zibello • Pancetta Piacentina • Prosciutto di Carpegna • Prosciutto di Modena • Prosciutto di Parma • Prosciutto di San Daniele • Prosciutto Toscano • Salame Brianza • Salame Piacentino • Salamini Italiani alla Cacciatora (or Salame Cacciatore).



Capocollo di Calabria • Crudo di Cuneo • Lard d’Arnad (Val d’Aosta) • Pancetta di Calabria • Prosciutto Veneto Berico-Euganeo • Salame di Varzi • Soppressata di Calabria • Sopressa Vicentina • Salsiccia di Calabria • Jambon de Bosses (Val d’Aosta).


Protected Geographic Indication (P.G.I.) SALUMI



• Coppa di Parma • Cotechino Modena • Mortadella Bologna • Salame Felino • Salame Piemonte • Speck Alto Adige • Zampone Modena.



• Bresaola della Valtellina • Ciauscolo • Finocchiona • Lardo di Colonnata • Mortadella di Prato • Porchetta di Ariccia • Prosciutto Amatriciano • Prosciutto di Norcia • Prosciutto di Sauris • Salama da Sugo • Salame Cremona • Salame d’Oca di Mortara • Salame Sant’Angelo • Pitina • Lucanica di Picerno.




Provolone Valpadana P.D.O. is a part of the “pasta filata” (spun paste) cheese family, characterized by the technique of “spinning” the curd. It is the cheese with the greatest variety of shapes and weights over any other dairy product, thanks to the plasticity of the paste, which - during processing - allows cheese makers to dabble in different ways.


The Production Regulation for Provolone Valpadana P.D.O. has safeguarded this cheese culture through the identification of a geometric type, replicated in the different weights. There are five typical forms: spherical, pear, cylindrical, salami, and mandarin. They can be produced in weights ranging from 500g to over 100kg.


The two types of Provolone Valpadana P.D.O. are:


“Dolce”, which is distinguished by the use of calf rennet and is aged for no more than 2-3 months.

“Piccante”, which is distinguished by the use of kid and/or lamb rennet paste and is aged for a minimum of 3 months to over a year.


For more information on the Enjoy European Quality events, promotions, and products, please visit www.enjoyeuropeanquality.it


For immediate release: International Event & Exhibition Management - I.E.E.M. Mariana Nedic - Ph. (305) 937-2488 - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.