Great news for lovers of Italian wines! Several dozen of Italy's finest producers will be participating in upcoming tastings in New York and Chicago to celebrate the inaugural English language version of the 2012 SlowWine Guide.
The Slow Wine Guide is a new publication that rates Italian wine producers in a slightly different way than most of its other counterparts. There are three ranking determinations used by the authors of the guide: The Snail, which identifies a cellar that has distinguished itself through its wines according to the Slow Food philosophy, The Bottle, given to cellars that show a consistently high quality throughout their range of wines and finally, The Coin, an indicator of great value.
The list of participating producers reads like a Who's Who of Italian Wine Estates. Here is a list of just a few of the producers who will be pouring wine at these tastings:
- Planeta (Sicily)
- Antonelli (Umbria)
- Fattoria Selvapiana (Tuscany)
- Fattoria di Felsina (Tuscany)
- Isole e Olena (Tuscany)
- Luigi Einaudi (Piedmont)
- Giovanni Rosso (Piedmont)
- G.D. Vajra (Piedmont)
- Le Vigne di Zamo (Friuli)
- Pieropan (Veneto)
The New York trade tasting will be held on Monday, January 30 from 2-6 at the Metropolitan Pavilion at 125 W. 18th Street (there is a press briefing from 1-1:45).
The Chicago trade tasting will be held on Thursday, February 2 from 1:30-5:30 at Spiaggia, 980 N. Michigan Avenue.
There will also be a tasting for the public in Chicago that same evening from 6:00-8:30 also at Spiaggia. The cost is $30 per person for Slow Food members and $35 for non-members.
For information on how to register go to this page.