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Definitive Italian Wine tasting to hit Lords

The 13th Definitive Italian Wine Tasting takes place later this month, the largest trade event for Italy in the UK organised specifically as a platform for UK importers of Italian wine.

The event, on 28 June at Lord’s Cricket Ground, will see several new developments for this year’s show, including extended opening hours to encourage attendance from the on-trade – the event will remain open from 10am until 7pm – and a series of educational seminars to focus on specific areas of Italy. 
Seminar Programme
For the first time in the event’s history, there are series of educational seminars:
10.00am – “Introduction to Sicily – its Climate, Soils, Vines and Wines” led by Peter McCombie MW and sponsored by the Sicilian Istituto Regionale della Vite e del Vino.  
3.30pm – “Single Vineyard Barolo and Barbaresco” featuring 12 of the best single vineyard wines from different producers from the same vintage, sponsored by the Consorzio Produttori del Barolo e Barbaresco. It will be led by Aldo Vacca vice-president of the Consorzio and director of Produttori del Barbaresco, and Pietro Ratti, son of Renato Ratti, owner of Azienda Agricola Ratti.
Some places remain available but are limited. For all enquiries contact Tina Coady at
First Time Exhibitors in 2011
New to the Definitive Italian Wine Tasting are following companies: Calatrasi (Stratford’s Wine Agencies); Cantina di Castelnuovo del Garda (Interglobe Food & Drink); Cavendish Wines; Contarini Vini (Fiandaca); Coppo (Wine Story); Grossi Wines; Il Tastevin; Marabino (Natura Amore); Myliko Wines; Provincia di Reggio Calabria; Querciabella (Pol Roger Portfolio); Sensi (Stratford’s Wine Agencies); Villa Saletta (Winetraders).
The Italian Journey Tasting
The Italian Journey Tasting is a “tasting within the tasting” and a popular section of the event, particularly with the press. All exhibitors are invited to enter one wine per table into this focus tasting.

Approximately 76 wines will aim to illustrate a cross-section of wines from all over Italy, selected for their unique character and high quality.

The criteria for entry are: wines entered must retail at over £6.50 per bottle; grape variety(ies) must be “indigenous” Italian varieties and/or have a long historical association with a specific region; wines may come from any region but should be selected as strongly representative of their type.
For further information contact Tina Coady email: Tel: +44 (0)1638 614775.

db, 15.06.2011

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