The Consorzi Brunello di Montalcino, Chianti Classico, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore will continue their multi-year collaboration,"The Italian Wine Masters," with new trade events in Miami and New York.
The Italian Wine Masters is a multi-year global collaboration that showcases more than 100 producers from four prestigious Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita (D.O.C.G.) wine regions. Italy currently has 334 D.O.C. regions and 50 designated as D.O.C.G.
The Italian Wine Masters 2011 U.S. program will kick off on Thursday, February 3 with the program's first visit to Miami, where events will be held at the newly-opened JW Marriott Marquis from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. The program will continue in New York on Tuesday, February 8, at the Hilton New York from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Alongside the grand tastings, intensive master classes will be offered in both cities by renowned wine educator and author, Kevin Zraly. Considered by many to be the United States' premier wine educator, Kevin is the founder of the Windows on the World wine course and author of the book by the same name.
The master class topics for 2011 will be The Different Styles of Conegliano Valdobbiadene and The Waiting Game
: Age-worthy Brunello di Montalcino, Chianti Classico, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano.
Current releases will be tasted and discussed alongside selected older vintages.
Admission to both programs will be free of charge to qualified wine industry professionals. For information and reservations, visit www.italianwinemasters.com. For phone inquiries only (no reservations) call 888-398-5440.
Producers at the grand tastings will feature their latest releases, including the 2006 Brunello di Montalcino and 2005 Brunello Riserva, the 2008 and 2009 Chianti Classico and 2006 and 2007 Chianti Classico Riserva, the 2007 and 2008 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and the 2006 and 2007 Vino Nobile Riserva, selection from Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore.