Fantinel Announces Celebrate Life Campaign to Battle Global Malnutrition

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Friuli based wine company is donating $1.00 from each bottle of special edition Celebrate Life Merlot sold in the United States to support the United Nation's IIMSAM foundation to eradicate world hunger.

In Italy and, increasingly, around the world, enjoying wine is about sharing with family and friends

Marco Fantinel, President of Friuli based wine company Fantinel, has announced the launch of the company's Celebrate Life campaign. The Celebrate Life campaign, which began in early 2008, is donating $1.00 for each bottle of special edition Celebrate Life Merlot sold in the United States.

"In Italy and, increasingly, around the world, enjoying wine is about sharing with family and friends," says Fantinel. "Celebrate Life Merlot was created as a means for sharing our family's good fortune as a wine producer with the world and encouraging generosity on a global scale."

The Celebrate Life campaign was conceived by Fantinel, a Goodwill Ambassador to IIMSAM, to support the UN's Intergovernmental Institution for the use of Micro-Algae Spirulina Against Malnutrition (IIMSAM) in their fight to eradicate global malnutrition. Spirulina is a type of easy-to-grow and easy-to-sustain nutrient-rich algae that is used in developing countries to combat hunger, in particular, child hunger. Contributions made by the Celebrate Life campaign will directly support the production and distribution of this vital nutrient to populations across the globe.

"Celebrate Life is a great opportunity to enjoy good wine while contributing to the efforts of IIMSAM to empower the lives of millions affected by malnutrition globally," says Ambassador Remigio M. Maradona, Director General of IIMSAM. "Celebrate Life is a means for every individual to touch people's lives by becoming part of the campaign."

The Celebrate Life Merlot ($15.00) is a classic example of the Grave del Friuli DOC, an appellation widely considered a first-class expression of this noble grape varietal. The gravely soils of this appellation, in combination with the idyllic growing conditions created by the favorable positioning of vineyards between the Dolomite mountains and the Adriatic Sea, offer ideal conditions for crafting long-lived, outstanding merlot wines. Full bodied and balanced with notes of fresh raspberry fruit, Celebrate Life Merlot lives up to its legacy as a world-class Friulian merlot, while furthering Italy's legacy of global generosity and compassion.

About Fantinel:
Founded in 1969 by noted Friulian restaurateur and hotelier Mario Fantinel, Fantinel is a family owned wine company committed to creating world-class expressions of classic Friulian varietals. Now in its third generation, led by Macro Fantinel, Fantinel is Friuli Venezia Giulia's largest privately held wine group, with nearly 750 acres located in the region's DOC and DOCG areas, producing wines utilizing grapes grown solely in Fantinel vineyards. Celebrating their 40th anniversary in 2009 of creating world-class Friulian wines, the Fantinel family is deeply rooted in Friulian culture. In addition to Fantinel, the family also owns Testa & Molinaro, San Daniele's oldest brand of prosciutto, and Triestina (http://www.triestinacalcio.it), Friuli Venezia Giulia's world-renowned soccer club which is celebrating its 90th anniversary in 2008 and also operates the Pane Vino e San Daniele restaurants (http://www.panevinoe.it) with over 20 locations across Italy.

About IIMSAM:
IIMSAM -the Intergovernmental Institution for the use of Microalgae Spirulina Against Malnutrition- works to promote the use of Spirulina against severe malnutrition. IIMSAM is accredited as a Permanent Observer Mission with the United Nations Economic and Social Council and is one of the 16 intergovernmental associations inside the United Nations.

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