Launch of Slow Wine: Slow Food Italy's First Ever Wine Guide in English

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The innovative guide to Italian wines to be unveiled in consumer and trade events on January 30 in New York and February 2 in Chicago.

Slow Wine, an English guide to Italian wines by Slow Food Italy, is almost here with launch events just around the corner on January 30, 2012 and February 2, 2012 in New York and Chicago, respectively. The guide and its producers will be the focus of events for the trade during the day and then for consumers in the evening. A complimentary copy of the guide will be included in the entry ticket for the evening event. In New York, [Metropolitan Pavilion at 125 West 18th Street] 140 wines from 68 selected producers and 14 Italian regions will be available for tasting. A press briefing will also take place from 1-1:45pm to discuss how the guide is organized and how it came into being. In Chicago, the event will feature over 100 wines from 44 winemakers and 12 regions. The launch will be held at Spiaggia at 980 North Michigan Avenue.

The Slow Wine guide, published in the U.S. by Chelsea Green, adopts a new approach to wine criticism and looks at a variety of factors to evaluate wineries in their entirety, taking into consideration the wine quality, typicity and adherence to terroir, value for money, environmental sensitivity and ecologically sustainable viticultural practices. Slow Wine was conceived to give a realistic snapshot of the current Italian wine landscape. The guide in fact features reviews of 400 different wineries, each one visited by Slow Food experts.

Three symbols are used in the guide to evaluate each winery:

The Snail, the Slow Food symbol, signals a cellar that has distinguished itself through its interpretation of sensorial, territorial, environmental and personal values in harmony with the Slow Food philosophy.

The Bottle, allocated to cellars that show a consistently high quality throughout their range of wines.

The Coin, an indicator of great value.

“With Slow Wine we have changed the way of reviewing wine,” comments Marco Bolasco, CEO of Slow Food Editore. “Now, with this international version we want to go beyond and create new ways of discussing and exchanging contents, ideas and projects among authors, producers, food communities, readers and Slow Food members. This is the natural course for a publishing house that wants to keep listening to the world and communicating it, yet in order to do so we have to deepen our knowledge and keep our ears and eyes open.”

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