Announcing the Release of the Second Edition of The Slow Wine Guide

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The innovative guide to Italian wines to be unveiled on January 28th in New York City, January 30th in Miami and February 4th in San Francisco.

2013 Slow Wine guide

With Slow Wine we have changed the way of reviewing wine

One year after its English-language debut, Slow Wine, the guide to Italian wineries approved as good, clean and fair by Slow Food Italy is premiering a new and updated edition. The guide and a selection of its wineries will be the focus of events for trade and consumers during a tour of three US cities. In New York, wines from over 75 selected producers and 15 Italian regions will be presented at Tribeca Rooftop and Three-Sixty°. A press briefing will explain how the guide is organized and describe the 2013 US tour’s collaboration with Vinitaly International. In Miami, the event will feature wines from 57 winemakers and 14 regions. The launch will be held at Miami Beach Resort at 4833 Collins Avenue. Lastly, in San Francisco, the event will be held at Terra Gallery on 511 Harrison St and showcase wines from 57 producers with 15 regions of Italy represented. The Slow Wine guide, published by Slow Food Editore and distributed 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. The guide is available for purchase on Amazon.com as well as in select bookstores.

“With Slow Wine we have changed the way of reviewing wine,” comments Marco Bolasco, CEO of Slow Food     Editore. 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.

For those looking for access to the Slow Wine ratings at their fingertips: The Slow Wine 2013 app is available for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. Now in its third edition, the app contains all contents of the paperback with the addition of new features that allow users to navigate and share information on the vast Italian heritage of people, vineyards and wines easily. The latest app version has undergone an entire graphic restyling to make the use of the app easier than ever. The app also allows users to find their closest carrier of the wines, take photos and rate them and share with their network on Facebook in the US and the ability to find nearby wineries when traveling through Italy.

New to the 2013 Slow Wine tour is collaboration with Vinitaly International in New York City and Miami. This joint showcase will aim to offer American wine trade 2013’s most comprehensive two days of Italian wine tasting and education in the US. On joining forces, Bolasco says “Vinitaly is an iconic name in the world of Italian wine, a truly global ambassador for the Italian wine scene, we feel that by joining efforts Vinitaly and Slow Wine will be able to offer the US wine trade the most diverse Italian wine experience: from lesser-known and sustainability oriented artisanal winemakers to Italian wine icons.”
For information on each event, please visit the links below.
New York City- Afternoon Trade and Press Portion: slowwinevinitalynyc.eventbrite.com, Evening Consumer Portion: slowwinenyc2013.eventbrite.com
Miami- Afternoon Trade and Press Portion: slowwinevinitalymiami.eventbrite.com, Evening Consumer Portion: slowwinemiami2013.eventbrite.com
San Francisco- Afternoon Trade and Press Portion: slowwinesanfrancisco.eventbrite.com, Evening Consumer Portion: slowwinesf2013.eventbrite.com

A complimentary copy of the guide will be included in the ticket price for the consumer events.

About Slow Wine
The Slow Wine Guide, published by Slow Food Editore (the publishing arm of Slow Food Italy**) 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 Food Italy is the Italian national branch of Slow Food International, a global grassroots organization that envisions a world in which all people can access and enjoy food that is good for them, good for those who grow it and good for the planet. A non-profit member-supported association, Slow Food was founded in Italy in 1989 to counter the rise of fast food and fast life, the disappearance of local food traditions and to encourage people to be aware about the food they eat, where it comes from, how it tastes and how our food choices affect the rest of the world.

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