"A Journey Through the Veneto": Top Wines from Italy's #1 Wine Producing Region Come to New York City for the Holidays This December

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U.Vi.Ve. Organizes a Month-Long Celebration of the Best Wines of the Veneto through Events for Consumers and Industry Professionals

U.Vi.Ve (Union Consortia of Veneto Wines)

During the month of December, New York City will be home to various wine and culinary events dedicated to celebrating the great wines of the Veneto just in time for the holidays. The month-long schedule of festivities is brought to the city by U.Vi.Ve., the ‘Union Consortia of Veneto Wines’, and will kick off on December 2nd with a press event at Eataly's La Scuola Grande, epicenter of the promotion and flagship store in the US for all things Italian.

As part of the month-long celebration, all of Eataly’s restaurants will pour signature wines from participating consortia including Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG, Lugana DOC, Lessini Durello DOC, Montello e Colli Asolani DOC Prosecco DOC, Soave DOC and Valpolicella DOC. Consumers will also be able to learn more about the great wines of the Veneto in weekly classes, and there will be tastings at the wine store and Eataly’s La Piazza on Fridays and Saturdays.

"Move the Passion" is an exclusive event promoted by U.Vi.Ve. taking place on December 3, 2013. It is the first wine “marathon” to be held through the streets of Manhattan. From 6 to 10 pm, tastings will be held at seven different locations, which include some of the most popular stores and restaurants in the Big Apple, to taste the fine wines of the seven Italian consortiums. The locations have been chosen for their combination of Made-in-Italy style and exclusivity: from Urbani Truffles to Giovanni Rana’s restaurant, the Arc Linea design showroom to the wine & food temples of Astor Center, Risotteria Melotto, Revel, and Maslow 6. The participants will receive a kit with a wine tasting pouch, a map, a notebook and can explore these seven locations to discover wonderful Veneto wines matched with Italian gastronomic specialties. The official sponsors are: Urbani Tartufi, Sanpellegrino, Pasta De Cecco, Risotteria Melotti, Arc Linea Cucine, Loison Pasticceria, Revel, and Giovanni Rana. Guests can register for the event upon invitation at http://www.movethepassion.com.

An additional trade tasting event, "Secret Somm," will be held at Il Buco Alimentari & Vineria in the heart of NoHo the night of December 4th. Fellow sommeliers will mingle and toast the holidays by exchanging their favorite bottle of Veneto wine in a casual, festive setting.

Located in northeast Italy, the Veneto is the largest producer of DOC wines in the "Tre Venezie", a group of three highly prolific Italian wine regions, named after the ancient Venetian Republic. From the foothills of the Alps to the coast of the Adriatic, the Veneto’s diverse terroir is well-suited to both red and white varietals. Home to the world’s largest wine fair every spring, Vinitaly, the Veneto boasts a wide range of popular grapes, both indigenous and native.

Participating producers are: Astoria, Bellenda, Bosco Malera, Bottega, Ca' Lojera, Canella, Cantina del Castello, Cantina di Soave, Cantina Riondo, Cantina di Monteforte, Cesari, Corte Moschina, Dal Cero (Tenuta di Corte Giacobbe) , Gerardo Cesari, La Tordera, Le Colture, Marcato, Mionetto, Monte del Fra', Montelvini, Otella, Santa Sofia, Tenuta degli Ultimi, Tinazzi, Toffoli, Valdellovo, Valdo, Vicentini, Villa Sandi, Zardetto, Zenato, Zonin. To learn more about the events being held throughout New York City in December, please visit http://www.VenetoWinesNYC.com.

About U.Vi.Ve.

U.Vi.Ve. – Union Consortia Veneto Wines, joins Consortia of all regional denominations with the aim of promoting, in Italy and abroad, the Veneto wines. U.Vi.Ve was created 30 years ago, and has been embraced by nearly all Consortia in the Veneto for the protection and promotion of the region.

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Alessandro Boga