Amarone Families Come To Washington, D.C. This October

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Twelve Top Producers of Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG Will Present Guided Seminars and Grand Tastings for the National Italian American Foundation Gala Weekend and at the Italian Embassy

We’re proud to partner with the leading Italian American organization in the United States,” said Marilisa Allegrini, President of the Amarone Families, “and to once again pour our great wines at Italy’s atmospheric embassy in Washington, D.C.

The Association of Amarone Families, comprised of the 12 most prestigious producers of the Veneto’s signature red wine, will be coming to Washington, D.C. Oct. 17-19 for a series of events during the NIAF Gala Weekend and at the Italian Embassy. This will be the Amarone Families’ fifth U.S. tour, in an effort to promote these noble Italian red wines to press, trade and consumers.

“We’re proud to partner with the leading Italian American organization in the United States,” said Marilisa Allegrini, President of the Amarone Families, “and to once again pour our great wines at Italy’s atmospheric embassy in Washington, D.C.”

On Oct. 17, as part of the NIAF Gala Weekend, the Amarone Families are hosting a ticketed wine tasting from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel. Tickets cost $150 per person. Interested wine lovers should call Xavier Atizol (202-939-3100) or visit http://www.niaf.org for more information.

On Oct. 19, noted wine educator Geralyn Brostrom, CWE and founder of Italian Wine Central, will guide a tasting of select Amarone vintages from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Following the seminar, a walk-around tasting will provide local press and trade an opportunity to taste current vintages and meet the 12 Amarone Families producers. Both the guided seminar and the grand tasting will be hosted by the Italian Embassy. To register, members of the press and trade should visit: http://www.amaronefamiliesdc2015.eventbrite.com. For more information, call 646-624-2885 ext. 239.

Amarone is unique in that it is produced using the ‘appassimento’ drying technique. The grapes sit for 100 to 120 days and lose 40 to 50% of their weight. The grapes that make Amarone (Corvina, Corvinone, Rondinella and Oseleta) are picked in late September and early October, then placed in ventilated cellars to continue drying for the majority of the winter. This method dates back to early Roman times, around 500 A.D.

The mission of the Association of Amarone Families is to educate trade and consumers on the tradition and quality of this celebrated Italian wine, which received the prestigious DOCG appellation in Dec. 2009. This accolade is given only to the best wines of Italy.

About Amarone Families
Twelve historical producers of the celebrated Amarone wine (Allegrini, Begali, Brigaldara, Masi, Musella, Guerrieri Rizzard, Speri, Tedeschi, Tenuta Sant’Antonio, Tommasi, Venturini, Zenato) joined in the association “Amarone Families” in 2009, combining their rich tradition with exceptional craftsmanship and standards in winemaking. The association's goal, forged among the producers located on the green hills of the Valpolicella area just outside Verona, in the Veneto region of Italy, is to promote the tradition and quality of Amarone, one of the finest Italian reds, to international markets. Visit us at http://www.amaronefamilies.it.

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