Fifth Annual Slow Wine US Tour Culminates With New York Extravaganza

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New York Event to Include a Joint Press Conference with Italian Trade Commission, Trade Tasting, Release of New Slow Wine Mobile App and Evening Consumer Party

At Slow Wine, we take pride in recognizing small-scale winemakers using traditional techniques, working with respect for the environment and terroir, and safeguarding the incredible biodiversity of grape varieties that are part of Italy’s heritage.

The 5th annual Slow Wine event in New York, held this year on February 3rd at NYC’s Highline Ballroom, will commence with a joint press conference with the Italian Trade Commission to kick off VINO Italian Wine Week (12 p.m. – 1 p.m.) followed by a walk-around trade tasting (1 p.m. – 5 p.m.) and a consumer event in the evening (from 7 p.m. – 10:00). The event will also feature the release of the new Slow Wine mobile app.

With its English-language debut in 2011, Slow Wine, a guide to over 400 of Italy’s best wineries, critiques wine through the perspective of the Slow Food philosophy. Wine, just as with food, must be good, clean and fair – not just good.

During separate trade and consumer sessions, attendees can taste their way through a selection of wineries found in the newest edition of the Slow Wine guide. Over 65 Slow Wine producers representing 15 regions of Italy will be present in New York for the last event of the tour. The tour will also stop in San Francisco (January 25), Los Angeles (January 27) and Austin, TX (February 1) this year.

This year, Slow Wine is also releasing an iOS app available for $0.99 for a limited time to celebrate their 5th US tour. The app allows users to search for wines by region, style, price, value, and quality.

“At Slow Wine, we take pride in recognizing small-scale winemakers using traditional techniques, working with respect for the environment and terroir, and safeguarding the incredible biodiversity of grape varieties that are part of Italy’s heritage,” said Giancarlo Gariglio, editor of Slow Wine. “We are excited to return to the US with the newest edition of Slow Wine and continue promoting wine, not just a product of a winery but fruit of a certain soil, a specific climate, and a farming philosophy.”

Following the press conference and trade tasting on Feb. 3rd, a night of wine and music involve for consumers from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. Overjoyed, a Stevie Wonder tribute band, will perform on stage at the Highline Ballroom. Tickets are available for purchase here.

For more information on this year’s Slow Wine US events, please see below:

  • January 25, 2016 (1 p.m. – 5 p.m.) - Terra Gallery at 511 Harrison St, San Francisco CA 94105 Trade and Press Only
  • January 27, 2016 (1 p.m. – 5 p.m.) - Taglyan Complex at 1201 Vine St, Los Angeles CA 90038 Trade and Press Only
  • February 1, 2016 (1 p.m. – 5 p.m.) - Fair Market Austin at 1100 East 5th Street, Austin TX 78702 Trade and Press Only
  • February 3, 2015 - Highline Ballroom at 431 W 16th Street, New York NY 10011 Afternoon (1 p.m. – 5 p.m.) Trade and Press Portion & Evening (7 p.m. – 10 p.m.) Consumer Portion

*A complimentary copy of the guide will be included in the ticket price for the consumer event.                                        
** Complimentary guides available for qualified press upon request.

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, environmental sensitivity and ecologically sustainable viticultural practices. Slow Wine was conceived to give a realistic snapshot of the current Italian wine landscape. The guide features reviews of 400 different wineries, each one visited by Slow Food experts. It is available for purchase on Amazon.com as well as in select bookstores.

**Slow Food International is 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.

VINO 2016 is a week-long event (February 3rd through 9th) celebrating the best wines from Italy, hosted by the Italian Trade Agency. VINO promises a rich program of master classes, tastings, workshops, direct comparisons, presentations and demonstrations, offered by industry award-winning journalists and media professionals.

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