The 10th Anniversary Slow Wine Tour Concludes its most Dynamic Edition with Great Success

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For the first time ever, the 2020 Slow Wine event series featured educational seminars as well as participation from East Coast wineries, in its five-city tour across the US

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The 2020 Slow Wine US Tour, celebrating the 10th anniversary of the English-language edition of the Slow Wine Guide, was held last month in five cities across the United States, to an enthusiastic reception from trade, press, and consumers.

The guide was born in 2010 with the objective of expanding Slow Food's work to the world of wine. The “Slow philosophy” takes into consideration the wineries sustainable farming practices, judging the quality of a wine in all phases of production beyond its mere organoleptic characteristics. Like Slow Food, from which it developed, the wines must be “good, clean and fair”.

Grand Tastings, which brought together producers from Italy, California, Oregon and New York state, were held on February 18th in San Francisco at the Pier 27, February 19th in Seattle at Bert & Tot Ballroom, February 21st in Denver at the Asterix, February 24th in New York at Eataly Downtown and finally on February 25th in Boston at Artist for Humanity.

The 2020 US Tour saw a record of participation of American wineries, a total of 38 throughout the entire tour. Moreover, for the first time, educational wine seminars were held prior to the walk-around tastings in collaboration with Vini d’Abruzzo. Top media and trade professionals dove into the history and the future of Abruzzo, a region on the rise for the diversity, quality and value of its wine offer. Seminar topics featured “Pecorino, the White Wine of the Future”, “Cerasuolo D'Abruzzo: The Power in a Name “and “Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, Tradition Meets New Age”.

Following the urgency to take action against the ongoing ecological crises, the natural and sustainable sector of the wine industry is rapidly growing and the Slow Wine team continues to do its part awarding those winemakers who have made it their priority to be environmentally cautious. “More producers are joining the Slow movement every year”, said Editor in chief Giancarlo Gariglio. “With sustainable winemaking practices on the rise in both Italy and the US, we are excited to introduce wineries on the East Coast, such as New York, Virginia, Maryland and more in 2021.”

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. They take into consideration wine quality, history and adherence to terroir, value, environmental sensitivity and ecologically sustainable methods of practice. Slow Wine was conceived to give a realistic snapshot of the current Italian wine landscape. The guide features reviews of over 500 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 and 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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