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6 Winning Cocktails to Sip While Watching the 2019 Academy Awards

6 Winning Cocktails to Sip While Watching the 2019 Academy Awards

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It’s that time of year again! On February 24, the biggest stars in Hollywood will gather at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles for the 91st annual Academy Awards.

Some of this year’s nominations have already made historyRoma’s Best Picture nod is the first for Netflix, Spike Lee finally earned a best director nomination for BlacKkKlansmanLady Gaga is the second person ever (after Mary J. Blige in 2018) to be nominated for both Best Original Song and Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role for A Star is BornBlack Panther is the first superhero flick up for Best Picture and Yalitza Aparicio is the first Latina Best Actress nominee in over a decade.

Also notable is the fact that this year’s Oscars will go on without a host for the first time since 1989. Comedian Kevin Hart stepped down from the role in December 2018 due to the major backlash he received after homophobic Tweets he wrote between July 2009 and January 2011 resurfaced. Thankfully, a slew of awesome presenters, such as AwkwafinaDaniel CraigJennifer LopezChadwick BosemanJames McAvoyMelissa McCarthyJason Momoa and Sarah Paulson will be there to ensure that the show goes on. And there’s no reason you can’t host your own viewing party — complete with delicious cocktails.

On February 13, Black Panther star Michael B. Jordan invited Us to Las’ Lap, the cocktail bar he co-owns in New York City’s Lower East Side, and taught Us how to make the perfect cocktail to sip as you watch the night’s biggest moments (Gaga and Bradley Cooper performing! The rumored Avengers reunionGlenn Close possibly nabbing her first trophy!) unfold.

“The drink sounds tough, but it’s actually pretty easy to put together,” the Creed star, 32, told Us. It involves muddling, which Jordan says is “my favorite part of the process.” It also incorporates Bacardi, St. Germain and Prosecco, so the Us Weekly’s Hottest Hunks nominee and rum connoisseur warns: “This drink is delicious, but strong.”

Scroll through the gallery to get the recipe for The King Cuatro cocktail, plus more five more cocktails from Benham’s gin and Dear Irving on HudsonOpens a New Window.mixologist Meaghan Dorman inspired by nominated flicks!

The King Cuatro

Ingredients

1.5 oz Bacardí Añejo Cuatro

0.5 oz St. Germain elderflower liqueur

0.25 oz honey

0.75 oz lemon juice

2 blackberries

Martini & Rossi prosecco

Blackberry-speared purple orchid, for garnish

Instructions

Muddle blackberries in a tin, and pour in all cocktail ingredients. Shake and strain into coupe glass. Top with Martini & Rossi Prosecco and garnish with a blackberry-speared purple orchid.

Credit: Craig Barritt/Getty Images for BACARDI rum.

king cuatro

A Star is Born Gin Fizz

Ingredients

1.5 oz Benham’s gin

3/4 oz fresh lemon juice

0.5 oz simple syrup

1 oz chilled Zonin Prosecco

Lemon twist, for garnish

Instructions

Fill cocktail shaker with ice; add gin, lemon juice and simple syrup. Shake vigorously for 20 seconds; strain into glass and top with Prosecco. Garnish with a lemon twist.

Courtesy of Benham’s gin

bengham gin

Hectic G&T (Inspired by ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’)

Ingredients

1.5 oz Hendrick’s Gin

.5 oz Italicus Rosolio di Bergamotto

5 oz Fever-Tree Elderflower Tonic

Instructions

Combine ingredients in a wine glass or a Spanish G&T goblet over ice and stir. Garnish with lime, lemon and grapefruit wheels.

By mixologist Meaghan Dorman

Hectic G&T

Hacienda Highball (Inspired by ‘Roma’)

Ingredients

1.5 oz Sombra Mezcal

1.5 oz pineapple juice

3 oz Fever-Tree Citrus Tonic

lime wedge, squeezed

Instructions

Add all ingredients to an ice-filled Collins glass and stir to combine. Garnish with a pineapple wedge.

By mixologist Meaghan Dorman

hacienda highball

Long Road Home (Inspired by ‘The Green Book’)

Ingredients

1.5 oz Slane Irish Whiskey

4 oz Fever-Tree Ginger Beer

.25 oz lime juice

.25 oz Cherry Heering liqueur

Instructions

Add whiskey, ginger beer and lime juice to an ice-filled Collins glass. Drizzle Cherry Heering over the top of the finished cocktail. Garnish with lime wedge.

By mixologist Meaghan Dorman

Long Road Home

Backseat Boss (Inspired by ‘Vice’)

Ingredients

1.5 oz Bertoux Brandy

.5 oz St. George Spiced Pear Liqueur

4 oz Fever-Tree Lemon Tonic

Instructions

Add ingredients to an ice-filled Collins glass, stir to combine. Garnish with three lemon wheels placed down the side of the glass.

By mixologist Meaghan Dorman

Backseat Boss

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8 Wines To Pair With Chocolate For Valentine’s Day

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Wine and chocolate already have powerful appeal on an individual basis, but put them together and you’re in for one indulgent pairing. But it’s not as simple as grabbing a  pretty-labeled bottle off the shelf and blindly shoving chocolate kisses in your mouth.

“Pairing wine with sweets can be a challenge,” says Jeff Porter, certified sommelier and host of the upcoming video series Sip Trip. First off, there’s a bunch of sugar everywhere; second, everyone’s go-to ‘match’ of big Cabernets and chocolate is actually kind of a miss, since the wine’s bitter tannins tend to suffocate the chocolate.

“When pairing desserts [with wine], I try to keep the sweetness levels somewhat in line,” Porter says, “but moreso, I look for flavors that work together. I think of all the awesome candy bars I’ve had as a kid and try to recreate some of those flavor synergies with wine and chocolate.” Take a Snickers bar with its nuts, caramel, and chocolate — you might look for a wine with nuttiness and caramel notes to complement the chocolate.

With Valentine’s Day looming, we’ve got you covered with eight swoon-worthy wine and chocolate pairings (plus one bonus beer pairing).

Zenato Cormí Merlot Corvina delle Venezie IGT 2013 ($23)

Pair with: Dark or milk chocolate candy
Hailing from Italy’s Valpolicella region, this full-bodied red is 50% merlot and 50% corvina, the region’s signature red varietal. This is an expression of two halves becoming one (delicious wine), offering a red berry bouquet and notes of cherries, blackberries, and mint, while the merlot creates a soft mouthfeel that begs to be paired with dark or milk chocolate. Plus, “Cormi” means “my heart” in Veronese dialect, and the label’s festive heart graphic will gain you back brownie points since that candy definitely came from the drugstore.

Mumm Napa Brut Rosé ($24)

Pair with: Milk chocolate-covered strawberries
With roots leading back to international French Champagne house G.H. Mumm, Mumm Napa certainly knows how to do sophisticated sparkling wine — which always feels more celebratory. This rosé brut is created, naturally, using Champagne’s Traditional Method and 18 months yeast aging. While chardonnay (20%) can take credit for its structure and poise, pinot noir (80%) delivers the pink coral color, soft texture, and bold red fruit flavors — all that makes for a seductive match with the sweetness of milk chocolate covered strawberries.

The Federalist Bourbon Barrel-Aged Zinfandel ($21.99)

Pair with: Dark chocolate covered caramel with sea salt
This California blend of zinfandel, petit syrah, and merlot was aged for months in American oak barrels, then finished off in bourbon barrels for another six months. The resulting juice has robust fruit flavors and just enough tannins to balance out dark chocolate’s slight bitterness; with the wine’s caramel smokiness on the palate and nose reaped from the bourbon barrels, it naturally meshes with the savory caramel in the chocolate and its salty notes on top.

Marques de Murrieta Capellanía White Reserva 2014 ($30)

Pair with: White chocolate-dipped oranges
This white from Rioja, Spain, was aged for 15 months in French oak barrels, then briefly fermented in stainless steel — the outcome is a wine as complex as your relationship status. Take a sip and bask in the mouth-coating richness, which plays well with the extra-sweet cocoa butter in white chocolate. Next, take a bite — the wine’s lingering, subtle flavors of coconut, candied citrus, and cinnamon swirl together with the chocolate-soaked orange. Now, take another sip… and repeat until it’s all gone.

Santa Julia Tintillo 2018 ($13)

Pair with: Creamy chocolate mousse
The Mendoza region of Argentina is renowned for their spectacular malbecs. Here’s a medium-bodied 50/50 blend of malbec and Bonarda grapes that showcases juicy fruit flavors (strawberries, cherries, raspberries), bright acidity, and a noticeable lack of tannins. When served slightly chilled with V-day dessert, the wine’s easy-drinking character makes a sultry combo with silky chocolate mousse (especially if bae is spoon-feeding it to you).

Rocca di Montemassi Renaissance Rosé 2017 ($16.99)

Pair with: Semi-sweet and spicy dark chocolate
It’s Valentine’s Day: Time to accept that rosé is a year-round sip, think pink, and turn up the heat! This elegant rosé from Tuscany is a delicate blend of sangiovese (60%) and syrah (40%) that’s sure to unveil that love is not lost on you. The wine lures you in with ripe fruit flavors and fresh floral aromas, then delivers a burst of spice at the finish (from the syrah). If you’re feeling flirty, this balanced pink wine lends itself to adventure — like glugging a glass between zippy nibbles of semi-sweet dark chocolate infused with chili pepper.

BERA Brachetto Piemonte DOC 2016 ($18)

Pair with: Chocolate peanut butter fudge
Maybe you’re spending Valentine’s Day with your lover by candlelight; or maybe you’re sweatpants-clad with your best friends and trashing your exes. Either way, you’ve met your sipping match with a red frizzante (semi-sparkling). This rich, medium-sweet wine is made with 100% brachetto grapes (grown predominantly in the Piedmont region) and is bursting with tastes of sweet plums and red cherries. And what better to pair with these jammy flavors than a square of chocolate peanut butter fudge? The answer is five squares of chocolate peanut butter fudge.

Kendall-Jackson 2017 Vintner’s Reserve Chardonnay ($17)

Pair with: Chocolate-drizzled popcorn balls
Buttery chardonnay is style that’s quintessentially Napa Valley; the wine’s rich toastiness and long-lasting finish come from putting the grapes through a secondary (malolactic) fermentation to soften the acidity and round out the flavors. This popular bottle of chardonnay is vibrant, complex, and, of course, buttery, making it exceptionally food-friendly. Bust out the chocolate-drizzled popcorn balls (ideally sprinkled with red and pink M&Ms) and it’s truly a match made in heaven.

Bonus Beer!: Sapporo Premium Black ($3.99/can)

Pair with: Chocolate hazelnut truffles
You are correct: This is not a wine. But in the event your date is a chocolate-loving beer connoisseur, it’s important to tend to his/her inner desires on a Hallmark holiday. When you think of dark beer, you likely imagine heavy stouts and porters (say, Guinness), but this is a flavorful lager that drinks light — and leaves room for dessert. It has bold crispness, roasted dark malts, refined hops, and a semi-sweet fullness at the end. Each sip is crazy smooth and presents distinct coffee and chocolate notes, which will pair dangerously well with that box of chocolate hazelnut truffles.

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Stefano Ferrante, chief winemaker, tasting wine

Zonin1821 Taps into the Soul of Chile

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Once it was New World winemakers who ventured forth, looking for new wine lands. Today, it’s just as likely to be French and Italian companies looking to expand into new terroirs. One such is Zonin1821, Italy’s largest family-owned wine company, who launched their new Dos Almas (‘two souls’) range of Chilean wines in 2017.

“We have a joint venture with a Chilean company, the Vial family,” said Domenico Zonin. He and chief winemaker Stefano Ferrante were at the Meininger offices in late June, pouring a range of Italian and Chilean wines. Zonin explained that the Vial family own a number of agricultural businesses in Chile, from salmon to fruit, and have significant investments in wine regions. Such a partnership made sense, because “it’s complicated if you have to invest everything” from scratch, he added.

One of the benefits of investing in Chile, Zonin continued, was that Chile had created so many international free trade agreements, plus an excellent distribution network in key markets such as China.  Companies like Zonin1821, who invest in Chile, can now access these networks.

“Chilean wines in China are growing at 30%,” said Zonin. “Last month we participated on a tour of Wines of Chile in China. Our guys were excited by the tour, because the Chileans are ten years ahead. They know the market better.” He added that the company also sees South American markets as good export prospects for the future.

For their part, the Italians see themselves as contributing expert Italian winemaking knowledge and experience to Chile.

To demonstrate, the tasting began by pouring the Prosecco Cuvee 1821 and the Dos Almas Brut from Casablanca.

“We ferment a lot of Prosecco every week,” explained Ferrante. “That lets us preserve the freshness of Prosecco, while decreasing the sulfur and preserving very aromatic and fresh Prosecco. We spend a lot of money on electricity, to referment the must in the tanks, but it’s worth it.”

Unusually, the wine is a Brut Prosecco.We have 200 ha of Prosecco in Friuli, which is a nice region for producing this very fresh, clean Prosecco,” Ferrante went on.

Chile is not known for its sparkling wines, but Ferrante believes that this is going to change, given the encouraging results.

“This is a charmat wine, like Prosecco,” he said as he poured the Dos Almas Brut. “Casablanca is perfect for sparkling wines, because they have a very cool climate with very long ripening at the end of the season. Naturally low pH, high acidity and an incredible natural balance.” The result, as he says, is “very salty, very dense and bigger than Prosecco.” The company’s ultimate goal is to be producing one million bottles within five years.

The tasting went through Zonin’s Italian Sauvignon Blanc, also from Friuli, the fresh and mouth-filling Ca Bolani Aquilis Sauvignon Blanc 2016. “We wanted to prove that Sauvignon Blanc could age,” observed Ferrante.

Then came the Chianti Classico Grand Selezione Santa Caterina 2015 single vineyard wine, followed by the Castella d’Albola Grand Selezione Il Saltio 2010, of which only 3,000 bottles were made, and which is already sold out. Ferrante believes that the wines produced by premium single Chianti Classico vineyards are rapidly becoming “the Burgundy of Italy”.

Also on the table were a Nero d’Avola from Sicily, a red blend from the new, trendy region of Maremma, a Primitivo from Puglia and a spicy Amarone. Given the focus of the tasting, the Dos Almas Cabernet Sauvignon Grand Reserve 2015 from Maipo was particularly interesting, with a palate showing a touch of balsamic vinegar freshness along with the fruit. Left overnight, the wine tasted even better the next day.

“We produce a range of seven [Chilean] wines now,” said Ferrante. “A sparkling, a Sauvignon Blanc, a Carménère, two Cabernet Sauvignons, a Pinot Noir and a red blend.” In 2019, the company plans to add a high-end wine from Apalta to the mix.

One of the Chilean wine industry’s most urgent issues is convincing the world that it produces fine wines, as well as its popular branded offerings. The excitement that European companies such as Zonin1821 are showing suggests they’re well on their way.
Felicity Carter.

SOURCE: MEININGER’S WINE BUSINESS INTERNATIONAL

rows of Sangiovese grapes with blue sky in Tuscany, Italy

Brunello’s Nose Knows… Sangiovese (San Gee Oh Vay Say)

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By Ed's Fine Wines

Sangiovese is the grape varietal from Italy used to make Chianti and my namesake, Brunello! The name is derived from Latin meaning “the blood of Jove” the Roman God Jupiter- probably from the color. DNA testing dates the varietal back to ancient Tuscany, believed to have been named by the Etruscan Monks. The varietal grows well in climates of limestone and shale clay (like Tuscany and the Montalcino regions) its home base in Central Italy. Sangiovese requires a long growing season and relative warmth. In cooler vintages, the wine will show even higher amounts of acidity. The Sangiovese grape is known for acidity anyway- a great pairing for acidic tomato sauces! A thin-skinned, light bodied and light colored grape, often winemakers will blend the varietal, or age it in barrique (oak barrels) to give it more structure. Throughout Italy, Sangiovese is known by other names, including ME! Brunello, also Morellino, and Prugnolo Gentile. Sangiovese is the most widely planted red grape varietal in Italy (over 250,000 acres) and authorized in over 60 regions. It is the lone grape of Brunello di Montalcino, and the primary grape used for Chianti, Vino Nobile di Montalcino, and many “Super Tuscans” blended with the Bordeaux varietals of Cabernet or Merlot. Significant plantings of Sangiovese can also be found outside Central Italy, in Emilia Romagna (next door to Tuscany) Valpolicella, and as far south as Compania and even the Isle of Sicily.

Italian wine laws made the DOC (Denominazione di Origine Controllata) add Trebbiano and Malvasia grapes to wines produced and labeled from the Chianti region. Prior to the 1970’s, some wineries were illegally bringing in blending grapes from Puglia and Sicily to add color, body, and fruit, but really did nothing to aid in quality or reputation of the varietal. Today the style of Sangiovese is diverse and there is plum and cherry notes and various subregions of Chianti produce more spice. The wine is adaptable and able to age for many years.

In the mid 19th Century, producer Clemente Santi produced a 100% Sangiovese wine that proved to age well. By 1888, grandson, Biondi Santi released the first modern version of Brunello di Montalcino. In recent years, the Maremma area of Tuscany, outside Chianti, has been able to develop the Sangiovese grape to great potential as well.

Sangiovese is a grape varietal that also produces sweet wines such as Passito, semi-sparkling frizzante, and the dessert wine known as Vin Santo.

Today, in the US, California, Washington and even parts of Texas are growing the Sangiovese varietal. Here are a few wines we carry- you may want to check out this truly amazing varietal that I am named for!

Alexander Valley Vineyards Dry Rose’ of Sangiovese Sonoma, California

We love dry Rose’ here at Ed’s, as an aperitif, by the pool, or to pair with a light chicken or fish dish. AVV makes a beautiful bone dry Sangiovese Rose’, strawberry fruit and lemon peel. I give it two bones!

Seghesio Family Sangiovese Sonoma, California

Eduardo Seghesio first worked with Sangiovese in the late 1800’s at Italian Swiss Colony. He planted a Chianti field blend around that time on his own property in Sonoma, now known as “Home Ranch”. This wine boasts flavors of dark cherry and red plum with hints of anise. I give it two bones!

Rocca di Montemassi Le Focai, Maremma, Tuscany, Italy

Le Focai means “flint”, the wine is named for the rich mineral deposits found in the area of Maremma where the 100% Sangiovese wine is made. The wine is aged in French oak barrels for 12 months before bottling. It is rich with intense cherry fruit, undertones of violets with a soft finish. An affordable price and gold medal awards, I give it three bones!

Castello di Albola Chianti Classico DOCG Tuscany, Italy

The “Castle” Albola lies on the western slopes of Tuscan hills in the town of Chianti Classico, one of the highest elevations in the region. Bursting with notes of strawberry, red berries and sage; light, elegant and easy to drink, I give it two bones!

Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Tuscany, Italy

This highly rated wine is produced from 100% Sangiovese grapes, hand -picked from 20-year-old vines. The Brunello is aged for three years in French oak barrels, redolent of dark berry, black cherry, red plum, cedar and spice. I give it three bones!

 

Gran Selezione Revisited

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Four years on from the first release of Chianti Classico’s top-tier Gran Selezione wines, Monty Waldin assesses the ongoing debate around the classification.

IN FEBRUARY 2014 the first wines labeled under Chianti Classico's newly created top-level tier of Gran Selezione were released, from the 2010 vintage. Gran Selezione's introduction was controversial, to say the least, given that no fewer than 19 different iterations of red Tuscan wines bearing the word "Chianti" already existed.

The onus, one might think, was on Chianti Classico's Gran Selezione-funded partly by the wine-growers, but mainly by EU subsidies to demonstrate its clear points of difference from the two existing tiers below it; namely Chianti Classico Normale at the base of the quality pyramid, and Chianti Classico Riserva, which now finds itself in the middle.

Save yourself the eye-watering pain of examining reams of regulations looking for substantive technical wine-growing or winemaking differences between the Chianti Classico trio. There are none.

‘Gran Selezione can be made only from grapes grown on the property whose name appears on the label’ Giovanni Manetti of the respected Fontodi winery

All three styles come from an identical area nine towns between Siena and Florence, of which more below, identical grapes (80%-100% Sangiovese, 20% other Tuscan or French grapes); identical maximum yields, and potentially identical winemaking and aging techniques.

Technical differences between bottled Chianti Classico, Chianti Classico Riserva, and Chianti Classico Gran Selezione are all but non-existent -unless the next time you wander into a wine store you specifically ask for a wine with a dry extract level of 26 grams per litre (Chianti Classico Gran Selezione) rather than one with only 25g/l (Chianti Classico Riserva), or even – heaven forfend – one with only 24g/l (Chianti Classico).

To me as a wine lover, the best part of the winemaking side is that no wines in any of the three categories need see any wood. Oak aging is optional – hooray!

Allowing 100% unoaked, 100% Sangiovese Chianti Classico Gran Selezione creates the potential to make what can be the purest, complex and compelling Sangiovese wines on the planet (yes, my friends in Montalcino of Brunello fame, where lashings of oak are mandatory, you read that right).

However, as outlined above, the "no oak required' option already existed for both Chianti Classico and Chianti Classico Riserva I see really only one substantive aspect to Gran Selezione that makes it unique and which Giovanni Manetti, of the much- respected family-owned Fontodi winery and vice-president of the Consorzio Vino Chianti Classico (wine-growers' council) elucidates: "Gran Selezione can be made only from grapes grown on the property (integralmente prodotto) whose name appears on the label. By contrast, Chianti Classico can be made from bought-in grapes or bought-in bulk wines."

Adding value

Bulk wine prices for Chianti Classico are three times lower than those for Italy's other red wine titans of Brunello di Montalcino, Barolo and Amarone Della Valpolicella. Chianti Classico's market under-valuation is great news for savvy wine buyers and drinkers and stems from Chianti Classico being often (understandably) muddled in consumers' minds with basic Chianti wines. This is despite Chianti Classico coming from 20% lower- yielding vines compared to Chianti.

And in terms of its history, Chianti Classico has pedigree, having been first officially defined as a region in 1716, more than 150 years before Brunello di Montalcino even existed, for example. As mentioned, only nine towns qualify for Chianti Classico and therefore potential Gran Selezione' wine status. In contrast, a full nine pages of A4 paper are needed to list the town boundaries of the lesser Chianti zone.

So can Gran Selezione be seen as attempting to give Chianti Classico – or the estate-grown and bottled version of it at least –  some due market recognition? Apparently not, or not so far anyway, given that only 7% of Chianti Classico's production is estimated to be bottled as Gran Selezione. Critics say Gran Selezione is devalued by allowing some wineries to label batches of several hundred thousand bottles at a time as such; but as Château Latour makes several hundred thousand bottles each year, then big is not automatically bad.

The fact that precise data regarding the success or otherwise of the Gran Selezione category appears to be confidential (despite its creation having benefitted from sizeable EU funds aimed at promoting the farming sector) is an irritant to the likes of Paolo Cianferoni of the Caparsa winery in Radda. "Gran Selezione was needless; an extra layer of confusion created by marketing people hoping to help Chianti Classico out of a sales crisis", Cianferoni states. Gran Selezione was designed to tempt back those producers who switched from labeling their wine as Chianti Classico to labeling them as "Toscana Rosso" instead, when Bordeaux-influenced Chianti-style wines were in fashion.

"My best wine at Caparsa is labeled Chianti Classico Riserva and won't become Gran Selezione. Adding value to Chianti Classico should have been so much simpler. Just allow producers to put the name of the village the wine comes from on the label. They do this in Burgundy and it seems to work rather well there. Why can't we do it here, too?"

Terroir-free

The allusion to Burgundy is a frequent Chianti Classico refrain, one usually made by smaller, terroir-driven producers like Monte Bernardi's Michael Schmelzer. "Chianti Classico's Sangiovese and Burgundy's Pinot Noir vineyards are the same size,' he says. "We can't imagine every Pinot Noir leaving the Cote d'Or just being called "Burgundy" but that's what we do in Chianti Classico. Every wine leaving Chianti Classico, be it a Riserva or a Gran Selezione, is still just a Chianti Classico.

"On sales trips I get told, "We love the wines but we already have three Chianti Classicos on the list." You can't imagine someone saying "I already have three Bordeaux or three Burgundies – I don't need anymore." Barolo lovers actively seek out the differences in Barolos from the communes of, say, La Morra, Castiglione Falletto, and Serralunga d'Alba.

But, as things stand, Chianti Classico's producers can't officially articulate the differences between a wine from any of the region's nine towns," he adds.

‘Gran Selezione was needless; an extra layer of confusion created by marketing people hoping to help Chianti Classico out of a sales crisis’ Paolo Cianferoni, Caparsa

Both Schmelzer and Roberto Stucchi Prinetti of Badia a Coltibuono in Gaiole would go even further. Stucchi says, "Rather than making the Chianti Classico pyramid higher with Gran Selezione, it would have made more sense to have the exact geographic mention of where the grapes came from on the label. Each main Chianti Classico commune has individual terroirs, around hamlets such as Monti in Gaiole, and Lamole or Panzano which are very different parts of Greve, and so on.

Another sticking point Stucchi Prinetti identifies "is that you do not have to declare at harvest that a specific lot of grapes will become a Gran Selezione, so in the end it's just the tasting panel that chooses just before bottling what can be labeled as such."

This tasting panel, appointed by the Consorzio Vino Chianti Classico, is fully independent. Yet debates rage about whether the panel favors modern-style wines – very bright fruit, plumped up with a bit of Merlot and sprinkled with vanilla from barrel aging – or more traditional, grainier and more obviously Sangiovese wines whose fruit is slower to emerge.

Do I love Chianti Classico? Yes, it is one of the world's great red wines, and still hugely undervalued compared to Brunello or Barolo. The best have mouthwatering, high-wire fruit and deft, savory richness. But given that the rules for Chianti Classico and Chianti Classico Gran Selezione are exactly the same, to all intents and purposes, it is impossible to comment on any differences. The argument that Gran Selezione has allowed producers to sell the same wines for a higher price requires statistics and infallible blind tasters. In my experience, Gran Selezione can provide Chianti Classico fans with a representative range of styles, whether 100% Tuscan grapes or Tuscan-French blends. Another thing to remember: the rules allow wines made prior to the introduction of Gran Selezione to be bottled as such -Isole e Olena, for example, released a Gran Selezione 2006.

‘Gran Selezione can provide Chianti Classico fans with a representative range of styles, whether 100% Tuscan grapes or Tuscan-French blends’

The term may mean "great selection', but the only problem is that the people running the show appear ambivalent about making it easier to dig deeper into Chianti Classico's truly thrilling "Gran Selezione' of world-class micro-terroirs. It'll happen one day. It has to.

Chianti by numbers

Chianti is made up of eight regions: Chianti, Chianti Colli Aretini, Chianti Colli Fiorentini, Chianti Colli Senesi, Chianti Colline Pisane, Chianti Montalbano, Chianti Montespertoli and Chianti Rùfina, each of which has a riserva category – so that’s 16 possible names to differentiate between on your wine label already – plus a single Chianti Superiore category (17), plus three types of Chianti Classico: normale, Riserva and now Gran Selezione (20). The 71,800ha of the Chianti Classico zone covers nine towns: the entire territories of Castellina in Chianti, Gaiole in Chianti, Greve in Chianti and Radda in Chianti and parts of the territories of Barberino Val d’Elsa, Castelnuovo Berardenga, Poggibonsi, San Casciano Val di Pesa and Tavarnelle Val di Pesa. 

Waldin’s top Gran Selezione wines to try

Fontodi, Vigna del Sorbo 2013 94
£49.99 Hedonism, Liberty, WoodWinters
Giovanni Manetti used to add 10%
Cabernet Sauvignon to this. He grubbed
those vines up, leaving his flagship a
pure, richly scented 100% Sangiovese
with moreish, crackling depth. Organic.
Drink 2018-2025 Alcohol 14.5% 

Isole e Olena 2010 94
£197.99 Liberty, WoodWinters
Image of bottle of Isole e Olena 2010 Paolo de Marchi’s blend of
80% Sangiovese, 12%
Cabernet Franc and 8% Syrah
from a five-star vintage. Very
rich, very young (still) and
very layered. Open it and have
one glass a night for six nights
in a row to see how its
wave-like depth changes over
time. Drink 2018-2026 Alc 14.5% 

Castello di Volpaia, Il Puro 2011 92
£60 Millésima UK
From a relatively cool site in Chianti
Classico’s high centre, but on quick-to
warm sandy soil. The result is a
Sangiovese whose lushness and
crunchiness meld slowly in the glass.
Organic. Drink 2018-2021 Alc 13.5% 

I Fabbri 2011 92
N/A UK www.ifabbrichianticlassico.it
Susanna Grassi’s wines show lovely
tannic fluidity, allowing finely tuned
cherry-violet Sangiovese fruit – typical
of the Lamole sub-zone of Greve in
Chianti from which this comes – to shine.
Organic. Drink 2018-2021 Alc 14%

Casaloste, Don Vincenzo 2010 91
£43.95 Jeroboams, Laytons
95% Sangiovese and 5%
Merlot. Giovanni Battista
d’Orsi is known for a rich,
mouthfilling interpretation of
Chianti Classico from a
hotspot in Panzano. Like dark
chocolate with a vanilla and
cherry liqueur twist. Organic.
Drink 2018-2020 Alc 14.5% 

Rocca di Castagnoli, Stielle 2013 90
£27.95 Eurowines
A crisp 100% Sangiovese selected from
the best lots from a large estate in
(relatively cool) Gaiole, whose wines are
becoming brighter and more precise.
Won Silver at the Decanter World Wine
Awards 2017. Drink 2018-2022 Alc 13.5%

Villa Trasqua, Nerento 2011 90
N/A UK http://villatrasqua.it
Wine made from 80% Sangiovese and
20% Colorino, Malvasia Nera. Bright,
rich, smooth dark fruit with an agreeable
lick of oak from barrel-ageing. This
estate is on the up. Silver medal at
DWWA 2017. Drink 2018-2021 Alc 14%

Castello di Albola 2013 89
£32.99 Zonin UK
The Zonin family is successfully
fine-tuning its Sangiovese, creating a
juicy style with no little depth that is an
ideal starting point for those new to the
concept of Chianti Classico Gran
Selezione. Drink 2018-2022 Alc 13.5%

Monty Waldin is a wine writer, author and the DWWA Regional Chair for Tuscany

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MIAbites – National Rosé Day is June 10th

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By MIAbites

This past Satruday June 10th was National Rosé Day. National Rosé Day is observed annually on the second Saturday in June.

Rosé is probably the oldest known type of wine, dating back as far as 600 BC. Rosé wines are generally made from red grapes and are very versatile wines that complement many types of food. Rosé is lighter than red wine and deeper than white wine.  

The pink color of rosé wine depends on the time the grape skin stays in contact with the juice, also known as maceration. There are rosé wines that are semi-sparkling or sparkling with different intense of sweetness levels and dryness.

Here are a few spots you can celebrate this refreshing wine holiday: 

Hello Sweet Life Collection – Castello del Poggio, Total Wine

Hello Sweet Life Collection - Castello del Poggio

Enjoy National Rosé Day at home with this delightfully sweet rosé that just launched in Miami this week. As the warm weather draws upon us, you will be looking for reasons to stay cool, bubbly and refreshed! The official launch of Castello del Poggio “Hello Sweet Life” Collection, a range of summer approved Italian wines are the perfect kick start for the season.

William Fevre Chablis

Cape Gazette – Refreshing White Wines Are Perfect for Summer

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By Cape Gazette

Refreshing white wines are perfect for summer

William Fevre Chablis Vaudesir Grand Cru 2014 is remarkably wonderful and perfect with white fish. Shows a beautiful bouquet of pear, pineapple, lemon, beeswax and chalky mineral notes. I also detected a floral subtone. On the palate, full-bodied and a bit restrained suggesting need for more cellaring. The mid palate has depth, bright acids and grip that continues through the long, clean finish. I realize I am being repetitive but these are white Chardonnay made to cellar. The 2014 and ’15 are two of the best recent vintages, 94 points McD under $55.Avoid the 2016. The window for 2014 will by 2018-30, at least. They are approachable now. Nearly all us “Muricans” have been exposed to Chablis, invariably served while far too young for consumption. You have missed a great deal if you haven’t enjoyed a Grand Cru Chablis that is properly aged. Fevre produces several Grand Cru Chablis. I preferred the Vaudesir. In most cases I am a fan of Les Clos. You may be surprised to learn that although these “Climats” (S is silent) are proximate they have definite characteristics related to how far up the hills they are (chalkier higher up) and sun exposure. The Chablis Grand Cru appellation includes seven Climats: Blanchot, Bougros, Les Clos, Grenouilles, Preuses, Valmur, and Vaudésir. They are primarily produced in the environs of the village of Chablis, but also at Fyé and Poinchy.

How about an 89-point McD $12 bottle of very refreshing white? We enjoy Feudo Principi di Butera Insolia Sicilia 2015. Two other Insolia more readily available are named Corvo and Adesso. In the past, I have sampled theirs. To be frank, they were not interesting. Feudo 2015 was a pleasant surprise. Generally, Insolia juice is more commonly used to blend in Marsala or with other whites. The 2015 Feudo breaks that mold. It is richer, with honey and nuts, and a silky, smooth texture. Try some with flounder or trout almandine. Barbara and I were pleased with the combo. Here is an interesting factoid. The varietal appears to have originated in Greece and is a very old strain. It is also known as any of the following: Ansonica, Amsonica, Ansolia, Ansolica, Ansoliku, Ansonica Bianca, Ansora, Ansoria, Ansorica, Anzonaka, Anzonica, Anzulu, Arba Solika, Erba Insolika, Inselida, Insolia di Palermo, Insora, Inzolia, Inzolia Parchitana, Nsolia, Nsuolia, Nzolia, Nzolia Bianca, Nzolia di Lipari, Nzolia di Palermo, Soria, Zolia Bianca. I am always suspicious of anything with that number of aliases. Rest assured in the case of Feudo Insolia 2015. These are not for the cellar and are vintage specific, like all my recommendations.

I want to thank all who have emailed. In the past, I would respond to enquiries in the column, naming the culprits. At this point, the entire space would be taken up on many occasions. I decided to just respond individually. One aspect of receiving your mail is it prods me out of my comfort zone. Let me assure readers that is a positive and a benefit to all. There is so much delightful product out there. Due to the internet, your local well-developed wine shop relationship should allow you to find access to each selection I explore.

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Food and Wine – 5 Wines Under $15 to Pair with Easter Ham

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By Food and Wine

While there are myriad reasons why lamb is the traditional meat to eat on Easter, there’s also very sound reasoning behind the argument that it’s also counterintuitive: If this is a celebration of spring, why not lighten it up a bit? Let’s have ham, instead! And let’s drink wines that pivot toward the change in temperature, brighten our moods and make the ham taste even better, too. Here's what to drink with every kind of ham:

For ham slathered in spicy mayo or aioli

Anna de Codorniu Cava Brut Rosé ($13)
This Cava made in the “traditional” (read: Champagne) method is (like a lot of Champagne) composed of 70 percent Pinot Noir (Chardonnay, the remainder), and it shows, literally, in its salmon/pale-pink appearance. While there are lovely aromas of cherries and berries all over the place, it’s this bubbly’s bracing acidity that keeps coming through, straight into the finish.

For fruity, glazed ham

2015 Rocca Di Montemassi Calasole Vermentino ($15)
Behold: your first bouquet of white flowers this spring as you take in the heady nose of this Tuscan Vermentino. However, this is no delicate flower of a wine, as it quickly dives deep from delicate to minerally, even nutty (think hazelnuts, in particular), landing on a crunchy bite of Granny Smith apple in the finish.

For smoked ham with a sweet-tart glaze

2016 Mulderbosch Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé ($14) 
Here’s the lightest Cabernet you may ever taste (or gulp, actually, which is inevitable after the first sip). While Mulderbosch earned its street cred with its racy Sauvignon Blanc, this dusty pink pleaser from the other side of the planet is selling fast since it debuted. Here’s why: it proffers waves of refreshing pink grapefruit acidity coupled with succulent, ripe watermelon—the kind you can’t stop eating.

For fresh ham that's been braised in booze

2015 Les Dauphins Côtes du Rhône Reserve Rouge ($13)
This is your go-to red for springtime quaffing (heck—straight through summer!), served preferably a tad chilled, featuring silky Grenache (with Syrah making up the rest, plus a slash of Mourvèdre) boasting berries of the red and black variety, plus a touch of dusty spice and sweet, juicy tannins in the finish.  

For your leftovers: grilled ham and cheese sandwiches

2016 Masciarelli Villa Gemma Abruzzo Cerasuolo ($15)
The word “cerasuolo” means “cherry-like” in Italian, and describes this wine’s gorgeous, transparent garnet color, thanks to very brief grape skin contact during fermentation. The resulting red plays it both ways, with cherry, brambly, red wine fruit flavors wrapped around a tight beam of mouthwatering white wine acidity.

Di Butera Insolia

The Times Weekly – Wine of the Week: Two Wines From Italy Answer Grill Wine Riddle

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By The Times Weekly

What wine do I serve with barbecue and grilled meats and other grilled foods? It turns out two wines from very different regions of Italy have solved the riddle; Citra Caroso ($21.99) Montepulciano from the Abruzzi coastal region in central Italy, not far from Tuscany and Principi Di Butera Insolia DOC ($14.99), a lovely white wine from Sicily. Both are as different in their characteristics as the regions they come from, but cover the complete gamut of flavors typical of the plethora of grilled items served at the family cookout.

Let's start with Insolia. The wine is made from 100% Insolia grapes, native to Riesi, Sicily, where the grapes are harvested at night then rushed to stainless steel tanks where they are fermented for 7-10 days. Very cool temperatures preserve the fresh fruit flavors from the field. The wine is allowed to rest "on the lees,' for three months, meaning that it is allowed to rest on the spent yeast, which gives the wine its texture and rich mouth feel. Another six months of aging in stainless steel, further enhances the wine's flavors of ripe green and Golden Delicious apples, tangerines, Meyer lemon and Key Limes and the subtle flavor and texture of lemon sorbet and the smell of white jasmine flowers and chamomile. The color of yellow straw and flecks of green and hints of fresh cut sage make it the perfect accompaniment with seafood salads, grilled shrimp or diver scallops and a steaming earthen bowl of mushroom risotto, hand pressed couscous, or grilled whole fish, scored and brushed with stems of fresh rosemary dipped in olive oil.

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Paste Magazine – Great White Wines for Summer…All Under $25

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By Paste Magazine

Though red wines and Champagnes tend to command the truly jaw-dropping prices, there are a hell of a lot of expensive whites out there. This can make it confusing to select one. You might feel tempted to think less pricey equals less good. Which can be true, but by no means always.

Rocca De Montemassi Calasole Vermentino (Tuscany, Italy) $15

Subtle and nuanced Tuscan white. Floral nose, almond base, and a bunch of fruit and spice layers in between: yellow plum, apple, a bit of citrus. Good acidity. A sort of “dusty” minerality that I find is common to Tuscan wines. The occasion for this one? Pasta. Fish. Thursday. You’re thirsty. Whatever.

Castello di Albola Poggio Alle Fate (Tuscany, Italy) $12

This is a 100% Chardonnay from the land of Chianti. Pale straw color with green tinges. Lean (though not as bony as a white Burgundy) and very dry, with pleasant acidity and a pretty long finish that’s long on green apples. Grapefruity nose, pineapple, lime and stone on the palate. Italian wines are “food wines” almost across the board, and this one’s no different. Try it with risotto (and in risotto for that matter), calamari, pasta dishes, grilled chicken, summer vegetables. It’s very easy-going.

Feudo Principi di Butera Insolia (Sicily) $16

I like all the wines on this list; some of them I love. This one’s a great prescription for Bored Palate Syndrome. Insolia is a traditional grape from the island of Sicily that’s made as a varietal, used in blends, and is one of the grapes used to make the fortified wine marsala. This iteration is light bodied, a crystalline pale yellow, with the bright, lemony acidity common to Albarinos, but the palate’s totally different, with dominant notes of almonds, oranges, and white flowers as well as faint traces of herbs (I get lemon thyme and maybe a little bit of fennel). The herbaceous notes should make it fun to pair with dishes that echo those notes (herb crusted fish or chicken seem like obvious choices); I’d also pair this with scallops in a heartbeat. The other night I tried it with an incredibly sophisticated meal-mashed potatoes-and it was terrific. I’m saying, as I will say with most of these wines, don’t sweat it. They’re versatile. If they’re not I will mention it. Upshot? Yummy no matter what.

Castello del Poggio Sweet Collection

My Life on and off the Guest List – Hello Sweet Life: Castello del Poggio Launches Sweet Summer Wines

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By My Life on and off the Guest List

There’s no denying that summer is the season of drinking wines, especially light, sweet, and fruity wines. A nice glass or two of a perfectly chilled glass of delicious wine on a hot day can do wonders for your state of mind (and tastebuds). Castello del Poggio, known for their #1 selling and award-winning Italian Moscato, Moscato IGT, has expanded their wine portfolio with a Sweet Collection. This range of sweeter Italian wines features a Sweet Red, Sweet Rosé, Prosecco DOC and Sparkling Moscato that’s perfect for all-afternoon enjoyment.

Not familiar with Castello del Poggio’s wines? Their amazing Moscato is a slightly-sweet, refreshingly low-alcohol wine with flavors of peach, musk, honey, and white flowers. The versatile Sweet Rosé Wine is a refreshing, crisp, and delicate wine that can be enjoyed year-round. The bold violet hued Sweet Red Wine is a full-bodied, fruity, crispy, and soft wine Sweet Red wine with notes of apricot and peach. The light and bubbly Prosecco Demi – Sec Sparkling Wine is perfect for everyday drinking, thanks to its crisp, intense and fruity flavor that is both refreshing and versatile. Expect golden apple, sweet honey notes, and the continuous need to refill your glass. Last but certainly not least is the Sweet Sparkling Moscato which features the same color and notes of the original Moscato but with a medium minerality and a crisp, effervescent finish. We had the pleasure of enjoying a few glasses of the new range of Castello del Poggio Sweet Collection as well as a few curated wine cocktails at The W Hoboken – the Guilty Pleasure, and the Amanca Sangria. You can find the cocktail recipes below:

Guilty Pleasure

Castello del Poggio Guilty Pleasure Cocktail

Castello del Poggio Moscato
Junmai Sake
Fresh Blackberry Puree

Amanca Sangria

Castello del Poggio Sweet Red Wine
Aperol
Elderflower Liqueur
Lemon Juice
Top with Ginger Beer

The new Castello del Poggio Hello Sweet Life range is now available nationwide. Learn more about this wonderful range of wines on www.castellodelpoggio.com.

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Cape Gazette – Two Reds, Two Whites and a Blue Wine Make Things Festive

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By Cape Gazette

Sunday evening was the bomb! After a brief burst of activity at Grove Market, the night proved to be uneventful until my drive home. Rehoboth traffic was flagged to a slow, confused mess, as fireworks let out there. I was told the smoke and red glare of the rockets bursting in air was quite lovely. Contrary to the ballyhoo by Mr. Trump’s whipping boys and gals, proof to all that this land of the free and brave still enjoys some degree of patriotism. Keeping with the theme, let’s do two reds, two whites and a blue today.

Castello del Poggio Prosecco DOC is a straw-colored demi-sec with loads of sparkling tiny bubbles. Bright apple aromas supported by palate-cleansing minerality complete the package. This was sent to me as a sample. Place it on your list for a future purchase. Feudo Principi Di Butera 2014 was delicious with lobster and shrimp flashed ultra-hot with butter, red and spring onions, then poached in lobster broth, with tomato concassé added at the finish. Be sure to poach slow and low. Striate tails to prevent curling. Feudo is slightly green-tinged straw with a clear eye. The bouquet was floral (acacia and almonds) with some apple and tangerine. Nose repeated through the medium-bodied wine and was supported by crisp acidity and mineral notes, 88 McD points. Buy at $16 or $80/6-pak.

La Maison Verte

The Suburban – Urban Foodie Review: La Maison Verte

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By The Suburban

For French cuisine at its absolute finest, go to La Maison Verte. Situated in a 160-year old house in the West Island, the restaurant is a beautiful setting for a special celebration or just a beautiful night out.

My wife and I went to La Maison Verte to celebrate our anniversary, and what can we say: the food was superb! From the freshly prepared halibut and trout filets that we ordered, which were tender yet firm (cooked to perfection), to the refreshing sorbets that were given to us to cleanse our palettes after our freshly-prepared green salads, the staff at La Maison Verte don't miss a thing when it comes to providing patrons with top-notch food in a charming and warm setting (if the weather permits, sit on their terrasse and take in the spectacular waterfront views). They also have a wonderful selection of wines to pair with your meal, and we clanged glasses of Castello del Poggio red wine to celebrate our special milestone. Their vegetable veloute soup was also super tasty, and we indulged in a little dessert too (it was soooo good!). 

The staff was helpful and yet non-intrusive, giving us an opportunity to eat a relaxed meal and reminisce about our wedding and the years since then. We thoroughly enjoyed the entire experience, and we'd definitely come back to La Maison Verte again (and we'd recommend it to our friends too!). 

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Shanken News Daily – Zonin’s Castello del Poggio Aims For 1 Million Cases

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A five-time Impact “Hot Brand” winner. Zonin USA's Castello del Poggio has been on a tear in the U.S. market. thanks to the growth of its flagship Moscato 'GT. Castello del poggio was up 22.1% to 539.000 cases last year. making it the markers 10th largest premium-plus imported table wine brand. according to Impact Databank. 

This summer. Zonin USA is extending the Castello del Poggio range in an effort to grow the brand to a million cases over the next three to five years. The expansion will include a Sweet Red Sweet Rosé, Prosecco DOC and Sparkling Moscato, all priced in line with the existing Moscato IGT at around $12.99 a 750-ml. The rollout will be backed by a nationwide ad campaign slated to run across print, digital and broadcast platforms, as well as launch events in more than 20 metro markets.

Tim Matz, Zonin USA's executive vice president and general manager, notes that sweet and sparkling wines resonate with drinkers just entering the category, as well as women from age 25 to 45 and African-American and Latino consumers. The new range is expected to fare well in national retail chains, where Castello del Poggio has emerged as a top-selling Moscato at outlets including Walmart, Food Lion, Meijer, Harris Teeter and Publix.

Castello del Poggio's U.S. foray into sparkling comes as Zonin Prosecco enjoys similar double-digit gains. Last year, Zonin Prosecco rose 18% to 419.000 cases, earning “Hot Brand”

 —Christina Jelski
 

Zonin Prosecco Cuvée 1821

Vinexpo Daily – New Packaging for Zonin Prosecco Cuvée 1821

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By Vinexpo Daily

A new and eye-catching pack is ready for the Zonin Prosecco Cuvée 1821 being poured at Vinexpo this year.

Zonin Prosecco Cuvée 1821 was launched on the market in 2009 and since then, it has always maintained its image, highly regarded for quality and well recognised for its authenticity and attractive reference to the Italian lifestyle.

Recent in-depth qualitative research, undertaken both nationally and on the global market, brought the company to the idea that new value and visibility could be given to Zonin Prosecco, without losing what it had built over the past years. The goal was to boost its distinctiveness and strong character with a contemporary and elegant restyling. As a result of this study, at Vinexpo the Zonin Family presents the new Zonin Prosecco Cuvée 1821 pack, a smart and fresh evolution of the previous one, characterised by a larger logo on a refi ned but noticeable teal coloured background.

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Wine Enthusiast Magazine – Your Guide to Becoming an Expert on Sparkling Wine

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By Wine Enthusiast Magazine

Sparkling wine, fizz, bubbly: call it what you will, but its effervescence spells joy and celebration. These tiny bubbles make all the difference, but how do they get there? How different sparkling wines are made can help you choose the right wine for the right occasion.

First things first: bubbles form when carbon dioxide gas dissolved in wine is released. Most sparkling wine bottles are thus under pressure, which explains the traditional spago (thread) closure for slightly sparkling Prosecco, and the wire muselet for fully sparkling wine. Both keep the cork in place.

Pressure is also why sparkling wine bottles are heavier and thicker than traditional wine bottles and have a deep punt in their bottom. Fully sparkling wine has up to six atmospheres of pressure, so bottles need to be structurally sound and sturdy. As the bottle is opened, that pressure releases and the wine begins to sparkle.

So how does carbon dioxide get into wine? Broadly speaking, there are three ways. The first way is to add it, like in soda. The second method is to trap carbon dioxide from the wine’s initial fermentation. The final way is to put finished wine, known as base wine, through a second fermentation and trap the resulting carbon dioxide. This can happen either in a tank or bottle, and it’s the way most sparkling wine is made. But let’s discuss the first two methods.

Adding carbon dioxide creates the least persistent effervescence, as the wines are just slightly fizzy. A special closure is not necessary.

It’s also possible to make a fizzy wine by trapping carbon dioxide from the first alcoholic fermentation. Usually, such carbon dioxide is allowed to escape, but a pressurized tank traps the gas at a desired point to create a fizzy wine.

Depending on when this process is halted, there can be residual sweetness in the wine. It’s then filtered to prevent further ferment and bottled under pressure, which preserves natural sweetness and fruity flavor. The resulting fizz is lively and frothy. This is how Asti Spumante is made.

Trapping carbon dioxide inside a bottle is known as méthode ancestrale, where a wine with residual sweetness is bottled and continues to ferment until all sugar is consumed. Trendy pétillants naturels, or pét nats, are made in this manner.

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But now on to getting bubbles into wine via second fermentation. There’s a huge distinction between secondary fermentation in tank, known as Charmat method, and secondary fermentation in bottle, known as traditional method, méthode traditionnelle or metodo classico. Both create sparkling wine, but they produce different character and virtues. Both of these methods start out with still, dry base wine, to which an exact amount of both sugar and yeast is added which will induce the second fermentation.

For the Charmat method, a base wine that’s augmented with sugar and yeast is put into a pressurized tank where the second fermentation takes place. The carbon dioxide is trapped, and the dead yeast cells sink to the bottom. While these dead yeast cells (known as lees) add a degree of flavor, there’s little interaction between lees and wine. The resulting bubbles are bigger and frothier, and the flavors are far less complex. After a few months on lees, the wine is filtered and bottled under pressure.

This method is easier, cheaper and faster than the traditional method. The base wine’s primary varietal flavors remain and are accentuated by the lively, frothy foam. This is how most Prosecco is made, where the floral, fruity notes of the Glera grape take center stage. Stefano Ferrante, chief winemaker at Prosecco Zonin1821 says, “This way, we can obtain freshness and aroma without the excessive structure and secondary aromas given by yeast contact.”

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Food and Wine – Moscato 101: Everything You Need to Know about Moscato Wine

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By Food and Wine

Our guide to Moscato covers how to identify, taste, and savor this delicate, sweet wine.

Moscato wine evokes strong opinions among oenophiles—they adore its sweet fruit aroma or can’t stand it one bit. Whether sipped as an aperitif or dessert wine, mixed into cocktails for fizz, poached with fruit, or paired with fiery cuisine, Moscato is much more versatile and complex than most would realize. Moscato grapes, or muscat, are grown up and down Italy, making for a wide diversity of flavors and styles. From bubbly to still to fortified, Moscato makes a provocative addition to any wine lover’s repertoire. Our guide dishes out everything you need to know about this delicately fruity and floral wine.

Best Moscato Wines

Put your Moscato know-how to the test with our top picks. You won’t have to hop across the Atlantic for these wines—we’ve chosen a variety from sparkling to fortified that you should be able to find online or at your local wine store. Many vineyards will ship directly to your home if your state allows it.

2015 Castello del Poggio Moscato d’Asti
Producer: Castello del Poggio
Where: Piedmont, Italy
Tasting notes: Lightly-sparkling with a balance of sweet honey, peach and candied orange. Best enjoyed as an aperitif or dessert wine.
ABV: 5.5%
Average price: $10-$12

What are the different types of Moscato wine?

With a huge variety of Muscat grapes comes a diverse offering of Moscato wines. Many of these Moscato varieties are more difficult to find in the United States, but they’re reason enough to plan your next trip to Italy.

Moscato d’Asti: A lightly-sparkling, golden-colored wine produced in the northwestern Piedmont region, Moscato d’Asti comes from Muscat à Petits Grains and is the most recognizable variety. A low alcohol content (5.5% ABV), lightly-sweet flavor, and soft, gentle bubbles (frizzante in Italian) make Moscato d’Asti a popular aperitif or dessert wine pairing.

What are the best foods to pair with Moscato?

The secret to pairing any wine with food is balance. Moscato is sweet, so ideally you should pair it with foods possessing opposite flavor profiles—spicy, sour, salty, bitter. While its sweet fruity essence can make it difficult to pair with a main course, Moscato is perfect with appetizers, sweet brunch dishes, dessert, and alone as an aperitif.
 

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Drink Me Mag – No Matter What His Personality; We Have a Wine for Your Dad This Father’s Day

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By Drink Me Mag

Drinking wine with dad is easy. Finding the right kind of wine to buy him? Now that’s a challenge. This Father’s day give the gift of grape to your dad. Here are 5 wine selections to make your father’s day present a favorite- each fixed to a personality type.

Personality Type: The Cool Trendsetter
Suggestion: Leviathan (SRP: $48)

Capturing the spirit of California, this California red blend from renowned winemaker Andy Erickson will excite your taste buds. This rich, full wine is filled with flavors of dense berry fruits and licorice, brimming with aromatics of cigars, brambly fruit, and cacao.

Fun Fact to Share with Dad: Although this uniquely blended wine is worthy of cellaring, it is intended to be consumed in its youth, showcasing its vivid, fruit-driven character.

 Personality Type: The Compassionate Caregiver
Suggestion: Cultivate Pinot Noir (SRP: $28)

The Compassionate Caregiver

A wine that’s sourced from three of California’s coolest coastal growing regions: Santa Barbara County, Monterey County, and Sonoma County. You can smell the ripe raspberries, strawberries, touch of pomegranate, and whiffs of candied orange peel the second you uncork the bottle!

Fun Fact to Share with Dad: 10% of all wine profits are invested in Cultivate’s Founders’ adopted school, Harvest Middle School, Napa Valley, to support the Franklin Covey The Leader In Me Program.

Personality Type: The Explorer and Jetsetter
Suggestion: Trinity Hill Sauvignon Blanc (SRP: $17)

The Explorer and Jetsetter

A wine filled with gentle aromas of lime, citrus, and lemongrass complement the distinct aroma of stone-fruit. Matched best with fresh shellfish or Asian inspired dishes.

Fun Fact to Share with Dad: The majority of the juice in this wine was fermented at cool temperatures in stainless steel tanks to retain fresh fruit characters. Most components received a minimum of 8 months lees contact in tank.

Personality Type: The Geeky Dad-ipedia
Suggestion: Cru Bourgeois Chateau Haut Logat (SRP: $25)

The Geeky Dad-ipedia

A wine that is both rich in tannins and ripe fruit. Filled with spice and berry fruits that are given an extra richness by the taste of intense dark plums.

Fun Fact to Share with Dad: Haut-Medoc accounts for two-thirds of the Medoc peninsula and produces more fine wine per year acre than almost anywhere else in the world.

 Personality Type: The Outdoorsy Adventurist 
Suggestion: Rocca Di Montemassi Calasole Vermentino (SRP: $15)

Rocca Di Montemassi Calasole Vermentino

A crisp and fruity wine that is acid, dry, fruity, and filled with herbal notes. Enjoyed best with fish, salads, and savory snacks.

Fun Fact to Share with Dad: The name Calasole means “sundown” or “sunset”. It is also the name of a mild breeze that sweeps through the Maremma hills in the late afternoon.

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Vine Pair – The Best Thing we Drank This Week, May 8

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COURTNEY, TASTING EDITOR — TENUTE IL BOSCO ‘OLTRENERO CRUASÉ,’ OLTREPO PAVESE, LOMBARDY

I spent a whirlwind three days in Tuscany with the Zonin family this week, and if that wasn’t enough to put me in a state of bliss, this glass of sparkling rosé handed to me upon arriving in the hilltop village of Radda in Chianti certainly was. A traditional-method bubbly from the northern Italian region of Oltrepo Pavese, it was clean and citrus-driven, with highlights of fresh strawberry – a perfect pairing with cobblestone-lined streets and Tuscan sunsets.

 

 

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Crave Online – Wine to Pour This Father’s Day

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Impress your dad with a fine bottle of wine this Father's Day.

calasole vermentino rocca di montemassiFor The Outdoorsman

Rocca De Montemassi Calasole Vermentino ($15) reveals a silky texture with tart green apple, bright citrus, and stone minerals that lead to a long and refreshing finish. "Calasole" means "sundown" or "sunset" and is also the name of a mild breeze that sweeps through the Maremma hills in the late afternoon.

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Wine Business – Zonin USA, Inc. Announces Expanded Portfolio Launch for its Castello del Poggio in the U.S. Market

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By Wine Business

Castello del Poggio, five year consecutive Hot Brand Award Winner, is proud to announce the launch of its expanded product portfolio of sweet wines. The winery’s flagship wine, Moscato IGT has enjoyed great success on the U.S. market, as the #1 selling Italian Moscato in national retail chains. The wine’s success inspired the winery to introduce a broader range of wines, complete with a fresh look and taste.

In addition to the Moscato IGT, Castello del Poggio will now offer a Sweet Red, Sweet Rosé, Prosecco DOC and Sparkling Moscato. The expanded portfolio will be introduced to the market through the series of launch events to be held in 20+ cities across the U.S., with the largest experiential event in New York City on June 7th at Manhattan Penthouse on 5th and a special event at the Aspen Classic on June 16th. The launch is supported by an experiential, nationwide marketing campaign in print, digital and broadcast, the largest marketing initiative Zonin USA, Inc. has undertaken for a single brand in its portfolio.

“We are excited to continue and expand upon the success of Castello del Poggio. Our Moscato IGT has hit a sweet spot with U.S. consumers and paved the way for the introduction of new line extensions of the Hello Sweet Life brand,” says Zonin USA, Inc. Executive Vice President – General Manager, Tim Matz. “There is a definite surge of consumer interest in sweeter wines, and our new portfolio provides consumers with more options to suit their palates.”

Castello del Poggio was recently ranked in Shanken’s Impact Newsletter as one of its “Hot Brands’ for the fifth year in a row. Impact’s “Hot Brands’ recognizes the most dynamic brands from the wine, spirits and beer industries, selected on the basis of strict growth and volume criteria.

The new Castello del Poggio Hello Sweet Life range is now available nationwide and is on track to become a million case brand, supported by expansions into growing categories like sweet red and rosé.

About Castello del Poggio:

Castello del Poggio bottles the Sweet Life in Italy amid a lush landscape that blooms within its own microclimate. This is where the world’s most sought after wines are produced, including its latest Sweet Collection: Moscato, Rosé, Sweet Red, Sparkling Moscato, and Prosecco. Each of the wines is the product of centuries of spensieratezza – the Italian lighthearted way of life. Because life is simple. You don’t need anything more than the sun’s warm rays, good company, and an open mind for a beautiful day to unfold. Since 1706, Castello del Poggio has been finding ways to capture and share that spirit.

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Vine Pair – Most Popular Moscato Wine Brands in the World

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What’s fizzy, frothy, and provides the perfect amount of sweetness when the craving strikes? That’s right, we’re talking about Moscato. Made from the Muscat family of grapes, Moscato (known as Moscatel in Spain) has a flavor profile that ranges all over the spectrum, from bone dry to syrupy sweet.

However, the Moscatos that we Americans are most accustomed to are those light, effervescent bottles brimming with sweet sparkles. Despite the negative hype, the wine is actually more loved than you might think. According to Wine Searcher, the year-to-date figure for Moscato searches stands at 273,261, while Prosecco stands at a significantly lower 128,615. That’s a ton of demand!

ZONIN PRIMO AMORE MOSCATO

Zonin Primo Amore Moscato

Unlike most Italian Moscatos, Zonin’s bottling comes from the warmer southern region of Puglia. While most Moscatos sit at about 5% ABV, Zonin’s sits at a slightly higher 7% ABV. Hey, that 2% makes a difference on those occasional rough days at work!

CASTELLO DEL POGGIO MOSCATO

Castello Del Poggio Moscato

This Zonin-owned brand’s grapes come from Lombardy, east of Piedmont. Serve chilled with Italian cookies for ultimate enjoyment!

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South Florida Nights – “Hello Sweet Life” Launch Party

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Monday, June 5, 6pm-9pm – Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science, 1101 Biscayne Blvd, Miami

As the warm weather draws upon us, you will be looking for reasons to stay cool, bubbly and refreshed! Zonin 1812 officially launched Castello del Poggio “Hello Sweet Life” Collection, a range of sweet summer approved Italian wines that will kick-start the season. The collection includes: Prosecco demi-sec sparkling wine, Moscato sweet sparkling wine, Moscato IGT sweet white wine, Sweet Rose wine, and Rosso Dolce sweet red wine. Castello del Poggio is located in Piedmont, Northern Italy and is one of the most prestigious wine growing regions in the world. Castello del Poggio wines are product of centuries of “spensieratezza” – the Italian lighthearted way of life. Castello del Poggio Moscato wine has been popularized at Olive Garden restaurants, and is now available via different distributors.

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Huffpost – What Winemakers Want You To Know About Virginia’s Wine Renaissance

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I arrive in Charlottesville before noon on a pristine spring day, the rolling green hills a far cry from where I started my morning, before sunrise in an Uber to JFK. I’m here to learn about Virginia’s unique wine culture. My first guide is Gabriele Rausse, an old school Italian winemaker known as the father of Virginia’s modern wine renaissance.

My image of an intimidating wine expert evaporates upon meeting Rausse. With a laidback demeanor that is standard fare around here, Rausse offers to take me on a tour of the surrounding vineyards, and soon we are cruising along winding country roads in his 1979 Mercedes. Rausse begins to unfurl Virginia’s wine history. From the canopy of sun-dappled maples to the rolling hills dotted with vineyards, I am struck by the lushness of Virginia’s countryside.

Vintage Roots

Like most American success stories, Virginia has had to crush a variety of obstacles on its 400 year path to becoming a respected winemaking region. In the early 1600s, the first colonists tried to cultivate the area’s native vines to produce a cash crop, but ongoing attempts were thwarted by the region’s diverse climate.

By the 1770s, European winemakers were commissioned to try their luck with planting the European Vitis vinifera outside of Williamsburg, but even the experts couldn’t achieve a successful harvest. Construction began at Monticello, and along with Jefferson’s grand vision for a mountaintop estate, the founding father ensured that wine would always have a legacy in Virginia.

Rausse and I head back to Monticello to walk around the grounds where Jefferson planted 330 varieties of fruits and vegetables, along with two vineyards in which he planted 24 varieties of grapes sloping down the mountainside. Jefferson’s original crops didn’t survive, but he continued to establish wine as an important part of Virginia’s culture by importing more than 400 bottles from Europe a year to serve at Monticello’s famous dinner parties. He even installed dumbwaiters from the wine cellar to the dining room to keep the vino flowing without interruption.

Modern Revival

Modern Revival

Rausse and I stop to admire the tight green clusters of grapes now flourishing in Jefferson’s original vineyard. Overseeing Monticello’s grounds and gardens for the past 22 years, Rausse has brought Jefferson’s dream to fruition by restoring the vineyards with several of the original vine varieties that Jefferson planted back in 1807. Several vintages produced from these grapes are now sold in Monticello’s Museum Shop, including a crisp Chardonnay and Bordeaux-style blends.

We pause to take in the spectacular panoramic view of the Piedmont and Blue Ridge Mountains that unfurl beyond Jefferson’s vineyards, where 30 wineries welcome guests along the Monticello Wine Trail.  All these wineries are located within 25 miles of Charlottesville, making this a great destination for wine lovers to enjoy tastings, wine festivals, live music, or just soak in the beauty of the Virginia’s countryside.

Jefferson laid roots for winemaking in Virginia, but it wasn’t until the 1970s that Virginia’s winemaking really took off. Looking to expand internationally, Italian winemaker Gianni Zonin bought a parcel of land outside of Charlottesville, taking a risk on a region where many had failed. He sent his vineyard manager, Gabriele Rausse, to find a fresh solution to get the wine flowing in Virginia.

Upon arriving in Virginia in 1976, Rausse was up against a healthy dose of skepticism from locals, who assured him that pinot noir could not be grown in Charlottesville. But these challenges invigorated him: “Before I came, I checked the climate of Charlottesville, and it was exactly the same climate of my town in Italy. So I said, why shouldn’t it grow here?”

Over the next six years, Rausse cultivated the fields of what is now Barboursville Vineyards, becoming the first vintner to successfully plant Vitis vinifera in the region. And in the spirit of generosity that Virginia seems to cultivate, Rausse shared his trade secrets with other local vintners. The number of wineries in Virginia steadily grew from a handful in 1980 to more than 300 today.

The Vineyards at Monticello

Like all great winemakers, Rausse let the land guide him. He realized that the grafting process had to be perfect to survive the region’s drastic seasonal changes. And when it comes to climate, Rausse tells me that “Virginia does whatever she wants.” While growers in California can rely on a mostly stable climate with temperate growing conditions, in Virginia, “there’s no year that the climate is the same.”

This is how underdog stories go. Every time the climate or seasonal variation throws a new challenge at Virginia’s winemakers, they adapt, and it’s this spirit of innovation that has allowed Virginian viticulture to thrive. With a harvest season that runs according to Mother Nature’s whims, the result is constant experimentation. For wine lovers, that means discovering a new and unique flavor profile with every visit to Virginia’s wineries.

History Preserved and Perfected

I climb into Paschina’s SUV and we make our way along sloping hillsides covered in neat rows of vines. Paschina tells me about the 18 varieties of grapes they have planted, and how even small changes in the slope can lead to hugely different yields. In his 27 years at the helm of Barboursville, he has grown the vineyard from 45 acres to almost 200, and launched a tasting room and restaurant that welcomes 80,000 visitors per year. Paschina is particularly excited about the burgeoning interest in aged red wines in Virginia, and the tasting room features a large collection of older vintages, offering yet another draw for wine connoisseurs.

The vineyard’s bestselling wine is called Octagon, a harmonious blend of Bordeaux, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot with a smooth-bodied finish. The wine is enhanced by its historical connections, with the name Octagon chosen in honor of the octagonal shaped dining room of James Barbour’s mansion, whose ruins flank the inn on the Barboursville property. Designed by Jefferson, the mansion burned to the ground in 1884.

Winemakers are preservationists, and Zonin has instituted an ongoing restoration process to shore up the crumbling ruins from further disrepair. With their stately brick remains coexisting peacefully with the bucolic countryside, the ruins are a sight to behold, and yet another reason to add Barboursville to your next wine tour itinerary.

I am staying the night at the 1804 Inn, adjacent to the ruins and built a century before. I’ve got the Vineyard Cottage all to myself, and the quaint 18th century dwelling is perfect for travelers seeking tranquility and privacy. I take a stroll to the ruins before turning in for the night, thinking that Jefferson would be pleased at how things turned out around here.

The 1804 Inn & Cottages

Laidback Luxury

The next morning I drive back toward Monticello, where I am meeting Kirsty Harmon, winemaker and manager at Blenheim Vineyards. Whereas Barboursville is steeped in history, Blenheim takes a more casual and contemporary approach to wines. “The nice thing about Virginia wineries is that every single place you go is going to be radically different than the next,” said Harmon. Visitors to Blenheim are encouraged to bring the whole family to enjoy music festivals, food trucks, and tastings at the 30-acre vineyard.

Blenheim is owned by musician Dave Matthews, who designs new bottle labels every year. Harmon says that some visitors come because of Dave Matthews, and learn a bit about wine in the process, and some come for the wine and learn about the Dave Matthews connection.

The vibe at Blenheim may be laid back, but its wines are rooted in Harmon’s deep scientific knowledge of winemaking. As one of only 20 or so female winemakers in Virginia, Harmon got her footing in the industry when she met Gabriele Rausse, who became her mentor. She’s been running Blenheim since 2008, and in that time has seen a huge increase in wine tourism. Blenheim welcomes 45,000 visitors a year for tastings.

True to her vineyard’s laid back vibe, Harmon creates wines that are fruit forward and approachable, meant for everyday drinking: “We try to present wine in an approachable but laid back way. Wine can get very intimidating and stuffy, but it doesn’t have to be that.”

My wine journey is nearing its end. I’ve learned firsthand that a spirit of generosity is as much a part of the winemaker’s job as a deeply ingrained knowledge of the land, from its history to its soil composition. Jefferson runs deep around here.

But the wineries of Virginia aren’t just bringing Jefferson’s dreams full circle; they’re also taking Virginia’s wine culture into bold new territory, where laid back and luxurious can coexist, making Charlottesville the perfect weekend destination for both newcomers and wine aficionados alike.

Experience the rich flavors of Virginia’s wines for yourself. Check out Virginia Tourism for a guide to the best wineries around the state and plan your next trip to relax in the laid back luxury of Virginia’s beautiful vineyards. Because Virginia is for wine lovers!

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Crave Local – What to Drink Now Thirteen Wines For Summer Sipping

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By Crave Local

Well, it’s official! Summer is finally upon us, temperatures in the South are soaring, and the universe is about to be dominated by rosé wine Instagram hashtags: #roseallday, #yeswayrose, #roseseason, #roseyay, and on and on.

Snapchats and pictures will overflow with all things pink, beach, poolside, and probably a few odd looking adult floaties with rainbows and unicorns. Beyond our now rosé colored world, however, summer also means grilling season, and along with that, an entire plethora of options for wine pairings and flavor combinations.

This year, we’re sharing our favorite red wines, white, and yes…rosé selections that can take you through summer and beyond.

So, grab a glass, pop a bottle, and let’s get to sipping with Crave Local’s top wine picks for summer!

Summer Red Wine Picks

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Caroso Montepulciano D’Abruzzo DOP Riserva 2016, Italy – SRP $22

A big bold red that’s sure to please, Caroso’s Montepulciano is a good choice for gift giving this summer. A dark, ruby red in the glass, this Italian red wine is earthy on the nose, with cassis and dark berries. The palate opens to black mulberry, red raspberry, dried plums, and spice. Medium bodied with a dry, tannic finish, this wine will pair very well with game meats, steaks on the grill, or portabello mushrooms with mozzarella cheese, tomatoes, and balsamic basil dressing. Drink now through 2020, 90 points.

Castello dii Albola CHIANTI CLASSICO

Castello Di Albola, 2013 Chianti DOCG, Italy – SRP $19

Hand-picked, and then carefully fermented in the traditional skin-on method, Castello di Albola, chooses the best Sangiovese and Canaiolo grapes for their Chianti Classico, creating  red wine that’s called for rich, meaty pairings and full flavored dishes. The nose is soft and elegant, with dried cherries and leather on the ruby red rim. The palate is elegant and refined, with more bright cherry notes, lemon zest, and spice. Clean, and fruit forward, drink this Italian red with smoked sausages on the grill, or a big, juicy steak. Drink now through 2019, 90 points.

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Kosher Psagot PEAK 2014, Jerusalem Mountains, Israel – SRP $50

You might not think of Jerusalem as the ideal terroir for growing wine, but trust us when we say, that could not be further from the truth. Some of the best wines are currently being grown and imported from Israel, and Psagot’s PEAK red blend is a stellar example of just that. Made from three French varietals – Syrah, Petit Syrah, and a touch of Mourvèdre, it’s a dry, smoky beast that’s a great pairing with filet mignon-definitely one of our favorite top wine picks for summer.

Deep and inky in color, the palate on this Kosher wine exhibits flavors of dark berries, tobacco, and leather, with a full body, long legs, and medium tannins. A round mouthfeel and balanced acidity also make it the perfect partner for beef roasts and aged cheeses.

Drink now through 2019, 90 points.

Summer White Wine Picks

Ciu-Ciu Merlettaie Pecorino

Ciu Ciu Merlettaie, Offida Pecorino DOCG, Offida, Italy – SRP $19

Like the ancient art of bobbin lace-making in Offida, Italy, the Pecorino grape is slowing beginning to make a comeback. Thought to be nearly extinct for many years, wild vines were found in the Marche region, and are now flourishing throughout the country. Merlettaie’s Pecorino is aged 6 months on the lees in oak, and creating a dry wine with a fresh, citrus and melon-like bouquet, medium body, and a nice minerality. Green melon, crisp apple, and a bit of vanilla thanks to the oak make this a great summer wine.

Think of it like Pinot Grigio’s bigger brother, and pair it with anything you’d normally choose a Sauv Blanc for, like poultry, fish, or vegetarian dishes. Drink now through 2019, 91 points

Snowbirds Vintners Grüner Veltliner Wine white

Snowbirds Vintners Grüner Veltliner 2015, SRP $18

Generally found in Austria, Grüner Veltliner is a crisp wine varietal that pairs unusually well with difficult foods like artichokes and asparagus. Although we’re big fans of Austrian wines, Snowbirds version is a bit more built for the American palate. With green apple, tropical fruits, and grapefruit zest on the finish, it’s an easy going white wine that showcases Washington State’s volcanic soil minerality, and bright, fresh flavors.

Although Chef McFadden intended for Snowbirds to be paired with food, their all American Grüner drinks quite well on its own. Pair it with lemon cod, scallops, or of course, asparagus and artichoke salad. Drink now through 2018, 90 points.

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Sterling Vineyards  Sauvignon Blanc 2015, Napa Valley – SRP $10-18

For many years, Sterling Vineyards has established itself as a leader in wine production, dominating both national and international wine sales for the region.  Their latest rebrand is an upgrade to the original matte white wine label design, adding a shimmery silver embossed label to most of their varietals. ( A nice touch if you need a last minute hostess gift.)

Our team was provided with a sample of their 2015 Sterling Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc and new package design for review, and noted they had also adjusted their flavor profile. Soft on the palate, this vintage is aged with 85% of the blend in stainless steel, and the remaining 15% in neutral French oak, creating what might be described as a cross over between buttery Napa Chardonnay and traditionally crisp, dry Sauvignon Blanc. Notes of stone fruits, p ear, and citrus are present, as well as a creamy, and slightly sweet finish.

Pair it with a peach tart or lighter barbecue fare for an easy going, summer sipper. Drink now, 87 points

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Tommasi Le Rosse Pinot Grigio 2015, Veneto, Italy – SRP $17

Back on our list, for the second year in a row, is Tommasi Le Rosse Pinot Grigio. Although we’re not usually big fans of Pinot Grigio (unfortunately, many mass produced Pinot Grigio’s lack flavor and substance), this is one of our top picks and best buys for summer wines!

Vinified in stainless steel tanks for four months, Tommasi’s 2015 Pinot Grigio is a pale straw yellow with a chartreuse rim. Clean and grassy on the nose, this wine showcases a medium body with lemon peel, white citrus flower, and white peach on the palate, ending with a crisp, dry finish that makes it perfect for summer food pairings. Pair it with shellfish, light appetizers, or aged sheep’s milk gouda. A refreshing, top wine pick for summer!

Drink now through 2018, 91 points.

Summer Rosé Wine Picks

Carmel Road Barrymore Rose Wine

Barrymore by Carmel Road Rosé of Pinot Noir 2016, Monterey County – SRP $23

From actress Drew Barrymore and winemaker Kris Kato, this Monterey County rosé is as delicate and fresh as one would expect.

Crisp and fruity on the palate, this 100% Pinot Noir wine exhibits notes of red berries, white peach, and apricot, along with sweet orange and citrus flower on the nose. A nice, balanced acidity, this rosé will pair well with shellfish, Asian-inspired dishes, and grilled vegetables like zucchini or romaine hearts with a Dijon vinaigrette dressing.

Drink now through early 2018, 89 points

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Chateau d’Esclans Rosé Whispering Angel 2016, Provence – SRP $19

Years ago, we met Sacha Lichine on the rooftop of a hotel overlooking the Atlantic ocean, as he was making his US debut with Whispering Angel. As ‘heavenly’ now as it was then, the Château d’Esclans estate and winery produces some of the world’s leading rosé wines. The portfolio includes four premium rosés with an array of depth and flavor.

Blended from Grenache, Rolle (Vermintino), and Cinsault grapes, it is delicate and floral, with silky berries contrasting with bright grapefruit and citrus.  Whispering Angel remains dry and crisp, with Provence’s noted minerality and finish. It’s the perfect choice for drinking poolside, or with ceviche on the patio. Drink now through 2018, 92 points.

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 Marqués de Riscal Rosado 2015, Rioja, Spain – SRP $10

A lively salmon-pink in color, this Tempranillo and Garnacha varietal rosé is a simple, quaffable wine, at an affordable price. A mild growing season with no extreme heat or cold allowed the vines to flourish, creating a bumper crop harvest for the winery.

With bright raspberry and wild strawberry flavors on the palate, look for notes of white flower and papaya on the nose. Light tannins are present, along with a medium body, and a crisp, clean finish.  Pair it with grilled shrimp on the barbecue, salmon cakes, or creamy pasta dishes.

Drink young, through 2017, 88 points.

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Psagot Rosé 2016, Jerusalem, Israel (Kosher Wine) – SRP $20

Keep kosher for summer with this bright little gem from Psagot’s 2016 late summer rosé.

Made in the saignée method, winemaker Yaacov Oryah blended Merlot and Syrah together for initial fermentation, then added in a separate lot of Petite Sirah later into the fermentation process.  As is typical of Israeli wines, high minerality was present, accentuating the dark berries and wild strawberry notes, as well as dried cranberries, grapefruit zest, and a hint of salinity.

Don’t expect a pale, whispery rosé here, as this one definitely skews toward a fuller body and bigger flavors. Pairing recommendations are salmon on the grill with a lemon sauce, panko crusted pork chops, or a sour orange tart.

Drink now through 2018, 91 points

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Snowbirds Vintners Rosé 2016, Lake Chelan AVA – SRP $18

Jam out this summer with all American rosé Snowbirds Vintners! A brand new portfolio, created by Chef Jamie McFadden and winemaker Norm Saley to make food pairings easier, their newest release is a Rhône-style rosé from the Lake Chelan AVA, in Washington State.

Shimmering salmon in color, this juicy, fruit forward rosé exhibits bright aromas of wild strawberries and melon, as well as citrus flower on the nose. Comprised of Grenache, Mourvèdre, and Syrah varietals, the palate is peach jam and strawberries, with mouthwatering acidity, and a crisp, mineral finish. Quaffable is an understatement, as the Snowbirds team poured over three cases of the rosé at a recent wine event in Orlando, making it clearly apparent that Snowbirds is THE choice for summer rosé wine! Drink this one in your Corksicle wine chiller at the beach, poolside, or on a boat with friends.

Chef Jamie McFadden, Proprietor of Snowbirds Vintners, recommends pairing Snowbirds 2016 Rosé with smoked corn, queso fresco, and avocado toasts, or golden fried chicken.

Drink now through 2018, 90 points.

Villa Gemma Cerasuolo

Villa Gemma Cerasuelo D’Abruzzo DOC, Italy – SRP $19

Not quite a red, not quite  rosé, this 100% Montepulciano summer wine is a unique one, no doubt. Intense on the palate with flavors of pomegranate, black cherry preserves, and spice, and a nose of violets and dark berries, you can serve is chilled, or take it out of the fridge about a half hour before serving to allow the wine to open a bit more. Pair this one with grilled pizza, portabella topped burgers, or cold cuts and aged cheeses. Drink now, 89 points.

Whatever your wine choice, don’t be afraid to switch it up, and throw the rules out the window. After all, if rosé can be ‘all day’, there’s no reason you can’t drink pink, white, or even red wine during summer months

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Hoboken Live – The Sweet (Wine) Life Comes to Hoboken

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Being a writer for Hoboken Life is certainly a tough existence, especially when you’re forced to attend parties where you have free cocktails and finger foods forced upon you, as recently happened when Castello del Poggio threw a party at the W Hotel in Hoboken recently to celebrate the release of their new “Sweet Collection” of wines.

If the name Castello del Poggio is familiar, it might be because they currently offer the best-selling Italian Moscato in the U.S. at a time when Moscato is rising in popularity, in part due to the wine’s popularity among A-list rappers like Drake. When your product is being mentioned in every other song on the charts, the time is ripe to expand—and that’s exactly what Castello del Poggio is doing. They’re leveraging the popularity of their Moscato to launch their Sweet Collection, adding four more sweet Italian wine varieties—a Rosé, a Rosso Dolce, a Prosecco, and a sparkling Moscato.

To get the word out, Castello del Poggio took over the Lulu’s nightclub at the W Hotel for a cocktail party—because their sweet wines are for far more than dessert.

The Wine Cocktails

Now, I’m not much of a sweet wine drinker, and like a lot of people I tend to associate sweet wines with dessert wines. What I learned at the Castello del Poggio party was that their new Sweet Collection doesn’t have to be sipped on its own—thought they are delicious—but can be the basis for a wide range of crisp, light, refreshing summer cocktails. These wines are low alcohol and combine well with a big list of mixers and are meant to be served chilled—all the ingredients for the sort of cocktail you can sip all day long while grilling in the backyard or hosting a party on your deck.

The Wine Cocktails

Naturally, we were given the opportunity to try a bunch of cocktails made from Castello del Poggio’s Sweet Collection. Our favorite? The Eternal Brunch:

Eternal Brunch

  • 3 oz Castello del Poggio Rosé
  • 1 oz distilled gin
  • 1/2 oz lychee liqueur
  • 1/8 oz Velvet Falernum
  • 1/2 oz lemon juice
  • 2 dashes Peychaud’s Bitters

Served over ice with a twist, that is one delicious cocktail, kids. Another fave was the Guilty Pleasure, made with Castello del Poggio Prosecco, sake, and blackberry puree, also served over ice with a twist.

 Summertime and Chill

I’d never considered sweet wine as a cocktail base before, to be honest, beyond the traditional forays into mimosas and other champagne-based “brunchy” drinks. I have to admit that Castello del Poggio is onto something here with their “sweet life” marketing, as the summer is the perfect time to ditch heavier drinks in favor of something light and cooling like these.

So, if you’re curious about Moscato or other sweet wines, or looking to augment your cocktail game, check out the new Sweet Collection from Castello del Poggio. Because if they can convince this whiskey-loving Hobokenite to try sweet wines, there must be something to it all.

The Staycationers The Redbury

Taste the Style – Featuring Castello Del Poggio

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Tucked away in the sizzling NoMad neighborhood stands a stately hotel formerly known as The Martha Washington — a historic property that once served as a women-only sanctuary for boss babes of a bygone era (think Veronica Lake and Louise Brooks). Today, in a revamped version of its former self, the hotel is known as The Redbury, and THE STAYCATIONERS called it home for a night.

THE SPOT: The Redbury Hotel | 29 E. 29th Street, New York, NY

THE STATS: 256 guest rooms, iPrefer guest loyalty program, visually stimulating walls dripping in music history, Roman-Italian cibo aplenty at MARTA

PERFECT FOR: embracing female empowerment in this hotel’s safe space roots

Mangiamo

When in Marta, do as the Romans do. And because no staycationer can check in on an empty stomach, the crew (joined by the one and only Georgia Grace) sat down for a veritable weekend feast of pizza, wood-fired grill specialties, and spritzes, basking in the natural light-filled glamour that veils the space.

The Staycationers

The Staycationers The Redbury

Swedish Midslumber

There’s nothing like a midsummer slumber soirée with freshly cut flowers and cups that runneth over with Castello del Poggio Prosecco…THE STAYCATIONERS draped themselves in lace robes and whimsical jewels courtesy of a curated experience from UNBOUND, serving pseudo-boudoir vibes with a feminist twist. Now that’s a cause we can get on top of (er, behind).

The Staycationers The Redbury Hotel taste the style

 

A Night at the Redbury

As if their evening in NoMad wasn’t already star-studded enough, THE STAYCATIONERS added another dash of luxe, styled in designer pieces courtesy of Hollywood Closet Rentals (a brand new service for bloggers and influencers that allows users to gain access to designer pieces for 30 days). Talk about a never-ending dream wardrobe for the staycay life.

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With lobby walls reminiscent of the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame (thanks to the hotel’s Creative Director Matthew Rolston), THE STAYCATIONERS had no choice but to act as if their portraits had been hung. Cue the interactive hallway video booth for selfies by the dozen before heading to the velvety bar for last call.

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Shanken News Daily – Led By Italy And New Zealand, Premium ­Plus Imported Wines Are Surging

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While overall imported table wine depletions were flat at 67 million cases in the U.S. last year, according to Impact Databank, the category’s premium end is painting a much brighter picture. In 2016, the U.S. market’s top 10 premium­ plus imports—defined as being at least $10 a 750­ml., on average—collectively posted a 12.6% gain to nearly 8.3 million cases. A bevy of upscale Italian offerings, as well as several super ­premium New Zealand brands, have helped drive the segment’s rapid progress.

Riboli Family Wine Estates’ Stella Rosa brand—the market leader among premium­plus imports—surpassed 1.3 million cases last year. The Italian range, best known for its sweet and semi­sweet taste profiles, has averaged about 28% annual growth since 2010. Also hailing from Italy is Constellation’s Ruffino, which is fast closing in on the million-case mark (excluding its Prosecco, which accounts for another 300,000 cases). The brand’s success has been built on its Chianti business, which comprises about a 20% share of the Chianti category and nearly half the luxury Chianti segment.

Other leading premium­plus Italian players include E.&J. Gallo’s Ecco Domani and Santa Margherita USA’s namesake range, both of which were flat last year. On the other hand, Palm Bay’s Roscato and Zonin USA’s Castello del Poggio are both clearly in expansion mode, with each carving out well over 20% growth in 2016. “We’re pretty confident Roscato is going to be our next million-­case brand,” says Palm Bay president and CEO Marc Taub.

Meanwhile, the New Zealand category continues to thrive stateside, with segment leader Kim Crawford eclipsing the million­-case mark last year. “We see great growth opportunity for Kim Crawford in the on ­premise by­ the ­glass segment,” says Julie Rossman, marketing director, imports at Constellation. Currently, Kim Crawford does more than 80% of its business off ­premise. Fellow Kiwi player Oyster Bay also continues to rise by double ­digits, and Kim Crawford portfolio mate Nobilo is likewise benefiting from the buzz around New Zealand, surpassing 600,000 cases on nearly 10% growth last year.

While Italy and New Zealand clearly dominate the premium top 10, by the end of the year Australia’s 19 Crimes could also potentially join the fold. The Treasury Wine Estates label doubled in size to more than a half-­million cases in the U.S. last year, and TWE CEO Michael Clarke recently told SND that further extensions to the upscale Aussie brand are on the way.

News Briefs:

 

  • Heaven Hill Brands has named Denny Potter as vice president of operations and master distiller. Potter, who previously served as master distiller and plant manager at Louisville’s Bernheim Distillery, will now have a leadership role in all Heaven Hill production operations, which include Bardstown bottling operations, Bernheim Distillery and Deep Eddy Vodka’s Austin, Texas, distillery and production facility. Additionally, Potter will continue performing his current distilling responsibilities.
  • Sazerac is reportedly lining up some changes to Southern Comfort, which it acqui red from Brown­ Forman along with Tuaca early last year for $544 million. Southern Comfort will be rolling out new packaging in July, and is changing its recipe to include whiskey rather than grain neutral spirit, the New York Times reports. The brand will also debut a whiskey ­forward 80-­proof version alongside its existing 70-­ and 100­-proof offerings, and will phase out flavored editions like Lime and Caramel Comfort. According to Impact Databank, Southern Comfort was down 4% to 1 million cases in the U.S. last year.
  • Destilería Serrallés has released the second iteration of its Single Barrel rum collection, the limited ­edition Don Q Signature Release Single Barrel 2007. Aged for nine years in American white oak and bottled directly from the barrel without blending, the 40% abv Single Barrel 2007 retails at $39.99 a 750­ml. and is available at select off­ premise
  • accounts across the country. Only 4,000 cases of Don Q Signature Release Single Barrel 2007 were released.
  • Breakthru Beverage has named Peter Lijewski as vice president, supply chain, reporting directly to Art Wirtz, executive vice president, corporate operations and IT. Lijewski has nearly 20 years’ experience in the beverage alcohol industry, and held a series of supply chain roles with Constellation from 1997­-2015.

 

Craft Brewing and Distilling News:

  • Massachusetts Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission (ABCC) officials have accused an AB InBev-­owned wholesaler of providing nearly $1 million of illegal incentives to Boston­-area bars to promote Budweiser and other AB products over the competition. The charges, filed Tuesday, allege that AB gave branded draft towers (worth up to $3,500) and refrigerators (worth anywhere from $500 to $5,700) to 441 licensees. The Boston Globe reports that the ABCC has set a June 20 hearing date. AB maintains that the company followed all laws and regulations for distributing branded merchandise.
  • Seattle­-based premium soda producer Jones Soda Co. has unveiled Spiked Jones, billed as a hard cider­-soda. Created in partnership with Washington state cider maker Spire Mountain, Spiked Jones is a 6%­-abv blend of hard cider and Washington apples, and also features the same natural flavors used in Jones’ Green Apple Soda. The launch marks Jones Soda’s first beverage alcohol extension. Spiked Jones will be available throughout the Pacific Northwest region starting this summer, handled by C olumbia Distributing.
  • Dogfish Head Craft Brewery has announced the opening of its new Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, replacing the flagship Dogfish brewpub in downtown Rehoboth, Delaware, on May 19. The new 6,300­ square-­foot space will celebrate punk rock, hip-­hop and craft beer, with seating for 180 guests and an elevated stage for live music. The menu includes classic pub fare, local seasonal seafood and beer-­infused ingredients. The bar, made of repurposed metal from the Dogfish brewery in Milton, Delaware, features 24 taps pouring Dogfish beer and offers a handful of Brewpub Exclusives, such as cask­-conditioned beers and a cocktail program using spirits made from Dogfish Head Distilling Co.
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Vine Pair – The 7 Best Wines for Pizza Under $20

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By Vine Pair

Is there any better way to spend an evening than at home in sweatpants, gorging on pizza and chugging wine? It goes without saying that wine and pizza are hands down the two greatest things in the entire world and, when put together, are downright heavenly. Whether pizza & wine is your weekly friend-night ritual or your solo decompression activity, there’s no better way to unwind than with a slice of cheesy pizza and a glass of delicious wine. We’ve gathered up seven of our favorite bottles to pair with that pie when the night simply calls for some quality R&R.

 

THE CHOOK SPARKLING SHIRAZ NV

The 7 Best Pizza Wines for Under $20This might just be the best pizza and wine pairing of all time. This sparkling red wine, produced in the méthode champenoise, bursts with flavors of ripe black fruit, playing deliciously off the sauce/cheese combination on your pizza. Fizzy and funky, this wine is simply delightful. Fun fact: “Chook” means chicken in Australia. Average Price: $19

 

CASTELLO DI ALBOLA CHIANTI CLASSICO 2013

The 7 Best Pizza Wines for Under $20This Sangiovese-based wine is exactly what you’d want out of your Chianti Classico: bright, rich flavors of red fruit, with underlying notes of earth and spice. This Tuscan treat is an unbeatable match with red sauce, plus, it’s super affordable. Average Price: $16

 

LINI LAMBRUSCO ‘LABRUSCA’ ROSSO NV

The 7 Best Pizza Wines for Under $20We love the fizzy, frothy mouthfeel of this deliciously fruity wine. Its bright fruit flavors and zippy acidity cut right through the fatty cheese atop your pizza. Bonus point: This bottle will hold up to nearly any topping with which you decide to decorate your pizza. Average Price: $16

 

TRIVENTO AMADO SUR MALBEC 2014

The 7 Best Pizza Wines for Under $20This Argentinian blend dominated by Malbec shows rich, dark berry flavors with notes of spice. With about 10 percent each of Bonarda and Syrah, the blend displays a layered, textured complexity — at an extremely low price. Seriously, this bottle is a steal. Average Price: $14

 

CHÂTEAU LA CANORGUE LUBERON ROUGE 2015

The 7 Best Pizza Wines for Under $20This biodynamically farmed blend from the Rhone valley is spicy and delicious. Dark ripe fruit with notes of tobacco dominate the palate, with background notes of underbrush and garrigue. This Syrah-dominant blend, meshed with 30 percent Grenache and 10 percent old vine Carignan and Mourvedre, is a perfect pairing for pizza with all your favorite meat toppings, such as sausage and pepperoni. Average Price: $15

 

BACKSBERG PINOTAGE 2015

The 7 Best Pizza Wines for Under $20What used to be a grape varietal with an extremely bad reputation has created a serious name for itself over the last 10 years. This crossing of Cinsault and Pinot Noir has become South Africa’s “signature” grape. Backsberg’s expression is dark and ripe, yet maintains a solid freshness that is splendid with pizza. Average price: $13

 

JULES TAYLOR PINOT NOIR 2015

The 7 Best Pizza Wines for Under $20As much as we love our Pinots from France and the U.S., it sometimes causes us to forget just how much incredible Pinot Noir is being made in New Zealand. Jules Taylor presents a full-bodied Pinot, rich in jammy dark fruit flavors, dotted with light spicy notes of oak. Alongside vegetable toppings, especially mushrooms and peppers, this wine shines. Average Price: $21 — but definitely worth that extra buck.

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Parade Magazine – Perfect Together! 6 Swoon-Worthy Wine & Dessert Pairings

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By Parade Magazine

Whether you are single, dating or married, no Valentine’s Day should be spent without wine or dessert. Ready to woo your sweetheart? I rounded up some matches truly made in heaven. You can find the wines on Wine.com or in stores nationwide, and the dessert suggestions can be delivered right to your door via FoodyDirect.com.

Click “launch gallery” to discover six swoon-worthy dessert and wine pairings to achieve palate nirvana.
 

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Marco Style – How to Build a Bubbles Bar

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By Marco Style

Staying in for New Year’s Eve this year? Or planning a New Year’s Day brunch, regular brunch, or any other party worthy of one awesome celebration? An easy and trendy way to add flair to a party at home is to build a Bubbles Bar. Lay out an eye-catching spread with the right ingredients and let your guests create their own festive libations. It’s actually pretty simple as long as you snag the right ingredients. Here’s what you need:

The Bubbly: Prosecco

Quick lesson for anyone wondering why I chose to use the term “bubble bar” over “champagne bar”: champagne refers specifically to sparkling wine that has undergone a secondary fermentation in the bottle and been created in the Champagne region of France. Because the region is so specific and known for creating the world’s best sparkling wines, even inexpensive champagne can be pretty expensive at around $40-$50 per bottle. Not to mention, the distinctive yeasty, toasty, delicious flavors champagne is known for will be lost when your friends layer it with fruit, other liquors, and whatever other fun stuff you provide.

With that in mind, I suggest you go with something lighter and more economical: prosecco! Italy’s sparkling wine, which is made from the glera grape, is generally delicate and well balanced, perfect for drinking alone or mixing with other flavors for a satisfying sparkling wine cocktail. Plus, you can score quality bottles for between $10 and $15. Perfect!

Zonin Prosecco is my go-to for parties because the flavors are subtle but pleasant with notes of white peach and almond. Plus, the average price of around $14 won’t break the bank. It’s perfectly pleasing alone, but also a nice base for layering flavors in sparkling wine drinks. You can find Zonin Proscecco in Richmond at Wegmans, the Robious Road Total Wine, and some local Krogers including Willow Lawn. If you’re outside Richmond it’s available at all Harris Teeters and most Wegmans. If you’re buying for a party, make sure to check for discounts as some of these stores offer percentages off if you purchase 6 or 12 bottles.

The Recipes

While I do like including plenty of ingredients that make it easy to improvise cocktails, I also suggest including a few specific recipes for guests who might need some inspiration. Sure, you can just print them out, but I decided to make mine festive. In order to have something that stood up, I wrote them on place cards. In addition, while I did place a few jiggers around for fastidious guests who wanted to precisely mix ingredients, I tried to make most recipes fool-proof enough to be created without exact measurements to make the process more relaxed and fun.

I supplied an array of recipes, but these are a few of my favorites:

Tried and True Classic Sparkling Wine Cocktails

  • A Goodnight Kiss
  • Splash Campari
  • Sugar Cube
  • 2-3 dashes Angostura Bitters
  • Prosecco to fill

 

  • Kir Royale
  • 1 finger Crème de Cassis (more if you like sweet drinks)
  • Prosecco to fill

 

  • Traditional Champagne Cocktail
  • 1 sugar cube
  • 2-3 dashes Angostura Bitters
  • 1 lemon peel
  • Prosecco to fill

 

Marco Style Original Prosecco Cocktails:

 

  • Chez Megan (feel free to swap in your name, I won’t tell)
  • Generous splash Carpano Antica Formula
  • 1 clementine/cutie slice
  • Bubbles to fill

 

*This is one of my favorite concoctions and I’ve served it as a welcome drink at parties in the past. Carpano Antica Formula is a full-bodied sweet Italian vermouth with notes of fig, dried cherries, gingerbread and orange peel. You should be able to find it at your local liquor store. It adds a rich spicy note to the sparkling wine, then the orange slice brightens up the mixture. When I serve it myself I add orange peel or muddle the slice a bit to bring out the flavor, but for build-your-own, dropping it in works just fine.

 

New Year’s Eve Flower

  • Big splash St-Germain
  • Small splash saffron simple syrup (buy here or make your own)
  • Orange Peel
  • Prosecco to fill

The Mixers

This depends first (of course) on any recipes you choose and secondly on the time of day. For a brunch or daytime gathering you’ll want to focus on juices, lemonades, gourmet sodas, and other choices that won’t make your beverages too boozy. You’ll want to include some of these in the evening as well, but you can also add a few more boozy options.

 

Favorite choices for any time of day:

Pomegranate Juice: A nice alternative to OJ at brunch, but also a classy mixer in the evening. Also blends quite flavorfully with…

St-Germain: Although it’s a liqueur, with its floral flavors St-Germain makes a lovely addition to brunch or evening drinks as well. Plus, the bottle immediately takes your display up a notch.

Ginger Juice/Ale: This can pep up juice-based bevvies at brunch or add depth to more cocktail-focused evening choices.

 

For Daytime Bubbles Bars:

Orange Juice: It’s a standard, you have to do it. Go fresh-squeezed to impress your guests.

Pineapple Juice: Quality is key here. Look for a cold-pressed variety in the organic section of the store.

Gourmet Lemonade: You know, the kind in the pretty glass bottles.

Peach or Mango Puree: If you can’t find this in the juice aisle, it’s sometimes also located in the Hispanic or organic section of the grocery store. It’s a necessity for another classic sparkling wine favorite: the bellini.

Sorbet: Replace juice with a scoop of fruit-flavored sorbet for another fun take on a bubbly bevvy.

 

Evening Bubbles Bars:

Vermouth: This can also work during daytime. Any variety of sweet vermouth plays nice with prosecco. Ask for assistance choosing one in your local wine or liquor store.

Amaro: The Italian word for “bitter,” Amari (the plural of Amaro) are bitter Italian liqueurs. They can be sipped alone before or after a meal, but many are often also served mixed with sparkling wine in spritzes, so I like including one on a sparkling wine bar as well. Common varieties include Campari, Aperol and Cynar. Sparkling wine drinks made with these will please guests who don’t love sweet cocktails.

Bitters: Angostura Bitters is the classic called for in many sparkling wine cocktail recipes, but don’t be afraid to experiment with other varieties. Orange, cherry, and other flavors add another layer of complexity to your drinks.

Crème de Cassis: Another solid brunch option too, this sweet liqueur that’s made from black currants is a key ingredient in the classic French Kir Royale.

Consider investing in matching carafes you can label to make juices look uniform and appealing.

Garnishes

Again, some of this will be determined by any recipes you choose, but my classics include:

  • – Sugar Cubes
  •  Fresh fruit (berries, mandarin slices, pomegranate seeds. Make sure anything you choose will actually fit into the glasses you are providing).
  • Fruit peels if needed

Glasses

If you don’t own (or want to wash) a ton of flutes, make sure to check the Dollar Tree when choosing glassware. I was able to purchase high-quality plastic champagne flutes at two for a dollar. The bottoms were secure, they looked pretty, and I was able to throw them away at the end of the night. Total win! You also might look there or at a party store for small bowls to hold your other garnishes. Anything pretty and disposable makes post-party cleanup easier.

Other Fun, Festive Items

I picked up my sparkly star cocktail stirrers at a store-closing sale and my guests went crazy for them. Consider grabbing something like these, festive patterned straws, cocktail picks, or other items to take your display up a notch. Similarly, don’t forget pretty beverage napkins. I also scored my “but first, champagne” sign at Francesca’s on a buy-one-get-one half off sale. I think it adds to the festive look, even if it does say champagne.

Casa Vinicola Zonin USA Wins at the Indy International Wine Competition

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News Release

From: Casa Vinicola Zonin USA                          Contact: Jelena Meisel

Marketing & PR Division                                    Marketing & PR Manager

8101 Biscayne Blvd, Suite 705                           (305) 456-7196

Miami, FL 33138                                              pr@zoninusa.com

For Immediate Release

Casa Vinicola Zonin USA Wins One Gold, One Silver, and One Bronze Medals at the Indy International Wine Competition

Miami, Florida (August 31st, 2012) – Casa Vinicola Zonin USA, Inc. is thrilled to announce a huge win at the Indy International Wine Competition, held at Purdue University in West Lafayette Illinois, August 1-3.

Casa Vinicola Zonin USA, Inc. takes home total of three medals.  One Gold Medal went to Castello Del Poggio Moscato D’Asti DOCG 2011; Zonin Winemaker’s Collection Rosato wins a Silver Medal.  Bronze Medal goes to Castello D’Albola Chianti Classico 2008.

  • Gold Medal- Castello del Poggio Moscato D’Asti DOCG 2011 The nose is not super-intense, but apricot, white blossoms and fresh fruit are direct and clean as a whistle. Equally fresh and straightforward in the mouth, sweet but not at all cloying, it’s excellent at the end of a meal with desserts or fruit.”
  • Silver Medal – Zonin Winemaker’s Collection Rosato “The color is intense and characterized by a bright garnet hue. Bouquet is abundantly floral with hints of wisteria and rose. Pairs perfectly with dessert, especially jam tarts fruit salads, pastry and ice cream.”
  • Bronze Medal – Castello D’Albola Chianti Classico DOCG 2008 “Well- balanced and dry, with good structure and a velvety texture, it’s a perfect accompaniment for the richly- flavored dishes of the traditional Chianti cuisine, as well as for grilled meats and mature cheeses. An uncomplicated, easy drinking entry level Chianti Classico.”

“The wine experts at the Indy International Wine Competition recognized the value of ongoing commitment in valuing high quality wines, both as regards traditional labels and new ones,” said Marketing Director of Casa Vinicola Zonin USA, Pietro Morelli.

The INDY is the largest scientifically organized and independent wine competition in the United States with the world’s largest wine market. Fifty distinguished judges evaluated nearly 3,000 entries from 15 countries and 40 US states. Wine writers and winemakers, winegrowers and enologists, chefs and sommeliers, wine distributors, retailers and consumers meet every year in the heart of America, a truly central place for your wines to be seen and recognized.

Casa Vinicola Zonin USA is wholly owned by Casa Vinicola Zonin S.p.A. in Italy; a company of seven generations of wine makers with eleven estates located in the seven most prestigious wine growing areas in Italy. The flagship winery, Castello D’Albola located in Tuscany’s Chianti Classico District, Rocca di Montemassi located in Maremma, Tuscany, Principi di Butera located in Sicily, Ca’Bolani located in Friuli, Castello del Poggio located in Piemonte/Asti, Tenuta IL Bosco located in Lombardia, Podere IL Giangio located in Veneto, Abbazia Monte Oliveto located in Toscana and Masseria Altemura located in Puglia. Each winery is dedicated to its own traditional wines and styles. https://www.zoninusa.com

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Zonin USA to Sponsor Cooking Channel’s “Extra Virgin” TV Show Pop-Up Dinners in NYC

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Zonin USA is excited to partner with Cooking Channel’s “Extra Virgin” TV show starring Gabriele Corcos and Debbie Mazar for their upcoming pop-up dinner series. The series will take place in Brooklyn, NY starting September 16th.  The pop-up dinners will feature Zonin Prosecco and Rocca di Montemassi Le Focaie. The purpose of these dinners is to celebrate the 5th season of their TV show “Extra Virgin,” as well as the cookbook, under the same name, which has been the #1 cookbook on Amazon.com for four months and also a New York Times bestseller.  extravirgin
Guests, 25 will attend each event, ranging from food and wine critics, press, bloggers, TV critics, TV executives, etc.

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DEBI MAZAR made her film debut in Martin Scorsese’s Goodfellas, has appeared in more than fifty feature films, and is known for her role on HBO’s hit series Entourage. GABRIELE CORCOS was raised in Tuscany. Together they are the producers and cohosts of Cooking Channel’s primetime show Extra Virgin and the creators of UndertheTuscanGun.com.

ZONIN1821 and Toscana Divino Announce “Behind the Red Curtain: An Exclusive Tour of Italy” Wine Dinner Series

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Press Release

From: Zonin USA, Inc. Marketing & PR Division

8101 Biscayne Blvd, Suite 705 Miami, FL 33138

For Immediate Release

Contact: Jelena Meisel Marketing & PR Manager (305) 456-7196 pr@zoninusa.com

ZONIN1821 and Toscana Divino Announce “Behind the Red Curtain: An Exclusive Tour of Italy” Wine Dinner Series
Food and wine lovers will enjoy a four-course feast with each course paired to perfection by ZONIN1821

October 1, 2015 (Miami, FL) – ZONIN1821, seven generations of winemakers, and Toscana Divino, the acclaimed Italian restaurant in the heart of Mary Brickell Village, are proud to announce the exclusive monthly wine dinner series, “Behind the Red Curtain: An Exclusive Tour of Italy”. Each month, beginning October 12th, the wine dinners will showcase a four-course menu, which will be curated and prepared by the award-winning culinary team from Toscana Divino. The featured menu will be paired with ZONIN1821’s esteemed wine estates from the seven most important wine regions in Italy.

“We are very pleased to announce the first ZONIN1821 wine dinner series at Toscana Divino,” said Emanuele Siena, Marketing Director of Zonin USA. “The event is sure to provide an incredible epicurean experience. With a partner like Toscana Divino, we want to create a food lovers community around exquisite food and wine. Diners can discover the authentic Italian regional cuisine paired with indigenous grapes of each region.”

“We want our patrons to feel they are entering a world that is thoroughly traditionally Italian, but also contemporary,” stated Mauro Bortignon, General Manager of Toscana Divino. “We are creating a link between our Italian regions and the local Miami area, thereby building a bridge between the two cultures,” he added.

Upon arrival, guests will be greeted with a refreshing flute of Zonin Prosecco followed by a four- course gourmet dinner highlighting fresh, seasonal ingredients. Dishes will be paired with expertly selected wines to complement each region’s cuisine. For the month of October, ZONIN1821 and Toscana Divino will highlight the Tuscan Chianti region. The menu will include locally inspired plates such as Salumi and Formaggi, Crostini Al Pate, Pici and Risotto Funghi, Fiorentina with Fagioli, Mashed Potatoes, and Cavolo Nero, and for dessert, Panforte Di Siena with Vin Santo.

Guests will enjoy casual conversation about wines with a featured sommelier, as well as wonderful raffle prizes, including free bottles of wine and other gifts sure to delight both foodies and oenophiles.

The first wine dinner of the series will take place on Monday, October 12th with seating at 7 p.m. for $80 pp. Guests must be age 21 or older to participate in this event. To reserve seating, call

305-371-2767. Future wine dinner series will include Piemonte – November 10th, Lombardia – December 9th, Veneto – January 13th, Friuli – February 10th, Puglia – March 9th, Sicilia – April 13th and ending back in coastal Toscana on May 11, 2016.

About ZONIN1821

Zonin USA is wholly owned by Casa Vinicola Zonin S.p.A. in Italy, a company of seven generations of wine makers with eleven estates located in the seven most

prestigious wine growing areas in Italy. The flagship winery, Castello D’Albola located in Tuscany’s Chianti Classico District, Rocca di Montemassi located in Maremma, Tuscany, Principi di Butera located in Sicily, Ca’Bolani located in Friuli, Castello del Poggio located in Piemonte/Asti, Tenuta IL Bosco located in Lombardia, Podere IL Giangio located in Veneto, Abbazia Monte Oliveto located in Toscana and Masseria Altemura located in Puglia. Each winery is dedicated to its own traditional wines and styles. https://www.zoninusa.com

About Toscana Divino

Since opening its doors in 2012, Toscana Divino, recently voted the best restaurant in Brickell by the Miami New Times, is known for presenting both the most contemporary and traditional Tuscan and Italian cuisine, including the world-famous Fiorentina steak. Toscana Divino’s menu, draws its inspiration from classic dishes found throughout Tuscany, featuring pasta made fresh in house, fresh seasonal ingredients from local markets or directly imported from Italy. Toscana Divino continues to inspire unprecedented praise and rave reviews from such publications as the Miami Herald, Thrillist, and Zagat Miami.

For additional information, visit www.toscanadivino.com. ###

Scuderia Corsa Toasts New Partnership Ahead of PWC Finale

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Scuderia Corsa Toasts New Partnership Ahead of PWC Finale

  • Team announces multi-year partnership with Zonin Prosecco
  • Driver Development program attacks Circuit Mt. Tremblant at Ferrari Challenge weekend
  • Full line up with Ende, Fuentes, Hedlund to battle in final Pirelli World Challenge race of the season at Laguna Seca

September 10, 2015 (Los Angeles, Calif.) – Scuderia Corsa is proud to announce the addition of Zonin1821, the largest private vine growing and winemaking company from Italy, to the team.

Zonin1821, with its flagship brand Zonin Prosecco, will begin a multi-year partnership with Scuderia Corsa at the upcoming Lone Star LeMans round of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship at the Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas. Scuderia Corsa’s marketing platform will provide Zonin Prosecco VIP hospitality at major TUDOR Championship events, private track days as well as other events at Scuderia Corsa’s affiliated Ferrari dealerships.

“We are very proud to welcome a great Italian company, Zonin1821, to Scuderia Corsa,” said Giacomo Mattioli, owner of Scuderia Corsa. “It is always special to partner with a company that shares the same background and values. We look forward to toasting many successes together at the track.”

“We are very excited and honored to be associated with Scuderia Corsa and look forward to a mutually successful future together,” said Emanuele Siena, Marketing Director of the US Subsidiary of Zonin1821. “This partnership demonstrates our commitment to innovation and provides us the perfect vehicle to build top-of-mind awareness for Zonin Prosecco. We wish the team the best of luck!”

This weekend our DD drivers will join the event in Mt. Tremblant to fully experience the Ferrari Challenge weekend. The Driver Development program in collaboration with Ferrari Driving Schools, is aiming to nurture and cultivate early stage drivers to enter the Ferrari racing world. By providing one-on-one coaching programs in a controlled environment, DD drivers are on a fast track to learn and improve their skills set.

At this weekend’s Ferrari Challenge weekend at Mt. Tremblant, drivers Darren Enenstein, Alistair Garnett, Neil Langberg and Michael Watt will take to the track in Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 458 Challenge Evos.

“You are only as good as the folks you work with, and the Scuderia Corsa guys are the best,” said Langberg. “That includes all the resources available mental, physical, and psychological that helps make for the best pilotas. That’s what Scuderia Corsa is all about, and I am excited to join them at such a spectacular venue like Mt. Tremblant.”

Scuderia Corsa will also compete in the final round of the Pirelli World Challenge season at the Laguna Seca circuit in Salinas, California. Driving the no. 07 Scuderia Corsa / HUBLOT Ferrari 458 Italia, Martin Fuentes will be aiming to consolidate his third place in the GT-A championship. Fuentes scored a podium finish at the most recent event at Sonoma Raceway.

Duncan Ende will drive the no. 64 Scuderia Corsa / Lino’spesso Ferrari 458 Italia in the GT class, as he looks to finish his season with another top-10 finish. Mike Hedlund, will drive the no. 65 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 458 Italia aiming to end the season on a high note, a podium in the GTA class.

The Pirelli World Challenge race will be streamed live on Sunday, September 13 at 4:20 PM ET on world-challengetv.com.

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About Scuderia Corsa

2015 24Hours of Le Mans Podium and 2013 Grand-AM Rolex GT championship-winning team Scuderia Corsa was founded in 2011 by Giacomo Mattioli and Art Zafiropoulo.  The team was created for the sole purpose of supporting the racing needs of Ferrari clients and includes turnkey programs, GT endurance racing, the North American Ferrari Challenge Series and track events.  Giacomo Mattioli is the owner of Ferrari Beverly Hills, Los Angeles and South Bay and partner in Ferrari Maserati Silicon Valley with Art Zafiropoulo.
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Ferrari Beverly Hills / Los Angeles / Silicon Valley  / South Bay – North America’s premiere Ferrari dealership group specializing in new and pre-owned sales, Classiche designation work, collision repair and factory trained service and original parts.  Robert Graham – with its retail presence in more than a dozen countries around the world including New York City, Los Angeles, Dallas, Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, and Dusseldorf, Robert Graham is ‘American Eclectic.’ Since its launch in 2001, it introduces sophisticated, eclectic style to the fashion market as an American-based company with an intention of inspiring a global movement and includes four menswear and women’s wear collections a year—spring, pre-fall, fall and resort. Royal Purple – Royal Purple manufactures high performance lubricants for most automotive, industrial, marine, motorcycle and racing applications. The Houston, TX based company is considered the best synthetic oil by many end users and its synthetic oil and synthetic lubricants are formulated to maximize performance in real world applications. Kaspersky – Kaspersky Lab is the world’s largest privately held vendor of endpoint protection solutions. The company is ranked among the world’s top four vendors of security solutions for endpoint users1. Throughout its more than 17-year history Kaspersky Lab has remained an innovator in IT security and provides effective digital security solutions for large enterprises, SMBs and consumers. With its holding company registered in the United Kingdom, Kaspersky Lab operates in almost 200 countries and territories, providing protection for over 400 million users worldwide.

Ferrari Palm Beach – Providing the exclusive Palm Beach market with a premium inventory of new and pre-owned Ferraris, state-of-the-art facilities and technicians for expert maintenance and repair. Wide World Ferrari – Located in Spring Valley, New York, offering Ferrari customers a premium selection of new and pre-owned Ferraris, expert authorized service and exclusive Ferrari certified body repair.Zonin Prosecco –  Zonini1821’s flagship wine, Zonin Prosecco is a lively, sparkling wine that is essential to having fun Italian-style. It is not just a sparkling wine, but a wine that sparkles.  Hublot – A champion of innovation, Hublot revolutionized the watch industry with the introduction of the Big Bang, a multiple award winning timepiece created using a combination of precious metals with rubber. Since then, the Swiss brand has become universally known for the concept, “Art of Fusion.” From in-house watch complications to world-class collaborations such as Ferrari and the Los Angeles Lakers, Hublot is constantly evolving and looking to the future. Passtime – Is a leading designer, manufacturer and distributor of wireless GPS telematics devices for the global automotive industry in the vehicle finance and fleet transportation sectors offering a web-based software portal with a complete end-to-end software solution designed specifically for the automotive industry.  Ultratech- A pioneer of laser processing, Ultratech designs, manufactures and markets photolithography and laser processing equipment.

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ZONIN1821 Wines Receive 2015 IMPACT “HOT BRAND” Award, Fourth Year in a Row

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From: Zonin USA, Inc.                                                          Contact: Jelena Meisel
Marketing & PR Division                                                      Marketing & PR Manager
8101 Biscayne Blvd, Suite 705                                              (305) 456-7196
Miami, FL 33138                                                                   pr@zoninusa.com

For Immediate Release

 

ZONIN1821 Wines Receive 2015 IMPACT “HOT BRAND” Award, Fourth Year in a Row

Miami, Florida (March 15, 2016) – ZONIN1821, Italy’s largest privately owned wine company, is honored with the 2015 Impact HOT BRAND Award and will receive the prestigious award at the 2016 Wine and Spirits Wholesalers Association conference in April in Las Vegas, NV.

ZONIN1821’s flagship brands, Zonin Prosecco and Castello del Poggio, have received this prestigious achievement for remarkable sales growth and performance in the U.S. marketplace by M. Shanken Communications; the brands will be recognized in both the March issue of Impact and the April issue of Market Watch.

This esteemed award is given yearly to the best performing wine brands. “We are honored to receive this important award from Impact and are thrilled with the phenomenal success of both Zonin Prosecco and Castello del Poggio’s Moscato” said Tim Matz, General Manager and Vice-President, Zonin USA, Inc.

“Consumer response to both Zonin Prosecco and Castello del Poggio Moscato has been extremely positive and we have seen our sales continue to accelerate in the short term,” stated Matz. “We are truly excited that we accomplished this goal so quickly.” Matz added, “Moscato, as a gateway wine, is a trend that is here to stay and it’s known to make a sweet story for success. A beloved wine among millennials and new to the category consumers, its fresh and simplistic sweetness is reminiscent of a summer peach. What makes this so exciting is that it’s bringing new consumers to the wine category and shows no signs of slowing down.”

As a HOT BRAND Award winner, ZONIN1821 is considered one of the leading producers of Italian sparkling brands in the U.S. market – from 2003 through 2015 the company saw a 23% growth increase in Zonin Prosecco and 21% increase in Castello del Poggio in 2015.

About ZONIN1821 (https://www.zoninusa.com)

ZONIN1821; a company of seven generations of winemakers with eleven estates located in the seven most prestigious wine growing areas in Italy. The flagship winery, Castello D’Albola located in Tuscany’s Chianti Classico District, Rocca di Montemassi located in Maremma, Tuscany, Principi di Butera located in Sicily, Ca’Bolani located in Friuli, Castello del Poggio located in Piemonte/Asti, Tenuta IL Bosco located in Lombardia, Podere IL Giangio located in Veneto, Abbazia Monte Oliveto located in Toscana and Masseria Altemura located in Puglia. Each winery is dedicated to its own traditional wines and styles.

Casa Vinicola Zonin S.p.A. Announces New Hires to Zonin USA Team

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From: Casa Vinicola Zonin USA Marketing & PR Division

8101 Biscayne Blvd, Suite 705 Miami, FL 33138

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Casa Vinicola Zonin S.p.A. Announces New Hires to Zonin USA Team

Miami, Florida, March 4, 2015 – Zonin USA, Inc., a subsidiary of Casa Vinicola Zonin S.p.A., Italy’s largest privately owned winery, announced today multiple hires to strengthen the company’s vision, strategy, and focus.

Tim Matz, Executive Vice-President and General Manager of Zonin USA, Inc., acknowledged the rapid growth in the US market and noted that he’s pleased to announce a number of new appointments. Tracy Younes has joined Zonin as Senior National Accounts On-Premise Manager, Eric Rabinoff as Eastern Division Manager, Bob Visconti as Midwest Regional Manager, and Erin DeMara as South Florida Prestigious Accounts Manager. “We are delighted to welcome these talented new members to Zonin USA, Inc.,” said Tim Matz. “We continue to bolster the sales team as our expectations for continued expansion is aggressive and bringing on professionals of their caliber is of utmost importance.”

NEW HIRES:

Tracy Younes, WSET, Senior National On-Premise Accounts Manager brings a depth of experience and over 15 years of industry knowledge from her time spent managing National On-Premise Accounts with Michael David Vineyards, Pasternak Wine Imports, and Deutsch Family Wines & Spirits. Tracy’s experience is key to continuing company growth and strengthening Zonin USA’s on-premise national account relationships.

Eric Rabinoff, Eastern Division Manager, will oversee all the markets along the East Coast from Maine to Florida. Eric brings a wealth of experience to this role with over 25 years in the industry mostly with the Sebastiani Family from Sonoma County. He has held various positions within their company from Regional Sales Manager to National Sales Manager.

Bob Visconti, Regional Manager Central Division, will primarily focus on managing distributor partners and key accounts in KY, MI, and OH. Bob brings a wealth of knowledge and over 25 years of experience in the industry with leading companies and has represented both suppliers and distributors at various levels throughout this career.

Erin DeMara, Florida Prestigious Accounts Manager, will focus on South Florida’s prestigious accounts as well as assist in the continuous development of the Florida market. Erin has over 16 years of distributor and supplier experience with Premier Beverage, Palm Bay Imports, Wine Wave, and his own wine distribution company.

Casa Vinicola Zonin USA is wholly owned by Casa Vinicola Zonin S.p.A. in Italy; a company of seven generations of wine makers with eleven estates located in the seven most prestigious wine growing

areas in Italy. The flagship winery, Castello D’Albola located in Tuscany’s Chianti Classico District, Rocca di Montemassi located in Maremma, Tuscany, Principi di Butera located in Sicily, Ca’Bolani located in Friuli, Castello del Poggio located in Piemonte/Asti, Tenuta IL Bosco located in Lombardia, Podere IL Giangio located in Veneto, Abbazia Monte Oliveto located in Toscana and Masseria Altemura located in Puglia. Each winery is dedicated to its own traditional wines and styles. https://www.zoninusa.com

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“From Italy With Love” Show Set to Air on Cooking Channel

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From: Casa Vinicola Zonin USA Marketing & PR Division
8101 Biscayne Blvd, Suite 705 Miami, FL 33138

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Contact: Jelena Meisel Marketing & PR Manager (305) 456-7196 pr@zoninusa.com

“From Italy With Love” Show Set to Air on Cooking Channel on November 5 at 9:30 PM ET

From Italy With Love Show Featuring Francesco Zonin

Miami, Florida (October 21, 2014)- “From Italy with Love” show starring Francesco Zonin, Vice President of Casa Vinicola Zonin S.p.A is set to air on Cooking Channel on Wednesday, November 5 (9:30 p.m., ET). Additional episodes are available for viewing on “From Italy with Love’s” YouTube channel beginning Monday, October 20 and another on October 27. The new show will be available in 60 million U.S. television households–– Cooking Channel, a top-rated specialty channel owned by Scripps Networks Interactive dedicated to today’s passionate food lover.

The lifestyle contest show gives three American contestants the opportunity of a lifetime–– to be whisked away to Italy, Venice and Tuscany to be exact, for a chance to start their own business in the United States. There they competed in food and wine competitions and ultimately learned how to communicate, dress, live, and most importantly cook like an Italian. Francesco Zonin and his advisers will take into account not only the taste of the dishes that are served, but also everything from décor to technique and presentation.

“Pietro Morelli and his team have brilliantly captured the essence of Italian living,” said Francesco Zonin. “The series gives you a genuine inside look of the Italian lifestyle and I’m looking forward to share this with the viewers.”

The judges along side Francesco Zonin included Kelsey Nixon of Kelsey’s Essentials, Dario Cecchini famous butcher of Antica Macelleria Cecchini in Panzano in Chianti, Italian TV Celebrity Chef Fabrizio Nonis and Alessandro Gallo, head winemaker at Castello d’Albola Estate in Radda in Chianti. The candidates–– Katie Meyers, Lynn Borges, and Lesroy Lourde, got to immerse themselves in the Italian lifestyle, an extraordinary experience for all.

“This is a very exciting time for Zonin USA as we embark on a new journey,” said Tim Matz, General Manager and Vice President of Zonin USA, Inc. “The series is part of our overall marketing strategy while utilizing our brand talent. We have been very selective in getting into TV, but this model enhances our overall brand strategy and allows us to share our story with a new audience.”

The series is produced by Jonathan Franklin 2601 Productions LLC. Pietro Morelli is director and producer. For behind the scenes interviews with contestants and tidbits, visit fromitalywithlovetv.com.

Connect with “From Italy with Love”
Website: http://www.fromitalywithlovetv.com
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Hashtag: #FIWL

Since 1821, the Zonin family, seven generations of winemakers in northern Italy, has owned and operated Casa Vinicola Zonin. The Zonin family’s portfolio includes nine wineries located in seven of the most renowned wine regions in Italy. Today, the Zonin Family Estates cover a total of 9,800 acres of land, 5,000 of which are dedicated to vineyards. An additional 1,200 acres, 225 of which are dedicated to vineyards located at Barboursville Estate in Virginia, USA.

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Tim Matz Joins Zonin USA as General Manager and Executive Vice President

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From: Casa Vinicola Zonin USA

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For Immediate Release
Tim Matz Joins Zonin USA as General Manager and Executive Vice President

The experienced executive to increase presence of Zonin Family Brands in the United States

Miami, Florida (October 8, 2014)- Casa Vinicola Zonin S.p.A, Italy’s largest privately owned wine company, announces Timothy Matz as General Manager & Executive Vice President of Zonin USA, Inc.–– Effective as of June 1st. Due to his proven knowledge and leadership experience in the wine and spirits industry, Matz will oversee operations, develop and implement new strategies, and lead the company in the right direction for a successful future.

Matz comes with a wealth of experience within the industry, both domestically and internationally, including expertise in general management, finance, sales and marketing. Previous credentials include significant roles at Fosters Wine Estates, Jackson Family Group, Foley Family Wines, and Brown-Forman to name a few.

“The United States is Casa Vinicola Zonin’s number one export market and always remains a top priority.” Said Massimo Tuzzi Chief International Officer of Casa Vinicola Zonin S.p.A and Chief Executive Officer of Zonin USA, Inc. “In collaboration with Tim and his senior management team, we will be able to further increase Zonin Family Brands’ presence in the US and take Zonin USA to the next level.”

Casa Vinicola Zonin S.p.A, leading Italian wine producer and exporter, produced 42 million bottles in 2013. Over the last five years, export figures have had more than quadrupled and represents 75% of the company’s total sales volume in 2013 of €154 million. Zonin USA, Inc., an independent business unit of Casa Vinicola Zonin S.p.A, has demonstrated exceptional growth, 2013 sales reached $55 million, up from $5 million in 2006. For additional information about Zonin USA, Inc., visit www.zoninusa.com.

About Zonin USA, Inc.

Casa Vinicola Zonin Italy wholly owns Casa Vinicola Zonin USA in addition to Casa Vinicola Zonin UK, Canada, China and Germany; exporting to more than 100+ countries. A company with nine vineyards located in the seven most prestigious wine growing areas in Italy. The flagship winery, Castello D’Albola

located in Tuscany’s Chianti Classico District, Rocca di Montemassi located in Maremma, Tuscany, Principi di Butera located in Sicily, Tenuta Ca’Bolani located in Friuli, Castello del Poggio located in Piedmont/Asti, Tenuta il Bosco located in Lombardy, Podere il Giangio located in Veneto, Abbazia Monte Oliveto located in Tuscany and Masseria Altemura located in Puglia. Each winery is dedicated to its own traditional wines and style. https://www.zoninusa.com

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Casa Vinicola Zonin S.p.A. Announces New Executive Team

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From: Casa Vinicola Zonin USA Marketing & PR Division

8101 Biscayne Blvd, Suite 705 Miami, FL 33138

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(305) 456-7196 pr@zoninusa.com

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Casa Vinicola Zonin S.p.A. Announces New Executive Team

Domenico Zonin named Chief Executive Officer and Massimo Tuzzi Chief Operating Officer

Miami, Florida (September 18, 2014)- Casa Vinicola Zonin S.p.A, Italy’s largest privately owned wine company, announced the restructuring of its Board of Directors due to company growth; which is set to provide effective growth solutions for both the domestic and international markets. These appointments underscore the company’s commitment to excellence, innovation, and quality. The changes took in effect on September 4th.

Domenico Zonin has been appointed to Chief Executive Officer of Casa Vinicola Zonin S.p.A

Domenico Zonin has spent the majority of his life working in and around the wine industry developing a comprehensive knowledge of the wine business and his deep passion for wine. He joined Casa Vinicola Zonin S.p.A in 1999, and has held many executive roles. In his new role as CEO, Mr. Zonin will continue to oversee the purchasing, production, and winemaking technology departments, as well as the strategic supervision of the family-owned estates and vineyards. Since 2013, he has been President of the Italian Confederation for Vines and Wines, President of Unione Italiana Vini (The Italian Wine Union), Vice-President of CEEV, Comité Européen des Entreprises Vins (European Committee of Wine Companies), and Vice-President of Valoritalia.

Massimo Tuzzi takes on the new role of Chief Operating Officer of Casa Vinicola Zonin S.p.A

Massimo Tuzzi, after gaining significant experience in the United States and South America, joined the company in 2002. With an in-depth knowledge of the major wine markets around the world, he has increased turnover five folds in seven years and raised the percentage of exports to 75% of total sales. In addition to his new role, he will continue to hold the following positions: Director of the Board and International Director of Casa Vinicola Zonin S.p.A., Chief Executive Officer of Zonin USA, Inc., and Sole Director of Zonin UK, Ltd. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Italia del Gusto Consortium.

“Combining the strengths of my son Domenico and Massimo Tuzzi’s business acumen, as leaders in production and sales, we are set to achieve the goals put in place that will successfully lead to company growth in the years to come.” Said Gianni Zonin, President of Casa Vinicola Zonin S.p.A. Francesco and Michele Zonin’s positions as Vice- President of Casa Vinicola Zonin S.p.A remain unchanged. Giuseppe Zonin, Gianni Zonin’s brother, has also been nominated to the position of Vice-President of Casa Vinicola Zonin S.p.A.

About Casa Vinicola Zonin USA, Inc.

Casa Vinicola Zonin Italy wholly owns Casa Vinicola Zonin USA in addition to Casa Vinicola Zonin UK, Canada, China and Germany; exporting to more than 100+ countries. A company with nine vineyards located in the seven most prestigious wine growing areas in Italy. The flagship winery, Castello D’Albola located in Tuscany’s Chianti Classico District, Rocca di Montemassi located in Maremma, Tuscany, Principi di Butera located in Sicily, Tenuta Ca’Bolani located in Friuli, Castello del Poggio located in Piedmont/Asti, Tenuta il Bosco located in Lombardy, Podere il Giangio located in Veneto, Abbazia Monte Oliveto located in Tuscany and Masseria Altemura located in Puglia. Each winery is dedicated to its own traditional wines and style. https://www.zoninusa.com

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Casa Vinicola Zonin USA to Support Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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From: Casa Vinicola Zonin USA Marketing & PR Division

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Contact: Jelena Meisel
Marketing & PR Manager

(305) 456-7196 pr@zoninusa.com

Casa Vinicola Zonin USA Partners with Major Retailers Nationwide to Support Breast Cancer Awareness Month

For every bottle of Zonin Rosé sold in the US, Casa Vinicola Zonin USA will donate $1 towards Breast cancer research

Miami, Florida (August 21, 2014)- Casa Vinicola Zonin USA, a business unit of Casa Vinicola Zonin S.p.A, Italy’s largest privately owned wine company, announces a third year of fundraising efforts to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Beginning in September, in partnership with major retailers nationwide, for every bottle of Zonin Rosé sold in the United States, $1 will go towards breast cancer research.

Since 2012, Casa Vinicola Zonin USA has donated close to 200K; proceeds go to the American Cancer Society (ACS). Every sale helps fund program services, research, public health education, treatment, and screenings to come one step closer to finding a cure. Being a family business, Casa Vinicola Zonin understands the importance in contributing to raise awareness and will continue its efforts. This campaign is about making a difference and caring about a cause that matters.

“I lost my mother after a four year battle with breast cancer so this is a promise from a son to his mother and father to do something to help cure breast cancer. A promise made a promise kept.” Said Steve Howard, Zonin USA’s National Sales Director. “This cause is close to our hearts as Zonin, a family and an employer. It is important that we do our part and support Breast Cancer Awareness Month.”

Zonin Rosé, part of the Zonin sparkling wines category, is a blend of white and red grapes, including the Nerello Mascalese grape varietal.
“Light pink color, dry, pleasant, intense and fruity, and evoking scents on wisteria flowers and Rennet apples. The palate is refreshing and delightfully well balanced with soft floral notes and a hint of almonds. —Excellent as an aperitif and an ideal accompaniment to hors d’oeuvres, risotto, or grilled fish.”

In addition to donations of every bottle of Zonin Rosé sold, Zonin USA will take part in a myriad of special events throughout October that supports breast cancer awareness, including: ‘Send Me On Vacation’ (www.sendmeonvacation.org) in NYC, DC, and LA, and ‘Think Pink’ in Denver, CO. In an effort to raise awareness and bring significance to this campaign, Zonin USA’s social media outlets will “turn” pink during the month of October (#zoningoespink #zoninrose, #drinkpink). For an up-

to-date schedule of activities visit www.zoninusa.com events page or visit us on Facebook at facebook.com/zoninusa.com.

About Casa Vinicola Zonin USA

Casa Vinicola Zonin Italy wholly owns Casa Vinicola Zonin USA in addition to Casa Vinicola Zonin UK, Canada, China and Germany; exporting to more than 100+ countries. A company with nine vineyards located in the seven most

prestigious wine growing areas in Italy. The flagship winery, Castello D’Albola located in Tuscany’s Chianti Classico District, Rocca di Montemassi located in Maremma, Tuscany, Principi di Butera located in Sicily, Tenuta Ca’Bolani located in Friuli, Castello del Poggio located in Piedmont/Asti, Tenuta il Bosco located in Lombardy, Podere il Giangio located in Veneto, Abbazia Monte Oliveto located in Tuscany and Masseria Altemura located in Puglia. Each winery is dedicated to its own traditional wines and style. https://www.zoninusa.com

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Gianni Zonin honored with Wine Enthusiast’s 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award

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Gianni Zonin honored with Wine Enthusiast’s 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award

 

From: Casa Vinicola Zonin USA

Marketing & PR Division

8101 Biscayne Blvd, Suite 705

Miami, FL 33138

Contact: Jelena Meisel

PR & Marketing Manager

(305) 456-7196

pr@zoninusa.com

For Immediate Release

Casa Vinicola Zonin’s Chairman and President, Gianni Zonin, Received the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award on January 27th at Wine Enthusiast’s Annual Wine Star Awards Gala Dinner in New York City
Miami, Florida (January 29, 2014)- A wine industry pioneer, Gianni Zonin – Chairman and President of Casa Vinicola Zonin – was honored on Monday, January 27th with the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award presented by Wine Enthusiast’s Annual Wine Star Awards Gala Dinner in New York City at the Astor Hall & Celeste Bartos Forum at the New York Public Library. Together with his family, Gianni Zonin was present at the awards ceremony along with Luca Paschina – Barboursville Vineyards General Manager and Winemaker, Massimo Tuzzi – Casa Vinicola Zonin’s Chief International Officer, Steve Howard – Zonin USA National Sales Director, and Pietro Morelli, Zonin USA Marketing Director.
Wine Enthusiast Wine Star Awards honor individuals and companies that have made outstanding achievements in the wine world. Gianni Zonin joins the ranks of celebrated individuals from around the world that have received the Lifetime Achievement Award like Miguel Torres, Baron Eric de Rothschild, Piero Antinori and Robert Mondavi.

With a professional career spanning over five decades and an innovative international vision, “Gianni Zonin has succeeded in an unparalleled number of achievements over the course of his lifetime “stated Wine Enthusiast’s Editor and Publisher, Adam Strum,emphasizing that “being the first to look beyond not only his own Italian region, but across the ocean for opportunities in China and America, he embodies what it truly means to be a wine industry pioneer.”

Gianni Zonin was born in 1938, in Gambellara, in the Province of Vicenza, located in northeastern Italy. After earning a diploma in Oenology from the Enological Institute of Conegliano Veneto, he graduated with a Law Degree.  In 1957, he joined Casa Vinicola Zonin, the family owned company of vintners since 1821, and he became president in 1967, at the age of 29. During his 56 years of leadership, he drastically expanded the company, acquiring 10 magnificent estates for a total of 2,000 hectares (5,000 acres) in the 7 most prestigious wine regions in Italy as well as a world-class winery in Barboursville, VA.

Today, the Zonin family heads one of the leading private winemaking companies in Europe employing a total of 700 people and reported sales of 150 million euros, in 2013, with foreign markets accounting for 70% of total sales.  Alongside President Gianni Zonin, his three sons Domenico, Francesco and Michele oversee different areas of the company: Domenico, technical and production management, Francesco, sales & marketing and Michele, financial control.

Proud to receive the 2013 Wine Enthusiast Lifetime Achievement Award, Gianni Zonin said “It’s not just an honor for me, for my family and for those who work with us, but also for Italy. It’s a confirmation of how well Italians are working in both viticulture and winemaking.”

About Casa Vinicola Zonin USA, Inc.

Casa Vinicola Zonin Italy wholly owns Casa Vinicola Zonin USA in addition to Casa Vinicola Zonin UK, Canada, China Germany; exporting to more than 90+ countries. A company with nine vineyards located in the seven most prestigious wine growing areas in Italy. The flagship winery, Castello D’Albola located in Tuscany’s Chianti Classico District, Rocca di Montemassi located in Maremma, Tuscany, Principi di Butera located in Sicily, Ca’Bolani located in Friuli, Castello del Poggio located in Piemonte/Asti, Tenuta IL Bosco located in Lombardia, Podere IL Giangio located in Veneto, Abbazia Monte Oliveto located in Toscana and Masseria Altemura located in Puglia. Each winery is dedicated to its own traditional wines and style.  https://www.zoninusa.com

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The “Green Week”: Casa Vinicola Zonin at Simei 2013

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The “Green Week”: Casa Vinicola Zonin at Simei 2013 

with a Special Focus on Sustainable Viticulture and Wine Production

Domenico Zonin – Vice President of Casa Vinicola Zonin and President of UIV – will introduce an UIV international symposium on sustainability and the first Tergeo project Convention and will be a speaker at Magis conference on certificated sustainable wines

From November 12 to 16 Fiera Milano – Rho, Milan Exhibition Center, hosts the 25th edition of SIMEI – International Enological and Bottling Equipment Exhibition,considered as the world leader in wine technology. The 2013 edition of the fair is developed under the concept of Sustainability in wine production, an issue of major interest for Casa Vinicola Zonin, that has a special and well recognised focus on environmental performance.

Domenico Zonin, in his position of Vice President of Casa Vinicola Zonin and President of Unione Italiana Vini (UIV), strongly supports and enhances the “green” attitude of both his family’s company and the Italian wine producers in general.

On November 12 at 2 pm he will hold the opening speech of a 2 days international congress on sustainability organized by UIV and entitled “Sustainable Viticulture and Wine Production: Steps Ahead Toward a Global and Local Cross-Fertilization”, which will constitute the scientific core of the SIMEI.

Furthermore, on November 14 at 10 am Domenico Zonin will introduce the first Convention of the Tergeo Project of UIV. The project, involving Casa Vinicola Zonin and more than other 200 Italian wineries, aims to the collection, classification and dissemination of innovative solutions – both in wine technology and management – in order to improve wine sustainability.

The same day, November 14, at 2 pm Domenico Zonin will be a speaker at “ Italian wine is certified by Magis” congress. The meeting is organized by Magis, the first and most advanced experiment of sustainable viticulture in Italy, and one of the most advanced in the world, thanks to its technical-scientific committee, composed of important Universities, Research Centres, Professional Associations, wine companies and an independent Certification Institute, DNV Business Assurance. After having verified with DNV the capability of the first Magis companies to adopt a complex sustainability protocol, the convention will be the occasion to celebrate the goal achieved by the first 18 major sustainability labels recognized by the over 100 companies partners of Magis. All the

bottles of these wines, so different according to their origin area, taste and character, have now a common added value by the sustainability stamp Magis. Two Casa Vinicola Zonin wines are among the 18 certified wines: Tenuta Ca’ Bolani Prosecco Frizzante Doc and Castello d’Albola Il Solatio Toscana Igt.

This is a new important “green” result for our company, that since 2008 has adopted a rigorous sustainable business program .“Now respect and care for the environment are totally part of Casa Vinicola Zonin’s culture and philosophy, making it a leading company in this field”, says Carlo De Biasi, Chief Agronomist at Casa Vinicola Zonin and awarded with the 2013 Green Personality of the Year Award at The Drinks Business Green Awards.

November 12th

2 pm: Sustainable Viticulture and Wine Production: Steps Ahead Toward a Global and Local Cross-Fertilization”, at Martini Room, Centro Congressi Stella Polare, Centro Fiera Milano Rho

November 14th

10 am: Convention of the Tergeo Project, at Gemini, Centro Congressi Stella Polare, Centro Fiera Milano Rho

2 pm: Italian wine is certified by Magis at Gemini, Centro Congressi Stella Polare, Centro Fiera Milano Rho

Casa Vinicola Zonin is the largest privately owned wine company in Italy and one of the most popular in Europe, with an uncontested talent in creating “wine culture” outside of Italy. The Company distributes, sells and markets in over 100 countries the wines of its 9 Estates, locatedin Italy’ finest wine-producing regions.Casa Vinicola Zonin is an increasingly important player on the international stage, a leader in the export of wines from Italy to such countries as the United States, Germany, Japan, Great Britain, the Benelux area, Switzerland and Australia.

For information:

Alessandra Zambonin – Press & Communication Manager – alessandra.zambonin@zonin.it – tel.+39 0444 640 111 / ­+ 39 348 9900019

Casa Vinicola Zonin at Prowein 2014

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Casa Vinicola Zonin at Prowein 2014 (Stand M03, Hall 3) with

New Packaging for Feudo Principi di Butera And New Wines

(Prestige 1821, Velluto, Bardolino Chiaretto and Castello d’Albola Toscana Igt)

 

Recently honored in New York for his outstanding achievements in the wine world with the “2013 Wine Enthusiast Lifetime Achievement”, Gianni Zonin, Chairman at Casa Vinicola Zonin, underlined the uncontested talent of his family company in creating “wine culture” outside of Italy. With a successful distribution of its quality wines in over 100 countries, Casa Vinicola Zonin shows its ability to stay one step ahead of the market and consumer trends, thanks to its dynamism . At Prowein 2014, highly recognised platform for the presentation of innovations in the wine sector, we introduce to the major key players the following news:

  • Contemporary and Elegant New Packaging for Feudo Principi di Butera: thanks to their top tier wines, the Zonin Family Estate Brands confirmed to be worldwide recognized as a guarantee of high quality, with a mark of modern elegance. In order to convey these unique characteristics in a design, we completely renovated the packaging of Feudo Principi di Butera wines. The new wine packaging of our Sicilian Estate will catch consumers’ eye with its minimal and refined beauty. Furthermore, two new Sicilia Doc wines will be ready for the exhibition in Duesseldorf: a Grillo and a Cru Insolia.
  • Zonin Prestige 1821 Prosecco Docg : this wine was created in response to the increasing demand of a Zonin branded Docg product by the markets where Prosecco has established itself as a category and represents an important market share for the sparkling wines. Prestige 1821, with its fine and persistent perlage, matches our high professional winemaking expertise with an excellent product from Valdobbiadene. The excellent quality and high positioning the product aspires to is expressed by the name, Prestige 1821,which refers to the year Casa Vinicola Zonin was founded too.
  • Zonin Velluto wines: Velluto is a Veneto Igt wine, crafted with a blend of Corvina and Merlot, made memorable by its intense aromas of red cherries and a velvety texture.  Because consumers are limited to the interaction with Velluto’s wine bottle in stores, we decided to present it with a tactile experience. We designed a 3D embossed foil label, with an important visual trigger and an invitation to interact with the bottle. The flowing V of the label represents the lightness of a red velvety sik scarf, and brings life to the whole design. The name Velluto (“Velvet”) is a tribute to the Venetian merchants who popularized the silk trade since Roman times. A Velluto Puglia Igt wine (Primitivo and Negroamaro) will also be presented.
  • Zonin Bardolino Chiaretto: strongly requested by the German market, “Zonin I Classici” line is now enriched by a new Bardolino Chiaretto. The line, synonymous with great value, features the most sought after Italian varietals, internationally. A contemporary, stylish and distinctive design communicates high value and exclusivity without compromising the shelf visibility of the wines.
  • New Castello d’Albola Toscana Igt: born to appeal young consumers, usually unfamiliar with the complexity of red wines from Chianti Classico, this new blend will be an accessible wine, easy to understand, but with the expertise of Castello d’Albola – our award-winning Estate from the heart of the Chianti Classico – behind. A fresh and modern packaging will make it absolutely eye-catching.

Focused on supporting the awareness of Zonin Estates quality wines throughout the best restaurants and top venues of the world, the new Casa Vinicola Zonin’s Prestigious Account Division listed the Estates’ Wines in many Michelin Stars restaurants and was able to create a network with sommeliers of the most exclusive international venues, thanks to innovative and appealing activities formats like Sommelier’s Themed Lunches – where international top sommeliers get together with our people to discuss an interesting theme in a  relaxing atmosphere in a top venue of our most relevant markets – and Gastronomy Experiences – where press and sommeliers experience memorable trips in the Italian Regions where our Estates are located and enjoy top quality tasting menu of our wines and food delicacies from local producers.

proseccopress vellutopress

For information:

Alessandra Zambonin – Press & Communication Manager – alessandra.zambonin@zonin.it – tel.+39 0444 640 111 / ­+ 39 348 990001

Domenico Zonin, Appointed President of Italian Wine Union (Unione Italiana Vini)

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Miami, Florida (July 24, 2013) – Domenico Zonin, Vice President of Casa Vinicola Zonin, has been appointed President of the Italian Wine Union (Unione Italiana Vini), on July 9th, for a three-year term until 2016.

“I thank the Board of Directors for the trust – said Domenico Zonin – And for me it’s an honor and a privilege to hold this office, which will provide a further stimulus to give my contribution in support of the association.” Mr. Zonin continues to say,  “Our goal is to strengthen the presence of the Italian Wine Union in the most relevant institutional environments and at the most important events that affect choices of policies.”

Founded in 1895, the Italian Wine Union is the oldest and most respected association dedicated to Italian wine. Today the association represents over 500 companies and supports 70% of Italy’s wine export division. The Italian Wine Union is a society of innovative laboratories, services and information tailored to support wineries and companies associated with the wine industry.

About Casa Vinicola Zonin USA, Inc.

Casa Vinicola Zonin Italy wholly owns Casa Vinicola Zonin USA in addition to Casa Vinicola Zonin UK, Canada, China Germany; exporting to more than 90+ countries. A company with nine vineyards located in the seven most prestigious wine growing areas in Italy. The flagship winery, Castello D’Albola located in Tuscany’s Chianti Classico District, Rocca di Montemassi located in Maremma, Tuscany, Principi di Butera located in Sicily, Ca’Bolani located in Friuli, Castello del Poggio located in Piemonte/Asti, Tenuta IL Bosco located in Lombardia, Podere IL Giangio located in Veneto, Abbazia Monte Oliveto located in Toscana and Masseria Altemura located in Puglia. Each winery is dedicated to its own traditional wines and style.  https://www.zoninusa.com

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Casa Vinicola Zonin Plenty of News at Vinexpo 2013

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Casa Vinicola Zonin Plenty of News at Vinexpo 2013 (Stand AB 131, Hall 1): 

New Apulian Wines from Masseria Altemura and New Velluto Veneto Igt; Reinforced Partnership with Professor Denis Du Bourdieu; Wine Tourism Empowered and Green Values to be Shared.

Casa Vinicola Zonin is the largest privately owned wine company in Italy and one of the most popular in Europe, with an uncontested talent in creating “wine culture” outside of Italy. The Company distributes, sells and markets in over 100 countries the wines of its 9 Estates, locatedin Italy’ finest wine-producing regions. At Vinexpo Fair, highly regarded by the international key players of the world of wine, we present the following news:

  • Opening of Masseria Altemura and New Apulian Wines: Last October 2012 Casa Vinicola Zonin celebrated the opening of Masseria Altemura, its new Estate in Salento, Puglia. We consider its high quality wines, with a very attractive packaging, the “ones to watch” in our portfolio.
  • New Velluto wine: a Veneto IGT wine, crafted with a blend of Corvina and Merlot.Because consumers are limited to the interaction with Velluto’s wine bottle in stores, we felt we should present it with a tactile experience. We designed a 3D embossed foil label, with an important visual trigger and an invitation to interact with the bottle. The flowing V represents the lightness of a red velvety sik scarf, and brings life to the label. Velluto (“Velvet”) is a Veneto Igt and the name is a tribute to the Venetian merchants who popularized the silk trade since Roman times.
  • Reinforced Strategic Consultancy of Professor Denis Du Bourdieu for our Estates Wines: The collaboration started in 1997 with the world wide famous wine maker Denis Dubordieu, Œnology Professor at the University of Bordeaux,is further strengthened, with the fundamental aim of improving knowledge in all phases of wine production and experimentation, in order to apply it within all the Estates of the Zonin Family, ensuring the highest quality for our wines.
  • A priority for Casa Vinicola Zonin is wine tourism. Each Company’s Estate constantly improves its hospitality services, winning a growing number of Italian and International wine lovers, in search of new terroirs, flavors and authentic traditions. The latest figures have pointed out, that wine tourism is strongly increasing, surpassing the $ 5 billion euros in sales in 2012. Zonin’s Estates confirm the trend, reaching a total of 100,000 visitors per year. Significant examples of this success are: Tenuta Ca’Bolani, in Friuli, which registered a 25% increase in visits in the last year among Italians, Austrians and Swiss; Castello d’Albola, in Chianti Classico, had in 2012 15% more visits, with a growing number of French, American, German, British and Brazilian tourists. Feudo Principi di Butera, in Sicily, has doubled the number of its visitors. Michele Zonin, VicePresident of our Company, will give insight into our wine tourism practices on June, 19th, at Vinexpo Conference “‘Best Wine Tourism Practices in the Great Wine Capitals’.
  • Green values are part of Casa Vinicola Zonin’s culture and philosophy. For us only care for the environment throughout the whole production process makes for high quality and sustainable wines. Since 2008, we have adopted a rigorous “green” business program. Recently our engagement was rewarded by the judges at The Drinks Business Green AwardsCarlo De Biasi – Chief Agronomist at Casa Vinicola Zonin – was awarded with the Green Personality of the Year Award.

For information:

Alessandra Zambonin – Press & Communication Manager – alessandra.zambonin@zonin.it – tel.+39 0444 640 290 / ­+ 39 348 9900019

Wine Enthusiast celebrated the magazine’s 25th Anniversary

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News Release

From: Casa Vinicola Zonin USA

Marketing & PR Division

8101 Biscayne Blvd, Suite 705

Miami, FL 33138

Contact: Jelena Meisel

Marketing & PR Manager

(305) 456-7196

pr@zoninusa.com

For Immediate Release

On Thursday, May 9th, Wine Enthusiast celebrated the magazine’s 25th Anniversary with a “Red & White Bash” themed party – Belle Epoque Festival setting. The event took place at The Hudson Hotel in New York City.  100% of the ticketing proceeds went to benefit the Wine to Water charity— a non-profit aid organization focused on providing clean water to needy people around the world.

The event exclusively featured 90+ point Wine Enthusiast rated wines. Guests were served the following Zonin Family Estate wines- Rocca di Montemassi Rocca di Montemassi, Feudo Principi di Butera Symposio, Tenuta Ca’Bolani Aquilis, & Zonin Prosecco.

Check out  www.redandwhitebash.com for more info.

About Casa Vinicola Zonin USA, Inc.

Casa Vinicola Zonin S.p.A. in Italy wholly owns Casa Vinicola Zonin USA; a company of seven generations of winemakers with eleven estates located in the seven most prestigious wine growing areas in Italy. The flagship winery, Castello D’Albola located in Tuscany’s Chianti Classico District, Rocca di Montemassi located in Maremma, Tuscany, Principi di Butera located in Sicily, Ca’Bolani located in Friuli, Castello del Poggio located in Piemonte/Asti, Tenuta IL Bosco located in Lombardia, Podere IL Giangio located in Veneto, Abbazia Monte Oliveto located in Toscana and Masseria Altemura located in Puglia. Each winery is dedicated to its own traditional wines and styles. https://www.zoninusa.com  http://www.zoninprosecco.com

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Casa Vinicola Zonin winning strategy on the international stage

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Enduring Success for Zonin Prosecco and Zonin Estates Wines in Usa, Germany and Uk.

Absolutely Innovative Approach to the Chinese Market

 

At Vinitaly 2013 the family-owned wine company based in Veneto Region celebrates a very positive growth in export sales: 2012 export consolidated turnover of 105 milions Euro demonstrates that Casa Vinicola Zonin export quadrupled in the last five years.

Thanks to a true market oriented approach to international business -“tailoring” custom made business plans for each country – CVZ consolidates its leading position in key markets like Usa, Germany and Uk and constantly increases its presence in Australia, Canada, Switzerland and Russia, with a special interest for the upcoming opportunities of the Chinese market.

Excellent performances must be reported for Zonin Prosecco Doc, a traditional winning horse for Casa Vinicola Zonin: with a global average increase of 16% in 2012, the beloved sparkling wine of the “Italian Lifestyle” conquers Uk and Canada, followed by Germany and Usa. Among Italian Proseccos, Zonin Prosecco has the 7,5 % of market share in USA, 12,5% in Uk and more than 22% in UAE and 40% in Australia!

But Casa Vinicola Zonin’s strength is its multi-branded portfolio with dedicated range to OFF & ON trade and its wide assortment covering all the price segments from daily consumption
to top tier wines: in 2012 the Zonin Family Estate Brands confirmed to be worldwide recognized as a mark and guarantee of high quality, especially referring to the increasing presence on the international stage of Castello del Poggio (Piedmont), Rocca di Montemassi (Maremma), Castello d’Albola (Chianti Classico) and Tenuta Ca Bolani (Friuli). A recent re-organization of the Company’s Export Department was meant to support the awareness of Zonin Estates quality wines throughout the best restaurants and top venues of the world. The new Prestigious Account Division in less than 3 months was able to list the Estates’ Wines in more than 10 Michelin Stars restaurants and create a network with sommeliers of the most exclusive international venues.

A new priority for the internationalization of Casa Vinicola Zonin is the complex Chinese market, consisting of large metropolitan areas as well as the so called “secondary” cities. Despite of the global crisis, China is a constantly expanding market, where sales of wine increased of 21% in 2012. In order to better support its Chinese importers, Casa Vinicola Zonin hired two Country Managers of Chinese nationality in the last months, with the goal of being the ambassadors of the Zonin brand and the Zonin Family Estates brands, values and propositions in China, committing to consumers through the right messages, attitude and positioning. Interest for China dates back in time for Casa Vinicola Zonin: 1996 was the year in which the Company began to explore the Chinese market in a pioneering way and in 2005 it developed G3, a project empowered with Torres family (Spain) and Baron Philippe de Rothschild (France) to promote the excellence of European wines in emerging markets like China through events, tastings and press conferences with the aim of creating a “Old World” system to penetrate the market.

After positioning its wines in the main metropolitan areas, Casa Vinicola Zonin declares its goal of discovering the taste preferences of the upcoming consumers of the “secondary” cities of China. This big Country with vast economic and cultural differences, is characterized by heterogeneous gastronomic traditions and new wine consumption opportunities can be proposed.

Massimo Tuzzi, Chief International Officer of the Company, says “We are conducting an in depth market research on 18 Chinese medium cities to understand the taste of current and potential consumers. Our goal is to be able to anticipate consumers needs in a market that continues to evolve and to propose the most suitable wine for new Chinese wine lovers from the different areas of China. We don’t want to make the mistake of considering China as a great and unique market “.

In an appealing Country where only the 2% of the population currently represents the wine market, Casa Vinicola Zonin wants to conquer new consumers, passing onto them the value of “Made in Italy” high quality. Gambellara, April 7th 2013

You can meet us at Vinitaly 2013- VeronaFiere:

Casa Vinicola Zonin Pav. 4 Stand F5 

Feudo principi di Butera Pav. 2 Stand 60D-72E 

Rocca di Montemassi Pav. D “Maremma Wine Shire” Stand E1 – E2, Desk n° 7

 

For information:

Alessandra Zambonin – Press & Communication Manager – alessandra.zambonin@zonin.it – tel.+39 0444 640 290 / ­+ 39 348 9900019

Young, Digital and Glocal: Emerging Values at Casa Vinicola Zonin

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 In constant growth, the Company based in the Veneto in 2012 registered ­+ 13% of turnover, 

hired staff under 35 years of age, promoted wine culture thanks to social media and 

contributed to enhance the wine tourism in 7 Italian Regions

Despite of the critical period for the economy, in 2012 Casa Vinicola Zonin recorded an increase in its turnover of 13% compared to 2011, with 140 million Euros, and the Company proves to be solid, dynamic and in continuous growth:

  • Employment has risen in the last year and 10 young professionals all under 35 years of age were hired in the areas of technical production, marketing, communication, export and financial controlling, paying big attention to educational and workshops for the new recruits.
  • Among other traditional tools to promote the Company’s brands and wine culture, for Casa Vinicola Zonin social media has become a fresh, original and effective way to communicate its values and to relate to consumers in a closer and relaxed environment. Facebook and Twitter target especially young consumers, although it is becoming a common place for a more mature public, as it is seen as an easy, inexpensive way to stay tuned with the world. Constantly updated, our Facebook sites comprehend all our brands, from the institutional Casa Vinicola Zonin, to Zonin Prosecco and all the wineries.
  • Sustaining wine producing areas is a key aspect of Casa Vinicola Zonin’s philosophy and the most recent example of this approach regards Puglia: the Zonin Family acquired Masseria Altemura Estate in 2000 and last October 2012 inaugurated it, after important intervention on the winery and on the landscape. As result of an investment of several million Euros, now Masseria Altemura employees 70 people from the local community in the winery and 130 hectares of vines are cultivated, rediscovering native varieties and techniques.
  • A priority for Casa Vinicola Zonin is also wine tourism. Each Company’s Estate constantly improves its hospitality services, winning a growing number of Italian and International wine lovers, in search of new terroirs, flavors and authentic traditions. The latest figures have pointed out, that wine tourism is strongly increasing, surpassing the $ 5 billion euros in sales in 2012. Zonin’s Estates confirm the trend, reaching a total of 100,000 visitors per year. Significant examples of this success are: Tenuta Ca’Bolani, in Friuli, which registered a 25% increase in visits in the last year among Italians, Austrians and Swiss; Castello d’Albola, in Chianti Classico, had in 2012 15% more visits, with a growing number of French, American, German, British and Brazilian tourists. Last but not least, Feudo Principi di Butera, in Sicily, has doubled the number of its visitors. Gambellara, April 7th 2013

 

You can meet us at Vinitaly 2013- VeronaFiere:

Casa Vinicola Zonin Pav. 4 Stand F5 – Feudo principi di Butera Pav. 2 Stand 60D-72E 

Rocca di Montemassi Pav. D “Maremma Wine Shire” Stand E1 – E2, Desk n° 7

 

For information:

Alessandra Zambonin – Press & Communication Manager – alessandra.zambonin@zonin.it – tel.+39 0444 640 290 / ­+ 39 348 9900019

Zonin is GREEN

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Casa Vinicola Zonin is more and more involved in Sustainable Viticulture. 

New Eco-Activities presented at the upcoming Prowein and Vinitaly

 

Respect and care for the environment are part of Casa Vinicola Zonin’s culture and philosophy.

Only precise attention to detail in every phase of winemaking, from the vineyard to the bottle, produce top class wines. Similarly, only care for the environment throughout the whole production process makes for high quality and sustainable wines.

Since 2008, we have adopted a rigorous sustainable business program. New key points of our constantly self – renovating “green” activities are:

  • INNOVATIVE IRRIGATION SYSTEMS: Water is a valuable resource. It is a non-renewable asset whose availability is reducing and changing in relation to climate change and population growth. Casa Vinicola Zonin has adopted innovative irrigation systems, which ensure maximum efficiency of the use of water resources. Each irrigation system has a pressure bomb, also known as, Scholander bomb, which monitor the water levels of vines and ensures that the water is strictly used for irrigation purposes in order to maintain quality of grapes.
  • GREEN MANURE: Our Castello d’Albola and Rocca di Montemassi Estates have re-introduced the traditional technique of green manure, which is a mixture of legumes and grass that is necessary for organic agriculture. Using the green manure technique in the vineyards, have decreased the use of mineral fertilization and agricultural machinery.
  • PLANT MATERIAL CONTROL: The level of sustainability achieved in Zonin Estates regarding the management of pesticide treatments and storage of products has been an example to many Italian wine producers who consider us a market leader in this sector. All of our plant materials are strictly controlled and analyzed in laboratories. PCR Real-time is an innovative system that is used to monitor plant materials for potential virus.
  • FORECASTING MODELS: All Zonin Estates have a control unit for meteorological data, which is located in the International Centre for Agrometeorology based in Switzerland. Provincial and regional monitoring networks collect the information. To reduce the use of pesticides and avoid unnecessary interventions, we carry on treatments according to the data coming from monitoring pathogens and parasites from the indicated forecasting models.
  • BIOLOGICAL PEST CONTROL WITH TRICHODERMA SPP: Biological control is a method of controlling pests (including insectsmitesweeds, etc) using other living organisms. To ensure our plant fitness we use Trichoderma spp, a kind of Fungi that cause disease in insects (known as entomopathogenic fungi)and prevent wood desease
  • MATING DISRUPTION: at Feudo Principi di Butera, Masseria Altemura and Rocca di Montemassi, in order to protect our vineyards from the dreaded vine moth larvae – that can cause significant damages to grapes – without using insecticides, we contain the populations of

this insect with a technique called “mating disruption” .In order to be fertilized, the female moths release of sex hormones (or pheromones) that enable males to locate them more easily. So, we place a number of diffusers that release a high dose of female pheromones in our vineyards. These pheromone traps confuse male moths and prevent them from finding their mates. Since there is no mating, the eggs aren’t fertilized, and don’t hatch. This hormone is absolutely safe. In fact, it’s nothing more than a reconstituted “smell”. These diffusers are placed in the spring before the moth starts flying.

  • SOLAR ENERGY: Casa Vinicola Zonin Estates produce up to 40% of their own energy using photovoltaic solar energy panels. In order to reduce their visual impact on the Estates’ landscape, the panels have been hidden from view and placed on the rooftops of barns and cellars. Our Estates using efficient energy saving methods are Tenuta Il Bosco (40%), Castello del Poggio (31 %), Tenuta Ca’ Bolani (19 %), and Feudo Principi di Butera (14%).
  • PRECISION FARMING: A farming management concept based on observing and responding to intra-field variations with the goal of optimizing returns on inputs while preserving resources. Castello d’Albola and Tenuta Ca’ Bolani Estates practice precision farming techniques in their vineyards.   Maps with infrared technology are used to define plant vigor in the fields, which displays when to water or fertilize the vineyards. Using this technology saves energy and resources.
  • GPS SYSTEMS: Furthermore, all of the Estates use a satellite positioning system such as a GPS, which locates the best area to plant in the vineyards through satellite imagery and information technology. Thus, conserving both energy and resources.

At the upcoming Prowein Fair in Duesseldorf, Casa Vinicola Zonin will present its “green” projects and Sommelier Sebastian Wilkens will lead a tasting with our “sustainable” wines at Prowein Forum 7.1, on Sunday, 24th March at 4 p.m.

Furthermore, Casa Vinicola Zonin promotes and actively participates in two of Italy’s national sustainability wine projects: Magis (www.magis.me) and Tergeo (www.tergeo.it). At Vinitaly, in Verona, we will have Magis’s Stand (Pad 7 stand B8)at our disposal on Tuesday, 9th April ,from 4 pm to 6 pm to explain our increasing involvement in sustainable agriculture.

 

 

Casa Vinicola Zonin is the largest privately owned wine company in Italy and one of the most popular in Europe, with an uncontested talent in creating “wine culture” outside of Italy. The Company distributes, sells and markets in over 100 countries the wines of its 9 Estates, located in Italy’ finest wine-producing regions. Casa Vinicola Zonin is an increasingly important player on the international stage, a leader in the export of wines from Italy to such countries as the United States, Germany, Japan, Great Britain, the Benelux area, Switzerland and Australia.

For information:

Alessandra Zambonin – Press & Communication Manager – alessandra.zambonin@zonin.it – tel.+39 0444 640 111 / ­+ 39 348 9900019

The Zonin Family and Its Values

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The Zonin Family and Its Values

Zonin is the name of Italy’s largest family-owned wine company and one of the most important in Europe, celebrating the diversity of Italian wine from Italy’s major wine regions. A family business and a business of families, with a passion for winemaking, and the mission to produce the highest quality Italian wine available to all wine-lovers. Having strong ties to the land for the past seven generations,

The Zonins have been “Vintners since 1821”. Alongside President Gianni, his sons Domenico, Francesco and Michele have nowadays executive roles in the company, for technical and production management, sales & marketing and financial control.

Casa Vinicola Zonin owns 9 wine estates located in 7 wine regions of Italy for a total of 4,000 hectares (9,884 acres) of properties, 2,000 (4,942 acres) of which are vine planted. The Zonin family owns their own vineyards, grows their own grapes and bottles their wines at each estate, supported by the consultancy of the world wide famous wine maker Denis Dubordieu, Œnology Professor at the University of Bordeaux, and by the expertise of one of the largest staff of oenologists and agronomists in Europe. The Zonin Family is environmentally driven and aims to continue enhancing sustainable viticulture, through a total traceability system of the wine production cycle. Study on grapes and vines, together with constant innovation and attention to market trends and market opportunities, allow Casa Vinicola Zonin to capitalize on the years of activity in the wine business and, at the same time, to open up to new challenges of globalization.

Company Brands: Zonin Label and The Estates

Casa Vinicola Zonin, based in Gambellara, in the heart of the Veneto Region, produces the well known Zonin label wines and is the core and support of its Estates, located in the most highly regarded winemaking regions in Italy and the US: Castello del Poggio in Piedmont, Tenuta Il Bosco in Lombardy, Tenuta Ca’ Bolani in Friuli, Castello d’Albola, Rocca di Montemassi e Abbazia di Monte Oliveto in Tuscany, Masseria Altemura in Apulia, Feudo Principi di Butera in Siciliy e Barboursville Vineyards in Virginia – USA. Each Casa Vinicola Zonin winery is an independent production unit, strongly linked to its territory of belonging, and has its own vinification, aging cellar and bottling facilities on site, in order to safeguard traditions and guarantee a standard of excellence.

Casa Vinicola Zonin around the World: the Process of Internationalization

Casa Vinicola Zonin is the company that distributes, sells and markets the brands belonging to the Zonin Family in Italy and abroad . 75% of total sales revenue is exported to over 100 Countries and the process of internationalization is in continuous development.

Casa Vinicola Zonin has adopted a much more market oriented approach to international business, “tailoring” custom made business plans for each country, with the belief that each market is different and unique. In key countries like United States and United Kingdom two independent business units were incorporated – Zonin USA and Zonin UK – in order to perform all the main functions from sales and marketing to importation; in Tokyo shares were recently acquired in a Japanese distribution company and important investments in China and Brazil are currently being planned.

The mission of each of these new projects is to achieve a leadership role in the different international markets by providing wine solutions directly “from the vineyard to the glass” and by ensuring the highest quality experience for all wine enthusiasts in all customer segments.

Casa Vinicola Zonin Spa in Figures

  • Consolidated Turnover 2012: 140 million euro (+ 13 % vs. 2011)
  • Vineyards Owned in 2012: 2.000 hectares
  • Bottles produced 2012: 40 million (in multiple formats)
  • Export 2012: 75% – over 100 countries in 5 continents
  • Main markets: USA, Germany, Scandinavia, Australia, Japan, UK, BENELUX, Canada, Korea
  • Employees 2012: 239 (included controlled UK and US units)
  • President: Gianni Zonin

 

You can meet us at Vinitaly 2013- VeronaFiere:

Casa Vinicola Zonin Pav. 4 Stand F5 

Feudo principi di Butera Pav. 2 Stand 60D-72E 

Rocca di Montemassi Pav. D “Maremma Wine Shire” Stand E1 – E2, Desk n° 7

 

For information:

Alessandra Zambonin – Press & Communication Manager – alessandra.zambonin@zonin.it – tel.+39 0444 640 290 / ­+ 39 348 9900019

Zonin wines received 2012 IMPACT “HOT BRAND” Award

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News Release

From: Casa Vinicola Zonin USA

Marketing & PR Division

8101 Biscayne Blvd, Suite 705

Miami, FL 33138

Contact: Jelena Meisel

Marketing & PR Manager

(305) 456-7196

pr@zoninusa.com

For Immediate Release

Zonin wines received 2012 IMPACT “HOT BRAND” Award

Miami, Florida (May 2, 2013)- Zonin is an Impact HOT BRAND Award winner for 2012. The prestigious achievement was honored at an award presentation and cocktail reception at the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America- 70th Annual Convention & Exposition 2013 on Sunday, April 28, at The Ritz-Carlton, Grande Lakes Orlando, Florida.

HOT BRAND AwardM. Shanken Communications- leading publisher in the U.S. wine & spirits industry known for the following publications: Wine Spectator, Impact, Market Watch, Food Arts, and Cigar Aficionado- presents this award every year to established and upcoming brands that achieve a drastic increase in sales growth in the market. Zonin, importer Zonin USA, depleted 280,000 cases exceeding the minimum 250,000 nine-liter case depletions requirement for 2012 Hot Brand Award.

Awarded Zonin brand consists of the following wines: Winemaker’s Collection, Zonin Prosecco leads the sparkling category followed by Zonin Rosé, Zonin Baccorosa, Zonin Asti, and the Zonin Jewels: Ripasso Valpolicella Superiore, Amarone della Valpolicella, Barolo.

As a HOT BRAND Award winner, Zonin is considered one of the leading Italian Sparkling Brands in the U.S. market– from 2003 through 2010 roughly imported 100,000 cases and saw 45 percent growth increase in 2011, while nearly doubling numbers to 280,000 cases for 2012. In April 2013 issue, Impact magazine stated “Zonin, however, has proven to be a particular standout, achieving the highest growth rate of any imported wine Hot Brand. Last year, the label grew 93 percent and roughly doubled its volume to 280,000 cases.”

About Casa Vinicola Zonin USA, Inc.

Casa Vinicola Zonin S.p.A. in Italy wholly owns Casa Vinicola Zonin USA; a company of seven generations of winemakers with eleven estates located in the seven most prestigious wine growing areas in Italy. The flagship winery, Castello D’Albola located in Tuscany’s Chianti Classico District, Rocca di Montemassi located in Maremma, Tuscany, Principi di Butera located in Sicily, Ca’Bolani located in Friuli, Castello del Poggio located in Piemonte/Asti, Tenuta IL Bosco located in Lombardia, Podere IL Giangio located in Veneto, Abbazia Monte Oliveto located in Toscana and Masseria Altemura located in Puglia. Each winery is dedicated to its own traditional wines and styles. https://www.zoninusa.com  http://www.zoninprosecco.com

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Casa Vinicola Zonin USA Donates Over 100K to American Cancer Society to Support Breast Cancer Research

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Miami, FL 33138

Contact: Jelena Meisel

PR & Marketing Manager

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Casa Vinicola Zonin USA Donates Over 100K to American Cancer Society to Support Breast Cancer Research

Miami, Florida (April 12, 2013)- Casa Vinicola Zonin USA, largest privately owned Italian winery, along with its distribution partners have donated over 100K to the American Cancer Society. On Friday March 22, Steve Howard- National Sales Director of Casa Vinicola Zonin USA, presented the check during the American Cancer Society’s Cattle Baron’s Ball 2013 in Tampa, Florida.

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“I am proud of what we have accomplished in our first year and look forward to many more years. Our goal is to raise over a million dollars in five years. This is a promise that I made to my parents and this is a son who is keeping his promise.” Steve Howard, National Sales Director for Casa Vinicola Zonin USA.

In 2012, Casa Vinicola Zonin USA initiated their annual breast cancer awareness efforts. Last October, Casa Vinicola Zonin USA organized a fundraising campaign to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month. For every bottle of Zonin Sparkling Rosé sold in the United States, $1 was donated towards the American Cancer Society to support breast cancer research. In addition, many of Zonin USA’s distribution partners donated $5 from every case of Zonin Sparkling Rosé sold.

In addition to the proceeds from Casa Vinicola Zonin USA, a special recognition is in order to the following distribution partners: Premier Beverage of Florida, Southern Wine & Spirits of New York, Southern Wine & Spirits of Nevada, Regal Wine Company of California and BRJ from Idaho. They were fully committed and gave a portion of their profits to this cause. Some key retailers who also supported our efforts: Spec’s Texas Superstore, Ralphs, Albertsons, Lucky & Save Mart Supermarkets in California and Lee’s Discount Liquor in Nevada.

The American Cancer Society (ACS) is a nationwide and community-based voluntary health organization. Along with millions of supporters worldwide, they are dedicated to helping people stay well; get well, and find a cure to fight back against cancer. 100% of the donation is used for research and assistance to those fighting cancer. One of the major fundraising events for ACS is the Cattle Barons’ Ball (CBB) in Tampa, FL. This year, more than 700 people attended the event.

Casa Vinicola Zonin USA is wholly owned by Casa Vinicola Zonin S.p.A. in Italy; a company of seven generations of wine makers with nine vineyards located in the seven most prestigious wine growing areas in Italy. The flagship winery, Castello D’Albola located in Tuscany’s Chianti Classico District, Rocca di Montemassi located in Maremma, Tuscany, Principi di Butera located in Sicily, Ca’Bolani located in Friuli, Castello del Poggio located in Piemonte/Asti, Tenuta IL Bosco located in Lombardia, Podere IL Giangio located in Veneto, Abbazia Monte Oliveto located in Toscana and Masseria Altemura located in Puglia. Each winery is dedicated to its own traditional wines and styles. https://www.zoninusa.com

 

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Casa Vinicola Zonin USA Wins at the San Diego International Wine Competition!

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From: Casa Vinicola Zonin USA

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8101 Biscayne Blvd, Suite 705

Miami, FL 33138

Contact: Jelena Meisel

Marketing & PR Manager

(305) 456-7196

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Casa Vinicola Zonin USA Wins Platinum and Two Gold Medals at the San Diego International Wine Competition!

            Miami, Florida (April 10, 2013)- Casa Vinicola Zonin USA, Inc., Italy’s largest privately owned winery, wins three awards at the San Diego International Wine Competition in San Diego, CA, March 16-17.

Casa Vinicola Zonin’s prized (flagship wine) Zonin Prosecco was awarded the Platinum Medal. The award-winning Castello d’Albola Chianti Classico DOCG 2009 from Tuscany was not far behind with a Gold as was the Sicilian varietal Feudo Principi di Butera Insolia 2011.

  • Platinum Medal- Zonin Prosecco– Attractively aromatic and fruity with hints of wisteria flowers and rennet apples- An excellent aperitif, it can also be served throughout a meal, including dessert, as long as dishes are not too strongly flavored. 
  • Gold Medal- Castello d’Albola Chianti Classico DOCG 2009- Cherry nose with touches of toast. Palate is elegant with delicate scents of violet; medium bodied revealing a ruby red color that leads to polished tannins and dry sweet fruit flavors. Pairs perfectly with Pasta Bolognese and other richly flavored dishes.
  • Gold Medal- Feudo Principi di Butera Insolia IGT 2011– Bright golden straw yellow in color with faint greenish reflections. Rich and well balanced with delicate hints on sweet almonds. Pairs well with shrimp risotto and complement pasta dishes with vegetables or grilled chicken deliciously.

 Robert Whitley, a wine writer for Creators Syndicate and Wine Review Online, organizes the San Diego International Wine Competition (SDIWC). Over 1700 wines from around the world entered, each wine was judged in it’s own category and the wines which stood out received Silver, Gold, and Platinum awards. All judges were blind folded. The Platinum award went to wines of unsurpassed quality for their category and moved on to the Sweepstakes Round. In this round, the judges had to choose the best wine within the Sparkling, White, Rose, Red, Sweet, Fortified & Spirit categories. The winner from each category went on to be tasted for the Best of Show Award.

 “I am pleased that we participated in the San Diego International Wine Competition, our wines did exceptionally well. Especially since our prosecco won Platinum, Zonin has the largest single-owned vineyards in Italy!” said Pietro Morelli, Marketing Director of Casa Vinicola Zonin USA. “Zonin Prosecco is truly superior in quality, refreshing, and easy to drink. It’s an essential part of the Italian aperitivo. We are bringing our aperitivo lifestyle to the US one bottle at a time.”

About Casa Vinicola Zonin USA, Inc.

Casa Vinicola Zonin S.p.A. in Italy wholly owns Casa Vinicola Zonin USA; a company of seven generations of winemakers with eleven estates located in the seven most prestigious wine growing areas in Italy. The flagship winery, Castello D’Albola located in Tuscany’s Chianti Classico District, Rocca di Montemassi located in Maremma, Tuscany, Principi di Butera located in Sicily, Ca’Bolani located in Friuli, Castello del Poggio located in Piemonte/Asti, Tenuta IL Bosco located in Lombardia, Podere IL Giangio located in Veneto, Abbazia Monte Oliveto located in Toscana and Masseria Altemura located in Puglia. Each winery is dedicated to its own traditional wines and styles.

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Perfect pairing: Casa Vinicola Zonin USA kicks off second year of Italian Culinary Experience series with Eating House!

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Perfect pairing: Casa Vinicola Zonin USA kicks off second year of Italian Culinary Experience series with Eating House! 

Miami, Florida (March 4, 2013) — With the success of 2012’s Italian Culinary Experience events, Casa Vinicola Zonin USA is thrilled to kick off this year’s series on March 12th with a local favorite, Eating House restaurantlocated in Coral Gables, FL.

This year, the Italian Culinary Experience will feature trending restaurants in Miami and wine tastings from Casa Vinicola Zonin’s exclusive Estate wines.  For the 2013 series, the focus is pairing non-Italian restaurants and Italian wines to showcase how well Italian wines transcend into any cuisine.  Italian wines are made to complement a wide variety of foods, which is a real treat for the taste buds. Renowned chefs will prepare a five-course menu of exquisite food and wine pairings for media, restaurateurs, sommeliers, and other affiliated parties. Each month, a different region of Italy is selected, providing guests the opportunity to experience an extensive wine tour of that region.  This month Eating House will feature a delectable menu that will complement wines from Casa Vinicola Zonin’s rising star Rocca di Montemassi Estate in Tuscany.

Eating House offers a mouthwatering menu, which features dishes such as Pasta Carbonara, Cap’n Crunch Pancakes, and picturesque Heirloom Tomatoes infused with frozen coconut milk – just to name a few. This once “pop-up restaurant” has quickly become a crowd-pleaser and is now a permanent establishment in Miami.  Who is the mastermind chef behind all of this, you may ask? His name is Giorgio Rapicavoli, a 27-year-old Miami native who has an impressive list of accomplishments– winner of Food Network’s Chopped competition, James Beard Foundation Award Rising Star Chef of The Year, winner of Eater National’s Hottest Chef in Miami 2013, and he recently made it on Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list. Giorgio Rapicavoli along with his long-time friend and business partner, Alexander Casanova, have always envisioned owning a restaurant and now they are living out their dream.

The two-hour food and wine-pairing event is organized and hosted by Casa Vinicola Zonin USA in partnership with Miami Culinary Institute, Italy-America Chamber of Commerce and Tomson Hospitality.  There will be a total of twelve events this year, seven in Miami and five in New York City.  With the event’s popularity in Miami, the Italian Culinary Experience is taking the show on the road to NYC — Casa Vinicola Zonin USA’s leading market.

About Casa Vinicola Zonin USA, Inc.

Casa Vinicola Zonin S.p.A. in Italy wholly owns Casa Vinicola Zonin USA; a company of seven generations of winemakers with nine estates located in the seven most prestigious wine growing areas in Italy. The flagship winery, Castello D’Albola located in Tuscany’s Chianti Classico District, Rocca di Montemassi located in Maremma, Tuscany, Principi di Butera located in Sicily, Ca’Bolani located in Friuli, Castello del Poggio located in Piemonte/Asti, Tenuta IL Bosco located in Lombardia, Podere IL Giangio located in Veneto, Abbazia Monte Oliveto located in Toscana and Masseria Altemura located in Puglia. Each winery is dedicated to its own traditional wines and styles. https://www.zoninusa.com   http://www.zoninprosecco.com

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Tenuta Ca’Bolani Pinot Grigio Wins Best of Class and Gold Medal at Sunset International Wine Competition!

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Miami, FL (July 24, 2012)- – Casa Vinicola Zonin USA, Inc. is ecstatic to announce Tenuta Ca’ Bolani Estate’s Pinot Grigio outstanding win at the Sunset International Wine Competition, held at Sunset’s headquarters in Menlo Park, California on July 9 and 10.

Casa Vinicola Zonin’s Tenuta Ca’ Bolani Pinot Grigio 2011 wins Best of Class and a Gold medal— making it the number #1 wine in its class, in the Italy DOC category.  

Tenuta Ca’Bolani Pinot Grigio is “light straw with green hues.  The nose has a beautiful balance of peach, pear and minerals with notes of gardenia and blanched almonds.  The palate is dry, medium bodied, silky and reveals mouthwatering yellow peach and savory minerals that lead to a long and refreshing finish.   This wine is a perfect match for prosciutto di Parma or shelf fish.

Two other wines from Casa Vinicola Zonin’s extensive portfolio received Bronze Medals as well, Zonin Prosecco and Feudo Principi di Butera Insolia 2011.   “We are delighted by this news and thrilled that Tenuta Ca’Bolani Pinot Grigio won Best of Class.” said Marketing Director of Casa Vinicola Zonin USA, Pietro Morelli.

The Sunset International wine competition had 2,837 entries from the United States and around the world.  Some of the US’s most respected wine experts, 51 of them to be exact, came together to judge the two-day event.   There were 61 Best of Class, 283 Gold Medals, 566 silver Medals, and 567 Bronze Medals awarded.   Sunset will promote award winners at their Grand Tasting event in September for their November magazine issue and online publication. The competition also donated a portion of the proceeds from entry fees to the Children’s Health Council based in California.

Casa Vinicola Zonin USA is wholly owned by Casa Vinicola Zonin S.p.A. in Italy; a company of seven generations of wine makers with eleven estates located in the seven most prestigious wine growing areas in Italy. The flagship winery, Castello D’Albola located in Tuscany’s Chianti Classico District, Rocca di Montemassi located in Maremma, Tuscany, Principi di Butera located in Sicily, Ca’Bolani located in Friuli, Castello del Poggio located in Piemonte/Asti, Tenuta IL Bosco located in Lombardia, Podere IL Giangio located in Veneto, Abbazia Monte Oliveto located in Toscana and Masseria Altemura located in Puglia. Each winery is dedicated to its own traditional wines and styles. https://www.zoninusa.com

Casa Vinicola Zonin Wins Big at the Long Beach Grand Cru International Wine Competition!

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Miami, Florida (July 26,2012) — Casa Vinicola Zonin USA, Inc. proudly announces the outstanding success of all eight wines entered at the Long Beach Grand Cru International Wine Competition, held at the Long Beach Petroleum Club on July 21-22.

Casa Vinicola Zonin USA, Inc. received eight medals from the following categories Sweepstakes, Gold, Silver, and Bronze.  Castello del Poggio Moscato D’Asti DOCG, a sweet and well-balanced wine with refined fruitiness – wins the most notable award, Sweepstakes winner. The rest of Casa Vinicola Zonin’s most popular wines scored excellent rankings, to include:

  • Zonin Prosecco- Gold Medal
  • Winemaker’s Collection Rosato- Gold Medal
  • Rocca di Montemassi Calasole Vermentino 2011- Silver Medal
  • Castello D’Albola Chianti Classico 2008- Silver Medal
  • Tenuta Ca’Bolani Prosecco- Silver Medal
  • Masseria Altemura Sasseo Primitivo 2010- Bronze Medal
  • Tenuta Ca’Bolani Sauvignon Blanc- Bronze Medal

“This is a remarkable accomplishment for our wines and we are extremely proud of this recognition.”said Pietro Morelli, Marketing Director of Casa Vinicola Zonin USA. “We take pride in our wines because we know the devotion and hard work that goes into our products.”

Judging- led by Chief Judge Dan Berger, Syndicated Wine Columnist and Publisher of Dan Berger’s Vintage Experiences, selects the panel of exemplary judges from a pool of winemakers, educators and recognized wine connoisseurs to name a few.  The Long Beach Grand Cru International Wine Competition is the primary fundraising vehicle for the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles.  The Foundation provides legal support, educational and community outreach programs for low-income citizens who meet Federal poverty guidelines.

Casa Vinicola Zonin USA is wholly owned by Casa Vinicola Zonin S.p.A. in Italy; a company of seven generations of wine makers with eleven estates located in the seven most prestigious wine growing areas in Italy. The flagship winery, Castello D’Albola located in Tuscany’s Chianti Classico District, Rocca di Montemassi located in Maremma, Tuscany, Principi di Butera located in Sicily, Ca’Bolani located in Friuli, Castello del Poggio located in Piemonte/Asti, Tenuta IL Bosco located in Lombardia, Podere IL Giangio located in Veneto, Abbazia Monte Oliveto located in Toscana and Masseria Altemura located in Puglia. Each winery is dedicated to its own traditional wines and styles. https://www.zoninusa.com

Casa Vinicola Zonin USA Wins at the San Francisco International Wine Competition

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Casa Vinicola Zonin USA Wins Two Double Gold, Silver, and Two Bronze Medals at the San Francisco International Wine Competition

Miami, Florida, June 25,2012- – Casa Vinicola Zonin USA, Inc. is thrilled to announce a huge win at the San Francisco Wine Competition, held at the Hotel Nikko in downtown San Francisco, June 15-17.

Casa Vinicola Zonin USA, Inc. takes home total of five medals.  Double Gold Medal went to Castello Del Poggio 2011 Moscato D’Asti, DOCG, and Castello D’Albola 2008 Chianti Classico, DOCG. Principi di Butera 2010 Nero d’Avola, IGT wins a Silver Medal.  Lastly, Bronze Medals go to Principi di Butera 2011 Insolia, IGT and Tenuta Ca’ Bolani 2011 Pinot Grigio, DOC.

  • Double Gold Medal- Castello del Poggio 2011 Moscato D’Asti, DOCG beautifully fragrant with ripe tangerine, vanilla cream, lemon curd and sweet white flower. The finish leaves a lasting impression of candied hazelnut and marzipan. – A perfect summer sipper along with desserts or as an aperitif.”
  • Double Gold Medal- Castello D’Albola 2008 Chianti Classico, DOCG “The nose shows strawberry and other red fruits with notes of sage, spice cake and subtle earth.  Palate is vibrant and medium bodied revealing lively cherry and exotic spice that lead to polished tannins and a delicate finish. –Pairs perfectly with pasta Bolognese.”

“The wine experts at the San Francisco wine competition noted the top quality of our wines and this is a great accomplishment for us, especially coming from such a notable organization.” said Marketing Director of Casa Vinicola Zonin USA, Pietro Morelli.

The San Francisco competition is the largest and most influential international wine competition in the United States.   A panel of nationally recognized wine experts came together for the two-day affair. Judging is based on a blind and consensual procedure in order to retain its integrity as America’s most respected wine competition.

More than 4,500 wines were judged this year from 29 countries and 26 states– the largest competition in the 32- year history. A listing of the top medals awarded will be featured in the August issue of The Tasting Panel Magazine. Best of Show and Double Gold medal winners will be invited to participate in a 13-city tour sponsored by The Tasting Panel Magazine.

Casa Vinicola Zonin USA is wholly owned by Casa Vinicola Zonin S.p.A. in Italy; a company of seven generations of wine makers with eleven estates located in the seven most prestigious wine growing areas in Italy. The flagship winery, Castello D’Albola located in Tuscany’s Chianti Classico District, Rocca di Montemassi located in Maremma, Tuscany, Principi di Butera located in Sicily, Ca’Bolani located in Friuli, Castello del Poggio located in Piemonte/Asti, Tenuta IL Bosco located in Lombardia, Podere IL Giangio located in Veneto, Abbazia Monte Oliveto located in Toscana and Masseria Altemura located in Puglia. Each winery is dedicated to its own traditional wines and styles. https://www.zoninusa.com

Casa Vinicola Zonin USA Wins at the Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition

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Casa Vinicola Zonin USA Wins Two Silver and One Bronze Medal at the Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition

Miami, Florida, June 25, 2012- – Casa Vinicola Zonin USA, Inc. wins three medals at the Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition on May 16-18, which was held at the Fairplex, L.A. County Fair in Pomona, CA.

Judges, a panel of distinguished wine experts used a blind- tasting method to maintain the professionalism, tradition, and integrity of the competition.   Silver medals were given for Casa Vinicola Zonin’s Castello D’Albola 2008 Chianti Classico, DOCG and Castello Del Poggio 2011 Moscato D’Asti.   A Bronze Medal goes to Zonin Rosé, which is the perfect summer wine.  Zonin Rosé “On the palate, is fruity, smooth with floral notes and hints of almond.” Pairs delightfully with risotto or hors d’oeuvres.

“ What this competition shows is that our wines are ones that people love to drink and enjoy!” said Pietro Morelli, marketing director of Casa Vinicola Zonin USA. “ Zonin Rosé’s award comes at the right time because we are launching it in the U.S. market in July.”

The Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition is one of the most prestigious competitions in the nation.  It has been around for 73 years— seven decades of tradition that began shortly after the end of prohibition.  Additionally, the competition offers an extensive wine education program that is available annually to approximately 1.5 million visitors.  The program is dedicated to educating the public about wine; wine tasting, and wine and food pairings.

Casa Vinicola Zonin USA is wholly owned by Casa Vinicola Zonin S.p.A. in Italy; a company of seven generations of wine makers with eleven estates located in the seven most prestigious wine growing areas in Italy. The flagship winery, Castello D’Albola located in Tuscany’s Chianti Classico District, Rocca di Montemassi located in Maremma, Tuscany, Principi di Butera located in Sicily, Ca’Bolani located in Friuli, Castello del Poggio located in Piemonte/Asti, Tenuta IL Bosco located in Lombardia, Podere IL Giangio located in Veneto, Abbazia Monte Oliveto located in Toscana and Masseria Altemura located in Puglia. Each winery is dedicated to its own traditional wines and styles. https://www.zoninusa.com

Casa Vinicola Zonin USA Announces Opening of Marketing Office

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Miami, FL. June 1, 2012- Casa Vinicola Zonin USA, the Italian based, leading family-owned wine company known for its distinct brands such as Zonin Prosecco, Castello del Poggio Moscato d’Asti, Castello D’Abola Chianti Classico, Feudo Principi Di Butera Nero d’Avola and Rocca di Montemassi Sassabruna, has announced opening of its new marketing office.

Pietro Morelli joins as Marketing Director; leads the brand, the Prestigious Account Division, and corporate marketing initiatives for the organization.  Pietro has an extensive background in entrepreneurship, marketing, and journalism.  Pietro collaborates with Steve Howard, National Sales Director, on U.S. sales and marketing developments.

Jelena Meisel joins as Marketing Manager, and creates an U.S. market presence through the execution and developments of marketing and public relations campaigns.  She is also responsible for overseeing and managing media relations, sales support, and corporate events. Jelena reports directly to Marketing Director, Pietro Morelli.

Francesco Zonin, President of Casa Vinicola Zonin USA, commented,  “ As Casa Vinicola Zonin continues to grow U.S. presence with its award-winning wine portfolio, we are very proud to have Pietro and Jelena on board to oversee marketing efforts.  Their knowledge, talent, and passion will help expand the company’s mission and tradition into the next chapter.”

Pietro and Jelena will both be based in Casa Vinicola Zonin USA’s Marketing office in Miami, FL.

Casa Vinicola Zonin USA is wholly owned by Casa Vinicola Zonin S.p.A. in Italy; a company of seven generations of wine makers with eleven estates located in the seven most prestigious wine growing areas in Italy. The flagship winery, Castello D’Albola located in Tuscany’s Chianti Classico District, Rocca di Montemassi located in Maremma, Tuscany, Principi di Butera located in Sicily, Ca’Bolani located in Friuli, Castello del Poggio located in Piemonte/Asti, Tenuta IL Bosco located in Lombardia, Podere IL Giangio located in Veneto, Abbazia Monte Oliveto located in Toscana and Masseria Altemura located in Puglia. Each winery is dedicated to its own traditional wines and styles. https://www.zoninusa.com

Casa Vinicola Zonin USA Wins Big at the 2012 Rodeo Uncorked International Wine Competition

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Miami, FL 33138 pr@zoninusa.com

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Casa Vinicola Zonin USA Wins Big at the 2012 Rodeo Uncorked International Wine Competition and Takes Home 2 Gold, 2 Silver and 5 Bronze Medals and a title of a Reserve Class Champion

Miami, Florida, May 29, 2012- – Casa Vinicola Zonin USA, Inc. is pleased to announce a big win at the ninth annual Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo International Wine Competition, held each November at the famous Reliant Center in Houston, Texas.

Casa Vinicola Zonin USA, Inc. took home the title of a Reserve Class Champion for two of its wines as well as total of 9 medals.  The medals were awarded based on the achievement of world-class standards in aroma, body, flavor, color, clarity, acidity and balance. The champion wines were paired with special seated dinner before the exciting evening of bidding for the award-winning wines from the competition.

  • Zonin Winemaker’s Collection Chardonnay 2010 – Reserve Class Champion & Gold medal
  • Castello del Poggio Moscato d’Asti, NV – Reserve Class Champion & Silver Medal
  • Castello del Poggio Rosato, NV – Gold Medal
  • Castello d’Albola Chianti Classico 2008 – Silver Medal
  • Zonin Prosecco, NV – Bronze Medal
  • 2010 Zonin Abruzzi, Zonin 2009 Winemaker’s Collection Pinot Noir, 2010 Zonin Chianti, and Zonin Merlot  – Bronze medals

“Based on the results, I’m thrilled that all of our wines were awarded and we will continue our dedication to making quality wines!” said Pietro Morelli, Marketing Director of Casa Vinicola Zonin USA.

The private judging event determined which wines were to be featured at the Roundup & Best Bites Competition.  The 18 panels of judges, consisting of local, national, and international wine experts tasted 2,454 wines from 736 wineries.

Casa Vinicola Zonin USA is wholly owned by Casa Vinicola Zonin S.p.A. in Italy; a company of seven generations of wine makers with nine vineyards located in the seven most prestigious wine growing areas in Italy. The flagship winery, Castello D’Albola located in Tuscany’s Chianti Classico District, Rocca di Montemassi located in Maremma, Tuscany, Principi di Butera located in Sicily, Ca’Bolani located in Friuli, Castello del Poggio located in Piemonte/Asti, Tenuta IL Bosco located in Lombardia, Podere IL Giangio located in Veneto, Abbazia Monte Oliveto located in Toscana and Masseria Altemura located in Puglia. Each winery is dedicated to its own traditional wines and styles. https://www.zoninusa.com

Casa Vinicola Zonin USA Supports Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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Casa Vinicola Zonin USA Supports Breast Cancer Awareness Month by Donating $1 dollar per Bottle Sold of Zonin Sparkling Rose

Casa Vinicola Zonin USA announces a fundraising campaign to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month, beginning this September through the month of October.

For every bottle of Zonin Sparkling Rosé that is sold in the United States, $1 will go towards Breast Cancer research. Casa Vinicola Zonin USA plans to raise more than $150,000 and donate the proceeds to the American Cancer Society (ACS). Every sale helps fund program services, research, public health education, treatment, screening and other services that will help to prevent breast cancer and to eventually find a cure. In addition to $1.00 per bottle donation many of Casa Vinicola Zonin USA’s distributor partners in all 50 states will donate $5 from every case of Zonin Sparkling Rosé sold.

Casa Vinicola Zonin USA will provide in-store displays, menu inserts, table tents, coasters and case packing in pink to raise awareness of the campaign. “We are committed to offering hope and inspiration to those who have been affected by breast cancer. With this campaign we want to make a difference by supporting research for cure. This is a very personal issue for many of us. I lost my stepmother to Breast Cancer after a 4 year battle. ” said Steve Howard, National Sales Director of Casa Vinicola Zonin USA.

Casa Vinicola Zonin USA is wholly owned by Casa Vinicola Zonin S.p.A. in Italy; a company of seven generations of wine makers with nine vineyards located in the seven most prestigious wine growing areas in Italy. The flagship winery, Castello D’Albola located in Tuscany’s Chianti Classico District, Rocca di Montemassi located in Maremma, Tuscany, Principi di Butera located in Sicily, Ca’Bolani located in Friuli, Castello del Poggio located in Piemonte/Asti, Tenuta IL Bosco located in Lombardia, Podere IL Giangio located in Veneto, Abbazia Monte Oliveto located in Toscana and Masseria Altemura located in Puglia. Each winery is dedicated to its own traditional wines and styles. https://www.zoninusa.com

Casa Vinicola Zonin USA Wins at the Critics Challenge International Wine Competition in San Diego, CA

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From: Casa Vinicola Zonin USA                                     Contact: Jelena Meisel

Marketing & PR Division                                               Marketing & PR Manager

8101 Biscayne Blvd, Suite 705                                      (305) 456- 7196

Miami, FL 33138                                                         pr@zoninusa.com

 

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Casa Vinicola Zonin USA Wins 2 Golds, 2 Silvers at the Critics Challenge International Wine Competition in San Diego, CA

Miami, Florida, May 24, 2012 – – Casa Vinicola Zonin USA, Inc. is pleased to announce four medals won at the Critics Challenge International Wine Competition. The competition took place in San Diego May 19th and 20th.

Casa Vinicola Zonin USA, Inc. took home 2 gold and 2 silver medals. Tenuta Ca’ Bolani estate in Friuli was awarded a gold medal for 2011 Pinot Grigio and Critics Silver for 2010 Sauvignon. While, Sicily’s Feudo Prinicipi Di Butera estate won Critics Gold for 2010 Nero d’Avola and Zonin Prosecco won Critics Silver.

“We are honored to receive these prestigious awards!” said Pietro Morelli, Marketing Director of Casa Vinicola Zonin USA.  “ Casa Vincola Zonin makes excellent wines, and these awards highlight the superb quality of wines that we bring from Friuli and Sicily.”

Critics Challenge brings together many of America’s most accomplished and respected wine journalists to evaluate wine entries from around the globe, like Mary Ewing-Mulligan, MW, Robert Whitley, Michael Apstein, Dan Berger, Stephen Brook, etc.

Casa Vinicola Zonin USA is wholly owned by Casa Vinicola Zonin S.p.A. in Italy; a company of seven generations of wine makers with nine vineyards located in the seven most prestigious wine growing areas in Italy. The flagship winery, Castello D’Albola located in Tuscany’s Chianti Classico District, Rocca di Montemassi located in Maremma, Tuscany, Principi di Butera located in Sicily, Ca’Bolani located in Friuli, Castello del Poggio located in Piemonte/Asti, Tenuta IL Bosco located in Lombardia, Podere IL Giangio located in Veneto, Abbazia Monte Oliveto located in Toscana and Masseria Altemura located in Puglia. Each winery is dedicated to its own traditional wines and styles. https://www.zoninusa.com

 

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Casa Vinicola Zonin USA, sets the record straight on the “Moscato Phenomenon”

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From: Casa Vinicola Zonin USA                         Contact: Elisa Bulgheroni

Marketing & PR Division                                   (305) 877 – 7422

8101 Biscayne Blvd, Suite 705                          pr@zoninusa.com

Miami, FL 33138

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Miami, Florida (March 16, 2012) – Casa Vinicola Zonin USA, sets the record straight on the “Moscato Phenomenon” explaining how Moscato Castello del Poggio – one of its signature products – is what launched the “Moscato Phenomenon” in the United States.

The “Moscato Phenomenon” began in March 2008, with a new partnership between America’s #1 Italian Restaurant Chain and Casa Vinicola Zonin USA. Shortly after the launch of Castello del Poggio Moscato IGT, the growth was startling and dramatic. Last year, Moscato Castello del Poggio was number one selling adult beverage in that chain and also number one searched-for wine on Snooth.com.

With a strong presence in all 50 states, Moscato Castello del Poggio gained immediate national attention and recognition. This “Moscato Madness” spread all over the Internet on blogs, web pages and famous rappers/artists/performers wrote songs about Moscato.

“We at Casa Vinicola Zonin USA are very proud of our ability to create a trend of the United States wine market” said Steve Howard, National Sales Director for Zonin USA. “It required a lot of hard work, a great partnership and a bit of luck, but in the end we have been able to change the wine world.“

Moscato is a uniquely sweet and refreshing white wine characterized by a refined fruitiness and delicate scents of peaches, which comes from the highly esteemed Piedmont region. Its flavor profile makes it the perfect accompaniment to desserts and fruit salads, but it has a great potential to be paired with spicy food and savory dishes as well.

Casa Vinicola Zonin USA is wholly owned by Casa Vinicola Zonin S.p.A. in Italy; a company of seven generations of wine makers with nine vineyards located in the seven most prestigious wine growing areas in Italy. The flagship winery, Castello D’Albola located in Tuscany’s Chianti Classico District, Rocca di Montemassi located in Maremma, Tuscany, Principi di Butera located in Sicily, Ca’Bolani located in Friuli, Castello del Poggio located in Piemonte/Asti, Tenuta IL Bosco located in Lombardia, Podere IL Giangio located in Veneto, Abbazia Monte Oliveto located in Toscana and Masseria Altemura located in Puglia.  Each winery is dedicated to its own traditional wines and styles.  www.zoninusa.com

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Casa Vinicola Zonin USA Wins Gold Medal at the Ultimate Wine Challenge in New York City, NY

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From: Casa Vinicola Zonin USA                      Contact: Jelena Meisel

Marketing & PR Division                                Marketing & PR Manager

8101 Biscayne Blvd, Suite 705                       (305) 456-7196

Miami, FL 33138                                           pr@zoninusa.com

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Casa Vinicola Zonin USA Wins Gold Medal at the Ultimate Wine Challenge in New York City, NY

Miami, Florida, May 10,2012 – – Casa Vinicola Zonin USA, Inc. wins three medals at the Ultimate Wine

Challenge held at the Astor Center in NYC.  The challenge took place on April 23- 27, 2012.

Casa Vinicola Zonin USA, Inc. wins three awards.  All three wines scored in the high 80s – with ‘Very Good, Strong Recommendation’ Accolades.

  • 89 points – Principi Di Butera 2009 Nero d’Avola “Morello cherries, hints of cinnamon and black pepper lead of the armas of this rich Sicilian varietal wine. Well-balanced and refreshing, with a refreshingly dry finish and great character – a perfect wine for pasta with tomato sauce, grilled meats and roast chicken.”
  • 88 points – Principi Di Butera 2010 Insolia “Straw hue with hints of green. Smoky, menthol, herbal aromas waft from the glass. The palate exhibits sweet citrus fruit and white almonds. A zippy white wine.”
  • 88 points  – Tenuta Ca’ Bolani Prosecco “White flowers exude from the glass, along with a hint of chalky-mineral. Offers flavors of lemon verbena and a hint of sweetness. Zesty and pretty.”

“It’s an honor to be recognized and awarded for some of our top ranking wines,” said Pietro Morelli, Marketing Director of Casa Vinicola Zonin USA. “ It’s an outstanding accomplishment and it only proves the quality of our wines.”

Ultimate Wine Challenge methodology raises the bar when it comes to judging.   Blind panels of judges evaluate the wines to remove any bias. Wines are distinguished a score, as well, as Accolades, which is a helpful guide to customers. Ultimate Wine Challenge judges for 2012 included a stellar group of buyers, journalists, educators, sommeliers and consultants including six Masters of Wine, a title that is internationally recognized as the pinnacle of professional achievement in the world of wine: Michael ApsteinChristy Canterbury, MWJames ConleyMary Ewing-Mulligan, MW; Doug Frost, MW; Mary Gorman-McAdams, MWLisa Granik, MW; Ed McCarthyJohn McClementPatricia SavoieTara Q. Thomas and Jennifer Simonetti-BryanMW.

Casa Vinicola Zonin USA is wholly owned by Casa Vinicola Zonin S.p.A. in Italy; a company of seven generations of wine makers with nine vineyards located in the seven most prestigious wine growing areas in Italy. The flagship winery, Castello D’Albola located in Tuscany’s Chianti Classico District, Rocca di Montemassi located in Maremma, Tuscany, Principi di Butera located in Sicily, Ca’Bolani located in Friuli, Castello del Poggio located in Piemonte/Asti, Tenuta IL Bosco located in Lombardia, Podere IL Giangio located in Veneto, Abbazia Monte Oliveto located in Toscana and Masseria Altemura located in Puglia. Each winery is dedicated to its own traditional wines and styles. https://www.zoninusa.com

 

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Casa Vinicola Zonin USA to Partner with Scarpetta at Fontainebleau for the Italian Culinary Experience

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Miami, Florida (October 2, 2012) — The Italian Culinary Experience, a two-hour food and wine-pairing event is organized and hosted by Casa Vinicola Zonin USA in partnership with Miami Culinary Institute, Italy-America Chamber of Commerce and Tomson Hospitality.

The Italian Culinary Experience features cooking demonstrations from prominent Italian restaurants in Miami and wine tastings from Casa Vinicola Zonin’s exclusive Estate wines.  These renowned chefs prepare a five-course menu of exquisite food and wine pairings for media, restaurateurs, sommeliers, and other affiliated parties. Each month, a different region of Italy is selected, providing guests the opportunity to experience an extensive food and wine tour of that region.

There are total of ten events scheduled for 2012, and the next event in the series will take place on October 9th in collaboration with Scarpetta at Fontainebleau Miami Beach – the iconic resort’s AAA Four Diamond signature restaurant featuring Italian cuisine.  Chef de Cuisine Nina Compton will prepare an exquisite menu that will perfectly complement the selected wines. This month will feature the Tuscany Region and wines from Castello d’Albola and Rocca di Montemassi Estates.

“Casa Vinicola Zonin USA is thrilled to partner with the truly phenomenal and prevalent restaurant, Scarpetta. The pairings are surely to create magical experience for all of our guests attending the event” said Pietro Morelli, Marketing Director of Casa Vinicola Zonin USA.

The success Casa Vincola Zonin USA’s previous events with the following restaurants will set the tone for another exceptional Italian Culinary Experience with Fontainebleau’s Scarpetta.

  • February 21st– Menu by executive chefs, Fabrizio& Nicola Carro from Quattro Gastronomia Italiana and featuring Castello del Poggio Estate from Piedmont Region
  • March 20th Menu by chef Angelo Masarin from Salumeria 104 Restaurant and featuring Veneto Region
  • April 24th Menu by executive chef Julian Baker from Toscana Divino featuring Castello D’Albola Estate & Rocca di Montemassi from Tuscany Region
  • May 22nd Menu by executive chef Giancarla Bodoni from Escopazzo Restaurant featuring Feudo Principi di Butera Estate from Sicily region
  • August 21st– Menu by executive chef Ezio Gamba from The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne Cioppino Restaurant featuring Masseria Altemura from Puglia Region
  • September 11th– Menu by executive chef Sergio Sigala from Soho Beach Miami featuring Tenuta IL Bosco Estate from the Lombardy Region

“The uniqueness of these events–from selecting a different restaurant, region, and having our guests enjoy this experience with us–is what makes it exciting” said Pietro Morelli, Marketing Director of Casa Vinicola Zonin USA. “The objective of the Italian Culinary Experience is to bring Italian cuisine to life by connecting the most valuable players in the industry. Therefore our partnership with prominent and distinguished organizations like the Miami Culinary Institute and the Italian- American Chamber of Commerce are very important.

About Casa Vinicola Zonin USA

Casa Vinicola Zonin USA is wholly owned by Casa Vinicola Zonin S.p.A. in Italy; a company of seven generations of wine makers with eleven estates located in the seven most prestigious wine growing areas in Italy. The flagship winery, Castello D’Albola located in Tuscany’s Chianti Classico District, Rocca di Montemassi located in Maremma, Tuscany, Principi di Butera located in Sicily, Ca’Bolani located in Friuli, Castello del Poggio located in Piemonte/Asti, Tenuta IL Bosco located in Lombardia, Podere IL Giangio located in Veneto, Abbazia Monte Oliveto located in Toscana and Masseria Altemura located in Puglia. Each winery is dedicated to its own traditional wines and styles. https://www.zoninusa.com

 

About Fontainebleau Miami Beach

A revered Miami Beach landmark for more than 50 years set on more than 20 oceanfront acres, Fontainebleau Miami Beach boasts 1,504 new guestrooms and suites outfitted with iMacs; 12 restaurants and lounges, most notably three AAA Four Diamond signature restaurants, Gotham Steak, Scarpetta and Hakkasan; two dynamic nightlife venues; the 40,000-square-foot Lapis spa with mineral-rich water therapies and co-ed swimming pools; and a dramatic oceanfront poolscape. For general information or accommodations at Fontainebleau Miami Beach, visit www.fontainebleau.com or call 1.877.512.8002.

 

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Casa Vinicola Zonin USA Off to a Fast Start, Tops 100,000 Case Sales in Florida

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Miami, Florida (March 21, 2012) – Casa Vinicola Zonin USA off to a fast start and for the first time passes the 100,000 cases depletion in the state of Florida in 2011.  The past year has been a busy one on the new product front for Casa Vinicola Zonin USA with introduction of Winemaker’s Collection, Regions Collection, Primo Amore Moscato and new wines from each of the seven imported estates.

Casa Vinicola Zonin’s depleted about 100,000 cases after a successful launch of Winemaker’s Collection Pinot Grigio with sales over 50,000 cases. “There is a large portion of consumers that are looking for something more crisp, straightforward and easy to drink.” says Steve Howard, National Sales Director for Casa Vinicola Zonin USA.  Casa Vinicola Zonin USA launched Winemaker’s Collection with seven varietals – Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Chianti, DOCG, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Cabernet, Montelpulciano d’Abruzzo DOC – and recently added three perfect summer wines, which include Riesling, Rosato and Moscato.

The 100,000 case depletion was also driven by Zonin Prosecco sales in excess of 7,500 cases, Castello D’Albola Chianti Classico (90 points Top 100 Wine Spectator) with sales of over 7,000 cases and Ca’Bolani Pinot Grigio of 6,000 cases.

Casa Vinicola Zonin USA is wholly owned by Casa Vinicola Zonin S.p.A. in Italy; a company of seven generations of wine makers with nine vineyards located in the seven most prestigious wine growing areas in Italy. The flagship winery, Castello D’Albola located in Tuscany’s Chianti Classico District, Rocca di Montemassi located in Maremma, Tuscany, Principi di Butera located in Sicily, Ca’Bolani located in Friuli, Castello del Poggio located in Piemonte/Asti, Tenuta IL Bosco located in Lombardia, Podere IL Giangio located in Veneto, Abbazia Monte Oliveto located in Toscana and Masseria Altemura located in Puglia.  Each winery is dedicated to its own traditional wines and styles.  www.zoninusa.com

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Casa Vinicola Zonin USA to Launch the Exclusive Event “Italian Culinary Experience”

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Casa Vinicola Zonin USA to Launch the Exclusive Event “Italian Culinary Experience”

From: 
Casa Vinicola Zonin USA
8101 Biscayne Blvd, Suite 705
Miami, FL 33138
Contact: 
PR & Marketing Division
pr@zoninusa.com

Miami, Florida, February 16, 2012 – – Casa Vinicola Zonin USA will launch the exclusive “Italian Culinary Experience” in Miami, FL. This special 2-hour event will take place for the very first time on February 21 at the Miami Culinary Institute and will be held on a monthly basis.

The Italian Culinary Experience will include cooking demonstrations and wine tastings, as well as panel discussions by world-class chefs and wine experts. Its uniqueness is represented by the fact that a different Italian region will be picked each month of the year, thus giving attendees the opportunity of experiencing a comprehensive food & wine tour of Italy.

For the month of February, Casa Vinicola Zonin USA will introduce Piedmont’s Castello del Poggio noble estate as special feature. The following wines will be showcased: Zonin ProseccoDolcettoBarbera d’AstiBarolo and Moscato d’Asti.

“It’s a real honor for Casa Vinicola Zonin USA to partner with recognized entities like the Miami Culinary Institute and the Italian-American Chamber of Commerce for such an exciting and original project” said Pietro Morelli, Marketing Director of Zonin USA. “The objective of the Italian Culinary Experience is to bring the Italian cuisine to life by connecting the most valuable players in the industry. Therefore, every month we will have renowned chefs prepare exquisite food and wine pairings.”

This event will indeed be sponsored by the Miami Culinary Institute, Thomson Hospitality, the Italian-American Chamber of Commerce and it is supported by the Consulate General of Italy in Miami.

Casa Vinicola Zonin, Italy’s largest privately held wine company, is one of the most popular imported brands in the United States. The company owns 11 wine estates and is present in 109 countries all over the world.

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Casa Vinicola Zonin USA, announces soaring sales for Zonin Prosecco in California

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Casa Vinicola Zonin USA, announces soaring sales for Zonin Prosecco in California – Zonin Prosecco #1 in Scan Data in Southern California

Miami, Florida (February 11, 2012) – Casa Vinicola Zonin USA, largest Prosecco producer in Italy, announces soaring sales of ZONIN PROSECCO in Southern California. Zonin Prosecco rose to a 20.9% Share of market ending 12 weeks from Nov 27, 2011 in the Southern California Market according to Grocery Scan Data.  “There’s never been a better time to be a sparkling wine producer. These numbers are stunning for our Prosecco in California considering the popularity of California whites and sparklings” said Steve Howard, National Sales Director for Casa Vinicola Zonin USA.

Zonin Prosecco is an authentic Italian sparkling wine made out of 100% Glera grapes, can be shared and enjoyed anytime of the year.  Prosecco is a lively, sparkling wine that is essential to having fun Italian-style. Its fresh and delicious food friendly profile lends itself to any occasion. Before a meal, Zonin Prosecco makes a perfect palate-cleansing aperitif. It’s also just the right thing to pair with your favorite savory fare or seafood dishes. And most importantly, Zonin Prosecco also makes the end of any meal a grand finalé!

Casa Vinicola Zonin USA is wholly owned by Casa Vinicola Zonin S.p.A. in Italy; a company of seven generations of wine makers with nine vineyards located in the seven most prestigious wine growing areas in Italy. The flagship winery, Castello D’Albola located in Tuscany’s Chianti Classico District, Rocca di Montemassi located in Maremma, Tuscany, Principi di Butera located in Sicily, Ca’Bolani located in Friuli, Castello del Poggio located in Piemonte/Asti, Tenuta IL Bosco located in Lombardia, Podere IL Giangio located in Veneto, Abbazia Monte Oliveto located in Toscana and Masseria Altemura located in Puglia.  Each winery is dedicated to its own traditional wines and styles.  www.zoninusa.com

Casa Vinicola Zonin to Participate in the Exclusive Gambero Rosso “Tre Bicchieri USA Tour 2012”

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Casa Vinicola Zonin to Participate in the Exclusive Gambero Rosso “Tre Bicchieri USA Tour 2012”

From: 
Casa Vinicola Zonin USA
630 Peter Jefferson Pkwy, Suite 110
Charlottesville, VA 22911
Contact: 
PR & Marketing Division
pr@zoninusa.com

Miami, Florida, February 9, 2012 – – Casa Vinicola Zonin will take part in the “Tre Bicchieri USA Tour 2012”. This coast-to-coast event, presented by Gambero Rosso (the most famous Italian Food & Wine portal and accredited guide), will take place on February 15, 17 and 21, 2012.

During this special event, Casa Vinicola Zonin will showcase the following Tre Bicchieri award-winning wines from Tuscany estates Castello d’Albola and Rocca di Montemassi:

In addition, these other award-winning wines will also be poured: Castello d’Albola Chianti Classico DOCG, Rocca di Montemassi Calasole Vermentino and Rocca di Montemassi Sassabruna Supertuscan.

Specifically, Casa Vinicola Zonin will participate at all three events in the following locations:

  • San Francisco: Wednesday, February 15

3:00 – 6:00 pm: Fort Mason Center (Herbst Pavillion) – 38 Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA 94123

  • New York: Friday, February 17

3:00 – 7:00 pm: Metropolitan Pavillion – 125 West 18th Street, New York, NY 10011

  • Chicago: Tuesday, February 21

3:00 – 6:00 pm: Union Station – 210 South Canal Street, Chicago, IL 60606

The “Tre Bicchieri USA Tour 2012” will start after presenting its premium group of award winners to the world. This year – from over 20,000 wines tasted by Gambero Rosso panels – only 375 labels attained that status. Therefore, only producers of a label that achieved Vini d’Italia’s highest category (i.e. Tre Bicchieri), will take part in it.

“It’s a real honor for casa Vinicola Zonin to be considered as an emblem of Italian excellence: this means that our hard work paid off” said Francesco Zonin, President of Zonin USA. He then added: “Our corporate philosophy is based on three core values: our indissoluble bond to the land and grapes, commitment to quality and attention to the consumer”.

Casa Vinicola Zonin, Italy’s largest privately held wine company, is one of the most popular imported brands in the United States. The company owns 11 wine estates and is present in 109 countries all over the world.

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Casa Vinicola Zonin USA, announces soaring sales for Zonin Prosecco in California

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Zonin Prosecco Commercial to Air Again on Food Network and Cooking Channel

 

From: 
Casa Vinicola Zonin USA
630 Peter Jefferson Pkwy, Suite 110
Charlottesville, VA 22911
Contact: 
PR & Marketing Division
pr@zoninusa.com

Miami, Florida, January 31, 2012 – – Zonin Prosecco, the signature product of Casa Vinicola Zonin USA, will be the star of the upcoming TV commercial. Starting February 1, Zonin Prosecco commercial will air again on both the Food Network and Cooking Channel.

Zonin Prosecco commercial will run during the following highly rated TV series:

Food Network                                             Cooking Channel

* “Giada at Home”                                       * “Brunch at Bobby’s

* “Cupcake Wars”                                        * “Everyday Italian

* “Chopped”                                                  * “The Perfect 3

The commercial features a truly extraordinary guest appearance: Francesco Zonin, President of Zonin USA, will uncork and pop the Prosecco bottle, which will lead to cherished memories. Zonin Prosecco will indeed be showcased in multiple aspects of everyday life as well as for special occasions.

“We’ve longed for this since we opened our US marketing and communication offices” said Pietro Morelli, Marketing Director for Casa Vinicola Zonin USA. “We worked very hard to accomplish this dream and now we are very proud of the final product“.

Zonin Prosecco is a refreshing 100% Italian white sparkling wine. Its fresh and fruity flavor makes it easy to pair with any kind of food and also makes it a delightful aperitif. Prosecco is excellent for happy hours, it is food friendly and adds an element of festivity to any gathering or meal. Its stylish yet classic packaging is eye catching and makes it the centerpiece of any table or discussion. It is not just a sparkling wine, but a wine that sparkles. Zonin Prosecco is a lively, bubbly wine that is essential to have fun with your friends in a truly Italian-style: “Enjoy the simple moments of life!

Casa Vinicola Zonin, Italy’s largest privately held wine company, is one of the most popular imported brands in the United States. The company owns eleven wine estates and is present in 109 countries all over the world.

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Casa Vinicola Zonin to Take Part in the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

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Casa Vinicola Zonin to Take Part in the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

 

From: 
Casa Vinicola Zonin USA
630 Peter Jefferson Pkwy, Suite 110
Charlottesville, VA 22911
Contact: 
PR & Marketing Division
pr@zoninusa.com

Charlottesville, Virginia, September 14, 2011 – – Casa Vinicola Zonin will take part in the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, going from September 30 to November 13, 2011 at the Epcot Theme Park in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

During this event, Casa Vinicola Zonin will showcase Zonin Prosecco, Rocca di Montemassi Le Focaie and Principi di Butera Insolia. Specifically, Casa Vinicola Zonin will attend the opening reception, various culinary demonstrations* with exclusive food pairings and a wine seminar:

 

  • Thursday, September 29, 6:30-9PM: First Bites Opening Reception
  • Friday, September 30 at 5PM: Chef Bill Clark (Cheese)
  • Saturday, October 1 at 3PM: Chef Jeramy Moore (Beef)
  • Monday, October 3 at 4PM: Wine Seminar (offering helpful tips and techniques while tasting)
  • Monday, October 17 at 3PM: Chef Mike Young (Vegetarian)
  • Monday, October 31 at 5PM: Chef Jim Hendry (Tournedos of Beef)
  • Tuesday, November 1 at 3PM: Chef Renzo Barcatta (Mozzarella Risotto)

 

“We are very happy to participate in this year’s Epcot event,” said Karen Trzcinka, National Accounts Manager – East for Zonin USA.  “As a member of the Casa Vinicola Zonin team, I think it is very important to be a part of festivals such as the Epcot Food and Wine.

These types of events are where the consumer can not only taste, but learn about our wines and how to pair them with everyday recipes.”

Casa Vinicola Zonin, Italy’s largest privately held wine company, is one of the most popular imported brands in the United States. The company owns 11 wine estates and is present in 109 countries all over the world.

* subject to change without notice

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Casa Vinicola Zonin to Pursue Sustainable Development through Magis Project

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Casa Vinicola Zonin to Pursue Sustainable Development through Magis Project

 

From: 
Casa Vinicola Zonin USA
630 Peter Jefferson Pkwy, Suite 110
Charlottesville, VA 22911
Contact: 
PR & Marketing Division
pr@zoninusa.com

Charlottesville, Virginia, November 28, 2011 – – Casa Vinicola Zonin announces its ongoing dedication to the MAGIS project and the use of sustainable development techniques.

Casa Vinicola Zonin, together with other eight partners – among which are UIV (The Italian Wine Union), Assoenologi (The Association of Italian Enology), the Universities of Turin, Florence, Bari and Milan – will represent the core of this project.

Magis is an innovative viticulture project aiming to improve and modernize vineyard management in Italy. Its mission is to create well defined sustainable practices based on environmental and enological issues in order to produce healthy and high quality grapes. One of the leading motivations is that of making wine in a more sensible way through integrity in the agricultural performance.

This project will be applied to each Casa Vinicola Zonin estate through various initiatives: giving priority to the use of natural regulation mechanisms, improving air quality through CO2 fixation, preserving soil fertility, and increasing biodiversity (represented by native species).

“We decided to turn into sustainable development because it ‘satisfies today’s needs, without compromising those that next generations will have in the future’ (Brundtland, 1987)”, said Gianni Zonin, President of Casa Vinicola Zonin.

Through the use of state of the art technology and by leveraging the myriad of skills, which the above-mentioned entities offer, Casa Vinicola Zonin and Magis are working towards more sustainable future. Casa Vinicola Zonin was the only Italian winery present during the “Wineries for Climate Protection Conference 2011”.

Casa Vinicola Zonin, Italy’s largest privately held wine company, is one of the most popular imported brands in the United States. The company owns 11 wine estates and is present in more than 109 countries.

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Casa Vinicola Zonin to Take Part in the NYC Wine & Food Festival 2011

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Casa Vinicola Zonin to Take Part in the NYC Wine & Food Festival 2011

 

From: 
Casa Vinicola Zonin USA
630 Peter Jefferson Pkwy, Suite 110
Charlottesville, VA 22911
Contact: 
PR & Marketing Division
pr@zoninusa.com

 

Charlottesville, Virginia, September 12, 2011 – – Casa Vinicola Zonin will take part in the Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival. This fourth annual event, presented by Food & Wine magazine, will take place September 29 – October 2, 2011. The Festival is hosted by and benefits the Food Bank for New York City.

During this special event, Casa Vinicola Zonin will pour its bubbly Zonin Prosecco, together with estate wines: Ca’ Bolani Pinot Grigio, Castello d’Albola Chianti Classico and Principi di Butera Nero d’Avola. Specifically, Casa Vinicola Zonin will participate in the following events:

 

  • Friday, September 30:
  1. Beverage Media Trade Tasting” (by invitation only)
  2. Fine Italian Wine Tasting Room”, featuring wines from Castello del Poggio and Castello d’Albola

 

  • Saturday and Sunday, October 1-2: “Grand Tasting

 

All events will take place at Pier 57 – West Side Highway & 15th Street, New York. For more information, visit the NYC Wine & Food Festival website.

“I’m very excited that Zonin USA will take part for the very first time in such a great event in New York City – which is well known as one of the best culinary and wine locations in the world” said Steve Howard, National Sales Director for Zonin USA.

Casa Vinicola Zonin, Italy’s largest privately held wine company, is one of the most popular imported brands in the United States. The company owns 11 wine estates and is present in 109 countries all over the world.

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Casa Vinicola Zonin’s Moscato Castello del Poggio to be Number One Searched-for Wine on Snooth.com

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Casa Vinicola Zonin’s Moscato Castello del Poggio to be Number One Searched-for Wine on Snooth.com

From: 
Casa Vinicola Zonin USA
630 Peter Jefferson Pkwy, Suite 110
Charlottesville, VA 22911
Contact: 
PR & Marketing Division
pr@zoninusa.com

 

Charlottesville, Virginia, March 16, 2011 – – Francesco Zonin, Vice President of Casa Vinicola Zonin S.p.A, participated in the Snooth.com’s Virtual Wine Tasting along with Gregory Dal Piaz, the website’s Editor-in-Chief, on February 2.

For the occasion, four types of wine were tasted: Zonin Prosecco, Ca’ Bolani Pinot Grigio, Castello d’Albola Chianti Classico and Castello del Poggio Moscato d’Asti DOCG. During virtual tasting, people learned more about wine and had their questions answered live from the experts.

Snooth’s monthly newsletter released a report that Castello del Poggio Moscato d’Asti Vintage 2007 was the # 1 searched-for wine on their website for the month of February 2011 and it received over 590 reviews. Thus, Casa Vinicola Zonin achieved top ranking over brands such as Moët & Chandon, Veuve Clicquot, Villa Antinori and La Crema.

Moscato d’Asti is a sweet, well-balanced wine, with an extremely refined fruitiness. It is excellent at the end of a meal with desserts or just on its own as an accompaniment to conversation among friends. In Francesco Zonin words, “Moscato is rediscovery of the very traditional grape”. Mr. Dal Piaz praised Moscato as “an explosion of beautiful summery perfumes”.

Casa Vinicola Zonin, Italy’s largest privately held wine company, is one of the most popular imported brands in the United States. Snooth.com is the world’s largest interactive wine database and an emerging social network dedicated to wine lovers.

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