The Torch Award, which symbolizes Illumination, Energy, Joy, Victory, Enlightenment, Hope and Education will be presented to Roy Choi on Sunday, August 25 at 3:30 pm on Center Stage by The Western Foodservice & Hospitality Expo and The California Restaurant Association. This prestigious award was created to honor outstanding chefs and/or restaurateurs who embody all those qualities and characteristics. Roy was chosen for his outstanding knowledge and leadership; philanthropic and community efforts; extraordinary talent and creativity; and his innovation and inspiration.
TEMECULA VALLEY, Calif. (PRWEB) – Celebrate California Wine Month Temecula-style this September in a month-long toast to the region’s bounty. Wine tasting with a choice of nearly 50 wineries is made easy with a Sip Sip Stay package. Wineries throughout the region will be celebrating with wine stomps, wine pairing dinners, Shakespeare in the Vines, live music, and more. The month will culminate with its popular annual CRUSH Wine & Culinary Showcase.
Sip Sip Stay Package
The Sip Sip Stay package is designed for visitors booking at least a two-night stay and wish to do wine tasting. A two-night stay will earn one SIP Passport, a $48 value. Visitors booking a September three night stay will receive two SIP Passports, a $96 value. The stay must be Sunday through Thursday during September 1-30, 2019, excluding holidays and available while supply lasts, restrictions apply. Passports valid Mon-Fri
The SIP Passport provides an opportunity to taste award-winning wines produced in Temecula Valley Wine Country while avoiding the weekend crowds. The ticket holder chooses when and which five wineries to visit out of more than 25 participating wineries. Each location includes a standard wine tasting. In addition to a wine tasting, guests can take advantage of special offers only available as passport holders.
CRUSH Wine & Culinary Showcase
CRUSH Wine & Culinary Showcase, September 28, 2019, will bring wineries and local restaurants together at Monte De Oro Winery for attendees to taste some of the best the region has to offer. More than 35 wineries will be featuring their latest and greatest varieties, while patrons mix and mingle with winemakers, vineyard owners, chefs, and new friends as they enjoy live entertainment and artisan food bites from over 15 local restaurants.
Places to Taste
Visitors to the region can take advantage of three unique wine trails to help plan their wine-tasting experience, each offering a unique set of vineyards and wineries for discovery and tastings. From the time-tested traditions and ease-of-access of the Rancho California Wine Trail to Calle Contento Wine Trail’s “off-the-beaten-path” experience to De Portola Wine Trail’s, equestrian country showcasing wine styles from around the world, there is a wine trail for every Temecula Valley visitor.
Some of the region’s oldest and most well-known wineries can be found on the Rancho California Wine Trail. This is the most well-known, therefore busiest trail. For an “off the beaten path” wine tasting experience, visitors won’t want to miss the Calle Contento Wine Trail. Located just off Rancho California Road, this wine trail boasts sweeping views of vineyards throughout the trail’s meandering path. Just south of Rancho California Road, the De Portola Wine Trail wanders through an equestrian region, nestled against the foothills of Temecula Valley.
Things To Do
September is an ideal time to visit Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country, with its wine grapes heavy on the vines waiting for harvest, clear blue skies, and a calendar full of events and activities in wine country, as well as other attractions only minutes away. Find out everything there is to see and do in the region at VisitTemeculaValley.com or call to request a free Visitor Guide at 888-363-2852.
About Visit Temecula Valley
Laid back, picturesque Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country welcomes nearly three million visitors each year. It is a year-round vacation destination, located 60 minutes from San Diego, Orange County, and Palm Springs; 90 minutes from Los Angeles.
Temecula Valley Wine Country is widely recognized for its scenic vineyards, award-winning wines, and experiential wineries. The popular boutique destination includes the Temecula Valley A.V.A. (American Viticulture Area) as well as historic Old Town Temecula, and Pechanga Resort Casino. It also was named as a 2019 Wine Enthusiast 10 Best Wine Travel Destination.
Visit Temecula Valley is the region’s official tourism marketing organization and resource for visitors. The Visitors Center is located in Old Town Temecula. For visitor information and assistance, please call (888) 363-2852 or go to VisitTemeculaValley.com.
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – Winesong’s 35th annual charity auction and tasting will take place September 6-7th. The event invites guests to sample the best of local cuisine and wines, while supporting the enhancement of comprehensive hospital services, and up-to-date equipment for the Mendocino Coast District Hospital. Since 1984, Winesong has brought natives and visitors together to engage in a weekend full of soothing and rhythmic instrumentals, exquisite art, world-class wines, and their lively charity auction.
The 35th annual Winesong Charity Auction & Tasting will take place at the stunning Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens. The venue displays a collection of exotic and endangered flora and succulents overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Ticket holders will enjoy a diverse setlist of music genres ranging from folk to Latin. In addition, a variety of food and drink vendors will offer a large selection of luxurious and vintage wines, and local fare in the midst of a peaceful California oasis. Winesong’s main highlight is their large silent and live auctions, including original art from acclaimed California artists, as well as highly coveted international wine getaways and vacation packages. Only minutes away, Destinations in Paradise’s secluded oceanfront estate provides premier lodging for the ultimate weekend getaway to Mendocino, during Winesong or all year-round.
Experience the best of both worlds — ultimate tranquility with every modern-day convenience imaginable. Named “The Most Beautiful Community in the U.S.” by The LA Times, Mendocino is visually stunning from the mature redwood trees and crystal-clear beaches, to the only oceanfront botanical gardens in the U.S. The property is 27 miles from Camp Navarro, and at 6,385 square feet this hideaway features four bedrooms, four bathrooms, an award-winning chef’s kitchen, media room, private art gallery, and a separate guest wing.
About Winesong Charity Auction & Tasting
Winesong is an annual charity auction and wine and food tasting festival produced by the Mendocino Coast Hospital Foundation. Proceeds are used to enhance equipment, facilities and services at the Mendocino Coast District Hospital. The Diagnostic Imaging Center, Medical Evacuation Helipad, Out-Patient Surgical services, and Emergency Department Equipment are just a few of the vital areas that Winesong funds have enhanced. Since 1985, Winesong has raised over $8 million for improvements in local healthcare.
Stroll through the lush Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens while enjoying vintages poured by world-class wineries from Mendocino, Sonoma, Napa, and beyond, and food from some of the finest regional finest food purveyors. The tasting is accented by various music groups performing a variety of styles, including jazz, classical, blues, calypso and folk rock.
About Destinations in Paradise
Destinations in Paradise is a luxurious resort company with properties in Mendocino California, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, and Hawaii. Destinations in Paradise is a pristine getaway for any suave wanderer, couple or family. The perfect travel escape amidst panoramic natural scenery, the luxury retreats offer extraordinary experiences to guests, whether having a whale shark encounter, hiking in national parks, swimming with dolphins, art and wine festivals, enjoying contemporary and local art collections, and observing a rare sea turtle hatching release. Full service amenities such as a personal Paradise Butler are available to accommodate guests’ every need, helping them to achieve maximum relaxation during their stay.
Destinations in Paradise is a proud auction sponsor of Winesong Charity Auction & Tasting.To find out more about Destinations in Paradise, please visit: Destinations in Paradise.
For more information on Winesong, visit http://winesong.org/
VERONA, Italy (PRWEB) – After an intense week of lectures and tastings as well as a final examination in New York city, Vinitaly International Academy (VIA) has just certified 12 new Italian Wine Ambassadors. The new Ambassadors are all operational in the United States:
- • Rose Thomas Bannister, Sommelier, Rose Thomas Bannister, New York;
- • Bobby Domenick, Sommelier, Vetri Cucina, Philadelphia;
- • Tiziana Forni, Brand Ambassador, Dark Star Imports, New York;
- • Paola Pavan, Marketing & Sales, Italian Trade Commission, New York;
- • Matteo Bolla, US & Canada Development Manager, Valdo USA, New York;
- • David Pinzolo, Marketing & Sales, Ca’ di Rajo USA, New York;
- • Gianluca Queiroli, Wine Director, Wine Empire, Ashland, Massachusetts;
- • Susannah Gold, Marketing & Sales, Vigneto Communication, New York;
- • Amy Ezrin, Wine Consultant, Amy Ezrin Consulting, New York;
- • Alessandro Boga, Importer/Distributor, Wilson Daniels, New York;
- • Diane Heck, Importer/Distributor, Southport Wines LLC, New York;
- • Stefano Campanini, Marketing & Sales, Wine by the Bay, Miami.
The re-formatted, tasting-intensive VIA Italian Wine Ambassador course saw the participation of 39 highly-qualified candidates, who joined the VIA Faculty and Team in New York from June 26th to 30th. The 2019 New York cohort featured wine professionals who are active players in the New York wine and restaurant scene, as well as importers and marketing specialists operating, for the most part, in New York city and states such as Florida, Massachusetts, California, Nevada, Texas, Tennessee, Rhode Island, Iowa, and Pennsylvania. The group also included a small number of professionals from Canada and the U.K..
VIA New York proceedings were officially opened by Gioia Gatti, the Head of the Wine and Food Section at ICE – Italian Trade Agency in New York. In 2019, ICE – Italian Trade Agency supported also the Los Angeles and Verona editions of the Italian Wine Ambassador course. During the New York course, students sampled 215 wines: 70 during the guided tastings led by Faculty members, and 144 during the additional tasting sessions labelled “Tasting Labs” which of walk-around tastings with wines offered by VIA Supporters Italia del Vino, Italian Signature Wines Academy, Famiglie del Vino, Wi-Fi Wine from Irpinia, Consorzio Franciacorta, Consorzio Vini del Trentino, Consorzio Vini d’Abruzzo, and Sicilia DOC.
The 70 wines sampled during the guided tastings and studied for the blind tasting component of the Italian Wine Ambassador final exam represent benchmark Italian wines and have been carefully selected by VIA Faculty and team of specialists to reflect global market trends combined with local winemaking expertise. In New York, candidates trained their palates and improved their tasting skills with benchmark wines from key denominations across the 20 regions of Italy, native grape varieties and different styles. VIA Faculty Henry Davar commented on the wine selection: “With every new edition of the Vinitaly International Academy Ambassador Course, thanks to the continuing participation of our producer, supplier, and consorzio partners, we’re able to offer benchmark wines from the top producers in the most important wine growing areas. In our the section on sparkling wines for example, we had the opportunity taste iconic wines such as Ca’ del Bosco’s Franciacorta Annamaria Clemente and Ferrari’s TrentoDOC Riserva del Fondatore. I’d say that was a pretty good start!” Candidates also availed of the new VIA Tasting Schematic booklet, VIA’s standardized tasting grid with descriptors which are specific to Italian wine. The selection of benchmark wines per categories, VIA’s Tasting Schematic and the increase of the number of wines sampled in both guided tastings and Tasting Labs partake in VIA’s mission to maximize international candidates’ exposure to Italian wines.
Additionally, In New York, VIA’s constant commitment to become the gold standard of Italian wine education was reflected in the course’s attention to market niches such as the Organic, Biodynamic, and Natural wine markets. During the five-day of lectures on Italian wines, VIA guest lecturer and Biodynamic wine expert Monty Waldin, led a module on “Biodynamic and Organic Wines in Italy.” Waldin commented on the importance to learn more about this category: “Italy is one of the world leaders in terms of the surface area of its organic vineyards, so it is natural for VIA students to immerse themselves in Italy’s burgeoning organic and Biodynamic wine categories. Understanding how such wines are grown and made and how they taste enhances a deeper understanding of their intricacies and attributes to both trade and private buyers.”
The next VIA Italian Wine Ambassador course will be held in Hong Kong from November 3rd to 7th, 2019, a few days before the International Wine and Spirits Fair (November 7th to 10th) where Vinitaly will also organize a dedicated expo of Italian wines (Vinitaly Hong Kong). Applications to the VIA course in Hong Kong are currently being received.
About: Vinitaly International Academy (VIA) aims to be the gold standard of Italian wine education. It offers a complete educational path with standardized courses that will teach professionals and educators to master the diversity of Italian wine in a rigorous, organized manner. VIA’s main objective is to foster a global network of highly qualified professionals such as Italian Wine Ambassadors and Italian Wine Experts: in turn, they will support and promote Italian wine throughout the world. VIA was founded by Stevie Kim, Managing Director of Vinitaly International. The new VIA ecosystem avails of the guidance of Italian trade associations Federdoc, Federvini, Vignaioli Indipendenti FIVI, and Unione Italiana Vini as members of the Institutional Advisory Board. Italian vine genetics scholar, Prof. Attilio Scienza, oversees VIA’s scientific and educational direction as the Chief Scientist. VIA Faculty Sarah Heller MW and Henry Davar teach the flagship Italian Wine Ambassador course. The following trade associations in the Italian wine industry have also joined as VIA Supporters: Italia del Vino; Italian Signature Wines Academy; Le Famiglie del Vino, Wi-Fi Wine from Irpinia, Consorzio di Tutela Vini del Trentino; Consorzio di Tutela Sicilia DOC; Franciacorta; Consorzio di Tutela Vini d’Abruzzo. To date the VIA community comprises 202 certified Italian Wine Ambassadors and 14 Italian Wine Experts. Since its foundation in 2014, over 560 candidates from all over the world have taken VIA’s courses.
LONG BEACH, Calif. (PRWEB) – The unique tasting event celebrates its ninth anniversary at the 12-acre, ocean-front peninsula with dozens of craft breweries and select hard ciders, seltzers and kombucha; an amazing mix that includes world-class brands, younger breweries and startups. Foodies can choose from among a variety of options including Gluten-free, Organic and Vegan provided by a diverse selection of mobile restaurants. Live musical entertainment includes the Tom Cats from Riverside and Long Beach’s own Manuel the Band, each performing in different areas of the venue.
Taste of Brews’ features high profile names like Bootleggers (Fullerton), Lagunitas (Petaluma), Ballast Point (San Diego), Sierra Nevada (Chico) and Golden Road (Los Angeles) positioned among younger breweries like Four Sons (Huntington Beach), Concrete Jungle (Ventura), Pacific Plate (Monrovia), Calidad (Los Angeles) and Chihuahua (Newport Beach). Local fan favorites include Common Space, Ten Mile, Rock Bottom, Beachwood, Belmont, Steady, Trademark, Scholb, Liberation, Timeless Pints, Ximix, Hog Canyon, House, Phantom Carriage and Hop Saint.
Other participants include Speakeasy (San Francisco), Guinness (Ireland), All-American (Anaheim), Angry Horse (Montebello), Newcastle Brown Ale (UK), Seekout Seltzer (Oregon), SLO (San Luis Obispo), No Clue (Rancho Cucamonga), Hop Valley (Oregon), 2 Towns Ciderhouse (Oregon), Pacific Plate (Monrovia) and Pizza Port (Carlsbad). Also featured are Boochcraft (Chula Vista), Estrella Jalisco (Mexico), Saint Archer (San Diego), Bocanegra (Mexico), Inquisitors (Los Angeles), Firestone Walker (Paso Robles), Stereo (Placentia), Mike’s Hard Lemonade (Canada), Phantom Carriage (Carson), Santa Ana River (Santa Ana), Rev (Covina), Divine Science (Anaheim), ABK (Germany), Ska (Colorado) and White Claw (Canada) among others.
A hallmark of Taste of Brews, the long-running festival features a number of brands and styles that are new to the marketplace and not yet carried in major retailers. These emerging breweries go head-to-head against established regional and national brands, providing attendees a truly unique tasting experience. The excitement will only be heightened with the all-new, friendly competition. A complete list of participants is located at http://tasteofbrews.com/lbtob.html.
“Taste of Brews is one of the few tasting events where I can try craft brews that I can’t find at Bevmo or Total Wine,” said Carrie Pennington of Torrance, a frequent attendee. “I also can sample larger regional and national brands at the same time. It’s a win-win for attendees.”
Gourmet food trucks include the Green Truck, Bison Burger, Tropic Truck, Middle Feast, Pinch of Flavor, Fettes Schwein, BBQ Smokehouse, Ralph & Riches and Canvas Truck, providing attendees with the largest selection of healthy eating options to date. An extensive recycling program will be in place—all food vendors are required to use environmentally friendly packaging and utensils.
Staged near the Aquarium of the Pacific and across from the iconic Queen Mary, Taste of Brews Long Beach has become a “must do” festival for craft breweries and aficionados alike. The event prides itself on delivering a quality tasting experience; focusing on craft beer and not superfluous activities that do little to enhance or showcase participating breweries.
Taste of Brews’ adheres to strict guidelines including providing sufficient breweries and representatives to speak with the public (in many cases, the brewers themselves), quality portable toilets and multiple food options per attendee, thereby cutting down on unnecessary wait times. A veteran staff provides move-in and out assistance for vendors, ongoing trash and recyclable removal and constant ice replenishment to maintain optimal beer temperature.
The festival employs more licensed/bonded security than similar events, a professional medical (EMS) staff and plenty of free drinking water provided by Essentia Water. Taste of Brews’ prides itself on consistently delivering a first-class tasting environment for breweries and genuine craft beer enthusiasts therefore no tickets are sold via discount sites ensuring an upscale audience of craft beer devotees.
The brewery, cidery, seltzer or kombucha that wins the inaugural Craft Championship Challenge will receive a host of perks as the reigning champion during the 10th Annual Taste of Brews in 2020. Benefits include first choice on positioning, “Super VIP” service throughout the event and priority move-out. In addition to yearlong bragging rights, heading into TOB, the champ will receive prominent logo placement on the Taste of Brews’ website, heightened promotional efforts and more.
Taste of Brews’ online-only pricing starts at $40.00 for the 4-hour session (noon to 4pm) and $30.00 for the 3-hour session (1pm to 4pm) which includes unlimited beer tastes, plenty of free drinking water, food samples, access to food trucks and live entertainment. Prices are due to increase in mid-July and they will be higher at the door. Purchasers of four-hour passes may enter the park early ensuring no wasted time standing in long lines outside the venue.
All attendees must be 21 or older and no children or pets are allowed; apologies but this includes strollers and babies.
Shoreline Aquatic Park AKA Lighthouse Park is located at 200 Aquarium Way in Long Beach. Parking is available at the Pike Parking Structure located at 65 Cedar Ave. for an additional fee. Proceeds benefit the Long Beach Marine Institute and Make-A-Wish OC-IE, both 501(C)(3) non-profits.
A limited number of brewery and vendor spaces remain available. Please contact brewmaster(at)tasteofbrews.com or call (714) 375-1132.
Fans can follow along at Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tasteofbrews/
GEELONG, Australia, PRNewswire/ — Clever technology, enabling shoppers to read wine labels written in any language will soon become the standard among savvy shoppers, according to Digital Marketing Specialist Dave Chaffey.
Third Aurora, the tech startup led by Chaffey, announced today that the technology would be rolled out to their Winerytale platform in 2020.
A prototype video, shown on the Third Aurora website, demonstrates the solution for two different wines. In both cases, English text is instantaneously translated to Chinese, with the new content remarkably woven into the original label, indistinguishable from the original.
But the ground-breaking technology, which translates more than one hundred languages. comes with a catch, albeit a small one.
Behind the scenes, two technologies are at work. According to Chaffey, “Artificial intelligence reads and interprets the content and augmented reality projects the new text back onto the label, right in front of you.”
So, what’s the catch? Well, it seems that it’s not actually the label doing the work.
“Self-translating is a bit of a misnomer,” says Chaffey, quick to correct. “The labels aren’t actually changing, the translation is projected using augmented reality, which is powered by your smartphone.”
“If you’re a wine lover it’s a handy addition to have in your front pocket,” said the softly-spoken Chaffey, who foresees rapid change is coming “it’s definitely picking up pace – this sort of technology will reach tipping point very quickly – we think it will be towards the end of 2020.”
If Chaffey is right, wine sellers will be all smiles, gaining a handy leg up in lucrative export markets such as China, which is expecting double digit growth until 2025.
Matched to Millennials
The Winerytale platform is the first of a new breed of marketing, connecting consumers and producers, literally through products.
Winerytale showcases wineries from their own wine labels, presenting their story through the spectacle of augmented reality, involving video, text, and 3D objects in virtual space.
But the bedrock is the strong social angle. And the payoff is the direct to consumer-purchasing.
This strong combination.is widely anticipated to win over the millennial market and is understood to have been behind the recent surge of applications from international wineries to join field trials.
For more information including demonstration videos, and images, please visit https://thirdaurora.com/self-translating-wine-labels
About Third Aurora
Launched in January 2019, Third Aurora is a tech startup built on track record of innovation, resourcefulness and entrepreneurship – harnessing new technology to create solutions that impact, globally.
The three partners – Matt Hallberg, Luke Chaffey, and Dave Chaffey are recognised specialists in their respective fields of augmented reality, software development, and digital marketing strategy.
And in the true spirit of collaboration, the three are building a future together, even though Matt and the Chaffeys have never actually met face to face. Matt Hallberg lives in Pittsburgh, USA. The Chaffeys reside in Geelong, Australia.
Third Aurora has offices in Pittsburgh & Geelong.
LOS ANGELES – In a collision of cuisine and culture, Southern California’s number-one food and wine festival, Los Angeles Food & Wine, is ramping up to its ninth rendition, August 22-25. Festival-goers will rub shoulders with the nation’s hottest chefs during the four-day epicurean extravaganza, with events spanning the City of Angels. Fans of fine food can score tickets a la carte at lafw.com.
Among the culinary supernovas on the festival marquee are the legendary Jeremiah Tower (“The Last Magnificent”), native Angelenos Nancy Silverton, Jet Tila and Alvin Cailan, and several celebrity chefs who have made the city their own, like Curtis Stone, Tim Hollingsworth and Antonia Lofaso. The festival will also showcase wines from across California and the world.
Los Angeles Food & Wine launches Thursday evening with a series of dinners at restaurants across the city. The action then shifts to the historic Barker Hangar at Santa Monica Airport, one of LA’s premier event spaces, for the rest of the weekend. Among the 14 culinary star-studded events:
· The Legends Dinner at Chi SPACCA: The widely credited father of California cuisine Jeremiah Tower joins queen of the Mozza-Plex Nancy Silverton at her white-hot Chi SPACCA. This epic, one-night-only pairing promises a lifetime of bragging rights to the 40 festival-goers fortunate enough to snag a ticket.
· Dinner at Otium: Fans of Netflix’s “The Final Table” can pull up a chair to watch 2018 season winner Tim Hollingsworth share the spotlight with rising star chef Travis Swikard at Hollingsworth’s downtown masterpiece, The Broad museum-adjacent Otium.
· The Epic Burger Throwdown with Alvin Cailan: In a city known for great burgers, the best are going bun to bun to win the coveted LAFW Golden Burger Show Trophy. Host Alvin Cailan, star of YouTube’s “The Burger Show,” will join celebrity judges Seth Rogen, Tiffani Thiessen and Adam Richman in this juicy battle of the beef.
· LA’s Faves & Craves: In one short stroll, festival-goers can take in the breathtaking diversity of L.A.’s culinary landscape as the city’s own Jet Tila hosts a showcase of the most crave-worthy dishes of 25 local chefs. L.A’s finest tacos, pizza, hot dogs, donuts, fried chicken and a wealth of Asian-inspired specialties will all share one location for one afternoon only.
· Meat Me at LAFW’s Great Steak-out & BBQ: Meat master Curtis Stone of Gwen Butcher Shop & Restaurant and 25 other great tamers of the flame are bringing their A+ game to LAFW. Surf, sides, caviar and Big Cabs will complement the slabs at this event evoking the nation’s greatest steakhouses and BBQ joints.
· Sunday Brunch So Hard: Those lucky enough to score one of the very limited VIP tickets to LAFW’s grand finale enjoy rare pre-event access to Jeremiah Tower, the illustrious self-taught chef dubbed “The Last Magnificent” by Anthony Bourdain. Standard tickets are anything but shabby, too, at the culinary legend’s brunch-to-end-all-brunches.
Find a full event listing here.
The 9th annual Los Angeles Food & Wine welcomes best in class partners like Chase Private Client, Food & Wine magazine, Guinness, Suntory Whiskey and Bulleit Whiskey, among others.
For tickets and more information, visit lafw.com.
McLean, VA – USA TODAY NETWORK Events, part of Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE: GCI), announces that the USA TODAY Wine & Food Experience 2019 tour with Martha Stewart kicks off Saturday, September 7 in Brooklyn, New York. Additional cities and dates include Detroit, September 14; Indianapolis, September 28; Cincinnati, October 5; Louisville, October 19; Las Vegas, October 26, presented by MGM Resorts International; Scottsdale, November 2 & 3; Los Angeles, November 9; Chicago, November 16; and closing in Naples, November 23.
“This marks the third year for USA TODAY Wine & Food Experience,” said Andy Yost, chief marketing officer for USA TODAY | Gannett. “Our readers already rely on us for authentic, expert content to tell the story of food in our communities and this is brought to life with USA TODAY Wine & Food Experience’s inspiring culinary showcase that connects participating brands with passionate audiences. We’re thrilled to continue to give consumers direct access to talented chefs, restaurateurs, wine and spirit experts and their products.”
USA TODAY Wine & Food Experience is an engaging culinary exploration in each city of the tour where fans and connoisseurs alike taste and celebrate wine and food and see national and regional gourmet leaders at work. These events give sponsors the opportunity to directly and powerfully connect with patrons.
Martha Stewart will appear in Naples, presenting a limited-ticket seminar plus meet and greet, as well as a cooking demonstration for all Grand Tasting guests. In addition, all patrons can enjoy samples from Martha Stewart Wine Co.
Renowned chefs such as The Food Network’s Chopped stars Alex Guarnaschelli and Scott Conant, Netflix Queer Eye star Antoni Porowski are special guests on the tour. Brie and Nikki Bella, also known as The Bella Twins of WWE fame and stars of reality TV show Total Bellas on E!, join the tour with their Belle Radici wine brand. Global wine authorities include SommSelect cofounder Ian Cauble, among only 274 Master Sommeliers worldwide and star of Netflix docufilm “SOMM,” and David Lynch, sommelier, two-time James Beard Award recipient and editorial director, SommSelect. Guarnaschelli will appear in Brooklyn, Detroit, Scottsdale, Indianapolis and Louisville. Conant will be a special guest in Cincinnati, Los Angeles and Chicago. Porowski will be a special guest in Brooklyn Scottsdale, Los Angeles and Chicago. The Bella Twins and Cauble and Lynch appear in all 10 tour stops. Special guest chefs for Las Vegas will be announced in the coming months.
Central to each USA TODAY Wine & Food Experience is the Grand Tasting, a flavorful exploration of special chef recipes, wines, craft beers and spirits with diverse gourmet personalities and restaurateurs. Grand Tasting and VIP Grand Tasting tickets include access to a schedule of cooking demonstrations and wine seminars; VIP tickets add early entry and a special lounge with exclusive drinks and bites. In addition, limited-ticket seminars and meet and greets are available with special guest chefs Stewart, Guarnaschelli, Conant, Porowski and others, and sell out quickly.
Tickets are available at WineandFood.USATODAY.com/ Early ticket purchase is recommended as most USA TODAY Wine & Food Experience events sold out in 2018. Consumers and participating brands can engage with USA TODAY Wine & Food Experience on social media via #WFE and @usatodaywinefood.
R Entertainment of Scottsdale, Ariz., which co-developed and produced Scottsdale-based azcentral Wine & Food Experience in 2015, produces the national series in conjunction with USA TODAY.
NEW YORK (PRWEB) – Volcanic Wines International (http://www.volcanicwinesinternational.com) held its second annual ‘International Volcanic Wines Conference (IVWC)’ on June 5th, 2019 at the Stewart Hotel in New York City. Hosted by John Szabo, Master Sommelier and award-winning author, the event followed the success of the first International Volcanic Wine Conference in March 2018 and Szabo’s definitive book on the subject, ‘Volcanic Wines: Salt, Grit and Power,’ published in 2016. Exclusively for qualified wine trade and media, over 250 industry professionals attended the event.
“This year’s conference really focused on the educational side of the subject. The opening session in particular, an exploration of the chemistry of perceived and measurable minerality, really captured the attention of attendees, said John Szabo MS. “The Soave workshop explored aspects of viticulture; the Vesuvius workshop dug deep into history and archeology, while the vertical tasting of Galardi explored the ageability of volcanic wines – all critical aspects of the category. And of course, there were hundreds of exceptional wines to taste and compare and contrast. “It’s very satisfying to see how the volcanic wine movement — and the annual conference— continue to gain traction and attract interest.”
The IVWC began with an opening presentation hosted by John Szabo and Benoît Marsan Ph.D., Chemistry Professor at the Université du Québec in Montréal and Wine Chemistry Specialist. Szabo and Marsan presented the results of their joint research study related to minerality, exploring the presence of succinic acid in volcanic wines and its influence on perceived saltiness. Throughout the afternoon, members of the wine trade and press participated in additional unique workshops highlighting different volcanic wine regions, as well as a walk-around tasting.
“It was a terrific opportunity to take a deep dive into the complex interaction between vines and volcanic soils, both through tasting and talking with vintners from around the world,” said Tara Q. Thomas, Executive Editor of Wine & Spirits Magazine, the media partner for the event. “The session with Professor Marsan, who gave a crash course in inorganic chemistry, was an extra bonus, offering us a deeper understanding of the many ways soil chemistry can affect what we taste in our glasses.”
Regional seminars included “Earth, Ash and Fire: Three Decades of Galardi from the Roccamonfina Volcano,” sponsored by The Winebow Group; “Soave, A Volcanic Agricultural Heritage,” sponsored by the Consorzio Tutela Vino Soave; and “Vesuvius Lacryma Christi Stories,” sponsored by the Vesuvio DOP Consorzio Tutela Vini. During the tasting workshops, winemakers and experts from these regions delved deeply into the factors that makes these volcanic wines special.
Volcanic Wines International continues its mission of exploring the defining characteristics of volcanic wines. The conference acted as a catalyst for the volcanic wine community, bringing together producers from all over the world and raising the profile of volcanic wines, defined as a unique category of wines produced under some of the most extreme viticultural conditions on the planet. During the conference, guests were able to sample wines from over 60 wineries and 23 volcanic wine regions, and engage with some of the world’s leading volcanic wine experts during workshops.
“It was a great event, offering insight into the world of volcanic wines,” said Tara Empson, CEO of Empson USA, which showed wines from Soave producer Tenuta Corte Giacobbe Dal Cero. “The seminars tied together the many factors that help shape and characterize these remarkable wines. The grand tasting was diverse, as there were volcanic wines from many parts of the world, which helped attendees understand the similarities and differences of these wines.”
For more information and the latest updates, visit Volcanic Wines International’s official website http://www.volcanicwinesinternational.com, and follow VWI’s Facebook (Volcanic Wines International) and Instagram (@volcanicwines_intl) pages.
About Volcanic Wines International (VWI)
The mission of Volcanic Wines International is to take the leading role in defining and establishing a Volcanic Wine Movement, and to provide educational and promotional opportunities for volcanic wine producers internationally. Volcanic Wines International also plans to establish the volcanic wine brand as a premium category of high quality wines with a true sense of place.
About John Szabo
John Szabo is a Toronto-based author and wine critic, and in 2004 was the first Canadian to add the Master Sommelier credential to his name. He was named ‘Canada’s best-known sommelier’ in Meininger’s Wine Business International, and he is a partner and a wine critic for WineAlign.com and freelances widely. In addition to Volcanic Wines, Salt, Grit and Power, his book titles include Pairing Food and Wine for Dummies and Sommelier Management. John also works as a restaurant consultant, and speaks and judges internationally, when he’s not making a few dozen bottles of wine from his vineyard in Eger, Hungary.
PASO ROBLES, CA – The San Luis Obispo County wine industry annually comes together to honor members of the local wine community. These awards recognize dedication, stewardship, innovation and leadership demonstrated in the San Luis Obispo County wine community. The 2019 San Luis Obispo County Wine Industry Awards go to – Winegrape Grower of the Year, Paul Hoover, Still Waters Vineyards; Winemaker of the Year, Justin Smith, Saxum Vineyards; and Wine Industry Person of the Year (posthumously), Scott Welcher, Opolo Vineyards.
The Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance in partnership with the San Luis Obispo Wine Country Association, the Independent Grape Growers of the Paso Robles Area, The Vineyard Team, and past award recipients worked together to identify the 2019 winners. The honorees are evaluated on their leadership and accomplishments in California’s third largest wine region, San Luis Obispo County.
“Each year the San Luis Obispo County wine community looks forward to the Mid-State Fair as a time we can recognize the leadership, hard work, and dedication of those who have helped bring worldwide recognition for our region’s wines,” said Joel Peterson, Executive Director of the Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance. “We are excited to celebrate these passionate individuals with their friends, family, and colleagues, and honor the mark they’ve left on our wine community with their quest for quality in the vineyard and winery.”
The San Luis Obispo County Wine Community celebrated this year’s award winners at a special event on July 19 at the California Mid-State Fair within the Mission Square.
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ABOUT PASO ROBLES WINE COUNTRY ALLIANCE
The Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance represents wineries, growers and businesses in Paso Robles Wine Country. Centrally located between San Francisco and Los Angeles, along California’s Central Coast, Paso Robles Wine Country is California’s third largest wine region. It encompasses more than 40,000 vineyard acres and 200 wineries. For more information, visit www.pasowine.com. Social – #pasowine, @pasorobleswine (Twitter and Facebook), @Pasowine (Instagram)