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For Immediate Release
Ana Murguia
International Event & Exhibition Management
(305) 937-2488
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MIAMI, FL (February 2nd, 2016)Simply Italian Great Wines Americas Tour, kicks off its annual trade tasting in Toronto, Canada and eagerly returns to Miami, Florida, to showcase Italy's vast range of varietals and bring together over 40 Italian wineries and US importers, distributors, retailers, restaurateurs, media, educators and other professionals in the industry. Presented by International Event and Exhibition Management, I.E.E.M., and I.E.M., International Exhibition Management, this year's exclusive trade event promises an eclectic program featuring the richness of Italian wine through a series of guided tastings followed by an afternoon walk-around tasting complimented by Italian delicacies from prominent local restaurants.

Keeping with the philosophy that wine is a cultural attribute, this year's tour is held at the Miami Culinary Institute and Miami's historic landmark, The Freedom Tower, February 10th.

The program features a multitude of guided tastings, "Vino Classics: The Uniqueness of Veneto" presented by world-renowned wine expert Charlie Arturaola, and for the first time in Miami: "Traceability & Regulation of Italian D.O.C. Wines, Focus on Frascati D.O.C.G." moderated by famed wine educator of Italian Wine Central, Geralyn Brostrom, and "Chianti Classico Introduces its Top Tier Wine: Gran Selezione" guided by James Beard Award-Winning writer Lyn Farmer. In partnership with the Vinitaly International Academy, a series of executive wine seminars will be conducted by esteemed wine journalist Ian D'Agata including: "Grignolino, or the incredible lightness of wine being", "Are artisanal wines the new Italian icons? Powered by FIVI, The Italian Federation of Independent Winegrowers" and "Carmignano: Tuscany's great red from the Medici to modern times".

Simply Italian attendees will have the opportunity to discover Italy in a glass at the splendid Freedom Tower ballroom by meeting with newcomers as the Piedmont Red & White Group, boutique wineries showcasing their superb wines from the rolling hills of Piedmont. Consorzio Vini Frascati from the Lazio region will also present for the first time their unique denominations Frascati D.O.C., Frascati Superiore D.O.C.G. and Cannellino di Frascati D.O.C.G. The Consorzio of Chianti Classico will unveil their prestigious Gran Selezione, along with one of South Florida favorites, the United Wines of Veneto. Iconic wineries and local importers will be showcased including: Amastuola Società Agricola, Arctic Wine & Spirits, Cantine La Pergola, Cantine San Marco, Castello Banfi, Cesconi, Colle Manora, Consorzio Alba Export Wine & Food, Conte D'Attimis, Corte Adami, Enovation Brands - Voga, Federdoc, La Chimera D'Albegna, Monte Schiavo, Ornella Molon Traverso, Piera Martellozzo, PR.AS.CO, Cantina Sampietrana, Tenuta Roveglia, Ricci Curbastro, Tenuta Coppadoro, Tenuta San Jacopo, Valori, and Zonin 1821.

During the walk around tasting culinary bites will be offered from well-regarded South Florida Italian local favorite restaurants such as Bocce, La Moderna, Oyster Leaf, Toscana Divino, and Via Verdi, which will also be honored with the coveted Simply the Best Award.


Wolfson Campus
415 NE 2nd Avenue #9104
Miami, FL 33132


10.00am – 11.00am   "Vino Classics: The Uniqueness of Veneto" presented by Unione Consorzi Vini Veneti D.O.C.
                                Speaker: Charlie Arturaola

11.45am – 12.30pm   "Traceability & Regulation of Italian D.O.C. Wines. Focus on Frascati D.O.C.G." presented by Federdoc
                                Speaker: Geralyn Brostom

1.15pm – 2.15pm      "Chianti Classico Introduces its Top Tier Wine: Gran Selezione" presented by Consorzio del Vino Chianti Classico.
                                Speaker: Lyn Farmer


10.00am – 11.00am   "Grignolino, or the incredible lightness of wine being" 
                                Speaker: Ian D'Agata

11.45am – 12.30pm   "Are artisanal wines the new Italian icons? Powered by FIVI, The Italian Federation of Independent Winegrowers"
                                Speaker: Ian D'Agata

1.15pm – 2.15pm      "Carmignano: Tuscany's great red from the Medici to modern times"
                                Speaker: Ian D'Agata

600 Biscayne Boulevard
Miami, FL 33132

2.00 pm – 6.00 pm     Walk around wine and food tasting open to trade representatives and members of the press

Wine trade and media are invited to attend Simply Italian by registering at this link.
Please visit www.simplyitaliangreatwines.com for more information.

ABOUT I.E.E.M.: (International Event & Exhibition Management), the Miami-based branch of I.E.M. (International Exhibition Management), is a comprehensive agency specializing in marketing, events production and public relations for the wine industry. Driven by a passion for trade shows and a flair for flawless organization, I.E.M. was founded in 1999 by industry veterans Giancarlo Voglino and Marina Nedic. A reputation for reliably delivering high-quality events, coupled with its extensive network of wine trade professionals and international media, places IEEM/IEM among the most highly regarded Italian wine event organizers in the world. Learn more by visiting www.ieemusa.com.

Miami Dade College's Miami Culinary Institute has the recipe for culinary excellence in the 21st century. A blend of experience and vision mixed with classic skills and innovative techniques, the Institute offers a revolutionary educational experience. The Institute offers quality food and wine programs for individuals who are passionate about the preparation and enjoyment of exceptional cuisine. Some of the world's best and most cutting-edge chefs, sommeliers and beverage producers will perform entertaining and educational demonstrations for culinary enthusiasts, as part of its Culinarium. Dynamic and inspiring, these participatory classes focus on several areas, including general culinary arts, baking and pastry, wine, health and wellness, and sustainability. Enthusiasts' events will take place in the Institute's state-of-the-art food and wine demonstration theater.