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For Immediate Release
Ana Murguia
International Event & Exhibition Management
(305) 937-2488
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Series of Guided Tasting Seminars, Business to Business Meetings, Walk-Around Wine and Food Tasting for Press and Trade at the St. James Cathedral Centre in Toronto and the Ziff Ballet Opera House at the Adrienne Arsht Center in Miami;

MIAMI, FL (February 5th, 2018) – Simply Italian Great Wines Americas Tour kicks off its annual trade tasting in Toronto, Canada, and returns to sunny Miami, Florida, to showcase the highly anticipated Italian wine selection.

In these two countries there is a prospect of wide margins of growth in the fine wines sector. “Several wineries choose to invest in communication, considering the high per capita spending capacity and the still very high number of potential overseas consumers", explains Marina Nedic, Managing Director of I.E.M. In America, the culture of fine wine is a field of great interest among the new generations. “Millennials weigh 32% of US consumption (by volume) and Italian wineries should focus on developing these markets.”

The I.E.M. tradeshows’ signature format – educational seminars, b2b meetings and walk-around tasting – is the strength of the tour, created to promote Italian fine wines and establish key relationships with the trade.

On Monday, February 5th, Simply Italian Great Wines meets the Canadian trade in the modern St. James Cathedral Center in Toronto. The program begins at 11 am with a seminar dedicated to the traceability of denominations, presented by Riccardo Ricci Curbastro (president of Federdoc): "Traceability & Regulation of Italian D.O.C. Wines. Focus on Franciacorta: One Territory, Three Denominations"; followed by tastings in the afternoon.

Wednesday, February 7th, the tour continues at cultural Adrienne Arsht Center’s Ziff Ballet Opera House in Miami (1300 Biscayne Blvd), recently chosen by David Beckham for the announcement of the new Miami soccer team. The program features a series of educational seminars and tastings presented by distinguished experts in their respective fields:

10:00 a.m. “One Denomination, Three Great Wines: Asti, Asti Secco, Moscato d'Asti D.O.C.G.” presented by the Consortium per la Tutela dell’Asti D.O.C.G. & James Beard Foundation award-winning food and wine writer, Lyn Farmer.

11:30 a.m. “The Sparkling Life – Fresh & Fun Wines from Friuli” presented by the Consortium Tutela Vini D.O.C. Friuli Grave & author and wine expert, Lyn Farmer.

1 p.m. Traceability & Regulation of Italian D.O.C. Wines focus on “Franciacorta: One Territory, Three Denominations” presented by Riccardo Ricci Curbastro, President of Federdoc.

From 2 p.m. until 6 p.m., Simply Italian attendees will gather inside the Adrienne Arsht Center’s splendid Ziff Ballet Opera House Lobby for a prominent walk-around wine and food tasting. Producers from Italy's finest regions will pour their latest releases exclusively for press and trade members. The wines will be complemented by culinary bites from well-regarded South Florida Italian local favorite restaurants such as Andrix Café, Blocks Pizza, Caffe Italia, Gol, La Leggenda, O’Munaciello, Riviera Focacceria, U'Mast, Via Verdi, and Zucca.

Simply Italian Great Wines Americas Tour will also host the Enjoy European Quality Project, a 3-year promotion cosponsored by the European Community designed to increase the awareness and recognition of European quality products within the food and wine sector with sparkling wines promoted by the Consorzio di Tutela dell’Asti D.O.C.G., cured deli meat from the Istituto Valorizzazione Salumi Italiani and cheese from Consorzio Tutela Provolone Valpadana D.O.P. within various cities in the United States, featuring a seminar, B2B meetings, and a VIP reception at the exclusive Soho Beach House from 8.00 pm to 10.00 pm, an evening to celebrate along with wine lovers and wine representatives.

Participating Simply Italian wineries and importers include an exciting array of the familiar and the new:

Azienda Agricola Biasiotto, Bera Valter, Bocchino Giuseppe Azienda Agricola, Cantina Alice Bel Colle, Casa Vinicola Abbazia di San Gaudenzio, Castello Banfi – Vigne Regali, Consorzio per la Tutela dell’Asti D.O.C.G., Consorzio Tutela Vini D.O.C. Friuli Grave, Federdoc, I’m Fil Inc., Impero Wine Distributors USA, Luca Menicucci, Matteo Soria Azienda Agricola, Ricci Curbastro, Società Agricola Stocco, Tenuta il Falchetto, Tre Secoli, Top Wines Import, Torrevento, Villa Mattielli, and Zonin 1821.

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.

ADRIENNE ARSCHT CENTER (Ziff Ballet Opera House): 1300 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami, FL 33132

Wine trade and media are invited to attend Simply Italian by registering at this link.