Showing posts with label Food n Wine Festival. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Food n Wine Festival. Show all posts

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Italian Wine Country - Insider's Take From Piedmont, Italy

Guest Writer: Anna Savino
from Saluzzo, Piedmont, Italy--- it's been almost six years in Italy...never thought I'd get married to a Piemontese but I am so happy to share my culinary, geographical and cultural discoveries of this beautiful Italian landscape!

Growing up, I always felt Italian. Proudly raised in an Italian American family and hearing about my parent's one year adventure in Rome was just the start of my serious relationship with Italy. I guess I can call myself lucky that I grew up in Napa Valley surrounded by beautiful vine covered hills, some of the best restaurants in the USA and embracing a standard of refined food and wine from a young age.

This made my transition to Piemonte, Italy, a bit easier. I already knew the proper pronunciation of words like Sangiovese and gnocchi and the differences between pecorino romano e parmigiano reggiano.

I remember when I first got to THIS new wine valley without any knowledge of Piemontese wines I was frustrated, wanting to learn in a hurry. I tried to visit enoteca regionali in towns like Barolo and Barbaresco, and read 500 page books on Italian wine. Nevertheless, I had to let time take its course and truly experience the wines to learn about them.

After 6 years of living in Piemonte, names like Dolcetto, Nebbiolo and Barbera seem like old familiar friends. While I am no expert in wines (when I left home I was barely of drinking age!), I am passionate about them.

One noteworthy Piemontese wine deserves the spotlight: Barbera (bar-bear-ah). Even in Italy, it has suffered scandals in its past, and was taken advantage of for its yielding capabilities. Barbera traveled across the ocean to the New World as so many of our ancestors did, making its way into the American wine world. Initially, it was only partly accepted, used for blends and mass produced wines. As an American expat like myself is starting to fit in here, Barbera is finding its place in America. It is finally being appreciated for what it is, has developed finer wine making techniques and has turned into a “superior” red wine!

What better way to experience and learn about this wine than take part in an event presenting 5 Italian Barberas and 5 American ones. The anxiously awaited #barbera2 event will take place right here on Barbera's originating land of Nizza Monferrato Asti. Where winemakers, wine lovers, journalists and artists can solidify century old bonds through passion and wine. Likewise, on the other side of the ocean, there will be the #barberafestival where you can learn more about this versatile and vivacious red wine in California! Salute with un buon bicchiere di barbera!

Anna blogs from Italy:

Friday, September 11, 2009

Italian American Fall Events 2009

Its that time of year again when many Italian American organizations set their calendars for hosting the best Italian American events across the nation. Here is a list of events on the East and West coasts.

San Gennaro Feast- Little Italy, NY -- September 10-20th 2009

San Gennaro Festival-Los Angeles, CA--September 25-27th 2009

NOIAW-National Organization of Italian American Women will be holding their annual luncheon on Saturday, September 26th in New York City at the Waldorf-Astoria.

Columbus Day Parade NYC-Columbus Citizens Foundation- October 12, 2009--

Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival--October 8-11th.

National Italian American Foundation--Gala Dinner--Weekend of October 24th.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival October 8-11th.

The Food Network is presenting its second annual Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival in conjunction with Food & Wine and Travel + Leisure Magazine. The event is scheduled for October 8-11, which happens to be Columbus Day weekend. The festival is also slated to showcase your favorite Food Network stars such as Rachael Ray, Giada DeLaurentiis, and many more.

Visit the official page for details and ticket information:

Thursday, February 19, 2009

South Beach Wine & Food Festival Presented By Food & Wine/ Food Network.

If you love food and wine then this is the ultimate hot spot for you. Every year the Food & Wine festival gathers for an amazing event where celebrity chefs and top food & wine connoisseurs come out to talk, cook and taste the best of everything food and wine has to offer. The event is presented by the Food Network and Food & Wine magazine, two of the top media outlets preserving the art of food and wine. Not only is the Sobe Festival full of day and night events, which include some of your favorite chefs, but its located in the one of the most beautiful hot spots in Miami, --South Beach. For more information on this amazing festival and events please visit their site. The festival is currently in action but remember Miami is a short plane ride away.