New York, December 12 — Excitement is building for GALA ITALIA, which will officially kick off on February 19th at The Pierre Hotel in New York to celebrate its 30th anniversary and, at the same time, the great success of Italian wine in the United States.
This success will be the driving force behind the celebration. A thirty-year initiative unrivaled in the world, GALA ITALIA 30 will highlight the strong achievements by Italian wine, whose exports to the U.S. grew from $44 million in 1975 to over $1.4 billion in 2015.
This undisputed success, which has placed Italy at the forefront of countries exporting to the U.S. in both value and quantity, as well as in variety and excellence of the range of wines offered, will attract considerable media attention at the event.
Among the many elements that will shed light on this success will be the display of 1985 vintage bottles, whose thirty years of life will underline the thirty years of the GALA ITALIA and the thirty years of continuous accomplishments of Italian wine.
At this unique celebration, its protagonists – some of the most renowned Italian wine producers – will personally come to New York for this unmissable event. It will be an occasion to present to the most qualified American wine editors some of the best wines of their production, including a special vintage wine uniquely selected for GALA ITALIA 30.
Meanwhile, their bottles – the stars of this celebration – are now on their way from Italy. The 1985 vintage bottles will be exhibited at the center of the Grand Ballroom, where they will be photographed and filmed by hundreds of journalists, photographers and cameramen.
Treated with great care as befits the stars of the event, the wine bottles will be auctioned off during the Gala Dinner that will follow GALA ITALIA 30.
Among the stars: a rare Giulio Ferrari Riserva del Fondatore 1985 from the private reserve of the Ferrari family; a Tignanello 1985 of Marchesi Antinori; a Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Riserva 1985 of Biondi Santi; a Rosso del Conte 1985 of Conti Tasca d’Almerita; a Rubesco Vigna Monticchio Torgiano DOCG Riserva 1985 of Lungarotti; a La Corte IGT Toscana 1985 of Castello di Querceto; a Spargolo IGT Toscana 1985 of Casa Cecchi; a Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Riserva 1985 of Col d’Orcia; a Chianti Classico DOCG Riserva 1985 of Tenuta Castello d’Albola of Zonin; a Barolo DOCG Riserva 1985 of Fontanafredda; a Cannonau di Sardegna DOC 1985 of Sella e Mosca; a Chianti Classico DOCG Riserva 1985 of Rocca delle Macie; an Arele 1985 of Cavit; a Barolo DOCG Riserva 1985 of Pio Boffa and an Amarone DOCG 1985 of Bertani, to name a few.
The main feature of GALA ITALIA 30 is its grand Wine & Food Tasting, which will be held from 12:00 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the prestigious Grand Ballroom of The Pierre Hotel, specially prepared and decorated for this event. Over 1,000 qualified and selected trade representatives, restaurateurs and journalists from across the U.S. Atlantic Coast are expected at what is the most important event dedicated to Italian wine in the United States. All of the guests will be pre-registered on-line. Electronic registration will open on Monday, December 15.
The event will emphasize the importance of traditional food and wine pairings, thanks to the presence of some of the most prestigious manufacturers of Italian food and some of the most famous Italian restaurants in New York City, including Cacio e Vino, Le Cirque, Macelleria, Osteria del Circo, Piada, Risotteria Melotti and Serafina.
To complete GALA ITALIA 30 and make it even more interesting in the framework of the prestigious “Made in Italy,” there will be an informal fashion presentation by a famous Italian house, whose name will be the subject of a separate announcement.
To further promote and highlight the presentation of these wines, an American jury will select the best wine of each participant and present the wine with a special “Certificate of Merit.” To all the wine producers will be consigned a gold medal attesting their participation in the thirtieth anniversary of GALA ITALIA.
A colorful GALA ITALIA 30 catalog will enhance the importance of all of the companies and sponsors involved in the event, with ample information provided for each participant. The catalog will also provide wide coverage and a series of charts highlighting the success achieved by Italian wines in the past thirty years. The catalog will be distributed to all present and subsequently sent to the major leaders in the wine and food industry. In addition, all material published in the catalog will be displayed on the web-site of the Italian Wine & Food Institute.
GALA ITALIA 30 will be followed by a special black-tie Gala Dinner in the Grand Ballroom of The Pierre Hotel. Dinner will be prepared by the chef of Le Cirque restaurant, and will be paired with the finest, special vintage wines provided by some of the most important Italian wine producers in attendance.
During the Gala Dinner, a charity auction of the thirty year-old wines will take place, followed by the presentation of the “Special Awards of Merit” to leading personalities in honor of the wine and food that represent Italian excellence in the world.
The Gala Dinner, which will have in attendance some of the most important American personalities, distinguished guests and prominent TV and print journalists, will conclude late in the evening with the music of Panorama Orchestra.
GALA ITALIA 30 is organized by the Italian Wine & Food Institute under the high patronage of the Ambassador of Italy to Washington, D.C. and the sponsorship of the Italian Trade Commission and Veronafiere – Vinitaly.
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