American wine trade and members of the press who can't make it to Benvenuto Brunello 2013 may want to lick their wounds during an Italian wine tasting back at home.
From the 28th of January to the 3rd of February Slow Food and Vinitaly organize three tasting days in Miami, NYC and San Francisco to present the English edition of the Slow Wine guide.
The Slow Wine guide is a more recent addition to the Italian wine guides market. The scope of the guide isn't just the rating of any single wine, but the evaluation of the wine in its context. Vineyard practices and ecological sustainability of the estate are as important as the quality of the wine itself, its expression of the specific terroir and value for money.
Each tasting will present a different selection of wines from Italy's 20 regions, which have received awards in the 2013 Slow Wine guide. If you're after tasting the wines of Montalcino, the event in NYC will give you the chance to taste Baricci's Brunello 2007 and Rosso 2010. Nello Baricci has come to fame as the owner of one of the first small estates that made it big time in the history of Montalcino (I think I know a Baricci aficionado in every country of Europe).
The tastings in Miami and San Francisco will present Podere Salicutti's renown Brunello di Montalcino Piaggione 2007 and Rosso di Montalcino Sorgente 2010. Podere Salicutti owner Francesco Leanza was one of the first Brunello producers to go organic and his wines are some of the most sought-after on the market.
January, 30: Miami Beach Resort, Miami
February, 3: Terra Gallery, San Francisco