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South Florida — By klynch on February 7, 2009 at 7:57 pm

Vinitaly Miami 2009

Are you ready to taste some of the best Italian wines and olive oils around without breaking your bank account and without leaving the area? Vinitaly Miami 2009 is just around the corner. Starting on Monday, February 9th – Wednesday, February 11th, members of the trade, specialized media and consumers will gather at the Biltmore (at Cafe Boulud in Palm Beach on the 11th) for a selection of walk around tastings and social events. The purpose of the event is to connect winemakers from various regions in Italy with wine professionals in South Florida in hopes of creating valuable relationships. In addition to wines, they will also be showcasing olive oils, Italian food products and related accessories.

Who Should Attend?

  • Buyers/Importers/Distributors/Wholesalers
  • Retailers
  • Restaurants (Chefs, Sommeliers, hospitality professionals)
  • Specialized Media
  • and of course, it’s open to the general public – the only requirement is that you must love wine.

What will be happening?

Monday will kick off with a discussion at The Biltmore on the role of Italian wines in the restaurant industry in Florida at 10:30.  Speakers include Lyn Farmer (The Wine News), Fred Tasker (Miami Herald), Eric Hemer (Master Sommelier) and more. There will also be competitions throughout the day on “Knowing Your Italian Wines” and finding the fake olive oil challenge. Prizes include ahem.. a trip to Italy. This wine tasting is open to the public from 5-7 pm that evening and costs $40 (free to members of the trade).

Tuesday events will take place at the Hilton Bentley Miami South Beach and will include an educational seminar in the afternoon followed by a VIP reception.

Wednesday the event moves to Palm Beach for some more wine tasting and olive oil tasting at Cafe Boulud.

Visit Vinitaly for more information.

Photo Credit: jesiehart @ flickr

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