Slow Wine 2014 USA tour hits three major cities, including Chicago

New Slow Wine Guide, even newer bi-monthly newsletter to be unveiled

Dwight Casimere | 1/17/2014, 5:55 p.m.
Slow Wine embarks on the third edition of its USA tour with a new twist. Not only will it premiere ...
James Beard Award-winning Chef Tony Mantuano at his Spiaggia restaurant kitchens on the Magnificent Mile, Chicago. Photo by Dwight Casimere

Slow Wine embarks on the third edition of its USA tour with a new twist. Not only will it premiere a new and updated 2014 edition of its Slow Wine Guide, it will also introduce their new bi-monthly newsletter, which will be available for a free trial download in the month of February.

Slow Wine is the guide to Italian wineries which are approved as good, clean and fair by Slow Food. Slow Wine has had a major impact on the wine industry through its focus on environmental sensitivity and ecologically sustainable viticultural practices. The newsletter seeks to be a valuable instrument for wine lovers and professionals searching for a new perspective on wine valuation and criticism. The newsletter is also a gateway for the upcoming stars of the Italian wine scene to reach a larger base of wine lovers.

Slow Wine 2014 unfolds in three U.S. cities, each with its own unique focus. In San Francisco, the 2014 Slow Wine tour will take place Monday, Jan. 27 at the renowned Terra Gallery at 511 Harrison Street, on Rincon Hill in that city’s chic SOMA district (South of Market Street) in the heart of San Francisco’s arts and culture area. Terra Gallery is the city’s most unique, elegant and versatile multi-level event space, located just minutes away from that city’s top hotels, restaurants and picturesque sights and attractions. More than 50 Italian winemakers from 15 regions will be in San Francisco to personally pour their wine creations accompanied by a delectable selection of light Italian-inspired bites in Terra’s dynamic atmosphere.

The tour continues in Chicago on Wednesday, Jan. 29 at the famed Spiaggia restaurant at 980 N. Michigan in the heart of Chicago’s Magnificent Mile. Chef Tony Mantuano, one of the Champions from Season Two of Bravo Tv’s “Top Master Chefs” and a 2005 James Beard Foundation Award winner is Chef/Partner at Spiaggia, Chicago’s only four-star Italian restaurant. A favorite of Presidents and foreign dignitaries, Spiaggia has become the mecca for modern interpretations of the regional cuisines of Italy. Spiaggia’s private dining rooms, overlooking Chicago’s vibrant Michigan Avenue, with its elegant boutiques and designer showrooms near the historic Water Tower, provides the showcase for wines from 60 producers representing 15 regions of Italy.

Slow Wine 2014 concludes in New York’s lively Chelsea area, Monday Feb. 3 on the eve of New York Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. This vibrant area is home, along with neighboring Tribeca, of the world-famous Tribeca Film Festival, co-founded by actor Robert DeNiro, and the site of some of the most glamorous designer shows held during New York’s upcoming Fashion Week (Feb. 6 through Feb.13).

Wines from more than 70 selected producers from 15 Italian regions will be presented at The Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 W. 18th Street. A news conference prior to the event on Feb. 3 will describe the 2014 US tour’s collaboration with Vinitaly International and the introduction of their bimonthly newsletter, which will also be available for a free trial download in the month of February.