The Slow Wine is coming! The Slow Wine is coming!
Actually it is the Slow Wine Guide that is coming along with some of the wines featured inside if you live in LA, SF or NYC!
If you live in the LA area, and you’d like to discover Slow Wine AND get a copy of the new issue of the Slow Wine Guide, join me on Tuesday, January 27, 2015 from 6 to 8:30 PM at a Slow Wine tasting. If you live in the SF Bay Area, the event is Th. Jan. 29, and then the show goes to NYC Mon. Feb. 2. Order your ticket using WINEPREDATOR code for $15 off: CLICK HERE for TICKETS– must purchase in advance. More details follow on Slow Food, Slow Wine, the Guide and more.
Slow Wine is inspired by the Slow Food Movement which was created in Italy in 1986 after a “demonstration on the intended site of a McDonald’s at the Spanish Steps in Rome.” Since then, the movement advocates “a comprehensive approach to food that recognizes the strong connections between plate, planet, people, politics and culture.”
Slow Food is…a global, grassroots organization with supporters in 150 countries around the world who are linking the pleasure of good food with a commitment to their community and the environment.
The Slow Food Manifesto highlights the importance of quality which is obtained by producing and creating food by processes that are Good, Clean and Fair:
- GOOD: quality, flavorsome and healthy food
- CLEAN: production that does not harm the environment
- FAIR: accessible prices for consumers and fair conditions and pay for producers
My friend Marialyce is part of a “Slow Food Sundays” group in LA that gets together monthly to cook together around a particular theme; the night we went the theme was Italian. We found that savoring the process as much as the product, that the company and the sharing and the teaching and the learning is as important as sitting down together to break bread and drink wine.
So what do you get when you apply the Slow Food philosophy to wine? Small-scale wine makers working the land using traditional techniques with respect for the environment and terroir, while safeguarding the incredible biodiversity of grape varieties.
Presented by Slow Food International and Los Angeles Wine Tasting, the event features more than 50 Slow Wine producers from 15 Italian wine regions with the opportunity to discover and taste over 100 wines. The event is being held at The Taglyan Complex 1201 Vine Street Los Angeles, CA 90038.
With the purchase of every $60 ticket (or $15 less if you use WINEPREDATOR), attendees receive a complimentary copy of THE SLOW WINE GUIDE 4th edition in addition to the opportunity to discover and taste over 100 wines from more than 300 of the best wineries, the majority which have the Snail or the Slow Wine symbol indicating certified organic and biodynamic:
Organizers Slow Food International and Los Angeles Wine Tasting say that the
“Slow Wine Guide critiques wine through the perspective of the Slow Food philosophy giving prominence to small-scale wine makers who are using traditional techniques, working with respect for the environment and terroir, and safeguarding the incredible biodiversity of grape varieties that are part of Italy’s heritage. Slow Wine is the only Italian wine guide that visits all of the wine makers included in the guide, in their vineyards.” Reviews of the 8,400 wines in the book include approaches used in the vineyard and cellar of more than 1,800 wineries.
Wineries at the event include:
If you would like a copy of the Slow Wine Guide ($25 value) and the opportunity to taste a broad selection of Italian wines, buy your tickets NOW and save $10 with the code LAWineTasting or $15 with the code WINEPREDATOR. CLICK HERE for DISCOUNTED TICKETS which you must purchase in advance: No Tickets at the door. Parking is available in LA, with mandatory valet, at the Taglyan Complex for a fee of $8.00.
While there is no official social media hashtag, twitter account, or monitoring of the Slow Food events according to organizers, the obvious hashtag to use is #SlowWine. Hopefully some of the wineries are social media savvy enough to be active. (Please let me know if you know which ones are because I will definitely be sure to visit their tables and tweet about them!)
I’ll be attending the event with Explore Wine Tour operator Lisa Stoll; she’s also a Sommelier with a WSET Advanced certification. Also joining me is Pattie Ridenour, the organizer of the Ventura County based meet-up group “Brix and Corks Wine Researchers of Ventura County.”
Watch for my tweets on Tuesday!