Slow Food International and Slow Wine Editore will debut the new and updated edition of the Slow Wine guide during the 2016 Slow Wine US Tour. For the fifth consecutive year, Slow Wine offers an English-language edition of their guide to Italian wines whose qualities extend beyond the palate.
Covering over 400 of Italy’s best wineries, Slow Wine critiques wine through the perspective of the Slow Food philosophy, believing that wine, just as with food, must be good, clean and fair – not just good. The Slow Wine guide publisher, Slow Wine Editore, and a delegation of its top wineries will be holding tasting events for press and trade during their annual multi-city US tour, visiting Los Angeles, San Francisco, Austin and New York City in 2016. There will also be a consumer event in New York.
“At Slow Wine, we take pride in recognizing small-scale winemakers 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,“ said Giancarlo Gariglio, editor of Slow Wine. “We are excited to return to the US with the newest edition of Slow Wine and continue promoting wine, not just a product of a winery but fruit of a certain soil, a specific climate, and a farming philosophy.”
Slow Wine recognizes that wine is an agricultural product, and has an impact on the lives of those who produce it and the environment. The guide uses three symbols to evaluate each winery:
• The Snail, the Slow Food symbol, signals a cellar that has distinguished itself through its interpretation of sensorial, territorial, environmental and personal values in harmony with the Slow Food philosophy.
• The Bottle, allocated to cellars that show a consistently high quality throughout their range of wines.
• The Coin, an indicator of great value.
The 2016 Slow Wine US Tour will begin in San Francisco on January 25th, featuring wines from 50+ winemakers from over 15 regions, at Terra Gallery. The tour then travels south to Los Angeles on January 27th at the Taglyan Complex and Austin on February 1st at Fair Market Austin. The Slow Wine tour will conclude in New York City on February 3rd at the Highline Ballroom. For the second year in a row, Slow Wine will partner with the Italian Trade Commission to host joint trade and consumer events in New York. Over 65 Slow Wine producers representing 15 regions of Italy will be present to showcase the best of what Italy’s wine landscape has to offer.
For information on each event, please visit the links below.
January 25, 2016 – Terra Gallery at 511 Harrison St, San Francisco CA 94105 Trade and Press Only
January 27, 2016 – Taglyan Complex at 1201 Vine St, Los Angeles CA 90038 Trade and Press Only
February 1, 2016 – Fair Market Austin at 1100 East 5th Street, Austin TX 78702 Trade and Press Only
February 3, 2015 – Highline Ballroom at 431 W 16th Street, New York NY 10011 Afternoon Trade and Press Portion & Evening Consumer Portion
*A complimentary copy of the guide will be included in the ticket price for the consumer event.
** Complimentary guides available for qualified press upon request.
About Slow Wine
The Slow Wine Guide, published by Slow Food Editore (the publishing arm of Slow Food Italy**) adopts a new approach to wine criticism and looks at a variety of factors to evaluate wineries in their entirety, taking into consideration the wine quality, typicity and adherence to terroir, value for money, environmental sensitivity and ecologically sustainable viticultural practices. Slow Wine was conceived to give a realistic snapshot of the current Italian wine landscape. The guide features reviews of 400 different wineries, each one visited by Slow Food experts. It is available for purchase on Amazon.com as well as in select bookstores.
**Slow Food International is a global grassroots organization that envisions a world in which all people can access and enjoy food that is good for them, good for those who grow it and good for the planet. A non-profit member-supported association, Slow Food was founded in Italy in 1989 to counter the rise of fast food and fast life, the disappearance of local food traditions and to encourage people to be aware about the food they eat, where it comes from, how it tastes and how our food choices affect the rest of the world.