Gala Italia Special Edition


New York, December 14, 2012 — The “GALA ITALIA SPECIAL EDITION” surpassed even the most optimistic forecasts as it achieved the greatest success. The event reached the goals that the organizers proposed: to present grand wines, selected and awarded by an American jury, and have present their producers who form the Italian wine elite; to put into effect an high-level event in an elegant, prestigious setting that suits the quality of Italian wine; to attract the attention of the most qualified trade representatives and especially the most important wine press; to follow the presentation of wines with a Gala Dinner, which featured a menu and a choice of excellent wines, and included the attendance of distinguished guests, the most famous journalists and leaders in their fields worldwide.

It was a unique initiative of its kind, which distanced itself in every aspect from all other initiatives that have modest results and are often counterproductive.

Over a hundred wines of the highest level and of special vintages were carefully chosen by their producers, who were present at the event. Over 500 trade representatives and journalists, including the most prestigious publications, were selected among the over 1,500 who had asked to participate. The Gala Evening, following a strict black-tie dress code with decorations, had over 320 personalities present. During the Gala Evening, a dinner of exquisite gastronomy was prepared under the personal supervision of Sirio Maccioni, and was accompanied by an extraordinary choice of the finest wines. The award to wine as representing “Italian excellence in the world” was presented while the producers stood on stage of The Pierre Hotel. Subsequent to this presentation was the awarding of personalities who also represent Italian excellence in the world, including Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, Antonin Scalia, and Maestro Arnaldo Pomodoro.

This was, in short, “GALA ITALIA SPECIAL EDITION”, which was held on Friday, December 7, in the ballroom of The Pierre Hotel in New York City.

It is an event that will be difficult to match, and will serve to give back prestige and a renewed image to fine Italian wines, as well as contribute to their success in the U.S. market.

December 7 in the splendid setting of The Pierre Hotel in New York

Gala Italia Special Edition

New York – November 19……Anticipation is growing for the “Gala Italia Special Edition,” which will take place on Friday, December 7th at The Pierre Hotel in New York.

Some of the most prestigious wineries of the peninsula will be present at the “Gala Italia Special Edition,” such as: A.A. Conca d’Oro, Abraxas, Antinori, Arcanum, Barone Fini, Blasi, Casa di Grazia, Castello della Sala, Castello di Gabbiano, Cavit, Colutta, Feudi di San Gregorio, Feudo Principi di Butera, Ferrari, Folonari, Franco Biondi Santi-Il Greppo, Jacopo Biondi Santi, Monte di Grazia, Pasqua, Planeta, Principi di Sicilia, Rocca dei Montemassi, Rocca delle Macie, Santa Cecilia, Sella e Mosca, Tenuta Carretta, Tenuta Castelbuono, Tenuta Torcicoda, Villa a Sesta, Villa Pozzi and Zonin.

Among the participating wineries that have already confirmed their participation is Ferrari, whose sparkling wines will also be served at the special Gala Dinner during the toasts to the President of the U.S. and the President of Italy. The Gala Dinner will follow the “Gala Italia Special Edition.”

The participating wineries will be represented by their owners, who will have traveled all the way from Italy to present their finest wines in an initiative dedicated to giving prestige to Italian wines. Each manufacturer will present a special vintage wine specially selected for this edition of the GALA ITALIA (see enclosed list).

The decision to organize the “Gala Italia Special Edition” is consequent to the reduction of Italian exports; as they continue to lose their top positions, they stand in stark contrast to the trend of the booming U.S. wine market this year (+24%).

The “Gala Italia Special Edition” will serve to counteract this recession and will be an initiative of great commitment and importance, with significant exposure to the media, as it promises to bring Italian wines to a competitive level in the market.

With its impressive presentation, the “Gala Italia Special Edition” will give greater luster and prestige to the top Italian wines, distinguishing them from competing production that attempts to be on the same level as Italian wines and beat them in price.

The “Gala Italia Special Edition” will see the participation of a select number of Italian wineries and the personal presence of the most respected names in the Italian wine industry, all of whom will present some of their finest products.

To emphasize the exceptional quality of the wines to be presented, an American jury of experts will select the best wine of each participating winery and present these wines with a special “Certificate of Merit” that will further inform the press and trade representatives in attendance.

The event features the grand Wine & Food Tasting that begins at 11:00 a.m. in the elegant Ballroom of The Pierre Hotel, which will be specially prepared and decorated for the occasion. Over 500 qualified trade representatives, restaurateurs and journalists from the Atlantic coastal states will attend the tasting.

Held annually for more than a quarter of century, the “Gala Italia Special Edition” promotes the best of Italian wine, food and gastronomy in the United States. The most well-known manufacturers of specialty food and beverages including Conca d’Oro, Lavazza, Monini, Pondini Imports, Rocchetta, Salumeria Rosi and Verrini Munari, and the leading Italian restaurants, including Le Cirque, Grano Trattoria, Macelleria, Serafina, SD 26 and Taverna di Bacco, have confirmed their participation for the event this year, selecting for the occasion their best products to promote wine and food in a unique setting.

The event will also feature an elegant, colorful catalogue that will provide detailed information on all the participating companies. More than 2,000 copies of the catalogue will be distributed at the event and subsequently sent to the major industry leaders in Italy.

These elements of the event will serve to improve the visibility of the participating companies, wines and food that will be presented at the “Gala Italia Special Edition.”

The “Gala Italia Special Edition” will be complemented by the black-tie Gala Dinner, which will be held in the Ballroom of The Pierre Hotel later in the evening. The dinner will be prepared by Le Cirque restaurant under the personal supervision of Sirio Maccioni, and will be paired with the wines of a select number of participating wineries.

On this occasion, there will be the presentation of the “Special Grand Award of Merit to Wine” that represents Italian excellence in the world. The award will be jointly given to the producers who will present their wines during the Gala Dinner.

Those present at the Gala Dinner will include the most important American and Italian personalities, many celebrities, select guests and the main representatives of the media.

The “Gala Italia Special Edition” is organized by the Italian Wine & Food Institute under the patronage of the Italian Ambassador to Washington, in collaboration with the Italian Trade Commission: the agency for overseas promotion and the internationalization of Italian companies, and the sponsorship of the Ministry of Economic Development.

To RSVP for the “Gala Italia Special Edition,” please register at (cost for registration is $45.00).

For more information: Italian Wine & Food Institute – Tel.: 212 867 4111; E-mail:

Gala Italia Special Edition Wine List

Abraxas, Kuddia Gialla, IGT Sicilia Bianco, 2011
Abraxas, Kuddia del Moro, IGT Sicilia Rosso, 2008
Abraxas, Passito di Pantelleria DOC, 2008
Antinori, Castello della Sala, Chardonnay IGT Umbria, 2011
Antinori, Guado al Tasso il Bruciato, Red Blend Bolgheri DOC, 2010
Antinori, Tomaresca Torcicoda, Primitivo IGT Salento, 2010
Arcanum, Il Fauno di Arcanum, IGT Toscana, 2007
Arcanum, Valadorna, IGT Toscana, 2007
Arcanum, Arcanum, IGT Toscana, 2007
Barone Fini, Pinot Grigio Valdadige, 2011
Bertani, Sereole, Soave DOC 2011
Bertani, Secco Bertani, Valpolicella Valpantena DOC, 2009
Bertani, Amarone della Valpolicella Classico DOC, 2004
Blasi, Sincope, IGT Umbria, 2008
J. Biondi Santi, Sassalloro, Rosso IGT Toscana, 2009
Biondi Santi, Morellino di Scansano DOC, 2009
Biondi Santi Il Greppo, Brunello di Montalcino DOCG, 2007
Casa di Grazia, Zahara, Grillo DOCG, 2011
Casa di Grazia, Victorya, Cerasuolo di Vittoria DOCG, 2011
Casa di Grazia, Gradiva Collectio, Nero D’Avola IGT Sicilia, 2008
Castello di Gabbiano, Alleanza IGT Toscana, 2009
Castello di Gabbiano, Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG, 2009
Castello di Gabbiano, Bellezza, Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG, 2008
Cavit, Moscato Giallo Sanvigilio Liquoroso, Trentino DOC, 2011
Cavit, Pinot Nero, Trentino DOC
Concadoro, Chianti Classico DOCG, 2010
Concadoro, Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG, 2011
Colutta, Pinot Grigio, Colli Orientali DOC, 2011
Colutta, Sauvignon, Colli Orientali DOC, 2011
Colutta, Refosco P.R., Colli Orientali DOC, 2008
Ferrari, Ferrari Brut Trento DOC, n/v
Ferrari Rosè Trento DOC, n/v
Ferrari, Tenuta Castelbuono, Montefalco Rosso DOC, 2008
Ferrari, Tenuta Castelbuono, Sagrantino di Montefalco DOCG, 2006

Feudi di San Gregorio, Greco di Tufo DOCG, 2011
Feudi di San Gregorio , Irpinia Aglianico DOC, 2011
A. e G. Folonari Tenute, Campo al Mare, Bolgheri DOC, 2010
A. e G. Folonari Tenute, Nozzole, Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG, 2009
A. e G. Folonari Tenute, Cabreo, Il Borgo IGT Toscana, 2008
Le Marchesine, Franciacorta Brut, N.V.
Le Marchesine, Saten Millesimato, 2008
Monte di Grazia, IGT Campania, 2008
Pasqua, Prosecco Spumante, Treviso DOC, n/v
Famiglia Pasqua, Passimento, IGT Rosso Veneto, 2010
Famiglia Pasqua, Amarone della Valpolicella DOC, 2008
Planeta, Chardonnay, Sicilia IGT, 2010
Planeta, Dorilli, Cerasuolo di Vittoria DOCG, 2010
Planeta, Santa Cecilia, Sicilia IGT, 2007
Principi di Sicilia, Grillo-Zibibbo, 2011
Principi di Sicilia, Nero D’Avola-Sirah, 2011
Principi di Sicilia, Rosso della Principessa riserva, 2009
Rocca delle Macie, Fam. Zingarelli, Chianti Classico DOCG, 2010
Rocca delle Macie, Ris. Fam. Zingarelli, Chianti Classico DOCG,2008
Rocca delle Macie, Ser Gioveto IGT Toscana, 2008
Sella & Mosca, Terre Bianche, Alghero DOC, 2011
Sella & Mosca, Tanca Farrà, Alghero DOC, 2006
Sella & Mosca, Marchese di Villamarina, Alghero DOC, 2005
Tenuta Carretta, Roero Arneis Cayega, 2011
Tenuta Carretta, Nebbiolo D’Alba, 2010
Tenuta Carretta, Barolo Cascina Ferrero, 2007
Villa a Sesta, Vas, IGT Toscana, 2007
Villa a Sesta, Il Palei, Chianti DOCG, 2007
Villa a Sesta, Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG, 2007
Villa Pozzi, Enza Prosecco, n/v
Famiglia Pozzi, Nero D’Avola, 2011
Zonin, Tenuta Ca’ Bolani, Prosecco, n/v
Zonin, Rocca dei Montemassi, Sassabruna, 2009
Zonin, Feudo Principi di Butera, Symposio, 2008

“Made in Italy” Triumphs in New York

Great Success for the GALA ITALIA

New York, February 28 ….The 27th edition of the GALA ITALIA proved to be a huge success, exceeding even the most optimistic expectations. The event took place on Thursday, February 23rd at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in Manhattan under the high patronage of the Italian Ambassador to Washington, Claudio Bisogniero, and the Ministry of Economic Development. The event mobilized importers, producers and journalists from across the states along the Atlantic Coast in the USA. They crowded the Broadway Ballroom on the sixth floor of the Marriott and were joined by a restricted number of VIP guests, among whom was the Consul General to New York, Minister Natalia Quintavalle; and a group of qualified consumers affiliated with the noted restaurants, SD26 of Tony May and Le Cirque of Sirio Maccioni.

The most prestigious celebration of Made in Italy, GALA ITALIA presented fashion, wine, gastronomy, music, art and design as indisputable protagonists of the evening and as emblematic Italian products, exposing them to the New York limelight. The sponsors of the event were Alitalia, Compagnia Ducale, Ferrero, FIAT, MSC, Omnia and Smeraldina.

The GALA ITALIA opened with the grand Wine & Food Tasting that included some of the finest Italian wines from major wineries, including: Antinori, Arcanum, Baglio di Pianetto, Bertani, Biondi Santi, Cantine di Dolianova, Casale Falchini, Casale del Giglio, Castello d’Albola, Castello del Poggio, Castello di Gabbiano, Castello di Querceto, Cavit, Col d’Orcia, Domodimonti, Feudo Arancio, Feudo Principi di Butera, Fonterutoli, Francoli, Marco Maci, Mezzacorona, Moretti Omero, Nicola Campagnola, Pepe Stefania, Piera Martellozzo, Planeta, Rocca dei Sanniti, Rocca delle Macie, Rocca di Montemassi, Rotari, Ruffino, Santa Maria ?Valverde, Sella & Mosca, Stemmari, Tenuta ca’ Bolani, Tenute Folonari, Villa a Sesta, Villa Fiorita and Zonin.

In the course of nearly four hours of the Wine Tasitng, those present tasted a total of over 120 wines, such as: Aglianico del Taburno, Amarone Classico della Valpolicella, Badiola, Barbera d’Asti, Bracale, Brunello di Montalcino, Cabreo, Cannonau di Sardegna, Cembali, Cerasuolo d’Abruzzo, Chardonnay, Chianti, Chianti Classico Riserva, Falanghina, Fiano d’Avellino, Greco di Tufo, La Segretta, Montefalco Sagrantino, Montepaonne, Montepulciano, Morellino di Scansano, Moscato d’Asti, Nero d’Avola, Peppoli, Petit Manseng, Petit Verdot, Pinot Grigio, Pinot Noir, Primitivo, Prosecco, Ramione, Ribolla Gialla Prosecco, Ripasso di Valpolicella, Roccato, Rosso di Montalcino, Salice Salentino, Sassabruna, Sassoalloro, Sasyr, Schidione, Ser Gioveto, Shiraz, Spumante Brut, Spumante Rose’, Teroldego, Terre di Giano, Trebiano, Valpolicella Classico, Vermentino, Vernaccia di San Gimignano, Villa Antinori and Vin Santo, as well as numerous “Proprietary Wines.”

During the Wine & Food Tasting, the wine producers received special certificates identifying their best wines, all of which were selected by an American jury of experts.

The most prestigious Italian restaurants in New York participated in the GALA ITALIA, as is their tradition. Their names include: Acqua at Peck Slip, Casa Nonna, Circo, Gusto, Il Riccio, Macelleria, Magia, Paola’s Restaurant, Salumeria Rosi, SD26, Serafina, Trattoria Dell’Arte and Zio. To the appreciation of many of the guests, the restaurants supplied their most interesting specialties to accompany the wine at the event.

Confirming the importance of pairing wines and genuine Italian food, the most distinguished producers and importers of special foods and beverages participated in the event, including Academia Barilla, Ferrero, Acetaia di Giorgio, Illy Caffe’, Conca d’Oro, Monini, Latteria Soresina, Riso Scotti, Orto Conserviera, Ciro and Verrini Murani.

Italian design was represented by two new Fiat 500s and by a special bicycle of Compagnia Ducale called the Fiat 500 Pop, which is specially designed for the Fiat 500 vehicle.

Art was also present at the Gala Italia through the exhibition, Fast and Food, situated on the stage of the Broadway Ballroom. The exhibition consisted of twenty-two photographs by Paolo Poli, a noted artist who traveled to New York all the way from Padova. The event was additionally enriched by the performance of the noted singer from Bergamo, Federico Martello, who, amid much applause, entertained guests with some pieces of his repertoire. He concluded his performance with “New York, New York,” saluting the city that has hosted the GALA ITALIA for 27 years.

The program of the GALA ITALIA concluded with the drawing of a special prize, the FIAT 500 Pop provided by Compagnia Ducale. The lucky winner of the FIAT 500 Pop was Ms. Sara Turdo of Turdo Vineyards & Winery from Oakland, NJ.

The GALA ITALIA distributed more than 2,000 copies of its catalogue to guests, participants and representatives. Within these elegant, colorful catalogues were texts and advertisements that publicized all the participating companies in the event.

This year, registration of guests was conducted entirely on-line, assuring a more manageable and improved selection of attendance.

Following the New York event was the Los Angeles Wine Gala, which took place on Monday, February 27th, to further promote Made in Italy within the markets of California and the West Coast. The Los Angeles Italian Wine Gala was held in the famous Valentino restaurant of Piero Selvaggio, with the attendance of such prestigious personalities as the Consul General, Minister Giuseppe Perrone and the Commercial Attache’ of the Italian Consulate General, Elena Marinelli. The wine tasting was directly preceded by a luncheon-tasting, reserved exclusively for local wine press, during which each house presented a wine of great value, including Arcanum, Il Fauno di Arcanum, 2007; Azienda Agricola Di Giovanna, Nero D’Avola, IGT Sicilia, 2009; Domodimonti, Il Messia, Rosso IGT Marche, 2007; Franco Biondi Santi Tenuta il Greppo, Brunello di Montalcino Ris. DOCG, 2004; Jacopo Biondi Santi, Schidione, Rosso IGT Toscana, 2003; Mezzacorona, Pinot Grigio, Vigneti delle Dolomiti IGT Trentino, 2011; Piera Martellozzo, 075 Carati, Ribolla Gialla White Sparkling Wine, 2011; Stemmari, Nero D’Avola, IGT Sicilia, 2010; Zonin, Feudo Principi di Butera and Nero d’Avola IGT Sicilia, 2009.

For this occasion, a menu had been specially prepared by Chef Nico Cessa that helped highlight in particular the various wines that were tasted. The menu started with the Pugliese salad and Galloni Prosciutto di Parma that had matured for 24 months, followed by a garganelli with duck ragu’ and lamb ossobuco with Sardinian fregola, and finished with a chocolate fondue cake and pear gelato. Indeed, the Wine Tasting showcased an impressive selection of high-quality wines. The wines were provided by some of the most prestigious wine producers, all of whom were from prominent Italian wine regions, including: Arcanum, Castello d’Albola, Castello del Poggio, Azienda Agricola Biologica di Giovanna, Domodimonti, Feudo Arancio, Feudo Principi di Butera, Franco Biondi Santi Tenuta il Greppo e Jacopo Biondi Santi Fibs, Mezzacorona, Pera Martellozzo, Rocca di Montemassi, Rotari, Stemmari, Tenuta Ca’ Bolani and Zonin.

Among the over 50 wines tasted at the Wine Tasting were: Prosecco, Sassabruna Maremma Toscana, Nero D’Avola di Sicilia, Chianti Classico, Pinot Grigio del Friuli, Moscato D’Asti, Passerina, Pecorino, Sangiovese, il Piccolo Principe Rosato delle Marche, il Messia Rosso delle Marche, Monte Fiore, Sangiovese delle Marche, Brunello di Montalcino, Rosso di Monalcino, Rosato di Toscana, Braccale, Morellino di Scansano, Sassoalloro, Montepaone, Schidione, Dalila, Pinot Grigio del Trentino, Teroldego Rotaliano, Talento Brut, Ribolla Gialla, Rose’, Muller-Thurgau, Il Fauno, Viognier di Sicilia, Grillo di Sicilia, Gerbino Rosato di Nerello Mascalese, Gerbino Rosato di Nero D’Avola and Gerbino Rosso di Sicilia. The wines were accompanied by specialty dishes prepared by the chefs of Valentino restaurant. “The 27th edition of the GALA ITALIA proved to be an event of the highest level,” said Dr. Lucio Caputo, president of the Italian Wine and Food Institute and the one who oversaw the organization of the event. “The series of Galas are of notable prestige as they contribute greatly to the Made in Italy in the USA, reflecting their traditional and major commercial significance.” The next edition of the GALA ITALIA will take place on February 21, 2013 in New York with a new and more spectacular format that will continue to support Made in Italy in the USA. This year’s GALA ITALIA was jointly organized by the Italian Wine & Food Institute under the high patronage of the Italian Ambassador to Washington and received the sponsorship of ITALY (the company for the promotion abroad) and of the Ministry of Economic Development.

The “Khail Award” to Lucio Caputo

(L.. to R.) Ezio Rivella, Lucio Caputo, Antonella Khail (daughter of Dr. Khail) and Alessandro Torcoli.

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