I will turn Italian for a week thanks to Vino 2010 'Italian Wine Week' taking place in New York from February 2 to February 5, 2010.
It is presented as The Biggest Italian Wine Event Ever Held Outside of Italy by its organizers, the Italian Trade Commission and the regions of Calabria, Puglia, Toscana and Veneto.
Here is what 's on my schedule so far, mostly afternoons and early evenings, duty calls in the morning.
-'The New Generation of Southern Reds' Seminar
Followed by 'Unique Expressions of Italian Sparkling Wines' Tasting
-'Meet and Greet the Vintners' Luncheon
Followed by 'Terroir, diversity and complexity in Brunello, Chianti Classico and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano' Seminar.
-The Grand Tasting' with winemakers from all over Italy.
One of the attractions of Vino 2010 is the opportunity to sample a number of producers not yet imported in the US.
The other plus is that with an event spread over a few days, it will give me a chance to spend time speaking with individual producers and other parties involved in it which I hope will make for good stories to share with you all.
You might feel like you are missing a fun event.
Don't feel bad it is not opened to the public.
It is not completely closed either.
One session, on Thursday, February 4th invites you to take a peak.
Titled Virtual Vino, Millenials and Social Media Decanted it will be broadcast on the Vino 2010 website.
Better even you will be able to submit questions to the panelists via Twitter by sending your Tweets to either @vino2010 or @JRvino2010 and be part of the conversation.
Alder of Vinography which just celebrated its 6th birthday is one of them.
If you don't Tweet, feel free to share your questions with me and I will do my best to air them.