Sisterly bond unites Italy and USA in fight against cancer


Verona, Italy (PRWEB) April 24, 2015

On the 30th of April 2015 the American Cancer Society and Vinitaly International will join forces once again on the occasion of the tenth edition of Taste of Hope thus renewing an alliance, consolidated back in 2010, between two sisters, Kris Kim, Chief Operating Officer of the American Cancer Society, the largest health organization in the US dedicated to the fight against cancer, and Stevie Kim, Managing Director of Vinitaly International, the Ambassador of Italian wine in the world.

The collaboration first began on the 25th of October 2010 on the occasion of the Vinitaly Day organized during Eataly, the Italian culinary complex in Manhattan. The American Cancer Society was selected as the charity of choice for the tasting organized by Vinitaly the same evening. Only a few months later, in January 2011, Vinitaly returned to New York taking part in the bell-ringing closing session of the NASDAQ Stock Market with executives from the American Cancer Society and two of the leading Italian women in wine: Marilisa Allegrin i from Allegrini Wines and Cristina Mariani-May, CEO of Banfi Vintners. The event, that served to bring Italian wine to the attention of the American public, was followed by a fundraising wine tasting and the proceeds were donated to the American Cancer Society.

Since then, Italian wine producers, led by Vinitaly International, have been offering their yearly support to Taste of Hope, one of New Yorks top fundraising events organized by the American Cancer Society with the precious contribution of the citys most famous restaurants. During the event, eager donors and philanthropists are able to savour culinary specialties of top-end chefs and taste delectable fine Italian wines provided by some of Italys top wine producers under the unifying umbrella of Vinitaly International.

This years edition will also see the renewed support of the Consortium Italia del Vino (Banfi, Santa Margherita, Cantina Lunae, Cantine Ferrari, Casa Vinicola Sartori, Casa Vinicola Zonin, Gruppo Italiano Vini, Librandi, Marchesi di Barolo, Medici Ermete & Figli and Terredora), a union of twelve of the most important wine producing companies in Italy that has recently seen the election of its new president: the new lead will be Andrea Sartori, president of Casa Vinicola Sartori, a historic family of wine producers in the Valpolicella area near the city of Verona.

The Consorzio was founded back in 2009 with the aim to reinforce the identity of Italian wine in international markets by transforming competition into an alliance and overcoming the strong individualism that traditionally characterizes Italian wineries.

Taste of Hope, which each year involves over 800 guests from New York, is an important showcase for the wineries of Italia del Vino Consorzio and, more importantly, represents an excellent opportunity to be involved in a charity event helping such an important cause said President Sartori. The group covers all wine producing areas of the peninsula and accounts for nearly 8,5% of the total of Italian wine export.

During the course of the evening, Vinitaly International will also be showcasing the labels of other four fine Italian wineries from the countrys top wine producing regions, Tedeschi, Allegrini, Zenato and Mezzacorona, thus contributing to the evening with a total of 700 + bottles.

This year the event, hosted in the new location of the Metropolitan West in New York, will include important guests such as the famous Top Chef alum and leading NYC restaurateur Dale Talde.

Ticket prices:

VIP tickets with early entry at 6:30pm are $ 250 and tickets for general admission at 7:30 pm are $ 175. For more information about the event and to purchase tickets, visit: http://www.tasteofhopenyc.org and vinitalyinternational.com, follow Vinitaly International on Twitter (@VinitalyTour) or Facebook (Vinitaly International) and Taste of Hope for the American Cancer Society on Twitter (@ACSTasteofHope).


Veronafiere is the leading organizer of trade shows in Italy including Vinitaly (http://www.vinitaly.com), the largest wine and spirits fair in the world. During its 49th edition Vinitaly counted some 4.000 exhibitors on a 100.000 square meter area and 150.000 visitors including 2.600 journalists from 46 different countries. The next edition of the fair will take place on 10 – 13 April 2016. The premier event to Vinitaly, OperaWine (http://www.vinitalyinternational.com) Finest Italian Wines: 100 Great Producers, will unite international wine professionals on April 9th in the heart of Verona, offering them the unique opportunity to discover and taste the wines of the 100 Best Italian Producers, as selected by Wine Spectator. Since 1998 Vinitaly International travels to several countries such as Russia, China, USA and Hong Kong thanks to its strategic arm abroad, Vinitaly International. In February 2014 Vinitaly International launched an educational project, the Vinitaly International Academy (VIA) with the aim of divulging and broadcasting the excellence and diversity of Italian wine around the globe. VIA has now also organized its very first Certification Course with the aim of creating new Ambassadors of Italian Wine in the World.

Taste of Hope was founded in 2005 by the American Cancer Society. They created this fundraiser as a way to celebrate New York dining while raising funds to help underwrite the Societys mission to fight for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. Between the early 1990s and 2013 the Society has seen a 20 percent decrease in the overall cancer death rate, which means they have helped to avoid about 1.2million cancer deaths and created the potential for more birthday celebrations.



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The Napa Valley Wine Train Brings NFL Oakland Raider, Charles Woodson, On Board for a One of a Kind Event in the Vista Dome


Napa Valley, California (PRWEB) May 07, 2015

The Napa Valley Wine Train will be having a special event with Oakland Raider’s 8-time Pro Bowler, Charles Woodson and his wine brand, Charles Woodson Wines. This will be a unique opportunity to meet Woodson, spend three hours in a private luxury railcar with him, and enjoy his wines with a one of a kind paired menu.

We are very excited to have Charles Woodson and Charles Woodson Wines on board, said Kelly Macdonald, Executive Chef for the Napa Valley Wine Train. It is going to be an incredible day. I will be creating a menu special for the occasion, to pair with his wines. This event will be a touchdown with a star athlete!

Woodson is one of just two players in NFL history to win a Heisman Trophy, Associated Press Rookie of the Year, Associated Press Player of the Year and a Super Bowl in their career. Charles is a three-time first-team All-Pro and eight-time Pro Bowler.

Charles Woodson discovered his appreciation for wine in 1998 when he arrived in Napa with the Oakland Raiders for training camp. He was intrigued when he noticed that everywhere he went people were enjoying a bottle of wine. With the help of an acclaimed international winemaker, he makes boutique productions of hand-crafted Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc. His 2010 vintage Cabernet Sauvignon was recently named to Wine Spectators prestigious Top 100 list, further catapulting the brands success. He now leases ten acres of vineyard just north of where the team trains.

The A Day in the Dome with Charles Woodson event will showcase Charles Woodson Wines 2014 Sauvignon Blanc, and the 2008 and 2010 vintages of the Cabernet Sauvignon. Chef Macdonald will be designing a menu special to pair with these three wines. The event will be held in the Napa Valley Wine Trains Champagne Vista Dome, a 1952 Super Dome, one of the first ten full domes built by Pullman Standard. The Vista Dome offers exclusive luxury private dining upstairs and a state of the art kitchen downstairs.

A Day in the Dome with NFL’s Charles Woodson

Sunday, June 14, 2015

11:30AM – 2:30PM

$ 249 per person


About the Napa Valley Wine Train

One of the few active historic passenger railroads in the United States, the Napa Valley Wine Train offers an engaging and memorable experience that echoes the glory days of train travel, with fine dining service, multiple course meals cooked to order, Napa Valley scenery and ultimate relaxation aboard an exquisitely restored vintage train. The Napa Valley Wine Train features antique Pullman rail cars faithfully restored with Honduran mahogany paneling, brass accents, etched glass partitions and plush armchairs that evoke the spirit of luxury rail travel at the beginning of the 20th century. Conveniently located in downtown Napa and easily accessible, the Napa Valley Wine Train offers car-free transportation options that bring guests to Napa Valley without having to drive.

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The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay Announces 2014 Vintner Series


Half Moon Bay, California (PRWEB) December 10, 2013

The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay announces its line up for the 2014 Vintner Series at the coastal resort.

We are thrilled to present winemakers from such prestigious vineyards as Beringer, Quintessa, Stags Leap, Far Niente, and Chateau St. Jean, just to name a few, for our 2014 season, said Director of Sales & Marketing Jay Heidenreich. The Vintner Dinner Series is part of our acclaimed wine program and features some of Californias most distinguished wineries and vineyards, he added.

Each month, a different winery is highlighted throughout the resort. Upon check-in, guests are offered a complimentary glass of the featured wine, a select varietal tasting series in presented in ENO and once during the month, a four-course vintner dinner is presented in Navio.

ENO Tasting Series

Every Friday from 4 to 6 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 3 to 6 p.m. in ENO, a Wine Educator from the featured winery presents and educates guests about the latest wines in its portfolio. Tasting fees ranges from $ 25 to $ 40 per person, based upon the vintner. Visitors can also choose to elevate their tasting experience with flights of hand-selected cheeses and chocolates from ENO for an additional fee.

Vintner Dinner in Navio

Executive Chef Xavier Salomon presents a four-course vintner dinner in Navio. Collaborating with the wine maker, Chef Salomon designs a menu that highlights the wine selections and pays tribute to Navios coastal cuisine. Vintner Dinners, held the second Thursday of each month, are $ 125/per person and include a signed bottle of wine from the vintner, as well as two complimentary passes to enjoy a tasting at the winery.


January: Beringer Vineyards

Vintner Dinner: Thursday, January 9

Beringer Vineyards known as the oldest continuously operating winery in the Napa Valley was founded in 1875. Since then, Beringer has honed, deepened, and expanded the art of winemaking. They were the first California winery to offer public tours after Prohibition’s repeal, establishing the idea of visiting wineries and the Estate was designated a Historic District on the National Register of Historic Places. Beringer is known for their Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. They pursue balance between modern technology and time-tested winemaking traditions, resulting in wines of global recognition.

February: Quintessa and Faust Wine

Vintner Dinner: Thursday, February 13

Quintessa is a family-owned biodymamic and organic wine estate in Rutherford, Napa Valley. They produce a single Red Blend every year that combines Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Carmenere, all harvested from the 170 acres of vineyard planted on the property. The vineyards location is unique in the Napa Valley as it contains a lake, five hills, a river, five distinct soil types and a multitude of elevations, exposures and micro climates. A decade after the first release from his Quintessa estate, Vintner Agustin Huneeus was ready to start a new venture. He founded Faust Vineyards located in Coombsville, Napa Valley and grew the noblest grape, the Cabernet Sauvignon. By building a state-of-the-art winery with the most modern technologies; Faust Wine is the epitome of style that has made Napa Cabernet Sauvignon world renowned: bold and powerful, yet elegant and concentrated.

March: Peju Winery

Vintner Dinner: Thursday, March 13

Peju Winery is a family-owned and family-run winery located in Rutherford, CA in the heart of the Napa Valley. Their 30 acre Rutherford Estate is one of only 21 certified organic wineries in the Napa Valley. Peju produces 19 different bottlings including Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Syrah, Zinfandel, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Provence, a proprietary red and white cuvee. A charming 50-foot French provincial tower serves as the main tasting room and is the centerpiece of their magnificent estate. After 30 years in the Napa Valley, Pejus mission remains the same for the future: to produce the highest quality wines, welcome guests with an unparalleled wine tasting experience, and to provide exceptional guest service.

April: Saintsbury

Vintner Dinner: Thursday, April 10

May: Flowers Vineyard & Winery

Vintner Dinner: Thursday, May 8

June: Penfolds

Vintner Dinner: Thursday, June 12

July: Ehlers Estate

Vintner Dinner: Thursday, July 10

August: Franciscan Estate Winery

Vintner Dinner: Thursday, August 14

September: Chateau St. Jean Winery

Vintner Dinner: Thursday, September 11

October: Far Niente

Vintner Dinner: Thursday, October 9

November: Thomas Fogarty Winery

Vintner Dinner: Thursday, November 13

December: Stags Leap Winery

Vintner Dinner: Thursday, December 11

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About The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay

Situated 23 miles southwest of the San Francisco International Airport, The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay is a 261-room destination spa and golf coastal resort and the San Francisco Bay Areas only oceanfront resort. Set atop a rugged bluff overlooking 50 miles of pristine California coastline, the timeless oceanfront estate provides guests with a relaxed yet refined experience, whether for a romantic getaway, meeting or special event. For more information on fall activities, please contact The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay at (650) 712-7000. For room reservations, contact your travel professional, visit http://www.ritzcarlton.com/hmb or call Ritz-Carlton worldwide reservations at (800) 241-3333. Visit http://www.experiencehalfmoonbay.com to learn more about the destination.

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The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. of Chevy Chase, Md., currently operates 84 hotels in the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and the Caribbean. More than 30 hotel and residential projects are under development around the globe. The Ritz-Carlton is the only service company to have twice earned the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award which recognizes outstanding customer service. For more information, or reservations, contact a travel professional, call toll free in the U.S. 1-800-241-3333, or visit the company website at http://www.ritzcarlton.com. The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Marriott International, Inc.

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Stonebridge Companies DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Grand Junction Announces Limited Time Military Appreciation Rate


Grand Junction, CO (PRWEB) March 30, 2015

The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Grand Junction has announced a special offer for military personnel visiting the area in April. The Military Appreciation rate includes a one night stay and a hot breakfast buffet for two the following morning. Guests enjoy Colorados famous hiking, biking, skiing, and wine tasting a few minutes from the hotel. The DoubleTree by Hilton Grand Junction also provides exciting recreation without having to leave the property; a 24-hour fitness center, sparkling heated saline pool, whirlpool spa, playground, horseshoe pit and sand volleyball court are all available for the convenience of valued guests. On-site dining is available at Bistro 743, serving innovative local and international cuisine as well as delicious cocktails.

To reserve your room with this limited time offer of $ 83 per night, plus tax, or for additional information, contact the hotel directly at (970) 241 8888. Offer is subject to availability and a valid military ID must be presented upon check-in.

The DoubleTree by Hilton Grand Junction hotel overlooks the lush valley and beautiful bluffs of the Grand Mesa Plateau. Located minutes from Grand Junction Regional Airport (GJT), the hotel provides guests with easy access to I-70, West Star Aviation, St. Marys Hospital, Colorado Mesa University, local vineyards and wineries and historic Downtown Grand Junction. Hotel amenities include 24-hour, Precor-certified fitness center, on-site recreation activities, on-site playground, heated outdoor pool, business center, room service, free parking, free high-speed wireless Internet access, on-site restaurant and lounge Bistro 743 and much more. The DoubleTree Grand Junction hotel is proudly managed by Stonebridge Companies in Denver, CO.

Founded in 1991 by Navin C. Dimond, Stonebridge Companies is a privately owned, innovative hotel owner, operator and developer headquartered near Denver, Colorado. The companys current portfolio entails 45 hotels with over 7,000 rooms nationwide. This diverse portfolio includes select-service, extended-stay, mid-scale and full-service hotels in markets throughout the U.S. For detailed information, visit our website at http://www.SBCOS.com


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Custom Luxury Wine Tours by Global Limos


(PRWEB) January 16, 2014

Global Limos, a luxury ground transportation provider, is announcing the launch of custom wine tours to the major wine regions in the United States. Global Limos will be offering wine tours for the perfect vacation or just a weekend getaway option for those who want to taste some of the best wine that U.S. has to offer. The company’s diverse fleet of vehicles such as limousines, party buses, and charter buses will provide the luxurious comfort on the wine tours. The customers can organize the tour themselves or let us do all the work, behind the scenes, to arrange the best selection of wineries and restaurants for them. We will start accepting reservations for these wine tours nationwide in mid-March, 2014, said Moe Kakar, CEO of Global Limos.

“Spring is an ideal time for taking a wine tour, if the customer wants to experience the exquisite beauty of wineries and enjoy the best weather. We will be accepting reservations for these custom wine tours early spring this year. Our customers can not only enjoy their visit to the wineries but also enjoy the luxurious comfort in our limos and party buses. During the wine tour the customers can sit back and relax while our chauffeurs take them to the best wineries. When it comes to a wine tour, most of the people will think about the Napa-Sonoma wineries. But there are many other wine regions in the United States such as Livermore Valley, El Dorado County, Santa Cruz Mountains, Lake Michigan Shore AVA, Plymouth, Palisade, Long Island and Finger Lakes that customer can visit with our wine tours, said Kakar.

The Global Limos staff has spent countless number of hours with the representatives of some of the best wineries to organize the best wine tour experience. Some of the best wineries, vineyards, and five star restaurants across the United States will be offered on these tours to make the customer’s experience memorable and unique. World renowned limos like Rolls Royce, Cadillac Escalade, Hummer, Range Rover Stretch, Chrysler 300, and new Lincoln MKT stretch Limo will provide the luxury transport for the wine tours. With features like hand made leather interiors, flat-screen TVs, DVD player, iPod hookup, surround-sound system and wet bars, customers will have a blast while enjoying some of the best wine in the world, said Ruben Singh, manager of Global Limos.

Global Limos fleet of party buses and charter buses will provide wine tour transport for the larger parties and corporate events. Our drivers are being meticulously trained to take these larger vehicles to the wineries that are on higher altitudes. We will offer our entire fleet of buses that range from 20 to 55 passengers. The party buses are custom-built to incorporate the limousine-inspired seats, dance poles and Italian tile flooring. We have incorporated some of the most hi-tech entertainment features to enhance the tour experience like high-definition LED TVs, Satellite TV, DVD or Blue-ray player, Karaoke Systems, PlayStation 3, Blue-tooth Audio Streaming, and much more… The buses have restroom for the customer convenience. To find more information about the new wine tour by Global Limos, visit http://www.globallimos.com.


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