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April 2011

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EVENT WRAP-UP Italian Ambassador Umberto Vattani, Chairman of the Italian Trade Commission-ICE, addresses mem- bers of the press at VINO 2011. hile several feet of snow shut down schools and slowed traffic in downtown Manhattan, attendees of Italy’s third annual VINO 2011 Italian Wine Week were safely ensconced in the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel for a week-long exploration of Italian wine and spirits. Hosted by the Italian Trade Commission, VINO 2011 was an ambitious undertaking that showcased hundreds of Italian producers and dozens of importers, with as many as 80 wineries pouring their wines in the U.S. for the first time. W Designed as an Italian wine immersion for an audience of American buyers, educators and media, this year’s event included a star-studded cast of panelists and moderators whose seminars and tastings encompassed everything from a celebration of the 150th anniversary of Italy’s unification to the rosy future of Italian wines in the U.S. market, and dozens of compelling topics in between. 110 / the tasting panel / april 201 1 VINO 2011 TAKES NEW YORK BY STORM Immersion by Deborah Parker Wong

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