Taste of Italy 2017

The largest food and wine fair in the U.S. devoted exclusively to Italian wines and food products, producers, and gastronomic traditions.

MONDAY, MARCH 6
11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Omni Houston Hotel
4 Riverway
Houston, Texas

For more information, please contact IACC deputy director
Maurizio Gamberucci at (713) 626-9303 or m.gamberucci@iacctexas.com.

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for the grand tasting and seminars, please click here.

Now in its third year, Taste of Italy Houston is the largest food and wine fair in the U.S. devoted exclusively to Italian wines and food products, producers, and gastronomic traditions.

The organizers of this year’s event will be hosting more than 60 Italian winemakers and food producers who will be presenting and offering samples of their products to media (11 a.m. – 6 p.m.), wine and food trade and restaurant professionals (12 p.m. – 6 p.m.), and consumers (3 p.m. – 6 p.m.).

For the first time, this year’s event will also feature 4 break-out events: 2 wine tastings and seminars organized by the Vinitaly International Academy (a component of the annual Italian wine trade fair held each year in Verona); a wine tasting to be moderated by celebrity sommelier David Lynch, author of Vino Italiano (Clarkson Potter); and a Carbonara seminar moderated by Houston food writers J.C. Reid (Houston Chronicle) and Jeremy Parzen (DoBianchi.com). The Carbonara panel will also include Houston chefs Paul Petronella and William Wright, who will be preparing the celebrated dish especially for the occasion.

CARBONARA: PECORINO VS. PARMIGIANO REGGIANO (SEMINAR/TASTING)

Moderated by Reid and Parzen, who have both written extensively about Carbonara and its origins, the Carbonara seminar, “Carbonara: Pecorino vs. Parmigiano Reggiano,” will also feature Houston chefs Paul Petronella (Paulie’s) and William Wright (Arthur Ave./Helen Greek Food & Wine). One of the chefs will prepare the dish using Pecorino, the other with Parmigiano Reggiano.

NEW WAVE WHITE WINES FROM ITALY
(SEMINAR/TASTING)

San Francisco-based sommelier, author, and journalist David Lynch’s panel will discuss the “New Wave White Wines from Italy” and will include Joseph Kemble (Italian wine buyer, Spec’s), Thomas Moësse (Italian wine expert and owner of Vinology), Jaime De Leon (sommelier and Kroger fine wine specialist), and Jeremy Parzen (an Italian wine-focused writer, blogger, and educator). Guests will taste 6 wines in a guided tasting led by Lynch.

VINITALY INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY GUIDED TASTINGS
2 SESSIONS
(SEMINAR/TASTING)

The Vinitaly International Academy seminars will feature a guided tasting of 8 Italian wines led by one of the academy’s wine ambassadors for the U.S.

All seminars are open to trade and consumers.
There is no cost to attend but seating is limited.
The Grand Tasting is open to consumers from 3-6 p.m.