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Taste of Italy 2019: The OFFICIAL SCHEDULE is HERE!

Schedule, Seminars, and Speakers

presented by
the Italy-America Chamber of Commerce Texas

Hilton Post Oak
2001 Post Oak Blvd.
Houston TX 77056
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Monday, February 25

Grand Tasting

11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
11 a.m. open to trade and media
3 p.m. open to the public (with registration)

“Recipe for Success: Italian wine in the Texas market.”
Seminar and guided tasting

Please email us here to obtain a password to register for this seminar (open to trade and media only).

11 a.m – 12:30 p.m.
With Master Sommelier June Rodil (moderator), acclaimed food and wine writer Bruce Schoenfeld, Italian wine importer Nathan Smith, and Houston-based wine writer Jeremy Parzen.

Prosciutto Master Class
Seminar and guided tasting

1-2:30 p.m.
Presented by Consorzio del Prosciutto di Parma and featuring a “Prosciutto Whisperer.”

Please email us here to obtain a password to register for this seminar (open to trade and media only).

“The Italy-Texas factor: How to pair Italian wine with Texas BBQ”

3:30 p.m.
Leading Texas BBQ expert J.C. Reid and veteran Houston wine writer Dale Robertson explore the magic and science of pairing classic Texas smoked meats with Italian grape varieties and wine styles. They will be joined by 3 top Houston pit masters who will share some of their smoking secrets as well as insights into matching their foods with wines from the Old Country.

Participants will sample smoked meats from all three pit masters and taste 4 wines. Houston-based Italian wine educator Jeremy Parzen moderates.

$20 per person (open to trade, media, and consumers)

Featured speakers:

J.C. Reid
(BBQ columnist Houston Chronicle)

Dale Robertson
(wine writer, Houston Chronicle)

Featured pit masters:

Arash Kharat

Ara Malekian
(Harlem Road Texas BBQ)

Jim Buchanan
(Buck’s Barbeque Co.)

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