The year is off to a great start for Panizzi: the February calendar is already almost entirely filled with promotional events that are very different from each other, by location, nature and target. Among these is the key appointment of the year: the Preview of Vernaccia di San Gimignano organized by the homonymous Consortium, the true litmus test to find out the quality of the new vintages of our beloved vine.
But let's proceed with order because the dates are so many!
Let's begin with Monday 5, with "Autoctoni Protagonisti", the event organized by the Italian Sommerlier Association, Milan Delegation together with Luxury Wines. This is a special event, always successful, entirely dedicated to Italian vines. The event is aimed at the world of sommeliers and wants to bring together excellent producers of Italian native wines, the very heart of Made in Italy. The final intent is to shed a new light to these productions and let them shine as they deserve to, since they can give so much to the domestic and international wine industry.
Susanna Santini will be in the front row to represent us.
Save the Date and set your navigator to The Westin Palace Hotel in Milan. The event will take place from 3.30 to 8.30 PM.
No time to lose: the following day, Tuesday 6, Susanna will be at Marina di Pisa at restaurant L'Enoteca. At 8.30 PM, she will accompany the lucky guests in a guided tasting: the small culinary masterpieces of chefs Francesco and Sandra will go hand in hand with the gems of Panizzi's production.
Friday 9 and Saturday 10 things get serious: BUY WINE, the trade event organized by the Tuscany Region and PromoFirenze will take place in Florence, at Fortezza da Basso. The aim is to facilitate exchanges between international importers and Tuscan producers. From 9.30 to 4.30 on both days Susanna Santini and Walter Sovran, director and winemaker of Panizzi, will engage buyers to give prestige to Vernaccia di San Gimignano and Panizzi's wines: #vernacciaambassadors, as always.
And here we are at the topical event of the month and of the year: on Sunday 11 and Wednesday 14 the winemakers of San Gimignano will present their new vintages of their Vernaccia di San Gimignano wines in the rooms of the De Grada Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art. More than forty producers will attend, about a hundred labels will be previewed: a true unique opportunity to discover the results of the 2017 vintage. However, we should not forget that wines from the past vintages selected for their representativeness will also be available for tasting.
The Consorzio della Denominazione San Gimignano, like every year, has divided the two days by target: Sunday 11 will be open to the general public, national operators and international buyers; Wednesday, February 14 will be open to the national and foreign press only. More info here.
We are not done yet: on Saturady 24 Panizzi goes back to Florence. Walter Sovran will be a very welcome guest at Ristorante Olivia, just like lask year, for a lunch featuring gourmet olive oil fried dishes paired with the lightness of Panizzi wines. Our winemaker will guide the rest of the lucky guests and disclose the secret of the featured Panizzi wines. The lunch will take place at 1 PM at Olivia, piazza Pitti 14/r, but the event is sold out so you should call to be put on the waiting list.
The month will end with an important kick off event, organized by our number one partner in Tuscany: we are talking about the 2018 Premium Tasting taking place on Monday 26th at Hotel 500 Firenze. Premium Distribuzione will host a private tasting from 11.00am at 7.00 pm, where all of its affiliated winemakers will showcase their new vintages. Walter and Susanna will present them to all agents, accompanying them in the tasting and unveiling some productive backstories.