Italy’s historical and thriving wine culture

Viva Vino LALOS ANGELES, USA – Viva Vino LA, the premiere Italian wine festival presented by the Italy-America Chamber of Commerce West, The North American Sommelier Association, and Please the Palate, makes its grand return to Los Angeles for a second year of illustrious and educational dinners, lectures, tastings and seminars May 14-19 at various locations.

The event will be hosted by some of Los Angeles finest restaurants and retailers and will highlight Italy’s vibrant, historical and thriving wine culture.

The weeklong event will culminate in the Grand Tasting on May 16 from 6:30-9pm at The Mark for Events at 9320 W. Pico Blvd. Los Angeles. It will be a full day affair open to importers, buyers, and consumers. Other new offerings this year include an advance two-week Italian Restaurant Week at participating restaurants. For tickets and detailed information, log onto www.vivavinola.com.

“Viva Vino provides a comprehensive and intimate introduction to Italian wines and terroirs in a city already brimming with experienced wine consumers and retailers”, said Alessia Botturi of The North American Sommelier Association.

In California’s thriving wine market, Viva Vino LA gives Angelenos the opportunity to expand their knowledge of native Italian wines from a nation with over 3,000 grape varietals at its fingertips. Regions represented include Piedmont, Sicily, Puglia, Tuscany, Umbria, Friuli, Marche, and Campania. As the first of its kind in the West Coast, Viva Vino LA is an ideal opportunity to bring attention to the culture of Italy and of winemaking and tasting in general.

Event partners include Florence Daily News, Ferrarelle, Bormioli, Bindi, Pasta Mia, Principe, Italian Magic Olives, Angelo&Franco The Mozzarella Guys, Academia Barilla, The Wine House, K&L Wine Merchants, Locanda Del Lago, Il Fornaio, Osteria Firenze, and Terroni. Viva Vino is a weeklong Los Angeles event spanning from May 14-19 in a variety of restaurants and locations. For more information, visit www.vivavinola.com.

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