Vinitaly International and leading Italian producers joined forces in support of American Cancer Society’s charity event in New York

Vinitaly International donated signature wines from renowned Italian wineries to the 13th edition of Taste of Hope, American Cancer Society’s charity event. Guests at the fundraising event sampled Prosecco, Chianti Classico, Valpolicella and more while enjoying gourmet dishes prepared by outstanding American chefs and restaurateurs. 

On May 10th, 2018, Vinitaly International celebrated a nine year collaboration with the American Cancer Society at “Taste of Hope”, one of New York’s most popular fundraising events. Held at the Metropolitan Pavilion in New York City, Taste of Hope is the signature culinary, wine and spirit tasting event organized by the American Cancer Society. Since its inception, the event has raised over $1.8 million to support the Society’s mission and goal of eliminating cancer as a major health problem.

The 2018 edition of Taste of Hope featured award-winning restaurateur, artisanal baker, and cookbook author Sarabeth Levine as its Culinary Honoree and Chef Antonio Prontelli, Executive Chef at Patina Restaurant Group’s Rockefeller Center Complex, as Survivor Honoree. The culinary creations showcased during the gala were paired also with Italian wines from leading producers thanks to Vinitaly International’s coordinating efforts.

During the past 9 years, Vinitaly International supported Taste of Hope through the donation of an impressive number of labels coming from top Italian wineries. This year, guests enjoyed a walk-around tasting sampling trademark dishes while sipping quality Italian wines kindly donated by several wineries willing to contribute to the fight against cancer. The Italian wine list featured the following producers and wines:

La Marca with Prosecco DOC and Prosecco DOCG
Zonin with Zonin Prosecco
Castello Banfi with San Angelo Pinot Grigio Toscana IGT and Poggio Alle Mura Rosso di Montalcino
Sartori with Ferdi Bianco Veronese IGT and Regolo Rosso Veronese IGT
Frescobaldi with Frescobaldi Alie and Nipozzano Riserva
Allegrini with Valpolicella and Palazzo dellaTorre
Castello di Albola with Chianti Classico

On their participation to the event, Carmen Stirn, Public Relations Officer at Sartori commented: “We believe it is important to spread awareness around major health issues like cancer. By donating some of our wines we want to support such issues and highlight the importance of events like Taste of Hope in the battle against cancer.”

For over 100 years, the American Cancer Society has worked relentlessly to save lives and create a world with less cancer. Every year Taste of Hope welcomes around 1,000 philanthropists and features some of the most popular restaurants, chefs, and beverage vendors in the Big Apple. In standing side by side with the American Cancer Society, Vinitaly International aims at playing its part in the battle against cancer. On this partnership, vice president of the American Cancer Society’s Northeast Region Kris Kim commented “We’re so grateful to Vinitaly and all the Italian producers for their continued support of our mission and being a “must see” participant at Taste of Hope.”

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The grand Vinitaly 2019 will be held from April 7th to the 10th. Every year, Vinitaly counts more than 4,000 exhibitors on a 100,000+ square meter area and 130,000 visitors from over 140 different countries with more than 30,000 top international buyers. The premier event to Vinitaly, OperaWine ( “Finest Italian Wines: 100 Great Producers,” which will be held on the 6th of April, one day prior to Vinitaly will unite international wine professionals in the heart of Verona, offering them the unique opportunity to discover and taste the wines of the 100 Best Italian Producers, as selected by Wine Spectator. Since 1998 Vinitaly International travels to several countries such as Russia, China, USA and Hong Kong thanks to its strategic arm abroad, Vinitaly International. In February 2014 Vinitaly International launched an educational project, the Vinitaly International Academy (VIA) with the aim of divulging and broadcasting the excellence and diversity of Italian wine around the globe. VIA this year launched the seventh edition of its Certification Course and today counts 151 Italian Wine Ambassadors and 11 Italian Wine Experts.