Wines From Slovenia Take A Bow At Americas Food & Beverage Show

With a 2,500 year old tradition of wine-making, Slovenia and its tiny, ancient vineyards are ready to make a big statement to the wine world, and they've chosen as the platform for announcing their presence, the 2008 Americas Food & Beverage Show, September 24 √ 26 in Miami. During a special reception at the show, ⌠A Tribute to South Florida Chefs■, Wines of Slovenia will be introducing a crisp Chardonnay, a full-bodied Pinot Grigio, several big reds and a sparkling rose, all positioned for market entry into the U.S.

According to Dusan Brejc, Director of the Slovenian Wine Commission, the country, positioned at the foot of the Alps and bordering the Mediterranean Sea, has historically been a geographic crossroads. Travelers going east-west and north-south brought viticulture knowledge from all the major wine growing regions of Europe. Thus, French, Italian and German influences, both in growing and in production, can be tasted in Slovenian wines.

Most vineyards are tiny with the average yearly output of 21.1 to 23.8 million gallons per year from three major wine growing regions. For comparison, the acreage under cultivation for vineyards is equal to that of Bordeaux, with roughly half the liquid production. Still, wines from Slovenia have been steadily winning important awards and according to market sources are ⌠getting hotter by the minute.

Tasting notes follow for the wines to be served at the reception for ⌠A Tribute to South Florida Chefs, the kick-off event for the 11th Americas Food & Beverage Show. ⌠A Tribute to South Florida Chefs is sponsored by World Trade Center Miami and The South Florida Gourmet.

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