Monday, April 16, 2012

4/16-Michael Horn talks with Jim Fiolek & Alessia Botturi

Jim Fiolek - Executive Director Santa Barbara County Vintners Association 

Santa Barbara County Vintners' Festival Weekend - April 20, 21, 22, 23. The annual Santa Barbara County Vintners' Festival Weekend attracts wine lovers from near and far for an opportunity to meet member vintners, taste their wines, and enjoy great food and music over a long spring weekend. The highlight of the weekend is the Festival itself, where every one of our 110+ member wineries gather to present their wines, often poured by the winemakers themselves. The Festival also presents some of the best local food from restaurants, catering companies and gourmet food creators. The Festival takes place on Saturday, April 21st, from 1 to 4pm at The Carranza, just outside Los Olivos. This weekend, wineries also present their own events, ranging from Winemaker's Dinners through library tastings and sales to new wine releases and barrel tastings. Check back here to see a full listing of events as they are finalized. A favorite feature of the weekend is the Vintners' Visa - your passport to twelve winery tasting rooms - use the Vintners' Visa to explore new wineries - or revisit old friends.

Alessia Botturi - Italian Wine Sommelier

Alessia Botturi is a professionally qualified sommelier of the Italian Sommelier Association, with an additional master in professional wine tasting techniques.
She was born and raised in Italy, where she started her career, working for various years in event planning, cooperating with restaurants, hotels and catering companies.
She speaks several languages, including English, Italian, German and French and has traveled in four continents, always researching and learning from the different traditions and cultures. 
In 2006 she relocated to Los Angeles where she co-translated the book Food&Wine into English for the Italian Sommelier Association: the book is used worldwide by the association for courses and seminars.
She is the Southern California Sales Manager for a boutique wine importer, also featuring her own Italian wine selection called "Alessia Botturi Selections".
She teaches Italian wine seminars in Los Angeles, collaborating with the Wine House, the Italian Chamber of Commerce West and Disney.
In addition, she is the President of the newly founded North American Sommelier Association, that provides iinternationally recognized & awarded education, consulting, services and professional qualification as well as reselling a wide array of products and literature in the American territory.

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