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Come Wine with Us

Come Wine with Us Series

The intent of this series of Educational Wine Tastings is to promote and encourage the Italian “Eno-gastronomic” tourism by offering one-of-a-kind tasting experiences. Not only do we aim to give our guests the opportunity to experience and taste new, exclusive and unique Italian wine and food pairings, but we also give them the opportunity to learn more about the cultural, environmental, historical and social context of each regional wine. With this exciting program we want you to “Come Wine with Us” and provide you with a virtual exploration of the amazing beauties of wine production.



Upcoming Events in this Wine Series:

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Past Events in this Wine Series:

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Wine Tasting
Thursday, April 27, 2017 – 7:00pm
Doors open at 6:45pm
Italian Cultural & Community Center
1101 Milford St, Houston, Texas 77006

Ticket Prices: $55 for ICCC Members and $65 for Non-Members
Registration deadline is on April 24, 2017.
Reserve your seat today – Eventbrite or call 713-524-4222 ext. 7

Join us at the ICCC for an evening Milan Style on Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 7:00 pm; the second edition of 2017 of our wine tasting series Come Wine with Us, which debuted in June of 2016. It will offer a selection of wines from the Northern Italian region of Lombardia, presented by Food and Wine Historian Jeremy Parzen. These wines will be paired with Borgo Food Station Chef Monica Fallone’s delicious bite-size creations.

Come Wine with Us is a series of educational wine tastings to promote and encourage the Italian “Eno-gastronomic” tourism. Guests will have the opportunity to enjoy a one-of-a-kind tasting experience through the exploration of the cultural, environmental, historical and social context of these regional wines, paired with bites inspired by culinary traditions from Lombardia.

This event is hosted by the Italian Cultural & Community Center, in collaboration with Beviamo International and Borgo Food Station.

Jeremy Parzen:

Named a “Master of Place” by the editors of Wine & Spirits magazine in 2016, Jeremy Parzen is a food and wine historian who has been writing about Italy and Italian enogastronomy since completing his Ph.D. in Italian studies at U.C.L.A. in 1997 with a dissertation on Renaissance transcriptions of the Petrarchan songbook. A California native and lapsed New Yorker, a former rock musician and the author of a popular blog on Italian wine (DoBianchi.com), Jeremy resides in Houston where he regularly composes pop songs for his wife, Tracie, a native Texan, and their two microtexans, Georgia and Lila Jane.

Borgo Food Station:

Borgo Food Station is a unique European style grab and go market where the quality of local and imported ingredients is emphasized. Founders Luis Mancera and Monica Fallone believe Borgo Food Station perfectly captures their vision of a gastro market destination woven into the fabric of their community. In Old World Europe, a “Borgo” was a fortified small town or borough that had its own marketplace where local purveyors and artisans would sell a variety of goods and food to their neighbors. While River Oaks is currently the first and only Borgo location, Luis and Monica share a vision to be the gastro market of every neighborhood in town. Born in Italy and raised in Venezuela, Chef Monica Fallone brings a culinary style that can be described as a unique European fusion that boasts classic Italian flavors with a modern twist.

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Wine Tasting
Friday, January 20, 2017 – 7:00pm
Doors open at 6:45pm
Italian Cultural & Community Center
1101 Milford St, Houston, Texas 77006

Join us at the ICCC for a night on the Amalfi Coast on Friday, January 20, 2017 at 7:00 pm; the first edition of 2017 of our wine tasting series Come Wine with Us, which debuted in June of 2016. It will offer a selection of wines from the Southern Italian region of Campania presented by Carlos A. Flores from Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits, and these wines will be paired with Amalfi Ristorante Chef Giancarlo Ferrara’s delicious bite-size creations.

Come Wine with Us is a series of educational wine tastings to promote and encourage the Italian “Eno-gastronomic” tourism. Guests will have the opportunity to enjoy a one-of-a-kind tasting experience through the exploration of the cultural, environmental, historical and social context of these regional wines, paired with bites inspired by culinary traditions from Campania.

This event is hosted by the Italian Cultural & Community Center, in collaboration with Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits and Amalfi Ristorante.

Carlos A. Flores (Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits):

Carlos was born in Mexico City; the University of Houston became his alma mater as he pursued a B.A. in International Business. He encountered wine as he worked in prestigious restaurants in Houston. It was at Café Annie where wine picked his interest and made a life altering decision to study wine. In his own words: “Wine is the study of unique cultures, traditions and geography, understanding the hands that craft the romantic peruse of beauty”. He was mentored by Robert del Grande and Paul Roberts MS. Carlos received his Certification as a Sommelier by the Court of Masters Sommelier in 2006. He worked as a Sommelier at Vic and Anthony’s, Perry’s Steakhouse and Karisma Resorts (Caribbean) where he was the Corporate Beverage Director. He joined Southern Glazer’s in 2010 where he is the Italian Wine Specialist. He is fluent in Portuguese, Spanish, English, and currently enrolled in Italian Language Classes.

Chef Giancarlo Ferrara (Amalfi Ristorante Italian & Bar):

Leave your passport at the door – Chef and Owner Giancarlo Ferrara invites you to experience the tastes, aromas and passions of his homeland, Salerno in the Amalfi Coast, right here in Houston through a culinary experience years in the making. Influenced by his culinary family, Giancarlo finished first in his class at Centro Professionale Alberghiero in Salerno and his appreciation for quality, local, and seasonal food grew as well, following him in each of his culinary ambitions and becoming the cornerstones for his menus. Amalfi’s menu emphasizes fresh seafood, vivid citrus, and cozy olive oil in addition to fresh pastas, an assortment of meats, family-made cheeses, cleanly crafted cocktails, and an extensive, thoughtful wine list.

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Wine Tasting
Friday, November 11, 2016 – 7:00pm
Doors open at 6:45pm
Italian Cultural & Community Center
1101 Milford St, Houston, Texas 77006

Ticket Prices: $55 for ICCC Members and $65 for Non-Members

Join us for a tasty evening of wine samples from the region of Piemonte and some bites; the third edition of our wine tasting series Come Wine with Us, which debuted earlier this year. It will offer a selection of wines from the Italian region of Piemonte provided by Stefano Farina Imports, LLC, and presented by Alessandro Viganò; these will be paired with Chef Casey Guhl’s creations from Greenhouse Catering.

Come Wine with Us is a series of educational wine tastings to promote and encourage the Italian “Eno-gastronomic” tourism. Guests will have the opportunity to enjoy a one-of-a-kind tasting experience through the exploration of the cultural, environmental, historical and social context of these regional wines, paired with bites inspired by culinary traditions from Piemonte.

Stefano Farina Imports, LLC:

Stefano Farina began his activity as a young man selling wine in the Osteria he ran with his wife, Giovanna. Soon, wine and winemaking became his true passion. In 1941 he opened “Vinicola Stefano Farina”. He had his three sons, Bruno, Giancarlo and Luigi (Gino), promise never to abandon what he loved the most, viticulture and wine. Soon after that, Giancarlo left for Alba to study winemaking in one of the most famous institutes of Italy, in order to pursue the activity that was so dear to his father. Today, the activity continues, thanks to Stefano’s grandchildren, and the business can boast a number of wine cellars and vineyards in the most prestigious areas of wine production: Piedmont, Tuscany and Puglia.

Chef Casey Guhl from Greenhouse Catering:

Chef Casey Guhl graduated culinary school from Apicius International School of Hospitality in Florence, Italy. He has spent over a decade in the restaurant industry in pursuit of understanding the critical balance between the ever expanding race of man, and his constant need for food.
While attending culinary school in Italy, Casey realized many staple Italian ingredients were first discovered in the Americas and returned to Italy to find a place on the Italian plate. Upon his return to Texas Casey began creating his own unique cuisine, which he terms “Nouveau American Cuisine,” using of the basic Italian ingredient driven approach, from local pesticide free farms, while paying tribute to Italy, from the birth place of many of its ingredients.

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Wine Sampling
Tuesday, September 20, 2016 – 7:00pm
Doors open at 6:45pm
Italian Cultural & Community Center
1101 Milford St, Houston, Texas 77006

Join us for a tasty evening of wine samples from the region of Veneto and some bites. Lecture and presentation by Pierangelo Tommasi, our wine provider for this tasting from Tommasi Family Estates in Verona, Italy. In collaboration with Borgo Food Station. Come Wine with Us is a series of educational wine tastings to promote and encourage the Italian “Eno-gastronomic” tourism.

Tommasi Family Estates:

Tommasi is historically and today a standard bearer of the Amarone appellation, and one of the most important quality producers in the Veneto. The family-run estate was founded in 1902 by Giacomo Tommasi in the village of Pedemonte, which lies in the heart of the Valpolicella Classico region that extends north-west of Verona. The family owns 234 acres in Valpolicella Classico, making them the single largest land owners in the area. Over the years they have steadily expanded their holdings in other areas of the Veneto and other regions, and now own a total of 500 acres under vine between the Veneto, Tuscany and Puglia. As has been the case since the winery’s establishment, the family works only with grapes they grow, an important quality decision and reflection of their deep connection to the Valpolicella soil. Tommasi is now run by the fourth generation of the family, six siblings and cousins who share different responsibilities at the winery.

Borgo Food Station:

Borgo Food Station is a unique European style grab and go market where the quality of local and imported ingredients is emphasized. Founders Luis Mancera and Monica Fallone believe Borgo Food Station perfectly captures their vision of a gastro market destination woven into the fabric of their community. In Old World Europe, a “Borgo” was a fortified small town or borough that had its own marketplace where local purveyors and artisans would sell a variety of goods and food to their neighbors. While River Oaks is currently the first and only Borgo location, Luis and Monica share a vision to be the gastro market of every neighborhood in town. Born in Italy and raised in Venezuela, Chef Monica Fallone brings a culinary style that can be described as a unique European fusion that boasts classic Italian flavors with a modern twist.

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Wine Pairing
Friday, June 17, 2016 – 7:00pm
Doors open at 6:50pm
Italian Cultural & Community Center
1101 Milford St, Houston, Texas 77006
Ticket Prices: $40 for ICCC Members and $55 for Non-Members

Join us at the ICCC for a tasty evening of wines and pasta bites. Come Wine with Us + Pasta Bites is part of a series of educational wine tastings to promote and encourage the Italian “Eno-gastronomic” tourism by showing the cultural, environmental, historical and social context of regional wines.

Beviamo International:

Beviamo International brings fine wines from Italy, Spain, France and South America to those that know, understand and appreciate quality. With more than fifty years combined experience in the wine industry the founders of Beviamo International make a simple promise, their wines will delight and intrigue you.

Fabio’s Artisan Pasta:

Fabio Milano started the art of fresh pasta at Marco’s Pasta in 1979. He established Milano’s Fresh Pasta and Fabio’s Italian Bar and Grill restaurant, which preserved the Italian flavors inspiration by producing long and stuffed pasta, sauces and desserts. Now Fabio continues the legacy at Fabio’s Artisan Fresh Pasta.
 

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