Vinitaly 2014 Breaks Own Records with Addition of New Show Area

Plus California passes drought-relief legislature.

Vinitaly, one of the world’s most important international wine exhibitions, is scheduled to run from April 6–9 in Verona, northern Italy. This year’s 48th edition of Vinitaly is expected to host some 4,100 exhibitors representing 30 countries and 46,000 operators from 110 countries. In 2013, the four-day Vinitaly welcomed 150,000 total visitors at the one million square feet (91,000 square meters) Veronafiere fairgrounds. This year’s event will set a record by expanding an additional 100,000 square meters with its Vininternational, a new show area for international exhibitors.

On Thursday, February 27, both houses of the California legislature approved a $687 million plan to provide immediate relief to drought-stricken communities. The emergency measures, which draw from two voter-approved bonds, will redirect money in the state budget, with a majority of the grant funding water conservation and recycling projects. Affected communities will receive $62 million in food and housing assistance.

Thirstie, a wine-and-spirits delivery service, has launched in New York City. Currently servicing Manhattan and parts of Brooklyn, the company partners with local retailers to deliver wine and spirits to customers who’ve ordered via the Thirstie Web site and iOS and Android apps. Thirstie promises delivery within the hour, drawing comparisons to popular food-delivery company, Seamless.

Terlato Wines announced it will import the wines of Burgundy’s Domaine Ramonet. Established in the early 1930s by Pierre Ramonet in the Cote de Beaune region, the domaine has expanded to approximately 15 hectares, and today is managed by Pierre Ramonet's grandsons, Noël and Jean-Claude.

Hudson, New York, distillery Hudson Whiskey has launched a campaign to find a new brand ambassador. Co-master distiller Gable Erenzo—who currently holds the ambassador title—is rededicating himself to working at the distillery full-time, leaving a position to fill. The distillery’s “Making the Cut” program will turn to Facebook, Twitter and Youtube to find the newest face of the Hudson Whiskey brand. Contenders will meet with Ralph and Gable Erenzo in a month-long course in craft distilling at Hudson’s facilities. The chosen ambassador will circle the country, speaking with bartenders, restaurant owners, whiskey enthusiasts and press, hosting tastings, connecting with fans via social media and representing the brand in the national press.

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