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Wednesday, July 20 • 10:00am - 11:30am
Amaro per Amore: Rare & Modern Amaro

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Not all things bitter leave a bad taste in your mouth and this exactly the case with the history of Italian Amari. Somehow lost in translation, Amaro 'means' Bitter and for to long it has been out of focus for professionals but finally the category is facing a new golden age amongst bartenders and cocktail connoisseur. Share a unique tasting with italian spirits experts, Giuseppe Gallo and Francesco Lafranconi, and discovery how these elixirs went from apothecary medicinal to the best bar in the world and how did influence the cocktail culture globally. The tasting will cover the entire italian peninsula from Sicily to Milan with a variety of Amaro, herbs and spices to please your palate with a dash of bitter love..SALUTE!

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Giuseppe Gallo

Founder & Director, ITALSPIRITS
The italian spirits expert Giuseppe Gallo is one of the world’s most respected mixologists, with an inherent passion for the drinks business and an inimitable source of knowledge and insight into the world of drinks. He has worked in almost every type of drinks and hospitality business... Read More →

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Francesco Lafranconi

Executive Director of Mixology and Spirits Educator, Southern Wine and Spirits of Nevada
One of the world’s foremost mixologist, Francesco Lafranconi is the Executive Director of Mixology and Spirits Educator for Southern Wine and Spirits of Nevada. Francesco’s personal appeal has made him a hit with his A-list celebrity clientele, world-class corporate clients... Read More →

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Amaro Lucano 1894

Quality. Knowledge. Tradition. Ideas. These are the values that, for more than one hundred years, have made Amaro Lucano one of the most important reality in the spirit market. A story of passion, and authenticity, contained in Cavalier Pasquale Vena’s secret recipe.
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Amaro Montenegro

More than 130 years in the making, Amaro Montenegro is shaking up the bar scene one drink at a time. With its rich legacy and intriguing taste, it’s the name on the lips of the most inspired Mixologists and the liquid on the lips of every cocktails lover in the know.
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Averna is a traditional Italian after-dinner liqueur, known as amaro or digestivo (bitter or digestif). Averna's many ingredients give it richness, a full body and smooth taste with a delicate citrus fragrance that transports drinkers to the warm lands of Sicily.
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Cinzano 1757

Cinzano 1757 is a high-end, small batch, handcrafted Vermouth gently infused with the finest mature blend of aromas. It's made up of an infusion of fortified wine with aromatic hers and spices extracts, giving the liquid a deep, complex flavor with a pleasant bittersweet profile that... Read More →
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Cynar 70

Cynar 70 is a distinctive, natural Italian artichoke-based, bittersweet liqueur/cordial that can be enjoyed chilled, on the rocks or as a shot with a high-proof kick.
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Distilleria Varnelli

Distilleria Varnelli has been producing spirits since 1868 in the Marche region of Italy, in a pleasant inland area on the slopes of Monti Sibillini. The business started by the founder Girolamo Varnelli, a keen herbalist who applied his knowledge and skills to create an elixir with... Read More →
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Ditta Bortolo Nardini

The first Italian distillery. A family passion since 1779.Located in Bassano del Grappa, a medieval town near Venice, Nardini is the market leader in the production of premium grappa.The historic enterprise has successfully united their centuries-old traditions with the most advanced techniques... Read More →
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Edward Don

Owned and operated by the Don family since 1921, Edward Don & Company is the world's leading distributor of foodservice equipment and supplies. Our knowledgeable sales representatives, unmatched product selection, nationwide distribution centers, and integration of new technology... Read More →
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Fernet Vittone

In Milan, in 1842 Domenico Vittone invents Fernet a bitter obtained by the infusion of more than 40 selected herbs, including myrrh, rhubarb, chamomile, cardamom, aloe, and saffron, the most "Milanese" of all spices. Since then, at Vittone 1842 we produce Fernet according to the... Read More →
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Turin Vermouth

Originating in Piedmont, a land of great wines and great tradtiions in distillery. Our passion stems from our own land and its fruits. It is trhough our constant dedication in the pursuit of the highest quality ingredients and the revision of oldrecipes that we are recognized as innovators... Read More →

Wednesday July 20, 2016 10:00am - 11:30am CDT
Bonnet Carre Room at the Hotel Monteleone