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Top Italian indigenous & regional wines complemented by gastronomic delights from leading Bay Area restaurateurs and food producers

San Francisco, Calif. April 18, 2007 – Slow Food San Francisco is pleased to announce the fourth annual GOLDEN GLASS wine event will take place in San Francisco on June 9, 2007 at Fort Mason. Following the success of the past three years, this lively gastronomic and educational event will once again bring a line-up of Italy’s most talked about wines to the Bay Area’s press, trade, Slow Food members, and general public. The GOLDEN GLASS, a fundraiser for Slow Food USA, is organized by Slow Food San Francisco, under the direction of Lorenzo Scarpone, convivium leader and founder.

In keeping with the Slow Food movement’s goals of encouraging biodiversity and the continuity of local traditions and products, the 2007 GOLDEN GLASS event will highlight Italian wine producers who strive to protect, nurture and revive the indigenous and classic Italian varieties. The wine tasting will feature a number of these rare, indigenous varieties, alongside emerging newcomers and familiar favorites, from distinct regions all across Italy.

Slow Food SF has invited local Californian and Italian artisanal producers to complement the wines with savory culinary delights and sweet treats. Participating restaurants and producers for this year’s event will include (in alphabetical order) Acquerello, A16, Bacco, Blue Bottle Coffee, Bodega Goat Farms, Caf? Rouge, Chez Panisse, Delfina, Emporio Rulli, Foreign Cinema, Gelato Massimo, Harley Farms Goat Diary, Il Boccalone/Incanto, La Ciccia, Michael Mina, Miette Patisserie, Perbacco, Picco, Quince, Slanted Door, Stella Cadente Olive Oil, Swanton Berry and many, many more.

In addition to the main Golden Glass tasting, Slow Food SF will also host the following activities:

?Ark of Taste’ exhibit featuring local Californian nominations. Slow Food’s Ark and its lobbying force, the Presidia, aim to save an endangered economic, social and cultural heritage, and celebrate these endangered tastes through visual and gastronomic education.
Silent wine auction featuring rare Italian magnums and other sought-after wines. Proceeds will benefit the Slow Food School Garden Program and the Chefs in the School Program.
Launch of the Buy Fresh Buy Local campaign in San Francisco in collaboration with CAFF (Community Alliance with Family Farmers). All attendees will receive a list of all the Farmers Market and CSA programs active in the Bay and will be encouraged to become ?co-producers?.
WHAT: The Fourth Annual Golden Glass Wine Tasting
WHERE: Fort Mason Center, The Herbst Pavilion, San Francisco
WHEN: Saturday, June 9, 2007
1:00 p.m. ? 2:00 p.m.: Media Preview
2:00 p.m. ? 6:00 p.m.: Main Event open to trade, Slow Food members, & public
COST: $50 ($45 for Slow Food members)
(Includes entrance to Golden Glass event, engraved wine glass, and Terra Madre book).
TICKETS: Purchase tickets by Credit Card online: www.thegoldenglass.com
By Check: Slow Food SF, 210 Littlefield Ave. S. San Francisco, CA 94080
By Phone: 650 873 6060
CONTACT: Tel. 650 873 6060 or info@thegoldenglass.com
GALA DINNER: Details coming soon

MEDIA PARTNERS: Kgo Radio (www.kgoam810.com) and The SF Examiner (www.examiner.com)