Family owned company to offer stellar wines from around the world
Terlato Wines International (TWI), a Chicago-based family business that has brought some of the world’s finest wines to the American table for more than 60 years, will again participate as a major sponsor of Chicago Gourmet, a late September festival celebrating the finest in food and wine and showcasing the city’s top culinary artists.
“Today, there is greater awareness and appreciation for our wines, which are specifically well suited for pairing with food,” said TWI President and CEO Bill Terlato. “With Chicago and America’s burgeoning interest in food, wine and the pleasures of home entertaining, TWI was among the first wine companies in America to recognize and pioneer the development of a growing wine culture in the United States. Our family and our company have a longstanding commitment to authentic wines which are true to their origins, and pair well with food.”
As the only Chicago-based, premium wine company, Terlato Wines will feature the largest tasting tent at the two-day event, offering Chicago Gourmet attendees the opportunity to taste more than 100 wines from renown producers such as Gaja, Chapoutier, Bollinger, Two Hands, Rochioli, Chimney Rock, Santa Margherita and Sanford.
Owned by Anthony J. Terlato, and his sons, Bill and John, and headquartered in suburban Lake Bluff, Ill., the Terlato family crafts their portfolio of premium wines the same way a fine restaurant creates its wine list – balancing variety, region, style and price.
The Terlato portfolio spans more than 50 brands from 11 countries and 104 appellations, and garners more 90+ ratings than any wine company in the world. Today, one of every eight bottles sold over $14 a bottle is a Terlato wine and the Chicagoland company continues to innovate and create new categories and brands informed and engaged wine consumers.
With Millennium Park serving as its backdrop, Chicago Gourmet will run from September 26-27, 2009, offering food and wine tastings and demonstrations from internationally acclaimed chefs and master sommeliers. For more information about Chicago Gourmet and to purchase tickets, visit ChicagoGourmet.org.
During the festival the Terlato Wines tent will offer an extraordinary experience, featuring tastings of its renowned wine brands, live food and wine pairings and cooking presentations by Terlato Wines Executive Chef Colin Crowley. Terlato Wines will also lead four seminars over the weekend, including a cooking and wine pairing demonstration hosted by TWI Chairman Anthony Terlato and “Top Chef” finalist chef Fabio Viviani.
Additionally, Gaia Gaja from the iconic Gaja Winery in Italy’s famed Piemonte region, will lead an exclusive 150th anniversary seminar tasting of some of their most highly respected and prized wines.
Terlato Wines will also be collecting wine corks throughout the weekend, as part of a nationwide cork recycling program spearheaded by Cuvaison Estates Winery in Napa Valley. Special burlap recycling bags will be installed around Millennium Park to collect used corks from all participating wineries. These corks will eventually find a new life as shoe soles, fishing rod handles, bulletin boards, placemats and flooring tiles.
“The Illinois Restaurant Association is thrilled to again have Terlato Wines International as the featured wine sponsor of Chicago Gourmet,” said Sheila O’Grady, president of the Illinois Restaurant Association. “Terlato Wines’ extensive portfolio, respected reputation and tasting expertise provide the perfect pairing for a food and wine festival of this caliber.”
TWI Founder Anthony Terlato started out in the wine industry as a Chicago retailer in 1955. Over the years, the family has been involved in all facets of the business as wine distributors, importers and exporters, as well as winery owners and vineyard developers. This diversity of experience shaped the Terlato family’s unique perspective and approach to premium wine marketing, sales and production.
Anthony Terlato is perhaps best known as the “Father of Pinot Grigio.” He introduced America to the Italian varietal more than 30 years ago and built Santa Margherita into the #1 imported luxury wine in the United States.
He continues to reign as America’s indisputable wine “taste setter” — discriminatingly selecting the wines people want to drink now and cellar for the future.
“Last year thousands of consumers were drawn to Chicago Gourmet and our tent, knowing they could taste acclaimed wines from the world’s greatest producers,” added Bill Terlato. “We believe in its second year, Chicago Gourmet will only further expand into a premier national showcase of food, wine and our city’s rich culinary heritage.”
Terlato Wines International has a global portfolio of 50 brands from a host of world-class wine producers and presently markets more than one out of eight bottles of wine over $14 sold in America.
Terlato, with more 90+ ratings than any wine company in the world, is the flagship company of the Terlato Wine Group, the parent company of several independent businesses specializing in the marketing and production of exceptional wines. Owned and operated by the Terlato family, the Group also includes the family’s winery investments and partnerships in some of the world’s most esteemed wine regions, including: Napa Valley; Sonoma County; Santa Barbara County; Victoria, Australia; the Rhône Valley in France; Somontano, Spain and Montalcino, Italy.
The Terlato Wines International portfolio of brands includes:
Napa Valley: Brandlin, Chimney Rock, Cuvaison Estate Wines, Luke Donald Collection, Markham Vineyards, Rutherford Hill, Tangley Oaks, Terlato Family Vineyards and Two Hands – Napa Valley; Sonoma County: Alderbrook, Hanna, Hideaway Creek, Rochioli and Terlato Family Vineyards; Santa Barbara County: Sanford and Tangley Oaks; California Appellation: Glass Mountain and Seven Daughters; Oregon: Sokol Blosser; Italy: Baglio di Pianetto, Ca’ del Bosco, Ca’ Marcanda (Gaja Toscana), Florio Martinez Marsala, Gaja, Il Poggione, Kettmeir, MAZZONI (Toscana), Santa Margherita, Tiramisú, Torresella and Distillatori Nonino (Grappa); France: Champagne Bollinger, M. Chapoutier, Domaine Chanson, Josmeyer, Langlois-Chateau and Mischief and Mayhem; Australia: Domaine Terlato & Chapoutier, Domaine Tournon and Two Hands; Argentina: Tamari; Canada: Peller Estates Icewine; Greece: Boutari; New Zealand: Wairau River; South Africa: Cirrus, Guardian Peak, Engelbrecht-Els, Ernie Els Signature and Rust En Vrede; Spain: Olvena; Switzerland: Xellent Swiss Vodka.; Japan: Shimizu-no-mai Sake. For more information, please visit terlatowines.com.
About Chicago Gourmet
Chicago Gourmet is a premier culinary experience aimed to promote Chicago’s impressive food and wine community. It was created by the Illinois Restaurant Association (IRA) and the Anton Family Foundation to celebrate and honor both Chicago’s culinary achievements and the creative vision of the chefs, master sommeliers and wine makers who are participating. It also aims to highlight the city as an international culinary destination via its unparalleled epicurean talent.
For more information, please visit chicagogourmet.org.
Phil Rozen, 847-604-5838
Kristen Roskowski, 312-729-4302