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The Spirits are Calling. Will you answer? Join us July 15-19, 2015 as the international spirits community answers the call, returning for another spirited round of Tales of the Cocktail®.
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Thursday, July 16 • 3:30pm - 5:30pm
Discover Anise presented by Distilleria Varnelli

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Anise has a long, rich history yet much remains to be discovered. Some consider Anise invariably sweet; others imagine it as a somewhat old-fashioned (if iconic) touchstone of the traditional Mediterranean. Both of these descriptions are too simple: it is time to explore the modernity and versatility of Anise.

Distilleria Varnelli is proud to offer a unique tasting experience, exploring Anise’s full range of possibilities, through an interactive Tasting Room starring the internationally decorated Varnelli Anice Secco, Gold Medal awarded in 1950 as “the best Italian dry anise.”

Your hostess, Orietta Maria Varnelli, along with Robin Goodfellow from the Toronto's hot Bar Raval will demonstrate the flexibility of Varnelli Anice Secco through neat tasting, as the key ingredient in an authentic Caffè Corretto and in innovative cocktails and unconventional pairings.

This Tasting Room promises to be informative, delicious, and fun – look for a surprising experience by Brooklyn’s L’Albero dei Gelati. Come and enjoy a taste of Italian sophistication and see why Varnelli Anice Secco is uniquely different. 

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Alessandro Trezza

Owners, Albero dei gelati Brooklyn Nyc
Alessandro and Monia, partners in both business and life, are the owners of Albero Dei Gelati, a family-run business founded in 1985 near Milan, Italy. After expanding to 3 locations, the craft gelato makers celebrated the opening of a new location in Brooklyn, NY in 2013 in the neighborhood of Park Slope. | | Albero's 100% artisanal gelato is made with seasonal ingredients sourced from small, sustainable farmers and producers and NEVER with... Read More →
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Orietta Maria Varnelli

CEO / Export Manager, Distilleria Varnelli
Orietta Maria Varnelli is part of a very long and prestigious Italian story in the spirits industry: Distilleria Varnelli, based on the slopes of Monti Sibillini in the Marche region. | With her mother Elda and two sisters, she leads the family business started in 1868 from a brilliant idea of her great-grandfather Girolamo Varnelli, a keen herbalist, who invented the first specialty - Amaro Sibilla - which is still produced today... Read More →
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Robin Goodfellow

Co-Owner, Bar Raval
Robin Goodfellow is a part owner of the newly opened and much hyped Bar Raval in Toronto. He is a born-and-raised Toronto native who has been bartending for 12 years and has won countless Bartending competitions (which he doesn't care about, but might add 'street cred'). He has a strong love for Amari, Vermouth, Coffee, his "figure 8 shake", and serving you. He prefers the "Attaboy" style of out-of-the-bottle Bartending, however he became... Read More →
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Salvatore Tafuri

Salvatore Tafuri was born in Sicily (Italy) and his sunny region clearly inspires his enoyable approach to life. He earned his certification in bartending with the Associazione Italiana Barmen e Soci Sostenitori (A.I.B.E.S.) before specializing in bar management consulting and cocktail list development for restaurants and hotels. He began his career at the Victory Morgana Bay in Sanremo (Liguria) which was noted in 2010 as one... Read More →

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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 antimalarial and fever reducing properties, Amaro Sibilla, awarded the Gold Medal in 1909 at the International Exhibition in Turin.. At the beginning of... Read More →

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