Thursday, August 18, 2011

Marchesi De' Frescobaldi Announces Third Annual 'Tuscany to You' Consumer Recipe Contest

Marchesi de’ Frescobaldi, one of Italy’s most prestigious wine producers, announces today the launch of the third annual ‘Tuscany to You’ nationwide consumer recipe contest. The contest invites home cooks, aspiring chefs and food lovers from across America to submit their favorite Italian/Tuscan-inspired recipe through the Tuscany Tonight website ( for a chance to win a private dinner for four prepared in their home by Tuscany-based chef Donatella Zampoli. The contest will run from August 1, 2011 through December 31, 2011.

The recipe entries will be narrowed down through popular vote to a final top ten. Chef Donatella will evaluate the final ten on a host of criteria including simplicity, depth of flavor, and originality. The Grand Prize winner will receive a dinner for four, paired with Marchesi de’ Frescobaldi wines, prepared by Chef Donatella in the winner’s home.

“When we originally conceived the idea for the recipe contest, I was truly curious to see how Americans would interpret Tuscan or Italian cuisine in their home kitchen. The overwhelming response the first two years and the creative recipes solidified my notion that authentic Italian cuisine is taking hold all across the United States,” stated Donatella Zampoli, consulting chef for Marchesi de’ Frescobaldi.

In 2010, the Tuscany to You winner was Thomas Bohne of Boulder, Colorado. Bohne, an Iraq War veteran and culinary student at Johnson & Wales, , wowed Chef Zampoli with his Lobster and Shrimp with Vanilla Champagne Cream Sauce dishwhich beat out hundreds of entries to claim the top prize.

All consumers who register on will be eligible to submit recipes. Those who enter a recipe and register to vote will be sent a complimentary tool that features cooking measurement conversions. Where legal, consumers who register to vote will also be directed to a mail-in coupon that they can download and print for savings on Frescobaldi wines.

Chef Zampoli’s accomplished culinary career has spanned more than 30 years. Prior to being the consulting chef for all of the Frescobaldi wine estates in Italy, she was the chef at Mas del Saugo, a restaurant in Northern Italy that earned a Michelin star for her innovative cuisine. She has also worked with some of the world's most noted culinary stars including Wolfgang Puck.

The Tuscany Tonight website is a comprehensive online resource for Tuscan wine, food and travel enthusiasts. Created by the Frescobaldi family, which has been making wine in Tuscany for more than 700 years and 30 generations, the site offers recipes, wine and food pairing and party planning tips, as well as educational information on Italian wine. The ‘Tuscany to You’ Grand Prize winner will be announced in February 2011. For more information, please visit:

Marchesi de’ Frescobaldi wines are represented in the U.S. by Folio Fine Wine Partners, an importer, fine
wine agency and producer of quality wines for the world’s premiere and emerging wine regions.
Owned by the Michael Mondavi family, Folio is based in Napa, CA and provides sales, marketing and public relations services to wine brands from California, Argentina, Italy, Austria and Spain.

Official Contest Rules
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCE OF WINNING. VOID IN CA, TN, AND UT AND WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. Open only to legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia (excluding residents of California, Tennessee and Utah), who are 21 years of age or older at time of entry. Contest starts August 1, 2011 at 12:00:01 a.m. CT and ends December 31, 2011 at 11:59:59 p.m. CT ("Contest Period").

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