Never heard of Nebbiolo? Not surprising because there’s so little of it grown in the US — only 1% of all of the Italian grape vines in California are this ancient Italian grape– and only 1% of the grape vines in California are Italian at all! Source: ENOFYLZ Continue reading
We all know and love wines from France that now grow all over the world. But why is it that Italian wines are not so well known and widely grown? Continue reading
- 18 sessions
- 5 keynotes
- 90 speakers
- 1000+ attendees
That was Wine Future 2021 held virtually last week with speakers and attendees joining in from around the globe. While topics were wide ranging, they frequently touched on important issues we face worldwide– inclusivity, sustainability, and climate change– that are important whether you are in the wine industry or not. (Scroll down for a complete list of the session titles). Find my notes from Wine Future Days 1 and 2 here. Continue reading
In 2018, wine industry thought leaders developed The Porto Protocol which states:
As wine producers, we strongly support and sustain rural communities and landscapes. Many of our vineyards are located in areas of great natural beauty, with rich histories and unique ecologies that we are committed to preserve.
The conversation continued in 2019 at the Conference about Climate Change & Wine Industry held again in Porto, Portugal. In 2019, the conference faced the climate challenge head on featuring former Vice President Al Gore, poster boy and presenter of An Inconvenient Truth (2006) which opened the eyes of many Americans to the challenges we face with regards to global warming and climate change.
I really wanted to attend the 2019 conference, but when in 2021, the Wine Future conversation went virtual with participants from all over the world converging from 4-8pm Madrid time– or 7am-11am Pacific time where I live in California– I could. And I did as a member of the press. What follows are some of the more important points from my notes from Wine Future 2021 Days 1 and 2 followed by notes from Days 3 and 4.
“The goal of life is rapture. Art is the way we experience it.”
Joseph Campbell, in A Joseph Campbell Companion: Reflections on the Art of Living
For Bruce Freeman and Gretel Compton of Clos des Amis, art is life, an avocation and a vocation. Both have worked as professional artists and teachers of art throughout their long careers, Continue reading
Even during challenging times like these, there’s plenty of reasons to pop the cork on a sparkling wine. Continue reading
How are you going to celebrate Margarita Day on 2/22?
By making your own margaritas of course! And we’ve got recipes!