Italy in California: Nebbiolo from Humboldt’s Terragena and Santa Barbara’s Silver #ItalianFWT

CA Nebbiolo

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

Wine Future 2021: Highlights from Days 3 and 4

  • 18 sessions
  • 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

Wine Future 2021: Highlights from Days 1 and 2

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

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Works of Art: Open That Bottle Night and VeroTalk with Clos des Amis Winemakers Bruce Freeman and Gretel Compton

Clos des Amis winemaker Bruce Freeman shows a label during a February VeroTalk.

“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

La Adelita Tequila DIY Margaritas and Margarita Cake for Margarita Day

Adelita Tequila paired with fish and barbacoa tacos

How are you going to celebrate Margarita Day on 2/22?

By making your own margaritas of course! And we’ve got recipes!

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