I am so looking forward to this summer’s Society of Wine Educators conference. Founded in 1977, SWE’s Annual Conference is for educators, students, and enthusiasts to convene and learn more about the world of wine and spirits. In 2017, SWE will host this event in Portland, Oregon. I’ve never been to Portland and this is my chance. The 41st Annual Conference will be held Thursday, August 10th through Saturday, August 12th. Featuring over 65 sessions with topics, I will be speaking on wines from Lombardy, hence the picture of Sant’Ambrogio in Milan.
I was lucky enough to meet with many producers from the various consortium at Vinitaly. I think I will have a great and interesting line-up of wines for people to taste. This will be my eighth or ninth conference and has become part of my summer patterns. I look forward to visiting a few wineries and getting to know the city as well.
Wine study is the topic of my Monday posts on Avvinare. Last week I wrote about a couple of French wine programs that I have undertaken and today I want to emphasize the new Italian wine certificate program run by Vinitaly International Academy. I was not able to do the progam this year because of timing but do hope to do it in the future. For an understanding of how it was from the student perspective, I am sure Joel Mack of Vintrospective will write about his recent experience. I have known Ian D’Agata, the Director of the VIA for a few years and I am sure it is an intense yet funny experience. Ian has the gift of being super smart and knowledgeable but also making people feel at ease, not an easy task and not always a combination that one finds in the wine world. This year was the second edition of the program and I believe around 50% of the students passed. I am not sure when I will be able to do the class but it is definitely something in my future. Ian’s book on indigenous grapes is right up my alley and as I wrote last week, I am a fan of education