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The Fourth Annual
Virginia Wine Summit
for wine & food professionals

with Keynote Speaker Jon Bonné,
Author, The New California Wine

Savor Virginia’s Wine and Food Culture

April 5, 2016 9:30am – 5:00pm
Registration 8:30am - 9:30am
Salamander Resort and Spa, Middleburg VA

The annual #VAWineSummit is a celebration of Virginia’s wine and food culture. Discover the unique flavors of wines from the Commonwealth while interacting with Virginia winemakers, national beverage professionals and wine writers.

Virginia is setting the bar for quality wines grown on the East Coast. See for yourself with Virginia’s wine and culinary offerings at the #VAWineSummit on April 5, 2016. Your ticket will include access to general seminars plus two breakout sessions of your choice. It will also include lunch provided by Salamander Resort & Spa and entry to the post-summit reception.

Keynote Speaker

Keynote Speaker

Jon Bonné Author, The New California Wine

Jon Bonné is one of the leading American voices writing on wine. He is currently the senior contributing editor for Punch, after spending nearly a decade as the award-winning wine editor of The San Francisco Chronicle. He is also the author of The New California Wine (Ten Speed Press), which won the Roederer International Wine Book of the Year, and is currently working on his next book, The New French Wine.


In addition, he serves as the wine consultant for JetBlue Airways, selecting the wines for their Mint on-board experience.


Bonné’s journalism career spans more than two decades. At the Chronicle, he was the newspaper’s chief wine critic, responsible for its wine and spirits coverage and the annual Top 100 Wines. During his time in San Francisco, he won two James Beard Awards and multiple awards from the Association of Food Journalists, and also was the U.S. columnist for Britain’s Decanter magazine.


Previously, he was the lifestyle editor and wine columnist for MSNBC, and has written about wine for such top publications as Saveur, Food & Wine and The Art of Eating.


He lives in New York City.

Conference Schedule

8:30AM – 9:30AM


9:30AM – 10:45AM

The Art of Whites, Grand Tasting

The Middleburg Ballroom

This seminar is a blind comparison of some of Virginia’s top white wines against their counterparts from other notable wine regions.

Jay Youmans, Master of Wine, DC: Capital Wine School, Beverage Consultant

Andy Myers, Master Sommelier, DC: Wine Director, José Andrés ThinkFoodGroup
Jon Bonné, NY: Author and Senior Contributing Editor, Punch
Anthony Giglio, NY: Author, Speaker, Wine Director, The Centurion Lounges by American Express
Helen Johannesen, CA: Director of Operations & Wine Director of Animal/ Son of a Gun

Morning Seminars →
Option 1
11:00AM – 12:15PM

Somm Might Say: East Coast vs. West Coast

Terrace Tent

Have you ever wondered how sommeliers approach wine and food pairings? Hear how our distinguished groups of East Coast and West Coast sommeliers approach pairings – ranging from the relatively simplistic to more sophisticated. Then saddle up for an interactive showdown to see which sommelier has created the most delicious and inventive Virginia wine and food pairing.

Anthony Giglio, NY: Author, Speaker, Wine Director, The Centurion Lounges by American Express

West Coast Panelists:
David Lynch, CA: Contributing editor, Bon Appetit and Wine Director of St. Vincent
Chris Tanghe, Master Sommelier, WA: Wine Portfolio Manager & Educator of Vinum Wine Importing and Distributing

East Coast Panelists:
Steven Grubbs, GA: Wine Director of Empire State South and Five & Ten
Jack Mason, Master Sommelier, NY: Wine Director, Marta

Menu designed by Kathy Morgan, Master Sommelier, VA/DC: Beverage Consultant & 2014 Somm Might Say Champion: Team DC

Option 2
11:00AM – 12:15PM

Find Your Match: Virginia Reds

Harrimans Restaurant

Experience an intimate tasting of compelling Virginia red wines with the winemaker themselves. Hear firsthand from our vintners the story behind each wine selection and how they embody Virginia. Featured wineries:

Ankida Ridge Vineyards
Bluestone Vineyard
Boxwood Estate Winery
Cardinal Point Vineyard & Winery
Chatham Vineyards on Church Creek
Chrysalis Vineyards
Narmada Winery
North Gate Vineyard
Sunset Hills Vineyards
The Williamsburg Winery

Option 3
11:00AM – 12:15PM

Talk Dirt To Me: Central VA vs Northern VA Terrior

Bluemont Room

A compelling winemaker discussion of the climates and soils of Central VA and Northern VA, and how they impart unique characteristics in their wines.

Frank Morgan, VA: Author for and Contributing Editor VA Wine Lover Magazine, VA

Luca Paschina, VA: Winemaker & General Manager, Barboursville Vineyards, VA
Mattieu Finot, VA: Winemaker, King Family Vineyards, VA
Benoit Pineau, VA: Winemaker, Pollak Vineyards, VA
Doug Fabbioli, VA: Winemaker, Fabbioli Cellars, VA
Jim Law, VA: Winemaker, Linden Vineyards, VA
Gonzalo Ortiz, VA: Vineyard Manager, Breaux Vineyards, VA

12:30PM – 2:00PM
Afternoon Seminars →
Option 1
2:30PM – 3:50PM

Moments in Time: Vintage Variation

Waterford Room

Vintage variation is one of the things that make Virginia unique. From the same terroir, the state can see blockbuster wines during dry vintages and more restrained styles during cooler vintages. In this workshop we will explore Virginia’s past vintages and how weather patterns have shaped our wine through vertical tastings from Virginia vintners.

Erin Scala, VA: Beverage Director & Owner for Petit Pois & Fleuire, and Co-host for I’ll Drink to That Podcast

Stephen Barnard, VA: Winemaker, Keswick Vineyards, VA
Doug Flemer, VA: Owner & Winemaker, Ingleside Vineyards, VA
Michael Shaps, VA: Owner & Winemaker, Michael Shaps Wines, VA

Option 2
2:30PM – 3:50PM

Uncommon in the Commonwealth

Terrace Tent

Up-and-coming varieties like Petit Verdot, Nebbiolo, Tannat, Albariño and Petit Manseng are quickly gaining recognition as unique and captivating wines. Enjoy an informative tasting and discussion around these interesting wines, and learn more about these eclectic varieties being produced in Virginia today.

Jennifer Knowles, DC: Sommelier and Wine & Beverage Director for The Jefferson Hotel and Plume Restaurant

Erik Segelbaum, DC: Sommelier, Le Diplomate
Fred Dexheimer, Master Sommelier, NC: Creator of RxWine Lab
Andy Wedge, TN: Sommelier, Husk Nashville
Kathy Morgan, Master Sommelier, DC: Master Sommelier & Beverage Consultant

Option 3
2:30PM – 3:50PM

Why Chardonnay Matters

Bluemont Room

Chardonnay is Virginia’s most widely planted grape. Discuss the different styles being produced and see what happens to this elegant grape when it meets Virginia’s varied terroir.

Richard Leahy, VA: Wine Consultant & Author

Andy Chabot, TN: Sommelier and Director of Food & Beverage, Blackberry Farm
Neal Wavra, VA: Sommelier and Co-Found of FABLE Hospitality
Julie Dalton, MD: Sommelier, Wit and Wisdom Tavern
Julie Defriend, KY: Sommelier, 8Up Elevated Kitchen & Drinkery

4:00PM – 5:00PM

Participating Wine Experts

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