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The Third Annual
Virginia Wine Summit
for wine & food professionals

with Keynote Speaker Ray Isle,
Executive Wine Editor, Food & Wine

Savor Virginia’s Wine and Food Culture

October 21st, 2014 9am – 5pm
The Jefferson Hotel, Richmond 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 October 21, 2014. Your ticket will include access to general seminars plus two breakout sessions of your choice. It will also include a seat at our guest chef lunch and entry to the post-summit bubble bar reception.

Special room rates are being offered at the DoubleTree By Hilton Richmond Downtown for $119 a night. To book your stay, please call (804) 644-9871 and reference the “VA Wine Summit.”

Keynote Speaker

Keynote Speaker

Ray Isle Executive Wine Editor, Food & Wine

Ray Isle is the Executive Wine Editor of Food & Wine, where he writes the monthly “Wine Talk” column, as well as regular feature articles on wine, spirits, and culinary subjects. He also blogs weekly for CNN’s Eatocracy site about wine and other subjects.

His articles about wine, beer, food and spirits have appeared in a wide range of national publications, and he has been nominated twice for a James Beard Award. He also speaks regularly on wine and wine-related subjects at live events, and is a regular guest on national media, appearing on programs such as Today, The Early Show, Good Morning America, CNN’s Your Bottom Dollar & Saturday Newsroom, NPR’s “All Things Considered,” and American Public Media’s “The Splendid Table.”

Conference Schedule Download as PDF

9:30AM – 10:45AM

Grand Tasting

The Art of The Blend: Virginia is gaining a strong reputation for its Bordeaux or Meritage style blends. In fact, the Virginia Governor’s Cup Wine Competition has been dominated by Bordeaux blends for the past few years. This seminar will be a blind comparison of Virginia’s classic blends against other Bordeaux style blends from around the world.

Moderator:
Ray Isle, NY: Executive Wine Editor, Food & Wine

Panelists Include:
Andy Chabot, TN: Sommelier and Director of Food and Beverage, Blackberry Farm
Jennifer Knowles, DC: Wine Director, The Jefferson Hotel DC
Jay Youmans MW, DC: Capital Wine School, Master of Wine, Beverage Consultant

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

Somm Might Say

Have you ever wondered how sommeliers approach wine and food pairings? Hear how our distinguished group of Washington DC and NYC 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.

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

Panelists Include:
Patrick Cappiello, NY: Wine Director / Partner, Pearl & Ash
Andy Myers Master Sommelier, DC: Wine Director, José Andrés’ ThinkFoodGroup
Kathy Morgan Master Sommelier, VA/DC: Master Sommelier, Beverage Consultant
Hristo Zisovski, NY: Chief Sommelier Ai FIori, Alta Marea Group

Menu designed by:
Lee Gregory, VA: Chef, The Roosevelt Restaurant

Option 2
11:00AM – 12:15PM

Meet Virginia (Whites)

This is a chance to experience an intimate tasting of compelling Virginia white wines with the winemakers themselves. Hear firsthand from our vintners the story behind each wine selection and how they embody Virginia.

Panelists Include:
Virginia Winemakers

Option 3
11:00AM – 12:15PM

Dark Horses

Up and coming varieties like Petit Manseng, Tannat, and Albariño are quickly gaining recognition as quality and captivating wines. Sip, savor and learn more about these eclectic varieties being produced in Virginia today.

Moderator:
Lawrence Camp CSW, VA: Business Development Manager, Breaux Vineyards

Panelists Include:
Joe Campanale, Executive Beverage Director and Co-Owner, Epicurean Group
Maximilian Kast, NC: Wine Director, Fearrington House
Dave McIntyre, DC: Wine Writer, the Washington Post
Linda Murphy, CA: Co-Author of American Wine with Jancis Robinson

12:30PM – 2:00PM
2:00PM – 2:45PM

Break / Gearharts Fine Chocolates Tasting in the Rotunda, featuring Tim Gearhart

Afternoon Seminars →
Option 1
2:45PM – 4:00PM

It's All Relative

Discuss what defines a wine’s value, quality, and worth. Then, comparatively blind taste Virginia and non-Virginia wines at varying price points and determine the better value.

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

Panelists Include:
John T Edge, MS: Director of the Southern Foodways Alliance, Author
Erin Scala, VA: Beverage Director, Petit Pois and Fleurie
Todd Thrasher, VA: Bartender and Partner, Eat Good Food Group
Neal Wavra, VA: Sommelier, Riverstead and Co-Founder of FABLE Hospitality

Option 2
2:45PM – 4:00PM

True to Our Roots, Virginia Terroir

Hear industry leaders and vintners discuss how our terroir is defining the wines being made in Virginia today, and what we can expect from Virginia wines in the future. This discussion will include an overview of Virginia’s soil types and climate – and how they shape the Virginia Style. Several Virginia vintners will present a selection of wines they feel embodies Virginia’s terroir.

Moderator:
Jennifer Knowles, DC: Wine Director, The Jefferson Hotel DC

Panelists Include:
Jordan Harris, VA: Winemaker and General Manager, Tarara Winery (Northern VA)
Luca Paschina, VA: Winemaker and General Manager, Barboursville Vineyards (Central VA)
Jarad Slipp Master Sommelier, VA: Master Sommelier / Estate Director, RdV Vineyards (Northern VA)
Jon Wehner, VA: Proprietor and Winemaker, Chatham Vineyards (Eastern Shore)
Dr. Tony Wolf, VA: Professor of Viticulture, Virginia Polytechnic Institute
Jay Youmans Master Sommelier, DC: Capital Wine School, Master of Wine, Beverage Consultant

Option 3
2:45PM – 4:00PM

How Sweet It Is

We all love the classic pairing of dessert wine and cheese. Sample a variety of Virginia dessert wines, along with delicious local cheeses from our regional producers.

Moderator:
Matt Tunstall, SC: Sommelier, Husk Restaurant

Panelists Include:
Bartholomew Broadbent, VA: Proprietor of Broadbent Selections, Wine Educator
Frank Morgan, VA: Author, DrinkWhatYouLike
Tia Keenan, NY: Chef Fromager

4:00PM – 5:00PM

Participating Wine Experts

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