Jan
14
8:00 AM08:00

Sense of Place

Featuring Tegan Passalacqua of Turley Wine Cellars in Paso Robles, California, and Laura Catena of Bodega Catena Zapata in Argentina.

At the last Wine Speak, a longtime winemaker friend asked us, “When are we going to start discussing ‘sense of place’ rather than grape varieties?” That was the inspiration for this panel.  And, in this case, rather than simply do a comparative tasting, we sought to bring in two speakers from very different niches on the subject. 

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Jan
14
10:00 AM10:00

Paso Robles Overview

Featuring Jason Haas of Tablas Creek, Jordan Fiorentini of Epoch, Steve Peck of J. Lohr and Mike Sinor of Ancient Peaks. Moderated by Amanda Wittstrom Higgins, co-founder of Wine Speak Paso Robles and VP of Operations at Ancient Peaks Winery.

This seminar is a great opportunity for our guests to learn more about Paso Robles, our host wine region.

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Jan
14
6:30 PM18:30

"Wines of the World" - Wine from All Around the World

For 2020, we are opening the door to the WORLD of wine. In the words of Wine Speak Co-Founder Chuck Furuya, “I clearly remember the face of an assistant winemaker when he first tasted the 2015 Faury Condrieu. It really was an ‘aha’ moment.  I was also quite moved by watching the joyful faces of young, visiting sommeliers when they tasted through the offerings from Washington state, Australia, different parts of California and especially Paso Robles after having visited the vineyards.” Such was the inspiration for creating this event—to give our guests a sense of wonderment from discovering something new, something totally ‘out of the box’ and broadening their imagination. This is that night! We already have confirmed wines from Germany, Portugal, Italy, Spain, Argentina and France, as well as many of our friends from Paso Robles and throughout California.

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Jan
15
10:00 AM10:00

Dream Big Darling - Wine from a Different Perspective

In 1987, Madeline Triffon became the first American woman, and only the second woman in the world, to pass the Master Sommelier examination. She is also widely regarded as a humble leader who takes great pride in helping others succeed.  In this session, Madeline will talk about her personal journey and share advice about lessons she has learned along the way. In the words of Wine Speak Co-Founder Chuck Furuya, “In the world of sommeliers, Madeline Triffon is one of the truly inspirational ‘Hall of Fame’ icons. She persevered through all of the challenges and rose to the very top of the profession through hard work, graciousness and genuine hospitality. She has been a true inspiration to me, and I hope you take the opportunity to hear the insights from this legend. I believe she will greatly inspire you.”

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Jan
15
12:30 PM12:30

Crazy Red Blends

In this lively discussion, proprietor / winemaker Stephan Asseo of L’Aventure in Paso Robles and Emmanuel Kemiji, master sommelier/owner at Clos Pissarra in Priorat, Spain, will compare and contrast their eye-opening blends from two different worlds.

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Jan
15
2:30 PM14:30

Inside/Outside "Cabernet Sauvignon"

We advance our prior discussions on this king of grapes with two leaders who exemplify what Cabernet Sauvignon can be in California. Thomas Brown is a bonafide winemaking superstar, based in the Napa Valley with many wine projects such as Schrader and his own label Rivers Marie.  Fred Dame is one of the most iconic Master Sommeliers in the world, and has now joined DAOU, which has produced a parade of highly acclaimed Cabernet wines while bringing Paso Robles onto the world-class stage for this grape variety.

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Jan
16
9:00 AM09:00

Professional Development Day

“Talk Story on Blind Tasting” featuring three legendary Master Sommeliers Nunzio Alioto, Fred Dame and Madeline Triffon

“Talk Story on Hospitality” featuring three legendary Master Sommeliers Nunzio Alioto, Fred Dame and Madeline Triffon

“Wine & Food Workshop” with Randy Caparoso (Editor at Large, The SOMM Journal)

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