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.
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.
Get ready for a journey into the wisdom, experiences and insights of Bruce Neyers, who helped launch Joseph Phelps Winery’s iconic Insignia wine; became the national sales manager for Kermit Lynch Wine Merchants; and who today runs Neyers Vineyards in Napa Valley.
Ticket includes one hour early admittance to the Grand Tasting and the entirety of the event. Get exclusive access to all wines and producers. A limited amount of tickets are available.
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.
Featuring Matt Kettmann (Wine Enthusiast) and Randy Caparoso (The SOMM Journal), moderated by Amanda Wittstrom Higgins (co-founder of Wine Speak / VP of Ancient Peaks).
This panel presents an opportunity to taste and learn about wines from a very 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.”
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.
“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)