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Come Heckle Me, Now For Less! (#USBevX Discount Code)

Vinted on October 12, 2016 binned in wine industry events

USBevX DiscountFor those of you considering coming to the USBevX 2017 Wine & Beverage Expo in D.C., you can now attend and heckle me at during either of my workshops for less money!

Just head over to and use the code ROBERTS17 to receive a FREE tradeshow floor pass, or 50% off an all-access conference pass (which includes the tradeshow). Aside from the tradeshow, there’s a great speaker list lined up, with interesting workshop topics that are focused on real-world, practical take-aways, so if you’re in the wine biz be sure to check it out.





Touring ‘Round The ‘Burg (Burgundy: People with a Passion for Wine)

Vinted on October 4, 2016 binned in wine industry events
Burgundy: People with a Passion for Wine


Next week, a new film from former Hollywood television producer/director (and, interestingly, USAF pilot) Rudi Goldman will officially be released, titled Burgundy: People with a Passion for Wine.

Goldman is a rather persistent fellow, and he impressed me by displaying a quality that I sometimes myself brag about possessing; namely, the ability to ultimately convince you that it will be less trouble for you to do what I want (in this case, screen and possibly review his film) than it would be not to do what I want you to do. I actually do mean this as a compliment, by the way.

And so I was able to take an early peek at his film, and decided to offer up some thoughts on his visual tour of what is arguably France’s most famous wine region…

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Going All-In On Quality (Register For USBevX 2017)

Vinted on September 23, 2016 binned in wine industry events


There’s a new beverage event in town, pardners!

I’m happy to report that registration is now open for the 2017 US BevX Wine & Beverage Expo, to be held in Washington, D.C. February 22-24.

It’s targeted at beverage industry insiders, and here’s the skinny from the event organizers:

This year’s theme is “The Quality Revolution” and the conference will examine closely new “quality driven” trends in the marketplace and the expected impact on the overall wine and beverage category. Interactive discussions, led by industry experts will highlight innovations in production, packaging, sales & marketing and the effect on quality and consumer impression. Attendees will also have the opportunity to learn more about anticipated changes in lending, legislation, legal and compliance and ensure they are prepared for success in 2017.

I’ve been involved in the discussions about this event with its creators for some time now, so I am personally really pleased that it’s coming together, and I can tell you that these folks are not messing around; they want this event to be great.

I’ll be both a panelist (part of The New Press Machine: Bloggers and their Increasing Influence in the Industry) and a speaker (moderating the winemaker/owner panel Leading the Commitment: Owners Investing in Quality), and I’m also slated to be part of some of the General Sessions. The full 2017 speaker list is (present company excluded) quite impressive, and I’m thrilled to be a part of it.

So… wine industry peeps: get on over to the website and get registered!





Rocks & Riesling Proves That Rangen Riesling Rocks

Vinted on August 17, 2016 binned in elegant wines, kick-ass wines, wine industry events, wine review

Rocks & Riesling 2016

So… we were talking about Riesling Rendezvous 2016, before we were so rudely interrupted by about a week of “real life.”

RR 2016 provides some concurrent sessions, during which you can listen about and, usually, taste wines from particular Riesling-producing regions. I happened to get signed up for what was called “Rocks & Riesling: Exploring Alsace’s Diverse Terroirs” with the entertaining and informative Thierry Fritsch, head oenologist and chief wine educator with Conseil Interprofessionnel des Vines d’Alsace (or CIVA).

Rocks & riesling slide

Courtesy of Wines of Alsace

Fritsch walked us through twelve wines from across most of the narrow expanse of Alsace, and did so expertly and humorously. I found his slide attempting to match Riesling wine attributes with particular Alsatian soils quite useful (see inset pic).

But I’m not here to talk about any of that, because this is, well, me. I’m only going to focus on one of Alsace’s Grand Cru terroirs, and only two wines. Because those two wines convinced me that when it comes to Alsatian Riesling, I don’t know what the hell I am doing; I am a mere babe crawling his way out of Rangen Riesling-soaked diapers, my friends…

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