California Wine Fair 2017 London
Wednesday 27 September
Cheynegates, Westminster Abbey
SEMINARS

Wednesday 27 September 11.30am
Napa Valley: Mountain vs Valley Floor

by Kelli White sommelier and author of Napa Valley Then and Now

The seminar will explore the dynamic geography of Napa Valley – specifically the difference between the valley floor and mountain zones.  As vineyard elevations range from sea level to around 800 meters, Napa Valley is capable of producing Cabernet Sauvignons that span a wide range of expressions. This seminar will examine the effect of elevation on growing conditions, the various soils and aspects of Napa’s many appellations, and the ways in which producers can either enhance or mask the inherent qualities of their site’s terroir.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

Kelli A. White is the Senior Staff Writer for GuildSomm. Prior to that, her work as a sommelier, first at New York City’s Veritas and then at PRESS in St. Helena, was covered by many of the wine industry’s top publications, including Food & Wine, VinousThe Wine AdvocateThe Wine Spectator, the San Francisco Chronicle, World of Fine Wine, and Forbes; in 2013 she was named one of Food & Wine’s top ten sommeliers in the country. Her writing has appeared in World of Fine Wine, Robb ReportSommelier Journal, Le Pan, and Vinous. At Vinous, Kelli was a key member of the maps team, and worked with famed Italian cartographer Alessando Masnaghetti to map many of the appellations of Napa Valley. In 2016, she was nominated for the highly prestigious Roederer Award for Best Emerging Wine Writer. Her book, Napa Valley, Then & Now, was released in November of 2015 and has received enormous critical acclaim, winning both the IACP award for Best New Wine, Beer, or Spirits Book as well as a Graphis design award. In 2011, she co-founded a small wine brand, Houndstooth, with her husband Scott Brenner, and she also made a brief appearance in 2015’s documentary Somm II: Into the Bottle. In October of 2016, Kelli led a wine tasting seminar at Fortune Magazine’s Most Powerful Women’s Summit in Laguna Niguel, CA.


Wednesday 27 September 2.30pm
Coastal Wines: North to South

By Karen MacNeil, award winning journalist and author of The Wine Bible

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

Karen MacNeil is the only American to have won every major wine award given in the English language.

These include the Wine and Spirits Professional of the Year (James Beard Foundation) and the Global Wine Communicator of the Year (International Wine and Spirits Association). In a full-page profile on her, TIME Magazine called Karen “America’s Missionary of the Vine.”

But deep global wine knowledge is only part of the story. Karen is considered America’s foremost wine presenter – a speaker who can enchant audiences from 5 to 500, and from wine novices to wine collectors alike. Her customized TED-like talks are accompanied by extraordinary wines which she personally selects for the event.

Karen is also the author of the award-winning book, The Wine Bible, the single best- selling wine book in the United States, praised as “The most informative and entertaining book I’ve ever seen on the subject” (Danny Meyer), “Astounding” (Thomas Keller), and “A masterpiece of wine writing…the single best wine book written in years…” (Kevin Zraly).

The former wine correspondent for the Today Show, Karen was the host of the PBS series Wine, Food and Friends with Karen MacNeil, for which she won an Emmy. Karen is the creator and editor of Winespeed, the leading digital “e-letter” in the U.S. for fast, authoritative information about wine. Her articles on wine and food have been published in more than 50 newspapers and magazines including The New York Times, Town & Country, Elle and Worth. She was the first Food and Wine Editor of USA Today. Karen currently hosts #SipWithKaren, the leading Twitter tasting in the global wine sphere, which each month reaches 20+ million timelines from Indiana to India.

Karen’s firm, Karen MacNeil & Company, creates customized corporate events and wine tours around the world for companies and individual groups. Among Karen’s corporate clients are Lexus, Merrill Lynch, Disney, General Electric, UBS, and Singapore Airlines, as well as numerous law and biotech firms.

Karen is the creator and Chairman Emeritus of the Rudd Center for Professional Wine Studies at the Culinary Institute of America in the Napa Valley, which has been called “the Harvard of wine education.”


Places for the above seminars are allocated on a first come, first served basis on the day.
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The California Wine Institute will be joined by importers and wineries in London and Dublin at their annual tastings this September.  These two events will feature over 1,000 extraordinary wines from the length of California with ground-breaking seminars, free-pour tastings and Californian style cuisine to excite your taste buds.  Come and enjoy Californian hospitality at its best.

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