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Geographical Digest’s Virtual Wine Series Considers Nature vs. Nurture in Wine


The popular global wine tasting series takes a closer look at technique versus terroir when it comes to making great wine.

February 15, 2021 (Los Angeles, Calif.)  Geographical Digest, one of the wine industry’s most wide-ranging educational webinars, returns for another installment as The SOMM Journal and National Geographic Books partner to present “Technique or Terroir: Is it Production or Nature That Makes These Wines Great?” Scheduled for virtual broadcast on February 18, 2021, “Technique or Terroir” will bring global wine industry leaders together to educate enthusiasts of all levels on this valuable topic in the world of wine. 

Crafting a fine wine – or refined spirit – is part earthbound farming, part production prowess. But are they equal parts? That’s the much-debated question at the heart of modern winemaking, and one that Geographical Digest will delve into in order to discover whether it’s the job of the winemaker or distiller to simply “not mess up” the optimal raw materials, or if it’s their role to play “Sorcerer’s Apprentice” to transform mere juice into sense-of-place nectar.

“Technique or Terroir” panelists include: Vitalie Taittinger, Artistic & Marketing Director of France’s Taittinger Champagne House; Hamish Clark, Senior Winemaker at New Zealand’s Saint Clair Family Estate; Don Brady, Director of Winemaking at Robert Hall Winery in Paso Robles; Dana Grande, Grower Relations Manager at Sonoma’s Jordan Estate; Chris Benziger, Brand Ambassador of Benziger Family Winery in Sonoma; Ralf Holdenried, Director of Winemaking at Napa Valley’s Black Stallion Estate Winery; Trevor Durling, Chief Winemaker of Beaulieu Vineyard in Napa Valley; and Juan Coronado, Co-Founder of Mexico’s Mijenta Tequila.

Live virtual tastings will be held at 9AM PST, 12PM EST, and 6PM Central Europe on February 18. Enthusiasts can register for the live webinar or view past on-demand sessions, free of charge, at SommJournal.com. Stay tuned for upcoming webinars in the series: March 18: Italy – North to South; April 22: Luxury from Remarkable Sites; May 20: A World of Bordeaux Blends; and June 24: Western Europe.

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