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“Latinx State of the Wine Industry” Summit Announces Event Schedule and Reveals List of Sponsors and Community Partners

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Through a series of panels, speed networking, special guest speakers, virtual booths, and a completely immersive virtual experience, attendees will be able to learn, support, and connect with the ever-growing LatinX wine community of producers, entrepreneurs, and wine experts.

New York, NY – October 11, 2021 – Hispanics in Wine, a social organization, is proud to announce the full schedule of events of the first-ever “LatinX State of the Wine Industry” Virtual Summit, taking place October 13, 2021. Presented in collaboration with Uncorked and Cultured and hosted by Gabriela Fernandez of The Big Sip, the one-day industry summit serves as an educational vehicle to share the impact of the Hispanic and LatinX contributions to the wine industry and amplify leaders ensuring inclusion in one of the world’s oldest industries.

The inaugural virtual event will open at 3:00 pm ET, with a welcome speed networking session and meeting the event’s supporters’ virtual expo. From trade professionals to press and wine-loving consumers, attendees will get a chance to network with each other, as well as event sponsors and community partners, who will be promoting special offers, opportunities, and initiatives. Following the session, the official event will begin at 4:00 pm ET with exciting panel discussions and 1-1 conversations with notable industry leaders and guest speakers, moderated by Gabriela Fernandez of KVON’s The Big Sip.

“We are incredibly grateful for the overwhelming support we’ve received from the industry, especially our trusted event sponsors and community partners, who have been by our side since the start,” says Lydia Richards and Maria Calvert, co-Founders of Hispanics in Wine. “We are counting the days for our inaugural event, where we will showcase the incredible talent and power of our beloved community, and look forward to this event becoming a regular staple in our industry.”

Main event sponsors include Napa Valley Vintners; a nonprofit trade association focused on inspiring its 550 members to consistently produce wines of the highest quality, provide environmental leadership, and champion diversity and inclusivity in its community and the wine industry; Sippd, an innovative wine app launched in early 2021 using artificial intelligence to learn user’s unique taste preferences and provide consumers with personalized wine scores to 40,000+ wines online and at restaurants; and SevenFifty, an online marketplace and communications platform that helps importers, producers, distributors, and retail buyers connect with each other and do business in a modern world.

The summit’s community partners, a group of like-minded organizations focused on diversity and inclusion efforts within the industry, include Lift Collective, a multi-channel platform for all people, promoting advocacy and innovation through mentorship, professional development opportunities, and a corresponding annual conference; The Roots Fund, a non-profit organization focused on securing the pathway for communities of color in wine by providing resources and financial support through educational scholarships, wine education, mentorship, and job placement; and Black/Brown, the world’s first strategic advisory and diverse impact content studio driving business growth at the intersection of digital, diversity & youth.

“Building community and awareness are important for sustainable systemic changes within the wine industry,” says Angela McCrae of Uncorked & Cultured. “Through Uncorked & Cultured’s partnership with Hispanics in Wine, we are celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month by expanding our Sip Consciously directory to include Latinx wine entrepreneurs and creating a space for wine professionals to gain insight and opportunities for career growth during the first-ever LatinX State of the Wine Industry Summit.”

The complete schedule of events will be as follows:

  • 3:00 pm ET – Welcome Speed Networking & Meet our Supporters
  • 4:10 pm ET – Voices of the Vineyard
  • 4:40 pm ET – Allyship & Advocacy for Vineyard Stewards
  • 4:55 pm ET – 10-minute Speed Networking Break
  • 5:10 pm ET – Marketing and Media for Hispanic Consumers
  • 5:50 pm ET – In Conversation with Chris Rivera of Seis Soles
  • 6:20 pm ET – Disruptors Shaping the Future of Wine
  • 7:05 pm ET – Farewell & Final Speed Networking

Registration to the event can be found HERE, with a ticket cost of $10 per individual. With our continued mission to give back, 100% of ticket sales will be donated to a nonprofit organization supporting the LatinX & Hispanic wine community.

For additional updates on the summit, be sure to follow @HispanicsinWine@UncorkedandCultured, and @TheBigSipSeries Instagram pages, as well as the summit’s official page @LatinXWineSummit, or contact the Hispanics in Wine team at [email protected].

About Hispanics in Wine

Founded in 2020 by Lydia Richards and Maria Calvert, Hispanics in Wine™ is a social space dedicated to showcasing Hispanic / Latinx roots in the beverage and hospitality industries. Whether it’s a producer, sommelier, retail store, restaurant, or vineyard steward, we are committed to supporting the great work and business ventures our communities are doing within the industry. Representation matters, Hispanics in Wine aims to encourage and connect people from diverse backgrounds to pursue their dream career path in the industry through the organization; as well as helping wine brands and companies cater to the Hispanic/Latinx population in the U.S., whose buying power is forecasted to top $1.9 trillion by 2023 (Nielsen, January 2020).

About Uncorked & Cultured

Uncorked & Cultured is a media company that curates original content, consumer research, e-commerce, and global retreats to connect conscious consumers with brands that share the same ideals. Our platforms are a destination to share content and experiences that are centered in Culture & Elevation, as a marketing solution to the lack of inclusion in the global luxury, travel, and wine industries.

About Gabriela Fernandez

“The Big Sip” is an audio-podcasting series hosted through Wine Down Media’s KVON 1440AM radio that spills knowledge on “sip” that matters, by highlighting and amplifying black and brown trailblazers breaking barriers in the food, wine, and arts industry. Each show provides listeners with an opportunity to learn about diverse leaders, trailblazers, and risk-takers pioneering a more equitable and inclusive world by centering a wine-full and mindful conversation around their experiences, challenges, achievements, and efforts to address the lack of diversity and inclusion throughout industries that have historically and systemically capitalized on their labor without equal representation.

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