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Tuesday, May 16 • 10:00am - 11:15am
The Competitive Advantage of Virginia Wines FULL

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A frank discussion about where Virginia wines can fit into the global marketplace. These experts blind taste Virginia wines and deliberate which styles can make their mark on already crowded shelves.

Moderators
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Neal Wavra

FABLE Hospitality and Field & Main Restaurant, Founder & Sommelier
Neal Wavra presents and writes about wine and food.  He is recognized as one of the leading experts on the burgeoning Virginia wine industry. Wavra also is the host and sommelier at The Riverstead, a twelve seat restaurant located in Chilhowie, Virginia run by renowned chefs John Shields and Karen Urie.  He was the former Innkeeper and Sommelier for The Ashby Inn & Restaurant in Paris, VA where the wine list was... Read More →

Speakers
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Julie Dalton

Lead Sommelier, Wit & Wisdom Tavern
Julie Dalton discovered her passion for wine while waiting tables during her undergrad days at Texas A&M University.  Although her education is in the life sciences, wine was something that grabbed hold and would not let go.  She studied wine on her own for twelve years while holding a full-time job in the Biotech industry and while getting her master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University.   During this time she was also moonlighting as... Read More →
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Dave McIntyre

Wine Columnist, The Washington Post
Dave McIntyre has been The Washington Post’s wine columnist since October 2008. His writings have appeared in several other publications, including Wine Enthusiast magazine and the San Francisco Chronicle, as well as his award-winning blog, Dave McIntyre’s WineLine, created in 1999. Meininger’s Wine Business International and Worth magazines named him among the most influential wine writers in the United States. He was a co-founder of Drink... Read More →
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Jay Youmans, MW

Master of Wine, Certified Wine Educator, The Capital Wine School
Jay Youmans – Master of Wine | | Jay Youmans has been tasting wine professionally for nearly three decades. He is owner of Rock Creek Wine Merchants; a marketing consultancy; and the owner and Educational Director for The Capital Wine School in Washington, DC, www.capitalwineschool.com. Jay has served as a wine judge for numerous wine competitions including: Starwine International Wine Competition, the Mid-Atlantic Competition, The... Read More →


Tuesday May 16, 2017 10:00am - 11:15am
Ednam Conference Center
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