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Tuesday, May 16


Biscuits & Bubbles
We know that 8:45AM is early, so enjoy some Biscuits and Bubbles while you wake up! Coffee and tea are also available. At 9:20AM, Diane Flynt, Virginia Wine Board Member, 2017 Virginia Wine Summit panelist and founder of Foggy Ridge Cider will start off our day with opening remarks, getting us ready for a great day at the 2017 #VAWineSummit!

Tuesday May 16, 2017 8:45am - 9:45am
Pavilion II


Philosophy of a Wine List
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How do you develop a wine list that has both personality and versatility? Hear experts talk about building a great wine list. 

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Crystal Cameron-Schaad

Owner, Crystal Palate
Crystal Cameron-Schaad owns Crystal Palate, a wine education, consulting and multi-media company based in Coastal Virginia. She is a keynote speaker and radio show host of Crystal Palate’s Wine Country. The weekly program airs Saturday mornings on Cville 107.5 and 1260 WCHV in... Read More →

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Harry Root

Grassroots Wine, Grassroots
Harry Root is co-founder and principal of Grassroots Wine. Operating in Charleston, South Carolina and Birmingham, Alabama, Grassroots Wine represents place-driven winegrowers from every major wine region on the planet. A native of Tampa, Florida, Root received a degree in Natural... Read More →
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Clint Sloan

Southeast Sales Manager, Banshee & Valkyrie Selections
Clint Sloan is currently the Southeast Sales Manager for Banshee & Valkyrie Selections and lives in Charleston, South Carolina. Born in New York City and raised in Connecticut Clint decided to head south to attend the College of Charleston in 1996 where he studied computer and political... Read More →
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Sebastian Zutant

Sebastian Zutant realized his calling was in the food and beverage industry at an early age. Raised in Rockville, Maryland, in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., Zutant dabbled in the restaurant industry, making pizzas and pastas at a neighborhood Italian eatery, before attending the... Read More →

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


Standing Alone: Petit Verdot
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Throughout the years, Petit Verdot has stretched its legs from a classic blending grape to a distinctive stand-alone wine. Join us for a comparative tasting of Virginia Petit Verdots alongside PVs from other great wine regions to see how this varietal has grown. 

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Jennifer Knowles

Service and Wine Director, Mirabelle DC
Jennifer Knowles studied chemistry at Syracuse University before moving to California and gaining a foothold in the in the retail beverage industry. Knowles was named the New World Rising Star Sommelier by StarChefs for her work at Rubicon in San Francisco before eventually finding... Read More →

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Andy Chabot

Sommelier and Food & Beverage Director, Blackberry Farm
Andy has always had an interest in how things taste. After working his way through local restaurants, Andy headed straight for the CIA to round out his education in the culinary arts and restaurant management. After a stint at Little Nell, Andy found his true interest in the front... Read More →
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Steven Grubbs

Empire State South/Five and Ten/The National
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Rachael Lowe

Director of Beverage, Spiaggia
Rachael Lowe Rachael Lowe has crafted wine programs at some of the most distinguished dining establishments throughout the United States. She holds an advanced Sommelier degree from the Court of Master Sommeliers, where she was rewarded the Rudd Scholarship for top scores on the... Read More →
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Jordan MacKay

Writer, Writer
Jordan Mackay is a James-Beard-award winning writer on wine, spirits and food. His work has appeared in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Decanter, The Art of Eating, Wine and Spirits, Food & Wine, and many other publications. His first book, Passion... Read More →

Tuesday May 16, 2017 10:00am - 11:15am
Pavilion III


The Competitive Advantage of Virginia Wines
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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.

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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... Read More →

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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... 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... Read More →
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Jay Youmans, MW

Master of Wine, Certified Wine Educator, The Capital Wine School
Jay Youmans – Master of WineJay 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... Read More →

Tuesday May 16, 2017 10:00am - 11:15am
Pavilion I


Tasting Break
Tuesday May 16, 2017 11:15am - 11:35am
Pavilion Lobby


Defining Local on the East Coast
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50 states now produce wine. Virginia and New York are leading the pack on the East Coast. Taste along with our expert panel and explore how these states are defining local east of the Mississippi.

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Erin Scala, DWS

Wine Director, Fleurie Restaurant
After working for many years in New York City as a sommelier at several Michelin star restaurants, notably PUBLIC and The Musket Room, Erin returned to her home state of Virginia. She writes a wine blog, produces a weekly wine podcast, and writes about wine for several publica... Read More →
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Noah Singerman

Sommelier, Husk
Noah has been working in wine and spirits for over 15 years. Born and raised in Sonoma County, the landscape of the region not only shaped and inspired his early palate, but also instilled a passion for wine that has led him into a career as a Sommelier and Beverage Director.He began... Read More →

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Robert Newton

Chef & Owner, Black Walnut, Nightingale 9, Wilma Jean and Smith Canteen
Robert Newton is the chef and owner of Black Walnut at the new Hilton Brooklyn. He is also the chef and owner of Nightingale Nine, Wilma Jean and Smith Canteen all located in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn. Newton and his restaurants have been featured in The New York Times, Vogue, The... Read More →
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Lenn Thompson

Founder & Editor, The Cork Report
Lenn Thompson, a proud Pittsburgh, PA native, moved to Long Island more than a 15 years ago and quickly fell in love with the region’s dynamic and emerging wine community. A digital and content marketing, and community management professional by day, he founded NewYorkCorkReport.com... Read More →
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Andrew Woolridge

Head Sommelier, DBGB
Raised in Colorado and educated in Texas, Andrew Wooldridge initially studied entrepreneurship and international business before pursuing a culinary education at the Cordon Bleu in Paris. Upon his return to the United States, he began working as a chef at a winery. For a time, Wooldridge... Read More →

Tuesday May 16, 2017 11:35am - 12:55pm
Pavilion III


Hot Pink! A Discussion on Virginia Rosé
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Pink is hot this year! Hot Pink! panelists will taste a broad spectrum of Virginia Rosés with a wide variety of characteristics and lead a discussion on Virginia wines making their mark in this category.

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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... Read More →

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Carrie Dykes

Tasting Coordinator, Wine Enthusiast
Carrie joined Wine Enthusiast in 2015 after years in multiple areas of the wine industry. She immediately realized her path as a reviewer and worked passionately to achieve that goal. Having finished her Advanced Level WSET in January, she plans to begin the WSET Diploma program this... Read More →
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Max Kuller

Beverage Director & Partner, Doi Moi, Estadio, and Proof
Max Kuller’s eclectic, eccentric journey through life has led to his current place on the wine side of the restaurant world. Born in Los Angeles and raised in Maryland, from early on Kuller had his palette spoiled by his mom’s great cooking and dad’s uber-wine and restaurant... Read More →
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Winn Roberton

Head Sommelier, Bourbon Steak
As a child in suburban Washington, DC, Winn Roberton's dining out experience was limited to family birthday celebrations, but the 'magic' of restaurant operations that entranced him then has had a fast hold ever since. These days, as a member of the wine team overseeing the capital... Read More →

Tuesday May 16, 2017 11:35am - 12:55pm
Pavilion I


Winemakers Research Exchange Tasting
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The future of progress and growth in the Virginia wine industry is through winery driven research. This session will allow you to taste the projects that wineries are working on and will highlight experimentation that is being conducted throughout Virginia.

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Michael Attanasi

Research Coordinator, Virginia Winemakers Research Exchange
Michael began his winemaking career working as a Winemaking Intern for the 2012 harvest at Knob Hall Winery in Maryland. This experience exposed him to the potential of the East Coast as a winemaking region. After this, he worked as an Assistant Brewer for Three Stars Brewing Company... Read More →
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Emily Pelton

Winemaker, Veritas Vineyards & Winery
Emily Pelton graduated from Emory University with a B.S. in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology, and a focus in Infectious Diseases. She happily moved to Virginia from Atlanta in 1999 to take a year off, and work alongside her parents in the development of Veritas Vineyard and Winery... Read More →

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Stephen Barnard

Winemaker and Vineyard Manager, Keswick Vineyards
Stephen started working in the wine industry at Groot Constantia Winery, the oldest winery in South Africa, as a pourer and tour guide. Through various courses of events he managed to find a position in the cellar as a cellar worker and then eventually became the assistant winemaker... Read More →
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Corry Craighill

Winemaker, Sunset Hills Vineyard & 50 West Vineyard
Corry Craighill has worked at wineries and vineyards in Oregon, New Zealand, France, South Africa, and Central Virginia. She now resides in Loudoun County as the winemaker for Sunset Hills and 50 West Vineyards
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Kirsty Harmon

Winemaker, Blenheim Vineyards
Born in the Netherlands, Kirsty has spent a majority of her life in Charlottesville. After graduating from the University of Virginia in 1998 with a degree in biology, Kirsty developed an appreciation for wine through a job that allowed her to apprentice with famed Virginia winemaker... Read More →

Tuesday May 16, 2017 11:35am - 12:55pm
Ednam Conference Center


Enjoy lunch outside this year! Take in the beautiful grounds at the Boar's Head Inn, network with winemakers, sommeliers, and media, all while munching on some of the best food Charlottesville has to offer. Lunch provided by Boar's Head Inn, Spice Sea Gourmet food truck catering, and Carpe Donut.

Tuesday May 16, 2017 1:00pm - 2:15pm


A New Look at Viognier
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For years, Viognier has been a prominent white varietal in Virginia. In this panel, Virginia winemakers explore how they're experimenting with Viognier blends and bringing a fresh perspective to this classic grape.

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Frank Morgan

Author, DrinkWhatYouLike.com
A Virginia native, Frank Morgan works in the Legal and Data Privacy group of a global aerospace company by day. He is the author of the DrinkWhatYouLike wine blog, started six years ago to chronicle his wine experiences from the perspective of an avid wine consumer and to share stories... Read More →

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Matthieu Finot

Winemaker, King Family Vineyards
Matthieu was born in Crozes Hermitage in the Rhone Valley of France. Coming from a family of viticulturists and wine lovers, Matthieu was predisposed to continue his family's pursuit of making and enjoying wine. He first studied viticulture and oenology at Beaune, in the heart of... Read More →
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Michael Heny

Winemaker, Horton Vineyards
Michael Heny studied Mechanical Engineering and Comparative Literature at the University of Virginia, graduating in 1990. He soon began making wine in Virginia, experiencing firsthand the dynamic growth of an industry celebrated for distinct wines from unique grapes. He joined the... Read More →
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Sébastien Marquet

Owner & Winemaker, Burgundy Style
Loudoun winemaker Sebastien Marquet, studied winemaking in his native Burgundy where he attended and graduated from the Lycée Viticole et d’Oenologie de Beaune. Through the 90s, Marquet produced wines in prestigious villages in Burgundy as well as in Languedoc-Roussillon in Southern... Read More →
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Michael Shaps

Winemaker, Michael Shaps Wineworks
Michael has been making wine in central Virginia since 1995.  He previously worked with two highly regarded central Virginia wineries – Jefferson Vineyards, and King Family Vineyards.  He currently works as a consultant to wineries in several states and has been involved in the... Read More →

Tuesday May 16, 2017 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Pavilion III


Shake It Up: Mixology with Virginia Wines
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Wine doesn't always have to come straight from the bottle! Enjoy a mixed wine concoction while Derek Brown and other expert mixologists discuss exciting new cocktail recipes integrating Virginia wines.

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Shannon Hood

Bar Manager, Brenner Pass
Shannon Hood has been working in the restaurant industry since 2005.  Born and raised in Upstate New York, she moved to Richmond, VA in 2011.  Over the last decade, her work history has ranged from craft beer bars to nightclubs. About three years ago, a passion for carefully crafted... Read More →
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Mattias Hägglund

Bartender, Shagbark
Mattias Hägglund is a bartender in Richmond, VA. He began tending bar while studying history at Virginia Commonwealth University. His interest in history instructs his cocktails, with a mind toward classic styles that he carries forward to the contemporary bar. He believes in quality... Read More →
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Thomas "T" Leggett

The Roosevelt, Bar Manager
Originally from Danville, Virginia, Thomas Leggett moved to Richmond in 2002 after graduating from college and immediately fell in love with the food and beverage scene. Leggett found his voice as a bartender at Six Burner in Richmond, and has established The Roosevelt as having the... Read More →

Tuesday May 16, 2017 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Pavilion I


Selling Virginia Wines in the Three-Tier System
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Want tips on how to find and work with a distributor? How do you develop a channel marketing plan? Listen to this panel of experts who can help guide you to selling your wines in the three-tier system.

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Jason Tesauro

Barboursville Vineyards, Chief Sommelier
Jason Tesauro is a devotee to chilled pink and spilt ink. Chief Sommelier for Barboursville Vineyards since 2002, he's also co-author of The MODERN GENTLEMAN and a two-time national award–winning booze/food/culture journalist for The New York Times, Travel+Leisure, Details, Decanter... Read More →

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Adam Caperton

Brand Manager, The Winebow Group
Adam is a Brand Manager for The Winebow Group in the Mid-Atlantic region representing a cadre of international suppliers, importers and wineries. He also manages the growing Virginia winery portfolio for Winebow / The Country Vintner in the region. As a former chef with stints at... Read More →
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Diane Flynt

Founder, Foggy Ridge Cider
Diane Flynt founded Foggy Ridge Cider in1997by planting a cider apple orchard in the Virginia Mountains. The first cidery in the south, Foggy Ridge Cider has garnered national attention including a 2015 James Beard nomination for Outstanding Beverage Professional.Foggy Ridge Cider’s... Read More →
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Pamela Margaux

Owner, Margaux & Company
Pamela Margaux, a native of Silver Springs MD, moved to Los Angeles in 1982.  Thru her experience as a waitress, bartender, and eventually restaurant manager, she developed a successful career in restaurant-ownership. Her love affair with wine began in the late 80s, when she was... Read More →
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Lucinda Smith

Owner, Blue Ridge Libations
Lucinda Smith currently holds the Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW) and Certified Specialist of Spirits (CSS) titles from the Society of Wine Educators. She is a certificate holder from the Sommelier Society of Washington, DC, and has served as a judge in prestigious wine competitions... Read More →

Tuesday May 16, 2017 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Ednam Conference Center


Tasting Break
Tuesday May 16, 2017 3:45pm - 4:15pm
Pavilion Lobby


Tuesday May 16, 2017 4:30pm - 5:30pm