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104 { THE SOMM JOURNAL } FEBRUARY/MARCH 2017 P HO TO : R E B E C C A PE PL I N S K I In 2016, The Somm Journal stayed pretty busy. Not only did we triple the number of events hosted from the year prior, but we also expanded the scope and creativity of each. Our resolu- tion for 2017: Strengthen existing relationships and forge new ones. This includes visiting markets large and small, established and burgeoning, to get to know the key players better, while also enhancing your expertise in your field. All events include recap stories, which means your photo and tasting notes could appear in the pages of the nation's most respected wine trade publication—an all-around win! For more information on upcoming invitation-only events, send an email expressing your interest and detailed work affiliation to We hope to see you in Oregon's Umpqua Valley, on the Cru Artisan College national tour, in California's Anderson Valley, at the Society of Wine Educators' Annual Conference in Portland, at one of our seminars at SOMM Summit in Seattle . . . and beyond! —Becky Tsadik, Associate Editor & Events Director In 2017, we invite on- and off-premise Wine Buyers and Sommeliers, Distributors and Importers to . . . • Participate in an educational lunch or seminar where you'll learn dive deep into emerging wine regions and learn new ways to think about established ones. • Attend one of our signature blind wine Speed Tastings centered around a hot category. • Harvest grapes and get intimately acquainted with a region's terroir at a Somm Journal SOMM Camp in the United States or abroad. Wine Buyers and Sommeliers from around the country descended upon the Alexander Valley for an immersive, multi-day CAB Academy, co-hosted by The Somm Journal and Master Sommelier Fred Dame, VP of Prestige Accounts for American Wine & Spirits, and organized by the Alexander Valley Winegrowers. It's happen- ing again this year in mid-May. Watch for details! On the Road in 2017 PACK YOUR BAG AND MEET US FOR A GLASS OF WINE The Somm Journal will be hosting the "Around the World with Pinot Noir" seminar at World of Pinot Noir at Bacara Resort & Spa March 3-4. See pages 52-53 for an abbreviated schedule and details on panelists and presenters. The Paso Robles CAB Collective (April 12–13) showcases stellar Cabernet Sauvignon and other Bordeaux varietals and blends from this white hot Central Coast wine-growing region. With co-host Fred Dame, MS, you're sure to get an education. Read more on page 54. Join us in Washington, D.C. (May 1), Chicago (May 2) and San Francisco (May 3) for Cru Artisan College. Lars Leicht, National Director of Banfi's Cru Artisan Wines portfolio, will once again host top-notch Italian winemakers on a national tour, leading educational tastings and seminars for wine professionals and enthusiasts. See page 76 for more details. PHOTO COURTESTY OF WORLD OF PINOT NOIR PHOTO: BRITTANY APP PHOTO: DOUG YOUNG PHOTO: ALEXANDER RUBIN SPARKLING WINE PRODUCERS TAKE NOTE Champagne and other spar- kling wine producers are invited to participate in our 2017 BATTLE OF THE BUBBLES on Monday, March 13, when sparklers from around the world will be sipped and savored by sommeliers, wine influencers, buyers and mem - bers of the press. Your wine will be tasted and rated by Editor in Chief Anthony Dias Blue, and we will be sharing this experience with our national readership in the June-July issue. Full-page and half-page spotlights are available. For complete information, contact Bill Brandel at bill@sommjour - or 818-322-5050.

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