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February / March 2017

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92 { THE SOMM JOURNAL } FEBRUARY/MARCH 2017 { sommcon recap } Moderated by Eric Hemer, MS, MW, CWE and Senior VP, Director of Wine Education for Southern Glazer's (middle), our panel consisted of Manuel Louzada, CEO of Tenute del Mondo; Nikolai St. George, Chief Winemaker, Giesen Estate; Vit torio Marzotto, family member, Santa Margherita Group USA; Boyd Morrison, Winemaker for MacMurray Ranch Estate Vineyards; Joseph Herzog, co-owner, Herzog Wine Cellars/Royal Wine Corp.; István Szepsy Jr., Chief Winemaker, Szent Tamás Winery; and Toshio Ueno, MSS, CSW, FWS and VP/Executive Instructor, Saké School of America (not pictured). PHOTO: MICHAEL MORSE THE SOMM JOURNAL'S SEMINAR SERIES, "DIGGING IN TO UNIQUE TERROIR", GOES BIG AT SOMMCON Digging it! We're by Meridith May Digging in means going deeper. For the industry professional, expanding one's mind beyond the flavor profile of a wine to create a virtual reality–like image of the origin of the liquid is an academic step towards really getting it. Digging it. Group consciousness allows for sharing thoughts on the nature of a particular wine: learning about its natural environment, its geomorphology and climate. Led by Master of Wine, Master Sommelier and Certified Wine Educator Eric Hemer (Senior VP, Director of Wine Education for Southern Glazer's), an audience of more than 45 SommCon attend - ees paid rapt attention to a most fascinating set of examples from seven countries—a deliberately random set of red and white wines, the purpose of which was to introduce the complexity of each respective terroir.

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