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April / May 2018

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52 { THE SOMM JOURNAL } APRIL/MAY 2018 { somm logistics } SOMMS WHO HOST wine tastings for their customers or peers know the excite- ment and nervousness of planning a successful event. There are so many details to tend to: Will the correct wines be delivered? Is there enough proper glassware? Will people show up? How much ice is needed? Did I set out enough dump buckets? But when you're planning a tasting featuring more than 500 producers for roughly 3,000 members of the wine community, tasks like securing the ideal amount of dump buckets seem pretty minor in the grand scheme of things (what you do with all that dumped wine, though, is another story). Grand is definitely a descriptor that applies to Vinexpo, one of the largest wine events in the world—especially when organizers take the show on the road, as they did in March for Vinexpo New York at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. The success of large-scale events like Vinexpo relies on the involvement of com - pelling producers, and the hefty responsibility of enlisting representatives from just about every wine-producing country in the world falls mainly on Vinexpo CEO Guil- laume Deglise. He says it's not difficult to convince producers to travel from the likes of Uruguay, Moldovia, and Tasmania, as they know their portfolio will be exposed to an incredibly-diverse group of trade members attending the event. "New York is such a vibrant city that it attracts both exhibitors and attendees," Deglise says. HOW ORGANIZERS EXPERTLY EXECUTED THIS YEAR'S VINEXPO NEW YORK by Carl Corsi PHOTO: CARL CORSI Mission POSSIBLE

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