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42 { THE SOMM JOURNAL } APRIL/MAY 2015 WHILE A TRUE VINIFEROUS EDUCATION IS SOMETHING that can only be secured after years of tasting, walking dusty vine- yards and studying the nuances of all things grape, terroir and technique, The SOMM Journal is pleased to announce our own mini-enological education: The Cru Artisan College, headed your way next month. From May 12–May 18, we'll be partnering with Banfi's Cru Artisan Wines to bring 13 of their winemakers from around the world to our own backyard. With stops along the way including Orange County, San Francisco, Seattle and New York, each CAC "campus" will offer in-depth seminars led by our winemaking faculty, followed by a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet with these winemakers in small, intimate settings. "The Cru Artisan College experience will be unlike anything else," comments Meridith May, The SOMM Journal's Publisher and Editorial Director. "Each campus will feature the guidance of a Headmaster to lead your education, and the opportunity to learn from what the faculty—the producers themselves—have to say about the face of the world wine industry is second to none. This will be an intimate setting designed to give somms the tools to succeed—and The SOMM Journal is thrilled to be a part of it. But watch out—we'll be dropping by with pop quizzes throughout the day, with prizes for our Honor Roll students!" Meet the Faculty Franco Bernabei, Consulting Winemaker, Sartori di Verona, Italy Long considered one of the premier consulting enologists in Italy, Professor Bernabei has helped Sartori di Verona reach an unprecedented level of quality for the historic producer. Professor Bernabei, who believes that "individuality begins in the soil," will share this philosophy during the A Sense of Place seminar. Rudy Buratti, Chief Winemaker, Castello Banfi, Montalcino, Italy As part of the Castello Banfi winemaking team for over 30 years, Professor Buratti is a veritable fixture in the Italian wine world, offering a direct link to the Mariani family, historic proprietors of Castello Banfi. A leader in clonal research on Sangiovese, Professor Buratti has also overseen the development of innovative wood and steel fermentation tanks for Castello Banfi's top estate wines. Professor Buratti will bring his expertise to life as the keynote speaker in the Brunello Deconstructed seminar. Enrico Cerulli, Family Proprietor, Cerulli Spinozzi, Teramo, Italy With his family roots in Abruzzo dating back generations, Professor Cerulli's passion lies in focusing on super-quality wines from the Colline Teramane sub-region, Abruzzo's only DOCG. A commitment to organic farming and eco-friendly pesticide prevention will be discussed during the Going Green: All Hail Mother Nature seminar. Salvatore Geraci, Family Proprietor, Palari, Sicily, Italy Professor Geraci is truly a Renaissance man. An architect who was famous for his work on monumental restoration projects, Professor Geraci became involved in winemaking after inheriting his grandfather's 18th-century Faro DOC estate and vineyards. Professor Geraci's enological efforts make him a valued guest in our A Sense of Place seminar. Alberto Lazzarino, Directing Winemaker, Banfi Piemonte, Strevi, Italy Professor Lazzarino has been the principal winemaker at Banfi Piemonte since 2002 and is a graduate of the prestigious Agricultural University of Alba. Professor Lazzarino's expertise in the vinifica- tion and bottling of Piemontese wines will be featured in our A Sense of Place seminar. Vanni Lusetti, Winemaker, Albinea Canali and Maschio, Reggio Emilia and Prosecco, Italy A native of Emilia in the heartland of Lambrusco, Professor Lusetti is a master enolgist who has been making wines for the majority of his life. Although his knowledge of winemaking and grapes is the product of years of formal education, Professor Lusetti is a believer in wine's day- to-day pleasures. "There should be no snobbery in drinking wine," says Professor Lusetti. Mauro Merz, Directing Winemaker, Fontana Candida, Rome, Italy A pioneer of the high- quality, small-production wine wave sweeping Italy, Professor Merz is dedicated to reviving, updating and upscaling the wines from Frascati. His commitment to the region has brought Fontana Candida to the forefront by emphasizing quality over yield, which he will discuss in the A Sense of Place seminar. CRU ARTISAN COLLEGE IS COMING!

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