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    Wine Personalities (3)

    Women in Wine History: Systematic Exclusion, and the Success of Tenacious Women

    Wine has, since it’s discovery in Neolithic times, been one of the most powerful tools at human disposal for alleviating physical and emotional suffering. It is no surprise that wine has also historically been one of Western Civilizations most important trade commodities, a driving force of culture, politics, war, art, and spirituality. It is therefore only natural that gender politics would play a huge roll in the history of such a powerful commodity.

    This master class will explore the rolls, and contributions of women in the wine trade from antiquity to present, the systematic political and social obstacles faced by women, and how women have overcome to make significant and meaningful contributions. Through examining history and the structural framework of our society we can be guided into a more vibrant and inclusive present, and future for women in wine!

    Presenter: Tanya Morning Star Darling

    Tanya Morning Star Darling is a full time wine educator with nearly 3 decades of industry experience. Her school Cellar Muse is the approved program provider for Wine Scholar Certifications (French, Italian, and Spanish) in the Seattle area. She also teaches WSET coursework, and is Faculty at the Northwest Wine Academy at South Seattle College.

    Tanya has a background in art history and history of the theater through her undergraduate work at the Sorbonne, and New York University. Tanya has always sought to find deeper context and meaning through her work, and to connect her work in wine to her passion for culture, food, and storytelling. Studying history has always been a natural extension of those pursuits, and her personal passion.

    Since 2012, Tanya has been a professor of Wine History at South Seattle College, where she developed two, three-credit college courses collectively covering the history of wine from Antiquity to the Modern Age. Through developing and teaching these courses over the years, Tanya became acutely aware of the greater politics of gender inequity in Western Civilization as it plays out in the story of wine. She also became keen on understanding the systemic nature of exclusion towards women in the world of wine, and deeply drawn towards the amazing stories of Women’s successes, triumphs, and contributions throughout wine history. This lecture represents some of the highlights of this journey.

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    A Short History of Spain in 9 Glasses of Wine with Paul Wagner

    Most wine presentations focus on viticulture and enology, but wine is a product of local and regional culture far more than it is of geology and climate.

    Exploring the world of Spanish wine through the lenses of the country’s history and culture, Paul Wagner traces the roots of the wines that we drink today to the key historical elements that make Spain one of the most fascinating cultures in Europe. 

    In the end, you will understand far more about Spanish wine that you can glean from a discussion of rocks and rainfall, and you will have a new vision of how to talk, and teach, about wine.

    Presenter: Paul Wagner

    Paul Wagner studied sociology and education at U. C. Santa Cruz and classical guitar at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Seville, Spain. 

    He has been an instructor for Napa Valley College's Viticulture and Enology department for the past twenty-five years.  He is also a guest lecturer at many universities, including the Wine Tourism MBA program through the universities of Bordeaux, Porto, and Rovira Virgili, and has spoken at more than eighty conferences throughout the world on wine, wine tourism, wine education, public affairs, and wine marketing.

    With Liz Thach and Janeen Olsen, he authored a book:  Wine Marketing & Sales, Strategies for a Saturated Market by The Wine Appreciation Guild, which won the Gourmand International Award in 2008 for the best wine book of the year for professionals. A second edition of that work was published in 2011, and a third edition will appear this year.  His second book:  Artisan Public Relations, is due to be published in 2019, and a third book, Wine Sales and Distribution, with John Crotts and Byron Marlowe, will be published in 2019 by Rowman and Littlefield.  He was a columnist for Vineyard & Winery Management Magazine for ten years, and served on the board of directors of the Society of Wine Educators for many years.  With Rick Kushman of Capital Public Radio, he hosts “Bottle Talk” at http://www.rickandpaulwine.com/ a weekly conversation about wine. 

    Paul Wagner has judged more than 100 international wine competitions, is a founding member of the Academy of Wine Communications, a consultant for the International Wine and Food Society in London, a member of the nominations committee of the Culinary Institute of America’s Vintner’s Hall of Fame, and a member of the Wine Marketing and Tourism Conference Advisory Board. He was inducted into the Spadarini della Castellania di Soave in 2005.  In 2009 he was honored with a “Life Dedicated to Wine” award at the Feria Nacional del Vino (FENAVIN) in Spain, and in 2018 was given the American Wine Society’s annual Award of Merit, joining such luminaries as Robert Mondavi and Gina Gallo, as well as named the winner of the McPherson Distinguished Teacher Award at Napa Valley College.

    Mr. Wagner founded Balzac Communications & Marketing on April 1, 1991.  His clients there included the Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux, Caymus Vineyards, Seagram Chateau and Estate Wines, Consorzio di Chianti Classico, Furmint USA, La Rioja Alta A.S., Constellation Wines, Sogevinus of Portugal, Bodegas Salentein, Villa Trasqua, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, Regione Siclia, and a host of other wine, food, and regional tourism clients.  He is now retired from active duty at the agency, and enjoys the title of President Emeritus there.

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    Champagne & War with Don & Petie Kladstrup

    How the World's Most Glamorous Wine Triumphed Over War and Hard Times

    It's been said that Champagne has been the site of more bloody battles and large-scale wars than any other place on earth. 

    From the time of Attila the Hun to the Germans in World War II, countless invaders have tried to conquer this strife-torn land.  Yet, somehow it managed to become the birthplace of the world's most beloved wine. 

    On December 7, Don and Petie Kladstrup will show how this sparkling wine, born of bloodshed, became the symbol of glamour, good times and celebration.

    It is a story filled with larger-than-life characters: Dom Perignon, the father of champagne, who, contrary to popular belief, worked his entire life to keep bubbles out of champagne; the Sun King, Louis XIV, who rarely drank anything else; and Napoleon, who, in trying to conquer the world, introduced it to champagne.

    Presenters: Don & Petie Kladstrup

    Don and Petie Kladstrup are former journalists who have written extensively about wine and France for numerous publications.

    Don, a winner of three Emmys and numerous other awards, was a foreign correspondent for ABC and CBS television news.

    Petie, an Overseas Press Club winner, was a newspaper journalist and more recently protocol officer for the U.S. ambassador to UNESCO.

    The Kladstrups divide their time between Paris and Normandy.

    Learn more about Champagne with the Champagne Master Level Program and embark on a Champagne Wine immersion trip.

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    Wine & War with Don & Petie Kladstrup

    Presentation Summary:

    In their book, Wine & War: The French, the Nazis and the Battle for France's Greatest Treasure, husband-and-wife journalists, Don and Petie Kladstrup, recount the dangerous and daring exploits of those who fought to keep France's greatest treasure – aka wine – out of the hands of the Nazis.

    The two authors will join us live to share the stories of these heroic men and women who fought to preserve their vinous heritage as well as answer questions about the book and their craft.

     

    Presenters: Don and Petie Kladstrup   

    Don and Petie Kladstrup are former journalists who have written extensively about wine and France for numerous publications.

    Don, a winner of three Emmys and numerous other awards, was a foreign correspondent for ABC and CBS television news.

    Petie, an Overseas Press Club winner, was a newspaper journalist and more recently protocol officer for the U.S. ambassador to UNESCO. The Kladstrups divide their time between Paris and Normandy.

    Learn more about French wines with the French Wine Scholar study & certification program.

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    The History of Italy in 12 Glasses of Wine with Paul Wagner

    Italian wine through the lenses of history, society, and culture...

    Paul Wagner has always believed that wine is much more effectively understood as a product of culture than of geology, and nowhere is this more accurate than in the vast cultural landscape that is Italy.

    Standing the traditional organoleptic tasting order on its head, Paul will lead us on a tour of Italian wine through the lenses of history, society, and culture.  He will trace the influences that have washed over Italy and its wines for more than three thousand years, and provide participants with a creative and entertaining way to teach about Italian wine.

    Want to master the wines of Italy? Sign up for our Italian Wine Scholar program.

    Presented by: Paul Wagner

    Paul Wagner formed Balzac Communications & Marketing on April Fools’ Day, and for good reason. He wanted to have fun in the wine business. And while his clients include a broad range of national and international companies and organizations, he’s never lost sight of the fun.

    He’s an instructor for Napa Valley College and the Culinary Institute of America, and is a guest lecturer at universities famous throughout the world—known both for his lectures on wine and wine marketing and his enormous repertoire of bad jokes. But he does know a thing or two about wine and marketing.

    He co-authored a book: Wine Marketing & Sales, Strategies for a Saturated Market that won the Gourmand International Award in 2008 for the best wine book of the year for professionals. And it sold out in three years, so they released a second edition in 2011. So there.

    Paull is also hosting a podcast on wine with Rick Kushman of Capital Public Radio: BOTTLE TALK WITH RICK & PAUL

    Paul is a founding member of the Academy of Wine Communications, a member of the nominations committee of the Culinary Institute of America’s Vintner’s Hall of Fame, and was inducted into the Spadarini della Castellania di Soave in 2005. And in 2009 he was honored with a “Life Dedicated to Wine” award at the Feria Nacional del Vino (FENAVIN) in Spain. While he was still alive. Go figure.

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    A Short History of France in 9 Glasses of Wine with Paul Wagner

    A Short History of France in 9 Glasses of Wine

    While any presentation on wine will focus on regional differences, wine is a product of culture, more than it is of geology.

    Exploring the world of French wine through the lenses of history, culture, and sociology, Paul Wagner traces the role that they have played in creating the Wines of France we know today and provides participants with a creative and entertaining way to teach about French wine.

    Presenter: Paul Wagner

    Paul Wagner formed Balzac Communications & Marketing on April Fools’ Day, and for good reason. He wanted to have fun in the wine business. And while his clients include a broad range of national and international companies and organizations, he’s never lost sight of the fun.

    He’s an instructor for Napa Valley College and the Culinary Institute of America, and is a guest lecturer at universities famous throughout the world—known both for his lectures on wine and wine marketing and his enormous repertoire of bad jokes. But he does know a thing or two about wine and marketing.

    He co-authored a book: Wine Marketing & Sales, Strategies for a Saturated Market that won the Gourmand International Award in 2008 for the best wine book of the year for professionals. And it sold out in three years, so they released a second edition in 2011. So there.

    Paull is also hosting a podcast on wine with Rick Kushman of Capital Public Radio: BOTTLE TALK WITH RICK & PAUL

    Paul is a founding member of the Academy of Wine Communications, a member of the nominations committee of the Culinary Institute of America’s Vintner’s Hall of Fame, and was inducted into the Spadarini della Castellania di Soave in 2005. And in 2009 he was honored with a “Life Dedicated to Wine” award at the Feria Nacional del Vino (FENAVIN) in Spain. While he was still alive. Go figure.

    Learn about the complex and fascinating wine regions of France with the French Wine Scholar study and certification program.

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    Wine and Politics with Stephen Charters MW

    Abstract:

    Much as some wine lovers think that their drink is an escape from the real world, the wine industry - and what we drink - is intimately linked to political events and processes.  This even extends to the grape varieties which are planted in much of the world.  This webinar is going to explore the relationship of wine and politics and will end by examining the development of the South African wine industry as a case study of the field.


     Presenter: Stephen Charters, Master of Wine

    Profile – Dr. Steve Charters MW, MA (Oxon), PhD (ECU).

    Steve Charters originally qualified as a lawyer in the UK – but was seduced by the allure of wine, and worked in retail and wine education in London, Sydney and Perth.  Steve is now Professor of Champagne Management at Reims Management School, responsible for developing teaching and research programmes focusing on all aspects of the business of Champagne.  He formerly lectured in Wine Studies and Marketing at Edith Cowan University in Perth.  He is involved in research focusing on consumer behaviour, including wine tourism and consumer perceptions of quality in wine and on management expertise in the wine industry.  He gained his PhD from Edith Cowan University in 2004, for a thesis entitled ‘Perceptions of Wine Quality’.  He is a member of the Institute of Masters of Wine having passed its examination in 1997.  Before joining Edith Cowan University Steve ran his own wine education consultancy in Sydney.  He has also worked in wine retail in Sydney, for a company involved in importing wine.

    In 1997 Steve was the winner of the Australian Vin de Champagne Award (professional section).  He has wide and current knowledge of a number international wine areas, but focusing mainly on Champagne and Australia.  He has also worked for a vintage on a winery in France.  Steve has written columns for the Australian Gourmet Traveller Wine Magazine.  He is author of ‘Wine and society: The social and cultural context of a drink’, published by Elsevier in 2006 and has also contributed to a number of popular books on wine – including The Oxford Companion to Wine (OUP, 2006), ‘Discovering Australia: Wineries’ (Random House 1999) and ‘The Global Encyclopedia of Wine’ (Global Publishing, 2000).

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