by Sandra Crittenden

by Sandra Crittenden

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Geographical Digest - A Wine Education Series


I registered to participate in SommCon's live educational series Geographical Digest last Thursday which focused on some of the top American wine regions in the western United States. That week's webinar was called Domestic Bliss: The West Coast - California, Oregon and WashingtonThis wine tasting series is in conjunction with The SOMM Journal and National Geographic Books who publishes The New Sotheby’s Wine Encyclopedia.

I tuned into the Zoom webinar to watch it live but the monthly series is also available through an on-demand streaming platform, SommGo. This is a new service that provides year-round training and education for both beverage professionals and wine enthusiasts. It can be watched live one Thursday a month or it can be viewed at a time that is more convenient. Wines for each seminar are also available for purchase from BottleTribe.

Sarah Quider with Chalk Hill Estate Winery and Heidi von der Menden with Merry Edwards in Russian River Valley, Aly Wente with Wente Vineyards in Livermore, Miles MacDonnell from Round Pond Estate in Napa Valley, Damien Grindley with Brecon Estate in Paso Robles, Guillaume Large with Résonance Wines and Wayne Bailey from Youngsberg Hill in Willamette Valley, and Dennis Cakebread with Mullan Road Cellars in Columbia Valley were the guest speakers for the Domestic Bliss webinar. 

I was given media sample bottles of two of the wines that were discussed to taste while I watched, I will be sharing my tasting notes in a separate post. 

The remaining schedule is listed below:

  • November 19, 2020: Burgundy and Bordeaux: Choose your Passion
  • December 16, 2020: The Southern Hemisphere: From Down Under to the Top of the Andes
  • January 21, 2021: A Exploration of Renowned Single Vineyards
  • February 18, 2021: Technique or Terroir: Is it Production or Nature That Make These Wines Great?
  • March 18, 2021: Italy: North to South
  • April 22, 2021: Luxury from Remarkable Sites
  • May 20, 2021: A World of Bordeaux Blends
  • June 24, 2021: Western Europe
Sign up for the series at Geographical Digest.

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