PANELIST / SPEAKER
Our panelists - alumni of WSET, Sonoma State University, WISE Academy, Napa Valley College and Society of Wine Educators programs - have done it all! They are excited to share their honest opinions on IF and HOW completing these wine and wine business programs have helped them in their careers, and which takeaways proved to be most valuable. Since most panelists have done more than one program, they can even compare and contrast the offerings, and offer advice on which path to take.
Please join us for an insightful discussion on March 10 led by our distinguished moderator Deborah Parker Wong.The event is hosted by NakedWines.com. The panel discussion and a Q & A session will follow a welcome wine reception.
The Wine Marketing & Tourism Conference is an industry conference designed for decision makers working in the wine and tourism industries. The conference provides concrete, actionable information to help you enhance your marketing skills and develop a progressive tourism position. In addition, the conference is filled with opportunities to network and share with your peers.
Michelle McCue of McCue Communications and Kimberly Charles from Charles Communications will be presenting a talk on Wine Tourism PR.
Andrew Healy of 3 rock marketing and Todd Iseri, Sales and Marketing Manager at the Napa Valley Marriott will be giving a presentation on Social Media in Wine and Travel.
Sylvie Tannhauser from Bricknell Travel, Gonzalo Merino from WineSur, and Wendy Cheropita from Wines of Ontario will be presenting about Wine Tourism Around the World.
Mike Steele from the Lake Chelan Chamber of Commerce, Moya Dolsby from the Idaho Wine Commission, and January Wiese from the Texas Wine Trail will talk about Up and Coming Wine Tourism Destinations.
Beth Costa of The Wine Road and Paul Asikainen of Conn Creek Winery will provide insight into Organizing and Promoting Successful Wine Events.
Colby Smith, Executive Director of the Concierge Alliance of Napa Valley and Sonoma, will lead a panel on Working With Concierges.
This year marks the fourth annual BUBBLYFEST By The Sea event, proudly returning on Oct. 5-8 to the Avila Beach Golf Resort in the coastal community of Avila Beach. The marquee celebration is one of Calif
The 2017 festival will feature wines of Alsace, J Vineyards, Gloria Ferrar, Voveti and 60 other top sparkling wine and champagne producers from around the world together in one place to mingle with “lovers of the bubbly.” Friday Day: Early Afternoon will include industry and connoisseur focused seminars with panelists such as Chris Blanchard, Clarissa Nagy of Riverbench, Tawnya Falkner of Le Grand Courtage, and Sylvie Tannhauser of Domaine Carneros.
IN THE NEWS
WHEN NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION Wine Women recently b rought together a group of female wine professionals for a no-holds-barred discussion on the opportunities, challenges, and costs of continuing wine education, the goal was to serve up inspiration on tap. I served as moderator for the panel, which was held at Naked Wines in Napa and featured bottlings—many of which were made by women— from owner Ryan O’Connell’s portfolio...
As for Certified Sommelier Sylvie Tannhauser, training with the US Sommelier Association has, in her words, “given [her] the skills and credibility [she needs] to train and manage the hospitality team at Cakebread Cellars.” As Assistant Tasting Room Manager, Tannahauser conducts weekly staff training on wine theory, tasting, and customer service while seeking additional venues for her own education: She’s currently pursuing her Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) Level 3 and Society of Wine Educators (SWE) Certified Wine Educator certifications.
~Story and photos by Deborah Parker Wong
For an East Coast wine weekend, you can't beat New York's Finger Lakes," says certified sommelier and American Express Travel Culinary and Wine Insider Sylvie Tannhauser. "This area has some of my favorite Rieslings, which is usually known as a sweet wine, but the region is developing its own approach." Can't find a babysitter? The Finger Lakes are actually incredibly family-friendly with their watersports, go-carting, biking, hiking, and golfing options.
"...And what have travel agents been booking this past year for their clients headed to Europe? Sylvie Tannhauser, Wine & Culinary Travel Specialist, American Express Wine & Culinary Travel Insider, Brickell Travel Management, points to a few destinations beyond Western Europe. “Our clients are requesting destinations that are not crowded, are safe and offer good value. I have a lot of requests for Eastern European destinations—Latvia and Lithuania come in on top of the list. Travelers are seeking less-touristic/less-penetrated areas to experience local culture, flavors, history, and architecture, and to get more value [for their money].”
Historical ruins are fascinating, master paintings are mesmerizing, but one of the best ways to truly experience a country, its culture and its people, is via its culinary offerings. The only thing that can make such gastronomic adventures even better is when they are paired with top wines of local and international significance. The perfect gourmet trip, however, takes much more planning than just jetting off to a location known for its delicious dining. That’s where culinary and wine travel specialists come in to make the most of your precious, hard-earned vacation time and guarantee a superlative journey.
“The best way to give a client a memorable experience is to anticipate their desires before they do,” says Travel Agent Sylvie Tannhauser of Brickell Travel Management. “I listen very closely to folks about the type of trip they are interested in as well as what they like to do in their spare time when not traveling. This allows me to identify characteristics in the client that illicit a desired response so I can plan activities accordingly.”