Welcome to Episode 1026 Cynthia Chaplin interviews Rachel Adams, in this installment of Voices, on the Italian Wine Podcast.
More about today’s guest:
Rachel Adams is the Founder and Executive Director of Assemblage, a 501c3 nonprofit organization based in Oregon’s Willamette Valley that works to address disparities tied to race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ability in the global wine industry. Rachel was recognized among Wine Enthusiast Magazine’s “40 Under 40 Tastemakers” in 2020.
Before founding Assemblage in 2019, Rachel worked for over a decade contributing to some of the Willamette Valley’s top winery sales and marketing teams including REX HILL and A to Z Wineworks, Bethel Heights Vineyard, and Lingua Franca.
A passionate advocate for a more diverse and inclusive wine industry, Rachel has presented the Assemblage approach to DE&I to audiences in Portland, Seattle, and New York and infuses those methods into her work as Director at Play Nice PR, a Portland-based public relations agency representing independent food and wine businesses.
To learn more visit:
Instagram: @assemblagesymposium / @radamsuo
About today’s Host:
Cynthia Chaplin is a Vinitaly International Academy certified Italian Wine Ambassador, a professional sommelier with Fondazione Italiana Sommelier, a member of Le Donne del Vino, and a Professor of Italian wine and culture. Born in the USA, Cynthia moved to Europe in 1990 where she has lived in Spain, Belgium, England and Italy. She chose to center her career in Rome and immerse herself in the Italian wine sector, which is her passion. She has taught university students and expats, works with embassies, corporations and private clients, creating and presenting tastings, events, seminars and in-depth courses. Cynthia is a wine writer, translator, and a judge at international wine and sake competitions. She consults with restaurants and enotecas assisting in the development of comprehensive wine lists and excellent food pairings, as well as advising private clients who want to develop a comprehensive Italian wine collection. She lives with her British photographer husband on the shore of Lake Bracciano, north of Rome, where they share their beautiful garden with one massive grapevine, two border collies and an arrogant diva cat.
To learn more visit:
Facebook: Italian Wines in English
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