Welcome to Episode 1487, What sommeliers want now: Wine & Spirits Magazine and Top Sommeliers on Italian wine trends in the US with Joshua Greene, Stephanie Johnson, Giampaolo Paterlini, June Rodil MS, Robin Wright and moderated by Claire Hennessy.
This is the wine2wine Business Forum 2022 Series. The sessions are recorded and uploaded on Italian Wine Podcast.
wine2wine Business Forum is an international wine business forum, held annually in Verona Italy since 2014. The event is a key reference point for wine producers and a diverse variety of wine professionals eager to develop and grow their wine business worldwide.
About today’ session:
What do current wine industry leaders look for in Italian wine as they expand their wine lists? Josh Greene, Publisher of Wine & Spirits Magazine, and Stephanie Johnson, the publication’s Italian Editor, will discuss this and more with three of the most respected sommeliers in the US today. The session will cover a range of topics, including the categories that sell without any effort on the part of sommeliers; the categories that fascinate them but don’t ever sell; the categories for which they have successfully found wine-list presentation, pairings, or other tools to interest diners in trying something new. The session will also include a simulation one of the Wine & Spirits tasting panels, giving audience members valuable insights into how a leading publication talks about the wines they taste and score.
Speaker: Joshua Green
Editor and Publisher of Wine & Spirits since 1986, Joshua Greene began drinking wine with meals during a summer in Galicia, Spain, at the age of 13. After graduating from Princeton University in 1981, Greene pursued a career in magazines, focusing on the management of special-interest publications. His work with Wine & Spirits began on a consulting basis, eventually leading to his purchase of the magazine in 1989. Greene has traveled extensively in the wine regions of Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Portugal, Italy, Spain, Australia, New Zealand, Chile, and all the major wine regions of the United States. In addition to his duties as editor and publisher, Greene serves as the critic for Napa Valley, Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Portugal, Rioja, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. He also writes feature stories and commentary for each issue of the magazine.
Speaker: Stephanie Johnson
Stephanie joined Wine & Spirits Magazine as Tasting Director in 2013 and became Italian Wine Editor in 2016. She spends a significant amount of time each year visiting Italy’s wine regions, tasting with producers and researching articles about their practices. Stephanie holds the WSET Diploma in Wine & Spirits and has worked in the wine retail and restaurant sectors, including five years as Wine Director at City Winery in NYC’s SoHo district. She previously worked in textbook publishing as an editor and marketing manager in Minneapolis, Chicago, Austin and Tokyo.
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