Attention Chianti Lovers: Consorzio Vino Chianti U.S. Tour

Contact info@ieemusa.com for further information.

🍷Chicago – May 23, 2022
•Starting with a Master Class led by @thewineandteaman followed by the trade walk-around tasting.

🍷Seattle – May 25, 2022
•Starting with a Master Class led by @thewineandteaman followed by the trade walk-around tasting.

🍷Los Angeles – May 26, 2022
•Starting with a Master Class led by @thewineandteaman followed by the trade walk-around tasting.

Attention New Orleans Rhum Lovers: ADI Rum Summit 2022

Join the American Distilling Institute in New Orleans to explore and celebrate R(H)UM! on Tuesday, June 7, 2022 – 8:30am – 5pm CDT at Lula Distillery, New Orleans.

TimeTopicPresenterPresenter Bio
8-8:30amCheck-in
8:30amCoffee & Networking
9amKaren Hoskin of Montanya Distillers will host and facilitate an impressive lineup of speakers and panelists from the American craft rum scene for this year’s Rum Summit. Topics will cover our sugar cane supply chain, sustainability and ethical sourcing, global growth and implications of this category, American rum’s growing role in the industry and more.Karen Hoskin, Montanya Distillers & Olivia Stewart of Three Roll EstateKaren Hoskin is known as a vanguard of the rebirth of American Rum. When she started Colorado’s craft distillery Montanya Distillers in 2008, few people knew there was a strong American rum tradition or mountain rum tradition. Craft cocktails were not yet a major US trend and rum was considered the wild west of spirits. Karen helped change those perceptions while steering the distillery to growth every year. She has just completed a major expansion of her rum distillery in Crested Butte. Karen continues to have a strong hand in inspiring the US market to respect and love American Rum, embrace craft cocktails, put rum into the best cocktails, and understand the mountain rum tradition. She is a frequent speaker and industry leader on distilling science, distilling business, mixology, bar business and sustainability.
10amSugar is made in Louisiana sugarcane fields throughout a 7 – 9 month growing season. The focus of this presentation will be the production of raw sugar and molasses in the factory from newly harvested sugarcane.Kenneth Gravois, PhD, Sugar Research Station & Olivia Stewart of Three Roll EstateFrom a young age, Kenneth had an academic streak that helped him see possibilities in and ask questions about sugar cane, agriculture, sustainability, and environmental impact. This persistent inquisitiveness took him to Louisiana State University (LSU) where he earned his bachelor degree in crop science and a masters and PhD in plant breeding. Today, Kenneth provides leadership for the LSU AgCenter’s Sugar Research Station which has descended from the original Louisiana Sugar Experiment Station. One thing he sees becoming more important to the scientific research community, and to his work in particular, is connecting with consumers.
11amKenneth Gravois joins Olivia Stewart in a discussion on the impact rum could have on Louisiana’s sugarcane industry. From supporting cane-growing families, to tourist dollars and jobs, this diversification of the industry has the potential to benefit the entire state.Olivia Stewart of Three Roll Estate & Kenneth Gravois, PhD, Sugar Research StationOlivia Stewart’s family has owned and operated their Louisiana cane farm and sugar mill since 1859. Her childhood on the farm instilled a passion for all things sugarcane––and eventually rum. When the pandemic hit, she moved back home to operate the family’s distillery, Three Roll Estate. Located in Baton Rouge, they distill an array of rums from cane juice and molasses, all of which are sourced from their own fields and mill.
11:30amMolasses and the rum distiller’s dilemma: molasses procurement and impacts on rum production

Molasses is the most important raw material in the production of rum. However, molasses is also a very
complicated commodity whose quality fluctuates dramatically based on global sugar prices. In this
session we will review the numerous factors affecting the quality of molasses for distilling and we will
analyze actual production data in order to gain insights into how molasses quality may adversely impact
rum production and strategies to potentially mitigate some of the more salient negative effects.
Roberto J. Serralles, PhD, Destilería SerrallésRoberto Serrallés is a sixth-generation rum maker based in
Ponce, Puerto Rico, where his family business, Destilería Serrallés has been operating since 1865. As one of America’s oldest family-owned businesses, Destilería Serrallés has been
producing exceptional rums for over 155 years. Its flagship brand Don Q is the leading premium rum brand on the island.
Roberto began working at Destilería Serrallés in 2004 after completing a PhD in Environmental Studies from the University of Oregon. His first project for the Distillery was to design and implement a state-of-the-art wastewater to energy treatment facility that has helped turn Destilería Serrallés into one of the greener distilleries in the Caribbean. Roberto was honored with the Master Distiller and Rum Pioneer awards at the 2013 Golden Barrel rum awards ceremony in London for his contribution to the Rum industry and he was named Rum Expert of the year at the 2014 Madrid Rum Congress.
He holds a BA from Brown University. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the FundaciĂłn Luis A Ferre which manages the Museo de Arte de Ponce and is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Puerto Rico Conservation Land Trust.
12:30pmLunch is included in the ticket price and will be served on-site
1:30pmMolasses and wastewater management: what comes in, must come out!

In this session we will continue to explore how the quality of molasses affects rum production, focusing
more deeply into how molasses quality affects wastewater management at a rum distillery. Using actual
production data, we will explore the impact of molasses quality on performance of anaerobic and
aerobic digestion post distillation. More broadly, we will discuss wastewater management and the
potential for associated closed-loop processes that can help the spirits industry become more
sustainable.
Roberto J. Serralles, PhD, Destilería SerrallésRoberto Serrallés is a sixth-generation rum maker based in
Ponce, Puerto Rico, where his family business, Destilería Serrallés has been operating since 1865. As one of America’s oldest family-owned businesses, Destilería Serrallés has been
producing exceptional rums for over 155 years. Its flagship brand Don Q is the leading premium rum brand on the island.
Roberto began working at Destilería Serrallés in 2004 after completing a PhD in Environmental Studies from the University of Oregon. His first project for the Distillery was to design and implement a state-of-the-art wastewater to energy treatment facility that has helped turn Destilería Serrallés into one of the greener distilleries in the Caribbean. Roberto was honored with the Master Distiller and Rum Pioneer awards at the 2013 Golden Barrel rum awards ceremony in London for his contribution to the Rum industry and he was named Rum Expert of the year at the 2014 Madrid Rum Congress.
He holds a BA from Brown University. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the FundaciĂłn Luis A Ferre which manages the Museo de Arte de Ponce and is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Puerto Rico Conservation Land Trust.
2:30pmMyths, Misconceptions, and Misinformation: Overcoming Rum’s Categorical Confusion: American Rum’s revival has come during a time when the global rum category is fraught with misconceptions. In this presentation, Will Hoekenga will separate fact from fiction so you can not only educate consumers accurately, but make an authentic product that brings clarity to the category instead of more confusion.Will HoekengaWill Hoekenga is the founder of American Rum Report, a website and newsletter that tracks U.S.-produced rums to reveal emerging trends, provide transparency, and offer a full picture of the American rum revival. He is also co-founder of The Rumcast podcast.
3:30-4pmCoffee & Networking
4pmBarrel Aging Chemistry with comparative tastingLula Distiller Judy Allen & Co-Owner Bear Caffrey, MDJudy Allen is originally from Greenville, Michigan, Judy Allen became interested in mechanics and machinery while working in her family-owned hardware store. She moved to New Orleans in 2001 and began working as a bartender at locally owned restaurants and bars. She eventually landed at Lula Restaurant Distillery in 2017.

Bear Caffery’s interest in Lula Restaurant-Distillery is born on his passion for distilling and brewing. Prior to the Lula concept, Bear’s brewing and distilling interests have been personal interests; however, he has obtained an extensive knowledge and hands on experience in both arenas. He has brewed multiple all grain beers and is well versed in the processes necessary to take Lula Spirits from raw ingredients to the bottle.

Bear studied biology and chemistry at Louisiana Tech University in Ruston and attended medical school at LSU Health Sciences Center.
4:15-5pmPanel Discussion: What does the future hold?Panelists will include all program presenters

Attention Croatian Wine Enthusiasts: Media Invitation for Exclusive Briefing (May 19) on International Pošip Day (May 21)

Boston, Mass, April 27, 2022 â€“ The Croatian Wine Alliance, a group of global teams promoting Croatian wines led by the US-based Croatian Premium Wine Imports, Inc., online store shipping 70+ indigenous Croatian wines to most US states, in collaboration with the Wines of Croatia and Vino Dalmacije, is pleased to invite you to a briefing about the international wine variety day dedicated to the predominant Dalmatian indigenous white grape variety, Pošip.

May 21st marks International Pošip Day, the celebration of the Pošip variety, grown in Dalmatia, the most southern wine region of Croatia.

WHAT:           International Pošip Day Briefing – English-language conversation with experts from the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, Vino Dalmacije, wine association, and Croatian winemakers

                        + Tasting of Pošip – will be sent to the first 20 accredited media in the USA

WHEN:           May 19, 2022 – Noon Eastern / 9am Pacific / 18:00 Central European time

WHERE:         To receive the secure Zoom link, please register here:  http://eepurl.com/hZ0W_5

Provide your info to receive a bottle of Pošip gratis, first come first serve

Agenda:         Introduction to Croatian wine regions — w/Vanja Kaludjer, Croatian Chamber of Economy

                        Dalmatia â€“ regions, terroir and intro to Pošip w/Leo Gracin, Doc. Dr. Sc. of Oenology

                       & President of Vino Dalmacije Association & assistant professor at the University of Split, Studies of Mediterranean Agriculture

                        Pošip tasting notes:  Linsday Buck, WSET3, Coravin

                        Wineries: Grgić Vina, Merga Victa, Volarević

                        Q&A

About the Croatian Wine Alliance – a Public-Private Collaboration

Lead by Croatian Premium Wine Imports, Inc., an online store shipping 70+ indigenous Croatian wines in the US, this alliance of organizations around the globe are united in raising awareness of premium Croatian wines, including the Wines of Croatia, https://vinacroatia.hr/en/, association within the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, Vino Dalmacije, https://vinodalmacije.com/, association of winemakers in Dalmatia, and many importers and distributors in USA, Canada, Australia, and Europe, as well as Croatian wineries.  For more information, email us at info@CroatianPremiumWine.com and follow us at LinkedinTwitterFacebook and Instagram.

Attention New York Wine Professionals: Hudson Valley Cabernet Franc Barrel + New Release Trade Tasting

Join the wineries of the Hudson Valley Cabernet Franc Coalition as they tap the barrels, uncork new releases, and share gems from the cellar. Register here.

Engage with award-winning Legacy winemakers and owners, and sample Hudson Valley-grown Cabernet Francs from both sides of the historic river, including barrel tastes, new releases, rosés, and vintage flights.

A special tasting includes Cabernet Franc wines produced from experimental grapes grown during a clonal and rootstock trial at the Hudson Valley Research Laboratory in Highland, NY. The trial investigated differences in the characteristics of wines made from four Cabernet Franc clones grown on three different rootstocks. These limited wines are bottled to share with the trade.

Experience the Hudson Valley’s signature grape at Milea Estate Vineyard with expansive views of the Valley east of the Hudson River, on Tuesday, May 24th, from 2 PM-4 PM.

  • Benmarl Winery
  • Fjord Vineyards
  • Milea Estate Vineyard
  • Millbrook Vineyards & Winery
  • Quartz Rock Vineyard
  • Robibero Winery
  • Whitecliff Vineyard & Winery

Please note: This event is only open to the press and trade working in the wine industry. Bring a business card for entry.

The event is held rain or shine. Please be advised, that if there are any specific local COVID guidelines in place on May 24 for public events, we and our guests will be required to follow them.

Attention Virginia Cider Professionals: The Virginia Cider Ed Road Show

The American Cider Association is holding four educational sessions in Virginia during the first week of June 2022 to educate cider professionals “about the diversity and versatility of Virginia hard ciders”. I will be attending the session at Lost Boy Cider and hope our Virginia members can allocate time to attend one of the sessions. Here is the info from the ACA:

“The American Cider Association (ACA) is hitting the road to partner with Virginia cideries and chefs to teach food and beverage professionals about the diversity and versatility of Virginia hard ciders. Each workshop will be tailored to the cidery and city where it’s taking place with a focus on exploring ciders made with Virginia grown apples, crafting trendy cider cocktails, and mastering delicious cider pairings. Jennie Dorsey, a Certified Pommier and the Cider Education Outreach Manager for the ACA, will be leading the cider learning, tasting and pairing experiences.
Are you a current food and beverage professional? Or an up and coming professional in the food and beverage scene? Do you happen to live in Virginia or nearby? Come join us at one of these four free workshops we’ll be offering throughout Virginia. These workshops are being provided thanks to a grant from the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service.”

Lost Boy Cider (Alexandria Virginia) June 6th: 5-7 PM
Potters Craft Cider (Charlottesville Virginia) June 7th: 4-6 PM
Fall Line Richmond Marriot (Richmond Virginia) June 8th: tbd
Sly Clyde Ciderworks (Hampton Virginia) June 9th: 12-2 PM

Happy 2022!

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