Hosted by Wine Enthusiast Contributing Editor, Lauren Mowery
Bourgogne is renowned worldwide for producing some of the finest wines with their terroir and savoir-faire, unique to each designation. (Re)discover and understand the lesser-known gems of Bourgogne during a virtual discussion panel moderated by Contributing Travel Editor, Lauren Mowery. Let’s travel through the region and discuss the versatility of Petit Chablis and the specific characteristics that make the Régionale appellations a true expression of Bourgogne terroir. We hope this discussion will help you to understand the current position of these appellations in the US market and the added value they could bring on a wine list.
Why you should attend: While Bourgogne is a region far from unexplored, this session will demonstrate its potential to surprise you. With their diversity and accessibility, these appellations will bring you new inspiration to broaden your wine selection. It will provide detailed insight about the region’s history, unique soil and winemakers’ expertise to better understand the region and its wines.
What You will learn: The potential of these appellations; the advantages of adding these wines to your portfolio; how to understand and explain the appellations to consumers. Understand these lesser-known and budget-friendly AOCs, particularly Régionale appellations, Bourgogne Plus, Mâcon Plus and Petit Chablis, and why it is the perfect time to recognize the unrivaled value these appellations bring to the market.
Webinar Date/Time: Wednesday, May 12, 2021 @ 2PM EST
Duration: 30 Minute panel followed by a 15 minute Q&A session
Lauren Mowery is an award-winning writer, photographer, and blogger who has contributed wine- and spirits-related travel content to publications like Fodors.com, Lonely Planet, Voyeur (Virgin Australia’s inflight publication), Forbes, USA Today, Men’s Journal and Time Out, among others. Pursuing her Master of Wine certification, she has also been a regular wine and spirits writer for Tasting Panel, Somm Journal, Punch and SevenFifty Daily. Mowery is a graduate of the University of Virginia and Fordham Law School, and transitioned from a Manhattan law career to wine via a role with the wine group at Gilt Taste. Today, she spends nearly six months of her year on the road.
David Hinkle is the Chief French Officer for Skurnik Wines, one of the top importers and distributors of fine wine in the United States. David has been an expert on French wine for over 35 years, was the co-founder of importer and retailer North Berkeley Wine, and since 2015 has been leading the French program for Skurnik Wines. From the mid-1980s David has been traveling the backroads of France for 2-3 months a year, exploring the vineyards and cellars of the country’s unparalleled wine culture and heritage.
Anne Moreau, was born in the Gers département, southwestern France, the land of foie gras. Her father introduced her to the wines of Bordeaux at a very young age. After studying business in Bordeaux and Spain, and spent six months in Napa Valley at the Demptos Glass Company, before returning to France in 1992, she held various jobs in sales and management in Paris, and Spain. In 1994, she left the south behind and settled in Chablis, marrying Louis Moreau the following year.
She is now sales manager for the family estate on multiple markets, including Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia, India, USA, Brazil, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Spain, and Italy. Today, Domaine Louis Moreau produces and sells Petit Chablis, Chablis, Chablis Premier Cru, and Chablis Grand Cru, with a focus on achieving the highest possible quality while respecting the environment.
Anne Moreau is President of the Bourgogne Wine Board’s (BIVB) Communication Committee.
Steven McDonald, MS has been the wine director for Pappas Bros Steakhouse Houston Galleria since September of 2013 where he oversees a wine list of 4,000 selections and a 3 person sommelier team. He moved to Houston from New York City to work with Pappas Bros as a sommelier in 2011. Pappas Bros Steakhouse has won the Wine Spectator Grand Award every year since 2010.
Steven passed the Master Sommelier exam in 2018 to become one of only 269 people in the world to have passed this famously difficult exam. He has won the Periwinkle Iron Sommelier competition in 2014 and won the Service Person of the Year for Houston My Table in 2015. In addition, he has taught for various wine groups around Texas and New York and is a regular guest speaker at Oklahoma State University’s Wine Forum.
While working in New York he helped open the Michelin starred Ai Fiori with chef Michael White and was a wine buyer for the highly technological CLO wine bar in the Time Warner Center. He also spent time as an intern for another grand award list, Tribeca Grill.
Locally, Steven helped establish the Houston Sommelier Association in 2012. He is married to his lovely wife, Adria, who owns a baking company and has two beautiful young daughters, Gianna and Angelina.
A Note From Our Sponsor: The Bourgogne Wine Board (BIVB) is a non-profit association under the 1901 law. Built on the principle of each member having an equal voice, it defends and promotes the unique skills of the professions of winemaking, the négoce trade and vine growing, the heritage of a shared passion.
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