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Vinexpo and Wine Spectator Host “Global Connections,”
A Special Tasting on June 15 at Bordeaux 2015 Conference
Each Featured Winery Makes Wine Both in the U.S. and Abroad
Wine Spectator magazine, the premier media brand for the wine industry, and Vinexpo, which hosts the
world’s preeminent wine and spirits exhibitions, have partnered to sponsor a special sipping showcase on
Monday, June 15, at Vinexpo 2015, the five-day exhibition running June 14 to 18 in Bordeaux. Titled Global
Connections, the tasting will feature fine wines from the United States and around the world.
Taking place from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., the tasting will provide wine professionals the opportunity to explore the
interaction of global wine companies and local terroirs, with wines from six U.S. states and eight other
countries. The event is part of this year’s Vinexpo conference, themed Taste the Unexpected, which will be
celebrating the U.S. as its first-ever Country of Honor.
“Vinexpo’s recognition of the United States as its first-ever Country of Honor is very exciting, and it inspired
us to host this special tasting,” said Marvin R. Shanken, editor and publisher of Wine Spectator. “With the U.S.
being No. 1 in wine consumption, we also felt now was the opportune time to host this event. We look forward
to showcasing all these impressive, internationally driven wineries.”
“Global Connections perfectly reflects the importance of the U.S. as a producer, the strong link between
producing regions around the world and, last but certainly not least, what Vinexpo is all about—exploring the
horizons of planet wine and tasting the unexpected!” said Guillaume Deglise, CEO of Vinexpo.
A free, invitation-only tasting, Global Connections expects to draw 1,000 attendees. Its 29 participating
companies have long traditions and deep experience in making fine wine. Some are based outside the U.S.
and have invested in states such as California, Oregon, Washington and Virginia. Others are originally
American-born but have expanded to France, Italy, Argentina or South Africa. The featured wines will
showcase particular terroirs around the world, as well as the companies’ global visions.
The participating wine companies are:
· Accolade Wines
· Alejandro Bulgheroni Family Estates
· Banfi Vintners
· Beck Family Wineries
· Bodegas Torres
· Boisset Collection
· Concha y Toro
· Famille Perrin
· Forge Cellars / Château de Saint Cosme
· Freixenet Group
· Grupo Codorníu Raventós
· Huneeus Vintners
· Jackson Family Wines
· Louis Roederer
· Maison Joseph Drouhin
· Maison Louis Jadot
· Marchesi Antinori
· Paul Hobbs Wines
· Pernod Ricard
· Precept Wine (Sawtooth/Shingleback)
· Revana Wines
· Ste. Michelle Wine Estates
· Terlato Wines
· Treasury Wine Estates
· Viña Montes
· Zonin 1821
The Global Connections tasting was organized as the result of a new strategic partnership between Vinexpo and Wine Spectator. While Wine Spectator has long been present at Vinexpo, the recent agreement provides Wine Spectator a formal and more prominent presence in Bordeaux. As part of the agreement, Wine Spectator has also arranged for industry leaders to participate in a panel, titled Inside the U.S. Wine Market , which will take place at Vinexpo on Tuesday, June 16, from 10 a.m. to noon. In addition, Wine Spectator will partner in Vinexpo Asia-Pacific in Hong Kong and Vinexpo Nippon in Tokyo in 2016. Vinexpo Bordeaux 2015 expects to draw nearly 50,000 professional visitors and 2,400 exhibitors from 44 wineproducing countries.
About Wine Spectator
Wine Spectator is the world’s leading authority on wine. Anchored by Wine Spectator magazine, a print publication that reaches more than 3 million readers worldwide, the brand also encompasses the Web’s most comprehensive wine site, WineSpectator.com, as well as mobile platforms and a series of signature events. Wine Spectator examines the world of wine from the vineyard to the table and delivers expert reviews of more than 15,000 wines each year. The magazine also runs the Wine Spectator Scholarship Foundation, which has raised more than $20 million to support wine-and-food education and scholarship programs over the past 30 years. Marvin R. Shanken is the founder and chairman of parent company. M. Shanken Communications, Inc., whose roster also includes lifestyle publications Cigar Aficionado and Whisky Advocate and industry journals Shanken Impact Newsletter, Market Watch and Shanken News Daily.
Founded in 1981, Vinexpo has evolved into the world’s leading show for wine and spirits professionals and is a partner for the wine and spirits industry worldwide. Vinexpo is held in Bordeaux in odd-numbered years; since 2006, Vinexpo Asia-Pacific has taken place in Hong Kong in even-numbered years, and it has become the key exhibition of the industry in Asia. Before each exhibition, Vinexpo commissions studies on industry-specific issues and presents the findings in conferences around the world. Since 1999, it has produced a world market study with a five-year outlook, as well as a variety of trend reports. For more information, visit www.vinexpo.com.