This Geographical Digest educational webinar series, sponsored by The SOMM Journal, will take place monthly, starting in May of 2021 through April of 2022. This series was inspired by a desire to help wine professionals explore global wine regions despite ongoing travel limitations brought on by the pandemic. The sessions will feature deep-dives into wineries, vineyards, geography, and history of some of the world’s most important wine regions. Each session will include a random drawing for eight recipients of SommFoundation’s SommGeo, scholarship essay competitions for awards ranging from $400 -$1000 and a copy of the New Southeby’s Wine Encyclopedia to the top scorer.
The second session of this series is: “Aroma Therapy: The Lure of White Wine Scents-ability” on June 8th at 9am PST, co-hosted by Master Sommelier, Andrea Robinson, and Lars Leicht, VP of Education, The SOMM Journal. Science describes aromatics as organic compounds, a special type of hydrocarbon which produces polymers. Merriam-Webster defines aromatic as an adjective for a noticeable and pleasant smell. Wine experts call aromatics the foreplay of wine appreciation. Ethereal or heady, subtle or blunt, aromas often elude precise description yet conjure personal sentiments and unmistakable impressions. Our panel of wine producers will walk us through the factors and components behind the distinct aromatic profiles of their select white wines to help us “know it when we smell it.
Panelists will include representatives from seven global wineries & regions, including Weed Cellars, Ca Maiol, Cantina Mesa, Banfi, Vinho Verde, FIOL Prosecco, and Marques de Murrieta.
May 11th- Pinot Noir: Aspects from Delicacy to Durability – view the recorded session here
June 8th – Aroma Therapy: The Lure of White Wine Scents-ability
July 13th – Phenolics: Color, Tannins, and Taste
August 10th – Estate of Mind: Fruit from an Exceptional Source
September 14th – Balancing Act: Chardonnay at its Best
October 12th – Big Reds: Old World vs New World
November 9th – Southern Hemisphere: Location is Key, but Elevation can be Pivotal
December 14th – Iconic Grapes: Distinctive Regions
January -April TBD
SommGeo is a first-of-its-kind 3D experience developed by Greg Van Wagner. Born out of the concept that everything in the world of wine, beer, sake, and spirits originated from a physical place, SommGeo brings wine regions to life through its virtual tours of wineries and vineyards, offering the next best thing to visiting in person. Using its unique 3D platform, SommGeo allows participants to view an entire region or zoom in on a single vineyard, then delve into such details as climate, production techniques, soils, history, varietals, and bottlings. “SommGeo started as a way to help bring people closer to the wine they drink and to build a more modernized option for wine education. The platform took over three years to make and is continually evolving,” explained Van Wagner. “With all the great work the SommFoundation does for the wine community, I knew it’d be best as a benefit to donors.”
ABOUT The SOMM Journal
The SOMM Journal is written by and for wine and beverage industry professionals. Owned by Meridith May, Publisher/Editor-in-Chief, The SOMM Journal broadens both emerging and veteran industry professionals’ understanding of the business. Departments cover top restaurants’ wine and mixology programs; in-depth profiles of the world’s wine regions; industry trends and technology; and exploration of current issues that most concern sommeliers. The SOMM Journal is available digitally online and the print edition, which is free to trade, is distributed nationally.