Speaking Engagements

MARCH 2018

THE WORLD OF PINOT NOIR –  Santa Barbara, California.  March 2-3.  The annual World of Pinot Noir event gathers the foremost pinot noir wineries and winemakers, renowned chefs, sommeliers and leading wine scholars in a weekend-long seaside celebration of this delicious and storied wine.  Chris Meadows will be participating again at this informative event that he always looks forward to attending.  For more information visit:  http://www.worldofpinotnoir.com/

APRIL 2018


Allen and Erica will be returning to Shanghai and Hong Kong for a series of extraordinary events organized and hosted by The Fine Wine Experience.  We have had the honor of working with TFWE for a number of years now, and 2018 marks our exclusive arrangement solely with this incomparable company.  We value the attention to detail, planning and organization that they put into each event to ensure the best possible experience for the participants.

For full details, the list of wines to be served at each event, registration information and more, please visit The Fine Wine Experience’s website:  http://www.finewineexperience.com/event/burghound-symposium/2018/2018-burghound-symposium-shanghai-1993-burgundy-25/

IT IS IMPORTANT TO NOTE:  When we come to Asia, while we appreciate the generous private invitations that come our way, we are flying in just for these events and returning promptly to the US.  So we really hope to see you at one of the events listed below as that is the only time we can catch up with subscribers and wine enthusiasts.  THESE EVENTS SELL OUT QUICKLY, so be sure to contact TFWE directly at sales@finewineexperience.com with any questions.


Friday, 13 April – Shanghai
1993 Burgundy Dinner Event – 25 Years On:  This is a rare opportunity to assess the top-tier wines of 1993.  Thirteen top wines will be enjoyed while Allen provides the context for each wine, the vintage, the producers – and the history of what was happening a generation ago when these wines were crafted.

Saturday, 14 April – Shanghai
Masterclass – The Premier Crus of Vosne-Romanée:  Allen will cover the qualities and expressions of 11 different premier cru vineyards.  All of the wines are from 2011, so we will not be distracted by vintages differences, and the wines have been carefully selected to show each vineyard at its best.

Saturday, 14 April – Shanghai
Evening Gala Dinner (by invitation only) – The Fine Wine Experience has been organizing a remarkable gala dinner each year in Hong Kong and this year will introduce the concept on an intimate scale in Shanghai.  Allen and I enjoy the informal nature of this dinner and look forward to toasting with a glass of burgundy with participants in person.

Monday, 16 April – Shanghai
Coche-Dury 2002 and 2007 Dinner Event:  Domaine Coche-Dury has produced some of the most pure, intense and distinctive fine wines in the world.  The wines are highly coveted so this is a very rare opportunity to compare several wines from two different vintages.


Thursday, 19 April – Hong Kong
Clos de la Roche vs. Clos St. Denis Dinner Event:  These two grands crus are neighbors in Morey-St.-Denis yet are each is highly distinctive and this event provides the opportunity to discover the differences between these two great vineyards.  Allen will guide the participants through each of 14 samples with head-to-head comparisons for vineyard, producer and vintage.

Friday, 20 April – Hong Kong
Domaine Perrot-Minot Dinner with special guests Christophe Perrot-Minot and Marit Lindal:  This exceptional evening provides participants the chance to hear from both Christophe Perrot-Minot and Allen as they take you through 12 remarkable wines, representing a variety of vintages, and three famous terroirs – the two grands crus Mazoyères-Chambertin and Charmes-Chambertin, and the exceptional Chambolle-Musigny 1er, “La Combe d’Orveau” Cuvée Ultra.

Saturday, 21 April – Hong Kong
Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru “Clos St. Jacques” Masterclass:  Often considered for an upgrade in the Burgundian hierarchy, this extraordinary wine is the highlight of this masterclass.  Allen will guide you as you taste each of the five domaines producing “Clos St. Jacques”, side by side in two vintages – 2011 and 2008.

Saturday, 21 April – Hong Kong
Domaine Amiot-Servelle Chambolle-Musigny Premier Crus Masterclass with special guests Prune and Antoine Amiot-Servelle:  This masterclass will help participants understand why Chambolle-Musigny is known for producing wines that have finesse, delicacy, charm and subtlety.  Allen, Prune and Antoine will take a close look at four exceptional vineyards, including the famous “Les Amoureuses” (also, “Les Fuées”, “Les Charmes” and “Derrière la Grange”).  Contrasting two vintages, 2013 and 2015, will provide the chance to really hone in on the similarities and differences of these four terroirs.

Saturday, 21 April – Hong Kong
The Fine Wine Experience Burghound Symposium Gala Dinner:  This Paulée style dinner has become the centerpiece of the Symposium – and an extremely memorable event.  While a charity event is always an important component of this dinner, this year, the Fine Wine Experience is buying your dinner.  In lieu of paying for a ticket, they ask each participant to donate wine which will be auctioned with 100% of the proceeds going to this year’s charity:  New Life, a mental health specialist.  Their goal is to raise HK$1.5 million in support of “Mindful Parents, Happy Kids” – a program to train 40 local Mindful Parenting facilitators to provide 20 workshops and 60 courses to an estimated 800 parents over two years.  It’s a bold target that will make a real impact in the Hong Kong community.  This BYO Burgundy event is festive and always one of Erica and Allen’s favorite annual events as they get the chance to meet so many Burgundy enthusiasts and subscribers (from well beyond the borders of Asia) in a festive and informal setting, while sharing a glass (or many) of exceptional Burgundy.

Note:  There is no summer symposium this year in Burgundy

JULY 2018

THE INTERNATIONAL PINOT NOIR CELEBRATION (IPNC) –  McMinnville, Oregon.  July 27-29.  Now in its 32nd year, the International Pinot Noir Celebration is held the last full weekend of July in McMinnville, Oregon.  The event offers pinot noir consumers and industry members the chance to enjoy an unparalleled selection of pinot noir from around the world via a full schedule of seminars, walk-around tastings, winery tours, and unforgettable meals prepared by top Northwest chefs.  With the exception of a vineyard and winery tour, the IPNC is held on the beautiful and historic Linfield College campus.  McMinnville is an easy hour drive southwest of Portland in the heart of Oregon wine country.  The IPNC offers three ticket options for guests to choose from: The Full Weekend (Friday-Sunday), Salmon Bake (Saturday evening), and the Passport to Pinot (Sunday afternoon).  For more information visit:  https://www.ipnc.org/


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