Clarksburg CA (October 29, 2013) -- Authorities on growing, producing and marketing Chenin Blanc and Petite Sirah are scheduled for the first annual conference November 14-15 at the Old Sugar Mill in Clarksburg. The first presentation Thursday morning features Sara Schneider, wine editor of Sunset, Wine Opinions research director Christian Miller and Paul Mabray, chief strategy officer of Vintank and social media expert.
A special presentation to Gerald Asher, wine columnist and author who famously said about Clarksburg Chenin Blanc, "the right grape in the right place," will be made by Darrell Corti of Sacramento's Corti Brothers Market, and San Francisco Chronicle wine editor Jon Bonne. A Consumer Tasting of a wide range of Chenin Blanc and Petite Sirah wines will be held at the Old Sugar Mill from 6:00-9:00 p.m. Thursday for $35; the conference fee is $395. To register for the conference and buy tickets for the tasting, www.cheninpetiteconference.com.
Other featured speakers include Roger Boulton, Ph.D. Professor of Enology at U.C. Davis; Tim Hanni, MW, palatal preference expert and author of "Why You Like the Wines You Like" (Amazon 2013), and moderator Rick Kushman, NY Times best-selling author and the wine commentator for Capital Public Radio, Sacramento’s NPR station.