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Geographical Digest Continues Bringing the World of Wine to Oenophiles

Following last month's debut, the global wine tasting series journeys through the west's iconic wine regions with its "Domestic Bliss" webinar this October
by Press Release - The SOMM Journal
October 07, 2020

October 6, 2020 (Los Angeles, Calif.) – Following a successful debut in September, The SOMM Journal has announced the second installment of its Geographical Digest Wine Education Webinar Series. “Domestic Bliss – The West Coast: California, Oregon and Washington,” scheduled for virtual broadcast on October 22, 2020. Held in partnership with National Geographic Books and its soon-to-be-released New Sotheby’s Wine Encyclopedia, “Domestic Bliss” is part of Geographical Digest’s objective to bring leading winemakers of the world together to educate professionals and enthusiasts of all levels about the world of wine. 

The second webinar in the series, “Domestic Bliss – The West Coast: California, Oregon and Washington” will allow viewers the opportunity to journey through the West Coast’s premiere wine destinations to understand the influence the Pacific Ocean plays on these areas. Moderated by Lars Leicht, VP of Education for The SOMM Journal and The Tasting Panel Magazine, “Domestic Bliss” will feature eight influential winemakers – spanning from Paso Robles, CA to the Columbia Valley, WA – who will delve into the nuances of these regions and discuss how the terroir is reflected in their wines. 

“Though the West Coast shares a coastline along the Pacific Ocean, there is a diversity of flavor and style that come from different wine regions in the West,” said The Somm Journal Publisher/Editor-in-Chief, Meridith May. “By bringing winemakers together from California, Oregon and Washington to discuss these places and show off their wines, I have no doubts attendees will enjoy discovering what makes these wine growing regions, known as some of the leading AVAs in the United States, so very compelling.”

“It was Thomas Jefferson who said, ‘we could, in the United States, make as great a variety of wines as are made in Europe,’ and it’s clear our nation’s founding fathers had wine on their minds for the grand scheme of the United States of America,” said Leicht. “While wine is now produced in all 50 states, 95% of U.S. wine comes from California, Washington and Oregon. There’s no denying the significance of the West Coast in defining our nation’s wine industry, and we’re thrilled to bring some of the West’s best wineries together for this educational experience.”

Participating wineries in “Domestic Bliss” include: Wente Vineyards from Livermore, CA, known as the longest continuously family-owned and operated winery in the United States, highlighting their Wetmore Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon; the boutique Brecon Estate, nestled in the picturesque Adelaida District of Paso Robles, CA, with their 2018 Reserve Cabernet Franc; the iconic Sonoma County winery, Chalk Hill, showcasing their 2017 Estate Chardonnay; Round Pond Estate, located in the Rutherford AVA of Napa, featuring their Louis Bovet 2017 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon; the Russian River Valley’s Merry Edwards, highlighting the 2017 Meredith Estate Pinot Noir; the Willamette Valley’s Youngberg Hill, showcasing the 2015 Jordan Pinot Noir; Résonance of the Yamhill Carlton AVA in Oregon – known as Maison Louis Jadot’s first wine project outside of Burgundy – with their Résonance Vineyard Pinot Noir; and Washington’s Mullen Road Cellars, founded by industry veteran Dennis Cakebread, featuring the 2016 Columbia Valley Red Wine. 

Future presentations include: November 19: Pure Expression: finding Balance Between Vineyard and Winery; December 16: The Southern Hemisphere - From Down Under to the Top of the Andes; January 21: An Exploration of Renowned Single Vineyards; February 18: Technique or Terroir - Is It Production or Nature That Make These Wines Great?; March 18: Italy - North to South; April 22: Luxury from Remarkable Sites; May 20: A World of Bordeaux Blends; and June 24: Western Europe.

Live virtual tastings will be held at 9AM PST, 12PM EST, and 6PM Central Europe on the respective dates, at no cost, and are available to be viewed live via SommCon or on-demand at the convenience of the audience. Enthusiasts can register for live or on demand sessions and purchase wines in advance at

Wines for each of the tastings are available through BottleTribe, an e-commerce wine retailer with distribution access across the country. The launch of the highly anticipated New Sotheby’s Wine Encyclopedia by National Geographic Books, available for purchase October 27, was the catalyst for the innovative approach to wine education. 



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