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Wine Business Monthly Announces IQ Connect, a Celebration of Innovation

by Press Release
February 13, 2018

NAPA, CA – Wine Business Monthly is excited to announce the launch of IQ CONNECT, an opening night soiree for the lauded Innovation + Quality (IQ) event, the only forum for ultra-premium wineries focused on innovations that advance wine quality. From the producer of Bottle Bash at the Unified Wine & Grape Symposium, this event celebrates the leading innovators in ultra-premium winemaking.

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In 2018, IQ will transition to an immersive, two-day forum providing informative, educational sessions, top-end trials tastings and a greater focus on unparalleled networking opportunities. IQ CONNECT is the perfect chance to meet peers new and old, all while discovering new wines from trailblazing winemakers.

Held in the newly renovated Mansion Gardens at the Silverado Resort & Spa in Napa Valley, IQ CONNECT is an evening wine and food reception featuring wineries and winemakers known for their devotion and dedication to innovation. On the evening of May 23, join hundreds as they taste through some of the wine world’s most cutting-edge creations in a relaxed environment.

IQ CONNECT will feature select “bars,” pouring wines from distinct winemakers, wineries and award winners.

  • Marchesi Antinori: Chief executive and chief winemaker for Marchesi Antinori, Renzo Cotarella, will be on hand to pour Antica Chardonnay and Guado al Tasso Vermentino, following his keynote presentation and tasting earlier in the day.
  • Ridge Vineyards: Paul Draper, widely recognized as a leader in the wine industry, pioneered and popularized vineyard designated wines and has led a movement to protect and promote Californian old vine Zinfandel.
  • IQ Advisory Board Wines: Have you ever wanted to try some of the wines produced by IQ’s outstanding board of expert winemakers? This is your chance, as several will be pouring—and discussing methods.
  • Green Medal Award Winners: The California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance will recognize the recipients of the Green Medal Awards, vineyards and wineries who are leaders in implementing the 3 E's of sustainability (environment, economic and social equity), at Innovation + Quality.

Proceeds from IQ CONNECT will be donated to the American Society of Enology and Viticulture to fund a grant for enterprising smoke taint researchers discovering how it affects a final wine, removal methods and more.

Tickets to IQ Connect are $150 and will be made available in March. Admittance is included with an Innovation + Quality 2018 “Session Pass.” For more information, visit or call 707-940-4749.

About Innovation + Quality

Innovation + Quality (IQ) 2018 is the fourth annual forum for ultra-premium wineries focused on cutting-edge innovations that advance wine quality. This two-day event takes place May 23 & 24, 2018 at Silverado Resort & Spa in Napa Valley.

This event is produced by Wine Business Monthly, the leading print publication for the wine industry, in partnership with Napa Valley Vintners and the Napa County Farm Bureau.

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