Master of Wine, Liz Thach, to Speak at Harvard on Wine & Chocolate Connection
There are many similarities between chocolate and wine. They are both agriculture products, and are grown in special locations around the world. While the wine industry has identified distinct growing areas as legalized appellations, the fine cacao industry is just beginning to examine this concept. It is for this reason that Dr. Liz Thach, Master of Wine and Distinguished Professor of Wine at Sonoma State University in California, has been invited to speak on a panel at The Chocolate Conservatory Conference at Harvard University on Oct. 11 and 12, 2018.
The conference is being organized by Dr. Carla D. Martin, Founder and Executive Director of the Fine Cacao and Chocolate Institute (FCCI) and a Lecturer at Harvard University. The Institute is a nonprofit organization devoted to identifying, developing, and promoting fine cacao and chocolate.
“Chocolate professionals have long looked to coffee as a model for developing a specialty market where price premiums are linked to perceived quality,” explains Dr. Martin. “Despite making many analogies to luxury beverages like wine, the chocolate industry has not yet fully engaged with the possibilities of alternative models. Dr. Liz Thach's significant expertise on the development of denominations of origin and luxury branding in wine will inform discussions on these emerging topics in specialty cacao and chocolate.”