“LatinX State of the Wine Industry” 2nd Annual Summit Announces Event Schedule and Location for December 1st Event in Napa Valley 

Napa, Calif. – November 21, 2022 – Hispanics in Wine, in collaboration with Uncorked and Cultured and  The Big Sip, is proud to announce the full schedule of events of their second annual “LatinX State of the Wine Industry” Summit, taking place on December 1, 2022 at RD Winery in Napa, California.

Presented in a hybrid format, with both in-person and virtual participation, this immersive one-day, all-inclusive industry summit serves as an educational vehicle to share the impact of the Hispanic and LatinX contributions to the wine industry. This years’ theme, “Somos Visibles: Unheard Voices en Vino,” will focus on celebrating the diversity, perseverance, and legacy-building resilience of these communities, the backbone of America’s wine industry.

The event will begin at 10am PT and will offer engaging discussions, on-site activations and wine tasting opportunities for wine professionals, consumers, and wine enthusiasts. There will be a series of panels moderated by Gabriela Fernandez, covering the state of the wine industry through the lens of the LatinX/Hispanic wine community, breakout networking sessions, and an immersive walk-around tasting called La Gran Cata. Through professional development panels and a tasting finale celebration, the Latinx Wine Summit invites ALL – Hispanic/LatinX individuals and allies – wine professionals, industry leaders, students, and enthusiasts to participate in cultural exchange and community-building opportunities.

Event sponsors include renowned wine companies and wineries such as Kendall-Jackson, Murphy-Goode, Matanzas Creek Winery, Siduri, Cambria, La Crema, Duckhorn Portfolio, Conundrum Wines, RD Winery, Taub Family Selections, Colangelo & Partners, and New Frontier Wine Company; regional and winery associations Napa Valley Vintners (NVV) and Mexican American Vintners Association (MAVA); and food companies, Graze Provisions, Southside Catering and Kvaroy Salmon, as well as financial institution Silicon Valley Bank.

The summit’s supporting community partners are The Roots Fund, The Hue Society, Lift Collective, Batonnage Forum, Carneros Wine Alliance, Co-Fermented, Trois Noix, Ridge Vineyards, Triennes, Turley Wine Cellars, Napa County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, A Balanced Glass, and The Botanical Bus. 

Participating wineries at La Gran Cata walk-around tasting experience can be found in the LatinX Wine Summit’s La Gran Cata Marketplace page HERE.

The complete schedule of events will be as follows:

  • 8:30am – 10:00am: Registration 
  • 10:00am: Welcome/Opening
  • 10:15am – 11:00: Panel 1 – “Building Your Legacy in Wine”
    • Speakers:
      • Arnulfo Solorio, NVFF/Solorio Farming
      • Daniela Bazan, Bazan Vineyard Management
      • Cristina Gonzales, Gonzales Wine Company
  • 11:00am – 11:15am: Transition Break
  • 11:15am – 12:00pm: Panel 2 – “Pandemic Perseverance and Deep-Rooted Payoffs”
    • Speakers: 
      • Miriam Puentes & Lola Llamas, Las Amigas Cuvee
      • Armando Tam, Comidazo, It’s A Vibe Cookbook
      • Nancy Ulloa, Ulloa Wines
  • 12:00pm – 1:00pm: Networking & Luncheon hosted by RD Winery and Southside Catering
  • 1:00pm – 1:15pm: Transition Break
  • 1:15pm – 1:45pm: Panel 3 – “Allyship “
    • Speakers: 
      • Ikimi Dubose, The Roots Fund
      • Dale Stratton, Wine Market Council
      • Rebecca Hopkins, A Balanced Glass
  • 1:45pm – 2:00pm: Transition Break 
  • 2:00pm – 2:45pm: Keynote Speaker, April Yap-Hennig from Dobbes Family Estates and Q&A
  • 2:45pm – 3:00pm: Closing
  • 3:00pm – 5:30pm: La Gran Cata – Walk-around Tasting Experience

Registration to the event can be found HERE, with a ticket cost of $165 per individual; for those who wish to attend the virtual experience, tickets can be found HERE, with a cost of $25. A portion of the ticket sales from the event will be donated to the newly registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit, Hispanics in Wine, to fund upcoming 2023 programming focused on supporting the Hispanic & LatinX wine community.

For updates on the LatinX State of the Wine Industry summit, including future sponsorship opportunities, seminars, panelists, and more, be sure to follow @HispanicsinWine, @UncorkedandCultured, and @TheBigSipSeries Instagram pages, as well as the summit’s official page @LatinXWineSummit, and website www.latinxwinesummit.com

About Hispanics in Wine

Founded by Lydia Richards and Maria Calvert, Hispanics in Wine™ is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to amplifying Hispanic / Latinx roots in the beverage and hospitality industries. Rooted in community and representation, its mission is to provide educational and career-advancement opportunities to the ever-growing Hispanic and LatinX community of beverage professionals in the United States and worldwide. From a comprehensive directory of wine professionals and strategic partnerships to an industry LatinX wine summit, scholarship opportunities, and more, Hispanics in Wine aims to connect, amplify, and support the ever-growing Hispanic and Latinx community, including wine entrepreneurs, producers, sommeliers, retailers, restaurants, vineyard stewards, and consumers.

About Uncorked & Cultured

Uncorked & Cultured™ is a community-driven media platform and digital publication connecting Black and Brown communities across the diaspora through wine, wellness, culture, and adventure. We create original content amplifying entrepreneurs, we facilitate global culture + wellness adventures, and we advocate for diversity in wine by strategically connecting consumers with brands that share the same ideals.

About Gabriela Fernandez

“The Big Sip” is an audio-podcasting series hosted by Wine Down Media’s on-air personality and radio influencer, Gabriela Fernandez. The series provides insight on “sip” that matters, by highlighting and amplifying black and brown trailblazers breaking barriers in the food, wine, arts, tech, and health  industries. Each show provides listeners with an opportunity to learn about diverse leaders, trailblazers, and risk-takers pioneering a more equitable and inclusive world by centering a wine-full and mindful conversation around their experiences, challenges, achievements, and efforts to address the lack of diversity and inclusion throughout industries that have historically and systemically capitalized on their labor without equal representation.

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