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MONDAY, JUNE 20, 2016

Morning Session: 10:30 A.M. – Noon
Lunch: Noon – 1:00 P.M.
Afternoon Session: 1:00 P.M. – 2:30 P.M.

2501 Oak Street
Napa, CA 94559

The Napa Valley Wine Academy will host the next “Digging In: Unique Terroir and Its Effect on Wine Styles” event—an ongoing terroir-focused panel discussion series produced by The SOMM Journal exclusively for members of the wine buying trade.

Moderator Peter Marks, Mater of Wine, will lead a discussion about the effects of terroir on wine styles as we meet a panel of global wine producers and taste through their wines during a morning and afternoon session.

Conversations will dive deep into the terroirs of five (5) wines in the morning session and another five (5) wines in the afternoon session. Several wines will also be tasted during lunch.


This seminar is offered free to members of the wine-buying trade only. If you are a buyer or have the power to influence buying at your on- or off-premise place of employment as a wine buyer, general manager, front of house captain, bartender, sommelier—or any other role that involves purchasing decisions—you are welcome to attend.


Please email Jonathan Cristaldi: [email protected] and include your place of employment, full name and title.

And be sure to check out The SOMM Journal article that recaps the Digging In Seminar moderated by Eric Hemer, Master of Wine and Master Sommelier from SommCon 2015.


Peter Marks MWPeter Marks, MW

Master of Wine, WSET-Certified, Instructor, Member of the Board of Advisers

Peter Marks, Vice President of Education for Constellation Brands, is responsible for all wine education programs at Constellation and manages the wine education team – Constellation Academy of Wine.

Marks is one of only 32 Masters of Wine residing in America. He received his MW in 1995, and in that year he also became the first American to receive the Madame Bollinger Foundation Award, which is bestowed annually to the MW candidate with the highest blind tasting score.

Before joining CWUS, Marks was the Senior Vice President of Wine at Copia:  He has also held positions with wine.com and Draeger’s Supermarkets located in Northern California.

Marks graduated from the University of California at Davis in 1976 with a B.S. degree with highest honors in Food Service Management. He held positions as a chef and manager with restaurants upon graduation until he entered the retail wine trade in 1981.

Marks is a member of the Society of Wine Educators, and he teaches wine classes independently.  He is the Education Coordinator for the Institute of Masters of Wine tasting exam in the United States, is on the Wine Education Committee of the Napa Valley Vintners, judges at many international wine competitions and he also assists with many charitable fundraisers throughout the year.

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