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Andrew Jefford Drinking with the Valkyries Webinar Hero

Drinking with the Valkyries with Andrew Jefford

Monday September 19, 2022 at 12 PM Pacific

Hosted by Catherine Bugue

Andrew Jefford discovered wine as a teenager in the UK, mainly by fermenting his own concoctions of carrots, apples, nettles, elderflowers and grape-juice concentrate. Thankfully he soon discovered his true genius as a wine writer, and has enjoyed a remarkable career as a poet, philosopher, author, radio presenter and journalist.

Described as ‘the most thoughtful person we have writing about wine’ by winemaker Randall Grahm, Jefford has written for Decanter magazine since 1988. His books include The New France (2002), Andrew Jefford’s Wine Course (2016) and Whisky Island (2019), a book about the Hebridean island of Islay. He has also published poems in The Spectator and The Independent.

In this special webinar, host Catherine Bugue will speak to Jefford about his latest book, Drinking with the Valkyries – a collection of his essays, opinions and articles gleaned from his fascinating observations from half a century of discovery.

Jefford acts as co-chair for the Decanter World Wine Awards, an academic advisor to The Wine Scholar Guild, and has won numerous awards including eight Louis Roederer Awards and eight Glenfiddich Awards. In 2016, he was named International Wine Columnist of the Year.

Jefford resides with his family in Languedoc-Roussillon, where he enjoys music and walking (he no longer makes his own wine.)

Copies are available for sale here. Order by September 21st, 2022 and receive a complimentary signed book plate.

Join us Monday, September 19 at 12 PM Pacific.

Drinking with the Valkyries with Andrew Jefford, September 19, 2022 at 12 PM

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  • Andrew Jefford is, in the words of winemaker Randall Grahm, ‘the most thoughtful person we have writing about wine’. Discover why in this selection from Jefford’s work, celebrating the limitless beauty of wine difference. This book anatomizes the pleasure that awaits every drinker while simultaneously furnishing a philosophy of wine – one founded on astonishment, and drawing on personal discovery rather than hierarchy and mastery. There is no other wine writing like this. Add it to your registration for $35 plus shipping. Check below, register and then finalize your purchase in the cart.
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