Grab a glass and pull up a comfy chair for the We Dig Wine stage, where you can watch conversations between personalities from the wine and food world and the growers and makers of their favourite tipple. It’s a great way to take a deep dive into a specific wine and the world it came from, with speakers including an award-winning sommelier, a journalist and author, culinary explorer and travel blogger, magazine editors and directors, and even a podcaster! Find out more below and pick up a ticket to stream on demand.
|Sunday, December 5, 2021
|12:30 PM - 12:35 PM
Opening the We Dig Wine stage is Howie Kahn - an award winning journalist and contributing editor for WSJ, a New York Times best-selling author, and the founder of podcast production company FreeTime Media.
|12:30 PM - 1:00 PM
Culinary explorer and travel blogger Jackie Gebel, otherwise known as @noleftovers, has made it her mission to form connections through a culinary and creative lens. Tune in as she chats to one of her favourite wine producers - Saša Radikon of Radikon winery, which sits on a 12 hectare estate on the Slovenian border of Italy and is truly unique.
|2:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Join Pascaline Lepeltier MOF as she chats to Matt Taylor about the wines he grows and makes five miles inland from the Pacific Ocean. Pascaline is an award-winning sommelier and highly articulate advocate of all things natural wine, while Matt farms with organic and biodynamic practices in western Sonoma, focusing on Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines. Not to be missed!
|3:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Enjoy a chat between Emily Saladino and Cyprien Arlaud of Domaine Arlaud. Emily is the managing digital editor of Wine Enthusiast, previously editor-in-chief of VinePair, contributor for Bloomberg, BBC, Bon Appetit, New York Magazine and more, with a background in recipe testing, bartending, line cooking and Google! We can’t wait to hear her tasting notes.
|4:15 PM - 4:45 PM
Tune in for a conversation between Kat Craddock, editorial director of SAVEUR, and Tessa Laroche of Domaine aux Moines. Kat is a New York based writer, recipe developer and editor with seventeen years of experience in food and food media, while Tessa and her mother Monique own a beautiful property and rare Grand Cru terroir: La Roche aux Moines, on the Loire river's shores.
|4:45 PM - 4:50 PM
See you tomorrow
Award-winning journalist and author Howie Kahn will be back to wrap up and reflect on We Dig Wine’s first day of talks!
|Monday, December 6, 2021
|12:30 PM - 12:35 PM
We’ll be kicking off another day of conversations between wine and food personalities and the producers of their favourite wines with a talk by Howie Kahn.
|12:30 PM - 1:00 PM
Monday’s first conversation on the We Dig Wine stage is between Oset Babür-Winter, associate culture editor at Food & Wine Magazine, and Mimi Casteel, wine grower and maker at Hope Well in Bethel Heights, Oregon. Hope Well’s mission is to make the most nutrient-dense food and wine, while recovering the natural systems that produce them.
|2:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Sit down with Sam Benrubi, wine journalist and podcaster for The Grape Nation, and Benoit Marguet, one of Champagne's artisan heroes of Champagne Marguet, for a conversation not to be missed. Benoit farms biodynamically, uses aromatherapy and has worked extensively with Claude and Lydia Bourguignon - check out Stories From The Field South Africa to hear them speak too!
|3:15 PM - 3:45 PM
Todd White, founder of Dry Farm Wines, chats to Laura Salerno, grower and maker of Casa di Baal. After a career in media, Laura now works with her sister Francesca to preserve and bring forward the teachings and values of her parents in the running of the farm. We can’t wait to hear their insights.
|4:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Join a conversation between Elle Rodriguez and one of her favourite producers - Megan Bell of Margins Wine. Elle is a blogger at The Modern Pour, posting about wine, coffee and drinks. Margins Wine is a small winemaking project of Megan Bell, a winemaker living and working in the Santa Cruz Mountains, producing low-intervention wines using grapes from underrepresented regions, vineyards, and varietals.
|4:45 PM - 5:15 PM
Sit down with Emily Fedner, cook, host and author (otherwise known as @foodloversdiary), and Cameron Porter of Amplify Wines. Cameron’s passion for wine began when he was 18, seeing the positive cultural impact wine was having on his hometown of Santa Maria Valley. Now, he runs his own winery in the valley with wife Marlen. We can’t wait to hear Emily and Cameron share their insights.
|5:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Enjoy a conversation between Talia Baiocchi, Founder and Editor in Chief of PUNCH, and one of her favourite producers - Alejandro Muchada of Muchada-Léclapart. Alejandro teamed up with pioneer Champagne grower-producer David Léclapart, and together they farm 3 hectares of old Palomino and Muscat vineyards using biodynamics, and produce wines of simplicity, elegance and purity.
|6:00 PM - 6:05 PM
Thank you & Farewell
And that’s a wrap! Award-winning journalist and author Howie Kahn will end with a reflection on the festival’s We Dig Wine talks.
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