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Defying Expectations: California Out of the Box

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Join the editors of Wine Enthusiast  for a conversation about innovation and emerging strategies in California wine country.





California has long been lauded for the legendary varieties that put it on the map, including Cabernet, Chardonnay and Zinfandel. But true to its intrepid traditions, the Golden State continues to push out beyond the classics, exploring new and exciting regions, varieties and techniques that showcase the diverse terroir and talent that make California wine so unique.

Why You Should Attend:
This panel will offer views from our California team on the emerging strategies the state is making as a whole towards winegrowing, products and winery experiences and how these new approaches are placing California at the head of innovation.

What Attendees Will Learn:
Attendees will gain insight into the most recent wine trends and new techniques coming out of California, focusing on winemaking as well as new winery experiences and products from our team of experts on the west coast.

Original Webinar Date/Time: Wednesday, June 9, 2021 @ 3PM EST

Duration: 45 minute panel with a 15 min Q&A session

Hosted By:

Susan Kostrzewa
Editor-in-Chief, Wine Enthusiast

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Reviews wines from Greece and Cyprus. Kostrzewa joined Wine Enthusiast as a senior editor in 2006 after 10 years in the travel, lifestyle, wine and food content realms in Northern California. In her tenure at the company, she has led a comprehensive rebrand of the legacy media group, including a complete redesign of the print magazine, website and expansion of the editorial and tastings teams on the West Coast, Europe and beyond. Kostrzewa was awarded Folio’s Changemaker of the Year award in 2018 for her successes in content attracting age- and gender-diverse audiences, and her efforts in mobilizing California wildfire relief support.


Virginie Boone
Contributing Editor, Napa/Sonoma, Wine Enthusiast

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Contributing Editor Virginie Boone has been with Wine Enthusiast since 2010, and reviews and reports on the wines of Napa and Sonoma for the magazine. Sonoma-based Boone began her writing career in 1997 with Lonely Planet travel guidebooks, contributing to titles on South America, Northern California, France and America’s Deep South. Travel assignments led her to California-focused wine coverage, including regular features for the New York Times regional newspaper Santa Rosa Press Democrat, for which Boone has been a contributing wine writer for several years. She is also the author of Napa Valley and Sonoma: Heart of California Wine Country, and a regular panelist and speaker on wine topics in California and beyond.

Jim Gordon
Contributing Editor; Mendocino, Central Valley, Sierra Foothills and California AVA, Wine Enthusiast

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Having Joined Wine Enthusiast in 2014, Jim Gordon reviews wines from California. Gordon was the editor of Wines & Vines for 12 years and is the former executive director of the Symposium for Professional Wine Writers in Napa Valley. He was editor in chief for two books, James Beard Award-finalist Opus Vino, and 1000 Great Everyday Wines. He is the former managing editor of Wine Spectator and former editor in chief of Wine Country Living magazine, for whom he helped create Wine Country Living TV with KNTV in San Francisco. He lives in Napa Valley where he writes, cooks, gardens and is an amateur winemaker.

Matt Kettmann
Contributing Editor; CA Central and South Coasts, Wine Enthusiast

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A fifth-generation Californian originally from San Jose, Kettmann is a senior editor for The Santa Barbara Independent, the weekly newspaper/daily website where he started his journalism career in 1999 after graduating from UC-Santa Barbara with an anthropology degree. He’s reported on wine and more for for the New York Times, Time Magazine and Wine Spectator, among other publications. He is the author of Vines & Visions: The Winemakers of Santa Barbara County, a 632-page profile of the region, and is currently updating the Southern California chapter for The Oxford Companion to Wine. Kettmann has made small batches of noncommercial wine almost every vintage since 2012, and lives in the Santa Barbara suburbs with his Bordeaux-born wife and their two kids, where they grow one vine of Zinfandel, originally from Santa Cruz Island.

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