Viewing Wines Through The Lens of Diversity (BLIND TASTE) Tuesday, June 25, 2019, 4:15 PM - 5:30 PM This seminar is a celebration of diversity within the wine community and the stories of the diverse winemakers that shape the wine in their bottles. We will discuss notable and lesser known wines in which diversity has played a role to their uniqueness. Topics ranging from Michel Chapoutier braille wine labels to Kumusha wine made from a Zimbabwean winemaker will be presented. It’s hard to believe that there are countries that do not have access to typical fruits and vegetables you often smell and taste the flavors of when encountering wine. In these instances wine makers may make wine catered to the tastes of their regions and describe their wine in relation to regional and local items that are relatable. We will taste and smell some of these atypical produce followed by a blind tasting of wines that highlight newly introduced descriptors. Recent research and reports have shown that diversity translates into dollars. As an importer, wine director or educator it is important to understand this concept. We will give a detailed overview of how and why diversity within the wine community should be at the forefront of our minds.