Vinexpo New York – Conference highlights for March program

Wine Intelligence and Women of the Vine & Spirits Present: 
The Truth Behind Gender and Global Wine Consumption

In this intriguing session slated for Tuesday, March 5, Lulie Halstead, CEO of Wine Intelligence will discuss new insight that examines, for the first time, the truths and myths underlying how men and women approach and interact with the wine category, based on the recently published report “Wine Consumption and Gender: Do Women and Men Approach Wine Differently?” Halstead will reveal the evidence behind the research findings and provide an answer to many commonly heard hypotheses.

Emerging Technologies in the Wine & Spirits Industry

Erica Duecy, editor in chief of online alcohol industry magazine SevenFifty Daily, will moderate a session on emerging technology with panelists Aaron Sherman, CEO of SevenFifty, the online marketplace and communications platform that owns SevenFifty Daily; Cheryl Durzy, founder and CEO of online platform Liberation Distribution (LibDib); Maison Noir Wines owner/winemaker, sommelier and social media power player André Mack; and Kelley Rochna, VP marketing and innovation of wine importer and distributor Vine Connections.
Also on the Vinexpo New York conference line-up are a session on global climate change, two Wine Spectator sessions addressing wine market trends and the role of imports in the U.S. wine market, and an introduction to craft spirits by Whisky Advocate.

Tasting events will give Vinexpo New York attendees plenty of opportunities to sample exceptional wines and spirits from around the world.  Among them:

In a special partnership with Vinexpo, Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET), the world’s leading provider of wine and spirits qualifications, will provide educational content throughout the show, including tasting sessions delivered by WSET-certified industry experts. WSET will also share details of its new WSET Diploma in Wines qualification program, which will launch in August 2019. Aspiring diploma candidates will be invited to attend the first in a series of information seminars on the program. To view the schedule of WSET sessions, visit

On Monday, March 4, Renaissance des Appellations will showcase the Biodynamic® wines of 62 of its members, all dedicated to producing wine of “high quality, with great originality” that fully express their terroir. The exhibit and tastings will be located in the exhibit hall.

Also new is the Wine Spectator 90+ Club Tasting Bar – a perfect opportunity to sample and learn– which will single out wines by Vinexpo New York exhibitors that have been rated 90+ points (“outstanding” on the 100-point scale) by the prestigious wine magazine.

Bernard Magrez, owner of four Grands Crus Classés and more than 40 châteaux around the world, returns to Vinexpo New York in 2019 with a new acquisition: Château Le Sartre, which recently merged with Magrez’ Château Pape Clément. Also new for Bernard Magrez is a large-scale expansion to its Research and Development department that will focus on more efficient viticultural techniques and sustainability while maintaining respect for terroir and tradition. At Vinexpo New York, Magrez will introduce its new Bleu de Mer Sparkling, both white and rosé, and will show several Classified Growths Wines—Château Pape Clément, Château La Tour Carnet, Château Fombrauge and Château Haut-Peyraguey—and a selection of regional wines such as Bleu de Mer and Château Les Muraires.

Located in Spain’s Sonsierra winemaking region, Bodega Sonsierra will return to Vinexpo New York after a successful 2018 show. The cooperative, which has operated since 1962, has begun construction of a new, small winery in Rioja that will produce high-end wines from single vineyards. Vinexpo attendees will have a special opportunity to sample the new Viñedos Singulares from Rioja, which is not yet ready for the market, as well as Sonsierra Wines.

Champagne Cuillier will exhibit at Vinexpo New York as it seeks to expand into U.S. markets beyond New York City. Located in the ‘Massif de St Thierry,’ close to Reims, France, the fifth-generation winemaker makes a great effort in its vineyards to be pesticide free and recently planted trees to introduce a greater variety of insect and animal species, enlivening the soil and vines. Champagne Cuillier has also just introduced a new high-end clothing line. The winemaker plans to present its own champagnes at Vinexpo as well as those by Champagne De Sloovere-Pienne and Gaius Provence.

LGI Wines will present its core blends at Vinexpo, as well as international brands not yet available in the U.S. Based in the south of France, the company specializes in private and control labels, working with a network of growers, caves, cooperatives and large estates. A team of five winemakers is responsible for selecting and vinifying the juice that goes into LGI blends. They then customize the blends to each market and customer specifications and work with the design studio to select packaging from LGI’s existing portfolio or create new custom packaging.