Geographical Digest: Global Online Wine Tasting Series (VIRTUAL WINE TASTING)


The SOMM Journal & NatGeo Books Launch Global Wine Tasting Series, Geographical Digest

The SOMM Journal launches a first-of-its-kind global wine tasting series, Geographical Digest, in partnership with National Geographic Books. The events, hosted virtually by winemakers from around the world, will broadcast live and be available on demand via SommGo.

The first video focuses on Unique Wine Regions of the World. Great wine is made around the world. Watch and taste along as seven countries across four continents and two hemispheres come together.

Eight winemakers from diverse parts of the planet show off their wines and give us inside insight to their one-of-a-kind places, unique landscapes, soils, micro-climates and winemaking traditions.


Lars Leicht, VP of Education, The SOMM Journal


Juliette Monmousseau, CEO of Bouvet Ladubay, Loire France

Stefan Doktor, Estate Manger-Managing Director of Schloss Johannisberg, RheingauGermany

Salvatore Santus, Export Manager of Agricola Punica, Sardinia Italy

Giorgio Marone, Winemaker Consultant at Agricola Punica, Sardinia Italy

Steve Peck, Director of Winemaking for J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines in Paso Robles California

Ralf Holdenried, Director of Winemaking at Black Stallion Estate Winery in Napa California

Cristian Vallejo, Winemaker, Vik Family’s Project

Richard Angove, Winemaker and Joint Managing Director for Angove, McLaren Vale Australia

The monthly series is available through the on-demand streaming platform, SommGo. A new service that puts year-round training and education in the hands of beverage professionals and serious enthusiasts around the world.

Domestic Bliss: The West Coast: California, Oregon and Washington

Eight West Coast winemakers come together to show off some of America’s best wines in this webinar  moderated by Lars Leicht, VP of Education for The SOMM Journal and The Tasting Panel Magazine.

Check out the complete schedule below!

  • November 19, 2020: Burgundy and Bordeaux: Choose your Passion
  • December 16, 2020: The Southern Hemisphere: From Down Under to the Top of the Andes
  • January 21, 2021: A Exploration of Renowned Single Vineyards
  • February 18, 2021: Technique or Terroir: Is it Production or Nature That Make These Wines Great?
  • March 18, 2021: Italy: North to South
  • April 22, 2021: Luxury from Remarkable Sites
  • May 20, 2021: A World of Bordeaux Blends
  • June 24, 2021: Western Europe

Click here to register now!

In addition to Geographical Digest, SommGo features lessons and insights from some of the world’s top educators with topics ranging from regional and varietal explorations, terroir, winemaking and viticulture, professional development, staff training, spirits, diversity in the workplace, fun bonus content with winemaker profiles, Q&A’s, behind-the-scenes tours, and more.

“The SOMM Journal has a respected reputation for bringing industry leaders together in innovative ways and this series of tastings looks to continue that proud tradition. I’m thrilled to be working with such prestigious partners to create something that will be both educational and compelling, and that can be enjoyed by wine lovers around the world.” – Publisher/Editor-in-Chief, Meridith May

“The opportunity to collaborate with The SOMM Journal and its strategic partners provides us the ability to reach an even wider and diverse audience. We look forward to sharing The New Sotheby’s Wine Encyclopedia through virtual wine tastings in which wine lovers from around the country can participate,” –  Lisa Thomas, Publisher

“Sharing the Geographical Digest series through our on-demand service opens an exciting viewing opportunity for enthusiasts to learn alongside professionals from winemakers around the globe via a free downloadable bundle that can be viewed either live, or on-demand at the convenience of the audience,” – SommCon and SommGo’s Director Michelle Metter.


•National Geographic’s custom regional maps will be featured

•Access is free to trade professionals and consumers

•Each session will last approximately 90 minutes

•Over 13 hours of exploration & education

•Over 70 interviews with artisan winemakers

•Watch live or recorded on your schedule

National Geographic Unveils The New Sotheby’s Wine Encyclopedia

Geographical DigestFully updated and revised for the first time since 2011, National Geographic is proud to introduce wine-lovers to the sixth edition of the world’s most comprehensive guide to wine:  The New Sotheby’s Wine Encyclopedia.

For more than 25 years, the Sotheby’s Wine Encyclopedia has been an essential reference for wine aficionados from across the world. Now in its sixth edition, this stunning and most up-to-date book is an oenophile’s dream – and a must-have for anyone looking to become an expert in wine. Hitting shelves on Oct. 27,this go-to-guide reflects the most recent trends in the dynamic world of wine, and includes wide-ranging information on the history, culture, geography, and taste of vintages from around the globe. Inside, readers will find:

  • More than 14,000 red, white, and rose wine recommendations hand-picked from more than 100 wine-growing regions
  • Top wines organized by maker and year
  • Wine pairings for every dish, including fish stews and bacon to a cheese souffle
  • Rising stars: up-and-coming wine producers from across the globe
  • The best wine accessories, including decanters, gadgets, and more
  • The world’s most unusual wines

With more than 4.25 billion bottles of wine purchased by Americans just last year – followed closely by 3.6 billion by France and 3 billion by Italy – there is no time like the present to learn about the fascinating world of wine!

The New Sotheby’s Wine Encyclopedia

By Tom Stevensen, edited by Orsi Szentkiralyi/ $75/ Pub Date: 10/27/2020

This essential reference for oenophiles – long used as the go-to text for the prestigious Master Sommelier examination – is the most comprehensive guide to the world of wine, featuring authoritative information on the history, culture, geography, and taste of vintages around the globe. Fully updated and revised for the first time since 2011, this new 800-page edition of Sotheby’s Wine Encyclopedia reflects the most recent trends in the dynamic world of wine, written by experts around the globe. Beautifully illustrated with more than 400 images and 100 brand new National Geographic maps, this definitive guide is arranged geographically to highlight the regions and climates that produce the best vintages.

From the countries of Southeast flavor notes, vineyard profiles, tasting room guides, grape know-how, and special information on unique varietals. The book also features top wines organized by maker and year; a troubleshooter’s guide to potential wine faults; a taste chart to help identify flavors; up-and-coming producers; unusual wines; food pairings, and more. You’ll also find time lines depicting the chronology of wine from 500 million B.C., expert sommelier tips, and thousands of recommendations for the latest and greatest reds, whites, and roses. The most up-to-date and comprehensive wine reference in the world, this stunning book is an oenophile’s dream – and a must-have for anyone looking to become an expert in wine.

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PUBLISHED DATE: October 20th, 2020 | WINE CATEGORY: Videos, Wine 101
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