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“Behind the Wines” Inaugural Season Concludes with “The Harvest Sessions”

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“Behind the Wines” Inaugural Season Concludes with “The Harvest Sessions”

Webinar Series to Cover 2020 California Harvest Update



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SAN FRANCISCO – On Oct. 27, Wine Institute’s California Wine Export Program will conclude its “Behind the Wines” webinar series with “The Harvest Sessions,” a unique trio of episodes, moderated by host Elaine Chukan Brown, to give a behind the scenes look at the 2020 vintage across the Golden State. The series culminates with a fourth event, “The Winemaker Sessions” finale on Nov. 17.

During the past six months, Elaine has led discussions with some of California’s top grapegrowing and winemaking talent to provide insights from the vineyards and the cellars, and with thought leaders in wine from across the globe. These discussions have ranged from the reputation of Rhône varieties in California with “The Rhône Ranger” Randall Graham of Bonny Doon Vineyard to the future of California wine and the influential millennial generation with Kelli White, Director of Education at Pacific Union Co., and Esther Mobley, wine critic at San Francisco Chronicle. International guests have included industry leaders such as Jancis Robinson, Jane Anson and Oz Clarke, among others.

“The Harvest Sessions,” the final chapter of the 2020 series, turns the focus to this year’s vintage, exploring the nuances across California’s wine regions and wine styles. Sessions are scheduled on Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time:

  • Oct. 27: The Central Coast
  • Nov. 3: Sparkling Wine
  • Nov. 10: The North Coast

The finale episode will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 17 at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time, guests to be announced.

Register for the upcoming episodes here: Recordings of all past episodes are available on the California Wine Institute YouTube channel.

About Wine Institute’s California Wine Export Program
Established in 1934, Wine Institute is the administrator of the USDA Market Access Program (MAP) for California vintners who represent 80% of U.S. wine production and 95% of U.S. wine exports. More than 170 California wineries exporting to 142 countries participate in Wine Institute’s California Wine Export Program. The program has 15 California Wine Institute representatives in key export markets around the world who provide on-site support to wineries and help develop markets for California wines in 25 countries.

The California Wine Export Program, a public-private partnership supported by winery contributions and the MAP Program, features California as an aspirational location and environmental leader with beauti­ful landscapes, an iconic lifestyle and great wine and food. In addition to marketing and promoting California wine overseas, Wine Institute conducts a comprehensive International Public Policy program focused on regulatory coopera­tion, removing trade barriers and growing California wine exports. See: or the consumer website:

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