Here’s what you missed in Sonoma with Vinexpo

We bring you a pictorial round-up of what some 70 wine buyers got up to when Vinexpo teamed up with Sonoma County Vintners for the second chapter of the exhibition organiser’s ‘Explorer’ concept.

Picture credit: Scot Hampton

As previously reported by db, as many as 69 buyers from 27 countries descended on Sonoma County on 23 September to take part in a three-day immersion in the wines of the region, beginning with a drinks reception at Buena Vista Winery, where Jean-Charles Boisset welcome the attendees with his usual charm and enthusiasm.

Picture credit: Scot Hampton

The buyers were treated to a range of Buena Vista wines from different stations at the winery, starting with a glass of sparkling brut on the terrace.

Picture credit: Scot Hampton

Then Boisset inaugurated a rendition of the song from the Chevaliers du Tastevin, complete with clapping and its customary twisting of raised hands.

Picture credit: Scot Hampton

Among guests were Michael Haney and Caroline Shaw from Sonoma County Vintners, who had invited Vinexpo to hold its Explorer concept in the region.

Picture credit: Scot Hampton

Also in attendance was Edouard Baijot, who represents E&J Gallo in Europe, and is the nephew of Philippe Baijot, president of Champagne group Lanson-BCC.

Picture credit: Scot Hampton

Along with CEO of Jackson Family Wines, Rick Tigner, who, as a board member of Vinexpo, was instrumental in the decision for the exhibition organiser to come to Sonoma. Sharing a glass of Buena Vista Cab with Tigner is Aishwarya Nair, wine buyer for The Leela Hotel group in India.

As for Vinexpo, following the departure earlier this year of CEO Guillaume Deglise, Vinexpo sales director Mathieu Vanhalst (left) took on the role of leader for the three-day tour, looking after the buyers brilliantly.

Picture credit: Scot Hampton

Addressing attendees at the welcome reception, Boisset said, “We need purchase orders to survive, but also your enthusiasm and expertise.”

Picture credit: Scot Hampton

Then it was back to the hotel in Santa Rosa for a wind-down lager and relatively early night before the opening conference the next morning.

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