As the director of PS I Love You, I book one educational Petite Sirah panel a year. (I’d love to do more, but there’s just not enough hours in the day.) Each year, we have the best and the brightest members stepping forward to be on a panel. Teh responses are so quick when I put out a request for panel members that I have to create a waiting list. The talent, passion, and commitment from the members of this group constantly amaze me. I’m honored to be working with so many great people… Honestly.

This year, the Petite Sirah producers that signed up to be on the panel at the American Wine Society’s 2008 Conference, to be held in Sacramento, California, are the following:

  • Concannon Vineyard – Jim Concannon
  • Foppiano Vineyards – Louis Foppiano
  • Moss Creek – George & Ann Moskowite
  • Mounts Family Winery – Dave Mounts
  • Rosenblum Cellars – Kent Rosenblum
  • Trentadue Winey & Miro Cellars – Miro Tcholakov

I’m also a panel member, because I can address the growth and history of PS in the US, as well as where it’s planted in the rest of the world.

Registration for the AWS 2008 National Conference is now open. Click Here to Register. (Link expired)

The Hyatt Regency has been selected for the 2008 AWS National Conference in Sacramento, CA and the reservation block is now open. Special room rates have been negotiated at $139 per night (regularly $209-$340 during this time). The conference dates have been set for Thursday, November 6th, beginning with a Welcome Reception from 4:00-6:00 p.m., and culminating on Saturday night, November 8th with the Grand Banquet.

Hotel reservations can be made by calling the Hyatt at 916-443-1234 and asking for the American Wine Society rate. Please note that there is a one night, non-refundable deposit to secure a room within the room block.

Note: If you are a non-member, you may attend the conference this year. Your rate will be higher than an AWS member rate, however, we welcome you to join us! Also, if you join AWS, you are immediately eligible for the member price for the conference. Please download the brochure from our website, or contact the AWS National Office.

“Promoting Appreciation of Wine Through Education”