This past Thursday, November 13, my PS I Love You group got together for our annual meeting. Just days before this scheduled meeting, Clark Smith – a correspondent with Appellation America – published two very in depth stories on Petite Sirah; so in depth, in fact, that they make made shiver from all the new information and insight on Petite. As a result, I put Clark onto our program to talk to the members about his newly released info on the Appellation America site.
After being the executive director of this group for the last six years, I’ve learned more than your average bear about PS. I’ve studied viticulture and enology, because how can one write about vit and winemaking if there’s no basic underlying knowledge? Being around degreed and experiential guys day-in and day-out also gives one even more knowledge. Being around Clark Smith is always humbling, and I always walk away with new nuggets of info. He’s a natural teacher.
An admitted MIT dropout, Clark went on to graduated from U.C. Davis in 1983. I first came upon Clark’s insights in a Food & Wine magazine story written by Lettie Teague. Fascinated, I invited him to be a guest speaker at one of the Foppiano Petite Sirah Symposiums… From there, he’s just been one of my readily available resources; and I dare say, also one of the most colorful.
Clark leads Vinovations efforts to support their winery clients in the optimum use of their technologies and to develop new tools and products to address their clients’ winemaking needs. He’s a winemaker and a winemaking doctor…
So, when I got an Email from fellow blogger Pamela Heiligenthal of Enobytes about Clark Smith, I thought… “This should be fun.”
Pamela wrote, “By the way, I read Clark Smith’s recent article about Petite Sirah and his involvement with PS I Love You and thought you and some of your members might be interested in joining a conversation on our forum. We will kick off the discussion Monday and end it on Friday.”
There’s a Q&A already established on this forum for the week with Clark, and this week’s chatter should prove to be very entertaining for anyone who wants to witness or be part of a stimulating forum.
Get yourself an extra cup of coffee and enjoy!
Click Here: Enobytes Forum (November 17-21)