Angelini Estate, Marche, Italy, co-owner Julius Angelini imports family-owned boutique wineries under the name of Angelini Wine Imports,Centerbrook Connecticut. He joins us to talk about Carpene Malvolti Prosecco di Coneglia and two other unique sparkling wines to start out your New Year. At the forefront of innovation, technique and style, Carpene Malvolti Prosecco di Conegliano DOCG has been the standard bearer of the forward thinking wine approach so emblematic of Italy’s most modern wine producing region. Carpene Malvolti is one of the most ancient and prestigious houses noted for helping to form the great Italian wine making tradition, founded in 1868 by Antonio Carpene.

Jay Youmans, MW, Rock Creek Wine Merchants LLC and Capital Wine School, Washington D.C. He is a Certified Burgundy Wine Educator, an Advanced Level Sommelier, a Certified Wine Educator, and a Master of Wine. Jay is the 21st American to pass the MW exam. He joins us for a discussion on the wines of Chablis, ranging from Petit Chablis to Grand Cru, explaining how terroir and winemaking impact this unique style of Chardonnay.

Colby Smith, Co-Founder and Executive Director, CANVAS: Concierge Alliance of Napa Valley and Sonoma, and Proprietor of Wine Country Access a private Concierge service. CANVAS, is a dynamic organization comprised of leaders in the hospitality community. As a membership organization that supports the hospitality communities of wine country, CANVAS provides networking opportunities, education, and easily accessible resources.

Rodney Strong Vineyards recently agreed with the Guild of Sommeliers to sponsor their annual Top|Somm Competition, where working wine professionals compete for the honor of being named the year’s Top|Somm. There are four regional competitions throughout the U.S. culminating with a National Championship in April in San Francisco, California. Entry deadline is end of day January 10, 2013. The Top|Somm Competition carries on a Rodney Strong tradition of encouraging continuing education for wine professionals. Top|Somm is a competition for wine service professionals administered under the framework of the Guild of Sommeliers, judged by Master Sommeliers. It affords wine service professionals the opportunity to fine-tune their skills and compete for the title of Top|Somm. The competition recognizes excellence and encourages mastery of wine and spirit knowledge and service. Geoff Kruth, MS is Chief Operating Officer for the Guild of Sommeliers.

01 Historical, Traditional, Innovative, Carpene Malvolti: Prosecco di Coneglia DOCG, Brut Ros
02 Chardonnay's First Name is Chablis... From Burgundy, France - Jay Youmans, MW
03 Concierge Alliance of Napa Valley and Sonoma - Uniting the Hospitality Community of Wine Country - Colby Smith
04 Rodney Strong Vineyards Sponsors Guild of Sommeliers Top/Somm Competition - Geoff Kruth, MS