Moderator: Gino Colangelo, President, Colangelo & Partners
Webinar: italian wine sales in the U.S. during and post covid-19: challenges & opportunities
Wednesday, October 7th - 12 pm EST (US)
How has Covid-19 changed the world of wine in the United States? How should Italian wine-makers react in response to new styles of consumption and new market needs, given that the United States is one of the main destination countries for Italian wine?
Many aspects will be addressed during the webinar organized by Vinitaly in collaboration with Colangelo & Partners, including those concerning exports and sales of Italian wine in the United States with reference to methods of communication, new opportunities for digital connections with customers (trade and consumers) and the role of retailers, restaurants and sommeliers against a completely new background - as a result of Covid-19 - compared to the past. There is also the chance to focus on the new dynamics characterising the three-tier import system as applied in the United States, as well as digital markets and promotional-marketing strategies.
A truly broad overview for a better understanding of the evolution of consumption and the new needs of consumers with wine sector experts, producers and communicators.
Registrations for the webinar are closed.
The live event will be available from Thursday 8 October on the website in the World Wine News section.
He has been working in Veronafiere, the leading direct organizer of exhibitions in Italy, since 1985, he was appointed CEO in 2001. Veronafiere has been organizing since 1967 Vinitaly, the world’s most prestigious exhibition dedicated to wine and spirits with more than 4.000 exhibitors and 120.000 visitors. It was his idea to organize promotional worldwide tours (China, USA, Russia,Hong Kong) with the aim to encourage the direct match among the professionals in wine sector and to spread the knowledge of the Italian wine culture.
He is member of the Board of Directors of UFI (The Global Association of the Exhibition Industry).
President, Colangelo & Partners
Gino Colangelo is the founder and president of Colangelo & Partners (www.colangelopr.com), the leading fine wine & spirits communications agency in the US with offices in New York and San Francisco, and an international staff of 55 wine knowledgeable, technically trained communications professionals (including two staff based in Italy). Colangelo & Partners offers four core services: 1) Press Relations, 2) Digital Communications (including Social Media and Influencer Relations), 3) Event Marketing and 4) Trade Relations. Colangelo & Partners works with a prestigious, global client list including many of the leading wine companies and wine marketing institutions in Italy and around the world.
Senior Editor, Wine Spectator
Alison Napjus tastes wines from regions throughout Italy for Wine Spectator; she is also the lead taster of wines from France's Champagne and Alsace regions. She has written numerous tasting reports and feature stories for Wine Spectator and WineSpectator.com. She was promoted to senior editor in December 2012. Napjus first fell in love with the wines of Italy while living in Florence, where she studied as part of her degree in Hotel Administration from Cornell University. At the time she joined Wine Spectator in 2000, she was a manager at New York's Tribeca Grill, which later earned a Wine Spectator Grand Award for its outstanding wine program.
Founder and Executive Vice President, Wine.com
Michael Osborn has been a pioneer in online wine retailing since founding the Company as eVineyard in in 1998. Mike now leads merchandising for San Francisco-based Wine.com and manages its key industry relationships. Wine.com annual revenues have surpassed US$275 million, through August 2020. Wine.com has created the better way to buy wine and spirits, enabling customers to eliminate the guesswork and start buying wine with confidence. The company covers 90% of the U.S. population and 96% of the wine market, providing its customers access to the world’s largest wine selection—an offering impossible to replicate in brick and mortar stores.
Co-founder, CEO, SevenFifty
Aaron Sherman is CEO of SevenFifty, which he co-founded in 2012. SevenFifty is the beverage alcohol industry's largest technology and media platform, used by over 300,000 trade professionals, that connects all three tiers of the supply chain through a robust suite of software and data related products and services. Sherman brought more than a decade of beverage alcohol industry experience to his role, having worked in a range of capacities, from sommelier at New York City restaurants WD~50 and L’Artusi to beverage director at the SLS Hotel in Los Angeles.
Founder and Chief Executive Office, Vivino
Heini is Vivino’s Founder and Chief Executive Officer. Credited with bringing a technology revolution to the wine industry, Heini founded Vivino because he was frustrated by not knowing which wine to buy. It’s been his passion project ever since. During his tenure, Vivino has grown into a community of 46 million users, raised $72 million in funding, and rolled out a worldwide wine marketplace. Before starting Vivino, Heini co-founded several startups, including global internet and mobile security company BullGuard. Heini leads the team from Vivino’s European headquarters in Copenhagen, Denmark. Heini and Vivino’s story is featured in an independent documentary, “Disrupting Wine, The Life of an Entrepreneur.” Heini also hosts the YouTube series Raw Startup, which offers candid advice for entrepreneurs and startups.
Senior Director of Corporate Public Relations and Wine and Spirits Media Relations, E. & J. Gallo Winery
As the Senior Director of Corporate Public Relations and Wine and Spirits Media Relations for the E. & J. Gallo Winery, Kristina oversees multiple facets of Public Relations, Editorial Content, Events and Media. She is responsible for building integrated communications and strategic plans related to the company’s initiatives and long-term vision. Her team provides communication leadership and expert guidance to business leaders on a variety of high-proﬁle issues and topics. She also leads the PR strategy for the winery’s comprehensive portfolio of wines with a specific focus on Wine and Spirits Media from consumer-accessible brands such as Barefoot and Dark Horse to premium and luxury brands like J Vineyards & Winery, Louis M. Martini and Orin Swift. Additionally, her team supports the winery’s portfolio of renowned imports including Allegrini, Argiano, Jermann, and Renato Ratti and numerous others from Italy, Spain, France, New Zealand and Argentina.