On Friday, I took part in an interesting conference in Bordeaux, organized by closure manufacturer Diam. The audience was a group of Bordeaux wine growers, and the panel consisted of some well known wine communicators from across Europe. We were discussing the influencers – past, present and future – in the world of wine.
The panel is pictured above. From left to right, Bernard Burtschy, Ian d’Agata, Peter Moser, me, Ronald de Groot, Siwei Zhao and Michel Bettane. On the far right is Alain Marty, who chaired the discussion really well, keeping us all to strict time with the assistance of an egg-timer.
Not surprisingly, as we were in Bordeaux, Robert Parker was the subject of a lot of discussion. What comes after him? Also a focus of debate was the role of the internet, and bloggers in particular. Do they have any influence? How much has the internet changed things?
Francois Mauss, of the Grand Jury Europeen, was filming proceedings, and here are a few segments. There are more on his youtube page, which you can access via the videos.