The World Tour

Upcoming Wine Economist World Tour Stops

Scroll down to see both my upcoming appearance calendar and the previous World Tour stops. Check back frequently — several speaking engagements are in the planning stage.


March 2024

  • I will be at “License to Steal,” the national wine marketing conference, held in association with the Eastern Winery Exposition in Syracuse, NY on March 13-14, 2024. My presentation is “License to Steal: Secrets of the World’s Most Respected Wine Regions.”

February 2024

  • I’ll be giving a virtual talk on the “State of the Industry” to the meetings of the Idaho Wine Commission on February 12, 2024.

January 2024

  • I will be moderating the “State of the Industry” panel at the Unified Wine & Grape Symposium in Sacramento, California. January 23-25, 2024.

November 2023

  • I will be giving a Wine Economics talk to Prof. Jim Harbertson’s Viticulture & Enology class at Washington State University onNovember 9, 2023.

October 2023

  • I will be giving an “Around the World in 80 Wines” talk at Temple Beth El in Tacoma, Washington on October 19, 2023.


Scroll down to see previous World Tour stops.

August 2023

  • I’ll be giving an “Around the World in Eighty Wines” book talk at a fundraiser for the South Sound Reading Foundation on August 9. Details tba.

May 2023

  • Wine Wars II has received a Gourmand International award for outstanding book on wine and sustainability. I will be giving a virtual book talk at the celebration in Umea, Sweden on May 26, 2023.

March 2023

  • Sue and I will attend the Slow Wine event in Seattle on March 7, 2023. Hope to see you there.

January 2023

December 2022

  • “Around the World in Eighty Wines” talk as part of the Temple Beth El speaker series. 11 am on December 22, 2022. Postponed due to winter weather alert. Will be rescheduled in 2023.

November 2022

  • Webinar on wine economics for Jim Harbertson’s class at the Washington State University Viticulture and Enology Program. Date tba.

October 2022

  • “Wine Wars II” book-signing at the University of Puget Sound 4-6 pm on Saturday, October 8, 2022. Watch here for details.

July 2022

Wine Wars II: The global battle for the soul of wine is released on July 1, 2022.

June 2022

  • Sue and I will be in Abruzzo, Italy in early June, participating in a program to learn more about the region and its wines.
  • I will be speaking at the North Coast meetings of Allied Grape Growers on June 23, 2022.

May 2022

  • I will be participating in an online program for Spanish wine producers sponsored by the Portuguese Cork Association on May 31, 2022.


February 2022

January 2022

November 2021

  • Webinar on wine economics for Jim Harbertson’s class at the Washington State University Viticulture and Enology Program, November 16, 2021.

October 2021

  • Wine2Wine Business Forum  October 18-19, 2021. I’ve been asked to talk about Politics and Wine Trade!

February 2021

  • Client event for UK finance firm. (Private virtual event). February 4, 2021.
  • Institute of Masters of Wine webinar on “Climate Change and the Global Wine Trade.” I’m on a panel that includes viticultural climatologist Prof. Gregory Jones fn Linfield College and Wine Intelligence CEO Lulie Halstead. Moderated by Jane Masters MW. February 17, 2021.
  • Idaho Wine Commission annual meeting (virtual event). February 22-23, 2021. I will be speaking about the State of the Industry on February 22.
  • WineFuture 2021 (virtual event) February 23-26, 2021. This big international conference boasts an all-star cast. I will lead a panel on the economics of the crisis on February 23.

January 2021

December 2020

  • Client event for UK finance firm (private virtual event) December 15, 2020.

November 2020

  • Webinar on wine industry trends — prelude to Wine Future 2021. November 4, 2020.
  • Wine2Wine Business Forum (virtual event) November 23-24, 2020.
  • Client event for UK finance firm (private virtual event) November 25, 2020.

August 2020

  • Colorado Wine Industry Development Board seminar on market challenges and opportunities (vurtual event). August 10, 2020

February 2020

  • Vashon Island, USA: “Around the World in Eighty Wines” book talk and wine tasting on Sunday, February 2, 2020 as part of the lecture series at the Vashon Center for the Arts.
  • Sacramento, USA: Unified Wine and Grape Symposium, Sacramento. February 4-6, 2020. I will speak at and moderate the “State of the Industry” panel.

July 2019

June 2019

  • Friuli, Italy: Sue and I are looking forward to traveling to Italy to participate in the Consorzio Collio’s Enjoy Collio Experience on May 27-June 2, 2019.May 2019

March 2019

February 2019

  • Washington: Washington Winegrowers Convention & Trade Show Kennewick, Washington. February 11-14, 2019. I will heading up the State of the Industry panel and also talking about the market for Rosé wine. [I was scheduled to speak but my flight was cancelled at the last minute and I was unable to attend.]

January 2019

  • California: Unified Wine & Grape Symposium, Sacramento, California. January 29-31 2019. I am speaking at and moderating the “State of the Industry” session again this year.

November 2018

September 2018

  • Italy: Sue and I will be in Conegliano, Italy in late September to help iconic Prosecco producer Carpenè Malvolti celebrate their 150th anniversary.

July 2018

  • I will talk on a panel discussing “Competing on a Global Stage” at the California Association of Winegrape Growers Summer Conference at the Silverado Resort in Napa, California on July 17.
  • I am doing a charity-fundraising “Around the World in 80 Wines” talk and tasting on July 29. Private event.

June 2018

  • I’ll be speaking about “Around the World in Eighty Wines” and leading a wine tasting as part of the University of Puget Sound’s Summer Reunion Weekend Alumni College. June 8-9, 2018.
  • Sue and I will be in Forte dei Marmi, Italy on June 18 for VinoVIP al Forte. I will talk about money and wine in the global market context.

April 2018

  • Sue and I will be in France to participate in two programs: Terroir and Millésimes in Languedoc and Roussillon from April 15-22 and Val de Loire Millésimes from April 22-25.

May 2018

  • I’m happy to talk about “Around the World in Eighty Wines” for the Kiwanis Club of Clover Park on May 15, 2018.

February 2018

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  • The World Tour comes to Grand Junction, Colorado where I will be speaking at the VinCO Conference & Trade Show January 15-18. I’ll be giving three talks: “Secrets of the World’s Most Respected Wine Regions,” “The Future of Small Wineries,” and “Around the World in Eighty Wines.”
  • Unified Wine & Grape Symposium. January  23-25, 2018 , Sacramento California. I will be moderating and speaking at the “State of the Industry” session on January 24.

November 2017

  • My new book Around the World in Eight Wines will be released on November 1, 2017!
  • Sue and I will be in Spain and Portugal for private wine industry events in November — November 8 in Madrid and Nov 9 in Porto.
  • I’ll be chatting with Natalie MacLean on her Facebook live show on Sunday Nov 26 at 6pm EST. Watch for more details.

September 2017

May 2017

  • Sue and I will attend the 10th Cyprus Wine Competition in Paphos, Cyprus on May 2-6. I will give a seminar about “Secrets of the World’s Most Respected Wine Regions” and lessons that might be useful to the Cyprus wine industry.

March 2017

January 2017

  • “Wine Drinker: Know Thyself.” This is a wine tasting and workshop for staff at the University of Puget Sound. January 11, 2017.
  • The Unified Wine & Grape Symposium in Sacramento, California is North America’s largest wine industry gathering. This year I will again moderate and speak at the State of the Industry session on January 25, 2017.

September 2016

  • I’m speaking at the first global wine tourism conference to be organized by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). The event is set for September 7-9, 2016 in the Republic of Georgia. Here are links to the preliminary program and registration information.

July 2016

  • Sue and I look forward to attending Riesling Rendezvous, the international Riesling symposium sponsored by Chateau Ste Michelle and Dr. Loosen. July 17-19 in Seattle.

June 2016

May 2016

March 2016

February 2016

January 2016

November 2015

  • I’ll be speaking at  the International Congress on Sustainability “SUSTAINABILITY AS A TRIBUTE TO WINE QUALITY”, that will be held on 3rd November 2015  and “DISCOVER THE SENSORY FACTORS”, that will be held on 4th November 2015 during the 26th edition of SIMEI – International Enological and Bottling Equipment Exhibition in Milan, Italy. This event is sponsored by Unione Italiana Vini.

October 2015

  • I’m giving a luncheon keynote address to the annual meetings of the Academy of International Business US West Chapter at the University of Washington in Seattle on Friday, October 23, 2015.

August 2015

  • Sue and I will be attending A Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Charles Coury Planting of vines in the Willamette Valley at the David Hill Vineyards & Winery in Forest Grove, Oregon on August 1, 2015. Hope to see our Oregon friends for the trade tasting and then the public BBQ that follows.
  • My new book Money, Taste and Wine: It’s Complicated will be released on August 4, 2015.
  • I’m doing a fund-raising wine dinner for a local service club on August 15. Private event.

July 2015

June 2015

May 2015

April 2015

  • Walla Walla Business Summit, April 10, 2015. Marcus Whitman Hotel, Walla Walla, Washington. I’ll be speaking on the topic “How to Make a Small Fortune in the Wine Business (and other lessons for people in and out of the wine game).”
  • I’m doing a fund-raising wine dinner for a local service club on April 18. Private event.

March 2015

February 2015

January 2015

November 2014

  • Peninsula  Book Club Extreme Wine talk. Private event. November 11, 2014.
  • Finally Found Books, Auburn, Washington. Wine Wars and Extreme Wine book talk and signing. 6-8 pm. Click on the link to reserve your place.
  • Wine Vision.  November 17-19, 2014. London. This is a global CEO-level wine industry conference. I’ll help set the stage on the opening day by talking about the state of the global wine economy today.
  • Scoula Enologica di Conegliano,  Conegliano, Italy. I will be doing a pair of wine industry “webinars” on November 26 and 27. The first seminar is titled “Anatomy of the U.S. Wine Market” and the second “Wines of the Veneto: A SWOT Analysis of the U.S. Market.”

September 2014

  • Valpolicella, Italy. Sue and I will be joining a team of international wine bloggers to explore this fascinating wine region and test out a new App to help wine tourists navigate the many options. Sept 1-4, 2014. We will also visit Prosecco with wine economist colleagues and then examine the Bisol family’s Venissa winery project in Venice.
  • Wine Industry Financial Symposium, Napa Valley. September 22-23, 2014. Click here for details.

August 2014

  • Wine Industry Symposium. August 19, 2014.  Willamette Valley, Oregon. Private event.
  • “A World of Wine,” World Affairs Council of Tacoma event. Wednesday, August 20, 2014. Click for details.

June 2014

  • The World of Syrah, Walla Walla Washington June 19-21. Sue and I will be attending this celebration of Syrah in Walla Walla and across the globe.
  • American Association of Wine Economists meetings, Whitman College, Walla Walla, Washington. June 22-25, 2014. Looking forward to seeing everyone at the AAWE’s annual conference

May 2014

  • Whitman College. I’m giving a talk to  Lee Sanning’s Wine Economics class on Monday, May 5, 2014.
  • Northwest Farm Credit Services Financial Summit Conference, May 6-8, 2014. I’ll be talking about what wine can teach us about global business. (Private event.)
  • Open That Bottle Night, Saturday May 10, 2014. We are celebrating this important holiday a few weeks late this year because of schedule problems. There is no wrong night to Open That Bottle, is there?

April 2014

  • I’m giving a book talk at a private event in Midlothian, Virginia on April 15, 2014. Hope to taste some great Virginia wines while I am in the region.

March 2014

February 2014

January 2014

  • South Africa! VinPro Information Day — Somerset West, South Africa. January 23, 2014. Click here for details.
  • Unified Symposium, Sacramento California. The biggest wine gathering in the Western Hemisphere! I’m moderating a panel on Tuesday, January 28 and speaking in the “State of the Industry” session the following day.
  • I’m also giving the keynote address at the luncheon meeting of the Winegrape Growers of America at noon on Wednesday January 29.
  • Finally, I’ll be signing books at the Wine Appreciation Guild booth at the Unified’s trade show from 2-3:30 on Wednesday.

December 2013

November 2013

October 2013

  • Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association “Nightcapper” meet the author event in Portland, Oregon.
  • Extreme Wine is released on October 7, 2013.
  • Peninsula Book Club talk. October 8, 2013. Gig Harbor, Washington.
  • Extreme Wine: Idaho. October 18, 2013 at the Mouvance winery in Boise. This is an event for University of Puget Sound alumni and parents.

September 2013

  • Savour Australia 2013. Adelaide, Australia 15-18 September 2013. I’ll be speaking about global market opportunities in the Tuesday session of this conference.
  • Ninth International Wine Forum, Mendoza Argentina. September 24, 2013. Since I can’t be in two places (Argentina and Australia) at the same time, I’ll be speaking via the internet on an “virtual panel” of international experts.

August 2013

July 2013

  • Riesling Rendezvous 2013. Sue and I will be attending Riesling Rendezvous 2013, sponsored by Chateau Ste Michelle and Dr. Loosen. The event runs from July 14 to July 16.
  • Northwest Farm Credit Services 2013 Wine/Vineyard Industry Symposium, Kennewick, Washington. July 24, 2013. I’ll be talking after lunch about how northwest wine fits into the changing global picture.

June 2013

  • Oregon Pinot Gris Symposium. Sue and I will be attending this annual event for Oregon Pinot Gris producers, which is held at Oak Knoll Vineyards.

March 2013

  • Taste Washington. Sue and I will be attending Taste Washington on Sunday March 24 to check out what’s new in the Washington wine scene. Hope to see you there.

February 2013

  • Open That Bottle Night celebration. Saturday February 23, 2013.

January 2013

  • Unified Wine & Grape Symposium, Sacramento, California. January 28-29, 2013.
    • I’ll be on the panel for the general session on globalization and the U.S. wine industry that starts at 9 am on Tuesday, January 29 and moderator

    for the “State of the Industry” panel that starts at 8:30 am on Wednesday, January 30. I’ll also be signing copies of Wine Wars at the Wine Appreciation Guild booth in the trade show from 12:30 – 2 pm on Wednesday.  Please stop by Booth # 1620 and say hello if you are there.

November 2012
  • Boeing Management Association program. 4-6 pm on Saturday November 3, 2012 at Wine World & Spirits in Seattle. Open to Boeing Management Association members and their guests.
October 2012
  • Pierce County Library Donor Event. Thursday October 4, 2012.
  • Tacoma Film Festival October 4-11, 2012. Boom Varietal (in which I appear) will be one of the featured films. Not sure what we’ll be doing to celebrate. Watch for details.
  • International Studies Association West conference, Pasadena California. October 19-20, 2012. I’ll be talking about the political economy of global wine and participating in a teaching panel.

September 2012

  • Cape Wine 2012, Capetown, South Africa. September 25-27, 2012. I’ll be attending Cape Wine as a guest of Wines of South Africa.
  • Nederburg Auction, Paarl, South Africa. Sept 28-29, 2012. I’m giving the keynote address at 9 a.m. on Saturday the 29th at the historic Nederburg winery in Paarl.

August 2012

  • World Trade Club of Seattle. August 8, 2012. 4-7 pm at Wine World & Spirits in the University District.
  • Tacoma Opera Guild donor dinner. Private Event. August 8, 2012.
  • American Wine Bloggers Conference, Portland, Oregon. August 17-19, 2012. I’ll be moderating one of the breakout sessions. Looking forward to meeting wine bloggers and guests!

July 2012

  • Timber Ridge at Talus. A talk and Three Buck Chuck tasting for members. July17, 2012 at 3pm.
  • International Pinot Noir Celebration, McMinnville, Oregon. July 27-29, 2012. Details here. I’m teaching “Globalization 101: The Revenge of the Terroirists” as part of the University of Pinot curriculum.

June 2012

  • University of Puget Sound Alumni College. June 8-9. Details here. I’ll be talking about “Robert Mondavi and the ‘Grape Transformation’ of American Wine.”
  • International Wine Wars Day. June 16, 2012: One year anniversary of Wine Wars publication. Lift a glass to celebrate!

May 2012

  • Eastside Business Roundtable breakfast talk, Thursday May 3. Overlake Golf and Country Club.
  • University of Puget Sound Olympia area alumni event, Thursday May 3. Details here.

April 2012

  • University of Puget Sound Seattle alumni event at Chateau Ste Michelle. Thursday, April 12. Details here.
  • Puget Sound Women’s League Luncheon. 11:30 am on April 25 in Kilworth Chapel basement, Puget Sound campus.
  • Mortar Board “Last Lecture” series on “Second Thoughts.” I won’t be talking about wine, but I think it will be interesting. 7pm on April 25 in Trimble Forum, Puget Sound campus.
  • World Trade Center Tacoma Monthly Lunch Meeting Friday April 27. Details here.
  • Pike and Western Wine Shop book signing, Pike Place Market, Seattle April 27. I’ll be signing books from 3-6pm and the Pike and Western folks will be sampling some of their great “terroirist” wines. The tasting is free and it should be a lot of fun!
March 2012
February 2012

January 2012

December 2011

  • Mercer Island Chamber of Commerce Luncheon. Thursday, December 1, 2011. Noon.
  • Retired Teachers Association of  Tacoma. Saturday, December 3, 2011.
  • World Affairs Council of Oregon. Thursday, December 8, 2011. Portland, Oregon.  6:30 pm at the WAC headquarters, (Madison Room, 3rd Floor, The Oregon Historical Society), 1200 SW Park Avenue, Portland, OR.
  • Metropolitan Market wine tasting and book signing. Friday, December 9, 2011 from 4-7 pm.  25th & Proctor Street, Tacoma, WA. (This is the store featured in chapter 3 of Wine Wars). I’ll be chatting and signing books at the kiosk in the deli section.

November 2011

October 2011

September 2011

  • “The Miracle of Two Buck Chuck and the Revenge of the Terroirists.” Saturday September 17 2011  11:00 am in McIntyre Hall 103, University of Puget Sound.
  • ”Wine Wars: A Tale of Curses, Miracles and Revenge.” Thursday September 29 2011. 7:30 pm Linfield College, McMinnville, Oregon.
  • “Wine Wars: A Tale of Curses, Miracles and Revenge.” Friday September 30 2011.   Noon. McMinnville Rotary Club, McMinnville, Oregon.

2 responses

  1. HI i enjoyed your book i think it would be neat if u would write about how people buy wine just from the label alone.I live in Oregon wine country there is a good wine here named WINE BY JOE i would never buy because it sounds cheap also DUCKPOND reminds me of duck shit.Cute labels remind me of cheap.I often buy my wine because of the color and design of the label.

  2. Mike, Hope you have time to visit Pesquera and hopefully meet Alejandro Fernandez and taste his wines that never make it to the U.S.
    Hasta la vista, baby!

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