Italian landscape at sunrise

Maze Row Wine Dialogues logo.

Co-hosted with SommFoundation


Join Maze Row Wine Merchant and SommFoundation for Wine Dialogues,
a full-day educational conference featuring producers from Italy, Spain, and California.
A Master Sommelier from the Houston area will moderate each master class.

Tuesday, February 27 at the Post Oak in Houston, TX.




Estate Storytellers

Maze Row producer Barbara Widmer.

Barbara Widmer

Owner & Winemaker, Brancaia

Christian Coco - Winemaker, Poggio al Tesoro

Christian Coco

Winemaker, Poggio al Tesoro

Maze Row producer Dario Pieropan.

Dario Pieropan

Co-Owner & Winemaker, Pieropan

Maze Row Wine Producer Francesco Monari.

Francesco Monari

COO & Agronomist, Agriano

Rafael Soto Mahamud

Export Manager, Bodega Lanzaga

Maze Row producer Randall Grahm.

Randall Grahm

Co-Founder & Winemaker, The Language of Yes


Maze Row producer Brett Davis.

Brett Davis

Master Sommelier, Maze Row Wine Merchant

Julie Dalton, Master Sommelier, The Post Oak Hotel

Julie Dalton

Master Sommelier, The Post Oak Hotel

Steven McDonald, Master Sommelier, Pappas Bros Steakhouses, Dallas & Houston

Steven McDonald

Master Sommelier, Pappas Bros Steakhouses, Dallas & Houston


8:00 a.m.

Check in opens
Coffee station provided.

9-10 a.m.

Bolgheri Master Class
Join Christian Coco, winemaker at Poggio al Tesoro for an overview of the Bolgheri appellation, with specific focus on Bordeaux blends and leading wines such as Sassicaia, Tignanello, and others.

10-11 a.m.

Brunello Sub-Region Debate
Join Francesco Monari, COO and Agronomist at Argiano for a comparative tasting and discussion of the future of Brunello—including the potential for subzones and the growing importance of single vineyard Brunellos.

11 a.m. - Noon

Chianti Classico Master Class
Join Barbara Widmer, Owner and Winemaker at Brancaia for a discussion of UGAs and viticultural practices to mitigate the impacts of climate change.

11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Drop In Parlor
Meet and greet with Maze Row’s producer partners while tasting special selections and iconic wines from their portfolios.

12-1 p.m.

Soave Master Class
Join Dario Pieropan, Co-Owner and Winemaker at Pieropan for a discussion of Soave’s volcanic soils and how the Pieropan family views current governance of Soave DOCG.

1-2 p.m.

Three Realms of Rioja
Join Rafael Soto Mahamud, business development manager for Vino CompanÍa de Telmo RodrÍguez, and Brett Davis, MS in a comparative tasting of traditional Rioja, modern Rioja and “Terroirist,” single site Rioja.

2-3 p.m.

The Hidden Genius of Tibouren
Join Randall Grahm, collaborator and winemaker at The Language of Yes for a revealing discussion of Tibouren and how it could be the key to a future of elegant red winemaking on California’s Central Coast.


Argiano logo.
Bodega Lanzaga logo.
Brancaia logo.
The Language of Yes logo.
Pieropan logo.
Poggio Al Tesoro logo.


Parking and heavy snacks will be provided.



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