Guest Speakers

PATRICK COMISKEY

Keynote Speaker: The World of Syrah Kick-off Event | Friday, June 16, 8:30-10:00 a.m.

Patrick Comiskey

Patrick Comiskey

Patrick Comiskey is a Senior Correspondent for Wine & Spirits Magazine, where he serves as chief critic for all American wines not from California, and regularly contributes articles devoted to California, Oregon and Washington wine, winegrowing, and wine culture. He is a regular contributor to the Los Angeles Times, and his work has appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, Food and Wine, Bon Appetit, Decanter, Lucky Peach, Zester Daily, and the Robb Report. He lives in Los Angeles, where he is an instructor on the wine business at UCLA. His book American Rhône: How Maverick Winemakers Changed the Way Americans Drink debuted in October, 2016. The book was shortlisted for the Andre Simon Book Awards, and won the Gourmand Prize for Best New World Wine Book.

Doug Frost

Keynote Speaker: The World of Syrah Kick-off Event | Friday, June 16, 8:30-10:00 a.m.
Winemaker Panel Moderator | Friday, June 16, 3:00-5:00 p.m.

Doug Frost

Doug Frost

Doug Frost is an American Master of Wine and Master Sommelier as well as an author and wine consultant based in Kansas City, Missouri.  Frost is one of four individuals in the world to hold simultaneously the Master of Wine and Master Sommelier titles, achieving his MS in 1991 and MW in 1993.  
 
In 1991 he passed the rigorous Master Sommelier examination and two years later became America’s eighth Master of Wine.  He was the second person in history to complete both exams and more than two decades later he is still one of only four people in the world to have achieved both these remarkable distinctions.  According to USA Today, “Frost likely knows as much as anyone in the world about how to make, market, serve and identify wines.” 

The Wine Spectator has bestowed the accolade of Master of Spirits on Mr. Frost.  As a founding partner of a spirits and cocktail educational organization, BAR (Beverage Alcohol Resource), Frost has created a fantastic resource with his partners: Dale DeGroff, Steve Olson, Paul Pacult, Andy Seymour and David Wondrich.  BAR opened for business in June 2006; Cheers Magazine selected BAR and its founders as Innovators of the Year for 2007.  Frost was awarded Beverage Innovator of the Year 2009 by Cheers Magazine.  He continues to teach and examine for BAR and within the Master Sommelier and Master of Wine programs; currently he serves as President of the Institute of Masters of Wine North America.  

Frost has joined with industry pioneer Evan Goldstein MS and Limeng Stroh as a member of the team behind Full Circle Wine Solutions, a wine & spirits education firm that grows brand loyalty and client profits through tailored wine programs and effective hospitality training. He is Chief Engagement Officer and assists in their extensive educational and consulting work. In the past, Frost was a fine wine wholesaler in the Kansas City area for fourteen years and represented most of the best wineries and estates from America and the world.  

His first book, Uncorking Wine, was released in the summer of 1996, and Frost’s next book, On Wine, published by Rizzoli International, was released in the fall of 2001.  The Washington Post calls it “fabulous, witty, engaging and wise… conveys more accumulated wine wisdom than most books 10 times as thick.” Frost’s most recent book, Far From Ordinary: The Spanish Wine Guide, was released in October 2005; the third edition was released in 2011.

Frost is Contributing Editor for LePan Wine Magazine, and is a contributor to the Oxford Companion of Wine, Opus Vino, The World Atlas of Wine by Hugh Johnson and The Wine Report, an annual report edited by Tom Stevenson.  He has written about wine and spirits for many publications including the San Francisco Chronicle, the Underground Wine Journal, Drinks International, Practical Winery & Vineyard, Wines & Vines, Wines & Spirits, Cheers Magazine, Sante Magazine, Hemispheres Magazine, Missouri Life, Fine Cooking, and Epicurious.com, and is the beverage columnist for the James Beard award-winning food section of the Kansas City Star.

Frost is the creator and host of the Emmy Award winning short series called FermentNation; his previous TV show, Check Please!, was an Emmy Award nominated weekly public TV show filmed in Kansas City. He also appears as a featured judge on Public Television’s The Winemakers, PBS’s first nationally broadcast reality show.  After more than a decade Frost continues as United Airlines global wine and spirits consultant, helping to select tens of thousands of cases of wines and spirits each year for service aboard the world’s most important worldwide carrier.  

He is the founder and director of the Jefferson Cup Invitational Wine Competition, a fourteen-year-old national competition, is Head Judge and founder of the Mid-American Wine Competition, in its eighth year; he also runs the Washington Cup, a five-year-old competition for American craft spirits.  

He consults with many retailers, restaurateurs, wineries and distillers in the realms of marketing, merchandising, sales, education and sensory perception. Mr. Frost lives with his wife and two children in Kansas City, where he spends his spare time listening to his massive punk rock, vintage jazz and weird music collection.

Kevin pogue

Prologue: Winemaker Panel | Friday, June 16, 3:00-5:00 p.m.

Kevin Pogue

Kevin Pogue

Dr. Kevin R. Pogue is a professor in the Department of Geology at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington where he teaches classes on the geological history of the western United States, weather and climate, and terroir. He also regularly contributes lectures on terroir and leads field trips for the Enology and Viticulture program at Washington State University. Dr. Pogue has conducted research and led field trips in the Pacific Northwest for over 25 years. Dr. Pogue’s research is focused exclusively on terroir, concentrating on the relationship between topography and vineyard temperature variations and the influence of basalt, eastern Washington’s ubiquitous bedrock, on vineyard climate and soil chemistry. Dr. Pogue has presented papers at national and international terroir conferences and has authored a field trip guide that describes the geological influences on the terroir of the Columbia Basin. Dr. Pogue's terroir studies have been featured in the New York Times and on National Public Radio's "Science Friday". Dr. Pogue also provides vineyard site evaluations, terroir-related web content, and promotional and educational materials through VinTerra, his consulting business.