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Robert Parker heads wine conference line-up

Published:  24 April, 2009

Robert Parker is making his first visit to Spain to appear in a conference discussing the future of the global wine industry.

WineFuture-Rioja 2009, an international conference being staged by the Wine Academy of Spain, takes place in Logroño on November 12 and 13.

Topics will include the global financial crisis, the environment, how to improve sales, consumption trends, the challenges facing the on-trade, brands, marketing strategies and emerging markets.

Parker will give a speech, take part in one of the panels and conduct a guided tasting.

Other high-profile speakers and panelists include Jancis Robinson MW, Oz Clarke, Steven Spurrier, Robert Joseph, Tesco drinks boss Dan Jago and Troy Christensen, president of Constellation Brands Europe.

Around 500 delegates are expected and some of the presentations will be broadcast live on the internet.