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wine2wine • Sala WineAround - Palaexpo Piano -1

Tuesday, 14 November 2023 10:00 10:45 (CET)

Spreading the Italian Wine Gospel to the Next Generation - Engaging New Sommeliers Italy through Discovery


When Shelley Lindgren opened A16 Restaurants in California in 2004, southern Italy was far less travelled than it is today - especially in terms of wine. The historic viticulture and autochthonous grapes from this region were ripe for rediscovery by an international audience thirsty for unknown wines. This session will discuss the ups and downs of attempting to focus a wine list based on the regions and grapes of Southern Italy at A16 over the past 20 years, and the difficulties of sourcing wines from small areas such as Ischia or Molise.
Lindgren discusses how times have changed and the growth of exploration in many southern Italian wine regions is uncovering a pastoral paradise of grapevines. These regions combine the preserved ancient grapes, along with the present-day story of Italy as one of the most biodiverse countries for wine in the world. In her newly released book, Italian Wine - The History, Regions and Grapes of an Iconic Wine Country - Lindgren recounts these legendary stories and shares her love of Italian wine.

Event languages: English, Italiano

How to participate: 100% in-person attendance, with wine2wine Business Forum ticket


Speaker - Shelley Lindgren
Shelley Lindgren
Shelley Lindgren is the Wine Director and owner of San Francisco’s Southern-Italian restaurant A16. She has received the “James Beard Award” for “Outstanding Wine Program”; has received the 2023 “Slow Wine Fair Award” for “Best Selection of Good, Clean, and Fair Italian Wine”; and has been knighted by the Italian government, receiving the prestigious “Cavaliere dell’Ordine Della Stella Italia” distinction for her professional dedication to Italian wine. Shelley’s third book “Italian Wine - The history, regions and grapes of an iconic wine country” was published in August 2023. Shelley’s work has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Food & Wine, Punch, San Francisco Chronicle, and many other publications. Shelley started a winery called Tansy Wines in 2021 with Kitty Oestlien – inspired by Italian varietals of Northern California but also Pinot Noir and an upcoming Cabernet Sauvignon all from organically grown, single vineyards. She served on the board of La Cocina, the Guild of Sommeliers, and Slide Ranch and is a member of Les Dames d’ Escoffier and ambassador of the Culinary Institute of America.
Speaker - Mod. Juliana Colangelo IWA
Mod. Juliana Colangelo IWA
Juliana Colangelo is Vice President at Colangelo & Partners (C&P), the leading wine and spirits communications agency in the USA. Juliana joined Colangelo & Partners in 2013 with previous experience in events, hospitality, and nonprofit development. During her tenure at C&P, Juliana established the first secondary headquarters for the agency, moving to the Bay Area in 2016 to open a California office. She built the agency’s California office to a full-time team of 15 with the representation of leading wine companies such as Jackson Family Wines, Far Niente, Charles Krug Winery, Foley Family Wines, and more. She has established a revenue stream of over three million dollars annually for the agency which accounts for an average of 30% of the company’s overall business.
Juliana has grown to be one of the most dynamic and influential PR & marketing executives in the wine business. She has also served as a mentor and connector for women in the industry, using her network and platform to connect others with jobs, press and opportunities. Her entrepreneurial spirit and leadership are admired by peers, colleagues and clients alike. She is on the forefront of the changes in marketing and communications in the beverage alcohol industry and passionate about working with new and established brands to attract younger drinkers. Juliana has been featured speaking on the topic of how the wine industry can attract new consumers in Forbes, Fortune and more.
She is a skilled multi-tasker and project manager and has successfully implemented new project management functions during her time at C&P as well as managed 10+ account teams in addition to running the California division. She is an excellent networker and skilled at building relationships with press, influencers, brands and partners.


Sala WineAround - Palaexpo Piano -1
Sala WineAround - Palaexpo Piano -1