You Said Yes!! A Balanced Glass Comes to Vinitaly

You Said Yes!! A Balanced Glass Comes to Vinitaly

“Rebecca,” exclaimed my Italian wine colleague, “our [Italian] idea of meditation is to take an aperitivo or a coffee and sit in the piazza to watch the world go by, and admire the beauty of life.”
While some may have the scoop on La Dolce Vita, there are plenty of us who need help to find that sweet spot in our working lives.
So we asked you, any interest in an ABG meet-up during Vinitaly? You said Yes.
We asked, what’s your feedback for a short gathering, maybe at the end of the day during the show? You said Yes, and offered all kinds of suggestions.
Here’s what that tells us: NO-one has time for meditation during Vinitaly, but that is EXACTLY why we are convening this group.
So on Sunday 7th April from 5 to 6pm we will meet in the Wine2Digital space at the Fair for our first ABG community meet-up. ”Fermati e Respira” (stop and breathe) is for anyone interested in considering how meditation, mindfulness and breath work can help to keep us alert, awake and calm during the marathon trade show.
Maybe you’re thinking :
I don’t have time
I’m not bendy enough
I don’t even understand what this means
Then here are three great reasons why YOU are the perfect person to join us:

1. Meet the community
We have 500+ people in the ABG community from around the world and many will be at Vinitaly. So come and meet new colleagues and connect with familiar faces away from the cacophony and chaos of the Fair.
2. You can take off your shoes!
Over four days you can walk kilometers in hard-soled shoes or heels, and the body bears the physical brunt and impact of every step. So come and twinkle your toes, stretch your feet, take a little weight off, and relieve your body from the tension and compression that comes from hours of standing and walking.
3. Take a Breath
Good breathing is critical to mindfulness especially when it comes to managing stress. We will share simple tips that can help - whether you are lining up for lunch, negotiating in a meeting, or dashing between appointments. You may even leave the session breathing a little easier, and feeling a little calmer about the show days ahead.
Nothing is required other than a willingness to show up. So if you if you’re interested in joining us, email us at and we will send you more specific details!
This gathering is not possible without the generous support of Stevie Kim – the creative genius behind Wine2Wine and Vinitaly International. We are grateful to Stevie for allowing us the space to practice and bring you all together. Thank you, Stevie!
And for those who have no idea where to start, drop a line to Cathy or myself, we would love to help you find a reason to join us.

Meet the Tribe!

Our community is only as strong as the company we keep, and here we meet some of the folks who make our profession so dynamic.


Tancredi Biondi Santi

Brand ambassador for Tenuta Greppo Biondi Santi and Castello di Montepò and co wine-maker (Tuscany IT)

Years in Industry:
I have always lived at the Biondi Santi winery, but it’s been 7 years since I started traveling for my role.
My biggest challenge to wellness:
The wine dinners and lunches organized when I travel abroad. It is always very difficult not to eat and sometimes there are more than 4 or 5 courses per meal, each one with a wine paired.

The schedule that you have when you travel, the jet lag, the dinners and the trip itself don’t help at all if you are keen on going to the gym in hotels and usually makes you very tired and a bit lazy.
How I keep it together:
Morning runs when I am on business trips. It’s what saves me the most, but even going to the hotel gym when I have time to do it. Usually I am always seated, for meals or for travel and if don’t run in the morning my legs are going to hurt.
You need to be careful during the meals too, not eating all the courses or maybe skipping the dessert sometimes (luckily I am not a big fan of desserts). Usually, during wine dinners, I prefer to eat a bit less and drink a glass of wine more rather than the opposite. It’s healthier and lighter.
When I go back home, I always detox eating a lot of vegetables for a few days and I try to do as much sport as I can to stay well.
You can connect with Tancredi on Instagram at Tancerdibs or on Facebook.


What We’re Reading:

There's no shortage of wine stories and media inundating our IN Boxes. Here's what has piqued our interest this week.

 Notable First Women in Wine History  - Lauren Mowery for

These six trailblazers each became "the first" to achieve a high accomplishment in the wine industry.

How to Captivate a Wine Audience – Felicity Carter for

With some great insights on public speaking, Felicity Carter captures the soul, wit and talents of America’s favorite Italian-American wine writer, author and wise guy Anthony Giglio.


Let's Meet Up!                                              

As work life has it, we are traveling over the next few months and would love to see you.   

·      Presenter at the British Columbia Wine Insight Conference, March 12 (Cathy)

·      Presenter at the International Institute for Analytics conference in Portland, March 13 (Cathy)

·      Speaker at Women in Wine - The Bâtonnage Discussion Series, in Oakland, March 17 (Rebecca)

·      Attendee at ProWein in Düsseldorf, March 17 to 19 (Cathy)

·      Guest Lecturer at the University of Bologna, April 2 to 4 (Cathy)

·      Attendees at Vinitaly in Verona, April 7 – 10 (Rebecca and Cathy)

·      Presenter at the London Wine Fair, May 20 to 22 (Cathy)

·      Attendee at MUST: Fermenting Ideas in Cascais, Portugal, June 26 to 28 (Cathy) 

·      Attendee at Fine Minds 4 Fine Wines in Bordeaux, July 4 to 6 (Cathy)

Drop a line to or if you are interested in getting together for practice, a chat or a great glass together.

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