Wine Talks

Wine Talks

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November 9th  |  6:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Okanagan College Penticton Campus
Room: PC 113
583 Duncan Avenue West

Join best-selling author Karen MacNeil (The Wine Bible) and Rob McMillan, EVP and
Founder of Silicon Valley Bank's Wine Division, as they share their insight and international experience on wine marketing.

Hosted by Liquidity and Okanagan College, this event will bring two of California's foremost experts in the field as keynote speakers on a host of relevant topics facing the industry.

Key Note Speakers


Karen MacNeil
Karen MacNeil

Karen MacNeil is the only American to have won every major wine award given in the English language. These include the Wine and Spirits Professional of the Year (James Beard Foundation) and the Global Wine Communicator of the Year (International Wine and Spirits Association). In a full-page profile on her, TIME Magazine called Karen “America’s Missionary of the Vine.”

But deep global wine knowledge is only part of the story. Karen is considered America’s foremost wine presenter–a speaker who can enchant audiences from 5 to 500, and from wine novices to wine collectors alike.

Karen is also the author of the award-winning book, THE WINE BIBLE, the single best- selling wine book in the United States, praised as “The most informative and entertaining book I’ve ever seen on the subject” (Danny Meyer), “Astounding” (Thomas Keller), and “A masterpiece of wine writing…the single best wine book written in years…” (Kevin Zraly).

Karen’s firm, Karen MacNeil & Company, creates customized corporate events and wine tours around the world for companies and individual groups. Among Karen’s corporate clients are Lexus, Merrill Lynch, Disney, General Electric, UBS, and Singapore Airlines, as well as numerous law and biotech firms.

Karen is the creator and Chairman Emeritus of the Rudd Center for Professional Wine Studies at the Culinary Institute of America in the Napa Valley, which has been called “the Harvard of wine education.”

 Rob McMillan Rob McMillan

Rob McMillan is the founder of Silicon Valley Bank’s Wine Division based in Saint Helena, California. Starting in 1992, he developed the division from the idea and start-up phase to the point where it’s now regarded by many as the leading provider of financial services to the fine wine business on the West Coast.

Rob’s banking career has spanned over 30 years; more than 20 with Silicon Valley Bank. In that time, he has moved though roles of increasing responsibility including a term on Silicon Valley Bank’s Managing Committee. Today Rob supports Silicon Valley Bank’s continuing growth and success in the Wine Business by managing a portfolio of client relationships and assisting the rest of the Division’s clients and bankers: sharing views on the macro factors impacting the Fine Wine business, offering customized management presentations for clients, writing, and speaking.

Rob has published reports of varied and emerging trends to the wine industry over the past decade and is author of the Bank’s well regarded Annual State of the Wine Industry Report. Rob’s perspectives regarding the direction, opportunities and threats in the Fine Wine business continue to be cited in regional, National and the wine trade press.

Wine Talks