Wine Writer, Wine Educator and Consultant
Julia Coney is a Washington, D.C. and Houston, Texas-based wine writer, wine educator, and consultant. Her wine writing includes stories on wine, winemakers, and the intersection of race, wine, and language. She holds a WSET Level Two Certification in Wine and Spirits and is currently pursuing her Master Level Champagne Certification with the Wine Scholar Guild.
Her work has been featured in Wine Enthusiast, The Tasting Panel, Plate Magazine, Forbes.com, WineEnthusiast.com, Glamour, Essence, The Washington Post, and numerous print and digital publications. She is a 2019 Fellow of the Professional Wine Writers Symposium at Meadowood Napa Valley. She is a lifelong Francophile and hopes all her assignments involve French wine. You can find her on all social media at @juliaconey, her website juliaconey.com, and contemplating a love-hate relationship with Whole 30.
“Responsibility in Wine Communication”
The audience will learn key takeaways for how to respect and work with the social diversity of the US market in this period of swift cultural change. This is especially important for hosting guests from the United States, those traveling to the United States for wine business, and for those working with US media. The US is one of the more diverse countries in the world. It is also one of the largest wine-buying markets in the world. As such, learning to navigate and communicate about wine in respect of the diversity of that market is important. The presentation will provide both basic education on diversity and communication, and offer straightforward guidelines for respectful communication. It will address: understanding key categories of diversity in the US market, the advantages of diversity for a successful business, and simple guidelines on appropriate language use. When we use the term “language” we mean understanding and learning the racial history of the U.S., it’s current political climate, and being able to understand perceived biases in wine marketing, wine sales, and wine presentation. Language varies in different racial sectors of the U.S., and from other markets. So, it is important to understand which words can be normal in one country, but offensive in another. As wine communicators, in every form, it is our responsibility to communicate effectively and with sensitivity of culture, race, and gender.