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July 16, 2008

Mapping the grape genome

Tomorrow through Saturday TASTE3 brings together 40 writers, thinkers, chefs, winemakers, artisans and executives to join 400 attendees who are every bit as tapped-in.  The TED-inspired event is staged at COPIA and Cuvee in Napa with smaller, break-out functions staged in Napa Valley Wineries.    TASTE3 promises to thrill, tantalize, engage, intrigue, provoke and inspire.  And, for the past two years, this event has delivered in spades.

Friday morning at 10:45 award-winning eco chef, food justice activist and author Bryant Terry will host a session entitled, “Seeds.”  In that session, serial entrepreneur Barry Schuler will share his ideas for mapping the wine grape genome.  Schuler, who made his reputation and his fortune in Silicon Valley launched a pioneering interactive multimedia company with his wife Tracy in 1989.  One of their first clients was “a little company called America Online” which Barry ultimately led following the Time Warner merger in 2000.

In 1996 Barry and Tracy bought a 35-acre hilltop parcel in Coombsville, east of the city of Napa.  There they planted a 22-acre cabernet vineyard and eventually began to produce their own wine—made by Dawnine and Bill Dyer, partners in the enterprise—under the Meteor Vineyard label.

If you’re interested in joining the 2008 TASTE3 community, visit www.TASTE3.com to see if late registrations are being accepted.

A few friends of Studio-707 who’ve signed on this year include:  Elise Bauer, blogger; Virginie Boone, journalist; David Darlington, author; Carl Doumani, vintner; Katherine Doumani, free-lance writer; Dawnine Dyer, vintner; Aaron Pott, winemakerMargrit Biever Mondavi, Robert Mondavi Winery; Gwen McGill, Marketing Director, Quintessa Winery; Garrett McCord, blogger; Heather Irwin, journalist; Cristina Salas-Porras; Phil Sherburne, eco-developer; Rives, performance poet; Gianni Stefanini, miller-owner Apollo Olive Oil; Dan Barber, chef; and Andrea Robinson, broadcast journalist

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