Revoluntionary Wine Event For Millennials Returns - Wine Riot Launches Expanded 2018 Schedule

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Wine Riot has reinvented “wine tasting” for the Millennial consumer through its entertaining and interactive wine events and is pleased to announce its 2018 schedule, including the addition of Atlanta and Austin.

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With two-parts education and one-part revolution, Wine Riot has reinvented “wine tasting” for the Millennial consumer through its entertaining and interactive wine events and is pleased to announce its 2018 schedule, which will include the addition of Atlanta and Austin to its multi-city schedule.

Designed for the thirsty and curious Millennial consumer, Wine Riot aims to change the often-intimidating nature of wine and wine tasting into an entertaining and educational experience, while also helping wine brands connect with this important consumer segment. Each Wine Riot event taps into the Millennial consumer’s sense of adventure and desire to try new things by providing opportunities to interact with wines from around the globe.

EDUCATION: Bubbles, Crash Courses and Siplomas

Education is important, and Wine Riot makes learning wine a lot of fun through a few key activities:

  •     Wine 101 interactive tastings focused on wine categories – Old World v. New World, Young v. Mature and Oaked v. Unoaked
  • Crash Courses 20-minute seminars on a particular wine subject via a compare and contrast tasting
  • Regional & Varietal Booth an interactive tasting tour through 10 key wine regions around the world, showing how terroir, climate and production impact flavor and wine characteristics
  • The Bubble Bar a full-range of sparkling wine, including Cava, Prosecco, American Sparkling, Crémant, Rosé, Sekt and Champagne
  • Siploma a trivia-style program that allows attendees to test their wine knowledge, earning points and advancing through three degrees (Rioter, Connoisseur and Junior Somm) with Siploma levels displayed on wine glasses like merit badges.

“Through Wine Riot, we want to create a new wine language and adventure for Millennials. At the same time, we want to be a catalyst for brands to connect with this important consumer segment through education, one-on-one engagement and a lot of fun,” said Richard Stoppard, CEO, Wine Riot.


On the heels of a successful 2017, Wine Riot is expanding from its long-time Boston-Chicago-New York tour into two new markets: Atlanta, GA and Austin, TX. The 2018 schedule is as follows:

  •     Atlanta, GA – September 7 – 8, The Fairmont
  • Austin, TX – September 28 – 29, Fair Market
  • Boston, MA – November 16 – 17, The Castle at Park Plaza        
  • Chicago, IL – October 19 – 20, Revel Fulton Market
  • New York, NY – November 2 – 3, Brooklyn Expo Center

As the presenting sponsors, American Express and Delta Air Lines will host wine garden lounges in Atlanta, Austin, Boston and New York, available exclusively to Delta SkyMiles® American Express Card Members. Card Members can also enjoy early access to Wine Riot events and 15 percent off of their ticket when they purchase using the Card Member Promo code. To continue the #DeltaAmexPerks philanthropy efforts, Delta and American Express will make a joint donation to disaster relief equal to the total amount paid for tickets purchased using the Card Member Promo code, up to $20,000.

Wine Riot is open only to individuals age 21 or older.

Wine Riot is changing the environment of a typical wine event to make Millennials feel comfortable learning, discovering and exploring wines and the wine world. Since 2009, there have been 48 Wine Riot events, each drawing approximately 3,000 guests between the ages of 23 – 34. In 2016, Wine Riot joined the IWSC Group’s portfolio of events in North America. The IWSC Group is a global events company focused on delighting, inspiring and connecting people and brands through great experiences. The company boasts an international portfolio of food, beverage and arts events, including the prestigious International Wine & Spirit Competition. The North American portfolio includes Atlanta Food & Wine Festival, Spirits of Mexico, Sugar Land Wine & Food Affair, The Whiskey Extravaganza and Wine Riot.

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