An unprecedented gathering of politicians and public policy makers will be addressing this year's Wine and Politics 2001: The 2nd Annual Legislative and Regulatory Summit for the U.S. Wine Industry. Rich Cartiere of Wine Market Now! conferences and Wine Market Report newsletter will host the event.

Rep. George Radanovich (R-Fresno), State Senator Wes Chesbro and State Assemblywoman Pat Wiggins are among key lawmakers speaking on "The National Political Landscape in the Coming Year" and "The California Outlook."

"This is a roll-up-your-shirtsleeves and break down the real issues conference," says Rich Cartiere. "We will be addressing the real political issues affecting the wine industry today and for the year 2001."

The talk-show format is designed to obtain the most current information on the hottest issues, such as environmental battles, geographic brand labeling, vineyard assessments, fruit-flavored wines, election 2000, state-by-state legislation and direct shipping.

Other speakers include: John De Luca, Wine Institute; Simon Siegl, American Vintners Association; Mike Falasco, Wine Institute; Karen Ross, California Association of Wine Grape Growers; Paul Kronenberg, Family Winemakers of California; Jim Trezise, New York Wine & Grape Commission; Steve Burns, Washington Wine Institute; Herb Schmidt, Napa Valley Wine Growers Alliance; Art Libertucci, associate director of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms; Jim Finkle, president, International Federation of Wine and Spirits; and David Combe, vice president of external affairs, Southcorp Wines (Australia).

Special Keynote Address: Washington Insiders: A Unique Marriage of Politics and Wine. Robert P. Koch(1), Wine Institute lobbyist, former chief of staff to Democratic Rep. Richard Gephardt, and his wife, "Doro" Bush-Koch(1), daughter of President Bush, sister of Republican presidential candidate George W. Bush

The event will be held at RMS Distillery in Napa, California.

Seating is limited. The cost is $149 for non-subscribers/$139 for subscribers to Richard Cartiere's Wine Market Report (bag lunch included).

Subtract $20 for early registration. Seating is limited.

To register, contact: Richard Gilmore, President Wine Market Report P.O. Box 641, Calistoga, CA 94515 or call 707/869-9266, fax at 707/581-1856, email Full agenda and sign-up forms are available online: