Stone cairn on the labyrinth at The Lodge at Woodloch

Brian Freedman

Brian Freedman is a wine, spirits, food, and travel writer, restaurant and beverage consultant, drinks educator, and event host and speaker. He writes the Wines of the Week column for, as well as other wine- and spirits-focused articles and commentaries; contributes to Food & Wine digital; and is a contributing writer for John Mariani's Virtual Gourmet, among others. He has contributed to and Whisky Advocate print and digital, created wine lists and beverage programs for some of the Philadelphia region’s top restaurants and for three dinners at New York’s James Beard House, hosts beverage-focused events around the United States for corporate and private clients, and has traveled to nearly 50 countries to explore their culture and cuisine for his work. He was recognized three times by the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association’s Keystone Awards for his ongoing food and drink coverage for Philadelphia Weekly, for which he was restaurant critic and beverage columnist for over five years, and was awarded a fellowship to the prestigious Symposium for Professional Wine Writers in Napa, California in 2019.

Sunday, November 3rd
Wines of South Africa
South Africa is one of the most exciting wine-producing countries in the world, yet many consumers still aren't all that familiar with it. In this session, Brian will discuss what makes the country so unique right now...and, of course, pour plenty of samples!

Monday, November 4th
Unexpected Italian Wines
From Venezia to Sicily, Italy is experiencing a resurgence in the production of indigenous-variety wines that often offer some of the best value in the entire country. In this session, Brian will pour some of his favorites, and offer a bird's-eye view of what's animating Italy's most noteworthy regions.