Meet Monika Christmann – Insider interviews by David Furer
by David Furer
Prof. Monika Christmann and I met in Chicago soon after she’d completed her time working on Simi Winery’s winemaking team having begun as Department Head for both Oenology & Wine Technology and the Winery at her native Germany’s Geisenheim Research Institute. Since then she’s authored or co-authored many groundbreaking treatises on wine research and technology, since 1995 served as a representative in varying capacities to the International Organisation for Vine and Wine (OIV) for which she’s now a Vice-President, taught wine academics and professionals throughout Europe along with being a frequent guest speaker for the Institute of Masters of Wine, and currently lectures on enology for Montpellier’s Euro-Masters program. Whenever I’ve the pleasure of speaking with or listening to her I’m impressed not only by her expansive breadth of knowledge, but also with the keen and genuine interest she continues to express for our favorite beverage. What was expected to be a 20-30 min. interview extended to 48 with no exertion made.
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