Local vintner talks about recent trade trip to Cuba with California wine group

 Lodi winemaker Joan Kautz, left, of Ironstone Vineyards, poses for a photograph with Doug Johnson at the U.S. ambassador’s residence in Cuba.

Winemaker Joan Kautz, vice president of Ironstone Vineyards, recently spent five days in Havana, Cuba, at the California Wine Symposium on Feb. 1 and 2. The California Wine Institute sponsored the symposium, which sought to educate California wineries of the opportunities Cuba holds, and introduce Cuban restaurant owners and sommeliers to California varietals.

Kautz has previously traveled to wine trade shows on four different continents, but she has never visited a place quite like contemporary Havana.

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