Every January, the World Economic Forum convenes the world's top business, government, academic and civil society leaders for a 5-day conference in the Swiss ski resort of Davos. As a wine enthusiast and a member of the internal WEF think tank, known as the Centre for Strategic Insight, Vidhi Tambiah organised some high quality wine tastings as part of the official Annual Meeting programme. Jancis Robinson OBE MW, a leading wine critic, author and TV personality acted as host and wine guide. Together with Vidhi, she meticulously designed and developed the tasting programme and executed a highly professional and informative series of sessions. These tastings included "Classic Clarets", "Old World versus New World", "The Judgement of Davos" and "Mines and Wines".
These sessions were instantly popular with a wide and varied Davos group and served as a gathering point for individuals who loved wine and who also happened to be global leaders. Inspired by how these wine tastings stimulated discussion, Vidhi also organised a trip to Napa Valley in conjunction with the Harvard Business Review as a creative format for developing HBR/WEF's top 10 business ideas for 2008. At this two-day retreat, guests were invited to Delia Viader's vineyard perched on the Howell Mountain in Napa. After a heavy day's discussion, participants enjoyed a range of Californian wines together with a dinner prepared by Alice Waters and the team at Chez Panisse.
In 2009, Vidhi joined forces with David Spreng, an avid wine collector, Silicon Valley venture capitalist and long-time Davos regular. David had attended every wine event that Vidhi had organised and together they co-founded the Wine Forum as a non-profit Swiss based association. They expanded the Wine Forum's activities beyond the exclusive Davos wine tastings to incorporate a fundamental philanthropic element and site visits to the top vineyard areas where members could meet wine makers and buy wine.
The Inaugural Tasting of the newly formed Wine Forum took place in Zurich in January 2010. Since this inaugural tasting ……………. See Events page