Wine Democracy

Wine Democracy is a concept that means different things to different people.
At its heart is the simple principle that the world of wine should be accessible to all, regardless of income, status, background or ethnicity.
This thought-provoking book draws upon a series of in-depth conversations, each approaching the subject from a refreshingly different perspective, while unravelling some of the thorniest questions now facing the industry, from the role of technology and the inaccessibility of “winespeak” to the impact of discrimination and misogyny in the sector.
Wine Democracy is packed full of real-world experiences from those who live and breathe wine, as well as those who have come from communities and backgrounds previously excluded from the world of wine – what barriers do they face and, more importantly, how do they overcome them?
Following recent scandals that have rocked the industry, Wine Democracy puts the sector under the spotlight and offers some very practical recommendations – a wish list of takeaways – to drive the change needed to make the world of wine a more equitable and accessible space for all, a true Wine Democracy.

The book
Size: 11×18 cm
Pages: 252
Binding: paperback
Images: 36 greyscale

What we’ve done for this project

House without books is like a room without windows.

Brand & Identity


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Stevie Kim

Stevie Kim, founder of the Italian Wine Podcast. Stevie hosts Clubhouse sessions each week (visit Italian Wine Club & Wine Business on Clubhouse), these recorded sessions are then released on the podcast to immortalize them! She often also joins Professor Scienza in his shows to lend a hand keeping our Professor in check!

You can also find her taking a hit for the team when she goes “On the Road”, all over the Italian countryside, visiting wineries and interviewing producers, enjoying their best food and wine – all in the name of bringing us great Pods!

Steve Raye

Steve Raye of Bevology Inc originally joined our weekly lineup with narrations from his book “How to get US Market Ready” – but everyone just loved him so much, we brought him back with this new series of interviews that inform and inspire! Each week he speaks to industry professionals; guests who have gained valuable experience in the Italian wine sector and have insightful tips and stories that can help anyone who wants to learn about getting US Market Ready!

Cynthia Chaplin

VIA certified Italian Wine Ambassador and sommelier with FIS, Cynthia Chaplin is a professor of Italian Wine and Culture, with 10 years experience in Rome. Cynthia is also a wine writer and judges international wine competitions. She designs and presents events for Embassies and corporate clients, and develops Italian wine collections for restaurants and private clients

Polly Hammond

Polly Hammond is Founder and CEO of 5forests. She splits her time between Barcelona, Auckland, and Napa, consulting, writing, and speaking about the trends that impact today’s wine businesses.

She’s an advisor to New Zealand Trade & Enterprise, host of Uncorked with the Italian Wine Podcast, cohost of the Real Business of Wine with Robert Joseph, and, occasionally, a knitter.

Polly is a graduate of the University of Southern California, where she earned degrees in International Relations and French. Those studies led to a deep and abiding love affair with behavioral Economics, and her wine work is based on insights into all the crazy and irrational reasons consumers engage with brands.

With over 20 years’ experience in growing successful companies, Polly knows first-hand the challenges faced by independent businesses. She approaches each client experience with empathy and understanding for what it takes to adapt and thrive in the real world.

Marc Million

Marc Millon, VIA Italian Wine Ambassador 2021, has almost 40 years of food & wine experience.

Born in Mexico, with a mother from Hawaii via Korea and an anthropologist father from New York via Paris, he was weaned on exotic and delicious foods.

Marc and his photographer wife Kim are the authors of 14 books including a series of illustrated wine-food-travel books.

Marc regularly lectures and hosts gastronomic cultural tours to Italy and France with Martin Randall Travel when he is not at home in Devon, in jolly old England!


Forward by Stevie Kim

I. Voices with Cynthia Chaplin

Conversation I – Elaine Chukan Brown
Conversation II – Phil Long
Conversation III – Jamie Evans
Conversation IV – Ntsiki Bayella
Conversation V – Hoby Wedler
Conversation VI – Yannick Benjamin
Conversation VII – Lamar Covert

II. Wine, Food & Travel with Marc Millon 

Conversation VIII – Matteo Bisol
Conversation IV – Luigi Gagliardini
Conversation X – Emanuela Flore
Conversation XI – Erika Marchesini
Conversation XII – Roberto Stucchi Prinetti
Conversation XIII – Teresa Severini

III. Uncorked with Polly Hammond  

Conversation XIV – Diva Giles
Conversation XV – Cindy Gallop
Conversation XVI – Chinedu Rosa

IV. Get U.S. Market Ready with Steve Raye

Conversation XVII – Cheryl Durzy
Conversation XVIII – Nicole Brassard Jordan
Conversation XIX – Gary Fisch
Conversation XX – Josh Wand
Conversation XXI – Deborah Brenner
Conversation XXI – Don Kavanagh

Keep exploring!