Climate Change and Wine 2/12

Wednesday, February 12, 2020 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Talking about wine should always be a fun conversation! Steering away from the political and focusing on the effects of changing weather systems on wine, Certified Sommelier Joseph Shaughnessy will discuss how wine and growing regions are altering and what this means for the industry. This discussion is part of Lake Oswego Reads 2020.

About Joseph Shaughnessy

My name is Joseph Shaughnessy; wine educator, certified sommelier and a former Army aviator. I began my journey with wine years ago when I first moved to Oregon from Tennessee. I worked at a small boutique wine shop in Ashland that featured many wonderful examples of classic wines from all over the world. Before working there I simply had no idea how deep the rabbit hole of wine went. Needless to say I was intrigued and began advancing my education in that field.

This path got put on hold when the shop went out of business and I decided I was going to uproot and join the Army. While flying for the military I serendipitously found myself stationed around wine regions. This afforded me the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to explore places otherwise outside of my grasp.

As my time in the service was drawing to a close I began studying daily towards becoming a sommelier. Much of this was done while stationed in Korea just miles from the DMZ. My efforts paid off when I passed my Certified Sommelier Exam through the Court of Master Sommeliers in Myeongdong Seoul.

Earlier this year I began managing a wine bar in Ashland that focuses on Applegate Valley AVA wines that are organically or biodynamically crafted. I run educational tastings for the community as well as volunteer in local events such as the Oregon Wine Experience. I am currently working towards my Advanced Certification from the Wine Spirit Education Trust; as well as my Advanced Sommelier certification from the Court of Master Sommeliers.


This free event is made possible by the Friends of the Lake Oswego Public Library. It takes place at the library: 706 Fourth Street, Lake Oswego, OR 97034. For more information, please call or email librarian Shannon Sedell at 503-534-5663/

Lake Oswego Public Library
706 4th St
Lake Oswego, OR 97034