Mondavi cancels Taste3

It’s not a huge surprise, but a disappointment nonetheless, that COPIA’s signature annual event, TASTE3, has been canceled for 2009. It’s hard to express just what a bummer  this is…but BiteClub’s been on the guest list the last two years and this convergence of writers, journalists, foodies, chefs, scientists, farmers and artists was one of the most fascinating and worthwhile culinary events of the year.

From today’s press release…

Due to the unfortunate nexus of the unprecedented economic downturn and the closing of our venue, Copia, Robert Mondavi Winery has decided to take a one year hiatus from Taste3. The quality of the event is our number one priority and given these unforeseen circumstances, we believe that postponing the next Taste3 to early summer 2010 will allow us the best opportunity not only to secure the right venue but also to build the critical level of sponsor and sales support that makes Taste3 possible.

Organizers hope to get Taste3 back on track in 2010. Here’s to a brighter tomorrow.