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Alfred Gratien Champagne Masterclass
Nicolas Jaeger, France
The cellarmaster of the champagne house representing one of the most exciting characters in the Champagne region was, of course, born in Reims, which is the ‘capital’ of the province of Champagne.
His choice of career was greatly influenced by his father and family traditions, paving the way for viticulture and oenology. After finishing school in 1990, he started working with his father at the Alfred Gratien Champagne House which he has been managing alone since his father’s retirement in 2007. He can consider himself fortunate, as his job is his hobby – is there anyone who does not want to be a ‘chef de cave’?
The presenter of the Sunday morning champagne master course also had a huge role in that Champagne Alfred Gratien remained true to the traditions in manufacturing their sparkling drinks, disregarding the fashions of modern times and the trends dictated by mass production. It is not surprising at all as we could say that Jaeger sucked in the mentality of the champagne house with his mother’s milk because his family has been managing the house since 1902.
2 March, Sunday, 9.30, Masterclass room >>
Tom Stevenson Exclusive Champagne Masterclass
Tom Stevenson, United Kingdom
Dear VinCE Guests,
We are sorry to inform you, but Tm Stevenson – due to health problems – cancelled his participation at VinCE Budapest Wine Show. However the Veuve Cliquot champagnes have arrived safe and sound, therefore we decided to hold the masterclass with György Márkus, Tom Stevenson’s best Hungarian fellowspeaker. Mr Márkus has received Stevenson’s draft of presentation. If you decide not to participate in this masterclass, we will refund you the money. Please, let us know if you want the refund.
Once again, we are sorry for the inconveniences.
Tom Stevenson has been writing about wine for more than 30 years. He is the author of 23 critically acclaimed books and winner of 32 literary awards, including Wine Writer of the Year three times and The Wine Literary Award, America’s only lifetime achievement award for wine writers. Tom’s books have been published internationally by more than 50 publishers and in total have been translated into over 25 languages. He has specialized in Champagne since embarking on a six-year research project that culminated in the publication of Champagne (Sotheby’s Publications, 1986). In 1998, his Christie’s World Encyclopedia of Champagne & Sparkling Wine (Absolute Press) was the first book to publish a 17th-century document proving that the English invented the so-called méthode champenoise six years before Dom Pérignon even set foot in Hautvillers. This revelation ensured the book made history as the only wine book to warrant a leader in any UK national newspaper (The Guardian, 14 October 1998). Tom’s other consuming passion is Alsace, and in 1993 The Wines of Alsace (Faber & Faber) duly appeared to universal plaudits, winning two awards, including the Veuve Clicquot Best Wine Book of the Year in the USA. He has a regular column in The World of Fine Wine and has judged at wine competitions in the US, France, Germany, Greece, Australia and the UK, where he chaired the panels for Champagne and Alsace at the Decanter World Wine Awards. In 2014 he launched his own competition, The Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championship. Tom is best known, however, as the author of The Sotheby’s Wine Encyclopedia, which Dorling Kindersley has published continuously since 1988. It is used as a standard reference for Master of Wine and Master Sommelier examinations all over the world and has sold more than 700,000 copies in 14 major languages.
1 March, Saturday, 17.30, Orfeum Club >>
Darrel Joseph, Austria
Darrel Joseph is based in Vienna, Austria, and writes about the wines and wine regions of Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe for publications including Decanter and Harpers Wine & Spirit in Great Britain, Meininger’s Wine Business International in Germany and wein-pur in Austria. His work has been published also in the Wine Spectator in the United States and he has contributed to Hugh Johnson´s Pocket Wine Book and wein-pur’s Best of Austria. He was the English language editor of the book Tokaj, The Wine of Freedom, by Lászlo Alkonyi.
In addition to his writing, Darrel participates as a judge in international wine competitions, including the renowned Decanter World Wine Awards in London. He has also judged for numerous other competitions, such as Concours Mondial de Bruxelles, the Berlin Wine Trophy, the Pannon Bormustra in Hungary and Vinistra in Croatia. Darrel also conducts wine tastings and presentations for wine clubs, wine schools, businesses and private clients throughout Europe. He is a member of the Circle of Wine Writers in Great Britain. At VinCE 2014, Darrel will hold a workshop on the wines of the Balkans.
2 March, Sunday, 17.30, Workshop room >>
Russia’s Abrau-Durso Masterclass
Fabien Lorenzen, France
He was born in 1975 in Libourne, son of a winemaker in Saint Emilion. He is from the 5th generation of winemakers in his family. Worked at the family property till the end of his studies. Graduate with BTA at high school in Libourne-Montagne and a BTS at Vayres wine schools that are closest to Saint Emilion. During his studies worked as a commercial in supermarkets and specialty stores (Shop Nicolas). Later in different regions of France (Saint Emilion, Médoc, Champagne, Languedoc Roussillon). Then went abroad (Austria, Hungary, Russia). At the present (since July 2012) consultative status at Abrau Durso.
28 February, Friday, 13.30, Masterclass room>>
Russia’s Abrau-Durso Masterclass
Nuno Terrao, Portugal
He was born in 1975 in Porto, Portugal. He was graduated in International Relations, and has also a master degree in International Relations. During all his professional life he worked with export business, living in Bucharest and Moscow for 2 years. Since the beginning of 2007 he worked as export manager, and after 2 years as export director, in a Portuguese wine company: still wine, port wine and sparkling wine. Since December 2012 he has been working as International Sales Director at Abrau Durso, with the main goal of expanded its export markets. At the present moment they are already selling in UK, Denmark, Singapore, China, Hungary (starting now), and in the process of closing deals/agreements to sell in Sweden, Norway, Germany, Hong Kong, Thailand, Brazil and Canada.
28 February, Friday, 13.30, Masterclass room>>
Charles Metcalfe, United Kingdom
Digital Kings Workshop
Charles Metcalfe is one of the best-known, most spontaneous and amusing wine critics in Britain. He founded Britain’s second consumer wine magazine (Wine International) and the International Wine Challenge (the best wine competition in the world, of which Charles is still Co-Chairman). He served a 12-year term as drinks expert on Richard & Judy’s ‘This Morning’. He has presented wine and, occasionally, food on many TV shows. He is one of two wine consultants to the Corporation of London, selecting wines for their official functions. His (and the wife’s) latest book, ‘The Wine & Food Lover’s Guide to Portugal’, won the Louis Roederer International Wine Writer’s Book Award in 2008. He is proud to serve as Honorary President of the Association of Wine Educators and Chairman of Judges for the Louis Roederer International Wine Writers’ Awards since 2009.
What’s more, he used to be an opera singer as well!
2 March, Sunday, 9.30, Workshop room >>
André Hoinkis, Brasilia, Douwe Egberts International Coffee Expert
As a future coffee expert, André Hoinkis was born to the most appropriate place, namely Brazil, where he already started to sharpen his senses smelling the coffees in the family roastery as a child. He began to work in 1989 learning every phase of coffee production from plantation to pouring coffee into the cup. He worked on farms, created his first own blends and then he was responsible for quality as a production director. His motivation and eagerness to learn took him to Europe, where he joined the Dutch headquarter of Douwe Egberts as an international coffee expert; first he was occupied with product development, then in 2005 he strengthened the quality management team. Today, he is the lead expert of the multinational company, exploring the exotic coffee regions around the world searching for new treasures. He is also a jury member of the Cup of Excellence, known as the Oscar of coffee.
28 February, Friday 13.30, Masterclass room >>
Stephen Mould, United Kingdom, Sotheby’s Stories Masterclass
Senior Director, Head of European Wine Department
Stephen Mould joined Sotheby’s in 1980 after graduating from Newcastle University with a First Class Honours degree in Fine Art. He conducted his first wine auction in 1985 and became Head of Sotheby’s European Wine Department in 2001, overseeing daily operations and managing Sotheby’s wine auction business in London, and was promoted to Senior Director in 2003. Stephen has served as senior specialist responsible for inspecting and cataloguing major wine sales in Europe for over 30 years. He is one of Sotheby’s principal wine auctioneers, conducting the inaugural U.S. wine action in 1994 and the first commercial auction in Hong Kong in 1998.
Stephen played an important role in many of Sotheby’s record-breaking auctions, including: The Massandra Collection, The Princely Collections of Thurn und Taxis, The Andrew Lloyd Webber Wine Collection, The Millennium Wine Cellar and The Adrian Bowden Cellar – Parts I & II. He was one of the principal auctioneers of the “white glove” sale, The Classic Cellar from a Great American Collector II, the first Sotheby’s single-owner wine sale in Hong Kong. His experience and knowledge of authenticating historic cellars is unrivalled.
28 February, Friday 17.30, Masterclass room >>
Hilke Nagel, Germany”s DVP Workshop
Managing Director, VDP. Die Prädikatsweingüter
After vocational training in hotel management and in winery management, Hilke Nagel completed an apprenticeship in public relations at Manning, Selvage & Lee in New York. She served as managing director of the Verband Deutscher Prädikatsweingüter e.V. (VDP, or Association of German Prädikat Wine Estates) from 1992 to 1998, after which – to meet family obligations – she remained responsible for the VDP’s public relations and dealt with issues related to viticultural politics and vineyard classification. During 2012 and 2013, she worked in asset management at Salm-Salm & Partner GmbH. As of January 2014, she resumed her position as managing director of the VDP.
28 February, Friday 15.30, Workshop room >>
Elise Losfelt, France, Moët & Chandon Masterclass
Elise Losfelt was appointed Winemaker in September 2012 by luxury champagne house Moët & Chandon. Elise works closely with Chef de Cave Benoit Gouez and his team of winemakers. She is also a spokesperson for the oenology department, communicating Moët & Chandon’s technical wine messages to the markets within France and abroad. She is based in Epernay.
Prior to joining Moët & Chandon, Elise was exposed to various winemaking styles and techniques as assistant winemaker in three distinct vineyards: Dominique Portet vineyard in Yarra Valley, Australia; Château Beychevelle in Saint Julien, France; and Bodega Mortix in Majorca, Spain.
Elise obtained a Masters of Engineering with majors in Life Sciences and Economics at Paris’ esteemed Agro Paris Tech in 2008, followed by a Masters in Viticulture and Oenology from Supagro in Montpellier in 2011. She holds a National Diploma of Oenology as well as having economics and financial experience gained whilst working for Prime View and for Mendoza’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry early in her career.
Elise is a sixth generation winemaker hailing from a family of talented female winemakers. She was exposed to the industry at a very young age at her family vineyard in Grès de Montpellier. Elise is fluent in French, English and Spanish including an intermediate level in German. She will also continue her studies in Mandarin.
1 March, Saturday, 9.30, Masterclass room >>
Caroline Gilby MW, United Kingdom, 10 MW, 10 Vintages, 10 Wines and Blue Danube Masterclasses
A Master of Wine since 1992. Caroline abandoned life behind the microscope after a degree in Botany and a PhD in plant sciences. She joined Augustus Barnett as trainee wine buyer in 1988 and never looked back. For seven years as Senior Wine Buyer for Augustus Barnett she bought wine from most countries that grow grapes, in parcels ranging from a few cases to over a hundred thousand cases, for wine shops, pubs and hotels. In 1995 she left corporate life behind to start her own business as an independent consultant and freelance wine writer. She is a member of the Circle of Wine Writers and contribute as freelance writer to magazines including Decanter, Harpers, The Drinks Business, VinCE and Meiningers Wine Business International. She also contributes to Hugh Johnson’s Pocket Wine Book, The Wine Opus and other books including Oxford Companion to Wine and Wines of the world, and while it was still being published Tom Stevenson’s Wine Report. She judges regularly at international wine competitions including being appointed Panel Chair for Hungary at Decanter World Wine Awards in 2011.
1 March, Saturday, 11.30 and 17.30, Masterclass room >>
Elizabeth Gabay MW has specialised in the wines of south-eastern France since the mid 1980’s, working as an independent wine merchant and consultant. She graduated as a Master of Wine in 1998 and moved to south east France in 2002.
Since then she has written on Provence, Hungary and northern Italy for a number of magazines and has contributed on Provence for winetravelguides.com, has updated the Provence section for the annual guide ‘Oz Clarke’s Pocket Guide’ since 2010 and the Provence section for the 2013 edition of Jancis Robinson’s ‘World Atlas of Wine’.
Elizabeth is an active educator, working on the MW education programme, gives masterclasses, runs a wine tasting group in France and researches and is the lead instructor for the Provence immersion course run by the French Wine Society.
Elizabeth also lectures on the history of wine for various conferences and museums. She is working on a book on the history of the drink punch, about which she has contributed to encyclopaedias, television programmes and talked about at various academic conferences.
1 March, Saturday, 11.30, 2 March, Sunday, 11.30 Masterclass room >>
Clive Coates MW, France–UK, Burgundy Clive Coates Masterclass
Clive Coates MW (Master of Wine) is one of the world’s leading wine authorities. Coates’ lifetime of distinguished activity in the field has been recognised by the French government, which awarded him the Chevalier de l’Ordre du Mérite Agricole, and he’s also been honoured with a “Rame d’Honneur” by Le Verre et L’Assiette, the Ruffino/Cyril Ray Memorial Prize for his writings on Italian wine, and the title of “Wine Writer of the Year” for 1998/1999 in the Champagne Lanson awards.
Coates published THE VINE, his independent fine wine magazine, for 241 issues from 1984 to 2005. Keenly read by oenophiles the world over, THE VINE received numerous awards, including a special commendation for its “considerable contribution to the knowledge and understanding of wine from the Wine Guild of Great Britain. In addition to his work with THE VINE, Coates has written for nearly all the world’s foremost wine publications, and enjoys a reputation as an accomplished and engaging speaker among audiences throughout Europe and the USA.
Coates’ books are widely considered the classic works on their respective subjects. They include: CLARET (1982), WINES OF FRANCE (1990), GRANDS VINS, The Finest Châteaux of Bordeaux and Their Wines (1995), and CÔTE D’OR, A Celebration of the Great Wines of Burgundy (1997), which won the André Simon Award (UK), the Champagne Veuve Clicquot prize (USA) and the James Beard Award (USA) for the best wine book of the year. CÔTE D’OR also won the annual Prix des Arts et des Lettres awarded by the Burgundian Confrérie du Tastevin, the first time a book on wine and a non-Burgundian has been so honoured for 30 years. Since then he has published AN ENCYCLOPAEDIA TOTHE WINES AND DOMAINES OF FRANCE (2000); THE WINES OF BORDEAUX (2004) and THE GREAT WINES OF FRANCE (2005).
The long-awaited sequel to Côte d’Or, THE WINES OF BURGUNDY, was published world-wide by the University of California Press in April 2008.
Prior to his career as an author, Coates spent twenty years as a professional wine merchant, during which he served as Executive Director of the wines division of British Transport Hotels and established the legendary Malmaison Wine Club.
Now semi-retired, Clive lives in southern Burgundy with his dogs and occasionally conducts wine lovers round the region.
1 March, Saturday, 15.30, Masterclass room >>
WSET Diploma (AIWS), WSET Certified Educator, and Bachelor in Economics Tourism-Hospitality…how did his path go from tourism to wine?
Kristian graduated with bachelor degree at tourism – hotel and economics and worked as a tour guide. He got to the wine world through history, in a deeper sense through wine history. Beside his university college he led their Wine Society for 3 years where he also founded the Wine Societies Cultural Faculty. His mentor and friend dr. Robert Cey-Bert had a great influence and still has, he is his favourite apprentice – as he calls him.
He worked in London for one of the best wine merchants, The Winery, he was responsible for the purchase of spirits and fortified wines beside sales and private tastings. He graduated at the Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) completing the diploma level, he also finished the WSET Certified Educator and Assessor to become an approved wine educator.
After London and his study trip he worked in Bristol for Averys Wine Merchant in the sales department with private clients and organising seminars and tutored tastings.
He is a judge for many national and international wine competitions (e.g. International Wine Challenge, Vinoble Jerez), he is presenter, member of the Hungarian Wine Expert Council, lecturer at the Austrian Wine Academy, wine writer who constantly learns and discovers new things in the wonderful wine world. He currently studies for his Master of Wine exams.
France’s Jura Workshop
Wink Lorch has worked in the world of wine all her life and splits her time between London and the French Alps. In the past two decades she has worked as a freelance wine communicator, writing, teaching and entertaining on wines. She has contributed to books by Jancis Robinson, Tom Stevenson and Oz Clarke, and written for numerous magazines on her particular speciality, the wines of Jura and Savoie. Her forthcoming book, Jura Wine, is the first book in English about this wine region and will be published in April 2014. The book can be pre-ordered at www.winetravelmedia.com where you can also find more information about Wink.
2 March, Sunday, 13.30, Workshop room >>