Surprises from the Sparkling and Champagne World Championship – 03.03.  13.30-15.00

Masterclass room


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.

György Márkus

15019090540_9013e9d4c3_bHis name sounds more familiar to Champagne producers then to Hungarian wine lovers, as the doors of all Champagne houses are open to him. He is a lecturer of Central European Wine Institute, and his quarterly publication on Burgundy and Champagne is very popular among Hungarian wine experts. He has been speakers many times at VinCE Budapest, and in 2015 he speaks about ’Sparkling Oscars’as one of the experts and future juries of CSWWC (Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships).



The Exile of the Sulphur- How to lower the level of sulphur – Research of Institut Cenologique de Champagne 03.03. 13.30-15.00 Workshoproom

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Oenologist engineer, he joined the Lallemand company in 2003 as Manager of experimentations for France. Since 2010, he’s working for IOC group as Product Manager and Responsible for Biotechnology Development. Within this framework he enters into partnerships with research institutes as well as wine producers, in France but also occasionally in other countries. He provides technical support for enzymatic processes, fermentations as well as ageing of wine techniques with alternative-to-lees. He is the author of numerous technical publications, covering for instance malolactic fermentation or the factors impacting the aromatic revelation during the alcoholic fermentation.

Wine Star – The wine talent show – 03.03 15.30-17.00 Masterclass room

blue-danbe-masterclass_13Caroline Gilby MW
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.

 (((on The Great Challenge – 5 top experts, 12 wines, 200 ipads 04.03. 17.30-19.00 as well)))

Rod Smith MW

rod_imw_pic_largeHe established a consultancy business involving wine education and marketing. During this time he studied for and passed the Master of Wine theory and practical examinations. In 2005 he joined wine importer Mentzendorff, a company largely owned by Champagne Bollinger. Here he completed the Master of Wine dissertation, taking as my subject “Chenin Blanc in Anjou-Saumur”. In 2007 he founded irresistible the lure of dealing with the world’s finest wines and the world’s most discerning customers, when the chance to work for Vins Sans Frontières in Nice came up. He has subsequently established the Riviera Wine Academy, offering wine education, entertainment, consultancy and advice to the residents of, and visitors to, the Côte d’Azur and beyond.


The perfect wine list – How do the best restaurants of the world do it?

03.03.  15.30-17.00 Workshop room

 BpdcZ3GIMAAViA8Nick Adams MW
He owns and runs First Glass Wine Services Ltd (f. 2009) and am a Master of Wine. He has worked extensively in both the UK Off and On trades in the UK for well over 25 years. He has also been privileged to work with a number of outstanding estates and producers in that time, devising blends and wines which he then take in onto the local market – or support the producer in their own sales activities. Recent projects have been as diverse as Turkey, New Zealand and Burgundy. In a really exciting new project, he has teamed up with Adam Pawlowski – Master Sommelier – to provide dedicated, joint consultancy wine advice and services to high quality hotels and restaurants.

  Adam Pawlowski

Screen-shot-2012-12-04-at-10.14.46-350x350Adam Pawłowski is the first and only polish Master Sommelier. One of only 230 Master Sommeliers in the world. Started his career as a sommelier at Northcote a Michelin starred establishment in the North-West of England where for 6 years was leading a very talented team of sommeliers and managing one of the best wine lists in the country. Member of The Court of Master Sommeliers, Polish Sommelier Association, Atelier Ruinart, Academy of Food and Wine Service, L’Ordre des Coteaux de Champagne i Chaîne de Rôtisiers. Independent wine consultant, Judge of the Decanter Wine Awards, run seminars, masterclasses, training sessions and wine and food workshops. Tutor for the Court of Master Sommeliers the most prestigious training organisation for sommeliers.


Sparkling Tokaj – The third dimension of Tokaj region

04.03 9.30-11.00 Masterclass Room

Natasha Hughes MW

 8i2XftksNatasha Hughes graduated as a Master of Wine in 2014, winning four out of the sevenprizes awarded that year, including the Outstanding Achievement Award, which is given to the graduate who excelled across all exam disciplines.

Natasha began her wine trade career at Decanter, where she was the deputy editor for the magazine’s website. She left in 2001 to begin freelancing as a journalist, specialising in wine and food, and has written for numerous publications, including Decanter, Square Meal, Imbibe and Australian Gourmet Traveller Wine. Her online work has been published by timatkin.com and jancisrobinson.com, as well as her own site, natashahughes.com.

Her work was shortlisted for the Food and Wine writing category in the 2015 Louis Roederer Awards.

Natasha consults for restaurants, and has worked with establishments ranging from Sat Bains’ 2 Michelin-starred restaurant to her local gastro-pub. She also provides consultancy services for private clients, wineries and the UK wine trade.

Natasha is a regular panel chair at Imbibe’s Sommelier Wine Award and the International Wine Challenge. She has chaired the judging at Georgia’s National Wine Competition, and been a member of judging panels around the world (France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Germany and the Czech Republic).

In addition, Natasha hosts wine events, seminars and tutored tastings for private clients and members of the wine trade, and leads trips to wine regions for private clients.

(((on The Great Challenge – 5 top experts, 12 wines, 200 ipads 04.03. 17.30-19.00 as well)))

Champagne Veuve Clicquot – Nicholas  Blampied-Lane

04.03 11.30-13.00 Masterclass Room

photo 3Nicholas has been part of the Veuve Clicquot œnologie team since September 2015. Nicholas knows our Champagne house well through the strong historical links between Cloudy Bay Vineyards and Veuve Clicquot. Nicholas was a winemaker at Cloudy Bay for 13 years where he specialized in Pinot Noir and Chardonnay for both still wine and the Cloudy Bay sparkling wine, Pelorus. This position held him in good stead when the opportunity arose to work in Champagne. Although a kiwi, Nicholas was born in Switzerland and returned to Europe to complete his post graduate diploma of Oenologie and Viticulture at the University of Toulouse, France.

Nicholas winemaking journey has taken him through several different regions of France, California, Australia and New Zealand.  Nick is intrigued by Champagne and how the character of each vineyard is uniquely expressed through the méthode champenoise. His experience with making still Pinot Noir led him to the cellars of Bouzy during harvest where Veuve Clicquot makes the precious red wine for the Rosé blends.

Cavacourse – The Spanish méthode traditionelle sparkling wines-
04.03. 13.30-15.00 Masterclass room

Top 100 079Sarah Jane Evans MW – representative of the cava houses

Sarah Jane Evans MW is an award-winning wine-writer.  She became a Master of Wine in 2006, winning the award for the highest overall marks in the theory examinations. She is currently Chairman of the Institute of Masters of Wine. One of her specialist interests is Spain, the Wines of Spain and Sherry. She is co-Chair of the Spanish and Sherry panels for the Decanter World Wine Awards and was made a member of the Gran Orden de Caballeros de Vino in 2010 for her services to Spanish wine. She has also been made a Dama de Albariño and a Dama de Solear, She writes regularly for Decanter and a range of other wine and food publications.  Outside wine, another of her specialist interests is chocolate, and she is a founder member of the Academy of Chocolate.


Wines of the Rhone Valley- 04.03. 15.30-17.00 Masterclass room

RhoneAnne Mc Hale MW

Anne McHale MW was born and raised in Belfast, Northern Ireland. She now works for Berry Bros. & Rudd in London as a wine educator, teaching and hosting a wide range of wine events including tutored tastings, educational dinners and WSET courses. She became a Master of Wine in 2013, winning several awards in the process, including the Bollinger Medal for excellence in tasting and the Wines of Austria award for outstanding achievement in all areas of the examination.

(((on The Great Challenge – 5 top experts, 12 wines, 200 ipads 04.03. 17.30-19.00 as well)))


Szekszárd in the bottle – 04.03 15.30-17.00 Workshop room

Elizabeth Gabay MW

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAShe 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.


The Great Challenge – 5 top experts, 12 wines, 200 ipads

04.03. 17.30-19.00

László Romsics

46370_romsicslaszloLászló Romsics is an international wine academics and the consultant editor of VinCE Magazine from the beginning. He is also chief executive officer of Csányi winery, Villány.
He has gained her wine experiences in Chile, Australia, New-Zealand, Spain, Italy, France and Germany.



wine _scienceWine Science- Mistery of hocus pocus

05.03 9.30-11.00 Workshop room

Herczeg Ágnes

She has been involved with the world of wine since 2000. After graduating from the Wine and Spirit Education Trust in London, she is currently the first female Hungarian student of the Masters of Wine Institute. She has held a WSET Certified Educator title since 2010, and a Fine and Rare Wine Specialist title since 2011. She published her first book in Hungary in 2010, entitled Wines in the Kitchen (Borok a konyában). In 2014 she co-authored a book, published in Hungary, with the title Wines for You (Borról Neked), which received the wine book of the year award from the Hungarian Wine Academy. She regularly publishes in Hungarian magazines, newspapers and journals, gives presentations, holds master courses and participates in tastings and wine competitions as a referee in Hungary and around the world. On TV she hosted the wine and gastro section of TV2’s Winecult (Borkultusz).

She launched Herczeg Ágnes Wine School in 2015 with the aim of providing a diverse knowledge centre of international standards that is the favourite of everyday wine lovers and professionals alike.


Villányi and other cab francs- 05.03 12.30-15.00 Masterclass room


András Horkay

Alapanyag_Borkivalosag_optThe director of the youngest WSET-accredited wine school in Hungary. He founded The Central European Wine Institute (CEWI) with Zsuzsa Toronyi and Gabor Patko, in year 2010. Since the formation of CEWI he is working with several international wine experts and offering wine and gastronomic courses from the daily foreign language course to the WSET advanced course as well. Andras Horkay has experiences in wine and food pairing, since he is the owner of the Taban Terrace. He usually critizises in major domestic journals and on wine competitions.

Yotam Sharon

002He was born in Jerusalem in 1974, but his father’s parents were of Hungarian origin. Although his family had practically no relation to wine, it has become his strongest passion since age 15. In a most unusual step at the time, he chose to become a winemaker and enrolled in oenology studies in Montpellier, France. After graduating and various internships, he returned to Israel and to Barkan Wine Cellars. During his term there he was instrumental in developing and maintaining quality standards within a winery quickly growing to become Israel’s largest (14MB).

Since 2012 he has been acting as an independent winemaker, consulting several small and medium-sized wineries, helping them create some of the most distinctive wines now made in the country.

He’s also developing an import activity, introducing novel concepts such as Flexcube maturation systems and fresh yeast selected in Italy, and prestigious cooperage in Stockinger of Austria.


Cave de Tain L’Hermitage 4 generations, 5 ’Crus’, 6 fabolous wines

05.03. 13.30-15.00 Workshop room

Xavier Gomart

Cave de Tain“Cave de Tain l’Hermitage is a producer of fine wines in the Northern Rhone Valley for 4 generations. It produces 5 prestigious “crus”: Crozes-Hermitage, Saint-Joseph, Saint-Péray, Cornas and the mythical Hermitage.

Wines are sold over 40 countries in the world. It regularly obtains ratings from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate; Decanter; Jancis Robinson; John Livingstone…and of course the French Revue des Vins de France.

Cave de Tain l’Hermitage was rewarded “Best Coop Winery of France 2015” by La Revue des Vins de France.”


Chile, Santa Carolina- The best winery of the New World

05.03. 15.30-17.00 Masterclass room

José Andueza

Image2Santa Carolina is Carolina Wine Brands’ foundational brand, being considered the backbone of its history, prestige and tradition. It was founded in 1875, by Don Luis Pereyra to honour his wife Carolina Iñiguez.

Santa Carolina is among the oldest and biggest wineries of Chile, with presence in more than 90 countries. It has developed a constant plan of investing in the latest technologies to optimize the winemaking process.

If we add together over 125 years of experience, the dedicated work of our group of enologists, and the privileged land and climate where our vineyards are located, we obtain the essence of the successful path of Viña Santa Carolina.

During 2015,  Santa Carolina was chosen as the New World Winery of the Year by Wine Enthusiast Magazine. An award that was given, among others, because the winery’s tradition, extensive wine portfolio, outstanding ratings, support to important innovation and development projects, new investments in fields and cellaring facilities, and world presence.


Intrigue and Invasion- In the trace of Alexander the Great

05.03. 17.30-19.00 Masterclass room

(Caroline Gilby, Yotam Sharon, Darrel Joseph)

CSizmadia-PéterPeter Csizmazia-Honigh

Peter Csizmadia-Honigh is a London-based wine consultant, writer and publisher. His first book The Wines of India, a Concise Guide was released by The Press Publishing in 2015 and his other writings have appeared in Sommelier India, The Drinks Business and VinCE Magazine. Peter holds the WSET Diploma (2011) and is a Certified Sherry Educator (2012). He worked for the Institute of Masters of Wine between 2005 and 2014, having been in charge of the study programme and examination. Peter is also a co-proprietor of Royal Somló Vineyards in Hungary crafting Juhfark wines for Michelin-star restaurants. Csizmadia-Honigh judges at a variety of wine competitions in the UK and internationally.

Mustafa Camlica

mustafa_camlicaThe Camlica family has been farming in Buyukkaristiran, Luleburgaz since 1936. The first generation of the family immigrated from Kubadin, Razgrad, in northeastern Bulgaria. Kubadin was renamed Loznitsa in the 1930s. The new name means “Vineyard Place” in Bulgarian, referring to the fact that this was the first place where American rootstocks were grown first time in the country.

Mustafa Camlica, a prominent fine wine investor from the third generation of the family to live in Turkey, is the name behind this very ambitious project. The company is named after his daughter, who also designs all the labels. All the production facilities are in Buyukkaristiran, 120 kilometers west of İstanbul. All vineyards, 85 hectares in total, are located at the foothills of Strandja Massif, Eastern Thrace, Kirklareli,Turkey.


Calvados Christian Drouin – 05.03. 17.30-19.00 Workshop room


Guillaume Drouin is the third generation of Christian Drouin Estate. He trained as an agricultural engineer and wine-maker. When he joined the company in 2004, he devoted his first five years in the business to developing exports before taking over production management and then general management of the company in 2013. Guillaume keeps personally the responsibility of blending and aging the calvados

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