Program

3 May & 4 May 2016. Domaine Chandon, Coldstream.

Day one – TUESDAY 3 MAY 2016

7:00pm

Session one - Wine obsession: what makes people commit their life to the study of wine?

WELCOME DINNER AT THE TEA ROOM 

Sparkling Summit is an event to connect trade and media around the discussion of sparkling wine. We launch with an informal dinner at the Tea Room at The European – a time to introduce ourselves and for you to get to know the participants you’ll be sharing the Summit sessions with the following day.

 

WINE OBSESSION

What are you obsessed with? Would you commit three years of rigorous study to it? There are currently only 340 Masters of Wine worldwide and we have three of them here to talk about wine obsession. What makes people commit their life to the study and communication of wine? Hosted by award-winning comedian Kate McLennan.

 

 

Day two – WEDNESDAY 4 MAY 2016

10:30am

Session two – Regionality and terroir in sparkling wine – can we really taste it?

Sparkling winemaking is among the most complex of all. Given this complexity, is it really possible to taste the terroir, over and beyond the nuances of house style, acidity, yeast and age? How much is obscured by the smudgy winemaker fingerprints?

12:00pm

Break sessions

12:45pm

Lunch at Chandon

2:15pm

Break sessions

3:00pm

Session three – Youth vs Age

How wines age is one of the greatest puzzles for consumers starting out with wines, it’s right at the top of the FAQ list. Older is better, right? Not always…

4:30pm

Event concludes

During the breaks...

BASECAMP

Prepare for your basecamp adventure – a journey to understand and taste sparkling wine…before the bubbles.

BITTER & TWISTED

While the purists believe that Champagne and sparkling should be consumed straight, there’s no denying that the right blends and infusions can elevate the bubbly experience to something new and exciting. Let’s redefine bitter and twisted.