Digital Wine Communication Conference 2014 in Montreux : Wine in Context

The theme of the 7th annual Digital Wine Communications Conference (Montreux – Switzerland, October 31–November 2, 2014) is “Wine in Context”. Besides that, the conference features brand new DisruptWine talks and guest “outsider” speakers.

The organisers of the only international conference dedicated to the convergence of wine and the web are pleased to announce that this year’s DWCC will include a series of new features and guest speakers, addressing the topic of Wine in Context.

New features and speakers
For the first time the DWCC will present the DisruptWine talks, a series of mini-presentations from six guests, including some from outside the wine industry. Taking a one-word theme, each speaker will have just eight minutes in which to inspire the audience and challenge them to look at an aspect of wine communications from a new angle. The six DisruptWine speakers are:
- Cellartracker.com founder Eric Levine
- Qoin community currency guru Edgar Kampers
- Hamish Nicklin (Google)
- Jennifer Burke (9068Creative)
- Felicity Carter (editor, Meininger’s Wine Business International)
- Gabriella Opaz (Catavino)

Other content
Internationally-renowned wine expert Jancis Robinson MW will be a keynote speaker; as well as addressing conference delegates and attending the Gala Dinner, Robinson will be lead a tutored Grand Tasting of Swiss wines with Wine Grapes co-author Dr. José Vouillamoz, with a focus on four grape varieties: Chasselas, Petite Arvine, Merlot and Pinot Noir. This unique opportunity will be followed by a walk-around tasting with 40 of the best Swiss producers, many of them being in the Gault & Millau Top 100 Swiss Wines 2014 ranking, presenting their wines to the 300+ conference delegates, and two masterclasses highlighting rare Swiss grape varieties and iconic Swiss wines led respectively by Dr. José Vouillamoz and Paolo Basso, Best Sommelier of the World 2013.

Confirmed speakers at this year’s DWCC are detailed here and include:
• Jancis Robinson MW
• Grape geneticist Dr. José Vouillamoz
• World’s Best Sommelier 2013 Paolo Basso
• Swiss wine grower and biochar expert Hans-Peter Schmidt
• Hamish Nicklin, Director, Agency Sales UK, Google
• Richard Siddle, editor of UK title Harpers Wine & Spirits Trade Review
• Social media guru Christian “Documentally” Payne
• SEO expert and blogger Judith Lewis
• Felicity Carter, editor of Meininger’s Wine Business International
• Wine writer and commentator Robert Joseph
• Nomacorc research scientist Maurizio Ugliano
• Marc Roisin and Faye Cardwell, co-founders, Wine Business Innovation Summit
• Content creator Sally O’Brien
• Wine writer and educator Panos Kakaviatos
• Cru Bourgeois du Médoc president Frédéric de Luze
• Fermenti Digitali co-founders Giampiero Nadali and Elisabetta Tosi
• Wine writer Simon Woolf
• Wine Mosaic co-founders Arnaud Daphy and Jean-Luc Etievent
• Stylianos Filopoulos (Wine in Moderation)
• Suzanne Mustacich (Wine Spectator)
• Damien Wilson (Burgundy Business School)
• Ronn Wiegand MW, MS

Location
The DWCC celebrates its 7th anniversary in 2014; it will be held in Montreux, a town of some 25,500 inhabitants situated on Lake Geneva. Famous for its jazz festival (held every year in July since 1967), Montreux is in the French-speaking Vaud canton and within easy travelling distance of many European locations (previous conferences have been run in Spain, Portugal, Austria, Italy and Turkey). The three-day conference will be held in the 2m2c Montreux Music and Convention Centre.

Theme and content
The theme of this year’s conference is Wine in Context, and the DWCC will be partnering with Wine In Moderation (http://www.wineinmoderation.eu/) to organise a panel debate on the subject of wine culture in context; delegates will be encouraged to reflect upon the potential of digital media to create entirely new ways to talk about and sell wine.

As in previous years, DWCC 2014 will feature a range of communications and technical workshops on the skills and information needed by wine communicators in the 21st century. These sessions are led by international experts in the field who come from around the world to share their knowledge with delegates, and thus, the conference is an excellent opportunity for anyone in the wine trade to network and learn alongside peers and leading figures.

Conference delegates will attend a wide range of educational wine tastings as well as experiencing Swiss wine and food culture and hospitality in events, tastings, winery visits and tourism opportunities within Switzerland’s six wine-producing regions, with an emphasis on native Swiss grape varieties.

Sign up
Delegates can benefit from special rate bookings with conference partners, detailed on the DWCC website. The reduced-rate delegate fee for bloggers and alumni is €250; the full-rate fee is €450.

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Château Petit-Village: a jewel set in the highest of the Pomerol plateau

Late in January, prior to my MW seminar in Bordeaux, I had the opportunity to visit a few wineries with a friend and fellow MW student - Stefan Metzner. One of the visits was to Château Petit-Village in Pomerol. I didn’t know much about their wines… and what a great surprise it was! Not because of the walk we had in the vineyards (not much walking, as it was extremely muddy from all the rain they were getting in the past days), not even because of the visit to the cellars (which was nice!), but what made it so remarkable was the wines we tasted. That combined with a great conversation with the person responsible for the winemaking of such great wines – Marielle Cazaux (their technical director ) – made January 31st, 2014 a very special day…

Some information about their vineyards: 10.5 hectares on deep gravel with light sandy clays. The average of the vineyards is 30 years.

Château Petit-Village is going through a major process of replanting in the vineyards to improve the quality of their wines in the future. The immediate result is a considerable reduction of the production of their Grand Vin. The good news? While the quantity goes down, the quality goes up as only the grapes from the old vines are used for their GV! As a result of the low yields that old vines usually offer, more concentrated juice is produced…

They are located in Pomerol. So what that means in terms of grape varieties used in their blends to make the wines? It means that most of their vineyards are planted with Merlot  (in their case, about 3/4 of the vineyards). The rest is planted with Cabernet Franc (18%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (7%).

Merlot from Pomerol is not your usual “juicy and easy to drink beverage”. Combined with the two Cabernets, it has enough structure to put in a firm frame all the red-berry fruit, cassis, dried herbs, and exotic spices that you find in the wines.

And they can be rich, silky and fresh…

Some critics don’t like to use the word “delicious” to describe a wine. I’m not sure why… To me it isn’t fair if, possibly, the best quality of the wine is not mentioned…

The best wines from Pomerol are the true definition of #delicious!

Our tasting was in this room with a beautiful view of the vineyards. Does it make the wines taste better? Possibly… :) but I don’t think it was the case this time. That day was rainy and dull.

We had a vertical tasting of their most recent vintages and we could clearly see the difference between the years. However, they all had a pure character, a common thread that made them somehow “siblings”. Why is that? What gives this very specific style to a winery? Is it the “terroir” or is it the winemaking? Probably a bit of both? Hard to tell… but all the wines were showing great purity of fruit, nice integration of the oak, and very good balance. Even vintages defined as mediocre by some famous journalists! (not to be confused with vintages that were defined famous by some mediocre journalists…) :)

My favorite of all the wines we tasted that morning was the Château Petit-Village 2007. This is what they had to say in their own tasting note: “A dark, ruby red color. An extremely expressive, complex nose with notes of black fruit and violets, of remarkable freshness and purity. In the mouth, the wine is straightforward and extremely precise. The tannins are firm but refined and velvety. A wine that combines freshness and elegance.” I couldn’t agree more!  This wine is really fresh and elegant! Amazing silkiness on the palate.

If you like wines that don’t punch you like a heavy-weight boxer… but rather caresses your face like a gentle breeze… (are you getting the picture?), this wine is for you! The other vintages are variations on the same theme: Elegance and balance. So you can make the choice of the vintage… And here is my super secret advice: Pick the vintages that were named “terrible” by the critics. They are cheaper and they will please you as well!

Château Petit-Village is open to individuals and groups (25 people maximum) every day by prior appointment for a visit of the vineyard and technical facilities, followed by a tasting session of two vintages of Château Petit-Village. The visits last approximately one  hour and it costs 6 euros (reduced rates for groups). A shop is also open to their visitors (languages spoken: French and English). Going to Bordeaux? Don’t miss this opportunity to visit this great Château!

Cheers,

Luiz Alberto, #winelover

Founder of the #winelover community – Institute of Masters of Wine candidate. Combining his passion for wine with social media, he is a judge at international wine competitions, wine educator and communicator.

Blog: thewinehub.blogspot.com

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Professionals welcome to the 1st edition of the Brussels Wine Market

Adegga, organisers of the Lisbon Wine Market which attracts over 1000 consumers to taste the wine of the 40 selected wine producers will be hosting the first edition of the Brussels Wine Market on 16th November at The Hotel (ex Hilton).

“Why should a trade professional attend what would normally be a consumer event?” we hear you ask… Here are seven reasons we think that you can’t miss being at Brussels Wine Market on 16th November:

1)     Our 22 exhibitors from Portugal and France include some of the top names in Port winemaking that are already known on the Belgian market as well as others that are looking to develop their network of importers and distributors. Take Casa da Passarella (Dão), Casa de Mouraz (Vinho Verde), Damasceno (Setubal), Vale da Capucha e Pynga (Lisboa), Herdade do Cebolal (Setubal), Torre do Frade (Alentejo), João Barbosa (Lisboa and Alentejo) and Julia Kemper (Dão) for example – if you’re looking to develop your range, they could have just what you need.

2)     New Vintages – many of our producers such as Montirius, producers of exquisite biodynamic wines from the Rhone valley will be presenting the new vintages at the Brussels Wine Market. Looking to update your wine list? This could be the place to find those new labels.

3)     Belgian producers – winemakers from Chateau de Miniere and Chateau de Castigno will be on hand showcasing their wines made with Belgian hands in the Loire and Languedoc. Why not come and see how the Belgians are doing in France?

4)     Champagne wine-maker Francoise Bedel, one of the few certified biodynamic producers in the region will be bringing her elegant Pinot Meunier dominant wines to the Brussels Wine Market.  If you’re looking for a different sort of sparkling, look no further.

5)     Niepoort Wine Experience – as a wine professional, you’re almost certainly a wine lover and any wine lover would go weak at the knees for a Port Experience Room ticket. Niepoort will be opening ten vintages ranging from 1952 to their newest releases giving Port fans and wine connoisseurs a unique insight into Portugal’s favourite export. (Tickets to the Port Wine Experience cost 35 euro – a snip considering the high price tags on these old vintages)

6)     Miss Vicky Wines, new to the Belgian market, this bubbly daughter of a French vineyard owner created her own range of wines mirroring her young, elegant, fun and sexy personality. Beginning first with Beaujolais, she developed a range of wines from across France that appeal above all to a younger segment of wine drinkers. If you are looking to woo the younger wine drinkers, these labels will definitely capture the eye.

7)     The Brussels Wine Market – as mentioned this is first edition of the Brussels Wine Market and is sure not to be the last. Adegga events in Lisbon attract 1000 visitors, eager to taste the wines of the 40 wine producers selected by Adegga. Exhibitors are selected for their high quality and unique approach either to wine making or wine marketing. If you think that wines you represent fit this criteria, come along and see for yourself a new approach to wine tastings.

Adegga gives members of the wine trade the chance to participate at the Brussels Wine Market for free between 11 and 12.30. Should you require a ticket, please contact us on bru@adegga.com

More information, the full list of exhibitors and wines that will be served as well as tickets for the Port Wine Experience may be found on   http://www.adegga.com/winemarket/brussels2013/#info (FR & NL also available).

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Brussels Wine Market 25% Discount Code

The festive season is almost upon us and what’s more stressful than thinking of all that Christmas shopping ahead? Well, there may be some relief – the Brussels Wine Market may at least solve some of your present-hunting, meal-preparing headaches.

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On 16th November Adegga, the Portuguese based on-line community for winelovers and organisers of the bi-yearly Lisbon Wine Market, will make its debt international Wine Market event in Brussels providing residents of the Capital of Europe (and further afield!) the chance to discover, taste and buy great wines.

Eighteen wine producers from purchase viagra online Portugal, France and Italy will be presented at this taste and shop event where the organiser’s slogan is “you’ll never leave with a bad bottle of wine”. The producers have been selected by Adegga and include many small boutique wineries producing wines that are sure to woo your palate.

For Port wine enthusiasts, there’s also the Port Wine Experience Room sponsored by Niepoort where the lucky ticket holders (tickets are very limited) have the chance to taste ports that are now in their sixties.

Vinogusto is offering its readers a special discount of 25% on tickets using the promotional code “vinogusto”. The full list of participating wineries and wines included in the Port Wine Experience as well as access to ticket sales can be found on http://www.adegga.com/winemarket/brussels2013/

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Wine Enthusiast’s Top 100 Cellar Selections 2013

Not all Americans are preoccupied with the here and now : wine devotees are well accustomed to thinking long term. Laying down bottles and monitoring their evolution are passions of true enthusiasts, and this year in particular has proven to be a wine collector’s dream. Thanks to favorable vintage conditions in many iconic wine regions, as well as more competitively priced and available offerings across the board—the stars were aligned for those looking to build or restock a wine cellar in 2013.

To a large extent, the Wine Enthusiast list of Top 100 Cellar Selections reflects which classic wine regions released the best vintages during the past year. In 2013, that means the list is heavy on 2010 Bordeaux and Burgundy, 2011 vintage Port and 2007 Brunello riservas. The list sprinkle in wines from a wide range of countries and grape varieties, but since most of these ageworthy wines come from established regions and top vintages, the emphasis is on quality, not value.

This is a refined list, and many of the wines are expensive—no surprise there. Many of these wines are also limited in production, and just like selections on our other Top 100 lists, some may have sold out or increased in price since our initial reviews were published. But all are collectible investments, requiring time in a properly temperature-and-humidity controlled cellar to deliver maximum pleasure. Our top-ranked Cellar Selection for 2013 is perhaps the most perfect example of such a bottling: A flawless wine from a highly lauded vintage of a style that ages extremely well for decades. Remarkably, we have six other 100-point wines included on this list, emphasizing it as one of the highest-quality lists we’ve ever released.

Usually, the phrase “you’re not getting older, you’re getting better” is wishful thinking. In these wines, it is the truth. Enjoy!

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