Seminars snapshot

16 May, 2008

From consumers' views on country of origin to a wide-ranging review of Italian regions, visitors can pick up a wealth of knowledge or add their voice to the big debates. Here at a glance are the key events of this year's wine trade fair at Excel

Masterclass highlights


East end of the hall

Home-grown superstars - Arinto and Touriga Nacional: ViniPortugal takes

a look at these two indigenous grape varieties with Portuguese expert

Charles Metcalfe. May 20, 2.15-3pm.

For tickets contact ana.sofia.

Spanish whites - a revelation: Tim Atkin MW presents some of Spain's most interesting whites, tasting indigenous and international grape varieties from regions such as Rías Baixas, Rueda, Somontano, Navarra, Priorat, Rioja and Penedés. May 20, 5-6pm. Email to find out more.

Rioja through the decades: John Radford takes tasters through six key vintages stretching back to the 1970s. May 21, 12-1pm. To book email

Qwine with Constellation's winemakers: a wine-themed take on general knowledge quiz show QI, hosted by TV wine expert Olly Smith and featuring a panel of winemakers.

May 20, 12.45-1.45pm and May 21, 1.30-2.30pm. To reserve your place email

Uruguay - a well-kept secret:

explore the viticulture of Uruguay and taste its famous Tannat wines, 2008 Sauvignon Blancs and liqueurs. May 21, 4.45-6pm. There are only 50 places available, so email to book yours.

The Israel wine revolution - 25 years

young: discover who in Israel is making wine, and if such a thing as Israeli

terroir exists. May 22, 10.30-11.30am. Contact victor@ for

more information.

Industry briefing highlights


South gallery, rooms 11/12

Bottling wine in a changing climate: the Waste & Resources Action Programme reveals findings from the GlassRite wine project and shows why importers, brand owners and retailers should bulk import wine and bottle it in lighter, recycled glass bottles manufactured in the UK. May 20, 1.30-2.30pm. To book contact

Oeneo - the closures debate: this year closure producers will be put on the spot. May 20, 3.30-4.45pm. Contact scott@cubecom. for tickets.

Wine Intelligence: based on new research by Wine Intelligence, hear consumers' answers to the question: do

you think the wine you buy is expensive or good value?

May 21, 9.45-10.30am. To book email rachel@

How much does country of origin matter to wine consumers? Using research commissioned by Brintex and carried out by Wine Intelligence, find out what impact consumers' attitude towards a particular country has on their wine drinking habits. May 22, 11am-12.30pm. Email rachel@

Look out for:

The Italian Trade Commission will run a series of seminars throughout the fair focusing on Sardinia, Tuscany, Lazio, Lombardy, Piedmont, Sicily and Abruzzo. This will take place at the east end of the hall next to the Italian pavilion.

For the first time at the fair, eight Bulgarian producers will join forces to present the new face of Bulgarian wine. With more than 40 wines to taste, the producers will be on hand to answer questions about winemaking technique and

their vision for the future. May 21, 10am-4pm, south gallery room 14.

Be the first to discover which wines come out on top at the official unveiling of the IWC medal winners, presented by retired footballer David Ginola. This year the competition's chairmen tasted wines from 38 countries. A selection of the winning wines will be available for tasting. May 20, 11am, stand K62.

IWC - the greener palate: hosted by

OLN's publisher William Reed, this debate will question whether environmentally friendly wines taste different by looking at the winning organic and biodynamic wines from the 2008 IWC line-up. May 22, 12-12.45pm. To book your place email

Wine faults workshops: led by American author George Taber, who is launching his book, To Cork or Not to Cork. Listen to the arguments for and against different types of stoppers. Scientist and winemaker Pascal Chatonnet will lead a workshop on the subject of post-bottling reduction and excessive levels of sulphides, including how to spot it, what are the causes and how closures perform. May

21, 11am and 3pm, Waterfront Rooms

25 & 26.

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