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AN INTRODUCTION TO THE SERIES OF LECTURES ON WINE
This lecture is an introduction to a series of presentations on wines which will take the audience on a journey around the iconic vineyards of the world, visiting France, Germany, Spain, Australia, New Zealand, California and more. Discover both world class estates as well as small grower domains along the way. Learn about the many different styles of wine-making around the globe. The presentations are filled with stories of wines and winemakers both entertaining and intriguing.
THE RISE AND FALL OF THE GRAND MARQUE HOUSES OF CHAMPAGNE
Bollinger, Tattinger, Louis Roederer. These are names familiar to all and represent some of the Grand Marques of Champagne. This presentation will delve into their history and proceed through the famous deep chalk cellars to discover their meteoric rise. It also provides an opportunity to discover the grower champagnes of this region and the threat they pose to the established greats. There will be an explanation of the different styles of champagne and the mystery of their production will be revealed.
SYRAH aka SHIRAZ
Shiraz is the French grape Syrah from the esteemed Rhone valley. Learn of the remarkable story how it travelled from it’s homeland to Australia and beyond to become the most popular wine in the world. The story continues with the even more remarkable turn of events that led to two men saving this grape being wiped out completely.
BORDEAUX – THE WORLDS MOST EXPENSIVE WINE
Journey through the Medoc and discover some of it’s most fabled Chateaux to discover what it takes to make some of the greatest wines in the world and create their fabled history. :earn how a bottle of 1787 Lafite selling for £186,000 was connected to an American President and brought a world scandal to the Chateau’s door.
SHERRY – THE WORLD’S MOST UNDERVALUED WINE
How many know an Amontillado from an Oloroso? During this lecture while examining the case of all six styles of sherry the audience will discover some of the most famous sherry cellars in Jerez and beyond. Their story is fascinating their style and taste unique created no where else in the world. Find out why it is so undervalued and lies right here on the doorstep.
THE OLD WORLD v THE NEW WORLD
What is old world? What is new? How can 17th century vineyards be new world. In this lecture the audience will learn how New Zealand created a wine revolution which swept the world. The presenter will explain the new/old and the styles of each wine will be discovered and demonstrate the global impact this has had on the wine world.
THE HERITAGE THAT IS ‘LA RIOJA’
It all started with Bodega Marques de Riscal – Oh, no, not at all! It actually began with Bodega Marques de Murietta. This presentation will show how one of the greatest wine regions of the world was created. The audience will discover the different regions and discuss the wines’ style of maturing that make them unique. The presenter will tell how this wonderful heritage is on the brink of being lost because of one American’s views!