Steven Spurrier will be in Budapest to evaluate Hungarian wines and to show his favourite Bordeaux blends in a brilliant masterclass.
Prior to arriving in France in January 2006, Christian was based in New York and spent five years at Rémy Cointreau USA where he was in charge of U.S. public relations for fourteen premium wineries – including Champagne Piper-Heidsieck, Champagne Charles Heidsieck, Antinori, Masi, Vietti and Laroche – after enjoying four years as the U.S. brand manager for the Champagne division. Prior to his tenure at Rémy Cointreau USA, Christian spent two years working in supplier relations and operations for Clicquot, Inc., the American subsidiary of Champagne Veuve Clicquot.
Christian was born in the United States in the seaside town of Westbrook, Connecticut, and maintains a strong affinity for New England seafood and locally grown produce. A graduate of Vassar College, Christian majored in literature and feminist theory before moving to Paris for two years, earning a post graduate degree in French from Paris IV La Sorbonne before embarking upon his career in the wine industry.
Christian has a huge role in bringing Piper-Heidsieck to Budapest. He will present the fascinating sparklings of the House together with Régis Camus.For more information about Piper-Heidsieck: www.facebook.com/Champagne.Piper.Heidsieck, TWITTER @Piper_Heidsieck, www.piper-heidsieck.com
Caro Maurer is journalist. Born and raised in Bavaria, she studied Science of Communication in Munich and finished as Master of Arts. She started her career as a correspondent in New York and Los Angeles. After returning to Germany she first worked as editor for the German edition of Forbes magazine, followed by Die Welt (The World), a nationwide newspaper, both times responsible for the lifestyle section, including food and wine. Since the early 1990s she has worked as a freelance writer, fully concentrating on food and wine, the latter becoming her major subject. She finished the WSET diploma level five as Germany’s top student. Now she shares her working time between the General-Anzeiger, the daily newspaper in Bonn, responsible for the food and wine section, and as a writer for the two magazines Der Feinschmecker (The Gourmet) and Fine, the German edition of the wine magazine. When she is not writing, tasting or drinking, her secret passion is playing a very old traditional Bavarian card game, Schafkopf (sheep’s head), with three other Bavarian expatriates in a hidden cosy inn in Bonn.
Peter McCombie is a New Zealand-born, English resident Master of Wine, based in London. After ten years of handling prestige On Trade accounts for three of London’s leading merchants, Peter now operates an independent wine consultancy service, principally for hotels and restaurants, as well as writing and speaking about wine. Peter McCombie was awarded the Master of Wine qualification in 1994, while working for Italian specialist merchant Winecellars. The qualification, which is for wine professionals only, covers all aspects of wine from viticulture and winemaking through to marketing and tasting. He has subsequently taught MW students and is a Wine & Spirit Education Trust Accredited Tutor. He is wine consultant to a number of restaurants and hotels. Previous clients have included the Cinnamon Club, Groupe Chez Gerard, Searcy’s, Sonny’s Restaurants and Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen. Current clients include The Dorchester, Villandry, Gruppo, Moro and The Zetter. Peter is in demand as a speaker at corporate and public events and writes for Square Meal, Restaurant, Wallpaper, Dorchester Magazine, Decanter and Sainsbury’s Magazine. He tastes for WINE and Decanter magazines and judges at the world’s largest wine competition the International Wine Challenge.
Pedro Silva Reis is the current President of Real Companhia Velha, the oldest Porto Wine company, founded in 1756 by Royal Charter of King Dom José I.
The company belongs to the Silva Reis family and Pedro’s career has been entirely dedicated to running the family’s business. Having completed his school education in Portugal, he graduated in oenology at the University of Bordeaux.
Pedro started working for the company in 1982, having trained in all key areas of the business – production, sales, marketing and financial department.
In 1996, he was the mentor of a long term plan developing the study of all aspects of wine production and with a new team of viticulturists and winemakers created the Fine Wine Division.
In 2002, at the age of forty, Pedro is appointed as President of Real Companhia Velha, succeeding to his father, Manuel da Silva Reis, who carried out this activity with great dedication for 40 years.
Stéphane was the chairman of the scientific committee of O2 in Wines from 2008 to 2011 and organized for this association two international conferences on Oxygen in Wines.
Today Stéphane is leading all the Nomacorc Oxygen Management initiatives. On top of developing always new knowledge, Stéphane’s team is at the forefront of the development of new tools for the wine industry as it comes to Oxygen Management. These innovations include the NomaSense oxygen analyzer, the NomaSelector software allowing to define the right closure OTR for specific wines and the Select Series, a new line of closures with a broad range of OTR. (OTR=Oxygen Transfer Rate)
Stéphane is involved in wine research since 1994. He did his PhD at the INRA in Montpellier working on wine and grape polysaccharides. He then focused on wine polyphenols structures and their influence on mouth feel during his post-doc at the AWRI in Australia.
Prior to working for Nomacorc, Stéphane was the head of the Inter Rhône laboratory (interprofessional laboratory for all the Rhône Valley wines) and was developing new analytical methods for the wine industry. He was also running an European research program on wine Flavonoids.
Tony is an accomplished wine educator and lecturer. He averages 40–50 personal appearances a year at seminars and lectures.
Tony is the creator of the annual Ontario Wine Awards competition, an honorary governor of Cuvée and a director of the Independent Wine & Spirit Trust. He is also a director of The Canadian Wine Library. At the Niagara Grape & Wine Festival 2000, Tony was presented with the “Royal Bank Business Citizen of the Year” Award.
Tony writes for a number of international wine magazines, including Wine Spectator, Meininger’s Wine Business International, Tidings, Post City Magazines, Lexpert, Fine Wine & Liquor (China) and www.decanter.com. He is the Canadian contributor to Tom Stevenson’s annual Wine Report and to Oz Clarke’s annual Pocket Wine Guide. You can hear Tony on 680News – Friday, Saturday and Sunday – talking about wine.
Tony also writes fiction. He is the author of nine novels. His latest series is a collection of wine murder mysteries featuring the itinerant wine writer/detective Ezra Brant: Blood Is Thicker Than Beaujolais, The Beast of Barbaresco and Death On The Douro (published by Warwick Publishing). He is currently working on Nightmare In Napa Valley.
At VinCE Tony Aspler will hold a masterclass about ice wines – certainly with some great Canadian ice wines besides other nations’ ice wines.
Foodpairing is a method for identifying which foods go well together. The method is based on the principle that foods combine well with one another when they share major flavour components. Therefore the Foodpairing process starts with a flavour analysis of a product, that is to be combined. The process results in a Foodpairing tree; a visual aid for chefs and cocktailmakers that indicates which ingredients match from a flavour perspective.
Bernard Lahousse is the founder of Foodpairing. At VinCE Budapest Barnard will present a new research of them – of course with tasting. Do not miss the molecular breakfast on March 25th, 9.30!More about Foodpairing:www.foodpairing.com
Passionate about wine, Christian currently holds the WSET Advanced Certificate in Wines and Spirits and is a 2nd year student of the WSET Diploma program.
At Vince Christian will introduce you to the world of Cava, one of the finest sparkling wines in the world, and will present Pere Ventura’s fine Cuvées.
For more information about Pere Ventura: www.pereventura.com
– With Rémy Martin Cognac: international spokesman and product manager for Louis XIII (already then the most expensive cognac), international brand manager.
– With Rémy Cointreau Group: 2 years in Mexico to set up the Remy Cointreau subsidiary office.
– With LVMH: regional sales director for Champagne Pommery for Asia-Pacific, southern Europe and latin American markets.
– With M. Chapoutier (wines from the Rhône valley): sales director
– With Vignobles André Lurton (wines from Bordeaux): sales director
– With Selles (wine negociant in Burgundy and Beaujolais): export director
Now he works for Armagnac Janneau as international sales director.
At VinCE he will present Janneau Armagnacs on Sunday, 15.30.
At VinCE Helmut Adam will introduce the international trends of bitter liqueurs to his audience and he will certainly fascinate participants with his amazing cocktail mixing skill as well.
Zwack Bitter Course, March 24, 17.30–19.00
International wine academics and the student of the London Institute of Masters of Wine. A wine writer and the consultant editor of Decanter Hungary since its start in 2004. He is also a winemaker and the chief winemaker of György-Villa with lands in the Etyek–Buda wine region and Villány. Mr Romsics also acts as lecturer at national wine academies.
Last year he had an extremely successful workshop with Zsolt Zólyomi, the perfume expert. In 2012 we place the duo in the big ballroom, so that they can play their brilliant play with the scents and tastes of wines, spirits and perfumes.
His recent determining experience was his visit to Cognac Frapin where he had an insight into the art of making cognac. The aim was to fully understand cognac to be able to create the perfumes telling the tales of cognac upon the request of Cognac Frapin. This enchanting world of fragrances and flavours opened its gates to the visitors of his workshop last year. In 2012 they will go further: we place the duo in the big ballroom, so that they can play their brilliant play with the scents and tastes of wines, spirits and perfumes.
For further information see www.leparfum.hu
Ágnes Herczeg AIWS and WSET Certified Educator and student of the Master of Wine Institute has dealt with wine for more than ten years. Her book “Borok a konyhában” (Wines in the Kitchen) was published in 2010. She regularly participates in wine contests as member of the tasting panel and frequently publicates in wine magazines. In 2011 February she was appointed president of Gróf Buttler Winery, Eger, Hungary. At VinCE 2011 she examined the importance of barrels and oak, certainly with tasting – with great success. In 2012 March she will presumably break taboos by asking questions like: “Is cultivated yeast a means of evil or is it a bless of civilization which we should work with?” Taste 12 different wines made in 12 different ways – from the same fruit. The 12 faces of shiraz will probably be one of the most exciting programmes of VinCE Budapest.
Caroline Gilby, Decanter 2011
Mr Lucsik is a Hungarian businessman, executive of several succesful companies. In 2009 he was awarded The Enterpreneur of the Year. He is co-owner and executive manager of WellKomm Ltd, an importer and distributor of premium spirits. Dealing with premium brands is an evidence of his passion for quality. He works hard and believes that we should find real values in our lives, and if we have found them, we should stick to them for a lifetime.
WellKomm Ltd. – with a small group of passionate people – have achieved a significant role of spirit market of Hungary by now. Within their brands we can find ARARAT, the legendary Armenian brandy and Carat Premium Vodka, which won the firts prize at VinCE Magazine vodka panel tasting (within its price segment) among many other fascinating awards.
From this year WellKomm is to introduce the Belgian liquor brand Radermacher including After chocolate liquor (white chocolate as well), a coffee liquor and Violette – a violet liquor, a perfect choice for ladies instead of a bunch of flowers, while Woodberries is a liquor with the essence of spring. www.premiumital.hu, www.araratbrandy.hu
From 2004 he is a member European Wine Knights Order, from 2005 he is vice president of
Tokajvinum Hungaricum association, from 2008 Councellor European Wine Knights Order, from 2009 he is member of the Agricultural Board of the Hungarian Academy of Science, from 2010 he is member of Hungarian Wine Academy.
István Kiss was executive manager of family winery István Kiss from 1994 to 2009 (Fitomark-94 Szőlő, Gyümölcs Feldolgozó és Értékesítő Kft.). From this period he is most proud of a Decanter Trophy in sweet white wine category at Decanter World Wine Award.
From 2009 István Kiss is executive director of Tokaj Kereskedőház Zrt. Under his coordination a huge transformation and modernization began. As a consequence of deliberate and conscious plans, Tokaj Kereskedőház Zrt. is now one of the most up to date wineries of Tokaj region. In 2011 the winery won 52 awards at 49 respected Hungarian and foreign wine contests, among them 2 gold medals at Challenge International du Vin, Best is Class gold medal in London, the Best Sweet Wine at Shanghai Wine Challenge.
Wine is a passion and profession for him and he lives and works in harmony with nature.
They are cultivating Cabernet Franc grapes on the warm, southern slopes of Mandolás vineyard. The slope was named after the old almond trees (MANDOLÁS) that used to grow here in the past. He is certain that the previous year’s proved that the Cabernet Franc from Villany wine region has a mission in the world. Cabernet Franc has found its natural home in Villány. As well as he did.
Toronyi regularly organizes several wine contests and participates as member of the tasting panel and in wine magazines tasting events.
By now they offer numerous courses from the one day „tourist-course” to the WSET advanced course. The school works with internationally renowned experts. CEWI places special emphasis – besides the winemaking of Hungary and the world’s most famous wine regions – on the Central European specialities, terroirs, varieties. They are investigating the potential of the Central European grae varieties on theri tastings, mastercasses.
He regularly participates in wine contests as member of the tasting panel and in wine magazines tastings.
On the VinCE 2011 CEWI masterclass introduced Welsch rieslings from Hungary and the neighbouring countries with outstanding success.
This year András Horkay and Zsuzsa Toronyi will run a masterclass featuring Kékfrankos /Blaufrankisch from outstanding winemakers of Hungary and the neighbouring countries.For more information visit: www.cewi.hu
(Central European Wine Institute) was founded in 2010 with Zsuzsa Toronyi and Gábor Patkó. By now they offer numerous courses from the one day „tourist-course” to the WSET advanced course. The school works with internationally renowned experts. CEWI places special emphasis – besides the winemaking of Hungary and the world’s most famous wine regions – on the Central European specialities, terroirs, varieties. They are investigating the potential of the Central European grae varieties on theri tastings, mastercasses.
András Horkay gathers knowledge of food and wine pairing „right from the cooker”, since he is the owner of the restaurant Tabán Terasz.
He regularly participates in wine contests as member of the tasting panel and in wine magazines tastings.
On the VinCE 2011 his masterclass introduced Welsch rieslings from Hungary and the neighbouring countries.
This year András Horkay and Zsuzsa Toronyi will run a masterclass featuring Kékfrankos /Blaufrankisch from outstanding winemakers of Hungary and the neighbouring countries.
For more information visit: www.cewi.hu
In addition to his writing, Darrel participates as a judge in international wine tastings and competitions, including the renowned Decanter World Wine Awards in London. He has also judged for numerous other competitions, such as Concours Mondial de Bruxelles, the Berlin Wine Trophy, the Pannon Bormustra in Hungary and Vinistra in Croatia.
Darrel also conducts wine tastings and presentations for wine clubs, wine schools, businesses and private clients throughout Europe, including the London International Wine Fair.
Darrel was born in Ohio, USA, and he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication from Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts. He also has taken wine courses at the Wine & Spirit Education Trust in London. He has been a television and radio moderator, and continues his side profession as a voice-over recording speaker.
At VinCE, Darrel will be conducting a workshop on the wines of Croatia.