See below SITT Spring's masterclass and Spotlight On information. Please check back for SITT Autumn content.
Spotlight On: Chile
Spotlight On is a new feature, introduced in 2017, dedicated to showcasing a wine speciality to watch. Look out for the logo at our spring tasting, this will show you which tables are featuring Chilean wines.
Raul Diaz, Sunday Brunch wine presenter and WSET certified educator, will be hosting a masterclass on southern Chilean wines at SITT Spring London. The focus will be on tasting some fantastic wines coming from the south of the country from independent producers, with a view to change preconceptions about Chilean wines.
The SITT Preview supplement features in the February issue of Harpers Wine & Spirit and Drinks Retailing News. It includes a focus on Chile and emerging wine-making trends from this stunning country, and recommends wines that you can find and taste at SITT Spring. Make sure you pick up a brochure on the day, as this contains a full list of exhibitors and their table numbers with a Spotlight On logo next to their Chilean wines.
Masterclasses & Workshops
THE BENEFITS OF COLLABORATION
HEAD-TO-HEAD DISCUSSION, CHAIR: MARTIN GREEN, 11.30am - MIDDAY
Drinks Retailing News editor Martin Green interviews leading independent wine merchants on the benefits of collaboration among indies in non-competitive geographical areas. It will focus on how working together can increase buying power, overcome barriers to trade with various producers, bring in direct shipments and create a positive forum where best practice can be shared. It will also discuss the obstacles that occur along the way and how these can be overcome, with plenty of opportunities for retailers attending to ask questions and bounce ideas off one another.
JUST A LONDON THING?
MASTERCLASS HOST: SIMON WOODS, 12.30pm - 1.15pm
Even the most optimistic northerner would find it hard to deny that when it comes to setting trends in the UK wine trade, London leads the way. But to what extent do those trends then spread to Manchester, Leeds and other parts of northern England? A panel drawn from different sectors of the wine trade and led by Manchester-based wine writer Simon Woods will discuss topics such as:
• How the wine trends that have generated noise in the capital are received in the north of England
• What is the right balance between the familiar and the esoteric
• What the wine trade can do to turn customers on to new styles of wine
LEARNING TO LOVE GRENACHE
MASTERCLASS HOST: SIMON WOODS, 2.30pm - 3.15pm
This variety plays a major part in many of the top reds from southern France, northern Spain, South Australia and several other wine regions. So why isn’t Grenache more popular? Simon Woods will present a range of eight Grenache-based wines from around the world, in different styles and at different price points, which show both the quality and versatility of this unsung hero.
CHILE’S NEW WINE FRONTIER: THE SOUTH
MASTERCLASS HOST: RAUL DIAZ, 12.30pm - 1.15pm
Host Raul Diaz will lead a discovery of exciting new wines from the south of Chile, exploring how, in times of immense choice and diversity like today, Chilean wines can offer incredible taste, elegant structure and affordable prices.The session will focus on tasting some fantastic wines coming from the south of the country, from small and independent producers, that can change preconceptions about Chilean wines. Raul will also talk about the basics of climate, main grape varieties and winemaking techniques in this exciting wine country.
DISCOVER WINEMAKERS OF UNDISCOVERED HUNGARY
MASTERCLASS HOST: CAROLINE GILBY MW, 3pm - 3.45pm
Highly respected Eastern European wine specialist Caroline Gilby MW will be focusing on exploring some of Hungary’s unknown grape varieties, from undiscovered producers and little-known regions. This will be a great opportunity for anyone looking to make discoveries or to offer something unique, authentic and exciting in a sea of international grapes, with some good value to be found too. The wines of Hungary selection to be shown will feature some brand new producers from Tokaj, Somlo and Eger PDO.
BUYING CLEVER IN THE ON-TRADE FOR 2018
PANEL DISCUSSION, CHAIR: ANDREW CATCHPOLE, 4pm - 4.45pm
Against a backdrop of more concise wine lists, the casual dining trend, ever-more discerning and quality-demanding customers, plus rising prices for the classics, Harpers Wine & Spirit editor Andrew Catchpole invites a panel of leading on-trade buyers and sommeliers to debate “buying clever” for the year ahead. To find out the wines, at what prices and from which regions are catching their eye, with a view to delivering both an engaging and profitable list, come along and join this hosted discussion session, followed by an audience-led Q&A.
All masterclasses are free to attend, just sign up on the day at reception. Please keep in mind that these are first come first serve basis, so we suggest signing up as soon as you can to avoid dissapointment.