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The second International Sparkling Wine Symposium

We are delighted to announce that Charles Metcalfe, writer, author and broadcaster, will be our master of ceremonies for 2013.

 Charles Metcalfe, MC


Other speakers include:


 Essi Avellan MW - Essi is Finland's first Master of Wine and the second ever from the Nordic countries. For her MW studies she wrote her dissertation on single-vineyard Champagnes and won both the Lily Bollinger Medal for the best taster and the Tim Derouet Memorial Award for best overall student. She is co-founder and managing editor of FINE Champagne - the world's only magazine dedicated solely to Champagne. She has written a book on Champagne called Matka Champagneen (Tammi, 2010) and has just finished revising the 3rd edition of Tom Stevenson's award-winning Christie's World Encyclopedia of Champagne & Sparkling Wine.


 Jerome Barret - Jerome is an international consultant sparkling winemaker and Founder and General Manager of Champagne PIAFF. Despite living in Champagne, he considers himself to be a foreigner, having travelled extensively in most of the wine countries of the world including California, South Africa, the former Eastern Bloc and Russia. He is currently involved in a number of different projects including working with indigenous grape varieties in Armenia and producing various Charmat and Traditional method sparkling wines in the Ukraine. 


Derek Boltwood - Derek is MD and founder of design agency Chillifish. His involvement with the drinks industry started when Chillifish became the corporate design agency for Allied Domecq. This brought him into contact with a number of their well-known international brands - including G.H.MUMM and Perrier-Jouët. Chillifish has also worked on branding and advertising projects for Free Run Wines - including Albali and Felix Solis - and Guy Anderson Wines - including Gran Familia - amongst others.


 Pierre-Yves Bournerias - Pierre-Yves consults on winemaking on behalf of the Institut Oenologique de Champagne for over 40 Champagne producers. Services include sample analysis and tasting at all stages of production. He also works with producers in the Loire Valley and the Jura, placing oenological product trials with yeasts, enzymes, tannins and other products and processes; and manages export distributors in a range of other export markets. He is an international wine judge, lectures about sparkling winemaking and tasting and hosts a Sunday morning French radio programme on terroir, wine and food.


Olivier Borneuf - Olivier is the CEO of B2PC Associates, a change management consultancy that specialises in the wine industry. He has worked for companies and institutions across Champagne and other key French wine regions and also for the French government creating the forecasting strategy for the Fonds Strategique d'Investissement. The B2PC Associates strategy is to analyse every stage of the production process, from rootstock to the finished bottle and its market, to identify potential opportunities for improving efficiency and sustainability.


Ed Carr - Ed is Australia's most awarded sparkling winemaker, with 34 years' experience in the Australian wine industry and 27 of these involved in sparkling wine. He began his career in 1977 at Wynn Wine Growers Group, before joining Penfolds Wine Group in 1986 where he rose to become Group Sparkling Winemaker. Ed joined BRL Hardy Wines (now Accolade Wines) in 1994 as Group Sparkling Winemaker. He is now responsible for a range of wines from cold climate premium and prestige cuvées through to the popular labels, brands that include House of Arras, Bay of Fires sparkling and Hardys Sir James.


Pieter Ferreira - After studying and majoring in Microbiology, Pieter joined Achim von Arnim specialist cellar producing only Cap Classique sparkling wines. During this period Pieter worked for four harvests in Champagne. Pieter joined the Graham Beck family in Robertson in 1990 where he set up and developed Graham Beck Wines sparkling Cap Classique program that has become one of South Africa's leading Cap Classique brands on the local and international markets. Pieter has made Cap Classique his passion and study as he remains in search of the perfect bubble. He has been a founder member of the Cap Classique Producers' Association and is the current chairman. 


 Nicolas Follet - Nicolas is an international oenologist consultant from Champagne, director of the wine consulting company Oenosense Consulting and owner of Champagne Follet. Specialised in sparkling and white wines, Nicolas consults in various countries including Italy, Argentina, France and South Africa, where he lived for the last eight years before coming back to Europe in May 2013. It is through his experience in South Africa and the sharing of knowledge with top winemakers such as Pieter Ferreira that Nicolas has developed his ability to elaborate fine and elegant sparkling wines under the constraints of warm climates.


Charles Goemaere - Charles is Director of the Legal and Economic Department of the Comité Champagne, the trade organisation that represents the common interests of Champagne Growers and Houses. As head of the Comité Champagne's legal department, Charles draws upon over a decade of experience in the industry to act as the Comité's appointed representative on matters relating to the international protection of the Champagne Appellation. His role is to ensure that the image of Champagne is protected and reported misuse of the Champagne name stopped.


 Dr Jamie Goode - Jamie is a London-based wine writer who came late to wine, after a PhD in plant biology and a long spell as a science editor. He began in 1999 as a hobby and it has since grown into one of the most popular global wine websites. In 2005 he began to write a weekly wine column in The Sunday Express and in the same year wrote Wine Science (Mitchell-Beazley). A second book, Authentic Wine, followed in 2011, co-authored with Sam Harrop MW. As well as writing Jamie also judges wine, consults and lectures around the world.


 Richard Halstead - Richard is co-founder and chief operating officer of Wine Intelligence, one of the world's leading drinks market research companies. Richard is an experienced wine industry researcher, consultant, conference speaker and business educator, and has worked on a number of sparkling wine projects around the world over the past decade. Prior to co-founding Wine Intelligence, he was a business journalist and then part of the team that founded Virgin Wines. He holds an MBA from the London Business School and is a full member of the Market Research Society.


Laura Jewell MW - Laura has been the Champagne and Sparkling product development manager at Tesco for three years. Tesco plc sells 1 in 4 bottles in the UK and in 12 countries around the world. Prior to joining Tesco, Laura was wine trade controller at SPAR UK, delivering over £100 milllion worth of sales during her 16 months with the company and refreshing the full wine range. Previous roles included wine buyer at Waverley Vintners, wine buyer at J Sainsbury's and Agency Director at HwCg.


Robert Joseph - Robert has been one of the best known faces in the wine world since 1983, when he launched Wine International, set up the International Wine Challenge, became wine writer for the Sunday Telegraph and wrote his first book, The Wine Lists. 27 books followed and he is now editor of Meininger's Wine Business Intl and is working on a Social Media Guide for the Wine Industry. Robert has chaired over 50 international wine competitions and won numerous industry awards. He regularly appears on television and radio in the UK and overseas and has addressed industry meetings in places ranging from France, South Africa and California to China, Russia and Georgia. He is also one of the trio behind Kevin & Robert Wines, whose award-winning Le Grand Noir now sells over 1m bottles per year in 17 countries. He is also a partner in Winestars World and innovative research and marketing consultancy DoILikeIt? Robert Joseph's blog is The Joseph Report.


 Ian Kellett - Ian bought Hambledon Vineyard in 1999, whilst he was managing director at Dresdner Kleinwort, and soon enrolled to study oenology part-time at Plumpton College to ensure he was fully qualified to lead the restoration of the estate. He planted 10 acres of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier in 2005 and, following an EIS equity fund raising in 2011, a further 50 acres with the aim of launching commercially his sparkling wines in 2014 and 2015. During his time at Dresdner Kleinwort, Ian was consistently ranked as one of the top food analysts in Europe.


Jan Konetzki - Jan is Head Sommelier at 3 starred Restaurant Gordon Ramsay. Born in Germany, he initially trained as a baker, waiter and bartender before discovering his passion and talent in wine. He now holds a Court of Master Sommeliers advanced certificate, which he passed with Distinction, winning the Riedel trophy for the best result, and has worked Gordon Ramsay Holdings since 2007. In 2012 Jan was crowned UK Sommelier of the Year. That same year he founded a smart phone app for the German market called Winemeister and also collected a Le Prix le Montrachet Prestige for Restaurant Gordon Ramsay's winelist. In 2013 Jan was named Harper's Best Sommelier/ Front of House.


 Dr Paulo Lopes - Paulo has been Research & Technical Manager at Amorim & Irmaos since 2006, involved in all R&D projects, product development and client technical support. He has a degree in Forestry Engineering from Universidade Técnica de Lisboa, an Enology & Viticulture PhD from the Faculté d'Oenologie de Bordeaux and a Wine MBA from the BEM Management School in Bordeaux. With Yves Glories and Denis Dubourdieu, Paulo has made vital contributions to research into areas such as oxygen permeation of different wine closures, and its impact on the chemical and sensory properties of bottled wines.


 Charles Metcalfe - Charles is one of Britain's best-known wine critics, renowned for speaking as well as writing extensively about wine. He is a well-known face on UK television, having spent 12 years as drinks presenter on This Morning with Richard and Judy. He has also presented food and drink programmes and appeared on UK Food, Granada Breeze, Carlton Food Network and the Discovery Channel. He is wine consultant to restaurants in London and India, and one of the two wine consultants to the Corporation of London. He is co-chairman of the International WINE Challenge, the world's best international wine competition.


 Helen McGinn - Helen is the author of award-winning wine blog - and now book - The Knackered Mother's Wine Club. She has a weekly wine column in the Daily Mail and appears on TV as the resident wine expert for The Alan Titchmarsh Show. She's won numerous awards for her blog, including Fortnum & Mason's Online Drinks Writer and Red Magazine's Hot Women Award for Best Blogger. Helen spent almost a decade sourcing wines around the world as a supermarket buyer and now runs her own wine business. She is married with three children, a needy dog and a weird cat. Her desert island wine would be a bottle of 1988 vintage Champagne. Her desert island dish would NOT be left0ver fish fingers!


Mike Paul - During 40 years in the wine industry Mike has managed brands across the price spectrum from Black Tower to Domaine Romanée Conti, with Penfolds, Lindemans and Kumala amongst others sandwiched in the middle. He has also run companies ranging from UK distributors and brand owners to European subsidiaries of international producers. He has been heavily involved in generic initiatives, both regional and industry wide, and is also a regular lecturer at the WSET on the business and marketing of wine.


 Alexandre Penet - Alexandre represents the fifth generation to run La Maison Penet. From a young age, he developed a passion for wine and his 400-year heritage. After working for various manufacturing companies he is bringing together his extensive management skills with his life-long family wine expertise. Today he is involved in the wine business both as a performance improvement consultant and as a winemaker in his family winery where he has brought numerous innovations. Alexandre is a Graduate Engineer from Arts et Metiers, ParisTech. He also holds an MBA from the University of Chicago and a Master's Degree in Enology from the Univerity of Reims.


 Pepe Raventós - Pepe trained as an oenologist in Madrid before gaining experience making terroir wines alongside Didier Dagenau in Pouilly Fumé, Olivier Lamy at Saint Aubin, Harald Hexamer in the Nahe region and Phillippe Blanc in Alsace. He joined Raventós i Blanc in 2001 as manager, oenologist and wine grower. In 2012 Pepe decided to leave the DO Cava to start a new path: Conca del Riu Anoia - the name of a small geographical area - to pursue his belief that there is an opportunity for honest sparkling wines resulting from a single estate, a specific climate, native grape varieties and rigorous, well-defined and respectful viticulture.


 Dr Richard Smart - Richard is managing director of Smart Viticulture, an international vineyard consulting business operated from Tasmania and Cornwall, UK. He consults in over 30 countries, with a speciality of vineyard manipulation of wine, especially by canopy management. Richard has four degrees: a BSc Agr Hons, an MSc Hons, a PhD and a DSc Agr. He began research in 1966 studying irrigation and sunlight interception by vineyards. From 1982 to 1990 he was the Government Research Viticulturist for New Zealand. He has published over 300 articles and papers. His book Sunlight into Wine is recognised worldwide and he is also the Viticulture Editor for three editions of the Oxford Companion to Wine by Jancis Robinson.


 Tom Stevenson - Tom became the first wine journalist to specialise in Champagne when, after six years of research, he published Champagne (Sotheby's Publications, 1986.) His Christie's World Encyclopedia of Champagne & Sparkling Wine (Absolute Press, 1998) reproduced a 17th century document proving that the English invented sparkling Champagne six years prior to Dom Pérignon setting foot in Hautvillers. Tom has a regular Champagne column in The World of Fine Wine,  and has judged at wine competitions in Australia, France, Germany, Greece, Italy and the USA.


 Frazer Thompson - After graduating in 1981 and joining Media Audits Ltd, Frazer moved to Express Newspapers. He started his marketing career at Denby Coloroll, before joining Whitbread as Operational Standards Manager for their inns division. He moved through a number of roles at Whitbread, eventually becoming Strategy Director. In 1995 he joined Heineken NV to become Global Brand Director, responsible for a direct spend of $150 million. After returning to the UK he became Managing Director of English Wines (now Chapel Down Group plc) and has become one of the driving forces behind raising the profile of English wine internationally.


 Pavel Titov - Born in Moscow, Pavel spent his early years in Russia before emmigrating to the UK and graduating from CASS Business School in 2004. He was head-hunted by Merril Lynch, where he subsequently specialised in the origination and execution of equity markets and oversaw M&A deals in Russia and the Ukraine. Pavel was presented with the opportunity to revive the fortunes of an ailing Russian wine estate, Abrau Durso in 2006, when the company was bought by his father. He left his lucrative city career and became the project's finance director in 2009. On his father's retirement in 2012 Pavel took over as CEO at Abrau Durso.


Joan Torrents - Joan is Director of Buying at Enotria, heading a team of four buyers and looking after the overall sourcing strategy. At the same time, he is an international wine consultant. One of his current projects is to optimise the wine range for Rosinter, the biggest restaurant group in Russia and CIS. Prior to this he headed wine buying for Mitchells & Butlers' 1,700 restaurants in the UK. Joan Torrents is a Young Chevalier of Cava and a member of the Champagne Academy.


 Olly Wehring - After 11 years of doing he doesn't know what, Olly's 'Eureka!' moment arrived in 2003, when he decided to retrain as a journalist. Following several freelance stints at such hallowed publications as the Sunday Times Travel Magazine, Retail Week and The Daily Mirror, Olly boarded the good ship just-drinks in October 2003 as news editor. Within only two years, he had moved up to the position of editor, a role he has assumed ever since. Olly likes working for just-drinks, and likes drinks....


  John Worontschak - John completed his BSc in Winemaking in 1984 having been encouraged into the wine world by Australian winemaking legend Brian Croser, whilst he was studying Geology at Adelaide University. After winemaking stints in Australia, California, Alsace, Burgundy and England, John began consulting to wineries worldwide. He has consulted to wineries in Czech, Australia, Canada, USA, Mexico, Peru, Brazil, Uruguay, Chile, China, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Romania, Hungary, Moldova, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Israel, Turkey, Serbia, Russia, India and South Africa. He is a regular contributor to industry debates and a commentator on radio and TV.


 Maurizio Zanella - Maurizio is both President of the Franciacorta estate Ca' del Bosco and President of the Consorzio per la Tutela del Franciacorta. A wine cosmopolite who has travelled extensively, Maurizio puts into practice in Franciacorta all that he has learnt in France, particularly in Burgundy and Bordeaux. Ca' del Bosco was established in 1969 and is now one of the leading producers in the region, largely thanks to the enthusiasm and passion of Maurizio, who has pursued his 'artistic' vocation to become a key player in the Italian wine renaissance, elevating a cottage in a chestnut grove to a state-of-the-art winery.


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