Speakers

Julia Harding MW, United Kingdom

Linguist and fastidious editor, passed the notoriously stiff Master of Wine exams at the first attempt, the top student of her year. She works with Jancis Robinson full-time. Jancis Robinson, Dr José Vouillamoz and Julia Harding wrote the comprehensive guide to grape wines last year. In this book, Julia has gathered the most up-to-date and reliable statistics available about plantings of wine-grape varieties in every corner of the planet, as well as unearthing recommended wine producers for almost every grape variety. At VinCE Budapest she will hold a masterclass with wines of hardly known grape varieties.

Sandro Boscaini president, Masi, Italy

Mister Amarone – as he is called since an American writer has given him the name in his biography. Being the president of Masi winery in Veneto, he is in charge of the poet, Dante Alighieri’s estate as well. Masi’s production strategy aims to emphasize the personality of each single product, while maintaining a recognizable Venetian style. In 1958, Masi was in the forefront of the work to identify the historic “cru” vineyard sites for Amarone. In 1964, Campofiorin was the first in a new category of wines, reinventing the technique of double fermentation and continually updating it. Masi has also updated the style of Amarone, using new appassimento and vinification technologies. Masi wines are modern, attractive, well-balanced and easily identifiable; characteristics which have earned Masi recognition for having “revolutionized the art of wine-making in the Venetian region.” Hugh Johnson defines Masi as “a touchstone for Veronese wines.”

Allegra Antinori, Italy

The Antinori family have been producing wine since the 14th century. With her sisters, Albiera and Alessia, Allegra represents the 26th generation in the family although they are the first women heirs in the long row of wine makers. Their estates are legendary throughout Tuscany in Italy but they are also successful California, Washington, Chile, Columbia, Malta, Romania and even on the Tuzko slopes of Tolna (Hungary). The Tramini of Bátaapát is often listed on the wine lists of top restaurants. Allegra runs her family’s Cantinetta restaurant chain whose name is merged with quality not just in Firenze and
Moscow but also in New York. Being an Italian she finds the role of catering and wine in gastronomy vitally important. „The best thing we can do is take our lifestyle to the people.” she says and explains that the restaurants are like stepping into the heart of Italy without getting on a plane. „We Italians live the table.This is our way of communicating by sharing wine.This year at VinCE Budapest in ’David and Goliath’ masterclass they represent Tuzko Estate where besides the domestic wine makers we can meet the representatives of the twin wine cellars from abroad.

Dr. Jamie Goode blogger, United Kingdom

With his blog wineanorak.com he won IWSC Wine Blog of the Year (jointly with Helen McGinn) and best overall wine blog (Wine Blog Awards). And this is only from 2012! (For the rest of awards see: http://www.wineanorak.com/me.htm#top)
Jamie Goode is a London-based winewriter who is currently a wine columnist with UK national newspaper The Sunday Express.
He won the 2007 Glenfiddich Wine Writer of the year award, and contributes regularly to a range of publications including The World of Fine Wine, Wine Business International, Wines and Vines, Sommelier Journal, The Drinks Business and Imbibe. His first book, Wine Science, won the Glenfiddich Award for Drinks Book in 2006. Jamie has also made numerous presentations and lectures, conducted many tastings and is an established wine judge (panel chair for the International Wine Challenge, among others). He is one of the organizers for the International Sparkling Wine Symposium (March 2009 and November 2011) and the Sparkling Wine Review. Jamie came to wine writing by a rather convoluted route, via a PhD in plant biology and several years of working as a book editor, before he began publishing wineanorak.com, which is now one of the leading wine websites. He has also appeared on TV (Richard and Judy, Sky News, BBC Breakfast and BBC News Channel). Jamie will conduct a workshop with biodynamic wines at VinCE Budapest.

Flying Culinary Circus, Norway

They cooked for many famous people from the malay king to the rock band Guns and Roses. A Bocuse d’Or champion fish expert, a butcher, who has worked for example in Kevin Costner’s restaurant, a sauce and soup expert, who was trained in France, Singapure, Dubai and California and a herb expert, who came from the remote part of Norway where he spent his childhood with herbs. In 2005, after years of cooking separately in Michelin-star restaurants in different countries, each one of the chefs were thinking about starting an own restaurant. However, when they met, the chefs immediately forgot about this idea and started working on a concept of a team with travelling chefs. Additionally, The Flying Culinary Circus is probably the first and only travelling chef team. They will show their talent to the Budapest audience on 10 March – and will prove that not only their cooking method is exciting and spectacular, but the outcome is absolutely delicious as well.

Andy Howard MW, United Kingdom

Graduated from Birmingham University and has worked as a senior wine buyer of Marks and Spencer premium supermarket chain for six years – though he has been at M&S for 32 years, altogether. His love of wine stretches for more than two decades, promoting him to set up a wine tasting club and embark on various wine qualifications prior to studying for the MW. He also spent six years making wine at a small vineyard in Gaillac, France, where he owns a property. Howard’s main loves in wine are Burgundy and Bordeaux but also feels strongly about the quality and potential for the wines of Chile and Argentina. Probably his next favourite will be Hungary… Howard will participate in the Master of Wine masterclass where 6 MWs will show 6 different aspects of wine life through 6 different wines.

Arno Steguweit water sommelier, Germany

He was the first in Europe to specify in water after learning the wine sommelier profession. He used to work in several gourmet restaurants in Germany, for example in the 2 Michelin star Fischers Fritz. He won the Berlin Sommelier of the Year award in 2007. In another 2 Michelin star place, Adlon Hotel he created a water list of 70 waters. During his career he gradually fell in love with the topic of water. There are 500 different brands of water in Germany, so he has to know a lot! Discover the influence of water on wines served with at a stunning workshop! Sommeliers are especially welcome!

 

 

Angela Muir MW, United Kingdom

Director, senior consultant and joint owner of Cellarworld International. Angela Muir is a Master of Wine with over 30 years’ experience in the wine industry, including 20 years buying everything from basic bulk table wines to en-primeur Bordeaux for major groups. For the last 25 years, she has travelled around winegrowing regions all over the world for, on average, four to six months a year. Cellarworld International Ltd was formed in 1993. The company’s longest-standing client signed up from the first day and is still reaping the rewards of significantly increased wine sales year on year. CWI is currently working in Chile, Cyprus, Italy, France, Moldova, Slovenia and in the UK.
At VinCE Budapest she will conduct a unique masterclass with wines from countries where war is still a threat. Some wineries keep on winemaking even in times of bombing – you wouldn’t miss tasting their wines, would you?

 

Trond Svendgård chef, Norway

Since Tronds father is an old seaman, he learned everything about how to catch the fish from him and to prepare seafood from his mother. At the age of 13, he started to cater at different parties in his home village and soon decided to become a chef. His dream and goal was to build his own restaurant. At the age of 16, after 2 years in a chef school Trond said goodbye to his mother and father, packed his knifes and travelled 1000 miles to the capital of Norway, Oslo. Five years later he became a Bocuse d’Or champion with Charles Tjessem. The same year Trond opened his first restaurant, and then 2 more. They were successful, but he worked a lot, so soon he was seeking for something else – and with three guys he found the Flying Culinary Circus.

 

Caroline Gilby MW, United Kingdom

A Master of Wine since 1992. Caroline abandoned life behind the microscope after a degree in Botany and a PhD in plant sciences. She joined Augustus Barnett as trainee wine buyer in 1988 and never looked back. For seven years as Senior Wine Buyer for Augustus Barnett she bought wine from most countries that grow grapes, in parcels ranging from a few cases to over a hundred thousand cases, for wine shops, pubs and hotels. In 1995 she left corporate life behind to start her own business as an independent consultant and freelance wine writer. She is a member of the Circle of Wine Writers and contribute as freelance writer to magazines including Decanter, Harpers, The Drinks Business, VinCE and Meiningers Wine Business International. She also contributes to Hugh Johnson’s Pocket Wine Book, The Wine Opus and other books including Oxford Companion to Wine and Wines of the world, and while it was still being published Tom Stevenson’s Wine Report. She judges regularly at international wine competitions including being appointed Panel Chair for Hungary at Decanter World Wine Awards in 2011. Caroline will participate in the Master of Wine masterclass where 6 MWs will show 6 different aspects of wine life through 6 different wines.

Jane Masters MW, United Kingdom

Jane Masters MW is an independent wine consultant. Jane became a Master of Wine in 1997, having originally trained as a winemaker at the Institute of Oenology in Bordeaux. She worked for 13 years for Marks & Spencer in the UK sourcing wines and leading the Wine & Drinks Category team. Her wine experience is complemented by an MBA from London Business School.
This background combined with over 25 years experience in the wine trade enables her to consult for both wine producers and retailers on a range of areas including benchmarking and quality improvement, wine selection, blending, ranging, business strategy, press & marketing communications, events and training.
She is currently the Deputy Vice Chair of the Institute of Masters of Wine and has been an elected member of council (board) since 2003. She is a panel chair judge at the International Wine Challenge and has contributed to The Oxford Companion to Wine and Wine Opus.

 

Mai Tjemsland MW, Norvay

Mai Tjemsland is owner of GastroConsult, a Norwegian restaurant group with two restaurants, a catering company and a private wine club in Oslo. Mai is the first Norwegian female Master of Wine. She will be speaker of the 8 wines, 8 lives, 8 MW masterclass plus she will give advice on winemakers on promoting their wines in the “Bring your wine to me” workshop.

 

Tuomas Meriluoto MW, Finland

Tuomas Meriluoto MW, 36, is Managing Director and partner in one of the leading wine importers in Finland, Winestate Group Oy. In his work, Tuomas is working in co-operation with some of the best known wine producers around the world, including Antinori, Baron Philippe de Rothschild, Cono Sur, Masi, Miguel Torres and Symington Family Estates amongst several others. He also lectures on wine, has contributed to several magazines, produced a wine tasting DVD and participated in production of a wine, food and travel TV series and book. Tuomas graduated as Master of Wine in 2009 being the second youngest person ever to graduate as MW. He will be speaker of the 8 wines, 8 lives, 8 MW masterclass.

Jo Aherane MW, United Kingdom

Her initial experience with the wine trade was through working for the innovative UK retailer Oddbins during the early 1990’s. She went on to study as a winemaker in Australia completing her Oenology BSc in 1998. In Australia she worked with iconic boutique wineries such as Charles Melton and Pipers Brook as well as making wine for such global brands as Jacobs Creek, Leasingham and Hardy’s.  At this time she also took up a variety of flying winemaking consultancies in Spain and France. She moved back to the UK as winemaker/selector for Marks and Spencer in 2004, travelling the world in search of the best each region has to offer. She then became the buyer for Harrods and has now returned to consultant winemaking. She became a Master of Wine in 2008. She will be speaker of the 8 wines, 8 lives, 8 MW masterclass.

Ronn Wiegand, MW, MS, USA-Hungary

Ronn Wiegand is both a Master of Wine (1991) and Master Sommelier (1986), and passed both examinations on his first attempt. He resided in the Napa Valley for 30 years, and now lives in Tokaj, where his wife runs the small family estate, Erzsebet Pince. Since 1988, he has edited and published Restaurant Wine, a subscription-only trade journal for sommeliers and restaurateurs (primarily in the USA), now in its 25th year.

Csizmadia-Honigh Péter, United Kingdom

Peter Csizmadia-Honigh is a Hungarian transplant living and working in London, the United Kingdom. His day-time job keeps him busy with the management of a global wine education programme, whilst he dedicates his free time to wine writing and winegrowing. Peter regularly writes for VinCE, the largest wine magazine in Hungary, The Greek Start (Chicago) and Sommelier India, the wine title in India. As co-proprietor of Royal Somló Vineyards in Western Hungary, he crafts wines for Michelin-star restaurants in London, Amsterdam and Budapest from Juhfark, an indigenous Hungarian variety.

 

Laurent Gotti, France

Writer and journalist in France. His book Hospices de Beaune – The Saga of a Winemaking Hospital is about the annual auction organized in Beaune, Burgundy. At his workshop he will introduce his audience to the exciting story of this auction – certainly illustrated with wines from Burgundy. At the end of his workshop a Tokaj auction will be announced followed with barrel sample wine tasting – these wines will be tasted for the first time ever.

 

Darrel Joseph, Austria

Darrel Joseph is based in Vienna, Austria, and writes about the wines and wine regions of Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe for publications including Decanter and Harpers Wine & Spirit in Great Britain, Meininger’s Wine Business International in Germany and wein-pur in Austria. His work has been published also in the Wine Spectator in the United States and he has contributed to Hugh Johnson´s Pocket Wine Book. Other publications include wein-pur’s Best of Austria. He was the English language editor of the book Tokaj, The Wine of Freedom, by Lászlo Alkonyi.
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. At VinCE, Darrel will be conducting a workshop on the wines of Austria.

 

Dr. Paolo Lopes, Portugal

Wine specialist with a strong technical background and a solid experience in the wine industry with strong focus on packaging. Graduated in Forestry Engineering from Universidade Técnica de Lisboa (Portugal). In 2005, Paulo received an Enology and Viticulture PhD. from the Faculté d’Oenologie de Bordeaux (France). Along with Cédric Saucier and Yves Glories, Paulo has made vital contributions in areas such as oxygen permeation oxygen of different wines closures and its impact on the chemical and sensory properties of bottled wine. Research & Technical Manager at Amorim & Irmãos, S.A., since 2006, being responsible for supervision, planning and completion of R&D projects; technical support for Amorim clients and Sales/Marketing team as well as support product development; application trials and wine educative seminars. In 2011, Paulo received a Wine MBA from BEM Management School (Bordeaux, France) completing a thesis entitled “Importance of closure type on consumer expectations, price perception and willingness to purchase eco-labeled wines in Canada”. Paolo Lopes will hold a workshop on closure impact.

 

Ágnes Herczeg wine expert, Hungary

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 the moment she is a freelance wine expert and a consultant for Gróf Buttler. At VinCE Budapest she will hold a masterclass about probably the biggest hit of 2012: Chinese wines! Taste the wines from a country from where you would not expect top quality!

György Márkus Champagne expert, Hungary

His name sounds more familiar to Champagne producers then to Hungarian wine lovers. The doors of all Champagne houses are open to him. He is a lecturer of Central European Wine Institute, and his quarterly publication on Champagne and Burgundy is very popular among Hungarian wine experts. Last year he was lucky enough to be invited to the Baltic event tasting, where he, Tom Stevenson and other chosen wine experts could taste Veuve Clicquot vintage 1904 (!), which was found by divers deep in the Baltic sea in 2010.
This March at VinCE Budapest he will give a lecture about a group of producers, who are much less known then the great Champagne houses, even though they are in charge of 2/3 of the whole Champagne region. The attendants of György Márkus’s workshop can taste Champagnes of the growers’ cooperative – samples that you cannot find in wine stores!

András Horkay wine school manager, Hungary

András Horkay is the manager of the youngest wine school with WSET accreditation. CEWI (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 grape varieties on their tastings, mastercasses. András Horkay gathers knowledge of food and wine pairing „right from the cooker”, since he is the co-owner of the Ham Factory bistro. He regularly participates in wine contests as member of the tasting panel and in wine magazines tastings. For more information visit: www.cewi.hu
This year in his workshop he will show wines that were made only once and will never be repeated. Taste the wines before “extinction”!
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Hans Kristian Larsen chef, Norway

Hans was born in an old viking city, so guess that explains all the crazieness and madness – and his love of meat… As an educated butcher Hans travelled around to world to learn more in his field (for example in Thailand, Australia, Dubai). He also has worked at Kevin Costner’s restaurant in California, where he cooked for Depeche Mode, Claudia Shiffer, Opera Winfrey, Mel Gibson, and most but not least The Jackson family. And then his adventurous life took another turn: with three guys they started the Flying Culinary Circus.

Mathias Spieler Bugge chef, Norway

At an early age Mathias travelled to France to learn about their famous cuisine. After meeting Tor, Trond and Hans and taking part of the Flying Culinary Circus, Mathias decided to continue his hospitality management studies while he was travelling at the same time. He moved to Dubai to take a degree at The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management. Studying with the Jumeirah Group, made it possible to work as much as he wanted at hotels such as the “seven star” hotel Burj al Arab, Bab al Shams in the desert and Jumeirah Madinat. The passion for cooking, travelling and networking took him from Dubai to Singapore to work at the famous and historical Raffles hotel for 6 months. Living in different parts of the world, has been very useful to learn about different cultures and building a consistent network around the world. He will cook for the audience of Budapest with the Flying Culinary Circus.

Krisztina Csetvei, Hungary

Few people know that Krisztina was a marketing trainee of Béres Wine Estate while she learnt on the Faculty of Engineering and Management of Budapest University of Technology and Economics. She decided that she would taste her own wine by her 30th birthday. Mór attracted her to the feeling of home and love, which made her sure where she would like to do it. The public can taste her wines at the Wine Kids workshop where five young oenologists are going to speak about their first generational status.

Tamás Kis, Hungary

He gained his degree in oenology at Corvinus University of Budapest in May of 2010. He worked as a trainee at St. Andrea Winery and since then he has been one of the right hands of Dr. György Lőrincz. Although he lives in Eger, he often visits Somló where he makes his own wines. At the workshop of Wine Kids, the public can taste the wine of Somló Vándor Winery called Vándor from 2010 and 2011 vintages. Tamás seems to be a promising talent in his genre as he gained the third place at VinCE Magazine’s New Releases panel tasting.

Tamás Istvándi, Hungary

There are two wineries with similar name around the Lake Balaton and now we would like to introduce the less familiar one. Tamás Istvándi leads the family winery and a huge winery, too. He was a guest of Borvacsora and Boszorkánykonyha television programmes. We are going to discover ten types of wine with five young oenologists and Gergely Liszkai humorist at the Wine Kids Workshop.

Ambrus Bakó, Hungary

If we give the award of new talent of the year then it should be the Villa Sandahl Winery in 2012. They sent us only two wines until now, but both of them gained five stars. Ambrus Bakó’s wines sold at Bortársaság are so much successful that it was difficult to gather the latest bottles for VinCE Budapest. One workshop, one stand up comedy, five wines and ninety minutes for only one ticket. Do you like it?

Gergely Litkai, Hungary

He is a constant member of Dumaszínház (a Stand up Comedy Show), but he has a ‘normal’ profession as a lawyer. He won the award of Bonbon several times and once the Ring of Karinthy, he is the spokesman of Rádiókabaré, the main editor of Comedy Central television channel and Dumaszínház. Once, he said that outside of stage he accepted every law and rule. Let’s try it with five oenologists and ten wines at the Wine Kids workshop on Saturday.

Gábor Kiss, Hungary

Matias wines express the taste of the Transylvanian oenologist who claims that he has to be critical with himself and the wine, too. He wants to create something unique and excellent. In order to achieving his aim, he does everything for instance he started a biofarming. He tends to make wines that express the terroir, the grape variety, the vintage, and also the personality of the oenologist. That’s why the name of his wine is Code that is also going to take part at Wine Kids workshop on Saturday.

Raphael Reybier, France

Raphael, the son of Michel Reybier, gradually received the leadership after the change of ownership of Hétszőlő in 2009. Born in France in the city of Lyon, Raphael quickly developed a taste for traveling and living abroad, which led him to live and work in the USA, UK, HK, Canada and Cuba, first in the multimedia industry, then natural ressources business. At the turn of the century, he joined the family group, bringing his expertise in the family owned oil business, before falling head over heels for the imperial estate of Hétszőlő. Having earned a Professional Degree in oenology at the University of Burgundy and apprenticed in one of the best vineyards in Switzerland, he now brings his passion and dedication in making Hétszőlő known and appreciated all over the world. Being the CEO of Tokaj-Hétszőlő Estate that is twin estate of the Cos d’Estournel within the Michel Reybier vineyards, he spends at least a week a month and he actively takes part in the life of the winery. He thinks that his most important task is restoring the reputation of Tokaj and developing the external trade connections of Hétszőlő. Raphael Reybier is a speaker of David, Goliat Masterclass.

 

Dr. Tibor Kovács, Hungary

Dr. Tibor Kovács wine Estate Director had the important task after the change of regime to restore the glory of Hétszőlő founded in 1502 and to build the Tokaj-Hétszőlő Estate that was awarded the most beautiful Hungarian estate by 2012. He succeeded in development of an absolutely unique wine style on the estate that includes many historical vineyards laying on a loess-covered area, which provides an elegant and light style for every wine from Hétszőlő Estate.