masterclasses.

held in the Vintec Connoisseurs Lounge

BOB CAMPBELL (MW)

NEW ZEALAND

New Zealand’s best known and most prolific voice in wine, Bob Campbell, was the second New Zealander and is one of only 353 people in the world to hold the Master of Wine qualification. He is widely regarded as New Zealand’s foremost wine educator, with more than 22,000 people having attended Bob’s wine diploma courses in New Zealand, Asia and Europe. He is wine editor of Your Home & Garden, Taste and the Air NZ in-flight magazine, as well as being New Zealand wine editor for Gourmet Traveller Wine. Bob contributes to wine publications in seven countries, and is currently chairman of judges at the NZ International Wine Show and chairman of the New Zealand section of the London-based Decanter World Wine Awards.

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FRIDAY 14 JUNE | SESSION 1

 

5.30pm - 6.10pm:  Chic Chardonnay
Look no further, leading wine educator Bob Campbell, takes a closer look at modern chardonnay styles for fashion-forward drinkers

 

 

SATURDAY 15 JUNE | SESSION 2

 

11.45am - 12.25pm:  The beauty of bubbles*

Bob Campbell (MW) compares five super sparkling styles

from New Zealand

 

 

SATURDAY 15 JUNE | SESSION 3

5.20pm - 6.00pm:  Passionate about Pinot?
Master of Wine Bob Campbell leads you on a cheesy Pinot affair that will make your toes curl - a wine and cheese match

 

Bob will be showcasing delicious wines from Martinborough Vineyards, Villa Maria, Sacred Hill, Pegasus Bay, Astrolabe. No. 1 Family Estate,
Black Estate, Bald Hills and Mt Difficulty.

 

*This Masterclass session begins 15-minutes prior to gates opening and main session beginning. Please ensure you’re at the event 15-minutes prior to this Masterclasses start time, and make yourself known to event staff to gain early entry.

 

NICK STOCK

AUSTRALIA

Nick Stock is one of Australia's most respected and prolific wine critics. His deep involvement in wine stretches well beyond wine-writing to show-judging, educating, broadcasting and winemaking. His wealth of knowledge extends to all corners of the wine world and this, combined with his frank and fearless style, has made him one of the most popular and widely read Australian wine writers. He engages all - from the most sophisticated and involved collector right through to the enthusiast and novice wine drinker - with his savvy, informed and user-friendly style. He makes this highly complex and detailed subject enjoyable and intriguing, an approach that has earned him international acclaim.

FRIDAY 14 JUNE | SESSION 1

 

​6.30pm - 7.10pm:  How to match Wine + Cheese like a Pro

Join wine critic (and cheese lover!) Nick Stock as he offers tasty first-hand tips on the art and science of matching great wine and great cheese
 

 

SATURDAY 15 JUNE | SESSION 2

12.45pm - 1.25pm:  Technique vs. Terroir?

Nick Stock explores the quality and diversity of great New Zealand

Pinot Noir and unfolds the influences behind the way they taste

 

 

SATURDAY 15 JUNE | SESSION 3

 

4.20pm - 5.00pm:  Cream of the Crop*

Nick Stock chooses the absolute best wines on show at Winetopia and leads an in-depth tasting that showcases the festival’s finest drops all in one place

*This Masterclass session begins 10-minutes prior to gates opening and main session beginning. Please ensure you’re at the event 10-minutes prior to this Masterclasses start time, and make yourself known to event staff to gain early entry.

FOOD & WINE MATCHING

Beautiful wine is made to be enjoyed with beautiful food. It’s a celebration of our tastebuds, a complete experience, a true experience in being ‘wined and dined’.  This year Winetopia is giving you the opportunity to experience a unique Masterclass experience including  4 premium wines, matched to a small tasting plate.

FRIDAY 14 JUNE | SESSION 1

7.35pm – 8.20pm: Aromatic spice trail

Take your tastebuds on a journey to South-East Asia in this mouth-watering food and wine match with co-owner Nicola Richards and head chef Sanjeev Kumar from Monsoon Poon

 

SATURDAY 15 JUNE | SESSION 2

1.45pm - 2.30pm: French inspired, NZ made

Take a trip to Paris with an indulgent wine and French inspired food match with Head Chef Zennon Wijlens and Mixologist Mikey Ball

 

SATURDAY 15 JUNE | SESSION 3

7.25pm - 8.10pm: Ultimate Umami Fusion

Big Asian Fusion flavours that are unmistakably unique in this food and wine match with executive chef Cameron Knox from Xoong

 

These restaurants will be matches their delicious dishes with a variety of exciting wines including Dog Point, Martinborough Vineyards, Astrolabe, Clearview Estate, Prophets Rock, The Boneline, Craggy Range, Pegasus Bay, Man O' War and Rockburn Wines.

 

CAN A GLASS CHANGE THE TASTE? 
PRESENTED BY SPIEGELAU

Join wine expert Michael Jemison during a 30-minute Masterclass, to discuss the difference the right wine glass makes to the experience of drinking good wine. Try 4 amazing New Zealand wines and learn why wines perform better out of different styled glasses and why this changes the taste.

A limited number of Spiegelau Masterclass tickets are available, and can be purchased alongside your Winetopia ticket for $45 + booking fee.

Admission also includes 3 premium Spiegelau glasses for you to take home (valued at over $120):

  • Aromatic wine glass

  • Burgundy wine glass

  • Bordeaux wine glass

 

 SATURDAY 15 JUNE | SESSION 2
 

2.50pm - 3.20pm: Can a glass change the taste?

Taste a selection of spectacular NZ varietals in the beautiful glass they were made for, and receive 3 complementary Speigelau glasses to take home!  (valued over $120)

 

 

ANGIE ATKINSON (DIP WSET)

NEW ZEALAND

​Auckland born and bred Angie Atkinson, former successful restaurateur is now a wine sales whizz, Certified Sommelier, holds a WSET Diploma (the step before Master of Wine) and is Wine Writer for M2 and M2Woman magazines. When she’s not geeking out about wine, tasting wine, writing about wine or selling wine you will find her checking out the newest restaurants in town, shopping for shoes or watching super hero movies with her two daughters.

 SATURDAY 15 JUNE | SESSION 3
 

6.20pm - 7pm: Pretty in Pink- Different styles of Rose from NZ

Sip different styles of Rose from throughout New Zealand

 

Angie will take you through delicious tastings from No. 1 Family Estate, Astrolabe, Clearview Estate, Man O' War and Gibbston Valley

 

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