masterclasses.

held in the 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 394 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 30 OCTOBER | SESSION 1

4.45pm - 5.25pm:  Fizz Facts & Serious Sparklers*
All you need to know about sparkling wine and some of New Zealand's best sparkling wines available. There's Methode to this madness.

 

SATURDAY 31 OCTOBER | SESSION 2

11.45am - 12.25pm:  The Prestige Masterclass*

Winetopia is bringing out the big guns with some of the country's most auspicious wines - not to be missed!

 

SATURDAY 31 OCTOBER | SESSION 3

4.45pm - 5.25pm:  Pick of the Pinots?
Pinot Noir is Bob's desert island wine. He will explain why it's top of his hit parade as he invites you to share a selection of his favourite labels.

*These Masterclass sessions begin 15-minutes prior to gates opening and main session beginning. Please ensure you’re at the event 20-minutes prior to this Masterclasses start time, and make yourself known to event staff to gain early entry.

 

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Stephen Wong (MW)

NEW ZEALAND

Stephen Wong might be one of New Zealand's newest Masters of Wine but he's long been a key figure in Wellington's hospitality scene. Over the past 15 years, he's moved from vineyard worker to sommelier to wine show judge across New Zealand and Australia, while working behind the scenes with restaurants and hotels locally and in Singapore. Since gaining his coverted Master of Wine status, Stephen has taken on more formal educational duties, teaching wine for the Cordon Bleu degree programme and running his wine consulting business, Wine Sentience.  

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FRIDAY 30 OCTOBER | SESSION 1

7.50pm - 8.30pm: Pinot Noir from North to South
How New Zealand is making this noble variety it's own 

 

SATURDAY 31 OCTOBER | SESSION 2

1.50pm - 2.30pm:  Outside the Box

New Zealand's emerging white wine varieties, regions and styles 

 

SATURDAY 31 OCTOBER | SESSION 3

5.45pm - 6.25pm:  Comeback Kid
Why Chardonnay, the hot 90's grape is making a come-back 

 

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FOOD & WINE MATCHING

Beautiful wine is made to be enjoyed with beautiful food. It’s a celebration of our taste buds, 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.

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FRIDAY 30 OCTOBER | SESSION 1

6.45pm – 7.30pm: Coastal Classics with

Harbourside Ocean Bar Grill

Take your taste buds on a trip to the coast during this classical wine and seafood pairing masterclass, with Sommelier Piers Haszard

SATURDAY 31 OCTOBER | SESSION 2

12.45pm - 1.30pm: East Meets West with Nanam restaurant 

Take a journey to the Philippines and back in this mouth-watering tasting with wine guru Mermaid Mary

SATURDAY 31 OCTOBER | SESSION 3

6.55pm - 7.40pm: Food and Wine Match Masterclass  

Surprise the senses - enjoy a delicious food and wine match with an Auckland restaurant and leading sommelier

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Alchemy - can a glass enhance your wine? 

What a difference a glass makes: can a glass change the taste? Learn how the shape of a glass can improve or limit the taste and aroma of any wine you drink. This is your opportunity, like many before you, to taste some great wines and experience first-hand how the right glass can enrich your wine tasting experience. 

 

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

 

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SATURDAY 31 OCTOBER | SESSION 2
 

2.50pm - 3.20pm: Alchemy - Can a Glass Enhance Your Wine? 

 

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