Masterclasses.

held in the Connoisseurs Lounge

JOELLE THOMSON

WSET DIPLOMA

Joelle Thomson is a journalist, wine writer and author who lives in Martinborough, and works as a wine adviser for Regional Wines & Spirits in Wellington. Having earned the UK based, Wine & Spirit Education Trust highest qualification, the Level 4 Diploma, she teaches New Zealand wine courses and WSET levels 1, 2, and 3 and judges at wine shows in New Zealand, Australia and South Africa.

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$25
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SATURDAY 10 OCTOBER | SESSION 2

12:50pm-1:30pm: Prestige Class

Winetopia brings out the big guns with some of the country's most auspicious

wines - not to be missed! 
 

Nautilus Marlborough Cuvée Brut NV, Marlborough  
Pegasus Bay Sauvignon Semillon 2017, North Canterbury  
Greywacke Chardonnay 2016, Marlborough 
Te Mata Elston Chardonnay 2018, Hawke’s Bay

 

SATURDAY 10 OCTOBER | SESSION 3

4.45pm – 5:25pm: Power of Pinot

Delve into the world of great New Zealand Pinot Noirs with passionate Pinot lover, Joelle Thomson, as she unmasks the best of our bunch at Winetopia

Gibbston Valley GV Collection Pinot Noir 2016, Central Otago

Carrick Bannockburn Pinot Noir 2017, Central Otago

Big Sky Provenance Pinot Noir 2018, Martinborough

Pegasus Bay Pinot Noir 2017, North Canterbury

$20
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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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$20
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FRIDAY 9 OCTOBER | SESSION 1

5:15pm - 5:55pm:  Hallowed Turf: Red Wines of the Gimblett Gravels 

A deep dive into New Zealand's most famous patch of dirt through the lens of

Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and blends

Decibel Gimblett Gravels Malbec 2018, Hawke’s Bay

Elephant Hill Stone Syrah 2017, Hawke’s Bay

Pask Declaration Syrah 2014, Hawke’s Bay

Villa Maria Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2018, Hawke’s Bay

 

SATURDAY 10 OCTOBER | SESSION 2

2:40pm - 3:20pm:  Pinot Party

A journey through New Zealand's many and varied personalities of Pinot Noir,

from light and fresh through to powerful and serious

Escarpment Pinot Noir 2017, Martinborough

Fromm Pinot Noir 2017, Marlborough

Pegasus Bay Pinot Noir 2017, North Canterbury

Prophet's Rock Pinot Noir 2017, Central Otago

 

SATURDAY 10 OCTOBER | SESSION 3

6.50pm - 7.30pm:  The Road Less Travelled 

An exploration of some New Zealand's lesser-known and unusual but wildly

delicious grape varieties

Big Sky Gruner Veltliner 2018, Martinborough

Dancing Petrel Arneis 2020, Northland

Dancing Petrel Tannat 2019, Northland

Nautilus Albariño 2019, Marlborough

Rock Ferry Trig Hill Tempranillo 2016, Central Otago

CAITLIN PERLMAN

Over the past decade, Caitlin Perlman (Sommelier) has been building her career in food and wine with stints in North America, Europe and New Zealand. After completing a culinary program in France, Caitlin accepted an internship at the two Michelin starred L’Oxalys. Caitlin provides support to Wine Sentience Wellington while also leading events for both the wine trade and the wine drinkers. 

 

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$20
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FRIDAY 9 OCTOBER | SESSION 1
 

7.30pm - 8.15pm: Cream of the Crop 

Shredding outdated notions of wine and cheese pairings - masterclass with wine and cheese expert Caitlin Perlman

Quartz Reef Méthode Traditionelle Rosé NV, Central Otago

Black Estate Damsteep Riesling 2019, North Canterbury

Prophet's Rock Pinot Gris 2018, Central Otago

Fromm Syrah 2018, Marlborough

 

spiegelau

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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$45
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SATURDAY 10 OCTOBER | SESSION 2
 

1.50pm - 2.20pm: Alchemy - Can a Glass Enhance Your Wine? 

 

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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$35
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FRIDAY 9 OCTOBER | SESSION 1
 

6.20pm – 7:05pm: Olive Restaurant

Join wine guru Joelle Thomson for a sumptuous food and wine match with 

Olive Restaurant

SATURDAY 10 OCTOBER | SESSION 2
 

11.45am – 12:30pm: Floriditas Cafe & Restaurant 

Join chef/owner Hayden McMillan and his Floriditas team for a sumptuous food and wine match

SATURDAY 10 OCTOBER | SESSION 3

5.45pm - 6.30pm: Hippopotamus

Join sommelier Florent Souche for a sumptuous food and wine match with 

Hippopotamus

 

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Fleck Water is the Water Partner of Winetopia 2020

Fleck Water is available during all the masterclasses held in the Connoisseurs Lounge

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