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    Spanish Wine Scholar Guild

    Julien Camus

    Julien Camus

    Founder & President @ Wine Scholar Guild

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    Meeting of the Minds - Trends in Champagne (Panel Discussion)

    Champagne specialist Essi Avellan MW hosts a live discussion on the latest trends in Champagne and outlook for the region's future. Her prestigious panel will be covering a broad range of trends from vineyards to winery as well as business. She will be joined by cellar master Cyril Brun of the prestigious house Charles Heidsieck, Vallée de la Marne Meunier specialist Cédric Moussé of Moussé Fils, renowned Côte des Bar proprietor and innovator Michel Drappier and professor of wine marketing and Master of Wine Steve Charters.

    PRESENTER: ESSI AVELLAN MW

     

     

     

     

    Champagne and sparkling wine specialist Essi Avellan was Finland’s first Master of Wine. Together with Tom Stevenson she is the author of the Christie’s World Encyclopedia of Champagne and Sparkling Wine. Essi is the organiser of the annual Grand Champagne Helsinki event and a jury member at the Champagne and Sparkling Wine World Championships. She has has been knighted as Chevalier l’Ordre du Mérite Agricole by the Minister of Agriculture of France. 

    MEET THE PANEL:

    Cyril Brun  

    Cellar Master of Maison Charles Heidsieck

    Cédric Moussé


    of Moussé Fils

    Michel Drappier


    of Champagne Drappier

    Steve Charters MW  


    Professor of wine marketing

    LEARN MORE ABOUT CHAMPAGNE:

    MEMBER SPECIAL: We remind WSG members that they are enjoying a 20% discount on the 4th edition of “Christie's Encyclopedia of Champagne and Sparkling Wine", written by Tom Stevenson and Essi Avellan MW. Details and coupon code HERE.

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    Taste Wine Like An MW with Matthew Stubbs MW

    A session aimed at those who are curious about what tasting like a Master of Wine actually involves. How does it differ from other established methods and can anybody do it ? We will look at how to build on your existing wine tasting knowledge and try two wines during the session to illustrate the approach.

    Don’t feel you need to be an MW student to register for this webinar, it is aimed at all levels !

    Matthew will be tasting two wines during the seminar to illustrate the MW approach, a Sancerre white and a California Zinfandel (Dry Creel Valley or Lodi).
    If you can find them to taste along with him…great! If not, no worries you can still follow along with a dry tasting. 

    Presenter: Matthew Stubbs MW 

    Matthew has more than 30 years experience in the wine trade, from importing and distribution to running a supermarket wine department. He passed the Master of Wine exam in 1996 achieving the Bollinger Medal for the best tasting paper and the Listel Scholarship for the best Vinification paper. He has been actively involved with the Institute ever since, either as Practical Examiner, seminar lecturer or mentor.

    Since starting his own wine education business in 2008 the majority of his time is spent teaching and sharing his extensive knowledge of wine.

    He has been a mentor to many MW students over the years and continues to help them fine tune the tasting skills needed to succeed in the Practical exam.

    He is now a regular on judging panels for wine competitions, Panel Chair for the International Wine Challenge and co-President of the Sud de France Top 50 in China. Matthew is also the current Practical Chair of the MW Education Committee.

     

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    South West France: Gaillac to Cahors with Matthew Stubbs MW (Part 1)

    Discover the South West, arguably one of the most mysterious and least well known regions of France. With over 130 grape varieties and 29 different appellations it is home to a fascinating array of varieties wine styles. In this session we will concentrate on the area to the North and East of Toulouse covering the appellations of Gaillac, Marcillac and Cahors. If you want to know the difference between Malbec and Fer  Servadou or Mauzac and Loin de l’Oeil sign up for a voyage through this fascinating corner of France.

    Presenter: Matthew Stubbs MW 

    Matthew has more than 30 years experience in the wine trade, from importing and distribution to running a supermarket wine department. He passed the Master of Wine exam in 1996 achieving the Bollinger Medal for the best tasting paper and the Listel Scholarship for the best Vinification paper. He has been actively involved with the Institute ever since, either as Practical Examiner, seminar lecturer or mentor.

    Since starting his own wine education business in 2008 the majority of his time is spent teaching and sharing his extensive knowledge of wine.

    He has been a mentor to many MW students over the years and continues to help them fine tune the tasting skills needed to succeed in the Practical exam.

    He is now a regular on judging panels for wine competitions, Panel Chair for the International Wine Challenge and co-President of the Sud de France Top 50 in China. Matthew is also the current Practical Chair of the MW Education Committee.

    Learn more about South West wines: 

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    El Camino de Santiago: Walking 4 Wine with Bill Sanders

    In the fall of 2019, Wine Scholar Guild member, Bill “Papi” Sanders from Nashville, Tennessee walked the 790 km/500 mile Camino Frances (French Way) route of the El Camino de Santiago. Being 65 years young at the time, he carried only what could be stuffed in his 36-liter backpack.  For over 1,000 years, folks have been making the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela in Northwest Spain where it is believed the remains of Jesus Christ’s apostle Saint James are interred.  In addition to its spiritual significance, it’s no coincidence that the “Way of St. James” passes through some of Spain’s oldest and most famous wine regions.  Bill will share his experiences and discuss the wines on, perhaps, the most unique, inspirational, and demanding food and wine adventure on earth.  His journey begins in Paris drinking grower Champagne before embarking on his 35-day journey across the Pyrenes and through the Spanish regions of Navarra, Rioja, Castillo y León, and Galicia.  Pour yourself a glass of Albariño or Rioja and join Bill’s trek.

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