Ever wondered what it takes to become a wine expert? The Wine & Spirit
Education Trust (WSET) has joined forces with the Tutored Tastings program at the Gourmet Food & Wine Expo offering tastings that will have you sounding like a pro in less than an hour!
WSET joins Tutored Tastings’ line-up of engaging and enjoyable wine and spirit seminars, presented by a who’s who of Canadian experts including Master Sommeliers John Szabo and Jennifer Huether, Master of Wine Eugene Mlynczyk, The Thirsty Traveler Kevin Brauch and VINES Magazine co-founder Christopher Waters. This is an unrivalled opportunity to taste incredible wines and spirits and learn what makes them so special.
An Exploration of Sparkling Wine WSET Tasting
Elsa Macdonald, DipWSET
Friday November 17th $55 5:30p.m. – 6:15 p.m.What makes Champagne different from Prosecco? Where does Canadian Sparkling Wine fit into this? This session will introduce the main production methods of sparkling wines and take you on a guided tasting of diverse styles to fit all budgets! Ever wondered how the bubbles get into your glass? If so, then this session is for you!
Why is Cabernet King? WSET Tasting
Courtney Henderson, DipWSET
Saturday November 18th $55 3:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Take a whirlwind tour of Cabernet Sauvignon and discover just how diverse it can be. Find out why there are so many varied styles out there, and discover which one you like best! In just 45 minutes you’ll be able to differentiate between wines made in either hot or cool climate, those that have been aged in oak for long periods, and those that are made for easy drinking. From France to California we will discover why, or indeed if, Cabernet is King!
New World, Old Vines
John Szabo M.S.
Thursday November 16th $80 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Ancient grapevines are prized for the exceptionally concentrated, complex and naturally balanced wines they produce. These gnarled and twisted witnesses to history have stories to tell: tales of the pioneering families who have farmed them for generations, and the evolution of the regions which they helped establish. Join Master Sommelier and WineAlign critic John Szabo on his latest global adventure to track down the greatest wines from some of world’s most ancient vineyards in Australia, Sonoma County and South Africa. Think these are “New World” regions? These vines, some of which date back to the 1800’s, tell a different story.
Top Scoring Wines
Christopher Waters, VINES Magazine
Saturday November 18th $65 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
This exclusive session allows you to “sip” in the wine judges’ shoes and taste what it takes to win a gold medal at the InterVin International Wine Awards. InterVin Head Judge Christopher Waters and special guests will share highlights from the competition that saw some 1,200 wines from 15 countries put to the test. Taste and see why these red, white and sparkling wines ranked at the top of the class at this year’s competition. Find out which characteristics define great wine. Samples will include rare offerings from Winery of the Year finalists and highly regarded new releases.
For a full schedule and to buy tickets click here.
Thursday, November 16 6pm - 10pm | VIP Preview Evening & Pride Night Social $35
Friday, November 17 · 2pm - 10pm | General Admission Tickets $30
Saturday, November 18 · 12pm - 10pm | General Admission Tickets $30
Sunday, November 19· 12pm - 6pm | Mott's Best Caesar in Town National Finals Tickets $20
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