Wine & Spirits Show 2019: the masterclasses

The Wine & Spirits Show, run by the drinks business and sister title The Spirits Business, is just one month away, and we can’t wait for you to join us.

This year, we already have masterclasses lined up with high-tech corkscrew specialist Coravin and Champagne house Pol Roger, as well as a chance to taste some of the spirits that picked up the highest accolades in our Global Masters series.

Members of the trade will be welcome from 2-5pm on Friday. To register for the trade session, follow this link

The event will open to consumers from 2pm until 9pm on Friday, and 1pm until 8pm on Saturday.

Check out the masterclasses and seminars we have lined up so far:



At 3pm on Friday 12 April, agave spirits expert Jesse Estes will host ‘Welcome to the Wonderful World of Agave: discover Tequila, mezcal, raicilla, and more’.

Later on Friday at 5pm, The Spirits Business editor Amy Hopkins will hold a seminar looking at ‘Top Tipples: a taste of award-winning spirits’.

The masterclass will look at the Taste Masters from The Spirits Business’ Global Spirits Masters series of competitions. These are the best products from our annual spirits competitions.

Taste Masters are awarded to the highest-scoring expressions from across a number of categories, following a re-taste of products that were awarded Master medals – the top accolade in the competition.

The seminar will give the trade insight into how experts blind taste a wide array of spirits and explain how our panel of experts decide to award these products.



Coravin, makers of high-tech corkscrews and preservation devices, will host a masterclass at 3pm on Friday.

Then at 4.30pm, the drinks business’ editor-in-chief Patrick Schmitt MW will present ‘Defining drinks of the decade’ – a showcase of award-winning wines from the Global Masters series.

The masterclass will include the very best wines from a wide range of our Global Masters competitions. We’ll reveal more about these products next week.

Both trade and consumers will also be welcome to attend Champagne house Pol Roger’s masterclass presented by George Prideaux at 6pm on Friday.

The Champagne masterclass will offer an introduction to the family-owned and independent Grande Marque. Guests who sign up will be able to sample a range of tipples from Pol Roger, including the Pure, Brut Reserve, and Rich labels, as well as the brut 2012 vintage and 2009 vintage rosé.


Get in touch with Chloé Beral – – for more details on exhibiting at The Wine & Spirits Show.

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