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Saturday 18 November 2017

Doña Paula Masterclass

26th September, 2017

Join Dona Paula and The Drinks Business for this Masterclass which will showcase some excellent back vintages in a vertical tasting.

Dona Paula is a premium Estate winery, producing in the best areas of Mendoza for the last 20 years. This Masterclass will showcase wines produced from a range of climate and soil combinations, to demonstrate the influence of terroir and ageing on a range of Malbec expressions.

The Masterclass will be presented by Dona Paula’s Chief Winemaker, Marcos Fernandez, who will be joined on the panel by The Drinks Business Editor-in-Chief, Patrick Schmitt MW.

The tasting will be divided into two parts:Marcos Fernandez

1. Effect of climate and soil in quality of Argentinian Malbecs.

2. Short vertical of aged Argentinian Malbec.

Part of the tasting will focus on terroir research that has been done by microvinifying a number of Malbec samples from areas both within and outside of Mendoza. The aim is to taste around 4-5 microvinified wines and discuss the differences in style and taste of each of the Malbecs from different soils, altitudes, aspects, weather conditions and more. The tasting will include wine from Salta, wines from different Mendoza regions and Dona Paula Seleccion de Bodega 2010, 2011 and 2012.

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TFWA World Exhibition & Conference

19th September, 2017

Combining a global shop window for premium brands with an industry-wide forum and the chance to network with key influencers, TFWA World Exhibition & Conference is duty free and travel retail’s unmissable global gathering.

TFWA World Exhibition & Conference is the industry’s best-attended event by far. In 2016 some 4,625 operators, landlords and agents, over 1,000 of them from Asia, came to see exhibitors in Cannes. If you want your brands to be noticed by a worldwide audience of buyers, this is the place to be.

TFWA World Exhibition & Conference lets you:

• Try out the latest products before they reach the wider market.

• Find new suppliers and catch up with your current ones.

• Discern the direction of travel in all the main product categories.

• Open up new opportunities for your business.

• Tap into the latest thinking and new perspectives at the Conference and Workshops.

• Mix with industry colleagues and make new contacts through the networking events.

International Bar and Beverage Trade Show

19th September, 2017

Since its inception in 2007, Bar Convent Berlin has grown into one of the leading international trade fairs for the bar and beverages industry. Each year the “Who’s Who” of this industry’s German and European representatives gather in Berlin to make new contacts, find out about new product innovations and attend seminars to deepen their expertise.

Bar Convent Berlin was launched by the bar and beverages experts Jens Hasenbein, Bastian Heuser and Helmut Adam, and will be held for the eleventh time this coming October. The organizers anticipate more than 12,000 visitors over the two days of the trade fair.

The Bar Convent website provides all the important information visitors and exhibitors need to know. In addition, the Bar Convent Berlin team also regularly publishes the latest news from the beverages industry along with daily updates on new features and changes to the fair, known meanwhile to many regular attendees as the “Bartender’s Christmas”.


Ultimate Italian Wine Tasting and Launch of the 2018 Guide

15th September, 2017

Join us 1 pm to 5.30 pm for the ultimate tasting of some of the best, and some of the newest, Italian wines, awarded with top recognition in Daniele Cernilli’s Ultimate Guide to Italian Wine 2018, presented in London today. Daniele Cernilli, aka DoctorWine, is the highly acclaimed international critic of Italian wines, and is joined by over 30 producers from those reviewed in the Guide.

They will be presenting a selection of their award-winning wines in London for the open tasting. Daniele Cernilli will also hold a Masterclass between 3 and 4 pm bookable on the day on a first-come basis.

Comprehensive, accurate and easy to understand, the Guide selects those wines which best represent both historic and new wineries. Featuring 3,000 wines reviewed from 1,000 wineries, with 92 top-rated and 600 below 15 euros yet of high quality, this essential resource on Italian wine grips the reader from the first to the last page.

Register now for the UK’s best preview of what to look out for in 2018 from Italy!

For more information OR to register contact: or Tel: 07774 234899

Almaviva 2015 Vintage and Vertical Tasting

6th September, 2017

Join Almaviva and The Drinks Business for this Masterclass which will launch the 2015 Vintage and also showcase some excellent back vintages in a vertical tasting.

Almaviva is a blend of classic Bordeaux varieties grown in some of Chile’s finest terroir and produced with the help of French winemaking knowledge and traditions. It represents a unique partnership in the world of fine wine between Baron Philippe de Rothschild of Château Mouton-Rothschild and Concha y Toro, a partnership created in 1996 with the explicit aim of making an international equivalent to a Bordeaux Grand Cru Classé wine.

Vintage-2014-(3)-bottleIn this Masterclass, which will showcase the new 2015 vintage, participants will have the opportunity to taste a number of Almaviva back vintages and be talked through the way in which the vintages have differed over the last 19 years, and to experience the high suitability of the wines to ageing. The 63 hectares used for Almaviva in Puente Alto are situated within Concha Y Toro’s most prestigious vineyard using small parcels of Cabernet Sauvignon as the backbone of the blend in which Carmenère, Cabernet Franc and Merlot also feature in different quantities in each vintage.

The Masterclass will be presented by Almaviva’s Chief Winemaker, Michel Friou and Global Commercial Director Francisco Zilleruelo who will be joined on the panel by The Drinks Business Editor-in-Chief, Patrick Schmitt MW.

Frenchman Michel Friou has worked around the world since graduating from the ‘Ecole Nationale Superieure Agronomique de Montpellier’ in 1988, including work in the Languedoc and Loire, India and the Far East, and has a lot of fine wine experience including time at Chateau Margaux, Cape Mentelle and Casa Lapostolle with Michel Rolland, before becoming head winemaker at Almaviva in 2007. In the Masterclass Michel will give his thoughts on how he has developed his understanding of the Almaviva terroir and his approach towards selection and producing the cuvee for each vintage to meet with the exacting standards of the very best international fine wine making.

Wines of Navarra Masterclass

6th September, 2017

Visiting four of the UK’s most vibrant cities, Wines of Navarra will be hosting a series of masterclasses throughout the year, giving industry professionals the chance to taste a selection of wines from 11 of the region’s top wineries, some seeking representation in the UK. The masterclasses offer the chance to learn more about these wines from the north-eastern corner of Spain.

Located in the foothills of the Pyrenees, Navarra has a variety of microclimates that range from dry and arid with Mediterranean influences in the south, to cooler, lusher landscapes in the north, where wines are influenced by Atlantic winds.

Its unique location provides winemakers with a variety of grape-growing climates, resulting in red wines with great structure and depth, and white wines with freshness and great acidity. Not least, the region is famed for its rosado wines, rosé expressions produced by the saignée method, which gives the wines a distinctive deep colour.

Franciacorta London Festival

6th September, 2017

Monday 2nd October 2017
Chelsea Old Town Hall
King’s Rd, Chelsea, London SW3 5EE

The prestigious Italian sparkling wine, Franciacorta is hosting its London Festival this year on Monday 2nd October 2017 at the Chelsea Old Town Hall, and is welcoming you to join over 25 producers from the Lombardy region from 2pm – 7pm to explore the world of Franciacorta. You will enjoy tasting a range of the best sparkling wine from Italy, while having the opportunity to meet the creative minds behind each winery.

2017 marks the 50th Anniversary of the awarding of DOC to the region, a huge milestone for Franciacorta, as the wineries look back at their achievements and forward to even better things to come. To add to the day, Wine expert and national journalist Susy Atkins and UK Brand Ambassador Tom Harrow will be hosting intimate seminars exploring different elements of Franciacorta and offering an educational hour discussion with a dedicated tasting, everyone is welcome to join the seminar and they will be a first come first served basis.

We look forward to welcoming you at Chelsea Old Town Hall to enjoy our international acclaimed Franciacorta and celebrate 50 years of greatness with us.


14:00 – 19:00 Presentation of Franciacorta Wines for Consumers,

Wine Trade and Press

Tickets for the evening are available from the Francaicorta Eventbrite page for £10pp:

For further information on the tasting evening and seminar, please contact:

Participating Wineries:



15:00 – 15:45 Seminar with UK Brand Ambassador Tom Harrow
17:00 – 17:45 Seminar with National Wine Journalist and Expert Susy Atkins -Exploring the World of Franciacorta in an educational seminar

The Global Spirits Masters Lunch

5th September, 2017

Medal winners at the Global Spirits Masters competitions held throughout the year are invited to celebrate their accolades at a glitzy awards ceremony in London in December.

The Spirits Business team invites you to join us in celebration of this year’s Global Spirits Masters’ winners. The event will take place at Frederick’s of Islington and will kick off with cocktails followed by lunch during which the awards will be announced.

As well as enjoying one of the finest restaurants in London and collecting your awards, there will also be the opportunity to sample some of the best spirits in the world, mingle with industry friends, and meet the Masters’ judges.

During the event, we will be presenting the winners of this year’s Global Spirits Masters with their certificates; including the Grand Spirits Masters from each spirit category; and this year’s overall Grand Spirits Master 2017.

Attended by key players from across the industry, the ceremony provides an opportunity to both network with fellow award-winners over a three-course gala meal, as well as celebrate in style as the year draws to a close.

The Global Spirits Masters Lunch
December 1st, 12-5pm
Fredericks, Camden Passage, Islington,
London, N1 8EG

For tickets email
or call +44(0)20 7803 2422.

The Drinks Business Green Awards 2017

5th September, 2017

The Drinks Business Green Awards 2017 is the world’s largest programme to raise awareness of green issues in the drinks trade and recognise and reward those who are leading the way in sustainability and environmental performance.

This year’s winners will be announced live at our award ceremony at The Club at The Ivy, London. Tickets are free for all entrants (subject to availability).

Click here to enter this year’s awards or call +44 (0)20 7803 2427.

Crus Bourgeois du Médoc 2015 Official Selection Tasting

5th September, 2017

The 2015 vintage in Bordeaux has produced a stunning set of Cru Bourgeois wines from prestigious Médoc appellations, carrying an official seal which provides a guarantee of quality, authenticity and origin.

With UK RRPs from £15 to £30, the Crus Bourgeois offer premium wines at great value for all sectors of the UK wine trade.

Register now for the UK’s most comprehensive tasting of 2015 Cru Bourgeois wines