The Barcelona Wine Festival is the new name given to the International Wine Symposium which, until now, had been organized in the city of Marbella, in 2004 and 2005.
For two days, the event offers master classes, seminars and guided tastings conducted by the most prominent personalities of the national and international wine industry. Amongst some of the wine celebrities that have taken part in the past two editions are Jancis Robinson, José Peñín, Alejandro Fernández, Carlos Falcó, Stephane Derenoncourt, Miguel Torres, as well as representatives of prestigious organizations such as Wines of Chile, Wine of Australia, Wines of South Africa, University of California Davis and Crus Classes de Graves, amongst many others.
It’s a great chance for the public to meet some of the most important faces in the wine world while tasting some great wines. However, I unfortunately, will not be able to make it this year, but I do encourage anyone who will be in Barcelona to check it out. For the “low” price of 100 Euros, you can taste over 600 wines which neither covers the seminars nor the professional tastings offered. At the high end, an all inclusive ticket will fetch 342.20 Euros. For that price, I truly hope the ticket includes all the seminars and tastings!
Just to give you a bit more information, here’s the line up of celebrity speakers:
Dewey Markham – Wine writer
Jancis Robinson – Master of Wine
Thierry Gascó – Pommery
Charles de Philipponat – Champagne Philipponat
Serena Sutcliffe – Master of Wine
Ramón Llagostera – Celler Mas Doix
Victoria Pariente – Bodegas Dos Victorias
Pedro J. Martinez – Casa de la Ermita
Francesc Grimalt – Anima Negra
Agustí Torelló – Agustí Torelló Mata
Jaume Gramona – Gramona
Delfí Sanahuja – Castillo de Perelada
José Buján – Freixenet
Juan José de Castro – Codorniú
Luis Lopes – Revista do Vinho
Rene Barbier – Clos Mogador
Thomas Lignier – Perrier JoÃƒÂ¼et
Javier Zacagnini – Aalto
Pedro Aibar – Viñas del Vero
Nico Manessis – Wine Writer
Christophe Jacquemin – Louis Roederer.
Despite the price, the festival does look as if it would be a great time. If you’re going to be in the area, and want more information, please go to The Wine Academy’s website.