Registration on site day of Symposium
Just a little heads-up regarding the four Terroir wine workshops taking place at this year’s Terroir symposium this coming Monday.
Please arrive early to guarantee your registration for each session.
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. The “Next Big Varietal” Smackdown
Sure, Ontario is a burgeoning area focusing on Chardonnay, Riesling, and often Pinot Noir, but what about those other varietals, Gamay, Cabernet Franc, Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah, and Semillon? Proponents of each of these varietals will make their individual cases as we taste through some of the best examples of these lesser spoken of varietals, and at the end of the session the room will decide the victor.
Chair: Will Predhomme
Team Gamay – Shiraz Mottiar, Malivoire Vineyards
Team Sauvignon Blanc – Craig McDonald, Hillebrand Estates
Team Cabernet Franc – Ritchie Roberts, Fielding Estates
Team Syrah – Rob Power, Creekside Wines
Team Semillon – JL Groux, Stratus Vineyards
12 p.m. – 1 p.m. The Future Of The Sommelier (What is the state of the nation?)
Chair: Jamie Drummond
Panel: Zinta Steprans, Wine Director Soho House North America; Mercedes Bachelet, One of Sweden’s top Sommeliers;
Veronique Rivest, Canada’s top Sommelier; Jennifer Heuther Master Sommelier, Cliff Lede.
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Cool Climate Chardonnay Showdown
Acclaimed Swedish Sommelier Mercedes Bachelet gives us her international perspective on the reasons for Cool Climate Chardonnay being as hot as it is right now.
After her presentation Master Sommelier Bruce Wallner will lead us in his own take on the infamous “Options” game, where participants will have the opportunity to wine a number of terrific prizes.
Chair: Bruce Wallner Master Sommelier
Speaker: Mercedes Bachelet (Stockholm)
4 p.m. – 4:50 p.m. Natural, Biodynamic, and Orange wines in Ontario: A Triumph of Technique or Terroir?
Chair: John Szabo Master Sommelier
Panel: Jeff Connell, Woodlot; Alice Feiring, The Feiring Line; Paul Pender, Tawse Estates, Ann Sperling, Southbrook; Laurie MacDonald, VQA.
Edinburgh-born/Toronto-based Sommelier, consultant, writer, judge, and educator Jamie Drummond is the Director of Programs/Editor of Good Food Revolution… And this wine lineup has to be the best yet.
Tags: Alice Feiring, Craig McDonald, Creekside, Fielding Estates, Hillebrand, Jamie Drummond, Jeff Connell, Jennifer Heuther, JL Groux, John Szabo, Laurie MacDonald, Malivoire, Mercedes Bachelet, Ritchie Roberts, Rob Powers, Veronique Rivest, Will Predhomme, Zinta Steprans