Top Line-up of Speakers and Panelists in Wellington, 1–4 February 2010
Matthew Jukes, Simon Tam, Leslie Sbrocco, Nick Stock, James Halliday, Bob Campbell MW and Saatchi and Saatchi Worldwide CEO, Kevin Roberts are among the top line-up of speakers and panelists that help make up the comprehensive and challenging programme for Pinot Noir 2010.
“Then there’s the likes of Tim Atkin MW and Jamie Goode alongside our very own Steve Smith MW and Larry McKenna – the list goes on,” said Pinot Noir 2010 Chairman and Group Winemaker, Villa Maria Estate, Alastair Maling MW today.
“We’ve pulled together a fantastic programme and some top-flight speakers and are excited at the prospect of running four fantastic days of wine tasting, challenging discussion and outright entertainment.
“Registrations are open and filling, the programme is set and the word is out - come to Wellington in February 2010 and discover for yourself why New Zealand produces the Pinot Noir of choice from the new world.
“See how our distinctive geography and the passion of our winemakers creates unique and distinct regional personalities in our Pinot Noir. And hear how New Zealand is leading the world in sustainable winemaking practices.”
Alastair says one exciting element of the programme will be the largest ever tasting of aged New Zealand Pinot Noir from New Zealand’s best producers with over 50 wines to be sampled.
“This has never been done before and we’re extremely excited to be able to put these wines to the test of our international panelists with the wine media and critiques tasting and commenting as well,” he says.
“We believe that by working with all New Zealand wineries and a stellar cast of internationally renowned speakers we have created the most significant Pinot Noir event ever downunder. Anyone who is serious about Pinot Noir needs to be in New Zealand in February 2010.
“But as always, places are limited – we were full when the event last ran in 2007 and expect to be in 2010, so visit the website www.pinotnoir2010.co.nz, take a look at the full programme and register now for this spectacular celebration of Pinot Noir.”