Five Major Wine Events in 2015
One’s love for wines is rarely a solitary activity, and one of the most enjoyable things about it is that the industry is continually evolving, thanks to collaboration and shared passion for vino. To celebrate both love for wine and the quest to understand and learn about the wines of the world, enthusiasts have been converging in these wine expos, furthering both the industry and the quality of wines year in and year out.
Many expos stage their fairs on odd-numbered years, which means that your 2015 calendar may just be full of the best and most important wine events wherever you are in the globe.
A Matter of Taste Wine Tour
Many wine enthusiasts were ecstatic about the news that iconic wine advocate Robert Parker, Jr. was bringing his passion and enthusiasm for wine to different cities all over the world through the A Matter of Taste Wine Tour. Initially launching in Singapore this year, the event is a “no-holds-barred” wine tasting occasion exclusive to subscribers ofeRobertParker.com and Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, with Master Classes on specific wine regions, and a dinner where one can meet and talk wine with Robert Parker himself.
This 8-city tour will be showcasing 632 wineries and 720 wines for tasting. In 2015, it will be held in London, Miami, Chicago, Hong Kong, San Francisco, and New York. Singapore Wine Vault will be participating as the official logistics partner in the recently held event in Singapore on November 22nd and the upcoming London leg on February 28, 2015.
It’s only been seven years since Fenavin opened its doors for national wine buyers and traders, but it has already won itself the title of being the ‘most important global trade fair’ in Spain. Held in the city of Ciudad Real in the province of the same name, Fenavin, literally the ‘National Wine Fair’, is considered one of the best wine fairs in the region for its wide range of wines and the fact that it only focuses on wineries, uncluttered by other peripheral industries.
With its primary goal in encouraging export trade, Fenavin continually attracts the top importers and distributors of wines, and its professional atmosphere gives center stage to local Spanish wines, whether it is a big or small winery. The Wine Gallery famously allows fair participants to experience the wine and rate it based on its own merits, without the pressure of having the price or the wine owner present.
Usually held during uneven years, the next Fenavin will be on the 12th-14th of May 2015.
Bordeaux in France has been central to the wine industry and a true wine enthusiast will not miss the international wine exhibitions of VinExpo. Held every odd-numbered year, VinExpo has been showcasing the best wines and spirits of the industry since 1981, and is well-attended by the finest vineyards all over the world.
Aside from the exchanges and debates that make up the success of Vinexpo, it also produces a world market study with a five-year outlook on the industry, making it one of the vital reports for any serious wine collector. Vinexpo also explores different demographics and issues about wine, including panels on young collectors and enthusiasts, the female market, and responsible consumption.
The 18th Vinexpo will be in Bordeaux,France on the 14th to 18th of June 2015.
Boston Wine Expo
The US market for wines will have a new way to fete the Valentine’s Day weekend come 2015. The Boston Wine Expo will be celebrating wine, food and culture on 14th-15th February at the Seaport Hotel and World Trade Center in Boston, Massachusetts.
A major ‘selling event’ for local wineries for distribution, the Boston Wine Expo features hundreds of wines for sampling, as well as the Vitner’s Reserve Lounge for the more serious wine enthusiast. The Vitner’s Reserve is a private room away from the main floor and will be an afternoon of sampling rare and vintage wines.
There will also be a series of wide-ranging educational seminars for people who want to learn more about wine, including a program on pairing wine with chocolates. The expo will also feature notable chefs on two demonstration tables, with names like Robert Bleifer of the Food Network Kitchens and Relais & Chateaux Grand Chef Barbara Lynch headlining it.
Good Food and Wine Show
In true Australian fashion, the biggest event in wines down under is the Good Food and Wine Show, happening in various cities in the country. Melbourne gets the first leg of the tour on 5-8 June, 2015, and the expo will be rife with the best food and wine that Australia has to offer.
The Good Food and Wine Show pretty much has everything for the wine lover and foodie. It boasts of a wine and cheese tasting care of the Riedel Wine theatre where one can take a class on wine appreciation and sample hundreds of wines with your newfound knowledge. There are also several master classes to choose from. A seat at the Riedel A+ Australian Bar also gets you a master class from Wine Australia’s Aaron Brasher, while the Barossa master class has you sampling and learning about one of the best wine-producing regions of Australia.
No doubt that 2015 will be an exciting year for the wine industry. Which event has you most excited? Tell us in the comments.