• Death Notice

    I wish to let you know of the death of Joan Murray wife of Guild member Seamus.  Deepest sympathy is extended to Seamus and family from Mary O’ Callaghan President Irish Guild of Sommeliers on behalf of the Guild membership.

    The death has occurred of Joan MURRAY of 20 Castle Close Ashbourne, Meath

    Sadly missed by her loving husband Seamus, daughters, Caroline and Nicola, sons Stewart and Niall, brothers Brian and Frank, sisters Pauline and Ann, relatives and friends.

    Rest in Peace
    Reposing at Ryan’s Funeral Home, Ashbourne, from 6pm to 9pm on Monday. Removal on Tuesday morning, leaving the Funeral Home to The Church of the Immaculate Conception, Ashbourne, arriving for Requiem Mass at 11am. Funeral afterwards to Glasnevin Crematorium.

  • DIGI

    A report by the Drinks Industry Group of Ireland highlights how bars, pubs, hotels, and restaurants are continuing to suffer a sharp decline in business largely at the expense of sales in the off-licence trade, which grew 5% last year.

    Pub sales are continuing to fall as more people switch to buying cheaper alcohol in supermarkets and off-licences and drinking at home.

    The swing by consumers toward home consumption has resulted in off-licence sales accounting for almost 60% of the market.

    This growing trend saw pub sales drop by 7.2% during 2011. The overall volume of drink sold in pubs and other licensed premises also fell by 5.5%.

    The report claims early sales figures for the first quarter of 2012 are disappointing and down almost 10% on 2010 figures.

    Despite the decline of the traditional Irish pub, the overall alcohol market in Ireland increased by almost 0.2% in 2011. However, average consumption figures decreased to 11.7 litres of alcohol per person — a level last recorded in the mid-1990s — due to higher population numbers.

    The DIGI review conducted by Dublin City University economist Anthony Foley claims the drop in bar sales has resulted in 5,000 jobs in the sector being lost over the past two years.  It also warns that the prospects for the drinks industry remain weak due to the low levels of economic growth and a fall in consumer expenditure. 27/4/2012Kieran Tobin

    Kieran Tobin, Chairman DIGI

  • Gleesons/Gilbeys Tasting

    Some of the world’s top wineries were in Dublin recently when Gleeson Incorporating Gilbeys held its annual tasting at the Guinness Storehouse.Over 40 producers were in attendance at the event. Many Guild members attended this tasting on the 29th February,2012.

    Sally-Anne Cooney

    Sally-Anne Cooney, General Managerof Gleeson incorporating Gilbeys

  • Superior Taste awards 2012

    Superior Taste Award 2012

    Catherine Griffith and Liam Campbell represented the Irish Guild of Sommeliers as part of the jury at the Superior Taste Award 2012 held in Brussels from the 18th to the 20th March at Erasmus University College.  This is organised by the International Taste & Quality Institute (iTQi) which is a leading independent Chefs and Sommeliers based organisation dedicated to tasting, awarding and promoting superior tasting food and drink. The jury comprises 120 renowned Sommeliers from the Association de la Sommellerie Internationale (ASI) and chefs who are members of the most prestigious culinary institutions.  Products are submitted from over 60 countries and are blind tasted, commented upon and scored by each judge, using the following criteria: first impression, appearance, aroma, texture, flavour and retro-olfaction.

    For further information visit www.iTQi.com

    A. O’ Gorman, March,2012.

  • Nash Wines

    Nash Wines Newcastlewest, Co. Limerick

    Lisa O’ Doherty, award winning sommelier at the K Club, Service Skills Trainer and Lecturer with The Irish Guild of Sommeliers presented a masterclass on wine service, wine list development, food and wine matching, customer interaction and upselling to staff in the restaurant business along with members of the Irish Guild of Sommeliers.

    Two very special guests were in attendance, Gregory Barbet from Loron et Fils in Beaujolais and Vincent Pugibet from Domaine la Colombette in Languedoc. They  held a master class with an exclusive tasting of their wines.

    Nash Wines recognize the valuable contribution training can make to your business and how important wine has become. The sessions gave staff first hand experience  by interacting with the wine makers and their excellent tutored tasting of a wide selection of wines as well as the importance of service and selling proved to be of immense help to the participants stated Brian Hogan, Area Sales Manager, Nash Wines.

    The sessions were held in Cork, Dublin and Limerick during April,2012.

    Nash Wines History since 1832

    Richard Nash II

    Richard Nash

    Nash Wines is a 100% Irish owned company, first established in Newcastle West, Limerick in the South West of Ireland in 1832 and today we have one of the largest selection of wines from all around the globe available just a click away.

    The company as we know it was the brainchild of Richard & Johanna Nash and it has remained a family business. Using only the best ingredients and the pure water from St. David’s Well, the enterprising couple mixed, bottled, capped and distributed their soda water and ginger ale for thirsty farm workers. Displaying a flair for anticipating trends, their innovation led to distribution to local pubs and markets beyond. This is where the interest in wine began and soon Nashs were importing and bottling wine in Newcastle West.

    Newcastle West Circa 1940s

    NewCastle West 1940

    Starting only with a pony and trap, Nashs was soon using trains and 40 horses and traps to distribute their increasingly popular products. By the 1920s though, lorries had replaced the traditional form of transport and today we have a nationwide delivery service in place which can deliver wine to your door overnight.

    We take our Wine selection very seriously and have spent the last number of years compiling a selection of top quality wines from all over the Globe with two goals in mind, Taste and value.

    Our Website carries over six hundred wines offering a huge choice of grape varieties, regions and prices to suit all budgets.

    We also have a team of wine specialists in our office ready to help you with any query you may have.

    Old Cellar

    Old Cellar

    Dray Horse

    Dray horse

    Wine Casks- Bottling

    Wine Casks- bottling

    18/4/2012.

  • Frescobaldi/Classic Drinks

    On Wednesday 11th April,2012, following the Irish Guild of Sommeliers Annual General Meeting Hugh Murray, Sales Director, Classic Drinks, Unit 5, OC Commercial Park, Little Island, Co. Cork, www.classicdrinks.ie gave an excellent presentation and tasting of Frescobaldi wines preceeded by a glass of Champagne Pannier at the United Arts Club, 3, Upper Fitzwilliam Street, Dublin,2.

    Hugh Murray, Sales Director, Classic Drinks.

    Since the 13th century, the Frescobaldi family has been dedicated to the production of great Tuscan wines. A strong and dedicated committment to viticulture has always featured prominently among the activities of this family. With the goal of being the most prestigious Tuscan wine producer, they firmly believe in respecting the local land, focusing on the highest quality for its grapes, and investing in their key personnel.

    Mary O’ Callaghan, President Irish Guild of Sommeliers thanked Hugh Murray for a very extensive tasting and presentation and for giving all present a bottle of Torreon De Paredes Reserva Privada, Regno Chile, Merlot,2007 and a Classic Drinks waiters friend. Mary also thanked Catherine Griffith, Tasting Committee for all her work in organizing this tasting.

    Pomino Bianco comes from one of Tuscany’s most renowned areas for the production of high-quality wine; it is made from chardonnay and pinot bianco grapes that have been at home in Pomino for many years.

    Serving suggestions:
    As an aperitif, or with vegetarian antipasti, fish steaks or fillets, such as salmon
    Remole is as blend of cabernet sauvignon and sangiovese sourced from areas of Tuscany long renowned for yielding wines of great aromatic complexity, with full-fruited aromas. Remole has an excellent body and sturdy structure.

    Serving suggestions:

    A classic example of a wine for all dishes, on all occasions. Enjoy it for example with charcuterie that is not too spicy, or with full-flavoured pasta dishes such as all’amatriciana.

    Thanks to its outstanding local climate, Chianti Castiglioni mirrors perfectly the qualities of its local growing area. Smooth-textured and eminently fruity, it displays a fine clean-edged structure.

    Serving suggestions:

    Full-flavoured dishes such as meat-sauced pappardelle, and roast chicken as well, sautéed beef with vegetables, and medium-aged cheeses.

    Tenuta Frescobaldi di Castiglioni

    Tenuta Frescobaldi di Castiglioni super Tuscan wine from Italy

    Tenuta Frescobaldi di Castiglioni, Toscana IGT

    The rich, elegant Tenuta Frescobaldi di Castiglioni, is a delightful blend that marries the elegance of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot with the classic soul of Sangiovese. The estate’s iconic wine is clearly in a modern key, but holds fast to the qualities of its local terroir. The labels of the bottles prior to the 2009 vintage presented the caption as “Tenuta di Castiglioni”.

    Tasting Notes
    Tenuta di Castiglioni’s deep, opaque ruby-red, rimmed in purple, intrigues the eye. The nose is marked by appealing, fragrant fruit, with deep draughts of dark-fleshed fruit, such as wild blackberry, black cherry, plum, and strawberry, which shade into toastier notes of cocoa powder, roast espresso bean, tobacco leaf, vanilla, and cinnamon. Impressively full-bodied, the palate shows pleasurably warm, smooth, and well-rounded. Its tangy acidity and noble tannins, already well integrated into the structure, contribute to its exemplary balance. Subtle fruit enlivens a lengthy, long-lingering finish.

    Castello di Nipozzano Estate

    The Castello di Nipozzano, built in the year 1000 as a defensive fortress, became the center of communal life for the village of Nipozzano. Today the castle houses the wine cellar, where the estate red wines are produced and cask-aged. Castello di Nipozzano also serves as Frescobaldi’s hospitality center and as a site for its fine food and wine initiatives.

    The estate lies in the heart of the Chianti Rufina area, covering 626 hectares at elevations between 250 and 400 metres. 240 hectares are planted with Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Petit Verdot. The estate’s soil, rich in clay and limestone, plus the dry, well-ventilated weather together compose the ideal terroir for the production of wines that are elegant, well balanced, and full bodied with firm structures to age well for many years. Those qualities are amply demonstrated by Frescobaldi Nipozzano Chianti Rufina Riserva DOCG and by the Frescobaldi Montesodi and Frescobaldi Mormoreto crus.

    CastelGiocondo Estate

    The Vineyards

    Constructed in 1100 to guard the road from the port at Talamone to Siena, the castle has belonged to the Frescobaldi family since 1989. Already one of the top-quality producers of Brunello di Montalcino in the late 19th century, the tenuta of Castelgiocondo yields massively-structured wines of great complexity and balance.

    The estate lies on the southwestern slope of Montalcino, at elevations ranging from 180 to 400 metres, and comprises 815 hectares, with 230 hectares under vine. A total of 152 hectares are officially registered for the production of Brunello di Montalcino. The soils, given their various elevations, are diverse, and the climate is warm and dry, relieved by marine breezes: these are ideal conditions for producing very full-bodied, sturdily-structured and powerful wines that are, at the same time, characterized by remarkable finesse and balance. The wines produced at the Castel Giocondo estate are: Frescobaldi CastelGiocondo Brunello di Montalcino RiservaFrescobaldi CastelGiocondo Brunello di MontalcinoFrescobaldi Campo ai Sassi Rosso di Montalcino and Frescobaldi Lamaione.

    The Frescobaldi Family

    Champagne Pannier is a classic Champagne encompassing traditional varieties of Champagne grapes, Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier and Pinot Noir. Created in Marne Valley vineyards in Chateau-Thierry, France, in the tranquillity of thousand year old cellars this timeless champagne is developed.champagne pannier brut selection nv champagne - rated 90 points

    Age old tradition is aided by modern methods at all levels of wine making assuring the coexistence of rigor and creativity. This technical mastery, hailed by all, permits the cellarmaster of Pannier to produce a champagne of valour and virtue, consistent in the Pannier signature style of elegance and balance and is the perfect choice for any celebration.

    ogorman.andy@gmail.com

    AOG 17/4/2012.

  • Strasbourg 2012

    April 14th to 16th, 2012
    The 2012’s Grands Concours du monde
    Riesling, Pinot Gris and Gewurztraminer
    Entries and information : Press contact :
    STRASBOURG EVENEMENTS
    Christine COLLINS, Project Manager
    Téléphone : +33 (3) 88 37 21 23
    Fax : +33 (3) 88 37 37 95
    ccollins@strasbourg-events.com
    7 place Adrien Zeller – BP 256/R7
    67007 STRASBOURG Cedex
    France
    Congress Center Strasbourg (France)
    www.portail-vins-du-monde.com
    DOSSIER DE PRESSE – LES GRANDS CONCOURS DU MONDE 2012
    The 2012’s Grands Concours du monde
    Riesling, Pinot Gris and Gewurztraminer
    3 grape varieties – 3 competitions – 3 tasting days
    A prestigious and essential Patronage
    The Union de la Sommellerie Française
    The Union des Oenologues de France
    A worldwide dimension for 3 grape varieties with
    16 countries and 801 samples to be tasted !
    The competition : the observance of the tasting protocol
    Focus on Slovakia and the Matyšák Winery
    Focus on Paulett Wines in Australia
    The agenda
    Annex I
    Annex II
    SUMMARY
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    The 2012’s Grands Concours du monde,
    Riesling, Pinot Gris and Gewurztraminer
    For the 2012’s edition, Strasbourg Événements, founder of the Grands Concours, gathers
    for the third and consecutive time the 3 grape varieties Riesling, Pinot Gris and
    Gewurztraminer.
    The number of registred competitors is : 16 countries take part into the competitions !
    In term of professional experience, the jurors involved in Strasbourg during those 3 days,
    are the best and the most famous within the wine world.
    Actually the national and international members of the juries are stemming of vine
    growing, oenology or wine–waitering and will taste and mark 250 wineries which
    represent 801 wine samples.
    Worldwide wine growers will try to have their productions rewarded what will authorize
    them to affix the seals of the prizes obtained to their bottles : Great Gold Medal, Gold
    Medal or Silver Medal.
    The Riesling du monde is celebrating its 15th edition and still shares the same priviledge
    with the 2 other grape varieties, Pinot Gris and Gewurztraminer, that of being planted and
    cultivated all over the world !
    Out of the 3 grape varieties, 2 have created a new challenge within the 2012 competition !
    Riesling and Pinot Gris go on with presenting samples of still wines but can also propose
    samples of sparkling wines !
    * Strasbourg Événements runs the Palais de la Musique et des Congrès and the Parc des Expositions of Strasbourg.
    It organises its own events for the general public such as la Foire Européenne (230 000 visitors) – Maisons de
    Printemps, Home and decoration Exhibition – Tourissimo, Tourism and Leisure Exhibition – Cook Show, Gastronomy
    and Arts de la Table Exhibition – St’art, European Fair for Contemporary Art- and for the professionals such as
    Egast (The Exhibition for Gastronomy, Equipment, Agribusiness and services which gathers more than 30 000
    professionals) Strasbourg Événements yearly manages 400 events what represents also more than 800 000
    visitors !
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    3 grape varieties – 3 competitions – 3 tasting days
    For the third consecutive year the 3 competitions will take place simultaneously and
    in the same place what shows the rigorous organization and follow up capacities and
    competences of Strasbourg Événements.
    THE RIESLING
    Originally from the Rhine and Moselle Valley, Riesling is a grape
    variety which offers a large panel of high quality wines. Considered
    and recognized as one of the best white grape varieties in the
    world, it is a dry , thoroughbred wine with overtones of delicate
    fruit. Famous throughout the world, it represents 23% of the
    Alsacian vineyard.
    THE Pinot Gris
    Originally from Burgundy and cultivated above all in Alsace, the
    Pinot Gris belongs to the family of powerful and expressive wines
    what makes it one of the most enjoyed grape varieties in the
    world; It has been developping in France and represents now 13%
    of the Alsatian vineyards.
    THE Gewurztraminer
    Originally from Alsace, this type of wine has quickly crossed the
    Rhine to conquer Germany and Austria. It is a pink grape with
    white juice with a high sugar content. It gives a wine a fruity,
    floral nose with strong spicy overtones. The main production is
    achieved within Europe and represents in Alsace 18% of the whole
    vineyard.
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    A prestigious and essential Patronage
    Patronage of the OIV
    2011 was the year of the recognition : the Grands Concours du Monde now belong to
    the Great wine competitions of international fame. In order to reach its goal, Strasbourg
    Événements has complied with the strict rules of the international competitions and the
    prestigious patronage has been renewed for the 2012 edition by the OIV.
    Mr Ralf Anselmann, Expert Commissioner and representative of the organization, will
    supervise the Grands Concours du Monde in accordance with the OIV’s strict rules.
    Thanks to those official checks and supervision, Strasbourg Evenements can guarantee a
    worldwide recognition to the competitors.
    The rewarded ones will be authorized to affix the seals of the prizes obtained to their
    bottles : Great Gold Medal, Gold Medal and Silver Medal.
    www.oiv.int
    2012 is also the edition ot the brand new visual identity for the Great Gold Medals !
    * The OIV is an intergovernmental organisation which currently includes 45 Member States and wields
    considerable influence in all areas of wine growing and production. Its aim is to foster the harmonisation of
    practices and the creation of new international directives in such a way as to facilitate all procedures in the
    wine market but also to take the needs of everyone involved into account. Deeply involved in the wine world,
    the OIV is also the organiser of major annual world conferences and, since 1930, has rewarded the best
    publications devoted to the vine sector.
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    The Union de la Sommellerie Française
    The Union de la Sommellerie Française* has carried over its partnership with Strasbourg
    Événements regarding the 2012’s Grands Concours du Monde.
    This association, which aims to promote, support, develop, improve and protect the winewaiter
    profession and activity, brings an additionnal guarantee of the tasters’competences
    and grants a valued credibility to the winners.
    During the 2012’s edition, Strasbourg Événements welcomes many representatives of the
    UDSF, what confirms the Union interest towards the Grands Concours du Monde.
    Serge Dubs, Best Sommelier in the World 1989 and vice president of the A.S.I. board
    (Association de la Sommellerie Internationale) is one of the tasters and jurors.
    Nicola Mattana, Best Sommelier of Switzerland and Gérard Guyon, Best Sommelier of
    Luxemburg will be members of the juries.
    10 members of the Association of Alsatian Sommeliers will also judge the samples, what
    shows the increasing interest of the official wine authorities in the Grands Concours du
    monde.
    www.sommelier-France.org
    It should be noted that, as usual, the wine stewards are students – “Sommellerie course”
    of the Lycée Hôtelier Alexandre Dumas of Illkirch ; they will be supervised by their teacher,
    Mr Antoine Woerlé, “Meilleur Ouvrier de France”.
    * The Union de la Sommellerie Française is a non-profit making association which aims to unite regional
    associations of wine waiters, to harmonise the activities of the regional associations with a view to developing
    and improving the profession of wine. Waiter, to promote the profession of wine waiter, to uphold and promote
    the ethical code of this profession and to protect the image of French wine waiting. The UDSF currently has
    more than 1,300 members and incorporates 21 regional associations, thanks to which it organises tastings and
    seminars, while also taking part in training workshops for young wine waiters. At its major conferences, which
    bring together a considerable part of its membership, the UDSF awards «golden grapes» to the best master
    wine waiters, a reward that testifies to a remarkable professional career.
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    The Union des OEnologues de France
    (the union of french OEnologists)
    The motto is : “The more we share, the more we gather“ !
    The Union des OEnologues de France, founded in 1959 is the
    professional union in charge of the recognition and the protection
    of the oenologist profession dealing directly with ministeries and
    international organizations.
    The Union composed by oenologists among with its chairman Cyril
    Payon, gathers up to now 1 600 members dispatched throughout
    the French territory in 8 offices (Alsace, Bordeaux Western-South, Bourgogne Eastern
    Center, Champagne, Languedoc-Roussillon, Paris North-Normandia, Valley of the Rhône-
    Provence-Corsica and Loire Valley).
    Directly involved in the
    “Consumer, safety-environment, wine quality” trio
    The oenologist acts as an expert in planification and cultivation of vineyards.
    He is involved in technological research for materials and equipments used within the
    wineries. He advices the wine grower regarding wine making, selection, preservation,
    ageing and bottling of wine. He is in charge of proceeding with the necessary chemical,
    physical and bacteriological analysis. He will be able to taste during his whole life the
    wines he will have followed up and elaborated.
    Know-how in tasting
    The oenologists take part into the development of the wine–producing sector in France
    and throughout the world. L’U.OE.F. remains committed to making tasting the expertise of
    the oenologist’s activity. In order to transmit its tasting know-how and expertise, the U.OE.F.
    proposes to the general public training and wine tasting sessions. Its noticeable tasting
    room is the dedicated place to maintain the high level of competences of the oenologists
    members and also to enable wine tastings for wine lovers and the general public. The
    U.OE.F. organises a lot of famous tasting competitions such as les Vinalies®, les Vinalies®
    vins de hautes expressions Internationales and Le Mondial du Rosé®, the only ISO9001 version
    2008-AFNOR worldwide certified competition dedicated to the worldwide Rosés.
    Contacts :
    Union des OEnologues de France 21-23, rue de Croulebarbe
    75013 Paris Tél. : 01 58 52 20 20 – Fax : 01 58 52 20 30
    Email : contact@oenologuesdefrance.fr
    Website : www.oenologuesdefrance.fr
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    Pinot Gris
    du monde
    Gewurztraminer
    du monde
    Riesling
    du monde
    A worldwide dimension for 3 grape varieties
    with 16 countries and 801 samples to be tasted !
    15th
    edition 7th
    edition 5th
    edition
    From 14th to 16th of April 2012
    at the Congress Center Strasbourg
    250
    801
    16
    wines producers
    samples
    among with
    represented countries
    366 Riesling 216 Pinot Gris 219 Gewurztraminer
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    The competition : the observance of the tasting protocol
    Strasbourg Événements :
    A professional and precise organization
    for an irreproachable tasting.
    The very strict tasting rules require the jurors to be unfailingly impartial in their judgement.
    The tasters will be required not only to taste but also to describe and comment on
    the wines according to the following criteria:
    • The visual aspect
    • The olfactive aspect
    • The impression on the palate
    • The overall impression
    • The particular uniqueness and character
    of the product
    The whole criteria are then reported and registred
    through a numerical process thanks to
    an electronic device : the Palm Pocket
    The Grands Concours du Monde are delighted that their invitation has been accepted
    by nearly 60 professionals around the world (qualified tasters, oenologists, wine waiters,
    wine growers, etc.), selected throughout the world according to their experience and
    competences. Most of them are also experts for other OIV supported competitions.
    We notice this year, more American experts.
    They will be divided up over 7 tables, the table will be made up of 3 French and 4 foreign
    tasters.
    So, a majority of foreign tasters is secured for each table.
    Each jury will taste the three grape varieties every day from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
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    DOSSIER DE PRESSE – LES GRANDS CONCOURS DU MONDE 2012
    From the following countries are coming the professional guests
    belonging to the wine world :
    18 countries are represented :
    Belgium • Canada • Czech Republic • France
    Germany • Hungary • Italy • Luxembourg • Slovenia
    South Africa • Switzerland • USA.
    Australia • Austria • Canada • Czech Republic • France
    Germany • Hungary • Italy • New-Zeland • Romania
    Slovakia • Slovenia • South Africa • Spain • Switzerland • USA.
    … as oenologists, wine waiters, wine growers, importators, specialized journalists.
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    DOSSIER DE PRESSE – LES GRANDS CONCOURS DU MONDE 2012
    Focus on Slovakia and the Matyšák Winery
    Slovakia’s vineyards and the Matyšák story
    Slovakia, a rich wine background.
    Slovakia is home to almost 400 active winemakers producing variety or branded quality
    wines with protected geographic indication and attribute wines with protected indication
    of origin from the 19 634 hectares of vineyards in 390 municipalities in 6 main wine regions.
    Nitrianska – Nitra wine region can be considered as the most miscellaneous with the highest number of each other
    distinct – but locally specific vineyards with a number of diverse grape varieties planted on 3 884 hectares.
    Stredoslovenská – Central Slovakian wine region comprise of 2 320 hectares of mainly less than 1 hectare single vineyards
    located in warm area between Hont and Gemer. Wines are distinguished by higher and more persistent aromatic quality
    what is considered as one of the main characteristics of the region.
    Východoslovenská – Eastern Slovakian wine region has 1 733 hectares of vineyards planted on the slopes of volcanic
    mountain range Vihorlat and on the undulated edge of the East Slovakian lowland in the southern parts.
    Južnoslovenská – Southern Slovakian wine region situated north from river Danube. It is warmest part of Slovakia and
    4 903 hecatares of registered vineyards are planted on loess uplands, sporadically on fat, silty clay soils with good water
    holding, which are suitable for growing of black grape varieties.
    Tokaj wine region consists of 1 357 hectares of registered vineyards in 7 tokaj municipalities planted with Tokaj grape
    varieties Furmint, Lipovina and Muškát Žltý.
    Malokarpatská – Lesser Carpathian wine region is located in the southwestern part of Slovakia, where the vines are
    grown for more than three thousand years. Vineyards are planted on the slopes and plains of the Lesser Carpathian
    mountain range and in locality Záhorie on the surface of 5 588 hectares. The wine landscape with the significant position
    of the Riesling grape variety is the following : for the main grape varieties : 21% Veltliner, 15% Riesling Italico, 12% Muller
    Thurgau, 8% Saint Laurent, 7%Pinot Blanc and 5% White Riesling …
    Wine from Lesser Carpathian wine region is a product obtained exclusively by total or
    partial fermentation of grapes or grape must, which originates in this region. Grapes
    are achieving high sugar content, wines are full bodied, with intensive taste aned with
    pleasant level of acidity, suitable for longer cellar maturation.
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    Harmonious connection of sun light, mountain, river, substantial soil and dedicated work
    of people is creating wines you’ll favor for its refreshing lightness, pleasure, honesty.
    Carpathians this is the place of the following family story…
    Once upon a time…in the Slovakian Bacchus world !
    Pezinok, situated 18 kms to the north-east of Bratislava, is located in the Little Carpathians
    where the soil is a combination of sand, rock and clay, which provides a fertile winegrowing
    area.
    Peter Matyšák, vintner and winemaker, represents
    a true family firm : Víno Matyšák – has taken up the
    viticultural tradition of Pezinok*; Peter with his wife
    Katarína, and their son and daughter, Marek and
    Kristína, have been producing a high-quality variety
    of wines since 1990.
    The Matyšák’own financial initiative, family vinticulture traditions, the hard and honest
    work have been the assets that have ranked the Matyšák firm among the most distinguished
    wine producers in the Slovak Republic in the past few years.
    Actually, “Peter started as a waiter, later on in the end of 80ths he starts production of
    really at home made pâtés, sold in a small shop stand (booth) on the street oposite to
    hospital. Later on in 90ths he started the production of a basic bulkwine, offered on the
    tap in cheap taverns, mostly his owns. Later he engaged as employee skilled oenologist
    Mrs Gabika Vojtekova and together they pushed the winery in Pezinok to the top quality in
    Slovakia. It was about 7 years ago.” tells one his friends, Dr Lubos Barta, czech wine expert
    and journalist.
    2005 Peter Matyšák opened the Hotel Matyšák in Pražská
    street, Bratislava. This restaurant is directly adjacent to a fortymeter
    long archive wine cellar (built in 1904) capable of storing
    forty-five thousand bottles of archive wines which have been
    produced since 1994.
    Another typical wine restaurant, Vinum Galéria Bozen,was
    opened in Pezinok, in the family´s own 300-year old vintner´s
    house in Holuby Street (Holubyho ulica).
    “Peter is like a vulcan – he still creates something new !”
    confirms Dr Lubos Barta.
    Peter Mat yšák
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    2006 Vino Matyšák has expanded the wine processing plant (the press and the cooling
    tanks) and storage capacity, which will enable careful processing of grapes and the
    subsequent filtering and clarification of the must.
    Some years ago Mrs Vojtekova retires, forwarding the
    job of main enologist and chief of the laboratory to Mr
    Jaro Zak, who is the head winemaker there. “But Peter
    Matyšák is still the main boss and decision maker
    about wines as well as about new projects”, precises
    Mr Lubos Barta.
    Peter Matyšák runs 12 popular “Vinothéques” selling
    the whole range of his wines starting at cheap bulk wine
    on the tap till premium wines winning international
    competitions like Vinalies Int., Bacchus, Vinitaly, awc –
    viena , Finger Lakes USA, etc.
    The firm aims through all their activities at raising the
    level of wine culture in Slovakia, and it also represents
    a model of the abilities of Slovakian people in this field
    abroad.
    Regarding the 2012 Edition of the “Grands Concours du monde des vins”, Matyšák Vino
    presents samples in the Riesling and the Gewurztraminer grape varieties…the fairy tale
    may go on…wait and taste!
    *In the 17th and 18th century Pezinok experienced its biggest boom and was one of the richest towns in the
    Hungarian Empire. Its fame and wealth were based on the production of high-quality wines.)
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    Focus on Paulett Wines Australia
    About 1 ½ hours drive north from Adelaide is the
    beautiful Polish Hill River sub-region of the Clare
    Valley, home to Neil and Alison Paulett and their
    winery. Neil Paulett, graduated from the Roseworthy
    OEnology course in 1971, discovered in 1981 with his
    wife that valley and what is now their property. The
    property had remained in the same family’s hands
    from the 1860’s until its purchase in 1983.
    The area is blessed with a climate ideal for premium
    grape growing and the combination of consistently
    good winter rains, hot summers tempered by cool
    nights and a long ripening period produces grapes of
    exceptional flavours and balance.
    “Our vineyards in the sub region Polish Hill River are
    at some of the highest altitudes in the Clare Region
    leading to slow and even ripening that in turn gives
    us quite elegant and fine wines with wonderful varietal
    impressions and a strong underlying acid backbone.” describes Mrs Alison Paulett,
    General Manager of the Paulett wines.
    The property has expanded from the initial 47 hectares to 147 hectares and the on-going
    vineyard development now sees 25 hectares under vine. There is a substantial portion of
    Shiraz and Cabernet vines over 70 years of age and Riesling of 35 years and this their treasured
    resource makes up the back bone of the super premium red and white, the Andreas
    Shiraz and Antonina Riesling (Shiraz not produced every year, & Riesling yet to be produced)
    after these original settler family members.
    Trillians Sparkling wine is quite a young wine.
    “Our first production of our Sparkling Riesling was in 1991. In this year we had surplus
    Riesling grapes to our Polish hill River Riesling label requirements and the decision was
    easily made to make our Sparkling.
    Another winery in the Clare Valley had been producing their own Sparkling Riesling for
    some years – a wine that we had enjoyed and one we wanted to produce for our own label.
    The Clare Valley is considered the Home of Riesling in Australia and we felt this would
    help raise the varieties profile in highlighting the wonderful diversity of the grape.” tells
    Alison Paulett.
    “It is someting quiet different on the domestic wine market and the consumers appreciate
    it!” notices Alison, that is why around 90% of that sparkling wine is sold to Australians.
    Niel and Alison Pau let
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    That wine need a particular attention from Neil, Alison
    and their son Matthew who is now the Vineyard
    Manager and his ability to nurture both old vines
    and new is paying dividends.The exceptional quality
    of fruit produced is raising the standard of the
    wines even further.
    Examples ot that rigorous follow up are followings :
    “The wine is vinified from some of our early pickings and
    fermented to dryness. Our Cuvee selection is based on the
    flavours, elegance and balance of the wines. We do not complete
    the secondary fermentation ourselves; this is done
    under our supervision at a nearby contract bottling facility.
    Our first two bottlings were produced using the traditional
    method. The wines were lovely and very long living however
    we felt that extended maturation on lees in bottle was
    masking the flavours of the grape. We wanted the wine to
    express ‘Riesling’ and subsequent bottlings have been produced
    through the Charmat process.” precises Alison Paulett.
    The exportation is a very important way of development
    of the Paulett wines and represents 25% of their turnover.
    The international main customers are located in UK, China,
    Poland and Singapur but the importation of the Trillians
    Sparkling wine especially rose up in UK and China to reach 10% of the whole sparkling
    wine sales. “We pay particular attention “to our expedition” bottling to maintain the balance
    and integrity of the wine.”, explains Mrs Paulett;
    Actually the Pauletts “were directly approached by a chinese wine taster who came in the
    winery 2 years and a half ago what’s gave birth to a good commercial relation ship”, said
    Alison.
    Matthew and Niel Pau let
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    And what about Europe ?
    Til now Paulett wines did not find “The European partner” able to tap that historical Riesling
    wine market. However, the Pauletts, custodians of the Australian land and wine knowhow
    embrace the challenge of convincing their europeans cousins : during February 2012
    Neil and Alison travelled in England and France ; when they came back to Australia they
    got in their mail box our “Grands Concours du monde” invitation and they did not hesitate
    to enter in the 2012 competition sending us samples of their Trillians Sparkling wine !
    You know everything happens for a reason and maybe
    thanks to a medal rewarded in Strasburg the European
    importers will knock on that Polish Hill River cellar’s
    door and begin to work with the passionate and deserving
    Pauletts’ clan.
    We wish them all the best for their first participation within
    the Riesling sparkling wines category !
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    The agenda
    Appointment in
    Kintzheim where the
    mayor and the wine
    union welcome us.
    More informations :
    Mrs Alicia MARRO
    Assistant Project Manager
    Strasbourg Événements
    Tél. +33 (3) 88 37 21 27
    Fax +33 (3) 88 37 37 95
    amarro@strasbourg-events.com
    Mr Gérard Gouello
    Grand Maître Confrérie
    du Haut-Koenigsbourg
    Tél. +33 (6) 89 30 75 39
    VIPs’Cocktail,
    Presentation of all the
    competitions’ wines
    and annoucement of the
    Great Gold Medals.
    The 2011’s Grands Concours du monde will gather 16 countries,
    what is the highest number of nationalities they registred so far!
    With the patronage of the OIV, this outright appointment for worldwide wine producers of
    Riesling, Pinot Gris and Gewurztraminer proposes the following coloured agenda :
    Saturday Sunday Monday
    14th of april 2012 15th of april 2012 16th of april 2012
    Tasting in the
    Congres Centre
    Strasbourg
    Tasting in the
    Congres Centre
    Strasbourg
    Tasting in the
    Congres Centre
    Strasbourg
    8.30 am – 1.30 pm 8.30 am – 1.30 pm 8.30 am – 1.30 pm
    4.00 pm 3.00 pm – 5.30 pm
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    Annex I
    The OIV competitions’ resolutions.
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    The tasting form : Still wines
    The palm pocket : on the basis of the tasting
    form criteria with a perfect observance of
    the protocol, the notation will be built and
    registred for the second and consecutive
    year thanks to the palm pocket, an electronic
    device.
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    LES GRANDS CONCOURS du monde 2012 – Strasbourg
    The tasting form : Sparkling wines

    From 8.30 amto 1.30 pm201216thFromto14thAprilofpress FILEAvenuedelapubVirginie LusseyranTéléphone : +33 (3) 88 22 27 35Portable : +33 (6) 09 40 30 53virginie@avenuedelapub.comFrédérique PierréPortable : +33 (6) 84 46 79 49fedepierre@hotmail.frThe 2012’s Grands Concours du mondeRiesling, Pinot Gris and GewurztraminerEntries and information : Press contact :STRASBOURG EVENEMENTSChristine COLLINS, Project ManagerTéléphone : +33 (3) 88 37 21 23Fax : +33 (3) 88 37 37 95ccollins@strasbourg-events.com7 place Adrien Zeller – BP 256/R767007 STRASBOURG CedexFranceCongress Center Strasbourg (France)www.portail-vins-du-monde.comDOSSIER DE PRESSE – LES GRANDS CONCOURS DU MONDE 201234567891114171821The 2012’s Grands Concours du mondeRiesling, Pinot Gris and Gewurztraminer3 grape varieties – 3 competitions – 3 tasting daysA prestigious and essential PatronageThe Union de la Sommellerie FrançaiseThe Union des Oenologues de FranceA worldwide dimension for 3 grape varieties with16 countries and 801 samples to be tasted !The competition : the observance of the tasting protocolFocus on Slovakia and the Matyšák WineryFocus on Paulett Wines in AustraliaThe agendaAnnex IAnnex IISUMMARY3DOSSIER DE PRESSE – LES GRANDS CONCOURS DU MONDE 2012The 2012’s Grands Concours du monde,Riesling, Pinot Gris and GewurztraminerFor the 2012’s edition, Strasbourg Événements, founder of the Grands Concours, gathersfor the third and consecutive time the 3 grape varieties Riesling, Pinot Gris andGewurztraminer.The number of registred competitors is : 16 countries take part into the competitions !In term of professional experience, the jurors involved in Strasbourg during those 3 days,are the best and the most famous within the wine world.Actually the national and international members of the juries are stemming of vinegrowing, oenology or wine–waitering and will taste and mark 250 wineries whichrepresent 801 wine samples.Worldwide wine growers will try to have their productions rewarded what will authorizethem to affix the seals of the prizes obtained to their bottles : Great Gold Medal, GoldMedal or Silver Medal.The Riesling du monde is celebrating its 15th edition and still shares the same priviledgewith the 2 other grape varieties, Pinot Gris and Gewurztraminer, that of being planted andcultivated all over the world !Out of the 3 grape varieties, 2 have created a new challenge within the 2012 competition !Riesling and Pinot Gris go on with presenting samples of still wines but can also proposesamples of sparkling wines !* Strasbourg Événements runs the Palais de la Musique et des Congrès and the Parc des Expositions of Strasbourg.It organises its own events for the general public such as la Foire Européenne (230 000 visitors) – Maisons dePrintemps, Home and decoration Exhibition – Tourissimo, Tourism and Leisure Exhibition – Cook Show, Gastronomyand Arts de la Table Exhibition – St’art, European Fair for Contemporary Art- and for the professionals such asEgast (The Exhibition for Gastronomy, Equipment, Agribusiness and services which gathers more than 30 000professionals) Strasbourg Événements yearly manages 400 events what represents also more than 800 000visitors !4DOSSIER DE PRESSE – LES GRANDS CONCOURS DU MONDE 20123 grape varieties – 3 competitions – 3 tasting daysFor the third consecutive year the 3 competitions will take place simultaneously andin the same place what shows the rigorous organization and follow up capacities andcompetences of Strasbourg Événements.THE RIESLINGOriginally from the Rhine and Moselle Valley, Riesling is a grapevariety which offers a large panel of high quality wines. Consideredand recognized as one of the best white grape varieties in theworld, it is a dry , thoroughbred wine with overtones of delicatefruit. Famous throughout the world, it represents 23% of theAlsacian vineyard.THE Pinot GrisOriginally from Burgundy and cultivated above all in Alsace, thePinot Gris belongs to the family of powerful and expressive wineswhat makes it one of the most enjoyed grape varieties in theworld; It has been developping in France and represents now 13%of the Alsatian vineyards.THE GewurztraminerOriginally from Alsace, this type of wine has quickly crossed theRhine to conquer Germany and Austria. It is a pink grape withwhite juice with a high sugar content. It gives a wine a fruity,floral nose with strong spicy overtones. The main production isachieved within Europe and represents in Alsace 18% of the wholevineyard.5DOSSIER DE PRESSE – LES GRANDS CONCOURS DU MONDE 2012A prestigious and essential PatronagePatronage of the OIV2011 was the year of the recognition : the Grands Concours du Monde now belong tothe Great wine competitions of international fame. In order to reach its goal, StrasbourgÉvénements has complied with the strict rules of the international competitions and theprestigious patronage has been renewed for the 2012 edition by the OIV.Mr Ralf Anselmann, Expert Commissioner and representative of the organization, willsupervise the Grands Concours du Monde in accordance with the OIV’s strict rules.Thanks to those official checks and supervision, Strasbourg Evenements can guarantee aworldwide recognition to the competitors.The rewarded ones will be authorized to affix the seals of the prizes obtained to theirbottles : Great Gold Medal, Gold Medal and Silver Medal.www.oiv.int2012 is also the edition ot the brand new visual identity for the Great Gold Medals !* The OIV is an intergovernmental organisation which currently includes 45 Member States and wieldsconsiderable influence in all areas of wine growing and production. Its aim is to foster the harmonisation ofpractices and the creation of new international directives in such a way as to facilitate all procedures in thewine market but also to take the needs of everyone involved into account. Deeply involved in the wine world,the OIV is also the organiser of major annual world conferences and, since 1930, has rewarded the bestpublications devoted to the vine sector.6DOSSIER DE PRESSE – LES GRANDS CONCOURS DU MONDE 2012The Union de la Sommellerie FrançaiseThe Union de la Sommellerie Française* has carried over its partnership with StrasbourgÉvénements regarding the 2012’s Grands Concours du Monde.This association, which aims to promote, support, develop, improve and protect the winewaiterprofession and activity, brings an additionnal guarantee of the tasters’competencesand grants a valued credibility to the winners.During the 2012’s edition, Strasbourg Événements welcomes many representatives of theUDSF, what confirms the Union interest towards the Grands Concours du Monde.Serge Dubs, Best Sommelier in the World 1989 and vice president of the A.S.I. board(Association de la Sommellerie Internationale) is one of the tasters and jurors.Nicola Mattana, Best Sommelier of Switzerland and Gérard Guyon, Best Sommelier ofLuxemburg will be members of the juries.10 members of the Association of Alsatian Sommeliers will also judge the samples, whatshows the increasing interest of the official wine authorities in the Grands Concours dumonde.www.sommelier-France.orgIt should be noted that, as usual, the wine stewards are students – “Sommellerie course”of the Lycée Hôtelier Alexandre Dumas of Illkirch ; they will be supervised by their teacher,Mr Antoine Woerlé, “Meilleur Ouvrier de France”.* The Union de la Sommellerie Française is a non-profit making association which aims to unite regionalassociations of wine waiters, to harmonise the activities of the regional associations with a view to developingand improving the profession of wine. Waiter, to promote the profession of wine waiter, to uphold and promotethe ethical code of this profession and to protect the image of French wine waiting. The UDSF currently hasmore than 1,300 members and incorporates 21 regional associations, thanks to which it organises tastings andseminars, while also taking part in training workshops for young wine waiters. At its major conferences, whichbring together a considerable part of its membership, the UDSF awards «golden grapes» to the best masterwine waiters, a reward that testifies to a remarkable professional career.7DOSSIER DE PRESSE – LES GRANDS CONCOURS DU MONDE 2012The Union des OEnologues de France(the union of french OEnologists)The motto is : “The more we share, the more we gather“ !The Union des OEnologues de France, founded in 1959 is theprofessional union in charge of the recognition and the protectionof the oenologist profession dealing directly with ministeries andinternational organizations.The Union composed by oenologists among with its chairman CyrilPayon, gathers up to now 1 600 members dispatched throughoutthe French territory in 8 offices (Alsace, Bordeaux Western-South, Bourgogne EasternCenter, Champagne, Languedoc-Roussillon, Paris North-Normandia, Valley of the Rhône-Provence-Corsica and Loire Valley).Directly involved in the”Consumer, safety-environment, wine quality” trioThe oenologist acts as an expert in planification and cultivation of vineyards.He is involved in technological research for materials and equipments used within thewineries. He advices the wine grower regarding wine making, selection, preservation,ageing and bottling of wine. He is in charge of proceeding with the necessary chemical,physical and bacteriological analysis. He will be able to taste during his whole life thewines he will have followed up and elaborated.Know-how in tastingThe oenologists take part into the development of the wine–producing sector in Franceand throughout the world. L’U.OE.F. remains committed to making tasting the expertise ofthe oenologist’s activity. In order to transmit its tasting know-how and expertise, the U.OE.F.proposes to the general public training and wine tasting sessions. Its noticeable tastingroom is the dedicated place to maintain the high level of competences of the oenologistsmembers and also to enable wine tastings for wine lovers and the general public. TheU.OE.F. organises a lot of famous tasting competitions such as les Vinalies®, les Vinalies®vins de hautes expressions Internationales and Le Mondial du Rosé®, the only ISO9001 version2008-AFNOR worldwide certified competition dedicated to the worldwide Rosés.Contacts :Union des OEnologues de France 21-23, rue de Croulebarbe75013 Paris Tél. : 01 58 52 20 20 – Fax : 01 58 52 20 30Email : contact@oenologuesdefrance.frWebsite : www.oenologuesdefrance.fr8DOSSIER DE PRESSE – LES GRANDS CONCOURS DU MONDE 2012Pinot Grisdu mondeGewurztraminerdu mondeRieslingdu mondeA worldwide dimension for 3 grape varietieswith 16 countries and 801 samples to be tasted !15thedition 7thedition 5theditionFrom 14th to 16th of April 2012at the Congress Center Strasbourg25080116wines producerssamplesamong withrepresented countries366 Riesling 216 Pinot Gris 219 Gewurztraminer9DOSSIER DE PRESSE – LES GRANDS CONCOURS DU MONDE 2012The competition : the observance of the tasting protocolStrasbourg Événements :A professional and precise organizationfor an irreproachable tasting.The very strict tasting rules require the jurors to be unfailingly impartial in their judgement.The tasters will be required not only to taste but also to describe and comment onthe wines according to the following criteria:• The visual aspect• The olfactive aspect• The impression on the palate• The overall impression• The particular uniqueness and characterof the productThe whole criteria are then reported and registredthrough a numerical process thanks toan electronic device : the Palm PocketThe Grands Concours du Monde are delighted that their invitation has been acceptedby nearly 60 professionals around the world (qualified tasters, oenologists, wine waiters,wine growers, etc.), selected throughout the world according to their experience andcompetences. Most of them are also experts for other OIV supported competitions.We notice this year, more American experts.They will be divided up over 7 tables, the table will be made up of 3 French and 4 foreigntasters.So, a majority of foreign tasters is secured for each table.Each jury will taste the three grape varieties every day from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.10DOSSIER DE PRESSE – LES GRANDS CONCOURS DU MONDE 2012From the following countries are coming the professional guestsbelonging to the wine world :18 countries are represented :Belgium • Canada • Czech Republic • FranceGermany • Hungary • Italy • Luxembourg • SloveniaSouth Africa • Switzerland • USA.Australia • Austria • Canada • Czech Republic • FranceGermany • Hungary • Italy • New-Zeland • RomaniaSlovakia • Slovenia • South Africa • Spain • Switzerland • USA…. as oenologists, wine waiters, wine growers, importators, specialized journalists.11DOSSIER DE PRESSE – LES GRANDS CONCOURS DU MONDE 2012Focus on Slovakia and the Matyšák WinerySlovakia’s vineyards and the Matyšák storySlovakia, a rich wine background.Slovakia is home to almost 400 active winemakers producing variety or branded qualitywines with protected geographic indication and attribute wines with protected indicationof origin from the 19 634 hectares of vineyards in 390 municipalities in 6 main wine regions.Nitrianska – Nitra wine region can be considered as the most miscellaneous with the highest number of each otherdistinct – but locally specific vineyards with a number of diverse grape varieties planted on 3 884 hectares.Stredoslovenská – Central Slovakian wine region comprise of 2 320 hectares of mainly less than 1 hectare single vineyardslocated in warm area between Hont and Gemer. Wines are distinguished by higher and more persistent aromatic qualitywhat is considered as one of the main characteristics of the region.Východoslovenská – Eastern Slovakian wine region has 1 733 hectares of vineyards planted on the slopes of volcanicmountain range Vihorlat and on the undulated edge of the East Slovakian lowland in the southern parts.Južnoslovenská – Southern Slovakian wine region situated north from river Danube. It is warmest part of Slovakia and4 903 hecatares of registered vineyards are planted on loess uplands, sporadically on fat, silty clay soils with good waterholding, which are suitable for growing of black grape varieties.Tokaj wine region consists of 1 357 hectares of registered vineyards in 7 tokaj municipalities planted with Tokaj grapevarieties Furmint, Lipovina and Muškát Žltý.Malokarpatská – Lesser Carpathian wine region is located in the southwestern part of Slovakia, where the vines aregrown for more than three thousand years. Vineyards are planted on the slopes and plains of the Lesser Carpathianmountain range and in locality Záhorie on the surface of 5 588 hectares. The wine landscape with the significant positionof the Riesling grape variety is the following : for the main grape varieties : 21% Veltliner, 15% Riesling Italico, 12% MullerThurgau, 8% Saint Laurent, 7%Pinot Blanc and 5% White Riesling …Wine from Lesser Carpathian wine region is a product obtained exclusively by total orpartial fermentation of grapes or grape must, which originates in this region. Grapesare achieving high sugar content, wines are full bodied, with intensive taste aned withpleasant level of acidity, suitable for longer cellar maturation.12DOSSIER DE PRESSE – LES GRANDS CONCOURS DU MONDE 2012Harmonious connection of sun light, mountain, river, substantial soil and dedicated workof people is creating wines you’ll favor for its refreshing lightness, pleasure, honesty.Carpathians this is the place of the following family story…Once upon a time…in the Slovakian Bacchus world !Pezinok, situated 18 kms to the north-east of Bratislava, is located in the Little Carpathianswhere the soil is a combination of sand, rock and clay, which provides a fertile winegrowingarea.Peter Matyšák, vintner and winemaker, representsa true family firm : Víno Matyšák – has taken up theviticultural tradition of Pezinok*; Peter with his wifeKatarína, and their son and daughter, Marek andKristína, have been producing a high-quality varietyof wines since 1990.The Matyšák’own financial initiative, family vinticulture traditions, the hard and honestwork have been the assets that have ranked the Matyšák firm among the most distinguishedwine producers in the Slovak Republic in the past few years.Actually, “Peter started as a waiter, later on in the end of 80ths he starts production ofreally at home made pâtés, sold in a small shop stand (booth) on the street oposite tohospital. Later on in 90ths he started the production of a basic bulkwine, offered on thetap in cheap taverns, mostly his owns. Later he engaged as employee skilled oenologistMrs Gabika Vojtekova and together they pushed the winery in Pezinok to the top quality inSlovakia. It was about 7 years ago.” tells one his friends, Dr Lubos Barta, czech wine expertand journalist.2005 Peter Matyšák opened the Hotel Matyšák in Pražskástreet, Bratislava. This restaurant is directly adjacent to a fortymeterlong archive wine cellar (built in 1904) capable of storingforty-five thousand bottles of archive wines which have beenproduced since 1994.Another typical wine restaurant, Vinum Galéria Bozen,wasopened in Pezinok, in the family´s own 300-year old vintner´shouse in Holuby Street (Holubyho ulica).“Peter is like a vulcan – he still creates something new !”confirms Dr Lubos Barta.Peter Mat yšák13DOSSIER DE PRESSE – LES GRANDS CONCOURS DU MONDE 20122006 Vino Matyšák has expanded the wine processing plant (the press and the coolingtanks) and storage capacity, which will enable careful processing of grapes and thesubsequent filtering and clarification of the must.Some years ago Mrs Vojtekova retires, forwarding thejob of main enologist and chief of the laboratory to MrJaro Zak, who is the head winemaker there. “But PeterMatyšák is still the main boss and decision makerabout wines as well as about new projects”, precisesMr Lubos Barta.Peter Matyšák runs 12 popular “Vinothéques” sellingthe whole range of his wines starting at cheap bulk wineon the tap till premium wines winning internationalcompetitions like Vinalies Int., Bacchus, Vinitaly, awc -viena , Finger Lakes USA, etc.The firm aims through all their activities at raising thelevel of wine culture in Slovakia, and it also representsa model of the abilities of Slovakian people in this fieldabroad.Regarding the 2012 Edition of the “Grands Concours du monde des vins”, Matyšák Vinopresents samples in the Riesling and the Gewurztraminer grape varieties…the fairy talemay go on…wait and taste!*In the 17th and 18th century Pezinok experienced its biggest boom and was one of the richest towns in theHungarian Empire. Its fame and wealth were based on the production of high-quality wines.)14DOSSIER DE PRESSE – LES GRANDS CONCOURS DU MONDE 2012Focus on Paulett Wines AustraliaAbout 1 ½ hours drive north from Adelaide is thebeautiful Polish Hill River sub-region of the ClareValley, home to Neil and Alison Paulett and theirwinery. Neil Paulett, graduated from the RoseworthyOEnology course in 1971, discovered in 1981 with hiswife that valley and what is now their property. Theproperty had remained in the same family’s handsfrom the 1860’s until its purchase in 1983.The area is blessed with a climate ideal for premiumgrape growing and the combination of consistentlygood winter rains, hot summers tempered by coolnights and a long ripening period produces grapes ofexceptional flavours and balance.“Our vineyards in the sub region Polish Hill River areat some of the highest altitudes in the Clare Regionleading to slow and even ripening that in turn givesus quite elegant and fine wines with wonderful varietalimpressions and a strong underlying acid backbone.” describes Mrs Alison Paulett,General Manager of the Paulett wines.The property has expanded from the initial 47 hectares to 147 hectares and the on-goingvineyard development now sees 25 hectares under vine. There is a substantial portion ofShiraz and Cabernet vines over 70 years of age and Riesling of 35 years and this their treasuredresource makes up the back bone of the super premium red and white, the AndreasShiraz and Antonina Riesling (Shiraz not produced every year, & Riesling yet to be produced)after these original settler family members.Trillians Sparkling wine is quite a young wine.“Our first production of our Sparkling Riesling was in 1991. In this year we had surplusRiesling grapes to our Polish hill River Riesling label requirements and the decision waseasily made to make our Sparkling.Another winery in the Clare Valley had been producing their own Sparkling Riesling forsome years – a wine that we had enjoyed and one we wanted to produce for our own label.The Clare Valley is considered the Home of Riesling in Australia and we felt this wouldhelp raise the varieties profile in highlighting the wonderful diversity of the grape.” tellsAlison Paulett.“It is someting quiet different on the domestic wine market and the consumers appreciateit!” notices Alison, that is why around 90% of that sparkling wine is sold to Australians.Niel and Alison Pau let15DOSSIER DE PRESSE – LES GRANDS CONCOURS DU MONDE 2012That wine need a particular attention from Neil, Alisonand their son Matthew who is now the VineyardManager and his ability to nurture both old vinesand new is paying dividends.The exceptional qualityof fruit produced is raising the standard of thewines even further.Examples ot that rigorous follow up are followings :“The wine is vinified from some of our early pickings andfermented to dryness. Our Cuvee selection is based on theflavours, elegance and balance of the wines. We do not completethe secondary fermentation ourselves; this is doneunder our supervision at a nearby contract bottling facility.Our first two bottlings were produced using the traditionalmethod. The wines were lovely and very long living howeverwe felt that extended maturation on lees in bottle wasmasking the flavours of the grape. We wanted the wine toexpress ‘Riesling’ and subsequent bottlings have been producedthrough the Charmat process.” precises Alison Paulett.The exportation is a very important way of developmentof the Paulett wines and represents 25% of their turnover.The international main customers are located in UK, China,Poland and Singapur but the importation of the TrilliansSparkling wine especially rose up in UK and China to reach 10% of the whole sparklingwine sales. “We pay particular attention “to our expedition” bottling to maintain the balanceand integrity of the wine.”, explains Mrs Paulett;Actually the Pauletts “were directly approached by a chinese wine taster who came in thewinery 2 years and a half ago what’s gave birth to a good commercial relation ship”, saidAlison.Matthew and Niel Pau let16DOSSIER DE PRESSE – LES GRANDS CONCOURS DU MONDE 2012And what about Europe ?Til now Paulett wines did not find “The European partner” able to tap that historical Rieslingwine market. However, the Pauletts, custodians of the Australian land and wine knowhowembrace the challenge of convincing their europeans cousins : during February 2012Neil and Alison travelled in England and France ; when they came back to Australia theygot in their mail box our “Grands Concours du monde” invitation and they did not hesitateto enter in the 2012 competition sending us samples of their Trillians Sparkling wine !You know everything happens for a reason and maybethanks to a medal rewarded in Strasburg the Europeanimporters will knock on that Polish Hill River cellar’sdoor and begin to work with the passionate and deservingPauletts’ clan.We wish them all the best for their first participation withinthe Riesling sparkling wines category !17DOSSIER DE PRESSE – LES GRANDS CONCOURS DU MONDE 2012The agendaAppointment inKintzheim where themayor and the wineunion welcome us.More informations :Mrs Alicia MARROAssistant Project ManagerStrasbourg ÉvénementsTél. +33 (3) 88 37 21 27Fax +33 (3) 88 37 37 95amarro@strasbourg-events.comMr Gérard GouelloGrand Maître Confrériedu Haut-KoenigsbourgTél. +33 (6) 89 30 75 39VIPs’Cocktail,Presentation of all thecompetitions’ winesand annoucement of theGreat Gold Medals.The 2011’s Grands Concours du monde will gather 16 countries,what is the highest number of nationalities they registred so far!With the patronage of the OIV, this outright appointment for worldwide wine producers ofRiesling, Pinot Gris and Gewurztraminer proposes the following coloured agenda :Saturday Sunday Monday14th of april 2012 15th of april 2012 16th of april 2012Tasting in the Congres

  • ‘Mafia’ Wines

    Ex-Mafia land produces prize-winning Italian wines

    VERONA, Italy – A new wave of Sicilian winemakers are making an offer you can’t refuse.
    This isn’t the old-fashioned mob piling the pressure on local farmers. These are new economic cooperatives making prize-winning wines from Italian vineyards cultivated on land once held by the Mafia.
    Wines from the Centopassi vineyards — on display at the Vinitaly wine fair that runs through Thursday in Verona — are the result of a €1.2 billion ($1.6 billion) European Union-Italian project to integrate ex-Mafiosi property in the southern regions of Sicily, Calabria, Puglia and Campagna back into the legal economy.
    The project aims to boost the economy, creating real jobs that can help establish a culture which rejects, rather than protects, organized crime. It also puts Mafioso land confiscated by authorities back into productive use.

    So far €61 million ($81 million) has been invested in relaunching ex-organized crime businesses under the EU-Italian Pon Sicurezza banner. The project involves 125 hectares (300 acres) of vineyards plus 800 hectares (nearly 2,000 acres) of olive and citrus trees, grains and vegetables.
    “The companies show that by defeating the Mafia you can begin to legally produce wines, oil and high-quality agricultural goods in the interest of the workers and the producers,” Sicilian Gov. Raffaele Lombardo told The Associated Press at the Vinitaly show on Monday.
    In a fresh project announced this weekend, Unicredit bank will help fund the establishment of new vineyards on 150 hectares (370 acres) near Palermo confiscated from ex-Mafia boss Michele Greco, who died in prison in 2008. Nicknamed “the pope,” Greco was serving a life sentence for ordering numerous murders, including the 1982 assassination of Italy’s top anti-Mafia fighter, Gen. Carlo Alberto Dalla Chiesa, and his wife.
    “What was an emblem of the economic force of the Mafia is now becoming a symbol of Sicily’s rebirth,” Sicilian Economic Commissioner Gaetano Armao told reporters.
    Most of the land converted into productive use by the Pon Sicurezza project has long been left fallow by former masters after they are jail, and then can stay unproductive during a long legal process — up to seven years — before authorities could formally seize the property.
    By the time those fields or vineyards can be turned over to new owners, most of the vines have died from neglect and the vineyards must be replanted, said Francesco Galante, a spokesman for the Libera network, which oversees the reintegration of Mafia lands.
    “At the beginning, there were acts of intimidation,” Galante said, including arson fires set to just-harvested grain at one farm. “It was discouraging, but then the project did well and created opportunities to work. At that point, the mood changed and the acts of intimidation stopped.”
    The obstacles, however, are still considerable. Some 40 percent of farmlands confiscated from the Mafia are legally in the hands of banks. Many Mafiosi, facing the loss of their property, took out loans on it and then deliberately defaulted in an effort to keep the property from being developed.
    “The thinking is “if it can’t be mine, it is no one’s,” Galante said.
    Libera’s agricultural businesses employ 130 people and generated €4 million ($5.3 million) last year. The wine business, including Centopassi, produced half a million bottles in 2011 for revenues of €900,000 ($1.2 million). The jobs are a welcome relief amid Italy’s unemployment rate of over 9 percent, which spikes to the double digits in the south.
    Each of the Centopassi wines is dedicated to someone assassinated by the Mafia. The white wine Grillo, which has been awarded a prize in the Gambero Rosso Berebene guide to Italian wines, is a homage to Nicolo Azoti, a union leader killed in 1946.
    Galante acknowledges that the Mafia links to the wine create curiosity among customers but insists “it just takes a taste to confirm the quality is excellent.”
    Grillo, for example, as well as being given the Gambero Rosso’s Berebene prize also merits a mention in the Slow Food guide.
    Marcio Alexandre Alberto, a Brazilian sommelier, sampled Centopassi’s wines at the show for his import business.
    “The wine is good,” he said. “It’s a fantastic project with a lot of appeal. I can tell my customers this wine is from a place confiscated by the Mafia. It has great business appeal.”
    March 26, 2012

  • A+Australian Wine

    Wine Australia Tasting

    Monday 28th May 2012 at the Great Room of the Shelbourne Hotel.

    Details of the day, and registration information can be viewed under News/Tastings on this website.