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Activities

Training events tailored for WineSPIT members

Workshops

  • Designed to supplement academic knowledge and theoretical sales techniques with practical, hands-on exercises
  • Role-playing and customized sessions to offer first-hand, workplace-ready skills,particularly in areas many members are less comfortable in:
    – Tasting technique sessions
    – Wine service sessions
    – Communication skills

WineSPIT Conference

  • A full day of workshops specifically crafted with the needs of the local trade in mind
  • Focus on practical sales skills, business and branding workshops
  • A hands-on approach to technical wine knowledge and in-depth sessions on hot up-and-coming regions.

WineSPIT Conference 2017

Upcoming Workshops

2018-2019 Membership Year:

Workshop #1: 23 Aug – A-Game: Attitude, Altitude & Grapes of Argentina, by Daniel Pi (Chef Winemaker, Trapiche)

Workshop #2: 30 Aug –  Sake Sensation: The Rise of Rice, by Yasutaka Daimon 大門康剛 (Brewmaster and Owner, Daimon Brewery 大門酒造) and Marcus Consolini (CEO)

Workshop #3: 14 Sep – The Pursuit of Alcohol Balance in Californian Wines,  by Jim Clendenen (Winemaker & Owner, Au Bon Climat)

Workshop #4: 30 Oct – Individuality of Terroir and Single Vineyards in Napa, by Matt Deller MW

Workshop #5: 10 Jan – Eastside Vs Westside: Mastering Napa Valley AVA’s & Converting Wine IQ to Profit, by Darius Allyn MS, Debra Meiburg MW and Winemakers from Napa Valley

Workshop #6: 18 Feb – Buy to Sell: An international Wine Buyer’s Guide to Sales & Portfolio Diversification, by Jennifer Docherty MW

Workshop #7: 19 Mar – Ripe for Growth: Harnessing New Zealand’s Trends for Multi-Channel Growth, by Chris Yorke

Workshop #8: 25 Mar – A Journey Into the Unofficial Subregions of Tasmania, by Tyson Stelzer

Workshop #9: 11 Apr – Not so Niche: What is “Natural Wine” & Why is it a Global “Norm”?, by Lisanne van Son & Joanna Dubrawka

Workshop #10: 29 Apr – How to Taste like a Master, by Debra Meiburg MW

Workshop #11: 14 Jun – New York, New Cork: Discovering Finger Lakes, Christopher Bates, MS, Owner of F.L.X Hospitality

Workshop #12: 24 Jun – Dialing It Down: Exploring Low-No Wines & Their Potential in the Hong Kong Market, by Debra Meiburg MW

Past Workshops

2017-2018 Membership Year:

Workshop #1: 31 Jul – The Port Report: Exploring the Douro Region, Winemaking, Styles & Sales Tactics , by Jorge Nunes (Symington Family)
Workshop #2: 4 Sep –  Semillon Goes Solo: Maturity & Stylesby Bruce Tyrrell (Tyrrell’s Wines)
Workshop #3: 16 Nov – HUNGER GAMES: A Voyage of Iconic Hungarian Winesby Raphaël Reybier (Tokaj Hétszölö) and YC Ho
Workshop #4: 7 Dec – Romancing Veneto – Taste & Talk Trends: Northeastern Italy by Sarah Heller MW, Diego Corradi (Zenato), Marco Milani (Vini Prà)
Workshop #5: 31 Jan – Consumer Dynamics & Branding Strategies in Chinese Alcohol Market: A Case Study featuring Baijiu by Zoe Fu (Jiangxiaobai), Jack Cheung
Workshop #6: 12 Feb – Done Deal: Effective Management to Close Sales by James Leung
Bonus Workshop: 1 Mar – WoW Festival – Future Leaders: Modern Leadership and Defining your Leadership Style (with Grand Tasting) – 20 complimentary tickets exclusive for WineSPIT members
Workshop #7: 7 Mar – Golden Age of Alsace: Style, Aging & Market for Riesling & Gewürztraminer by Georges Lorentz (Gustave Lorentz)
Workshop #8: 20 Mar – Control Centre: Management Tools to Maximise Business Efficiency by Lisa Zhang (Odoo)
Workshop #9: 13 April – Ginology & Mixology: Style Diversity, Production, On/Off Trade & Recipes
, by Steven Beerens (Kyrö Distillery)
Workshop #10: 12 May – Beauty and the Yeast: The Magic of Wine Chemistry by Jeremy McKenzie, Chief Winemaker (Isabel Estate, Marlborough)
Workshop #11: 26 May – Château Angélus: The Past, Present and Future of Bordeaux Classification by Stéphanie de Boüard-Rivoal | Exclusive and Complimentary for WineSPIT Members | Capacity: 20 pax
Workshop #12: 4 Jun – Talking Dirt: A Road Trip through Oregon’s AVAs by David Millman (Domaine Drouhin Oregon)

2016-2017 Membership Year:

Workshop #1: Digital Domination: Using the Power of Social Media, by Oscar Venhuis
Workshop #2 : Global Chardonnay, by Michael Hill Smith MW
Workshop #3: Taking Taint: Faulty & Spoiled Wine, by Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Wine & Spirit Competition Judges
Workshop #4: Climate Control: Managing Variable Vineyard Conditions with Robert Gorjak & Aleks Simčič
Workshop #5: Professional Blind Tasting: Avoiding Oscar Wilde in Wine, by Tan Ying Hsien MW
Workshop #6: Exploring New Zealand’s Pinot Noir: Latest Trends & Diversity of Terroir, by Liam Steevenson MW
Workshop #7: Mastering Champagne: Reserve, Dosage & More, by Ned Goodwin MW
Workshop #8: Set Sale: The Art of Persuasion & Upselling, by John Miers
Workshop #9: Know Modern Wine Consumers- authenticity, terroir and place attachment, by Steve Charters MW
Workshop #10: Explore: Viticulture & Winemaking Decisions of Château Lagrange, by Matthieu Bordes
Workshop #11: Unique Saint-Émilion style: From Soil to Barrels in Châteac Figeac, Frédéric Faye
Workshop #12: Organic, Biodynamic & Sustainable Winegrowing: Creating Site Expressive Wines by Blair Walter
Workshop #13: Cool Neighbours: Exploring Riesling of Austria & Germany

2015-2016 Membership Year:

Workshop #1: Think Pink: La Vie En Rose, by Rod Smith MW
Workshop #2: How to Build a Profitable Wine List, by Joao Pires MS
Bonus Workshop: 2015-2016 BONUS WineSPIT Workshop: Ask Asia – A Regional Market Update
Workshop #3: The Place de Bordeaux: Present and Future, by Mathieu Chadronnier
Workshop #4: Made In-house: The Rise of Grower’s Champagne
Workshop #5: Burgundy Buys: Wise up on the Market & Tune into the Future
Workshop #6: Putting the Brakes on Fakes
Workshop #7: Top of the Lists: Winning Wine Lists, by Michael Jordan MS
Workshop #8: Are you Managing your Customers? Customer Relationship Management (CRM), by Mike Sherman
Workshop #9: In the Spotlight: Making the Most of the Media, by Jessie Gogan and Tammy Foo
Workshop #10: Tips for the Trade: Approaching Restaurants with Style, by Neil Grant
Workshop #11: Stepping Up: Wine Events that WOW, by Brieg Lemetayer
Workshop #12: Indigenous Grapes: Taste of Tuscany, by 3 Tuscany winemakers

2014-2015 Membership Year:

Workshop #1: Fermentation – Hot Stuff, by Richard Kershaw MW
Workshop #2: Talking up Wine, by MJ Jennings Behaviour Coaching
Workshop #3: Pinot Noir – Is the gap really closing, by Larry McKenna Escarpment Vineyard
Workshop #4: Social Media – What is your story?, by Sheli Bowman
Workshop #5: Languedoc – The next “Classic Wine Area” of France, by Matthew Stubbs MW
Workshop #6: Loire Valley, by Yohann Josselin MS
Workshop #7: Beauty and the Yeast, by Andrew Powley, Enologist
Workshop #8: Negotiation skills – How to keep your friendships, by John Miers Black Isle Group
Workshop #9: Is your pour up to standard, by Yvonne Cheung Swire Hotels
Workshop #10: How to Taste Like a Master, by Debra Meiburg MW
Workshop #11: To Bunch or Not To Bunch, by Gary Mills Jamsheed Wines
Workshop #12: Bottle or Barrel Maturation? by Geoff Merrill Geoff Merrill Wines

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