Dear friends,

Thank you Nordea bank, Electrolux, Peter Liem, all the star winemakers, partners, importers, friends! Thanks everyone for a very sparkling company and helping us make the festival's Spring Session so sucessful! 

Please mark your calendars for November 24-27 for a very vinous and bubbly week and a string of dinners and masterclasses! We'll present a detailed program to you during the summer, so please be prepared for some great surprises. 

Have a great summer and see you in November,

Aigars Nords and Riga Wine & Champagne team


Wine of the year

Inspired by the success of previous years we put together the «Wine of The Year 2016» contest for the third time. All we want is to determine the best wines of the world available in Latvia and to make the life of local wine lovers easier by shedding light on the vast variety of wines available in Latvia. 

Wines can be submitted by August 1 by filling out the application form and by paying the participation fee for each of the submitted wines. Detailed description of the contest can be found in the Contest Rules.

An international jury led by Michael Schuster will assess different sparkling, white, red, dessert and fortified wines in a «blind» tasting in order to hand out «Gold», «Silver», «Bronze» and «Worth a try» medals. Michael will work together with the most respected Latvian wine professionals, the leading sommeliers from Latvia and the Baltics, as well as winners of Baltic and Latvian sommelier championships. A full list of winners, including the leading wines of each category, will be published in Latvia's leading lifestyle magazines «SANTA» and «KLUBS» in October, but «Gold» and «Silver» award winners along with some of the best «Bronze» wines will be available for tasting at the festival’s «Champions’ Parade» on November 26, 2016.

Last year the judges handed out 5 «Gold», 70 «Silver», 206 «Bronze» and 99 «Worth a try» medals.  Please see the Top 100 wines of the «Wine of The Year 2015» contest below. For those of you willing to see the last year's publication of "Wine of the Year" (in Latvian) please see the link. Cheers!

Deutz Cuvee William 2000 (France)
Deutz Cuvee William 2000 (France)
Retailer: Magers 1
Weingut Allram Strasser Gaisberg Riesling Reserve Erste OTW Lage 2011 (Austria)
Weingut Allram Strasser Gaisberg Riesling Reserve Erste OTW Lage 2011 (Austria)
Retailer: SIA Prike Latvija
Patricius Tokaji 6 Puttonyos Aszú 2003 (Hungary)
Patricius Tokaji 6 Puttonyos Aszú 2003 (Hungary)
Retailer: SIA Veto
La Rioja Alta Vina Ardanza 2005 (Spain)
La Rioja Alta Vina Ardanza 2005 (Spain)
Retailer: RSkorpions
Marques De Caceres MC 2005 (Spain)
Marques De Caceres MC 2005 (Spain)
Retailer: Liviko
Poggio al Tesoro Sondraia Bolgheri 2010 (Italy)
Poggio al Tesoro Sondraia Bolgheri 2010 (Italy)
Retailer: AS Interbaltija AG
Argentiera DOC Bolgheri Superiore 2009 (Italy)
Argentiera DOC Bolgheri Superiore 2009 (Italy)
Retailer: SIA GAVINI
 
Gramona Imperial Gran Reserva 2008 (Spain)
Gramona Imperial Gran Reserva 2008 (Spain)
Retailer: SIA Noble Wine
Trapiche Single Vineyards Suarez Lastra 2010 (Argentina)
Trapiche Single Vineyards Suarez Lastra 2010 (Argentina)
Retailer: AS Interbaltija AG
E.Guigal Hermitage 2006 (France)
E.Guigal Hermitage 2006 (France)
Retailer: AS Interbaltija AG
Bodegas Muga Prado Enea Gran Reserva 2005 (Spain)
Bodegas Muga Prado Enea Gran Reserva 2005 (Spain)
Retailer: SIA Noble Wine
Karthäuserhofberg Riesling Spätlese 2013 (Germany)
Karthäuserhofberg Riesling Spätlese 2013 (Germany)
Retailer: SIA MozelWeins
Bianchi Enzo Bianchi Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 (Argentina)
Bianchi Enzo Bianchi Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 (Argentina)
Retailer: MV Latvia SIA
Simonsig Chardonnay 2014 (South Africa)
Simonsig Chardonnay 2014 (South Africa)
Retailer: AS Interbaltija AG
 
Amayna Shiraz 2012 (Chile)
Amayna Shiraz 2012 (Chile)
Retailer: SIA Vīna Studija
Giacosa Fratelli Barbaresco DOCG 2010 (Italy)
Giacosa Fratelli Barbaresco DOCG 2010 (Italy)
Retailer: Baltic XL
Cono Sur 20 Barrels Merlot 2012 (Chile)
Cono Sur 20 Barrels Merlot 2012 (Chile)
Retailer: AS Interbaltija AG
Cruz de Alba Crianza 2012 (Spain)
Cruz de Alba Crianza 2012 (Spain)
Retailer: Magers 1
Luis Felipe Edwards Marea de Leyda Sauvignon Blanc 2012 (Chile)
Luis Felipe Edwards Marea de Leyda Sauvignon Blanc 2012 (Chile)
Retailer: Baltic XL
Carm Maria De Lourdes Red 2008 (Portugal)
Carm Maria De Lourdes Red 2008 (Portugal)
Retailer: Flow House Lda/ Vinotage SIA
Flagstone Dark Horse Shiraz 2011 (South Africa)
Flagstone Dark Horse Shiraz 2011 (South Africa)
Retailer: RSkorpions
 
Domaine de Vauroux Chablis Vieilles Vignes 2009 (France)
Domaine de Vauroux Chablis Vieilles Vignes 2009 (France)
Retailer: RSkorpions
Trapiche Oak Cask Malbec 2013 (Argentina)
Trapiche Oak Cask Malbec 2013 (Argentina)
Retailer: AS Interbaltija AG
Taittinger Prelude Grand Cru NV (France)
Taittinger Prelude Grand Cru NV (France)
Retailer: AS Interbaltija AG
Zind Humbrecht Pinot Gris Herrenweg de Turckheim 2010 (France)
Zind Humbrecht Pinot Gris Herrenweg de Turckheim 2010 (France)
Retailer: AS Interbaltija AG
Avelino Vegas F de Fuentespina 2009 (Spain)
Avelino Vegas F de Fuentespina 2009 (Spain)
Retailer: RSkorpions
Domaines Bunan Moulin des Costes Rouge Bandol 2011 (France)
Domaines Bunan Moulin des Costes Rouge Bandol 2011 (France)
Retailer: RSkorpions
Vidal-Fleury Cairane 2011 (France)
Vidal-Fleury Cairane 2011 (France)
Retailer: SIA Prike Latvija
 
Villa Maria Reserve Wairrau Sauvignon Blanc 2013 (New Zealand)
Villa Maria Reserve Wairrau Sauvignon Blanc 2013 (New Zealand)
Retailer: AS Interbaltija AG
Coto de Imaz Gran Reserva 2005 (Spain)
Coto de Imaz Gran Reserva 2005 (Spain)
Retailer: AS Interbaltija AG
Bailly Lapierre Vive le Joie Rose Brut 2008 (France)
Bailly Lapierre Vive le Joie Rose Brut 2008 (France)
Retailer: Baltic XL
Felsina Fontalloro 2009 (Italy)
Felsina Fontalloro 2009 (Italy)
Retailer: Baltic XL
Clos Abella Priorat DOQ 2010 (Spain)
Clos Abella Priorat DOQ 2010 (Spain)
Retailer: SIA Hospitality Consulting Services
Mascota Vineyards Unanime 2011 (Argentina)
Mascota Vineyards Unanime 2011 (Argentina)
Retailer: SIA Prike Latvija
Reyneke Biodynamic Chenin Blanc 2014 (South Africa)
Reyneke Biodynamic Chenin Blanc 2014 (South Africa)
Retailer: SIA Prike Latvija
 
Numanthia 2011 (Spain)
Numanthia 2011 (Spain)
Retailer: SIA Prike Latvija
Szent Tamás Percze Furmint 2012 (Hungary)
Szent Tamás Percze Furmint 2012 (Hungary)
Retailer: SIA Veto
Cono Sur Single Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Block Nr18 2013 (Chile)
Cono Sur Single Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Block Nr18 2013 (Chile)
Retailer: AS Interbaltija AG
Allegrini Palazzo della Torre 2012 (Italy)
Allegrini Palazzo della Torre 2012 (Italy)
Retailer: AS Interbaltija AG
Umani Ronchi San Lorenzo Rosso Conero 2012 (Italy)
Umani Ronchi San Lorenzo Rosso Conero 2012 (Italy)
Retailer: AS Interbaltija AG
Jean Marc Brocard Chablis Premier Cru Fourchaume 2011 (France)
Jean Marc Brocard Chablis Premier Cru Fourchaume 2011 (France)
Retailer: Baltic XL
Chateau Tour Prignac Grande Reserve 2008 (France)
Chateau Tour Prignac Grande Reserve 2008 (France)
Retailer: Liviko
 
Weingut Max Ferd. Richter Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese 2012 (Germany)
Weingut Max Ferd. Richter Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese 2012 (Germany)
Retailer: RSkorpions
Fattoria La Monacesca Mirum Verdicchio di Matelica DOCG Riserva 2012 (Italy)
Fattoria La Monacesca Mirum Verdicchio di Matelica DOCG Riserva 2012 (Italy)
Retailer: SIA GAVINI
Karthäuserhof Tyrell’s Edition Riesling Trocken 2012 (Germany)
Karthäuserhof Tyrell’s Edition Riesling Trocken 2012 (Germany)
Retailer: SIA MozelWeins
Elena Walch Castel Ringmerg Pinot Grigio DOC 2014 (Italy)
Elena Walch Castel Ringmerg Pinot Grigio DOC 2014 (Italy)
Retailer: SIA Prike Latvija
Bock Cabernet Franc Selection 2009 (Hungary)
Bock Cabernet Franc Selection 2009 (Hungary)
Retailer: SIA Veto
Vincent Tokaji Furmint Brut 2011 (Hungary)
Vincent Tokaji Furmint Brut 2011 (Hungary)
Retailer: SIA Veto
Gerard Bertrand Aigle Royal 2013 (France)
Gerard Bertrand Aigle Royal 2013 (France)
Retailer: Baltic XL
 
Feudi di San Marzano Sessantanni Old Vines Primitivo di Manduria DOC 2012 (Italy)
Feudi di San Marzano Sessantanni Old Vines Primitivo di Manduria DOC 2012 (Italy)
Retailer: MV Latvia SIA
Eroica Riesling 2012 (USA)
Eroica Riesling 2012 (USA)
Retailer: AS Interbaltija AG
Poliziano Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Asinone 2009 (Italy)
Poliziano Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Asinone 2009 (Italy)
Retailer: AS Interbaltija AG
Juve y Camps Reserva de la Familia 2009 (Spain)
Juve y Camps Reserva de la Familia 2009 (Spain)
Retailer: Baltic XL
Luis Felipe Edwards Marea de Leyda Syrah 2012 (Chile)
Luis Felipe Edwards Marea de Leyda Syrah 2012 (Chile)
Retailer: Baltic XL
Delas Gigondas 2012 (France)
Delas Gigondas 2012 (France)
Retailer: Liviko
Joseph Mellot Sancerre La Chatellenie 2014 (France)
Joseph Mellot Sancerre La Chatellenie 2014 (France)
Retailer: Magers 1
 
Kim Crawford Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2014 (New Zealand)
Kim Crawford Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2014 (New Zealand)
Retailer: MV Latvia SIA
Castello Solicchiata 2007 (Italy)
Castello Solicchiata 2007 (Italy)
Retailer: RSkorpions
Weingut Max Ferd. Richter Veldenzer Elisenberg Riesling Kabinett 2014 (Germany)
Weingut Max Ferd. Richter Veldenzer Elisenberg Riesling Kabinett 2014 (Germany)
Retailer: RSkorpions
Wynns Black Label Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 (Australia)
Wynns Black Label Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 (Australia)
Retailer: AS Interbaltija AG
Domaene Gobelsburg Riesling 2014 (Austria)
Domaene Gobelsburg Riesling 2014 (Austria)
Retailer: AS Interbaltija AG
Vina Leyda Riesling Neblina Vineyard 2012 (Chile)
Vina Leyda Riesling Neblina Vineyard 2012 (Chile)
Retailer: AS Interbaltija AG
Penfolds BIN 138 Shiraz Grenache Mataro 2012 (Australia)
Penfolds BIN 138 Shiraz Grenache Mataro 2012 (Australia)
Retailer: AS Interbaltija AG
 
Domaine Henri Delagrange Meursault 2012 (France)
Domaine Henri Delagrange Meursault 2012 (France)
Retailer: Baltic XL
Weingut Sonnhof Jurtschitsch Riesling Platin 2011 (Austria)
Weingut Sonnhof Jurtschitsch Riesling Platin 2011 (Austria)
Retailer: Liviko
Gosset Petite Douceur Rose NV (France)
Gosset Petite Douceur Rose NV (France)
Retailer: SIA Dunker Latvija
Lis Neris Sauvignon Blanc 2013 (Italy)
Lis Neris Sauvignon Blanc 2013 (Italy)
Retailer: SIA Hospitality Consulting Services
Tenutae Lageder Lowengang Chardonnay Sudtirol - Alto Adige DOC 2012 (Italy)
Tenutae Lageder Lowengang Chardonnay Sudtirol - Alto Adige DOC 2012 (Italy)
Retailer: MV Latvia SIA
Cecilia Beretta Picaie Veneto IGT 2009 (Italy)
Cecilia Beretta Picaie Veneto IGT 2009 (Italy)
Retailer: Servaali Latvia SIA
Cusumano Alta Mora Bianco DOC Etna 2013 (Italy)
Cusumano Alta Mora Bianco DOC Etna 2013 (Italy)
Retailer: Magers 1
 
Simonsig Red Hill Pinotage 2012 (South Africa)
Simonsig Red Hill Pinotage 2012 (South Africa)
Retailer: AS Interbaltija AG
Simonsig Kaapse Vonkel Brut 2013 (South Africa)
Simonsig Kaapse Vonkel Brut 2013 (South Africa)
Retailer: AS Interbaltija AG
Gerard Bertrand L`Hospitalet Grand Vin la Clape 2012 (France)
Gerard Bertrand L`Hospitalet Grand Vin la Clape 2012 (France)
Retailer: Baltic XL
Planeta Cometa 2014 (Italy)
Planeta Cometa 2014 (Italy)
Retailer: AS Interbaltija AG
Gobelsburger Gruner Veltliner Lossterrassen 2013 (Austria)
Gobelsburger Gruner Veltliner Lossterrassen 2013 (Austria)
Retailer: AS Interbaltija AG
Domaine Fevre Premier Cru Vaulorent 2012 (France)
Domaine Fevre Premier Cru Vaulorent 2012 (France)
Retailer: Baltic XL
Cantina Cellaro Due Lune Nerello Mascalese – Nero d‘Avola Sicilia IGT 2012 (Italy)
Cantina Cellaro Due Lune Nerello Mascalese – Nero d‘Avola Sicilia IGT 2012 (Italy)
Retailer: MV Latvia SIA
 
Louis Max Mercurey Les Rochelles 2013 (France)
Louis Max Mercurey Les Rochelles 2013 (France)
Retailer: RSkorpions
Plaisir de Merle Chardonnay 2013 (South Africa)
Plaisir de Merle Chardonnay 2013 (South Africa)
Retailer: SIA AMKA
Finca La Celia Heritage Malbec 2011 (Argentina)
Finca La Celia Heritage Malbec 2011 (Argentina)
Retailer: AS Interbaltija AG
Vina San Pedro 1865 Syrah Single Vineyard 2013 (Chile)
Vina San Pedro 1865 Syrah Single Vineyard 2013 (Chile)
Retailer: AS Interbaltija AG
Vigneti del Vulture Piano del Cerro Aglianico del Vulture DOC 2010 (Italy)
Vigneti del Vulture Piano del Cerro Aglianico del Vulture DOC 2010 (Italy)
Retailer: MV Latvia SIA
Cumulus Estate Wines Six Hundred Above Chardonnay 2013 (Australia)
Cumulus Estate Wines Six Hundred Above Chardonnay 2013 (Australia)
Retailer: RSkorpions
Coldstream Hill Pinot Noir 2012 (Australia)
Coldstream Hill Pinot Noir 2012 (Australia)
Retailer: AS Interbaltija AG
 
Farnese Edizione 06 Cinque Autoctoni VdT 2011 (Italy)
Farnese Edizione 06 Cinque Autoctoni VdT 2011 (Italy)
Retailer: MV Latvia SIA
Planeta Alastro 2014 (Italy)
Planeta Alastro 2014 (Italy)
Retailer: AS Interbaltija AG
Taittinger Les Folies de la Marqueterrie NV (France)
Taittinger Les Folies de la Marqueterrie NV (France)
Retailer: AS Interbaltija AG
D'Arenberg Grenache Derelict Vineyard 2009 (Australia)
D'Arenberg Grenache Derelict Vineyard 2009 (Australia)
Retailer: Magers 1
Garamvári Szőlőbirtok Sinai 2009 (Hungary)
Garamvári Szőlőbirtok Sinai 2009 (Hungary)
Retailer: SIA Veto
Donnafugata Tancredi 2011 (Italy)
Donnafugata Tancredi 2011 (Italy)
Retailer: AS Interbaltija AG
Mas de Subira 2012 (Spain)
Mas de Subira 2012 (Spain)
Retailer: AS Interbaltija AG
 
Tenuta Guado al Taso Cont Ugo Bolgheri DOC 2012 (Italy)
Tenuta Guado al Taso Cont Ugo Bolgheri DOC 2012 (Italy)
Retailer: SIA Dunker Latvija
Celler Ardevol Anjoli 2012 (Spain)
Celler Ardevol Anjoli 2012 (Spain)
Retailer: Liviko
Bodegas Bobos Finca Casa La Borracha 2012 (Spain)
Bodegas Bobos Finca Casa La Borracha 2012 (Spain)
Retailer: MV Latvia SIA
Argiolas Turriga 2010 (Italy)
Argiolas Turriga 2010 (Italy)
Retailer: AS Interbaltija AG
Cornaro Prosecco Treviso Brut NV (Italy)
Cornaro Prosecco Treviso Brut NV (Italy)
Retailer: Baltic XL
Felsina Rancia Chianti Classico 2010 (Italy)
Felsina Rancia Chianti Classico 2010 (Italy)
Retailer: Baltic XL
Domini Veneti Valpolicella Ripasso La Casetta 2012 (Italy)
Domini Veneti Valpolicella Ripasso La Casetta 2012 (Italy)
Retailer: Magers 1
 
Castello Banfi Fontanelle Chardonnay 2013 (Italy)
Castello Banfi Fontanelle Chardonnay 2013 (Italy)
Retailer: SIA AMKA
Domaine Durand Caprice Blanc Collines Rhodaniennes IGP 2012 (France)
Domaine Durand Caprice Blanc Collines Rhodaniennes IGP 2012 (France)
Retailer: SIA Elkor Food&Wine
 

Gallery

Past events

29.11.2015.

BurgerClub Clos des Goisses Magnum Dinner

Philipponnat Clos de Goisses is one of the best guarded secrets of Champagne - it's also one of the most mythical champagnes along with SalonKRUG Clos du MesnilBollinger Vieilles Vignes Françaises, as well as Dom Pérignon's 2nd and3rd plenitudes. Clos des Goisses belongs to Philipponnat and is coming from Champagne's most admired single vineyard - a 5.5ha hill along the coast of Marne canal. 

Clos des Goisses ex-cellars 1980 - 2005

Starter

2005 Philipponnat Clos des Goisses (dg.‘14)

1st course: Lighter vintages

2004 Philipponnat Clos des Goisses (dg.’13)

1999 Philipponnat Clos des Goisses (dg.’08)
1992 Philipponnat Clos des Goisses (dg.’07)
1980 Philipponnat Clos des Goisses (dg.’10) *

2nd course: Richer yet fresh vintages

2002 Philipponnat Clos des Goisses (dg.’12) *
1998 Philipponnat Clos des Goisses (dg.’07)
1996 Philipponnat Clos des Goisses (dg.’07)
1993 Philipponnat Clos des Goisses (dg.’07)

3rd course: Rich and round vintages

2003 Philipponnat Clos des Goisses (dg.’12)
2000 Philipponnat Clos des Goisses (dg.’09)
1991 Philipponnat Clos des Goisses (dg.’10)
1989 Philipponnat Clos des Goisses (dg.’10)

* 2002 and 1980 vintages in 75 cl, since Philipponnat did not use any magnums in those years. 

28.11.2015.

Champions’ Parade or TOP 100 of «Wine of the Year»

What: The Champions’ Parade or the tasting session of the winners of «Wine of The Year 2015» competition.

What is «Champions’ Parade»: The «Champions’ Parade» was a time to enjoy the best champagnes, sparkling wines, white wines, red wines and dessert wines coming from all over the world and available in Latvia; the wines that has been ranked by the jury of the «Wine of The Year 2015» contest in September.

An international panel of prominent experts, led by the all-knowing Michael Schuster www.michaelschusterwine.com performed a «blind tasting» of more than four hundred wines of the world available in Latvia to pick the champions at the «Wine of The Year 2015» competition. Michael worked together with the most respected Latvian wine professionals, the leading sommeliers from Latvia and the Baltics, winners of Baltic and Latvian sommelier championships: Raimonds Tomsons («Vincents», former president of the Latvian Association of Sommeliers, winner of multiple Latvian, Baltic and European wine contests), Valentina Grandane (one of the most highly experienced wine lecturer in Latvia), Arunas Starkus (president of the Lithuanian Association of Sommeliers, AIWS), Aigars Lukstins (winner of the Sommelier Championship), Gints Sniedze (winner of the Baltic Sommelier Championship), Romans Komars (former president of the Latvian Association of Sommeliers), Kaspars Reitups (winner of the Baltic Sommelier Championship), Martins Pilens, Irina Sjomočkina, Pinta Elīza Kauce, Kaspars Vēzītis and Aigars Nords (founder of the festival, AIWS).

Degustation format: Champions’ Parade was a walk-around type tasting session, i.e., after arrival each participant received a glass and the «parade plan» (the list of wines) and then everybody had a chance to try all the champions or TOP100 wines in great company, getting advices from sommeliers and hopefully learning a lot of new things.

The official catalogue of the festival presented to each guest of the Champions’ Parade featureed all the competing wines sorted by categories and the Top 100 wines, their prices and sales locations, including suggestions on where to start, what to try and how not to be overwhelmed by the vast selection of wines available in Latvia.

27.11.2015.

Dinner with Dom Pérignon at Vincents

What: A five course Dom Pérignon dinner at «Vincents» led by chef Mārtiņš Rītiņš. Special guest – Justine Proy from Dom Pérignon. Moderators - Aigars Nords and Gints Sniedze, Dom Pérignon brand ambassador in Latvia.

Champagnes of the dinner:

Dom Pérignon 2006
Dom Pérignon 2005
Dom Pérignon P2 1998
Dom Pérignon Rose 2003
Dom Pérignon Rose P2 1995

The legendary Dom Pérignon is one of the rare champagne houses that can take a real pride in its extensive library of champagnes matured over an extended period of time on their lees in their cellars. Perhaps this is why Dom Pérignon was so intent on researching and perfecting the maturing cycles of their wines. Richard Geoffroy, the legendary chef de cave of Dom Pérignon, has revealed that Dom Pérignon wines go through three maturing cycles, which he distinctively calls plénitudes.

At the dinner, champagnes of the first plénitude was represented by the latest Dom Pérignon 2006, which took on the responsible role of the apéritif. The first plénitude was also represented by the extremely limited Dom Pérignon 2005, which delighted guests in the first part of the evening, and afterwards by Dom Pérignon Rose 2003, ceaselessly praised by the critics.

The second plénitude was represented by Dom Pérignon P2 1998. The most avid Dom Pérignon fans would remember that the first plénitude of this exclusive champagne appeared on store shelves back in 2005, with the second one following only nine years later in 2014. Arguably the biggest star of the night was Dom Pérignon Rose P2 1995 of the second plénitude: this rare rose champagne has undergone nearly twenty years of maturation on lees in the Dom Pérignon cellars, is extremely limited and was brought to Riga solely in honour of the special Riga Wine & Champagne dinner.

At the end of the evening the guests had an exclusive chance to purchase Dom Pérignon wines of the third plénitude: the limited Dom Pérignon P3 1983 and Dom Pérignon P3 1982, as well as the nearly half a century old Dom Pérignon P3 1971.

26.11.2015.

«Jean Leon - Spanish Success Story» by Mireia Torres

Mireia Torres of Torres, the legendary Spanish winemaking family, visited the Baltic states for the first time to share her wines of Jean Leon winery from several decades up to 1970s.

The renowned Jean Leon winery’s Chardonnay, Merlot and Cabernet wines as well as a plethora of rareViña La Scala Cabernet Sauvignon Gran Reserva wines of several decades up to 1970s. By the way, Viña La Scala Cabernet Sauvignon Gran Reserva is Spain's first Cabernet Sauvignon with its first vintage in 1969 - in the tasting we were having a 1975, a precious wine from the very first decade of the wine straight from Torres's cellars.

Wines of the tasting:

2014 Jean Leon 3055 Chardonnay
2013 Jean Leon ‘Vinya Gigi’ Chardonnay 
2011 Jean Leon ‘Vinya Palau’ Merlot 
2007 Jean Leon ‘Vinya La Havre’ Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva 
2003 Jean Leon ‘Vinya La Scala’ Cabernet Sauvignon Gran Reserva 
1996 Jean Leon ‘Vinya La Scala’ Cabernet Sauvignon Gran Reserva 
1982 Jean Leon ‘Vinya La Scala’ Cabernet Sauvignon Gran Reserva
1975 Jean Leon ‘Vinya La Scala’ Cabernet Sauvignon Gran Reserva

Torres is a name that needs no introduction: in the wine world’s hall of fame it is right up there with Antinori, Mondavi, Rothschild and other prominent winemaking dynasties. Mireia Torres represents the family’s values in the fifth generation. The youngest daughter of Miguel Agustín Torres (president and owner of Bodegas Torres), Mireia was born in 1969, studied in Montpellier (France), honed her skills internationally and is now at the helm of Jean Leon and Torres Prioratwineries. This was Mireia’s first time in the Baltics and Riga, where she participated in the Riga Wine & Champagne festival to give an insight into Spanish wines and present the excellent Jean Leon's Chardonnay, Merlot and Cabernet wines as well as several very rare and historical Viña La Scala Cabernet Sauvignon Gran Reserva wines of various decades. 

About Jean Leon: Jean Leon is one of Spain’s leading boutique wineries run by the Torres family. Jean Leon is named after its founder, all-round icon Ceferino Carrión. A Spanish emigrant who arrived in the USA after the end of World War II, Cerefino got a job in a bar owned by Frank Sinatra, earned the good graces of Hollywood’s celebrities and opened La Scala, one of the most popular restaurants in Hollywood, together with James Dean. Having changed his name to Jean Leon, he travelled around the world only to later return to Spain where he opened his winery in Penedès, Catalonia.

12.03.2015.

2nd Annual Tasting of Portuguese Wines in Riga

Walk-around tasting with excellent opportunity to meet the best Portuguese Wines producers and taste their unique and exquisite wines from the most renowned Portuguese wine regions. In co-organization with agency «KROSSLINK – Wine Synergy» (Portugal).

This walk around tasting will be an excellent opportunity to meet leading Portuguese wine producers and taste their wines, from wine regions such as Douro, with its world famous Port Wines, Lisboa and Alentejo. Participants of the tasting: Terras de Alter (Alentejo), Pinalta (Douro), Aneto WInes (Douro), Vidigal Wines, Felix Rocha (Lisboa), Julian Reynolds (Alentejo), Quinta Vale Meão (Douro), Quinta do Crasto (Douro), Casa da Urra (Alentejo), Quinta do Sagrado (Douro).

Opening masterclass 11.00 - 13.00: Introduction into Portuguese wines and wine regions. Special guest and moderator Portuguese wine expert and «flying winemaker» with more than 30 years experience Peter Bright. Participating wine producers will present their houses and wines.

Degustation 13.30 - 18.00: walk-around tasting with the possibility to taste wines of each producer and ask personal questions to the winemakers.

08.03.2015.

Champagne Gala Dinner

«Champagne Gala Dinner» in cooperation with Institut Français was a festive multicourse dinner and a celebration of Champagne! The multi course dinner was accompanied by champagnes and stories of four great Champagne house owners and Peter Liem (champagneguide.net), Louis Roederer award recipient and one of the world’s greatest authorities on champagne. But that’s not all - in addition to great champagnes provided by the house owners, the guests were asked to bring their own special bottles that we shared and enjoyed among the attending champagne lovers! A feast indeed!

Special guests:

Jean - Herve Chiquet, Champagne Jacquesson winemaker and co-owner
Charles Philipponnat, Managing Director of Champagne Philipponnat
Michel Drappier, Champagne Drappier co-owner
Peter Liem, www.champagneguide.net 

Dinner Chef: Māris Jansons, star-chef from restaurant «Bibliotēka No 1».

Each of the attending winemakers was presenting several different champagnes along 4 different courses, while the final course of the dinner was enjoyed together with the special and loved bottles brought and shared by the attending guests.

Champagnes

Jacquesson Cuvée n°737
Jacquesson Cuvée n°738
Jacquesson Cuvée n°733 Dégorgement Tardif

Philipponnat Blanc de Noirs 2008
Philipponnat Cuvée 1522 2006
Philipponnat Clos Goisses 2005

Drappier Blanc de Blancs Signature NV
Drappier Grande Sendrée Rosé 2006
Drappier Millésime Exception 2002 Jeroboam


Champagne. Part Two Highlights.

Drappier Carte d`Or Brut 1979

Philipponnat Grand Blanc Brut 1983
Krug 1985
Duval Leroy Cuvee Des Roys 1986 MAGNUM
Noble Cuvee de Lanson Brut 1988

 Drappier Carte d`Or Brut 1990 JEROBOAM
Pol Pol Roger Sir Winston Churchill 1990
Drappier Carte d`Or Brut 1995 MAGNUM
Bollinger Grande Annee 1996 JEROBOAM
Henriot Cuvee des Enchanteleurs Brut 1998
Pol Roger Sir Winston Churchill 1999

 Philipponnat Clos des Goisses 2000
Jacquesson AY-Vauzelle Terme 2002
Paul Bara Comtesse Marie de France 2002
Pol Roger Blanc de Blancs 2002
Billecart Salmon Cuvee Elisabeth Salmon Brut Rose 2002
Francoise Bedel L’Ame de la Terre 2003
Dom Perignon 2004 MAGNUM
Pierre Moncuit Vieille Vigne Nicole Moncuit Blanc de Blancs 2004
Savart Calliope Extra Brut 2006

Jacques Selosse Brut Rose
Jerome Prevost La Closerie Les Beguines Extra Brut
Cedric Bouchard Roses de Jeanne Blanc de Noirs
Charles Dufour Le Haut de la Guignelle Blanc de Noirs
Ulysse Collin Les Roises Blanc de Blancs
Laurent Perrier Grand Siecle Brut
Dehours Trio «S» Brut
Jacquesson Cuvee 736

07.03.2015.

Nordea Great Bubble Parade 2015

How many different champagnes have you tried? 10? How about 100? The Bubble Parade once again was the Baltic's biggest parade of champagne and sparkling wines, a unique walk-around tasting with more than 100 French champagnes and their noblest «cousins» – Prosecco, Franciacorta, Cava, Cap Classique, Cremant, all for your tasting and enjoyment.

What does one do in such a Bubble Parade? First, you show up. We give you a pretty glass and brief directions on where and what to try. The rest is up to you.

You can try and do the impossible – walk around the entire counter of the Parade, have a sip of each and every champagne available and talk to all the vendors and producers in hopes of finding your favorite champagne.

You can take detailed notes in the Parade catalogue about which drink is sweeter, more sour or more bubbly, which one to choose for your spouse, mom, business partner or birthday guests. The catalogues, of course, were available to everybody.

You can just chill out. Take the first champagne at hand, sit down, enjoy it slowly while watching the other beautiful participants of the Bubble Parade.

You can also listen to the Bubble ABC. They were in form of short informal lectures with a glass in hand, right in the middle of the Bubble Parade. The leading sommeliers of Latvia and Peter Liem on of leading champagne experts were telling about the very basics in simple words, answering all questions on the matter and recommending other things that were worth trying.

Then you can go to the «Bubbledogs Lounge». We «stole» this idea from the cult bar «Bubbledogs» in London – they serve only gourmet hot dogs with champagne. Why don’t we take it to a new level here in Riga? Gourmet hotdogs crafted by chef Maris Jansons were available to all participants of the Bubble Parade in exchange for a symbolic fee.

And we kept it going all day long and offered to everybody to choose the most suitable time for the bubble session: 10.00 to 13.00, 14.00 to 17.00 or 18.00 to 21.00. 

06.03.2015.

«EAT DRINK VOTE» by Electrolux

For this dinner, Maris Jansons, the chef of BIBLIOTĒKA N°1 Restorāns, was working side-by-side with sommeliers to create the perfect «marriage» between French wines and food. In partnership with Lexus WESS Motors, Electrolux and Institut Français de Lettonie.

Guests could enjoy a four-course dinner, flushed it down with 12 superb French wines and voted for the most delicious couple.

The Lecturers: the best Latvian wine sommeliers - Gints Sniedze («Prike Latvija»), Jānis Kaļķis («Hotel Jūrmala SPA»), Jānis Gailis and the chef of «BIBLIOTĒKA N°1 Restorāns» Maris Jansons. Masterclass was hosted by Aigars Nords.

Degustation menu: 

Aperitif: deVenoge Cordon Bleu 

Salt-baked smoked beetroot
Louis Roederer Rose 2009
Bollinger Special Cuvée
Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Demi-Sec

Scallop in its cover
Domaine de la Bongran Viré-Clessé 2008
Dopff & Irion Grand Cru Schoenenbourg Riesling 2010
Guilbaud Freres Vouvray Clos La Lanterne Demi-Sec 2013 

Icelandic lamb backstrap
Château Des Jacques Clos du Grand Carquelin Moulin-A-Vent 2007
Château Sociando-Mallet Haut-Medoc 1995
Gerard Bertrand Aigle Royal 2012

Pumpkin seed ice cream
Château Doisy Daëne Sauternes 1988
Château de Beaulon Vieille Reserve Or 10 Ans
Clarendelle Amberwine NV

30.11.2014.

The Annual BBC Magnum Dinner

A unique BBC (Bordeaux + Bourgogne + Champagne) Magnum dinner in cooperation with BurgerClub, fine wine collectors’ club. 7 course dinner. 14 magnums.

Special guest – Michael Schuster, one of the world’s leading authorities on wine and the Head of Jury of «Latvia’s Wine of the Year» competition.

For Starters
1990 Henriot Rosé

Champagne
1999 Deutz Cuvée William Deutz
1999 Bollinger R.D.
1990 Bollinger R.D.
1990 Laurent – Perrier Grand Siécle

Bourgogne
2001 Guy Amiot Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru Les Demoiselles
2001 Ramonet Chevalier Montrachet
1995 Marquis d'Angerville Volnay 1er Cru Taillepieds
2005 Marquis d'Angerville Volnay 1er Cru Taillepieds

Bordeaux
1996 Ch. Haut-Bailly, Pessac-Léognan
1990 Ch. Haut-Bailly, Pessac-Léognan
1988 Ch. Margaux, Margaux
1988 Ch. Palmer, Margaux

Sauternes
1967 Gilette Creme de Tètê

 

 

 

 

29.11.2014.

Lexus Champions’ Parade 2014

What: The «Lexus Champions’ Parade» or the tasting session of the winners of «Wine of The Year 2014» competition.

What to enjoy at the «Lexus Champions’ Parade»: The «Lexus Champions’ Parade» was a time to enjoy the best champagnes, sparkling wines, white wines, red wines, dessert wines and fortified wines coming from all over the world and available in Latvia; the wines that has been ranked by the jury of the «Wine of The Year 2014» contest in September.

An international panel of prominent experts, led by the all-knowing Michael Schuster www.michaelschusterwine.com performed a «blind tasting» of more than four hundred wines of the world available in Latvia to pick the champions at the «Wine of The Year 2014» competition. Michael worked together with the most respected Latvian wine professionals, the leading sommeliers from Latvia and the Baltics, winners of Baltic and Latvian sommelier championships: Raimonds Tomsons («Vincents», president of the Latvian Association of Sommeliers, winner of multiple Latvian, Baltic and European wine contests), Valentina Grandane (one of the most highly experienced wine lecturer in Latvia), Ronalds Petersons (winner of the Baltic Sommelier Championship), Arunas Starkus (president of the Lithuanian Association of Sommeliers, AIWS), Aigars Lukstins (winner of the Sommelier Championship), Gints Sniedze (winner of the Baltic Sommelier Championship), Romans Komars (former president of the Latvian Association of Sommeliers), Martins Pilens, Aigars Nords (founder of the festival, AIWS).

Degustation format: «Lexus Champions’ Parade»was a walk-around type tasting session, i.e., after arrival each participant received a glass and the «parade plan» (the list of wines) and then everybody had a chance to try all the champions in great company, getting advices from sommeliers and hopefully learning a lot of new things.

28.11.2014.

The Old World vs. the New World

Have you ever compared the Old World and New World wines face-to-face? Are there still any differences? We will try to find out the truth in our Masterclass together with Michael Schuster, one of the world’s most renowned wine experts, by comparing and enjoying 12 excellent wines from the Old and New World.

Masterclass: The Old World vs. the New World: 12 outstanding wines accompanied by stories and wine knowledge from Michael Schuster.
 
Lecturer: Michael Schuster is internationally renowned wine expert, lector and author. He is the founder and jury member of the world-famous wine contest Decanter World Wine Awards, the author of wine periodicals The World of Fine Wine and Decanter and bestsellers Understanding Wine and Essential Winetasting, as well as a member in the highly prestigious organizations The Wine Society and Academie Internationale du Vin. Michael is visiting Latvia and the Baltics for the first time as the head of jury at the Latvia’s first «Wine of The Year 2014» competition and to share his wine knowledge during Riga Wine & Champagne festival.
 
Wines: The masterclass will feature 12 outstanding Old and New World wines selected by Michael specifically for the workshop. The wines were served in pairs, including one superb example from the Old World and one from the New World in each of the 6 pairs.
 
Aperitif: Louis Roederer Brut Premier NV (France)
 
1st pair - Sauvignon Blanc
Guilbaud Frères Sancerre Les Chenes Vieux 2013 (France)
Framingham Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Marlborough (New Zealand)
 
2nd pair – Riesling
Alsace Riesling Hugel 2012 (France)
EROICA Riesling 2012 (USA)
 
3rd pair – Chardonnay
Chablis Fèvre 2013 (France)
Chablis Les Clos Fèvre 2011 (France)
Mont Rochelle MIKO Chardonnay 2009 (South Africa)
 
4th pair – Pinot Noir
Domaine Jean-Baptiste Ponsot Rully 2012 (France)
Cloudy Bay Pinot Noir 2009 (New Zealand)
 
5th pair - Cabernet Sauvignon
Château Sociando Mallet 2010 (France)
Meerlust Rubicon 2008 (South Africa)
 
6th pair - Syrah/ Shiraz
St Joseph Delas Francois de Tournon 2012 (France)
d'Arenberg The Dead Arm Shiraz 2010 (Australia)
 
04.04.2014.

1st Annual Tasting of Portuguese Wines in Riga

Walk-around tasting was excellent opportunity to meet the best Portuguese Wines producers and taste their unique and exquisite wines from the most renowned Portuguese wine regions. In co-organization with agency «KROSSLINK – Wine Synergy» (Portugal).

This walk around tasting was an excellent opportunity to meet 14 leading Portuguese wine producers and taste their wines, from wine regions such as Minho, Douro, with its world famous Port Wines, Tejo, Lisboa, Dão, Beira interior and Alentejo. Wine producers presented: Casa de Senra, Alto Lima, Calheiros Cruz, Quinta do Cume, Quinta do Sagrado, Casa da Urra, Magnum Wines, Casa Agrícola Alexandre Relvas, Pontual Wines, Casa Santos Lima, Quinta da Sequeira, DFJ VinhosIdealdrinks and Viniparra.

Tasting was limited to a closed number of professional guests including importers, Wine Trade, Sommeliers and HORECA.

 

09.03.2014.

«EAT DRINK VOTE» by Electrolux

Even if you think that all the fuss around proper matching of food and wine is overreacted, you must agree that nothing tastes better than a Chablis with oysters or a smooth Bordeaux with lamb stew. For this dinner, we asked Maris Jansons, the chef of BIBLIOTĒKA N°1 Restorāns, to work side-by-side with our sommeliers in order to create the perfect «marriage» between wine and food.

Guests enjoyed a four-course dinner, flushed it down with 12 superb wines and voted for the most delicious couple.

The Lecturers: the best Latvian wine sommeliers - Raimonds Tomsons («Vincents»), Jānis Kaļķis («Hotel Jūrmala SPA»), Jānis Gailis («BIBLIOTĒKA N°1 Restorāns») and the chef of «BIBLIOTĒKA N°1 Restorāns» Maris Jansons. Masterclass was hosted by Aigars Nords.

Degustation menu: In the course of the night, the sommeliers made separate choices of wines that, in their opinion, was the best fit for the four-course meal by «Bibliotēka No 1 Restorāns» chef Maris Jansons. Raimonds chosed just Spanish wines, Jānis Kaļķis - French wines, Jānis Gailis - Italy, so it was a great journey through Old World wines!

Starter: Champagne de Venoge Blanc de Noirs

Oysters a la Rockefeller
Soldati La Scolca Brut 2007, Italy
Champagne Delamotte Blanc de Blancs 2002, France
Martin Codax Gallaecia 2009, DO Rias Baixas, Spain

Duck foie gras

Ca dei Frati Tre Filer 2009, Italy
Chateau Des Reyssiers Regnie 2010, France
A.Fernandez Alejairen Crianza 2010, DO Castilla La Mancha, Spain

Wild duck confit
Ca dei Frati Brolettino Affinato Lugana 2007, Italy
Chateau Tour Prignac Grand Reseve Cru Bourgeois Medoc 2007, France
Alvaro Palacios 2010 Le Terrasses Velles Vinyes Priorat DOCa, Spain

Bee-keeper's joy

Fattoria Le Pupille Solalto 2006, Italy
Domaine De Savagny Macvin Du Jura, France
Apasionado De Jose Pariente 2011, DO Rueda, Spain

09.03.2014.

Super Tuscan Tignanello

By guidance of winemaker Stefano Carpaneto of Antinori, the most distinguished Italian wine dynasty, we had the opportunity to taste seven different vintages of Tignanello. Tasting was organized in cooperation with Dunker Latvija, the official distributor of Tignanello in Latvia.

The Lecturer: Chief winemaker of Antinori  - Stefano Carpaneto. Masterclass hosted by Aigars Nords.

Degustation wines: Tignanello is one of the most legendary and well known Italian wines - it is the first Sangiovese wine to be aged in small oak barrels, the first to use Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend, soon acquiring the internationally known nick-name "Super-Tuscan". Tignanello is produced only in the best vintages, seven of which were kindly provided by the Antinori family for Riga Wine & Champagne masterclass.

Tignanello 2010
Tignanello 2008
Tignanello 2007
Tignanello 2006
Tignanello 2005
Tignanello 2004
Tignanello 1996

09.03.2014.

Willi Brundlmayer’s four decades

Most famous winemaker from Austria shared his stories and lead us through a unique tasting of Brundlmayer's marvellous wines from four decades. Masterclass was organized in cooperation with Vīna Studija, the official retailer of Brundlmayer in Latvia.

The Lecturer: Owner and winemaker Willi Brundlmayer. Masterclass hosted by Aigars Nords.

Degustation wines: Participants had the opportunity not only to taste world-class quality wines produced by Brundlmayer, but also they were able to see how wines develop over decades and become irresistible.

Starter: Bründlmayer Extra Brut

Sparkling wines:
Bründlmayer Brut 2008 Magnum
Bründlmayer Brut Rosé Magnum 

Grüner Veltliner:
GV Berg Vogelsang 2012
GV Käferberg 2012
GV Käferberg 2008
GV Käferberg 1998

Riesling:
Steinmassel 2012
Heiligenstein Alte Reben 2008 Magnum 1.5l
Heiligenstein Lyra 1998
Heiligenstein Spätlese 1971

08.03.2014.

Nordea Great Bubble Parade 2014

How many different champagnes have you tried? 10? How about 100? The Bubble Parade once again was the Baltic's biggest parade of champagne and sparkling wines, a unique walk-around tasting with more than 100 French champagnes and their noblest "cousins" – Prosecco, Franciacorta, Cava, Cap Classique, Cremant, all for your tasting and enjoyment.

07.03.2014.

Journey in the cellars of Moët & Chandon

«Vertical tasting» of several different vintages of the world’s famous champagne house Moët & Chandon. First Moët & Chandon vertical tasting in the Baltics! Masterclass was organized in cooperation with PRIKE Latvija, official distributor of Moët & Chandon in Latvia.

Degustation champagnes: Participants will have an opportunity to enjoy great vintages of Moët & Chandon to find out about the ability of this spectacular champagne to develop in the bottle. 5 Blancs and 3 Roses from 6 different and great vintages. Masterclass not to be missed by champagne conoisseurs. Enjoy!

1985 Moët & Chandon Grand Vintage Blanc from Magnum 1.5l bottle
1999 Moët & Chandon Grand Vintage Blanc
2002 Moët & Chandon Grand Vintage Blanc
2004 Moët & Chandon Grand Vintage Blanc
2006 Moët & Chandon Grand Vintage Blanc

1990 Moët & Chandon Grand Vintage Rosé from Magnum 1.5l bottle
2002 Moët & Chandon Grand Vintage Rosé
2004 Moët & Chandon Grand Vintage Rosé

22.11.2013.

French Classics by Andrew Jefford

Tasting of 12 classic French wines, the benchmark wines of the world, will be led by Andrew Jefford (England) one of the world’s most respected wine authors, holder of numerous Louis Roederer awards, Decanter magazine’s blogger and author. Tasting - masterclass was organized in cooperation with Institut Francais within the «French Gastronomic Week» in Latvia.

Lecturer: Andrew Jefford (England), one of the world’s most respected wine authors, holder of numerous awards (Louis Roederer awards, Glenfiddich awards), author of many best-selling books like «The New France», Decanter magazine’s blogger and author, contributing editor at The World of Fine Wine and Financial Times. Andrew lives in Montpellier, France with his family and visited Baltic countries for the first time specially for the Riga Wine & Champagne.

Wines tasted: Classic French wines – the benchmark wines of the world – selected by Andrew himself especially for the masterclass. We tasted classic Bordeaux, Burgundy, Loire, Alsace, Rhone, Languedoc.

Apéritif: Chateau D’Esclans «Whispering Angel» Rose 2012, Côtes de Provence

  1. Moutard Cuvée des 6 cépages 2006, Champagne
  2. Jacquesson Avize Champ Caïn 2004, Champagne
  3. Domaine Laroche Les Clos Grand Cru 2009, Chablis
  4. Bouchard Meursault Genevrieres Premier Cru 2011, Côte de Beaune
  5. Paul Zinck Riesling Grand Cru Eichberg 2009, Alsace
  6. Zind Humbrecht Gewurztraminer LOT 17M 2009, Alsace
  7. Mas de Daumas Gassac Rouge 2011, Vin de Pays
  8. La Péira 2008, Coteaux du Languedoc
  9. Jean Luc Colombo Les Ruchets 2009, Cornas
  10. Cháteau de Beaucastel 2001, Chateauneuf-du-Pape
  11. Domaine Marquis d‘Angerville Pommard 2002, Côte de Beaune
  12. La Dame de Montrose 2010, Saint-Estéphe
21.11.2013.

Vintage Champagne by Essi Avellan MW

Tasting of 12 leading champagnes led by Essi Avellan MW (Finland) one of the world’s leading champagne experts, publisher of FINE Champagne and author of the «Christie’s World Encyclopedia of Champagne and Sparkling Wine». Tasting - masterclass was organized in cooperation with Institut Francais within the «French Gastronomic Week» in Latvia.

The Lecturer: Essi Avellan MW (Finland) is one of the world’s leading champagne experts, Finland’s first Master of Wine, publisher of FINE Champagne magazine, editor of champagne & sparkling wine section of Decanter magazine, the world’s leading wine magazine, and a renowned judge in many of the world’s leading wine competitions. While in Riga, Essi also presented her new book «Christie’s World Encyclopedia of Champagne and Sparkling Wine», which had its worldwide premiere in the masterclass.

Champagnes tasted: Essi personally selected 12 outstanding champagnes to present them in Riga. The champagnes were served in pairs in order to better reveal the stylistic, winemaking and terroir differences of different champagnes.

Apéritif: Delamotte Blanc de Blancs 2002

  1. Veuve Fourny Millésime 2007
  2. Paul Bara Comtesse Marie de France Bouzy 2000
  3. Louis Roederer Brut Vintage 2006
  4. Henriot Millesime 2003
  5. Thienot Cuvée Alain Thiénot Brut 2002
  6. Laurent-Perrier Grand Siècle Brut
  7. Taittinger Comtes de Champagne 2004
  8. Dom Pérignon Oenotheque Blanc 1995
  9. Drappier Grande Sendree Rose Millesime 2005
  10. Moet Rose Vintage 2004
  11. Gosset Celebris Rosé 2007
  12. Deutz Cuvee Williams Rosé 2000

Special bonus: «Christie’s World Encyclopedia of Champagne and Sparkling Wine» signed by the author, was available to purchase after the tasting.

10.03.2013.

Vintage & Prestige Champagne

Vintage & Prestige was a degustation in the form of a lecture featuring vintage champagnes and sparkling wines from vintage years, combined with stories about what makes these sophisticated beverages different from «everyday» drinks, about different styles and variations between grapes and vintage years, about champagnes of the aristocratic Big Houses and Grower houses, and whether it is worth paying more for vintage champagnes and why.

The masterclass was led by Tim Wildman MW (Master of Wine from London) with commentaries from Aigars Nords.

1. Ruinart Blanc de Blancs.

2. Laurent Perrier Brut Rose Magnum.

3. Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs 2004.

4. Piper Heidsieck RARE 2002.

5. Berlucchi Palazzo Lana Brut 2004.

6. Ca’ del Bosco Cuvee Annamaria Clementi 2004. 

7. Moet & Chandon 2004.

8. Dom Perignon 2003.

9. Perrier Jouet Belle Epoque 1998.

10. Gosset Celebris 1998.

11. De Venoge Blanc de Blancs 1996.

12. Alfred Gratien 1996.

Shortly on Tim Wildman MW: Master of Wine in 2008, awarded Robert Mondavi Memorial Award for the highest overall score in Theory exam. Experienced wine judge at Decanter World Wine Awards (since 2007), International Judge at Melbourne Royal Wine Show (2011), International Judge at Canberra National Wine Show (2010). Monthly columnist for Australia's Wine Business Magazine (WBM), regular contributor to Harpers Wine Magazine. Founder and owner of James Busby Travel, owner of Winetec Ltd, specialising in wine travel, education and communication.

10.03.2013.

Masterpieces from the World of Wines

The wines tasted during this master class, are considered as «compulsory literature» – wines from the Old and New world representing regions that everyone who considers himself/herself a wine devotee should be familiar with.

Wines were split up the wines in pairs so that one can observe the differences between equivalent wines from the Old and New world, the classic regions that they represent, the grapes and wine-making styles.

The masterclass was led by Tim Wildman MW (Master of Wine from London) with commentaries from Aigars Nords.

Shortly on Tim Wildman MWMaster of Wine in 2008, awarded Robert Mondavi Memorial Award for the highest overall score in Theory exam. Experienced wine judge at Decanter World Wine Awards (since 2007), International Judge at Melbourne Royal Wine Show (2011), International Judge at Canberra National Wine Show (2010). Monthly columnist for Australia's Wine Business Magazine (WBM), regular contributor to Harpers Wine Magazine. Founder and owner of James Busby Travel, owner of Winetec Ltd, specialising in wine travel, education and communication.

Wines tasted:

  1. Pinot Grigio Friuli Colli Orientali 2011, Livio Felluga.(100% Pinot Grigio. Italy)

  2. Abtsberg Riesling Kabinett 2007, Maximin Grunhauser. (100% Riesling. Moselle Valley, Germany)

  3. Sancerre “Le MD de Bourgeois” 2010, Henri Bourgeois. (100% Sauvignon Blanc. Loire Valley, France)

  4. Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos 2010, Domaine William Fevre. (100% Chardonnay. France)

  5. Beaune Greves Premier cru L'Enfant Jesus 2007, Bouchard Pere & Fils. (100% Pinot Noir. Bugundy, France)

  6. Barolo Bussia 2005, Prunotto. (100% Nebbiolo. Piedmont, Italy)

  7. La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904 1997. (90% Tempranillo, 10% Graciano. Rioja, Spain)

  8. Chateauneuf-du-Pape Galets Roules 2009, Ogier. (65% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 10% Mourvedre, 10% Cinsault. France)

  9. Hermitage “La Chapelle” 2007, Paul Jaboulet Aine. (100% Syrah. Rhone Valley, France)

  10. Syrah Gimblett Gravels 2008, Craggy Range. (97% Syrah, 3% Viognier. New Zealand)

  11. Chateau Batailley 2006. (70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot. Bordeaux, France)

  12. Black Label Cabernet Sauvignon - Shiraz 2005, Wolf Blass. (51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 49% Shiraz. Australia)

10.03.2013.

Eat.Drink.Vote.

Even if you think that all the fuss around proper matching of food and wine is overreacted, you must agree that nothing tastes better than a Chablis with oysters or a smooth Bordeaux with lamb stew. There must be something about this matching thing after all. For this dinner, we asked Maris Jansons, the chef of «BIBLIOTĒKA N°1 Restorāns», to work side-by-side with our sommeliers in order to create the perfect «marriage» between wine and food. Guests job here were to enjoy the cuisines, flush them down with some superb wine and vote for the most delicious couple.

In the course of the night, three of the best Latvian wine sommeliers made separate choices of wines that, in their opinion, would be the best fit for the four-course meal by Maris Jansons. Wines were matched with Maris’ culinary masterpieces by the best sommeliers in Latvia – Raimonds Tomsons (Restaurant «Vincents»), Janis Kalkis (Hotel Jurmala SPA), Janis Gailis («Bibliotēka No 1 Restorāns»).

 Menu of the dinner and wines:

CLC Goat cheese (V)

asparagus, wine basil sorbet, baked beet, shortcrust pastry crumbs

Lagar De Cervera Rias Baixas Albarino 2010

Erste + Neue Puntay Gewurztraminer DOC 2011

Dr Loosen Bernkastele Lay Riesling Kabinett 2011

 

Duck liver foie gras

caramelized pears, onion marmalade, velouté sauce

Clos De L`Oratoire Des Papes Chateauneuf Du Pape Blanc 2011

Terre Del Principe Le Serole Terre Del Volturno IGT 2007

Gustave Lorentz Grand Cru Altenberg De Bergheim Pinot Gris 2007

 

Veal cheeks

cumin-sautéed carrots, pot barley, basil caviar, veal broth sauce

Beringer Knight Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

Silvio Nardi Brunello Di Montalcino DOCG 2003

La Rioja Alta Vina Alberdi Reserva 2005

 

Chocolate Fondant

vanilla ice cream, meringue crumbs , cherry gel, mint sugar

Gerard Bertrand Banyuls, VDN 2005

Lorenzo Begali Recioto Della Valpolicella DOC 2009

Porto Niepoort Colheita 1984

 

09.03.2013.

The Great Bubble Parade 2013

How many kinds of champagne have you tried before? 10? How about 50? 100? The Bubble Parade was the biggest parade of champagnes and sparkling wines ever – a mass degustation unseen in Riga. For real. On March 9 there were more than 100 French champagnes represented in Riga along with their noblest «cousins» – Prosecco, Franciacorta, Cava, Cap Classique, Cremant, all for tasting and enjoyment.

What does one do in such a Bubble Parade? First, you show up. We give you a pretty glass and brief directions on where and what to try. The rest is up to you.

You can try and do the impossible – walk around the entire counter of the Parade, have a sip of each and every champagne available and talk to all the vendors and producers in hopes of finding your favorite champagne. We warn you – it won’t be an easy task, there will be a helluva lot of champagnes.

You can take detailed notes in the Parade catalogue about which drink is sweeter, more sour or more bubbly, which one to choose for your spouse, mom, business partner or birthday guests. The catalogues, of course, were available to everybody.

You can also listen to the Bubble ABC. It was be like a short informal lecture with a glass in hand, right in the middle of the Bubble Parade. The leading sommeliers of Latvia, such as Raimonds Tomsons and Janis Kalkis, was telling about the very basics in simple words, answering all the questions on the matter and recommending other things that are worth trying.

Then you can go to the «Bubbledogs Lounge». We «stole» this idea from the cult bar «Bubbledogs» in London – they serve only gourmet hot dogs with champagne. Why don’t we take it to a new level here in Riga? Gourmet hotdogs crafted by chef Maris Jansons were available to all participants of the Bubble Parade in exchange for a symbolic fee.

 

22.11.2013.

Magical 13 by Peter Liem

Who is Peter Liem and what on Earth is Magical 13? Peter is one of the most renowned champagne experts in the world, winner of the international Louis Roederer award, and founder of champagneguide.net. For his master classes, Peter selected the «Magical 13», a set 13 outstanding champagnes, all available to buy in Riga. For an insight into Peter Liem’s November 23 master class, please visit our Gallery or watch the video here.

Who is Peter Liem and what on Earth is Magical 13? Peter is one of the most renowned champagne experts in the world, winner of the international Louis Roederer award, and founder of champagneguide.net. For his master classes, Peter selected the «Magical 13», a set 13 outstanding champagnes, all available to buy in Riga. For an insight into Peter Liem’s November 23 master class, please visit our Gallery or watch the video here.

De Venoge Blanc de Blancs 2000

Paul Bara Brut Reserve and Charles Heidsieck Brut Reserve

Gosset Blanc de Blancs and Deutz Blanc de Blancs 2004

Delamotte Blanc de Blancs 2002 and Veuve Fourny Clos Notre Dame 2002

Mandois Cuvée Victor Brut 2002 and Laurent-Perrier Brut 2002

Veuve Clicquot Vintage 2004 and Louis Roederer Cristal 2004

Deutz Cuvée William Deutz 1998 and Duval-Leroy Femme de Champagne 1996

Gosset Celebris Rosé 2003


Who we are

NECom is one of the leading event marketing and sponsorship agencies in Latvia. We have successfully developed the Lattelecom Riga Marathon, managed marketing and sponsorship campaigns for industry-leading Latvian companies. Aigars Nords, CEO of NECom, has acquired the highest diploma from WSET, visited countless wine regions, participated in harvests and even ran the Medoc marathon. Regularly writes about wine for the leading publications.

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