2018 Autumn session
High-end Bordeaux with MICHAEL SCHUSTER
The Gala Dinner of the festival celebrating mature Bordeaux accompanied by tasting insights and comments by one of the world’s leading Bordeaux authorities and our long-time friend Michael Schuster. Only 1996 vintage. Only Pauillac and its northern neighbour Saint-Estèphe. Only First growths, and Super-seconds. Plus the occasional over-achiever from Pauillac like Lynch-Bages or Pontet-Canet.
Aperitif: 1996 Veuve Clicquot Rosé Magnum;
1996 Louis Roederer Cristal Rosé; 1996 Bollinger La Grande Année Rosé.
Dinner wines: 1996 Château Pontet-Canet (Pauillac); 1996 Château Lynch-Bages (Pauillac); 1996 Château Cos-d’Estournel (Saint-Estèphe); 1996 Château Montrose (Saint-Estèphe); 1996 Château Pichon-Longueville-Baron-de-Pichon (Pauillac); 1996 Château Pichon-Longueville-Comtesse-de-Lalande (Pauillac); 1996 Château Mouton Rothschild (Pauillac); 1996 Château Latour (Pauilac); 1996 Château Lafite-Rothschild (Pauillac).
NATIVE WINE GRAPES of ITALY
Ian D’Agata’s masterclass for professionals only. Ian D’Agata, the world’s leading Italian wine authority, led a tasting of Italian wines, complemented with Ian’s encyclopedic wine stories. It was an unique opportunity for the wine trade professionals to receive plenty of advanced insights into the world of Italy’s native wine grapes and wines. Ian D’Agata’s work Native Wine Grapes of Italy won the prestigious 2015 Louis Roederer International Wine Awards Book of the Year, never won before by any Italian. The book was also featured in the Top 10 Wine Books of the Year by the NY Times, the Financial Times and the LA Times.
Ian is the world’s leading Italian wine authority, a wine writer and author, Creative Director of the Collisioni Wine & Food Project, Scientific Director of the Indigena Festival, Director of the Italian International Indigenous Center for Wine & Food Studies (3iC) and Senior Editor of VINOUS.
The master class was held in cooperation with the Latvian Sommelier Association and the Italian Embassy in Riga.
TOP 101 WINES + CHEFS
Top 101 WINES + CHEFS not only moved to a new location but also experienced a complete transformation. The Parade was a foodie & wine lover’s heaven – with a possibility to sample top 101 Gold and Silver medalists of the Wine of the Year competition and match wines with signature dishes from the most exciting restaurants and chefs of Riga (Vincents + Oskars Sprukts; Māris Jansons + Kest; Bibliotēka No.1 Restorāns; Ivans Šmigarevs and Mārtiņš Rītiņš), all set in the creative surrounds of Zuzeum.
The Wine of The Year competition finds out the best world wines available in Latvia, thus making the lives of Latvia's wine lovers easier by shedding light on the vast variety of wines available here. An international jury led by Michael Schuster assesses more than 500 sparkling, white, red, dessert and fortified wines in a «blind» tasting in order to hand out 14 Gold, 87 Silver, 224 Bronze and 55 Worth a try medals. It was possible to try all 14 «Gold» and 87 «Silver» medalists at the Parade.
TAR & ROSES + Ian D’Agata
FESTA ITALIANA by ELECTROLUX
2018 Spring session
The World Sabrage Record
This one-of-a-kind event featured Raimonds Tomsons, the European Sommelier Champion, breaking the World’s sabrage record - he sabered 71 bottles in one minute! The World Sabrage Record concluded the Audi Bubble Parade at the central staircase of National Arts Museum.
Audi Bubble Parade at the Museum
The largest Champagne tasting in the Baltic countries with more than 100 champagnes and superstar guests like Peter Liem and the leading chef de caves! Amazing location too – National Arts Museum!
Champagne Gala Dinner at Vincents
Peter Liem, one of the world’s leading champagne experts and the Guest of Honour of the festival, was dining (& drinking) with us at this intimate champagne dinner. Peter was joined by seven famous chef de caves and Baltics' most passionate champagne lovers! Guests included Christophe Constant (Paul Bara), Jérôme Legras (Legras et Haas), Adrien Dhondt (Dhondt-Grellet), Laurent Champs (Vilmart), Sébastien Legolvet (Henri Giraud), Frédéric Panaïotis (Ruinart), Gilles De La Bassetiere (De Venoge).
Baltic Wine List Awards 2018
Baltic Wine List Awards were created to discover and spotlight restaurants with good, great and extraordinary wine lists in Riga, Vilnius, Tallinn at a time when an appreciation for wine is becoming an integral part of Latvian, Estonian and Lithuanian cultures.
Baltic Wine Forum «WINE + MONEY»
Champagne meets Art by Electrolux
On this special date, we brought together four of Latvia’s most celebrated artists to showcase their favorite champagnes and art! The artists were Elita Patmalniece, Frančeska Kirke, Vineta Kaulača, Helēna Heinrihsone, while the team of sommeliers consisted of Jānis Volkinštens, Mārtiņš Pīlēns, Santa Zāmuele, Ronalds Pētersons and Aigars Nords. The popular TV personality Valdis Melderis will act as the host of the Dinner. Some of the champagne we tasted: Dhondt-Grellet Dans un Premier Temps, Henriot Blanc de Blancs, Dosnon Alliae Brut Nature, 2007 Michel Loriot Apollonis Les Sources du Flagot, 2010 Laurent Benard Extra Brut, 2007 Gosset Celebris Rosé, 2008 Palmer & Co, 1982 Bonnaire Grand Cru Cramant, NV Henri Giraud Code Noir Blanc de Noirs Aÿ, 2006 De Venoge Louis XV, 2004 Boizel Grand Vintage Brut.
An Evening with the Godfather
“No champagne grower is as renowned or as influential as Anselme Selosse. Whether directly or indirectly, he has inspired an entire generation of young winegrowers in the region, and among consumers, his champagnes have become some of the most sought-after wines in the world.” - Peter Liem, www.champagneguide.net. We kicked off the 7th season of the festival with a Selosse dinner featuring all six lieux-dits (dg. 2016), six different Substances (dg. 2007 – 2016), Selosse Rosé (24/04/17), and Selosse Il Était Une Fois Liqueur (L9599). Boom!
2017 Autumn session
Italian sparkling and classic masterpieces for professionals
A showcase of Italian masterpieces – a sparkling wine masterclass under the guidance of Raimonds Tomsons, Europe’s best sommelier, as well as a Parade of classic red wines of Piedmont, Italy’s noblest winemaking region, with the participation of wine producers. In collaboration with WHYNET.
The battle of the greats by Electrolux
This one-of-a-kind wine and food matching dinner featured Raimonds Tomsons (Latvia) and Andreas Larsson (Sweden). The current European Champion and the 2007 World Champion chose a selection of superb wines to accompany a four course dinner created by Biblioteka No1 team and the consultant Andrey Shmakov. It was a symbolic battle between the two champions as the public was voting for their favourite wine and food combinations. In cooperation with Electrolux.
Luminor champions’ parade 2017
Latvia’s most anticipated wine tasting featuring Top 100 wines of «Wine of The Year 2017» competition. This is the time to enjoy the best champagnes, sparkling wines, white wines and red wines from all over the world and available in Latvia that had been ranked highest by the Jury of the «Wine of The Year 2017» contest.
Champagne night out with Richard Juhlin
Richard Juhlin, the world’s no.1 champagne expert and the Guest of Honour of the festival joined us for this superb champagne dinner. The four-course dinner kicked-off with a set of famous prestige cuvées, and continued with favourite champagnes brought by the guests themselves. Champagne Night Out was a true celebration of Champagne.
Montrachet lunch with Michael Schuster
The Gala lunch celebrating the grandest of white Burgundies – the mighty Montrachet and its grand cru neighbours Bâtard-Montrachet, Chevalier Montrachet, Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet, and Criots-Bâtard-Montrachet in the company of Michael Schuster! The range of the wines included all grand crus from vintages starting from 1992 to 2014. Please see Michael Schuster’s review of the tasting in The World of Fine Wine Issue 59.
2017 Spring session
«EAT DRINK VOTE» by Electrolux
Maris Jansons, the chef of BIBLIOTĒKA N°1 Restorāns, was side-by-side with Raimonds Tomsons to create the perfect «marriage» between wines and food. In partnership with Electrolux.
Audi bubble parade 2017
Champagne gala dinner
Champagne Gala Dinner with champagnes and stories of Champagne house owners and chef de caves from Champagne Henriot, Champagne Piper-Heidsieck, and Champagne Pierre Peters and Peter Liem (champagneguide.net). Highlights: Pierre Péters Cuvée Spéciale Les Chétillons 1999 MAGNUM, Piper-Heidsieck RARE 1998 MAGNUM, Henriot Cuvée des Enchanteleurs 1999 MAGNUM
2016 Autumn session
DE VENOGE CHAMPAGNE DINNER
Festivāla 2016.gada rudens sezonas noslēgumā nedēļu pēc Burgundijas dzīrēm notika mūsu partnera «Kolonāde. Mūsu stāsti...» un šampanieša nama de Venoge krāšņas šampanieša vakariņas. Vakariņu laikā ar savu klātbūtni mūs pagodināja arī de Venoge mājas saimnieks Gilles de la Bassetierre.