Baltic Wine & Drinks Awards in association with Liebherr 2023
For the fourth time, an international jury awarded the most wine-and-drink-friendly restaurants, bars, hotels, retail stores with good, great, and extraordinary wine lists & drinks programmes in Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. Baltic Wine & Drinks Awards in association with LIEBHERR has been created to discover and spotlight Baltic restaurants, bars, hotels, retail stores with good, great, and extraordinary wine lists & drinks programmes at a time when an appreciation for wine & drinks is becoming an integral part of Baltic cultures. The Awards’ mission is to boost the consumption and understanding of good wine & drinks to support the striving Baltic wine culture and accelerate the growth of significance of the art of sommeliers in restaurants, bars, and retail stores.
Wine & Art: Three decades of Mouton-Rothschild. Michael Schuster's stories cooperation with Rietumu Bank.
The legendary 1855 Medoc classification star Château Mouton-Rothschild wine tasting from five decades with stories by Michael Schuster. We offered guests to enjoy Mouton Rothcschild from 2005 - label designed by Giuseppe Penone, Italy. 2004 - the author of the label is the British King Charles III (then Prince Charles). 1996 - label designed by Gu Gan, China. 1986 - label designed by Bernard Séjourné, Haiti, France. 1985 - label designed by Paul Delvaux, France. 1982 - label designed by John Huston, USA. 1975 - label designed by Andy Warhol, USA. 1970 - label designed by Marc Chagall, France.
Drinking with the Valkyries. Andrew Jefford's stories in cooperation with Rietumu Bank.
Andrew Jefford's book Drinking with the Valkyries has been recognized as one of the best wine books of 2022 in the world by publications such as the New York Times, Washington Post, Decanter, Forbes, and the book has been nominated for James Beard and Andre Simon awards. Thanks to the support of Rietumu banka, at a special dinner as part of the Riga Wine & Champagne festival the author was able to share both the stories of his book and the wines that play an important role in the book.
TOP 100 WINES + CHEFS
Once again Hanzas perons was turned into a foodie & wine lover’s heaven – not only giving the possibility to sample the top 100 imported wines in Latvia but also taste the signature dishes from the most exciting restaurants and chefs of Riga. Wine-lovers had a chance to taste Gold and Silver medalists or Top 100 wines of the Wine of the Year 2023 competition including everything from champagnes to whites, roses, reds and fortifieds. As well we continued our tradition to serve also the best whiskies and cocktails.
Blanc de Noirs + Osiris
BYOC! Bring Your Own Cristal!
Champagne Night Out with Peter Liem
Bubble Parade 2023
Bubble Parade 2020
Bubble Parade is the most hedonistic Champagne and sparkling wine parade in the Baltic countries! Parade offer opportunity in tasting more than 100 champagnes and 50 sparklers, meet the most passionate Champagne lovers, listen to the advice of Latvia’s leading sommeliers and importers, and just enjoy a great summer day in the courtyard and garden of the Latvian Academy of Arts.
White Burgundy for trade & professionals by Jasper Morris
Masterclass with Jasper Morris, the acclaimed author of «Inside Burgundy» and one of the world’s leading experts on Burgundy. In cooperation with Latvian Sommelier Association we had an insightful white Burgundy masterclass to demonstrate how different terroirs, winemaking styles and vintages shape our beloved chardonnay. It was advanced journey through the region and get ready to find out the secrets of white Burgundy – from Chablis to Macon, from Meursault to Puligny and Chassagne, from Corton-Charlemagne to Montrachet.
Wines of the masterclass: 2014 Domaine A&P de Villaine, Bouzeron Aligote, Côte Challonaise; 2016 Heritiers du Comte Lafon Clos de la Crochette Chardonnay, Mâcon; 2017 Domaine La Soufrandise, Pouilly-Fuissé; 2018 Patrick Piuze Chablis Terroir de Courgis; 2014 CHRISTIAN MOREAU Père & Fils Chablis Premier Cru Vaillon; 2015 William Fevre Chablis Grand Cru Bougros Côte Bouguerots; 2017 Domaine Jean Charton St Aubin Premier Cru Murgers des Dents de Chien; 2015 Domaine des Comtes Lafon Meursault Clos de la Barre; 2017 Ramonet Chassagne Montrachet Premier Cru Le Clos Du Cailleret; 2017 Sauzet Puligny-Montrachet Premier Cru Combettes; 2014 Vincent Girardin Bienvenues-Batard-Montrachet Grand Cru; 2005 Bonneau du Martray Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru.
Baltic Wine Forum & Awards in association with Cross Keys Gin
Pandemic changed the way we celebrate and Baltic Wine List Awards in association with Cross Key Gin ceremony in 2020 for the first time took place virtually. An international jury, led by ASI World Sommelier Champion Mark Almert, awarded the most wine-friendly restaurants in the Baltic States, Belarus and St. Petersburg. For the third year in a row, the competition was organized by a team of world-renowned wine professionals in the Baltics to attract the attention to the restaurants and bars with a well-thought-out, customer-oriented wine offer and to stimulate the development of a wine culture in the Baltics.
The competition evaluated the wine offer or wine lists of forty-two leading restaurants, wine bars and hotel restaurants in the Baltics, Belarus and St. Petersburg.
Taste of Gold
This dinner led by one of the world’s leading Burgundy authors – Jasper Morris – showcased some of the finest bottles of Meursault both young and mature from village to premier cru level. We tasted some of the best bottles of white Burgundy and defnitely they were some of the best whites in the world!
Wines of the dinner: VILLAGE MEURSAULT: 2015 Antoine Jobard Meursault En la Barre; 2014 Comtes Lafon Meursault Clos de la Barre; 2010 Jean-Marc Roulot Meursault Tillets; 2013 Jean-Marc Roulot Meursault Les Tessons Clos de Mon Plaisir. CHARMES VS. PERRIERES: 2014 Bouchard Père & Fils Meursault Charmes; 2014 Bouchard Père & Fils Meursault Perrieres; 2009 Comtes Lafon Meursault Charmes; 2009 Comtes Lafon Meursault Perrieres. GENEVRIÈRES & FRIENDS: 2012 Michel Bouzereau Meursault Genevrières; 2002 François Mikulski Meursault Genevrières; 1995 François Jobard Meursault Genevrières; 2010 Francois Mikulski Meursault Caillerets Rouge.
Burgundy Feast or La Paulée de Riga
Burgundy fans are well aware of the legendary lunch La Paulée de Meursault established by grandfather of Dominique Lafon (Domaine Comtes Lafon) in 1923. The traditional lunch has grown into a massive feast at Château de Meursault gathering several hundred guests including Burgundy lovers, collectors, trade, and growers. Lunch, which continues well into late night/early morning the following day, features special bottles brought by the guests to be shared with each other. Inspired by this one-of-kind event we also decided to gather Riga’s Burgundy lovers, growers, and Jasper Morris to enjoy and share our favourite bottles of white and red Burgundy.
Dinner warm up part: 2017 Charles Audoin Marsannay Rosé (Noble Wine); 2018 Philippe Colin Chassagne-Montrachet (Noble Wine); 2017 Bouchard Père et Fils Meursault Gouttes d’Or Premier Cru (Balmerk); 2016 Philippe Colin Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru (Noble Wine); 2015 Bouchard Père et Fils Beaune Grèves Vigne de l'Enfant Jésus Premier Cru (Balmerk); 2015 Tollot-Beaut Corton Grand Cru (Noble Wine); 2008 Tortochot Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru (Noble Wine).
One Hundred and One Burgundy selected by Jasper Morris
For the first time we had a walk-around Burgundy party with just One Hundred and One Burgundies as selected by Jasper Morris. It was possible to taste anything and everything – from Chablis to Meursault and Puligny-Montrachet, from Gevrey-Chambertin to Volnay, Chambolle-Musigny and Pommard – to find each wine lovers favourite villages, premier crus and grand crus. Chef Ivans Smigarevs prepared some seriously good Burgundy-matching snacks to accompany the Burgundy journey.
Fine & Mature with Michael Schuster
A little get-together in the company of Michael Schuster, our friend and one of the world’s leading wine experts. Nice evening with five course menu by chef Ivans Smigarevs + two beauties, Champagne Laherte Frères "Les Grande Crayères" Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut 2014 as aperitif and Austrian legend Nikolaihof Riesling "Vom Stein" Federspiel 1990, Wachau, as well as stories by Michael and "Barents" team - Kaspars Reitups and Ivans Šmigarevs.
Champagne Gala Dinner by Electrolux
Peter Liem, one of the world’s leading champagne experts and the Guest of Honour of the festival, was joined by two famous chef de caves - Francis Tribaut (Champagne Lallier) and Pascal Agrapart (Champagne Agrapart), and Baltics' most passionate champagne lovers! A range of beautiful champagnes were presented at the dinner, as the chef we invited one of the most talented chefs of Latvia, Ivan Smigarev (Barents) and the guests arrived with their favorite champagne to share it with other champagne lovers over the dinner. Champagnes to be presented at 1st part of the Gala Diner: 2010 Bérêche & Fils Le Cran Premier Cru, 2008 Agrapart & Fils Mineral Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs, 2002 Lalllier Memory Collection MAGNUM, 2010 Robert Moncuit Vozémieux Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs MAGNUM, MV 12 Henri Giraud Aÿ Grand Cru Fût de Chêne Brut MAGNUM, 2008 Cristal Louis Roederer, 2008 Dom Pérignon Chef de Cave Legacy Edition.
Vénus on a Date! Special guests Pascal Agrapart and Peter Liem
A very special date with Pascal Agrapart’s Vénus - one of the most prized cuvées of Côte des Blancs - in the company of the owner and winemaker Pascal Agrapart and our friend and one of the world’s leading Champagne expert Peter Liem. It was a great pleasure to enjoy 7 different vintages of Vénus (2002, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012) as well as a surprise selection of some other Agrapart’s cuvées (2000 Agrapart Millésime Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Extra Brut, 1995 Agrapart Millésime Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Extra Brut, 1976 Agrapart Millésime Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Extra Brut) accompanied with the stories of Pascal and Peter.
From Champagne with Love! Curated by Peter Liem
We asked a dozen leading Champagne producers to share just one unique bottle for this special opening night of Riga Wine & Champagne. In the company of our Guest of Honour and one of the world's leading Champagne expert's - Peter Liem - we enjoyed: Champagne Veuve Fourny Clos Faubourg Notre Dame 2009, Champagne Jacquesson Dizy Corne Bautray 2004, Champagne Pierre Péters Esprit 2002, Champagne Diebolt-Vallois Fleur de Passion 1999, Champagne Chartogne-Taillet Les Barres 2012, Champagne Jérôme Prévost Les Béguines 2009, Champagne Vilmart Coeur de Cuvée 2002, Champagne Gaston Chiquet Blanc de Blancs d’Aÿ MAGNUM 1988, Champagne Drappier Grande Sendrée 1989, Champagne Philipponnat Clos des Goisses 1996, Champagne Bérêche Campania Remensis 2010, Champagne Roederer Cristal Rosé 1988.
Baltic Wine Forum & Awards in association with Cross Keys Gin
The 2nd Baltic Wine Forum featured some of the best European sommeliers and wine directors, like Ronan Sayburn MS (67 PALL MALL & CEO of the Court of Master Sommeliers), Ian D'Agata (Italy, Vinous) and Piotr Pietras MS (HIDE, London, #2 Sommelier in Europe, 2017), shared their knowledge and stories on building engaging and profitable wine lists.
Audi Bubble Parade 2019 at the National Arts Museum!
The most hedonistic Champagne and sparkling wine parade in the Baltic countries. Tasting of more than 100 champagnes and 50 sparklers in the company of the most passionate Baltic Champagne lovers, producers and chef de caves, all set in National Arts Museum’s Main Hall!
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 Spring session
Magnumi pret pudelēm PĪTERA LIEMA kompānijā
Latvijas sabrage rekorda mēģinājums
Latvijas sabrage rekorda mēģinājums
«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