ProWein 2004: wide-ranging events programme for exhibitors

“Sparkling delights, fine wines and “high” spirits“
Numerous wine tasting events keep participants up to date on the latest trends

Softly melting chocolate and full-bodied red wines – a trend which has been popular for some time now and is to be scrutinised by the German Wine School in Koblenz: Claudia Stern, from the German Wine Waiters’ Union (Sommelierunion Deutschland e.V.), and the confectioner Eberhard Schell will be investigating the “wine waiter’s favourite new topic“ in Hall 4, D 09/H08 on 29.02.2004 (11.00 am) and on 01.03.2004 (3.00 pm). Markus del Monego, as the world champion of his fraternity, will also be discovering the source of this combined pleasure: “Palatinate Wine and Chocolate“ (01.03.2004, 11.00 am, Hall 5, H 90).

These are just two of the large selection of interesting tasting opportunities which exhibitors at the ProWein 2004 (29 February to 2 March in Düssel­dorf) have to offer. Trade visitors can not only investigate the latest trends round the clock on the three exhibition days, but also smell and taste them. All kinds of attractions will whet your appetite for more: thus, for example, the pleasure combinations of “Palatinate Wines and Fish Varieties“ (29.02., 11.00 am, Hall 5, H 90) and “California Wine & Dine“, with appetizers and fine wines from the American sunshine state (daily at 11.30 am, Hall 6, J 40), invite you to a feast for the taste buds.

Trade visitors can virtually embark on a round-the-world trip when sampling the regional specialities presented by international suppliers at the diverse range of tasting events. Whether the actress Marie-Luise Marjan presents her “favourite Palatinate wines“ (29.02., 3.00 pm, Hall 5, H 08), or Matthias Emmert, Wine Waiter of the Year 2003/04 from Coburg, invites visitors to a “mid-morning tasting session for innovative Franconian wines“ (29.02., 11.30 am, Hall 5, J 89): the tasting events for international specialities with expert commentaries offer an excellent overview of recommendations and surprises. Other fine wines from all over the world are available at the following events: “France 2004“ – a Chance to Taste the Best 120 French wines” (29.02., 9.00 am, Hall 5, C 56), “Côtes de Bordeaux – Fine Reds at Affordable Prices“ (29.02., 11.30 am, Hall 4, C 67), “Greece – Wines from Olympia“ (29.02., 12.00 am, Hall 3, A 143), “Surprises from Spain“, (29.02., 12.30 am, Hall 4, D 40), or “The Sun of Sicily - Cusumano!“ (29.02., 16.00 pm, Hall 3, A 143). As a further top beverage, Sebastian Georgi from the Sommelierunion Deutschland e.V. will be unveiling the Terroir in his speech “Ein Gespenst geht um!” (01.03., 11.00 am + 3.00 pm, Hall 4 D 09/H 08).

However, not only the “traditional“ growing areas are represented; the culinary trip also leads to Canada – with white wines. At “Mosel meets Missouri” – white wines from the growing areas of Missouri, Niagara and Mosel-Saar-Ruwer“, 29.02., 3.00 pm, Hall 4, G 67, growing areas which are thousands and thousands of miles apart are perfectly united. On “Rumania Day” the Rumanian wine queen and the wine brotherhood in traditional costumes will accept a prominent personality into their select circle (01.03., 4.00 pm, Hall 6, A 09/A 25) and the oldest winegrowing country in the world is making a comeback – Georgia is presenting traditional varieties such as Rkatsiteli and Saperavi at the joint stand (Hall 3, G 166) on 01.03. at 4.30 pm.

The complete events programme is regularly updated in the Internet (http://www.prowein.de/).