Master Classes with Caro Maurer, MW, and Romana Echensperger, Sommelière
“Why are Israel’s wines still considered an insider’s tip? Because Israel is one of the oldest wine-producing countries in the world and at the same time also one of the youngest. Of the approximately 250 wineries in the country, 95 percent have only been set up in the last 20 years. This largely unobserved wine revolution has unleashed a young generation of internationally trained vintners who have swept along the traditional enterprises with their enthusiasm and standards of quality. The result is fascinating wines that are now counted among the international top-class,” explains Caro Maurer, Master of Wine.
Only recently Caro Maurer travelled around Israel and visited the seven wineries, whose top wines she will be presenting at ProWein. “BEST OF ISRAEL – the title of one of my seminars says it all,” she confirms. “Stylistically, Israel has positioned itself between the old world and the new world wines and is currently shaping its own unmistakable taste profile: wine characters that are linked to the country and at the same time open to the world.”
In 2011, Caro Maurer became the first German woman to pass the most demanding examination in the world of wine – the Master of Wine. The wine journalist, who lives in Bonn, has worked on a self-employed basis since 1994 to ensure that she can concentrate on topics surrounding food and wine. She writes for the weekly supplement of the Bonn newspaper “General Anzeiger”, as well as for the magazines “Der Feinschmecker” and “Fine”. She has also been invited as a juror to many wine competitions. She hosts wine presentations and tasting events, leads seminars and workshops, and also teaches prospective wine academics and Masters of Wine.
Romana Echensperger, sommelière and journalist, has visited Israel many times. She was there as recently as January, and is fascinated time and time again by the “interesting new interpretations of the ‘under-dog grape varieties’, such as Carignan and Petite Sirah. One always has the impression that the grape varieties are really at home here. Perhaps the Cabernet Franc more so than any, a grape variety I really love. A unique style has been developed here with this grape. Seldom have I tasted Cabernet Franc with the perfect maturity in combination with finesse and a supremely balanced tannin structure.”
Romana Echensperger was a sommelière for 12 years in top German and Spanish restaurants. In 2005 she was named “Best Sommelier in Berlin”, when she created a wine list with over 1000 German wines. From 2007 to 2010 she was Head Sommelier in the 3-star Vendôme restaurant near Cologne. She regularly writes for the Cologne newspaper “Kölner Stadtanzeiger” about wine related topics, teaches at the International Wine Institute, leads wine seminars and workshops, and is a student at the Institute of Masters of Wine. She has already passed her theoretical and practical examinations and is currently working on her dissertation.
BEST OF ISRAEL
Sunday, March 15th at 10:30
Monday, March 16th at 15:30
Tuesday, March 17th at 10:30
with Caro Maurer, Master of Wine
WINE REGIONS OF ISRAEL
Sunday, March 15th at 16:00
with Romana Echensperger, Sommelìere
Monday, March 16th at 11:00
with Caro Maurer, Master of Wine
Registration requested: email@example.com
Seven wineries will be presenting their most prestigious wines at the Israeli joint stand in Hall 9 E 78:
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