France Summit 2014
Harpers will once again be turning the spotlight well and truly on the ins and outs, and ups and downs of the French wine category as the France Summit returns for its second year on October 21 at London’s St Ermin’s Hotel.
Following the success of the inaugural event, Harpers has teamed up with a number of major French producers, and generic and promotional bodies to create a day’s activity centred around industry debates, panel discussions, open tastings and masterclasses, culminating in the presentation of the Harpers French Wine Awards 2014.
The central theme of the day will look at how the category is adapting to suit the changing needs and demands of the UK market, and, in particular, how producers and UK importers are working together to make wine that is relevant for UK consumers.
The day will offer visitors the chance to not only listen but take part in cross-industry debates that will explore how French wine and its producers compare with other competing markets in how quick, flexible and adaptable they are to UK needs.
Master Sommelier, Gerard Basset, has again agreed to host two masterclasses in his role as ambassador for summit partner France AgriMer’s French Wines with Style initiative. They will include “France is in the House”, an overview of more unusual French wines that could be an interesting and profitable alternative for house wines and “Gerard Basset’s Coup de Coeur wines”, his personal selection from the recent Hachette Guide.
The open tasting will feature highlighted wines that match the overall theme of the day from the summit partners. To date these include: French Wines with Style, Les Grands Chais de France, Médoc, BIVB, Interloire, Inter Rhône, BIVC Centre-Loire and Les Producteurs Plaimont.
The French Wine Awards will be an opportunity to reward and celebrate the best retailers and restaurateurs selling French wine in the UK. The finalists will be chosen from the votes of the Harpers French Wine Awards Voting Academy, made up of key trade figures from across all channels including sommeliers, journalists, wine critics, consultants, suppliers and distributors