We did a lot on Saturday – too much to detail but here's the headlines.
We kicked off with Debra Meiburg MW interviewing the horrendously qualified Gerard Basset OBE, MW, MS, MBA – how many post-nomials can one man have? A great session proving that Gerard is one of the friendliest and humblest experts you could ever find.
Then a great (but as always too short) session about the tensions between buying and selling with an excellent panel well moderated by Pierpaolo Petrassi MW – Annette Alvarez-Peters of CostCo, Bruce Jack of Flagstone and Accolade, Johan Larsson of Systembolaget and the irrepressible Willi Klinger of the Austrian Wine Marketing Board. Space is limited but when the videos come onto the IMW website I will let you know…
We finished the formal sessions with a relaxed session led by Jean-Michel Valette MW about science and belief. Francisco Baettig of Errazuriz, Henri de Pracomtal of Taransaud and Paul Pontailler of Château Margaux offered some great insights into how science helps with the art of wine.
But WOW! After the speeches we then had an amazing treat as José Rallo of Donnafugata gave us a musical treat – jazz and wine. It was wonderful and magical. We then had a great soul session which resulted in many, many MWs and senior people of the wine world boogying the night away…. At which point we must draw a veil over proceedings!