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Date: 11 JUNE 2011
Venue:   Peninsula Hotel, 108 East Superior St. Chicago
Time Master Classes Speakers
  10:00 - 11:00
Flagship Reds
Winemakers will present some of South Africa’s iconic and ultra premium red wines. These highly recognised reds will include single varietal and blended wines, as well as some older vintages.
Bruwer Raats, Raats Family and Mvemve Raats
Emil Den Dulk, De Toren
Henry Kotze, Morgenster
Mike Ratcliff,Vilafonté and Warwick
  11:15 - 12:15
Ex Africa semper aliquid novi – Always something new out of Africa
The saying "Always something new out of Africa" could not be more true than when applied to the South African wine lands. South Africa has established a pioneering partnership between the wine industry and the conservation body WWF, and now leads the the world in conserving natural biodiversity. A world first, the country’s new seal guarantees both a wine’s integrity and that the wine has been sustainably produced. More and more of our wineries are moving towards producing wine in harmony with nature, moving towards organic or biodynamic. Our new seal, a world first, certifies both a wine’s integrity and that it has been sustainabiy produced. South Africa also has more Fairtrade wines than any other country . This seminar gives you the opportunity to meet some of the vineyard owners spearheading these dynamics and to taste some of their very best wines.
Johan Reyneke, Reyneke
Paul Cluver Jnr, Paul Cluver
Vernon Henn, Thandi
  12:15 - 12:45
Light snacks
  12:45 - 1:45
Good Better Blends
Not only is this category growing in South Africa, it is also gaining increased recognition internationally. Several speakers will present some of the country’s most respected red and white blends.
Francois Haasbroek, Waterford
Niel Bester, Plaisir de Merle
Wilhelm Pienaar, Nederburg
  2:00 - 3:00
Chenin Blanc’s Diversity
Chenin Blanc is South Africa’s most widely planted varietal – for good reason. This seminar will showcase the various styles and flexibility of Chenin Blanc, from the fresh & fruity through the rich & ripe to the sweet and sparkling.
Carl van der Merwe, De Morgenzon
Ken Forrester, Ken Forrester
Niel Groenewald, Bellingham DGB
Richard Kershaw, Mulderbosch