We are thrilled to announce that Sarah Jane Evans MW, an award-winning wine writer with a long-standing interest in the wines of Spain will be joining us as the first of several exciting keynote speakers lined up for the #IWINETC 2019 in the Basque Country from 12 to 13 March!
Sarah Jane will be blending an exceptional tasting of wines from the Rioja Alavesa region and Txakolí from Arabako Txakolina (Álava), Getariako Txakolina (Getaria) and Bizkaiko Txakolina (Bilbao) – a fascinating masterclass not to be missed by IWINETC conference delegates. Winemakers from the selected wineries will be on hand for attendees to meet.
In recognition of her work in Spain Sarah Jane is a member of the Gran Orden de Caballeros de Vino, a Dama de Albariño and a Dama de Solear, and has received awards from the Ribeiro DO, and the Catalan Association of Sommeliers.
Sarah Jane became a Master of Wine in 2006. Her dissertation was on Sherry, and the Almacenista producers in the region. She’s a certified Sherry Educator, and has been a tutor on the Cava Academy. Her latest book is The Wines of Northern Spain (Infinite Ideas Classic Wine Library), and she is now researching The Wines of Mediterranean and Southern Spain.
Sarah Jane is Co-Chairman of the world’s largest wine competition, the Decanter World Wine Awards, and also of the Decanter Asia Wine Awards. She divides the rest of her time between contributing to leading wine magazines and reference books, speaking at conferences, consulting and judging wines internationally.
The full programme of around 25 sessions that form next year’s Conference Programme cover five topical content themes all aimed at inspiring and educating on the latest industry issues and hot topics so that delegates leave motivated to apply learnings to their own work place.
Anthony Swift, IWINETC Director, comments: “We’re delighted to announce our first keynote speaker for IWINETC 2019. Sarah Jane led a Cava tasting at IWINETC Catalunya 2016 with a selection of gold medal winners from the annual wine competition 50 Great Cavas of the same year and the attendee feedback was tremendous. When we confirmed the Basque Country as the host for IWINETC 2019 we immediately got hold of Sarah Jane to lead the Masterclass of Wines of Rioja Alavesa and Txakolí. Sarah Jane will deliver an exceptional tasting providing a visual tour of each winery to inspire people to visit each of them be it for their architecture, facilities for families or purely for the quality of the wine.”
Don’t miss our world-class Conference Programme, Exhibition area and Workshop for the best education, best business and best networking for the wine and culinary tourism industry.
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The 2019 and 11th edition of the International Wine Tourism Conference will take place in the Basque Country at the Palacio de Congresos Europa, Vitoria-Gasteiz on the 12th and 13th March 2019. It’s the perfect setting to gain knowledge, improve business connections, network and discover Rioja Alavesa and Txakolí wines and the Basque Country as a grape escape destination.