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2014 Features Programme

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Tuesday 1st July 2014

mic iconCentre Stage

1pm Pump Up the Volume!
Are your signature drinks GP-tastic? A live competition where cheap is classy and batchable volume-drivers wow customers.

2.30pm Showmanship: The Secret Ingredient
Sam Bompas (Bompas & Parr), Ally Martin (Talented Mr Fox) and Brendan Walker host a session on creating experience and how environment, sound design, scripting and narrative work in relationship to food and beverages.

4.15pm Bartenders Vs Sommeliers - The Final (in association with Diageo)
Last year's competition saw the bartenders snatch back the lead from the sommeliers, but this year all bets are off as the ultimate battle of the on-trade sees new teams, new judges and new challenges take to Centre Stage.

wine iconLiquid Profits

12pm Train your Staff, Sell More Wine
Quick fire tips and ideas to get you and your staff pouring more wine, more often, to more people. Ruth Spivey (Street Vin, Rotorino) and Nick Gibson (Drapers Arms) give a completely fresh perspective on how to train your front of house team using language that everyone can understand, to improve the customer experience as well as your bottom line.

1pm Pep Up Your Beer List
Charlie McVeigh, founder of Draft House, shares his tips on list creation, sourcing and, most importantly, staff training and customer events, so you can make the most of the craft beer boom.

2pm Build Your Brand, Boost Your Sales
Building your brand can be simple, cost-effective and a sure way to boost sales. Rebekkah Dooley explains how menu design, branding, promotions and the clever use of free online and in-house resources can help your business soar.

3.30pm Can Alcohol be Good for You?
Expert Dr Erik Skovenborg looks at the myths and reality surrounding alcohol and health. How much is too much? Is one drink better than any other? And can alcohol ever be good for you?

shaker iconShake It!

12pm Cocktail Anatomy: the Five Senses
Naren Young looks at the building blocks of drinks and how mixologists can recreate any classic libation with an innovative and modern sensibility.

1pm Is Wine the Future of Bartending?
Stuart McCluskey, from The Bon Vivant and The Devil's Advocate in Edinburgh joins Sager + Wilde's Michael Sager to make a case for wine in bars.

2pm World Class Drinking Trends (in association with Diageo)
Diageo brand ambassadors Andrea Montague and James Hill explore ritual serves and drinking trends from around the world.

3.30pm The Art of Hosting
Hosting is as much about the performance as it is the mentality that builds a bar, connects a team and separates the good from the great. Join Ryan Chetiyawardana, Dushan Zaric and Simon Ford as they explore The Art of Hosting.

shaker iconWine World

10.30am-12.30pm Sommelier Wine Awards LIVE : The Trophies
Join our tasting panel and help judge SWA 2014's best wines in the House Wine of the Year, Fine Wine of the Year, Gastropub Wine of the Year and Best in Show categories.

1.15pm The Science of Wine Tasting (in association with the Aroma Academy)
The Aroma Academy shows you how to unlock aroma profiling and boost your recognition of key wine styles. If you want to know your terpenes from your pyrazenes, this is the session for you.

2.15pm Champagne, or not Champagne?
Do you have the right sparkling wines on your list? Jane Parkinson and guests present this season's must-have sparklers.

3.15pm Wine & Generation Y
When it comes to wine, reaching Generation Y is often talked about but rarely achieved. How does Michael Sager-Wilde get it right and why does it matter?

somm iconSommelier Hub
Must register at imbibe.com/sommelier

11am- 11.45am Wine Faults & How to Spot Them
Corked, musty, tainted, spoiled... Wine faults are a part of every sommelier's job. Our wine fault clinic offers top tips on how to identify them and talk to customers confidently. Presented by Ronan Sayburn MS.

12.30pm- 1.15pm Unlocking Organics & Biodynamics
Nigel Greening (Felton Road), Doug Wregg (Natural Wine Fair) and Ronan Sayburn MS discuss and taste biodynamic and natural wines, current viticultural and vinicultural practice as well as market trends and the future for this category.

2pm- 2.45pm Vertical Tasting of Château Lynch-Bages
In a rare visit to the UK, Charles Thuillier of Le Cercle Lynch-Bages presents a vertical tasting of Château Lynch-Bages and a snapshot of vintages from sister Château Ormes-de-Pez in St-Estèphe.

3.15pm- 4pm The Meaning of Terroir with Stéphane Derenoncourt
Renowned international winemaker, Stéphane Derenoncourt explains why understanding the individual terroir of the vineyard is key to producing stellar wine.


shaker iconTaste Zone

12pm Craft Beer Revolution
Why is craft beer causing such a stir? Beer Writer of the Year, national columnist and author of Craft Beer London, Will Hawkes, has the answers.

1pm The Art of Blending (in association with Hine)
Explore the art of blending with Hine cellar master, Eric Forget. Learn how to taste, select and blend eaux de vie to create the perfect Cognac . Blend and bottle your very own Hine RARE VSOP and compete for the title of Best Amateur Blender.

2.15pm Cocktail Maturation
Imbibe Live Spirits Ambassador Ryan Chetiyawardana invites industry experts Stuart Bale (Strange Hill) and Darren Rook (The London Distillery Company)to explain their personal approach and share their opinion on the current trend.

3.30pm Food & Wine Matching (in association with Wines from Rioja)
Ferran Centelles, former sommelier at elBulli, introduces a line-up of white Rioja highlighting the depth of the current offering. Tapas dishes will be served to demonstrate the suitability of white Rioja with food.

shaker iconTraining Zone A

11am-
12.30pm
Beer Academy
Want to tap into the growing interest in good beer but not sure how to start? The Beer Academy is here to help. With its 90-minute beer masterclass, immerse yourself in the flavour-packed world of hops and malt, taste with world-class beer experts, and get a handle on those trendy British and continental beer styles your customers are clamouring for. Book your place here
1.15pm-
1.45pm
Food & Wine Pairing: A Matter of Taste?
WSET brings food and wine pairing back to its basic elements, looking at how the five major tastes in our food affect how we enjoy the wine in our glass. Experience the effects of saltiness, sweetness, acidity, bitterness and savouriness on wine, learning how to make successful pairings and avoid the worst clashes.Book your place here
2.30pm-
3pm
Wine Stories
Every wine has a story to tell if you know how to listen. This session will teach you how to focus your senses when tasting to reveal a wine’s secrets. Learn to identify aroma groups that tell you how the wine was made, or analyse palate structure that points to its origins.Book your place here
3.45pm-
4.15pm
Spirits: Product vs Package
In such a brand-dominated sector, it’s easy to judge a spirit by its packaging. In this tasting, discover how to assess spirits ‘blind’ so you can really get to grips with the product itself and learn how the WSET’s Systematic Approach to Tasting Spirits and Liqueurs helps you to make objective tasting notes every time. Book your place here
 

shaker iconTraining Zone B

11.15am-
12.30pm
International Bartenders Course
Amit Sood and Tim Garratt from Shaker BarSchools offer a taster of the intense week-long programme designed to train beginners and developing bartenders, building on bartending and practical cocktail skills to become a competent professional bartender.Book your place here
1.15pm-
2.30pm
International Bartenders Course
Amit Sood and Tim Garratt from Shaker BarSchools offer a taster of the intense week-long programme designed to train beginners and developing bartenders, building on bartending and practical cocktail skills to become a competent professional bartender.Book your place here
4pm-
5.15pm
Advanced Bartenders Course
The Shaker BarSchools' Amit Sood and Tim Garratt demonstrate how to take your experience, product and cocktail knowledge to the next level. Expect an advanced mixology session covering classic and contemporary cocktails with modern twists and competition-winning recipes.Book your place here

 
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Wednesday 2nd July 2014

mic iconCentre Stage

2pm The £5,000 Sommelier Challenge: Quarter Final
Watch as 18 keen-nosed sommeliers pit their wits against the quiz master in this fingers-on-buzzers round to show off their in-depth wine knowledge. Only nine hopefuls will make it to the finals.

3.30pm The £5,000 Sommelier Challenge: The Final
Nine become three as the quiz master turns up the heat to find the finalists set to be crowned winner and take home the £5,000 cash prize.

4.30pm The Ultimate Cocktail Competition
They won every cocktail comp under the sun and put their competing days behind them… But now they're back! Watch the big dogs battle it out and see who is boss.

 

wine iconLiquid Profits

12pm Cut the Fat From Your Wine List
Our experts tells you how to improve the performance of your wine list and move from second division to premier league. Presented by Chris Losh, Imbibe magazine editor.

1pm Social Media = Profit
Imbibe's managing editor, Julie Sheppard, talks to social media experts Susanne Currid and Vicki O’Neill about how social media can help build your business and make you big money.

2pm How to Set Up Your Own Bar
Michael Butt shares expert tips and valuable advice on making the jump and setting up on your own. How to avoid pitfalls, build a thriving business and be successful long-term.

3pm From Local Favourite to Global Brand
What does it take to go from neighbourhood favourite to international mega-brand? Hakkasan Group's Christine Parkinson and Gareth Evans from the Jason Atherton Group share the precious experience they've gathered opening new venues around the globe. From menus to staff training, synergies to pitfalls, this is an invaluable session on how to build up your network.

 

shaker iconShake It!

12.30pm The Lost Classics
Jared Brown, Anistatia Miller and Naren Young take a look at the lost drinks who deserve a place in the classic cocktail hall of fame. Using clever substitutions for lost ingredients, they recreate forgotten drinks which fit current trends.

1.30pm Drinks Creation
Gareth Evans and Monica Berg of the Jason Atherton Group, explain their approach to cocktail creation and share their tips on how to adapt drinks to suit your venue

2.30pm Tiki as F***
There will be fire, there will be rum and there will be some violently vibrant shirts as Ian Burrell presents the biggest and best tiki competition this country has ever seen.

3.30pm Always the Bridesmaid (in association with Luxardo)
Matteo Luxardo and UK brand ambassador Mister G + special guests speak out on behalf of maraschino and the other oft-marginalised ingredients that make your favourite cocktails the stars that they are.

 

shaker iconWine World

10.30am-12.30pm 50 wines under £50
Sommeliers from 50 of the UK's top restaurants put forward the best wine on their list under £50. See if you agree with their choices.

1.15pm Riesling: Share the Love (in association with Wines of Germany)
Passionate Riesling lover, Anne Krebiehl, explores the pleasures of German Riesling and explains why these modern wines are a perfect match for modern food.

2.30pm Ruth Spivey's Flight Club: House Hunting
Ruth Spivey and Zeren Wilson go hunting for the best house wines money can buy. What should a house wine be? Why is it important to get it right?

3.45pm Europe's Red Revolution
Forget Claret and Burgundy, the rest of Europe is making plenty of top-quality, food-friendly, fruity reds, from fascinating regions and with good stories behind them. Presented by Jane Parkinson.

 

somm iconSommelier Hub
Must register at imbibe.com/sommelier

10.30am- 12.30pm The £5,000 Sommelier Challenge: Round 1
Only the sommelier with the keenest nose, the sharpest palate and the deepest wine knowledge will make it through to be crowned Imbibe Live’s 2014 champion and take home a cool £5,000.

1pm- 1.45pm Felton Road: Old Vines Vs Old Wines
In this horizontal tasting of single vineyards and blocks, Nigel Greening looks at the importance of vine age. He argues that for young estates such as Felton Road, we gain more in quality from vine age than we gain from drinking a 10-year-old wine made from vines that are 10 years younger.

2.30pm- 4pmm Union des Grands Crus 2011
The Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux is coming to Imbibe Live with its 2011 vintage. Around 40 members from the best appellations in Bordeaux including Margaux, St-Julien, Pauillac, St-Estèphe, Graves, St-Emilion, Pomerol, Sauternes and Barsac will be represented.

3.15pm- 4pm Palate Training with The Masters
Back by popular demand, two of the most highly qualified palates in the business, Ronan Sayburn MS and Gearoid Devaney MS, challenge each other to a blind tasting dual. This is a unique opportunity to pick up valuable tips and perfect your technique as you taste along with them.

shaker iconTaste Zone

12pm Beer Trends 2014
Back by popular demand, this talk and tutored tasting presented by beer expert Ben McFarland features six beers showcasing six exciting trends of 2014.

1pm Cider & Food Pairing, in association with Thatcher's
Come and explore cider's food-matching potential. Taste a variety of ciders with matching canapés and explore cider's versatility and food-pairing potential.

2pm House Vermouth
Vermouth is hot: our experts talk you through the process of making your own, showcasing some of their best creations. Presented by Jared Brown and Anistatia Miller with speakers including Jack Adair Bevan (The Ethicurean), Edward Scothern (Mele e Pere), Stefano Cossio (Bassoon Bar, Corinthia Hotel) and Ally Martin (Talented Mr Fox).

3pm Authentic Caribbean Rum, in association with WIRSPA
Join Amit Sood as he explores the range of Authentic Caribbean Rums available today and the diversity of the countries and people who produce them.

 

shaker iconTraining Zone A

11am-
12.30pm
Beer Academy
Want to tap into the growing interest in good beer but not sure how to start? The Beer Academy is here to help. With its 90-minute beer masterclass, immerse yourself in the flavour-packed world of hops and malt, taste with world-class beer experts, and get a handle on those trendy British and continental beer styles your customers are clamouring for.Book your place here
1.15pm-
1.45pm
Food & Wine Pairing: A Matter of Taste?
WSET brings food and wine pairing back to its basic elements, looking at how the five major tastes in our food affect how we enjoy the wine in our glass. Experience the effects of saltiness, sweetness, acidity, bitterness and savouriness on wine, learning how to make successful pairings and avoid the worst clashes.Book your place here
2.30pm-
3pm
Wine Stories
Every wine has a story to tell if you know how to listen. This session will teach you how to focus your senses when tasting to reveal a wine’s secrets. Learn to identify aroma groups that tell you how the wine was made, or analyse palate structure that points to its origins.Book your place here
3.45pm-
4.15pm
Spirits: Product vs Package
In such a brand-dominated sector, it’s easy to judge a spirit by its packaging. In this tasting, discover how to assess spirits ‘blind’ so you can really get to grips with the product itself and learn how the WSET’s Systematic Approach to Tasting Spirits and Liqueurs helps you to make objective tasting notes every time.Book your place
 

shaker iconTraining Zone B

11.15am-
12.30pm
International Bartenders Course
Amit Sood and Tim Garratt from Shaker BarSchools offer a taster of the intense week-long programme designed to train beginners and developing bartenders, building on bartending and practical cocktail skills to become a competent professional bartender.Book your place here
1.15pm-
2.30pm
International Bartenders Course
Amit Sood and Tim Garratt from Shaker BarSchools offer a taster of the intense week-long programme designed to train beginners and developing bartenders, building on bartending and practical cocktail skills to become a competent professional bartender.Book your place here
4pm-
5.15pm
Advanced Bartenders Course
The Shaker BarSchools' Amit Sood and Tim Garratt demonstrate how to take your experience, product and cocktail knowledge to the next level. Expect an advanced mixology session covering classic and contemporary cocktails with modern twists and competition-winning recipes.Book your place here

 
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