Day one - 14 June 2018

A shuttle bus from Bilbao airport to Logroño will be provided, see here

1100 to 1500 Arrival, registration and welcome reception
RiojaForum in Logroño, Calle San Millán, 23-25, 26004Gonzaless Byass

Welcome reception
Hosted by González Byass  

There's no better way to get into the mood for the Symposium than with a refreshing glass of something special from Spanish wine producer, González Byass. Their winemakers will serve up the latest release of Tio Pepe en Rama, organic Cavas from Vilarnau (Penedés), alongside a small selection of top wines from Beronia (Rioja and Rueda), Finca Constancia (VdlT Castilla), Viñas del Vero (Somontano) and Veramonte (Chile). In true Spanish style, no copita can go unaccompanied by a tasty morsel and so a selection of jamón and cured Spanish cheeses will be offered to tantalise your taste buds.

1500 Introduction 

Opening remarks

We are delighted that delegates will be welcomed to the Symposium, Logroño, and Spain by José Ignacio Ceniceros González, President of La Rioja and Jane Masters MW, the Chairman of the Institute of Masters of Wine.


1530 Panel discussion

Somms like it hot 

What the moderator says:
Sommeliers are on the coalface of service in the wine industry and are in the unique position of being able to get instant feedback on their wine choices. This gives them a real insight into what the customer is actually interested in. We have drawn on expertise from three corners of the globe: London, New York and Sydney to investigate the ‘REAL’ current customer trends. Our three speakers will tackle topics from consumer opinion on natural wine, the impact of the cocktail culture on the wine by the glass, the next hot grape variety and how can we get more people involved in wine. Three different speakers, from three different cities, with three different opinions…it's sure to be a hot debate!

Franck Moreau MS (Group Sommelier, Merivale, Sydney, Australia)
Arvid Rosengren (Wine Director, Charlie Bird, New York, USA, Best Sommelier in the World 2016)
Michael Sager (Owner, Sager & Wilde Group, London, UK)

Dawn Davies MW
and Markus del Monego MW


1700 Break

1730 Walk around tasting

Masters of winemaking

An extraordinary rare showcase of wines made by Masters of Wine from around the globe. In this walk around tasting, MWs will pour their wines and talk about the philosophy and principles behind them. A great networking opportunity to meet MWs and taste a rich variety of wines.
View the MW winemakers here


1915 Depart for welcome dinner (central Logroño)


ICEX.jpgWines of spain.jpgWelcome dinner

The Bullring of Logroño will be the venue for the Living Wine welcome dinner. This emblematic place, traditionally related to Spanish culture, will offer a unique setting for the opening fiesta, where a selection of more than 150 wines from Spain will be presented. The event will start with a walk around tasting followed by a cocktail reception with traditional tapas. It will continue with a seated dinner, designed by the Echapresto brothers from Venta Moncalvillo, the local 1 Michelin star restaurant. This lively evening will be accompanied by a musical performance.

Return buses provided to central Logroño, first bus departs 2200, last bus departs 2345