What is SPIT?
WineSPIT is Hong Kong’s vibrant community of wine professionals, united to advance the city’s wine trade through skills development workshops, welcoming networking events and a robust annual conference, all fostering the exchange of best practices and professional cooperation.
Unique in Hong Kong, WineSPIT fosters the professional development and sharing of best practices in the city’s bustling wine trade. Topics chosen for the conference and workshops address members’ and industry’s feedback. High caliber guest speakers focus on the issues commonly faced by members. It offers an inviting, open-style platform for the exchange of ideas and discussion within the industry.
Membership is restricted to active members of wine-related businesses. Members will receive access to 6 of the 12 monthly training workshops free of charge, a discounted rate for additional workshops and a member rate for the annual conference. Not a member yet? Click here to join!
WineSPIT Workshop #12: Bottle or Barrel Maturation?
Like a whirlwind romance, some red producers believe in fast love when it comes to releasing their wines to market. But should their courtship with the barrel last a little longer?
Striking the right balance between barrel and bottle maturation, and when to release to market, can be a tricky call for a winemaker. But are we “cheating ourselves” by drinking wines that are too young and not at their true potential these days? South Australian winemaking icon Geoff Merrill of Geoff Merrill Wines will discuss and more in WineSPIT’s June Workshop Bottle or Barrel Maturation? With 35 years of vintages under Geoff Merrill Wines label alone, Geoff will offer insights, tasting examples, advice on bottle maturation and more to help you sell the best wines to your clients and advise them on aging and drinking wine today.
Date: 17 June, 2015
Time: 2:30 – 4:30pm (2pm registration)
Location: HK Management Association, Rm 401, 4/F, Pico Tower, 66 Gloucester Road, Wan Chai
Non-WineSPIT members: HK$350
About Geoff Merrill, Geoff Merrill Wines
Geoff Merrill was born in 1953 and was raised on a sheep station in the far north of South Australia until he was 11 years old. The Merrill family then moved to the Barossa Valley where Geoff’s first links with the wine industry were formed.
Since 1988 Geoff has concentrated on the winery and his wines. He has continued to gain national and international recognition for his distinctive style of winemaking and his zest for life.
Geoff has had considerable success over the years winning 30 Trophies, 155 Gold, 398 Silver and 1264 Bronze medals at Australian and International Wine shows. This includes winning the coveted Jimmy Watson Trophy for the Geoff Merrill Reserve Shiraz 2004 vintage at the 2005 Melbourne Wine Show, for the best one year old red wine of the show and The Great Australian Shiraz Challenge with the 2002 Reserve Shiraz in 2006.
Workshop #1: Fermentation – Hot Stuff, by Richard Kershaw MW
Workshop #2: Talking up Wine, by MJ Jennings Behaviour Coaching
Workshop #3: Pinot Noir – Is the gap really closing, by Larry McKenna Escarpment Vineyard
Workshop #4: Social Media – What is your story?, by Sheli Bowman
Workshop #5: Languedoc – The next “Classic Wine Area” of France, by Matthew Stubbs MW
Workshop #6: Loire Valley, by Yohann Josselin MS
Workshop #7: Beauty and the Yeast, by Andrew Powley, Enologist
Workshop #8: Negotiation skills – How to keep your friendships, by John Miers Black Isle Group
Workshop #9: Is your pour up to standard, by Yvonne Cheung Swire Hotels
Workshop #10: How to Taste Like a Master, by Debra Meiburg MW
Workshop #11: To Bunch or Not To Bunch, by Gary Mills Jamsheed Wines
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