29 August 2018

Master Class

11.00 – 13.30
Rebula wines, from the recent vintage 2017  to 2010.

The phenomenal multifaceted structural character of Reb-ula will be presented by Gašper Čarman, one of the best wine experts in Slovenia, who will also be hosting the Master Class. (Slovenian Sommelier of the Year 2013 and 2015, owner of a company distributing Slovenian wines and importer of foreign wines to Slovenia)

The latest research findings on the terroir of Brda and its characteristics will be shown by Dr. Denis Rusjan, professor at the Biotechnical faculty of University of Ljubljana, specialised in ampelography and terroir.

The most prominent Italian sommelier and wine critic Luca Gardini will take us through the selection of flavours of exquisite Rebula wines from 2017 down to 2010 with his vivid descriptions. (World’s Best Sommelier in 2010, author of numerous articles for a series of Italian and foreign newspapers and owner of gardininotes.com)

As Rebula has become a rising star among the varieties in recent years, its potential on the demanding American market will be presented through the eyes of Levi Dalton, renowned sommelier from New York and author of a multitude of articles on wine and the popular podcast I I’ll Drink to That! with millions of downloads.

13.30 – 14.00
Break / Light lunch

14.00 – 17.00
Wine tasting with the finest Rebula wines from the Brda and Collio region

17.00 – 19.30

Aperitif at Vila Vipolže

Gala dinner at Vila Vipolže with renowned Chefs and wineries from the Slovenian and Italian side

Prof. Denis Rusjan, Ph.D., M.Sc., Agr. Eng.

Denis Rusjan, Ph.D., is a professor of viticulture at the Biotechnical Faculty of the University of Ljubljana, where he conducts scientific research in addition to giving lectures. In his recent work, he is mostly involved in assessing the value of local and domesticated wine grape varieties and describing their genotypes and phenotypes, including their response to various agrotechnical and ampelotechnical measures, climate change and the increasing number of new diseases appearing in vineyards. Putting forward new genotypes is inevitable to tackle the changing growing and environmental conditions and therefore Prof. Rusjan is also increasingly focusing on selecting local variety biotypes and introducing new ones. His bibliography is a staggering array of scientific and technical publications, not seldom in high-ranking journals.

Levi Dalton

Levi Dalton has had a long career working as a sommelier in some of the most distinguished and acclaimed dining rooms in America. He has served wine to guests of Restaurant Daniel, Masa, and Convivio, all in Manhattan. Levi has also contributed many articles on wine themes to publications such as The Art of Eating, Wine & Spirits magazine, Bon Appetit online, Eater, and Eater NY. Today he is the host of the I’ll Drink to That! wine podcast, and has released over 450 long form audio interviews relating to wine topics over 6 years. The I’ll Drink to That! podcast reaches a global audience, and has achieved several million downloads.