Nick Stock’s top five MasterClass picks

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Wine writer and Festival friend Nick Stock shares his top picks for 2013 Langham Melbourne MasterClass.

Whose Pinot Reigns Supreme?
As much as we say we’re not competitive when it comes to wine, this will be a battle of grand proportions. You could hardly ask for better wines on both sides of the battle, the minds behind the wines are formidable and the scene is set for one of the absolute highlights of the festival.

To Champagne… and Beyond!
There’s a lot of competition in the sparkling wine stakes these days and Champagne is under siege in this blind tasting of great contenders. Krug and Selosse must assert their authority in this session but the talented Ed Carr has some tricks up his sleeve.

The Wines of Wonderland
Any time Jancis Robinson speaks about wine is not to be missed. Her insight and deep experience of not only the production, but the history and the context of the vast world of wine means there’s always plenty to take on board. The king of the leisure suit, Mike Bennie, always delivers on message too.

Earth Masterclass
A relevant and important session highlighting a hot area of food that many of the world’s best chefs are concentrating their efforts on. Plus Matt Wilkinson is one of the best and most entertaining presenters around.

Magnus Nilsson at Theatre of Ideas
I was talking recently with René Redzepi about Magnus’ restaurant and the philosophy behind it is inspiring. René described the sensation beautifully saying, “you leave full of magic”

Nick will be moderating Whose Pinot Reigns Supreme? and To Champagne… and Beyond! as part of Acqua Panna Global Wine Experience (8 - 10 March 2013).

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