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Master Sommelier Pascaline Lepeltier to showcase New York wines at Vinexpo 2019

There is a great opportunity at Vinexpo 2019 to discover and hear more about wines from New York State, with two seminars being held on May 14 with Master Sommelier Pascaline Lepeltier, the Best Sommelier of France in 2018.

Lepeltier, who was the first woman to be awarded the title of Meilleur Ouvrier de France in the sommelier category, has been invited to take part in Vinexpo by the New York Wine & Grape Foundation.

She will be appearing on the New York wines stand to give her personal insights into the wines from this fast emerging and exciting region of the United States.

PASCALINE LEPELTIER, THE BEST SOMMELIER OF FRANCE IN 2018, WILL BE APPEARING ON THE NEW YORK WINES STAND TO GIVE HER PERSONAL INSIGHTS INTO THE WINES FROM THIS FAST EMERGING AND EXCITING REGION OF THE UNITED STATES.

Lepeltier will present two brief seminars, (presented in French while taking questions in English as well) one at 11am and the other at 3pm on May 14. In the first session, she will examine the historic traditions of sparkling winemaking from both hybrid and vinifera grapes. Then, during the second seminar at 3pm, she will drill into the traditional styles of vinifera stylings from some of the established pioneer winemakers in New York State as well as showcasing the new winemaking talent that is emerging.

She will also be presenting her own specially curated selection of New York wines from the Finger Lakes region throughout the day.

Paul Brady, New York Wines brand ambassador, said: “It is an honour to have sommelier Pascaline Lepeltier with us at Vinexpo Bordeaux. She has been a devoted student to the wines of New York since her time as beverage director 12 years ago at the original Rouge Tomato in Brussels, where she first listed a Riesling from Hermann J. Wiemer from the Finger Lakes region. Her endless curiosity about New York grapes and the wine she co-produces from them are natural extensions of her involved and passionate approach to the sommelier profession.”

Her passion for New York stretches outside its wines as she has now moved to the United States and made her home there. She lives and works in New York where she is a sommelier and managing partner at Racines NY.

Lepeltier has also started her own wine project in New York in a joint collaboration with acclaimed Finger Lakes winemaker, Nathan Kendall, who she first met when putting together the list for Rouge Tomate, Chelsea in 2016.

Together, they have started the Chëpika brand, made from indigenous grape varieties largely native to eastern North America. This includes working with the Catawba and Delaware varieties that have a history stretching back to the early 1800s. Their range includes single variety Catawba and Delaware Pet Nat wines.

As well as the Lepeltier seminars on May 14, there will be a number of other seminars taking place on different days of the show that will give a chance for some of the New York winemakers to talk about their wines and the region.

These include Robert Madill, sommelier and Brand Ambassador of Glenora Wine Cellars, the first winery to be established on Seneca Lake in 1978; Staci Nugent of Keuka Lake Vineyards, a small farmstead producer making minimal intervention wines in the heart of the Finger Lakes; and August Deimel of Keuka Spring Vineyards, winner of the 2018 Governor’s Cup for his 2017 Gewurztraminer, the most prestigious award given to a wine at the New York Classic Competition. They will be hosting joint sessions on the stand at 11am and 3pm on May 13, 15 and 16.

The New York Wine & Grape Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation that is focused on promoting all wineries and grape-growers in New York State. Its primary goal is to the raise the awareness for the region and for New York wines to be recognised as a world leader in quality, productivity, and social responsibility. It runs an extensive export strategy and is keen to support its wineries by hosting a stand for them at key trade shows around the world of which Vinexpo is seen as an important trade partner.

Hall 1 / Stand B272


Photo: Pascaline Lepeltier, Master Sommelier