By Rodolphe Lameyse,
Good morning everybody, and welcome to those of you who are joining us on day 2 of Wine Paris & Vinexpo Paris. Yesterday was a special moment, when for the first time in two years, we finally came face-to-face once again. And the good news is, yesterday was just the beginning.
Today, we’ve got a wide range of Masterclasses lined up for you in Halls 3 and 5, starting with the Roussillon wine marketing board (CIVR) focusing on Grenache at 9:30am and finishing with The Battle of The Sommeliers, which is guaranteed to be entertaining. Yesterday’s Wine Talks were firing on all cylinders, so be sure to make your way over to Hall 6 and get involved in our round-table discussions, with topics ranging from the UK’s new tax regime to making wine in an era of climate change. La WineTech Perspectives at Hall 4 Stand AC026 is a must visit for anyone looking to innovate. This morning’s session, starting at 10:30am, explores new digital solutions and this afternoon’s will focus on e-commerce and new virtual experiences. Our expanded Be Spirits section in Hall 3 was buzzing yesterday, so better get there early. It will be kicking off at 9:30am with cans and hard seltzers, followed by the French federation of wine and spirits exporters press conference and a deep-dive into the world of tomorrow.
When you want a change of scenery, simply walk over to Hall 5 and browse the long list of international winemakers who have joined us from 31 countries. And if ever you need to rest your legs, pull up a stool at the Infinite Bar and order a cocktail. Like last night, we’ve enlisted the help of bars and restaurants across Paris to keep the show going after dark. So check out some of our top picks on page 15 and see you there.