Elizabeth Gabay MW
A graduate of the Faculty of History and the Master of Wine in 1998, Elizabeth Gabay is one of the most famous experts in rose wines and the Provence region of France. She started her wine career in 1986 and has been judging for wine competitions such as Decanter World Wine Awards, VinAgora, World of Rosé, VinoBalkanika, Guide to Vins de Provence. As an expert in Provence, she is coauthor of wine publications like Pocket Wine Book, written by Oz Clarke or Worlds Atlas of Wine, written by Jancis Robinson. She is also interested in punch, for which he created a separate site: http://punchstory.com.
"I accepted the invitation partly because I have never visited Romania before - I have been in the area, eastern Hungary and northern Bulgaria, but never in Romania - so attending to this event seemed to me an excellent opportunity. I was also impressed with what you did at previous editions. It's not easy to create a new wine show and it's not easy to raise funds for charity, but to manage both in one event is impressive. I am very happy to attend this year's edition - thank you for inviting me. I am also very interested in the opportunity to come and taste Romanian wines. The wine market is constantly searching for newcomers, and sometimes we can lose sight that we have hidden treasures alongside us and exciting unknown grape varieties waiting to be discovered."
Lives in Vienna and started writing about Central, Eastern and Southeast European wines in 1995, after being charmed by Tokay wines and Grüner Veltliner and Austrian Riesling. Ever since, he has been dealing with wines from Hungary, Austria, Croatia, Slovenia and the Balkan countries, plus Georgia and Russia. Being a member of the Wine Writers Circle, he publishes in the Decanter, Wine Spectator, Meininger's Wine Business International and Harpers Wine & Spirit and reviews international competitions such as the Decanter World Wine Awards, the Berlin Wine Trophy, the Mundus Vini and Vinistra and Festi Wine.
"It is a privilege to be able to share your experience and knowledge to help and educate others and I am honored to take part in this year's edition of the Rovinhud Wine Show especially because it is an event that empowers and benefits a lot of people It's great that I can continue to discover the beauty of Romanian wine, a process I started 10 years ago, and I look forward to taking other surprises at the ROVINHUD Salon 2016!""
Luiz #winelover Alberto
He is Brazilian, lives in the US, believes he has Italian blood, and after judging for the Romanian Winebook he says he was given the chance to become a little Romanian. He is a member of the famous Wine Writers Circle, founded the #winelover community, being one of the most influential wine communicators in social media, ranking 10th in Top 20 Worldwide Wine Influencers.
"In life, it's a great privilege to be offered the opportunity to do a good thing. When Zoli invited me to attend the ROVINHUD Salon 2016 edition, I was thrilled to return to a country I love, but especially to make a small contribution to this fantastic project that improves the lives of people with disabilities. "
Előd Ádám MW student
He was born in Romania but entered the wine world in 2000, when he moved to the US, realizing that wine would be more than just a career. He worked as a sommelier, wine director, educator and more recently, as a consultant for a major importer in New York. Of course, at the same time he started studying wine and, after several certifications, decided to get the most sought after title, the Master of Wine. When he does not have wine around or does not cook, he likes hiking and sailing boat relaxation.
"I met Zoltan through a common friend. When he talked to ROVINHUD, a wine festival where all the earnings are donated for a charitable purpose, I knew immediately that I wanted to help. When I found out that the organization (Something to Say) contributes to improving the lives of people with disabilities, I became even more enthusiastic. I think we as people and society will be really mature when we will no longer need this kind of organization, and we will be full of compassion, not of prejudice. Until then, I am glad that there are beautiful people like Zoltan who are doing everything to increase the quality of life of the less fortunate. "
László Bálint IW
Engineer by trade, Transylvanian-born, he earned the WSET Diploma in London and is now International Wein Akademiker. He founded Furmint USA and devises the Furmint brand - the most famous Hungarian grape variety - in the United States. He is a wine educator, wine-writer and judges at various domestic and international competitions. In Timisoara we will, of course, talk about Furmint and how he uplifts the brand in the US market.
"We rarely have the opportunity to manifest social responsibility by sharing the knowledge we have. Zoltán's invitation honors me because I can help in this noble cause, and Timisoara has some very interesting things I can connect with, but I will give you details at masterclass ... I can hardly wait! "
Rod Smith MW
He graduated the Faculty of Arts, but met with the wine by working part-time for Oddbins, an important British wine retailer. He has been a Master of Wine since 2006, founded the Riviera Wine Academy, is one of the judges for the Romanian Wine Book and judge in many international competitions including the Decanter World Wine Awards, the Moscow Wine Fair and the Shanghai International Wine Challenge.
"I am thrilled to participate for the first time at the ROVINHUD Salon in Timisoara. It's for such a beautiful and honorable cause, and I think it's wonderful that wine is becoming an instrument for charity. Romania and Romanian wines are particularly exciting for me, I think they have great potential for the future."