Month Ahead – August

Annnd August is upon us!  Like a swoosh Summer (doused with its inevitable rain) – calendars clear & all the sensible Europeans go on holiday. High-time we all followed suit aside from obvious school holiday connotations. Luckily the wine world has more European influencers than most, so if you ARE actually away, you’re not missing a huge amount.  That said, there are little gems in & amongst the quiet (& rain).. From Saturday tastings nationwide courtesty of Wine Unearthed; to some vinous island hopping (Sicily to Sardina. Alliterative too) at Soho’s Ape & Bird; to a 2 day wine festival hosted at the Oxford Union.  Suddenly being quiet feels rather nicely busy…


Saturday 1st

Wine Unearthed Cambridge Tasting Day
St John’s Chophouse, Cambridge

 Wine Unearthed Manchester Tasting Day
Old Midland Hotel, Manchester


Wednesday 5th

Summer Wine Workshop
Bedales, SE1

 West London Wine School English Wine Tasting
The Cellars, Fulham SW6

 Eno-Club Rebooted – The Islands
Ape & Bird, Soho

 Tech Tastes Wine
14 Bedford Square, London
Saturday 8th

Wine Unearthed Old World Wine Tasting Day
Old Bank Hotel, Oxford

 World of Wine Liverpool Tasting Day
Radisson Blu, Liverpool

 Wine Unearthed Edinburgh Tasting Day
Apex International, Grassmarkets Edinburgh

Saturday 15th

World of Wine Tasting Day
Bank Restaurant, Brindley Place Birmingham

 World of Wine Tasting Day
Café 21, Newcastle

 World of Wine Tasting Day
Greigs Restaurant, Mayfair
Wednesday 19th

Wine Workshop: The Rebels
Bedales, SE1


Friday 21st – 22nd

Oxford Wine Festival
Oxford Union, Oxford
Saturday 22nd

World of Wine Tasting Day
Goldbrick House, Bristol

 World of Wine Tasting Day
Radisson Blu, Glasgow
Wednesday 26th

Americans Tasting
Avery’s, Bristol

Bluffers Guide to Burgundy
Vagabond Wines, Fulham SW6
Saturday 29th

World of Wine Tasting Day
Radisson Blu, Leeds





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  • Month Ahead – July

    July is upon us.. and it is HOT!  Nothing like a good old heatwave to build up a thirst.. Quieter than it’s earlier summer counterparts, July should be seen as a month of rest & enjoyment. More of a slow down & smell the roses (or indeed vinous bouquet) kind of affair.  With this in mind, there is still plenty to do: from rebellious wine makers to pop up tastings to a tour around our fairest of gardens, Kent.. And if nothing below tempts, then it feels like a good excuse to find a park, pop a cork & keep those roses close to hand.


    Wednesday 1st

    ThirtyFifty Tasting
    Piccolino, Cork St, Liverpool

    EnoClub Rebooted – Italy’s Midlands
    Ape & Bird, Soho, London

     Thursday 2nd

    Emerging delicious Austrian wines
    West London Wine School, Fulham

     Rioja Tasting with Suzy Atkins
    Prohibition Wines, Muswell Hill

     Friday 3rd

    Explore Sauvignon Blanc
    The Mitre Greenwich, London

     Saturday 4th

    Wine Unearthed – World of Wine tasting day
    Bank Restaurant, Birmingham

     Monday 6th

    Domaine-Direct pop up wine tasting
    Brunswick House, London

    Tuesday 7th

    Thirty Fifty Wine & Antipasti Evening
    The Milestone, Sheffield

    World of Wine: Germany, Alsace, Austria & UK
    West London Wine School, Fulham, London

     Wednesday 8th

    Wine Workshop: The Rebels
    Bedales, Borough Market

     Tech Tastes Wine
    The Collective Elevator, Bedford Square, London

     Tuesday 14th

    Bastille Day Tasting
    Handford Wines, London

     Wednesday 15th

    Wine Discovery Evening
    Brasserie Blanc London

     Saturday 11th 

    English Tasting Tour – Kent
    Kick off English Grounds, London Bridge

     Saturday 18th

    WSET Level 1 with 2 course lunch
    West London Wine School, Fulham

     World of Wine Tasting Day
    Goldbrick House, Bristol

     World of Wine Tasting Day
    Greigs Mayfair, London

     Wednesday 22nd

    Wine Workshop – Same but Different
    Bedales, Borough Market

     Friday 24th

    Explore Cabernet Sauvignon
    The Mitre Greenwich, London

     Saturday 25th

    World of Wine Tasting Day
    Sam’s of Brighton, East Sussex

     Tuesday 28th

    World of Wine – Chile & Argentina
    West London Wine School, Fulham

     Wednesday 29th

    Aromatics Tasting
    Avery’s, Bristol

     Thursday 30th

    New World Wonders: California, Canada & Virginia
    West London Wine School, Fulham

     Friday 31st

    Chablis Masterclass, Domaine Laroche
    West London Wine School, Fulham



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  • Calendar Month Ahead – May

    May should be renamed MOW. Month of Wine. Really.. It’s quite something.  Diaries are bursting at the seams with all sorts of titillating fare.  From the old world (Bordeaux is particularly well represented) to the new (2 Swartland-focused events on Thursday 14th); the experimental (Wine & Dim Sum pairings on Friday 15th) to our very own indigenous fare with ‘English Wine Week’ running from Saturday 23rd to Sunday 31st.  And speaking of weeks, May (sorry, MOW) is the season, funnily enough.  With London Wine Week (18th to 24th), London Wine Fair (18th to 20th) AND the aforementioned week of local produce, I challenge even the most diary-shy amongst us to go thirsty this month.

    As if the weeks in themselves weren’t enough of a palate-prod, they also mean a whole wealth of wine talent in the UK, from far, wide & closer to home.  This influx, coupled with the collaborative spirit of the weeks (if in doubt see the line-up of organisations, growers & bars/restaurants involved in London Wine Week!), make for a very exciting melting pot.  A time for tasting, meeting & sharing ideas; where consumers & the trade can come together.  We’re excited. (And thirsty..)


    Tuesday 5th
    Jura Wine Tasting
    Westminster Boating Base, SW1V

    Thursday 7th
    Bordeaux & Rhone Tasting
    South London Wine School; The Mitre Greenwich


    Friday 8th
    Australian & New Zealand Wine Tasting
    Nicholls & Perks, DY8 1TA


    Saturday 9th
    Decanter Bordeaux Fine Wine Encounter 2005, 2009, 2010
    Landmark Hotel, London

    World of Wine Taste Experience Day
    London, Cambridge Manchester, Edinburgh


    Tuesday 12th
    30-50 Wine Tasting, Leicester
    Hotel Maiyango, Leicester

    The Wines of Hiersch & Loco
    Roberson Wines W14 8NS


    Wednesday 13th
    Classic Wine Dinner
    Rhubarb, Prestonfield House Hotel Edinburgh EH16 5UT

    It’s Ghana be Grape!
    King & Co Pub, Clapham SW4


    Thursday 14th
    Mullineux Swartland Tasting
    Handford Wines, South Kensington SW7

     Swartland Dinner
    Fulham Wine Rooms, SW6


    Friday 15th
    Wine & Chocolate Masterclass
    Scotch Malt Whiskey Society, EH2

    Grenache/Garnarcha Seminar
    Institute of Fine Wines, EC2V 6BR

    Osteria Supper Club, from Tuscany to Apulia
    Frizzante, Hackney E2

    Scoff & Quaff (Wine & Dim Sum)
    School of Wok, Chandos Place W1


    Saturday 16th
    30-50 Wine Tasting, Bristol
    Jamie’s Italian, Bristol

    Introduction to Bordeaux & Burgundy
    Handford Wines, South Kensington SW7
    Sunday 17th
    Osteria Supper Club, from Tuscany to Apulia
    Frizzante, Hackney E2


    Monday 18th – Sunday 24th
    London Wine Week
    All over London

    Monday 18th –  Wednesday 20th
    London Wine Fair
    Kensington Olympia

    Monday 18th
    Chateau de’Angludet Vertical 1995 – 2005
    West London Wine School, Fulham

    Wine Society Eurovision Wine Contest
    Harpenden Public Halls, Herfordshire AL5


    Tuesday 19th
    Wine Society Eurovision Wine Contest
    The Parade, Royal Leamington Spa, CV22


    Wednesday 20th
    Fine Wine Loire: Domaine Huet Vouvray Tasting
    West London Wine School, Fulham

    The Lawn Club, Celebrity Cruises (Tasting)
    The White Space, WC2H


    Thursday 21st
    Taste of Scotland Masterclass
    Abode Hotel, Glasgow


    Saturday 23rd – Sunday 31st
    English Wine Week
    All over UK (but predominantly SW & SE!)

    Hanwell Wine Estate Open Day
    Hanwell Wine Estate, Melton Mowbray


    Thursday 28th May
    South West Vineyards Wine Tasting & Dinner
    Bordeaux Quay, Bristol


    Friday 29th May
    Chardonnay Grape Debate
    West London Wine School, Fulham

    English Wines with Nancy Gilchrist
    Hotel du Vin, Tunbridge Wells, TN1

    Saturday 30th May
    30-50 Tasting
    Brasserie Blanc, London SE1

    Introduction to Old World Wines
    Handford Wines, South Kensington SW7





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  • Calendar Month Ahead – April

    Just as white rabbits start springing from hats, the wine world too delves into magic realms of its own. April sees the Bordelais gather round cave cauldrons for the tie up of 2014 Bordeaux En Primeur; it also sees the kick-off of the big global trade exhibitions with Vinitaly in Verona.  Closer to home, wands are twitching too, particularly with a series of Australia-themed events & tastings.  From The Wine Society ‘Wizards of Oz’ to a D&D’s ‘Wonderful Wines of Aus’, something must be in the air when it comes to celebrating the viticulturous fare of Down Under.  If that all sounds too yellow brick roaded, there’s plenty of the more traditional goings on too.. Read on for some fool-free inspiration:


    Wednesday 1st
    Wine & Dine Wednesdays
    Vinopolis, London SE1

     1st to 5th
    Austraila vs France drop in tastings: Burgundy
    Pont de la Tour, London SE1


    Monday 6th – 12th
    Austraila vs France drop in tastings: N Rhone
    Pont de la Tour, London SE1


    Tuesday 7th
    Your wine PT – ‘More pretty than plump’
    10 Bells, Commercial, London E1

    Eurovision Wine Contest, Wine Society
    Assembly House, Norwich NR2


    Wednesday 8th
    4 Decades of Lopez de Heredia Rioja: Tondonia
    West London Wine School

    Wine Society Eurovision Contest
    Essex County cricket ground, Chelmsford


    Thursday 9th
    Austrian Masterclass
    West London Wine School, Fulham


    Monday 13th
    Wine Australia’s Tasting Blind Club
    Australia House, London WC2

    13th – 19th
    Austraila vs France drop in tastings: S Rhone
    Pont de la Tour, London SE1


    Tuesday 14th
    Flirting with Fruit & Wood
    10 bells, Commercial St, London E1

    ThirtyFifty Wine Tasting & Appreciation
    The Restaurant Bar & Grill, Manchester

    Jancis Robinson tutored tasting: Portugal
    Quality Chophouse, London

    It’s Ghana be Grape!
    King & Co, Clapham


    Wednesday 16th
    Louis Roederer Champagne Tasting
    West London Wine School, Fulham


    Friday 17th – 18th
    Laithwaites Vintage Wine Festival
    Old Billingsgate, London
    Monday 20th
    Fine Wine – Burgundy 2005, 10 years on
    West London Wine School, Fulham

    The Wizards of Oz – Wines of Australia
    Lords Cricket ground, London

    20th – 26th
    Austraila vs France drop in tastings: Faugeres
    Pont de la Tour, London SE1


    Tuesday 21st
    Butt Clenching Big Ones (Tasting)
    10 bells, Shoreditch E1

    World of Wine (tasting) – Germany, Alsace, Austria & UK
    West London Wine School, Fulham


    Wednesday 22nd
    Discover Italy Tasting
    West London Wine School, Fulham

    French Classics – tasting & nibbles
    Edinburgh, Queen St

    The Wizards of Oz – Wines of Australia
    Glasgow Trades Hall

    Saturday 25th
    Tutored Wine Tasting, English & Welsh Wines
    Wem Street Market, Shrewsbury


    Monday 27th
    A tale of 2 rivers: Rhine & Danube tasting
    Merchant Taylor’s Hall, EC2R


    Tuesday 28th
    Seductively Sweet (tasting)
    10 bells, Commercial Street E1

    Jancis Robinson Odd & Obscure tasting
    Quality Chop House London


    Thursday 30th
    Sherry & Tapas Tasting
    West London Wine School, Fulham

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  • Calendar Month Ahead – February

    Look for our monthly roundups of what’s coming up in the month ahead.. We see the list as ever-evolving (& aware it’s currently London-centric) so any additions are more than welcome – we look forward to growing month on month!

    It may be the ‘Tuesday’ of the months, but February is alive & kicking in the wine world, with ample glass-more-than-half-full fare most evenings that should roll us into March nicely..


    Monday 2nd

    Saint Emillion Grand Cru Classe Chateaux dinner
    Oxford & Cambridge Club, London


    Tuesday 3rd

    Classic Fine Burgundy, Tour de Cote d’Or
    West London Wine School, Fulham

    Love Wine & Film (runs to end of Month)
    Cantina Del Ponte, London Bridge

    Decanter’s Discoveries from Greece, Italy & Bulgaria tasting
    Chandos House, London


    Wednesday 4th

    Grape Debate: Cabernet-Merlot Blends
    West London Wine School , Fulham

    Opus one Vertical Tasting
    Handford Wines, Kensington

    Source Food & Drink Trade Show (Until 5th)


    Thursday 5th

    Wine Beats Vol.1: Austrian Wine Revolution
    Shoreditch Studios, London

     French Independent Wine Growers
    Royal Horticultural Halls, London


    Monday 9th

    Grape School: Lesson one, essentials
    D’Vine Wines, Clapham, London

    Red Bordeaux drop in Tasting (runs to 15/2)
    Le Pont de la Tour, Shad Thames, London

    Vivat Bachhus, Newton Johnson Vineyards
    Farringdon EC4A 4LL


    Tuesday 10th

    Chateau Angelus Masterclass
    Tower Hill, London

     Ehrmann’s annual portfolio tasting
    The Music Room, Mayfair, London

     Austrian Tasting
    Institute of Directors, London


    Wednesday 11th

    Brunello through the 1970s
    Justerini & Brooks, SW1A 1LZ

    Fizz from Dorset
    Pont de la Tour, Shad Thames, London


    Thursday 12th

    2005 Red Bordeaux
    Handford Wines, Fulham

    Mentendorff Annual Portfolio Tasting 2015
    Royal Opera House, London

    Romantic Ruinart Champagne Tasting
    Bluebird, Chelsea


    Sunday 14th

    World of Wine experience tasting day (
    Old Bank Hotel, Oxford


    Monday 16th

    Grape School – Lesson two: The Big 5
    D’Vine Wines, Clapham

    Two Paddocks Wine Tasting
    Plateau, Canary Wharf

    Bandol Drop in Tasting
    Le Pont de la Tour, Shad Thames, London

    Spanish Fine Wine Tasting
    Vivat Bacchus Farringdon


    Tuesday 17th

    Vintage Roots Trade Tasting
    Pain Quotidien, Borough Market


    Wednesday 18th

    Butlers Basic Bordeaux Wine Tasting
    Brighton, BN2 9XJ


    Thursday 19th

    St Chinian Tasting 2015
    La Maison de la Region Languedoc-Rousillion, W1G 0PD

    Battle of the Bubbles
    The Penthouse, SW1Y 4TE


    Sunday 21st

    Wine Lunch
    Caledonian Club, London

     Laithwaite’s Wine Nottingham Tasting Afternoon & Evening
    The Albert Hall, Nottingham

    ThirtyFifty 1 Day Wine Course
    Brasserie Blanc, Southbank


    Monday 23rd

    Grape School – Lesson three: The Floral & Aromatic
    D’Vine Wines, Clapham, London

    Berry Bros Rhone 2013 Tasting
    One Great George Street, SW1P 3AA

    Liberty Wines Portfolio Tasting


    Tuesday 24th

    Chateau Pichon Longueville Baron Tasting
    Tower of London


    Wednesday 25th

    ThirtyFifty wine tasting Evening & Antipasti
    Brasserie Blanc, Southbank

     Explore Germany Portfolio
    Vinoteca Marleybone, W1H 5BD


     Thursday 26th

    Secret Wine Supper
    The Rookery, Clapham

    Spain Trade Fair
    Tobacco Dock, E1W 2SF


    Saturday 28th

    Icons of the wine world
    Saatchi Gallery


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