One of London’s most popular drink festivals is returning to the streets of the capital in less than a week’s time. London Wine Week is a week-long celebration of the city’s thriving wine scene and there will be countless events taking place not to be missed by wine lovers.
‘London Wine Week is set to be incredible this year – we’re very excited to be back at the gorgeous Devonshire Square as our main hub with even more pop-ups to explore, and thrilled to be launching our delicious new series of wine banquets over the bank holiday weekend. There is no better time to be celebrating our capital’s fantastic wine scene and we can’t wait to taste what London’s sommeliers have put forward!’ – Emma Murphy, Festival Director
Hosted by DrinkUp.London, the wine experts behind the planning of this year’s festival have selected the top events to attend each day for The LuxPad to make sure budding wine connoisseurs looking to take part don’t miss the unmissable…
Monday 23 May 2016, 6-8.30pm
Sussex Cellar, Berry Bros. & Rudd , 2 Pickering Place, London, SW1A 1EA.
In honor of our city’s vinous heritage, Berry Bros & Rudd will be hosting an evening of bibulous merriment with a one-off BYO Banquet, exclusively for London Wine Week wristband-holders (make a stop at the London Wine Week Devonshire Hub to get your wristband). This event is your chance to unearth the bottle you’ve been storing for a special occasion an the Sussex Cellar will also be offering a three course feast to accompany your favorite wines.
With a sparkling receptions when guests arrive, they will then be led downstairs to banquet style tables for the BYO bottles to be uncorked free of charge. Sharing your bottle with your neighbors is of course encouraged and it’s almost guaranteed that the favor will be returned. Wristband holders will also have access to an exclusive 15% off the Sussex Cellar’s wine list on bottles over £100.
Tuesday 25 May 2016, 6.30pm
Terroirs, 5 William IV St, London, WC2N 4DW.
WSET’s crash course in food and wine pairings will allow you to unleash your inner sommelier and has been expertly designed to banish your wine list fears. Located at Covent Garden haunt Terroirs, the taster session will offer WSET’s Level One and Two wine courses and will pay close attention to what wines to pair with certain meals to diminish the confusion surrounding wine lists.
The masterclass will be hosted by Master of Wine and WSET Tutor, Michelle Cherutti-Kowal MW, and will include a tutored tasting of five wines paired alongside a selection of Terroirs’ delicious small plates, desserts and cheese.
During the masterclass, Michelle will explain how the major tastes in your food affect your enjoyment of wine, building the skills you need to make great wine pairings no matter what you’re cooking, ordering or serving.
Wednesday 25 May 2016, 7.30-9pm,
Borough Wines & Beers, 30 Station Terrace, London, NW10 5RP.
Borough Wines is one of London’s favorite wine merchants and they offer a handpicked range of over three hundred wines which includes a wide number of natural, organic and biodynamic bottles along with local and international craft beers and boutique spirits.
Head over to their Kensal Rise outpost for a whistle-stop tasting tour of the Loire Valley during London Wine Week presented by a resident wine expert which will include wine tasting, nibbles and even a bottle of Loire Valley wine to take home for just £15 a ticket.
Thursday 26 May 2016, 8-10pm,
New Street Wine Shop, 16 New Street , London , EC2M 4TR.
Producing elegant, cool-climate red wines with refreshing acidity, Ribera del Duero is an exciting and innovative wine region in North West Spain and the subject of Thursday’s top event. Dating back to Roman times, the winemaking practices and winemakers in the regions are constantly experimenting with new methods in viticulture and ageing to produce consistently excellent wines from the flavorful Tempranillo grape variety.
Jane Parkinson of Saturday Kitchen, who has visited the region, will be guiding guests through some of the best wines the region has to offer in her usual approachable, fun style. As Spain’s favorite dinner wine the event will pair Ribera del Duero with charcuterie and tapas from the New Street Wine shop kitchen to demonstrate exactly why this region has also become a restaurant wine list staple across the UK!
Friday 27 May 2016, 7-8.30pm,
Le Cordon Bleu London, 15 Bloomsbury Square, London, WC1A 2LS.
Are you hosting a dinner party soon and looking for the perfect socialising wine? Do your guests always stick to what they know? Always go organic? Or perhaps they are just downright hard to please? Well Le Cordon Bleu are hosting the event for you to discover the perfect solutions to suit your friend’s and family’s tastes.
The inviting and engaging evening will entail tastings of different styles of wine including sparkling, white, rosé, red and slightly sweet and it will be hosted by Matthieu Longuere, Master Sommelier. Helping you to highlight and analyse the different categories of drinkers, you’ll soon know what wine to offer your friends, bring to a party or buy as a gift. An ideal tutorial for novices and wine experts alike, this bespoke event will give you a taste of what it’s like to be a student on one of their wine master classes, before enjoying a range of canapés made by Le Cordon Bleu Master Chefs to finish the evening.
Saturday 28 May, 3-5pm,
Brixton Ritzy Picturehouse, SW2 1JG.
For those looking for a light-hearted look at the approaching referendum, this event is in keeping with the Brexit theme but with wine. Honest Grapes are putting a selection of UK and European wines head to head for the ultimate referendum debate.
On the night guests will be trying:
- Kernel Brewery IPA (London) vs De Ranke Brewery Pere Noel (Belgium)
- Litmus White Pinot Noir 2011 (Surrey) vs Beyra Branco 2014 (Portuguese)
- Herbert Hall Brut NV (Hampshire) vs Pierson Whitaker Premier Cru NV (Champagne)
- Gusbourne Pinot Noir 2014 (Kent) vs Savigny-lès-Beaune Aux Grands Liards 2009 (Burgundy)
So come along and help them decide who does it best, the UK or Europe. If you are a London Wine Week wristband wearer you will also have exclusive access to the Bottle Amnesty fiesta during the week. Go along to one of their events with a bottle of wine you don’t like/don’t use/was given as a gift/want to get rid of and they will replace it with one of their great wines.
Thursday 26 – Sunday 29 May 2016
Devonshire Square, London, EC2M 4AE.
New for 2016, The London Wine Week Banquets are a series of delicious wine tasting feasts running in partnership with Disappearing Dining Club that’ll be popping up at their Devonshire Square hub. In recent years the Dissapearing Dining Club have held exclusive dinner parties in lighthouses, abandoned music venues, antique shops, on beaches and in countless warehouses and this year they are bringing their dining and drinking expertise to London Wine Week for five events which are sure to get booked up fast.
From celebrated Maison Trimbach to Italian bubbles from Ferrari, each fifty person feast will showcase a different wine with specially created mouth-watering menus to match. Available as a twilight supper on Thursday, Friday & Saturday, or a decadent lunch on Saturday & Sunday, the tickets range from £50-£65 and include a welcome drink and three course feast with paired wines included. A perfect start or finish to the bank holiday weekend, make sure to secure tickets now to avoid disappointment.
The main hotspot of London Wine Week will again be the hub at Devonshire Square and no trip to the festival would be complete without a stop there first. The Nyetimber Hub is the first port of call which is where you can collect your wristband and start in sparkling style with a flight of English sparkling wine on the terrace. Across from the Western courtyard, lies The Wines of Portugal Discovery Bar which will provide a Mediterranean feel for visitors, whilst the Vins de Provence Le Beach Bar brings seaside ambience to the heart of City with every sip of crisp rosé. For a pre-dinner aperitif head to the The DrinkUp.London Vermouth Bar, where there will be a full menu of delicious lower ABV vermouth tipples to sample. From there, choose from more than 125 venues across the capital, who will be offering wine flights and perfectly paired menus to wristband wearers as part of the self-guided wine tours on offer at London Wine Week.