Wine is one of the most delicious drinks on the planet, no doubts there, but understanding its many flavours and styles can be more than a little challenging. Delve to the bottom of the glass this LWW and get best possible enjoyment out of wines' luscious textures, aromas and tastes with these expert-led events.
BUILD YOUR CELLAR
With Honest Grapes - Sunday
Honest Grapes Founder Nathan Hill and Wine Expert Christian McLarnon are no strangers to cellar building and are keen to share their knowledge with you on bank holiday Sunday. Join them for this educational afternoon - aimed at wine enthusiasts who want to know how to start their own cellar plan. See more details here.
INSTIL THE PROFESSIONAL IN YOU
With Le Cordon Bleu London - Thursday
Tasting different styles of wine; sparkling, white, rose, red and slightly sweet with Matthieu Longuere, Master Sommelier you’ll learn how to use the information on the label; alcohol, grape variety and price to help you know exactly what taste to expect just by looking at a bottle on a shelf. See more details here.
WSET’S CRASH COURSE IN FOOD AND WINE PAIRING
With Wine & Spirit Education Trust - Tuesday
Hosted by Master of Wine and WSET Tutor, Michelle Cherutti-Kowal MW, this masterclass is a taster session of the Level One and Two wine courses, with a particular focus on food and wine pairing to help you decipher the often confusing wine list. 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. See more details here.
THE HONEST GRAPES WINE CHALLENGE
With Honest Grapes - Wednesday & Thursday
Be a wine buyer for the day! Take part in the selection of wines for the Honest Grapes website and enjoy a few drinks in the process. This 2 hour tasting experience will show you how buyers select wines, and give you the chance to sample wines that Honest Grapes are considering listing. You'll learn the difference between supermarket and small batch artisanal wines and how to find the best value and quality mix to suit your taste and your pocket. See more details here.
RIBERA UNCORKED WITH JANE PARKINSON
With Jane Parkinson - Thursday
Saturday Kitchen’s Jane Parkinson will be guiding you through some of the best wines Ribera has to offer in her usual approachable, fun style. Winemaking practices in Ribera del Duero date back to Roman times, and winemakers are constantly experimenting with new methods in viticulture and ageing to produce consistently excellent wines from the flavourful Tempranillo grape variety. See more details here.
WHAT'S EVERYBODY DRINKING?
With Le Cordon Bleu London - Friday
Are you hosting a dinner party soon and looking for the perfect socialising wine? During this warm and engaging evening, you’ll taste different styles of wine; sparkling, white, rose, red and slightly sweet with 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. See more details here.
With Borough Wines and Michelle Cherutti-Kowal MW - Wednesday
Head to London's favourite independent wine merchant at their Kensal Rise outpost for a whistle-stop tasting tour of the Loire Valley presented by Michelle Cherutti-Kowal MW. Tickets are a steal at £15 including wines, regional nibbles and even a delicious bottle of Loire wine to take home! See more details here.
US WINE TASTING: AN AMERICAN REVOLUTION
With Honest Grapes - Friday
Join Honest Grapes to explore the revolution in wines of the USA. With balance, freshness, purity and great winemaking, US wines have moved on from the punch-drunk Cabernet Sauvignons and buttery Chardonnays of past decades. This 2 hour tasting will guide you across the West Coast from Washington State, through Oregon down the coast to the balmy California plains. See more details here.
AND DON'T FORGET...
Make the most of Honest Grape's Bottle Amnesty fiesta during London Wine Week. Come along to one of their events with a bottle of plonk that you don't like/don't use/was given as a gift/want rid of, and they will replace it with one of their great wines.