This London Wine Week, running June 5 - 11, Loire Valley Wines are crossing the Channel and pitching up with events throughout the week - meaning you can get a taste of this famous region on each of our seven festival days.
Picture perfect, the Loire Valley is a mosiac of sweeping green vineyards, tumbling rustic villages, lazy river bends and fairytale castles.Its wine-making regions are divided between Pays Nantais, Anjou, Saumur and Touraine and within these are a plethora of appellations, some which will be familiar such as Chinon and Muscadet while others remain as hidden gems to discover, including the wonderful wines of Bonnezeaux and Savennières.
All Week-Long: Sip, snack and enjoy
The London Edition lobby bar will be serving a special by-the-glass menu from Monday to Sunday making this design-led space, with its sweeping ceilings, glamorous clientle and comfy couches the perfect spot to explore the Loire. Feeling peckish? When you're out and about this London Wine Week, pop into Vinoteca Soho and order their sip + snack pairing of a 2015 Domaine Fabrice Gasnier Chinon 'Les Graves' perfectly matched to crispy duck, piquillo peppers and apricot salad a wholegrain mustard dressing.
Tuesday: A French Bistro
For one day only you can swing by the picturesque Petit Pois on Hoxton Square (and nab a table outside in the dappeled sunsine) for their exclusive pairing of a deliciou Muscadet Sèvre et Maine, Chéreau, Loire, 2014.
Wednesday: Getting Fizzical
On the evening of Wednesday it's all about fizz. The three best known faces of wine - Oz Clarke, Tim Atkin MW and Olly Smith - have searched the globe for their favourite Champagnes and sparkling wines and invite you to come and share them at their Three Wine Men event, Let's Get Fizzical. This is the perfect oppertunity to sip Crémant de Loire, described by Oz as "breezy, utterly refreshing - and affordable."
Thursday: A Pairing Feast
Transporting guests to the beauty of rural France for the evening, join Loire Valley Wines at Vinoteca for food and wine pairing which showcases the range and diversity of the region’s vintages. You'll be guided by wine specialist Heather Dougherty along the River Loire starting with Muscadet, and moving through Saumur, Chinon, Vouvray, Touraine and Crémant de Loire. Grab a ticket here!
Thursday - Saturday: The Wine Edit
For three days only across the weekend, Oval Space in east London will be transformed into a picturesque vineyard with Loire Valley Wines joining regions coming from across Europe to serve their expansive and tasty wines. With four sessions to book, Thursday night, Friday night, Saturday day and Saturday night, it's your choice whether to make it tipples after work, a kick-start to Friday night, a summer daytime session or the pinnacle of your weekend.
Sunday - Brunch with Sager + Wilde
Round off the London Wine Week festivities with a spectacular Sunday. Join Loire wine specialist Lindsay Oram at a special brunch to enjoy your Sunday #Loiremoments, with a glass of a sparkling Loire classic followed by a special wine & food pairing lunch featuring Saint Nicolas de Bourgueil, Savennières, Saumur Champigny, Rosé d’Anjou and Vouvray. Grab a ticket here!