A new year and a new hub in Devonshire Square with five pop-up bars created especially for the festival and housed within the Devonshire Square estate. The Wine Workshop moved to HIX City and welcomed some fantastic speakers over the weekend, imparting top-notch knowledge to our wristband wearers.
As a partner event of both the London Wine Fair and the RAW Wine Fair, the festival welcomed thousands of wine trade professionals all keen to get join in with the festivities.
London Wine Week welcomed 125 bars on the Wine Tours, each serving a signature tasting flight of three wines, and more than 8,000 people joined us in celebrating.
Our official closing party on bank holiday weekend was hosted at Mission E2, in partnership with Noble Rot magazine where everything was served by the magnum. Because if you can – you should.
An Introduction to London Wine Week 2015 by Jane Parkison
- Welcome to London's Best Week of the Year! -
"Well I would say that wouldn’t I? But if there’s any week to be in London, this is IT as far as I’m concerned, because we wine lovers have never had it so good in the capital.
To be fair we’ve had it pretty good in London for some time now, because this beautiful, vibrant, wine-loving city has long been the Mecca of the wine world and we have our national obsession – our dodgy climate – to thank for that.
Our notoriously cool weather has made our ability to make serious wine difficult in the past (and although we are now making serious wine it’s still on a small scale). So unlike France, Italy and Spain for example, where people drink wine mostly made from within their own borders, we have a very un-UKIP-like policy, we welcome wine from all walks of life with open arms. Or in our case, open mouths.
The outcome is an ever-evolving melting pot of wines at our fingertips. Wines that are colourful, exciting, diverse and most importantly delicious, made from all manner of grape varieties, in all kinds of styles and from all kinds of places, and *that* is what we’re whooping and cheering about this week.
So, from London Wine Week’s very own hub to wine bars, restaurants and independent merchants, there’s a buzzing programme of events and activities lined up across the city, east to west, north to south and of course, slap bang in the centre too.
So come and join us for as much of it as you can. It’ll be a long 51-week wait until the next one…
See you there, and cheers! Jane."
Jane Parkinson is an award-winning wine journalist, author and broadcaster. She’s a wine expert on BBC1’s Saturday Kitchen and released her debut book Wine & Food last year. She’s a wine columnist for several magazines, a member of The Wine Gang and was crowed Communicator of the Year 2014 by the International Wine & Spirit Competition. @jane_parkinson
Wines Flights Served:
An example of flights we served across London bars:
Devonshire Terrace: Summer Flight of a crisp New World Savingnon Blanc alongside an off-dry Italian sparkling wine and a Provence rosé with delicate berry flavours.
New Street Wine Shop: Californian Flight of a full-bodied white wine paried with two reds - one strawberry tinged and the other spicy with hints of black pepper.
Bedales: Flight of Music. Three wines all linked by music; a dark-berry red, a Malbec with beautiful melody between fruit and wood and a Chardonnay aged for 12 months in Bulgarian oak barrels.
The Jones Family Poject: The Overachievers. A flight of overachievers all awarded 91 points or more at competition level. Some bubbles to start followed by two gorgeous red gems from France and Italy.
Bread Street Kitchen: Flight of the Old/New Frontiers. Hungarian Tokaj with volcanic minterality, a refreshing rosé from Bekaa valley in Lebanon, paried alongside a Quinta do Vallado from Douro Valley, one of the oldest Quintas in Portugal.
Butlers Wharf Chop House: A Taste of English Wine. A kentish sparkling wine, followed by a Sancerre-style wine from Buckinghamshire with chalky characteristics and elderflower overtones, and a medium full fruit white with good acidity.
The 10 Cases: Unusual World Wine. A rich apricot Viognier, a cool, classic Pinot with earthy, herbal notes, and a warming and earthy Moroccan Syrah.
With over 100 bars serving £5 wine flights, the involvement from the industry was huge. Venues included Sager + Wilde, Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings, Copa de Cava, Vinoteca, Harvey Nichols 5th Floor Bar, Mission E2 and Orrey. You can see last year's complete list here.