London is another country in summer. The sun is out. Everyone’s in a good mood. The parks are full of half-naked people having picnics. There’s also Independence Day and Bastille Day – a good enough excuse as any to open a few bottles from California and France. This month, it’s not all about the tennis – here are the five best wine tastings in London this July.
Please check beforehand with the venue as spaces are limited and bookings are essential.
1. If you know all the words from Pulp Fiction
On Wednesday 1 July, Wine + Vinyl launches the first night of its monthly Wine and Music series at Terroirs. Playing soundtracks from cult films with wine moments in film projected on the walls. Hosted by comedian James Dowdeswell, the wine list will showcase five reds and whites from their 200-strong list. Only £3 entry.
Where: Terroirs 5 William IV Street, London WC2N 4DW
Date: Wednesday 1 July, 7pm – £3 entry
2. If you dream about Californian wine
California Dreaming: American Wine Masterclass, 4th July
As 2Pac may have been saying about California wines, “California know how to party. In the citaaaay…” Vinopolis will open wines from wineries in the infamous ‘Judgement of Paris’ wine tasting in 1976 – when American wines toppled Bordeaux in a blind tasting, giving credence to California’s fine wine reputation.
Where: Vinopolis, 1 Bank End, London SE1 9BU
Date: Saturday 4 July 2015, 1pm – £35 per person
3. If you want to taste wine for a good cause
“A relaxed and informal evening of drinking great wines and challenging your preconceptions. None of the stuffy, old-school ideas or scary challenges, just a brilliant way to taste wine and really use your senses to the full.”
Where: Upstairs at Vinoteca Soho, 53-55 Beak St, Soho, London W1F
Date: Tuesday 7th July, 7pm
“Tickets are £27.50 per person, which includes blind tasting of eight wines, some mixed meze, and a £2.50 donation to the Royal London Society for the Blind.”
4. If you love Cheese (mais, oui!)
Bastille Day Wine and Cheese Tasting
A simple wine can become a moulin rouge dancer with the right cheese. But with nearly 1000 cheeses in France alone, it’s worth putting yourself in the hands of the cheese experts, La Cave Fromage. Joyeux Quatorze Juillet!
Where: La Cave Fromage, 24-25 Cromwell Place, South Kensington SW7 2LD
Date: Thursday 16 July, 7.15pm sharp – £35
5. If you want to cool down with the coolest wine on the planet
The more you know about German Riesling, the more your summer will improve. Fact. The class will delve into the different regions in Germany, showing all the different styles of Riesling possible. And I don’t need to tell you, the wines are not all sweet. Not even close.
Date: Thursday, 23 July (Tufnell Park and Greenwich), 7.30pm – £32
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