Make the most of what London wine shops have to offer in June – taste with visiting winemakers, cruise to new regions and experience aged-wine flights of fantasy.
Do check beforehand, spaces are limited and bookings are essential.
1. For a holiday in the Med without leaving town
Croatia is a diverse and complex wine country, but you would be missing out if you did not try some of the powerful whites and smoky, umami flavours in the reds. This is an expert tour from a shop that knows their wines from this region.
Date: Thursday, 4 June (Tufnell Park and Greenwich), 7.30pm – £32
2. If you want to be in on the next big thing in wine
Kensington Wine Rooms – An Introduction to Austria
Recently I have noticed my friends in New York banging on about Austrian wines on their instagram and twitter accounts. Discover what all the fuss is about at this relaxed event.
Date: Saturday, 6 June, Kensington, 5pm – £25
3. If you are obsessed with Nebbiolo
Vagabond Wines – Single Grape Focus: Nebbiolo
Some may say that Nebbiolo is a lifetime project. This grape can provide some of the world’s most exciting (and expensive) wines that are worth the patience. Smart then, to find out as much as you can. This tasting is a good place to start.
Date: Wednesday, 10 June, Fulham, 7-9pm – £40
4. If you want to meet one of Australia’s loveliest winemakers
Bottle Apostle – Mac Forbes visits Bottle Apostle
All the way from the Yarra Valley in Victoria, Mac Forbes is one of Australia’s most exciting new winemakers with influences from his many travels. Definitely worth popping in and tasting the excellent Pinot Noir, Riesling and Chardonnay.
Date: Friday, 12 June, Victoria Park Village shop, 5pm – free
5. If aged Rioja makes you happy (and hungry)
The Sampler – Mature Legends of Rioja with Rose Veal Hot Dogs
The Sampler has a series of tastings with hot dogs. The tasting will “include La Rioja Alta 890 1955, La Rioja Alta 904 1964, CVNE Vina Real 1959, Paternina 1959, Monte Real 1952, Monte Real 1964, Glorioso 1978, Tondonia 1980, Solar de Samaniego 1970 plus more”. These guys know their aged wines, it should be a fun night.
Date: Wednesday, 17 June, South Kensington shop, 7pm – £110