London Wine Fair open for business

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Wine producers from the furthest corners of the world will this week be attending London Wine Fair, which will play host to old favourites and those exhibiting at the show for the first time.

The Rothschild Collection, Alliance Wine, Freixenet, Vinadeis (Val d’Orbieu), Inter Rhone, Wines of Germany, Castilla y Leon and Châteauneuf du Pape will all be at the fair showcasing their wines. Visitors will not be at a loose end with loads to keep them busy including industry briefings on the issues of the day, masterclass tasting sessions and pop-up tastings featuring some of the leading winemaking regions.

On Monday May 22, wine writer Dr Jamie Goode will host a tasting of Loire wines and on Tuesday May 23 Castel will lead a French Riviera Rose masterclass with English Wine Producers showcasing a selection of wineries on Wednesday May 24.

Don’t miss Esoterica, the area of the fair that showcases the portfolios of niche and micro-importers, with many products destined for the on-trade.

Wines Unearthed highlights wineries seeking representation in the UK and beyond for the first time and the Pop Up Tasting area will feature generics, importers and brands not exhibiting at the fair.

Show director Ross Carter said the event is the perfect opportunity for bar owners to meet up with winemakers and suppliers to discuss filling any gaps on their drinks list. “The London Wine Fair is quite simply the number one trade exhibition in the UK for all things wine – any bartender with wine on his or her list should be there.

“This year is the 37th fair and we are expecting over 10,000 wines from some 40 different countries, spanning the big hitters like France, Italy, Spain, Australia and South Africa, as well as those from less familiar territories, such as China, Armenia, and Croatia.

“For bartenders keen to tap into the latest wine trends, highlights will include the largest selection of English wine producers to date, a plethora of 2016 rosés in time for summer lists, wines with sustainable credentials (organic, natural, carbon neutral) sparkling wines from top champagne houses, as well as prosecco, Crèmants, cavas and the New World.

“This is a great opportunity to meet up with winemakers, suppliers and colleagues and fill any gaps on the drinks list. We will also be hosting an extensive number of masterclasses, seminars and briefings, relevant to the on trade, designed to inform and provoke debate.”

See www.londonwinefair.com to reserve classes or to book your ticket.

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