Bars and restaurants are preparing to offer special menus, tastings and other events for the return of London Wine Week in June.
Running from June 5 to 11, the festival features over 125 of the very best wine bars and restaurants taking part in the week-long self-guided Wine Tours, serving bespoke flights and Sip & Snack food pairings to help consumers explore wine.
Venues will include sager + Wilde, Hawksmoor, Noble Rot, Vinoteca, Luca and Social Wine & Tapas. Sip & Snack offers will demonstrate a food pairing created by the venue, with options ranging from traditional cheese and wine matches through to quirkier food offerings.
For instance, Hawksmoor Seven Dials will offer the full-bodied white wine of Henschke, “Louis” Semillon with Old Spot belly ribs while at Sager + Wilde, a “Brosé” on Horseback will pair a glass of 2013 Kumo To Ame Rosé from California with devils on horseback.
There will also be an oasis of al fresco pop-up wine bars at the London Wine Week Hub in Devonshire Square in the City which will be open from 5pm to 10pm Monday to Friday and from midday to 10pm on Saturday.
The week will also see a full programme of bespoke events taking place across London, including wine tastings, masterclasses, dinners, brunches, pop-ups and parties.
To get involved, consumers buy a week-long Festival Pass for £10, entitling them to £5 wine flights or the food pairings in all the partner venues plus £5 wine offerings at the Hub pop-ups.
Last year saw 10,000 attendees joining in the festivities across the week, injecting an estimated £82,500 into the London wine and hospitality scene.
For a full list of bars taking part in the Wine Tours, visit www.drinkup.london/wineweek/bars.
The team behind London Wine Week – DrinkUp.London – have rounded up a selection of their top picks for the week:
The pop-up bars at the Hub in Devonshire Square will include the Vintage Wine Van from Freixenet, producer of high-quality sparkling Spanish wine. It will serve up a first taste of its new premium prosecco alongside its other sparkling wines.
Also at the Hub, Wines of Argentina will be pouring some of the region’s best wines. Painted in the vibrant colours of La Boca and filled with original antiques and art from leading Argentine artists, it will also play Latin beats to keep the party spirit going.
Vins de Provence will be transporting guests to sandy shores with its pop-up wine bar at the Hub, serving a selection of dry, fruity and refreshing rosé wines from the Provence region.
Also providing a dash of sunshine at the Hub, The Wines of Portugal Viva Portugal Bar will showcase the exciting range of styles Portugal has to offer.
DrinkUp: The Wine Edit will take place at east London venue Oval Space in Bethnal Green where the warehouse space will be transformed into a picturesque, sun-drenched vineyard for three days only, with regions from across the warmer climes of Europe serving a selection of delicious wines from each region.
Guests can enjoy fresh and elegant wines from the Loire Valley, or the rich and juicy reds of Ribera del Duero. With the growing trend for sherry, flinty dry finos and nutty olorosos from the bodegas of Jerez will be available, as well as the full-bodied, fruity flavours of Graham’s Tawny Port wine, served alongside tasty nata tarts.
As well as numerous bars, it will feature a giant summer vineyard and the Rogue Terrace, a special vermouth terrace created by vermouth brand Regal Rogue. Here, aperitif cocktails will be on offer while DJs play classic vinyl soul, funk and disco tunes. The Modern Pantry will provide food to accompany the wine.
DrinkUp: The Wine Edit will be open Thursday and Friday from 6pm to 11pm and on Saturday with two slots from midday to 5pm and from 6pm to 11pm. Tickets are £15.
Loire Moments at Vinoteca in Marylebone on Thursday June 8 will see wine specialist Heather Dougherty run a tasting introduction to the Loire Valley. Guests will taste their way along the River Loire starting with Muscadet, moving through Saumur, Chinon, Vouvray, Touraine and Crémant de Loire. Each wine will be paired with delicious food. Priced £35, it will run from 7pm to 9pm.
Loire Valley Brunch at Sager + Wilde on Sunday June 11 features Loire wine specialist Lindsay Oram for some more #LoireMoments. The brunch will start with a glass of a sparkling Loire classic, followed by a special wine and food pairing featuring Saint Nicolas de Bourgueil, Savennières, Saumur Champigny, Rosé d’Anjou and Vouvray. Guests will also have access to a special Loire Valley Wines by the glass offer in the main restaurant throughout the day. Priced £25, it runs from midday to 2pm.
Regal Rogue has partnered with Anna Hansen and her team at The Modern Pantry to create The Ultimate Rogue’s Banquet on Saturday June 10. Celebrating the native Australian aromatics in Regal Rogue’s vermouths, the menu includes dishes such as hazelnut and wattle seed pain au chocolat and Anamasala smoked haddock and sea beet kedgeree with pepperberry spiced seeds. Fresh, seasonal fruit aperitifs with Regal Rogue will be served up including a Lively Spritzer and Rogroni. Mark Anthony and Def IQ will be playing vinyl disco tunes. It takes place on The Rogue Terrace at DrinkUp: The Wine Edit. Priced £50, the brunch runs from 10.30am to 12.30pm and includes access to The Wine Edit till 5pm.
Pol Roger Champagne will be celebrating large bottles with an opulent pairing dinner at West End restaurant Beast on Thursday June 8. Alongside dishes such as Norwegian king crab and hand-selected dry-aged Nebraskan Angus beef, guests will be able to enjoy a number of cuvées from large-bottle formats including magnum (1.5 litres), jeroboam (three litres) and methuselah (six litres). Pol Roger Champagne matures more slowly in large format bottles, meaning that the wine develops greater complexity over a longer period of time. Priced £120, it runs from 7pm to 10pm.
Festival passes and tickets to events are available to buy now from www.drinkup.london/wineweek.