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A look ahead at London Wine Fair in London in May

Over 10,000 wines will be showcased under one roof when the London Wine Fair returns in May. Now in its 36th year, the trade show at London Olympia will feature around 750 exhibitors, representing wines from more than 40 different countries as well as a selection of other products such as spirits and sake.

Running from May 3 to 5, it is timed to coincide when many bars and restaurants are updating their wine offering, providing an unbeatable opportunity to unearth new products, taste with winemakers, meet suppliers and discover the latest trends in the trade. It will feature an extensive programme of industry briefings and seminars as well as masterclasses covering topics such as sake, Swiss Pinot Noir, and Riesling presented by legendary producer Dr Ernst Loosen.

The View Tastings will be a self-contained area within the show specifically for companies that deal in premium and super-premium wines, with daily fine wine tastings, including Châteauneuf-du-Pape – the first time the appellation is exhibiting. Esoterica will be returning – a popular section showcasing the portfolios of niche and micro-importers. This year will see 10 new companies exhibit including H2Vin, Grapes of Hungary, Le Verre Gourmand, S+O Wines and Greek wine specialist Maltby & Greek.

Other exhibitors will include suppliers Amathus, Bibendum, Chase Distillery, Codorníu, Enotria, Freixenet, Frizzenti, Gonzalez Byass, Hatch Mansfield, Kingsland Wines & Spirits, Lanchester Wine Cellars, Morgenrot, Nyetimber, Pol Roger, Thistly Cross Cider, and Treasury Wine Estates.

A new feature for 2016 is Pop-Up Tastings, located at the front of the Grand Hall. It will host masterclasses and tastings for companies not exhibiting at the Fair, with sessions from the likes of Napa Valley Vintners, Wine Australia and Sogevinus. Speaker’s Corner will be an informal “soap box” style area of the show, hosting all manner of speakers related to the drinks industry, including Challenge Joe’s Nose where BBC1’s Food & Drink co-host Joe Wadsack will blind taste an array of exhibitor’s wines.
The Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) is ramping up its education offering at the Fair this year with its new-format Pop-up Classroom, offering an expanded learning area for experiencing at first hand the knowledge that can be gained from a WSET qualification. It will include sessions on how to taste sake, wine knowledge essentials and spirits insight.

To register, visit www.londonwinefair.com.

When and where

Tuesday May 3: 10.00 – 18.30
Wednesday May 4: 09.30 – 18.00
Thursday May 5: 09.30 – 17.00
Kensington Olympia, Hammersmith Road, Kensington, London W14 8UX.

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