The Oenophiliac

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Tasting Season is upon us.

No sooner do the salutations of a New Year pass then the various suppliers, and agents, start promoting their forthcoming tastings.

My own personal New Years Resolution was to attend as many of these as possible. Currently I have signed up for nine, one may have to be scrapped for a leisurely jaunt around Beaujolais at the end of the month, a wine study tour with Harpers.

Nevertheless a good start to the New Year.

First up we have Hatch Mansfield’s en Primeur tasting on the 16th of January. Situated at Bafta’s London offices in Piccadilly. I’ll be sampling the many delights from Burgundy’s Louis Jadot, Rhone’s Jean Luc Colombo and the always impressive Rioja’s by CUNE.

Read my account of the days tasting at Hatch Mansfield


Next up is the the French Association of Independent Wine Growers tasting at Lords, London. 90 wine producers from all around France will be on hand to show what their wares.

Alas, circumstances on the day meant I had to miss this one. Still, more French to be had later.

On the 24th of January it’s back to Lords for the annual New Zealand Trade Tasting. With over 600 wines on show, including self pour tables for those seeking representation here in the UK, should be a good days tasting all round.

25th sees me off to the annual Bibendum Folio Tasting at The Brewery, Chiswell, St London. A very good event with a very large folio of wines from around the world.

No rest this week as I’m off again on the 26th to the Saatchi Gallery, London. This time it’s the A+ Australian Wine Tasting.

Now for the conflict. I’ll either be spending 3 days with Harpers on a wine study tour around Beaujolais or, on the 31st, it’s the Louis Latour tasting at Chandos House, London. Dilemma I know. Shame to miss Latour, what with contributions from,

Michel Redde et Fils

Simonnet Febvre

Louis Latour

Henry Fessy


Groote Post

McHenry hohnen

Wakefield Wines (Taylor’s to you Australians)

Craggy Range

Wild Rock

Viu Manent

Now into February where first up is the Austrian Tasting, 8/2/12, at the Institute of Directors, Pall Mall, London.

Up next is the First Date for France Tasting, 15th February at Millbank Tower, London. A tasting from some of France’s boutique wineries coming from all over the country.

The German Wine Tasting beckons on the 22nd at Templeton Place. London. An interesting assortment of wines from,




Loersch – Eifel




Peth – Wetz


The following week see’s me scurry off to the The Champagne Summit on the 28th, not a tasting as such but ‘a fresh take on the drinks trade event as we know it, the Harpers Summit format offers an interactive tasting and learning experience for the UK drinks buyer, by way of panel debates, masterclasses, themed tastings, research and Harpers’ Champagne Awards 2012.’

The Specialist Importers Trade Tasting or SITT occurs the following day. ‘SITT is designed specifically for wine buyers from the independent on and off trade, and for press visitors interested in ‘real’ wines. Whether you are a writer or a buyer from a restaurant, hotel, retail or online environment, everything – wines, exhibitors, forums, generic participation – is created to give you the most useful day of tasting possible.’ Should be two informative days.

Lastly, for now, I get to the Wines of Spain Tasting at Old Billingsgate on the 1st of March. Hoping to improve on my performance of last year where I fell Ill just shortly after arriving. A whole host of wines available, both still and the bubbly variety, are on show for my pleasure.

That should keep me occupied for now.


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