Is Dom Pérignon the best?

In Event Reports by ashepherdiwfs

On 30th January at the Army and Navy Club, we tasted 10 Champagnes and English sparkling wines of different ages and styles. People scored each wine out of 20, so average scores could be worked out later. Approximate current prices are given for the younger wines but are not available (NA) for the older ones. 17 out of 18 who …

London Branch Celebrates IWFS 90th Anniversary at Windsor Castle

In Event Reports, IWFS London Blog by ashepherdiwfs

To celebrate the 90th Anniversary of IWFS, London Branch decided that it needed a very special venue.  We were delighted when one of our members offered to use his personal connections to enable us to use the Vicars’ Hall at Windsor Castle. With the opportunity to use such an iconic venue it seemed appropriate to bring the event forward to …

Lunch at the Greenwich Pensioner

In Event Reports, IWFS London Blog by ashepherdiwfs

Many of you will have attended some of the excellent lunches that Persephone Lewin has organised for us over the last few years.  Now she has bought her own historic public house, and undertaken extensive renovations to bring it up to today’s standards.  She has just reopened as a gastro pub and very kindly invited us to join her for …

A tasting of Chateau Musar and some Left Bank Clarets

In Event Reports, IWFS London Blog by ashepherdiwfs

Back in 2020 we sadly lost Carole Goldberg, one of the stalwarts of the London Branch of the IWFS. Always unpredictable, sometimes challenging, Carole was tremendously enthusiastic about the Society. Over the years she had organised many memorable tastings. This tasting for London Branch members, held at the Army and Navy Club in Mayfair, was titled “Carole Goldberg Revisited Part …

London Branch Excellence Award for Sam’s Riverside

In Event Reports, IWFS London Blog by ashepherdiwfs

Sam’s Riverside is a high class ‘local’ restaurant, situated on the banks of the River Thames, next to the Riverside TV studios.  It has great view of the River and Hammersmith Bridge. London Branch held a lunch there in October 2022, and was so impressed that it decided to to arrange a repeat visit and present Sam with an Excellence …

Zone Zinfandel Exclusive   

In Event Reports, IWFS London Blog by ashepherdiwfs

A unique wine tasting for London Branch members was held at the Army and Navy Club, Pall Mall. Ian Shane, an IWFS member of London Branch since 1988 (and also of New York since moving there in the late 1990s), took us through these wines selected from his cellar. We had the privilege of comparing Zinfandel wines all from the …

Wines from the Cellar of the late Hugo Dunn-Meynell

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The late Hugo Dunn-Meynell was Chairman and then Executive Director of IWFS over 15 years in the 1980s and 90s. Amongst his many achievements, he transformed the Society to its great benefit, bringing financial soundness, modernised management, a dedicated staff and branches in many parts of the world. He and his wife, writer Alice Wooledge Salmon, Tish, co-authored The Wine …

A TASTING OF FINE 2008/9/10 CLARETS

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This wonderful tasting, held at the Army and Navy Club in Pall Mall, led by Jeffrey Benson, featured ten wines from the cellar of one of our members, Lancelot Jaundoo. We tasted the clarets in flights of three. Château d`Angludet, Margaux : 2008, 2009, 2010 This estate had been neglected since before the Second World War until Peter Sichel acquired and …

A Tasting Dinner with Savoie Wines

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It is some years since Laurent Faure last entertained London Branch to one of his wine tasting dinners at le Vieux Comptoir, so we were well due for a return visit.  This time the wines were from the Savoie region of France.  These are mostly consumed locally, and only tiny quantities ever find their way to the UK.   Those on …

A Tasting of 1995 Clarets

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Thanks to the generosity of our member Lancelot Jaundoo, we were fortunate in early October 2021 to be able to enjoy a magnificent 1995 Claret tasting, rescheduled from 2020 and led by Jeffrey Benson. The 1995 summer in Bordeaux was extremely hot and dry, but there was rain in early September and fine weather from the start of harvest in …