London Branch Excellence Award for Sam’s Riverside

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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 …

IWFS LONDON WINE BLOG  December 2021

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I didn’t go to any wine tastings this month. So I thought that I would write instead about some interesting wines from Greece that I have recently discovered. (And not a word about resin.) The new wine makers in Greece are often young people who have joined their parents’ wine business or taken over the family production with ambitions, strategies …

IWFS LONDON WINE BLOG November 2021

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London Branch’s AGM was held last month at the Army and Navy Club, Pall Mall. It was followed by a dinner at which wines from the club cellar accompanied the first two courses, as follows: Kings cured smoked salmon mousse with blini, capers and horseradish cream The choice of wines, both described in the wine list as “full bodied and …

IWFS LONDON WINE BLOG October 2021

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We enjoy many varied wine events in London Branch. This month we were privileged to have the rare opportunity of participating in a horizontal tasting of wines from the finest Bordeaux châteaux, vintage 1995, for the provision of which we were most grateful to member Lancelot Jaundoo.  These are the wines we tasted. They were all wonderful, still showing some …

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 …

IWFS LONDON WINE BLOG September 2021

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One event to report this month, a delightful lunch for London Branch members at a one-star Michelin French restaurant just east of the City of London, Galvin La Chapelle. The weather was very warm outside, the sun beating down. But we were comfortably cool in an exceptional setting from the ground floor upwards, past the mezzanine floor where we were …