A Tasting of Fine and Rare Tawny Port

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On Tuesday 2 December 2016 we were treated to a fascinating tasting of Tawny Ports presented by our Chairman, Jeffrey Benson at the Doubletree Hilton Hotel, Victoria. Unlike Vintage Port, which spends years developing in bottle and then needs to be decanted, Tawny Ports with an indication of age spend their time developing in oak casts, throwing their sediment, and …

WSET Advanced level 3

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Jeffrey Benson recently held and tutored a course for IWFS London Branch members leading to the Advanced Level 3 certificate award of the WSET (Wine and Spirits Education Trust).  This is an internationally recognised professional qualification, involving both a written examination and a blind tasting.   Those who participated found it most demanding; very much more so than Level 2, which …

Spring/Early Summer 2014 Newsletter

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 Vintage gems from the London International Wine and Food Society summer events programme • Garage or garbage? Rare wines from the winemaking rebels from Bordeaux – 3 April • Fine and rare white Burgundies dating back to 1955 – 8 April • Dinner by Heston – 1 May • A tutored tasting of fine red Burgundies from the 1950s – …

Spring 2014 Newsletter

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It’s all Greek, Sparkles and Garage for Spring 2014 with the London Branch of the International Wine and Food Society ·         Jeffrey Benson looks back at the ‘Ultimate Tasting’ of a 1795 Madeira ·         Fine and mature Beerenauslese and Trockenbeerenauslese ·         Exclusive evening at 10 Greek Street Restaurant with owner Luke Wilson ·         Celebrate local with English sparkling wines ·         Garage …

Carole’s Farewell

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Farewell but Not Goodbye! Dear London Branch Friends After 11 years of managing your Programme of Events, I have decided that the time has come for me to retire. I know it doesn’t seem like it but it was in November 2002 that the new Committee offered me the role jointly with another new Committee member. My first ever programme …