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 …

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 …

IWFS LONDON WINE BLOG August 2021

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Two tastings to tell you about, both good for our tasting skills in different ways. A rare opportunity for us to try Russian Wines, for those of us curious about wines that we do not usually encounter. These wines – not even available to buy in the UK – were made for Russian tastes. Some were from local grapes, others …

IWFS LONDON WINE BLOG July 2021

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It’s a while since I’ve been able to tell you about more than one wine tasting in one blog.  Happily we’re beginning to resume normal service, with London Branch’s second face-to-face event this year – and what an event that was – as well as a Zoom tasting. Our 9th event by Zoom was on Cabernet Sauvignon from the New …

LUNCH AT GALVIN LA CHAPELLE

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On the hottest day in summer for a while, we happily convened for a delightful real lunch round a rectangular table in the private dining room, in Galvin La Chapelle restaurant near Liverpool Street, east of the City. Its suitably cool interior for such weather has high stone double-height ceilings from the ground floor upwards past the mezzanine floor where …

LONDON WINE TASTING – ENGLISH SPARKLING ROSÉ – June 2021

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Our first live tasting since lockdowns was held in the garden of Christopher Davenport Jones who led it – and to whom many thanks. We were warned to wear appropriate clothing lest the weather proved inclement. In the event, the forecast rain held off, and it was a fine evening for us to compare English sparkling rosés (and one Welsh). …

LONDON WINE TASTING – GREEK WINES – May 2021

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No IWFS Zoom tastings this month to talk about, so I’m going to write about two contrasting Greek white wines I’ve tasted both made from the Assyrtiko grape. Many exciting wines are being produced in Greece from indigenous grapes, both red and white, by independent wine makers, using careful wine making techniques, with quality at their forefront. These wines are …