London Branch at Forman’s

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Friday 5th July saw the London Branch make a return visit to H. Forman & Son following the success of the previous visit in 2018 as part of the Triennial Festival. Founded in 1905, H. Forman & Son is a family business, and one of the last, if not the last, traditional Smoked Salmon producers in London. Located next door …

Fine Wines from Oregon

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This tasting of Oregon wines, mainly Pinot Noirs from 2018, was presented by Ian Shane. Willamette Valley in Oregon where the wines are from, is renowned for its Pinot Noir wines, thanks to unique climatic conditions and to talented and determined winemakers. It is the drainage basin of the Willamette River, which flows for 150 miles from north to south. …

Lunch at Mielo, Marylebone

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A large group of us gathered to enjoy delicious Mediterranean cuisine at Mielo restaurant, near Baker Street. “Mediterranean” encompassed a variety of seasonal dishes from Sicily, Athens, San Sebastian, amongst others. Meat, fish, seafood and vegetarian options were all catered for. We had a free choice from the excellent set three-course lunch menu: six first courses, seven mains and three …

Is Dom Pérignon the best?

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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 …

Christmas Lunch at The Swan Hyde Park

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Join us for IWFS London’s first Christmas lunch, which is being held at The Swan, Hyde Park London.   Enjoying a stunning position with views of Hyde Park from the upper and lower terraces, the Swan’s dining room on the first floor is a perfect venue at this time of the year. Lovingly refurbished and re-opened in 2018, The Swan is …

Wine-tasting Dinner

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A Tribute to our late Chairman, Andrew Brodie Many of you will remember the wonderful wine dinners that Andrew Brodie used to organise in London with Jack Rubyn, chairman of the Marin County Branch in California.  Following Andrew’s untimely death in 2016, Jack sponsored a special dinner in his memory at Pied a Terre led by Mathieu Germond, who was …

Is Château d’Yquem the best?

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A comparative tasting of some of the best mature sweet wines in the world. Château d’Yquem is considered the best – or one of the best – sweet wines anywhere. As well as d’Yquem, we shall taste mature, rich challengers from other top Sauternes and from an Alsace Grand Cru, a Tokay Aszú, a Pedro Ximenez from Jerez, a German …

London Branch Celebrates IWFS 90th Anniversary at Windsor Castle

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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

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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

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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 …