IWFS LONDON WINE TASTING – Mature Champagne and English Sparkling Wines

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March 2020 The last wine tasting I got to before lockdown was on How Sparkling Wines Mature, presented by Bernard Lamb. This tasting of ten bottles explored champagnes and English sparkling wines, vintage and non-vintage, at different stages of maturity.   Generally with age, sparkling, wines lose fizz and freshness and gain depth of flavour and complexity. But it is …

IWFS LONDON WINE TASTINGS – China, France and South Africa

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 February 2020 The events I attended this month illustrated different approaches to wine tasting. The wines for our Chinese wine tasting were a selection from a lot bought at auction. They are not exported to the UK, so we did not know what they would cost, and could not assess their value that way. The labels in Chinese provided no …

IWFS LONDON BLOG January 2020

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From a fine dinner in Mayfair to a bistro supper in Pimlico, two contrasting events this month, both delightful. Early in January we dressed up for formal fine dining in elegant Belle Epoque style surroundings, recently refurbished, at the Savile Club, based in an elegant 18th-century house in Brook Street, Mayfair. This is a social ‘gentlemen’s’ members’ club. Many celebrated …

IWFS London Blog December 2019

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As it’s the end-of-year, please indulge my reminiscing about some of our events in central London over the last twelve months. We held a Dinner in January at Tredwells in Covent Garden. This is a restaurant in the Marcus Wareing group, focusing on contemporary British produce, whose Chef Patron is Chantelle Nicholson. The four courses were each matched by appropriate …

IWFS LONDON BLOG November 2019

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IWFS Corney & Barrow Wine Tasting and Dinner London Branch’s AGM was held at Corney & Barrow. Corney & Barrow was founded by Edward Bland Corney in London in 1780.  Their headquarters, where we went, is now an elegant converted customs house near Tower Hill. The AGM took up a very small part of the evening, however, as we also …