Dear London Branch members
I am delighted that, at the end of June, we were able to start physical events once more. Our first, in Chris Davenport Jones’ garden, was an excellent tasting of English Sparkling wines. The Naval Club, which we have used for so many events over the years, sadly closed down during the lockdown, but thanks to Beverley St John Aubin we have been able to move to the Army and Navy Club, just off St James’ Square. Our first event there was a superb tasting of 2008 Bordeaux from the cellar of Richard Jackson, soon followed by a re-match of Champagne versus English Sparkling Wines. In September we had lunch at the Michelin-starred Galvin la Chapelle.
For the next year we are aiming to stage a full range of face-to-face events once more, although Covid is still making planning somewhat difficult. We are also intending to continue with on line events if the demand is there. We hope to produce printed programmes from time to time, but some events may have to be announced on-line at short notice. So please keep an eye on the web site, and try to ensure that your junk mail filters do not reject our emails.
Our Branch Committee meetings have continued on-line, throughout the pandemic, and I can assure you that your Committee are working hard to identify interesting opportunities for new events and venues.
Jeffrey Benson – Chairman London Branch