London Wine Tastings
Wanderlust operates a yearly roster of 3 – 5 tastings per year where you can drink some great juice whilst meeting the winemakers and mingling with some like-minded wine lovers. Here are the details of the upcoming and recent events:
2018 London Wine Tasting Schedule
21st November 2018 – Christmas tasting & South Africa launch
WHERE AND WHEN
Wednesday 21st November Bleeding Heart Tavern 1 Bleeding Heart Yard, London EC1N 8SJ Nearest tubes: Chancery Lane, Farringdon
5:30pm – 8:30pm 8:30pm – onwards: rotisserie and open bottle dinner
After another ground-breaking year, winning THREE awards since our last festive shin-dig, it’s about time we highlighted the movers and shakers; our best sellers of 2018 and the festive wines that we have lined up to make your Christmas that bit more sparkly. What to expect:
**Sparkling wine!** Yes, not just our skinny Prosecco by Molmenti & Celot, but Champagne! Come and try what Macron drinks in the Élysée Palace – our Barnier champagne is poured for guests, and Frenchman alike as an outstanding example of gastronomic Champagne. Plus we will be pouring ONE bottle of our ‘better than Krug at half price’ grand Champagne.
**2018’s rockstars** What flew off the shelves so much that we had to get more? We’ll be putting out this year’s Wanderlust hot list out to pour
**South Africa launch** We have 3 new producers to showcase and all of them offer something new, unique and different. From the world’s best Chenin and Pinotage, natural wines to silky smooth, mature 2001 Merlot, we hope you will agree we will get off the block pretty quickly with this new country to our portfolio.
We have also decided to continue previous efforts to make this FREE for as many people as possible. The £25 ticket price will be refunded against any wine purchases, making it FOC for those that buy a bottle or two.
We are delighted to hold it at one of our restaurant customer sites, The Bleeding Heart Tavern, downstairs in their private room.
Come Dine with us! For those that would like to try the iconic food at the Tavern, we have secured a festive deal for £25. Served at 8:30 pm in the private room in the Tavern, for those that wish to join the Wanderlust Wine team and like-minded wine loving customers, sit down to a big family-style supper. We will be pouring whatever is left from the tasting! (yes, more free wine…)
Previous Wine Tastings
September 2018 - Wine Over Water - London's first Floating Wine Festival
Courtesy of Wanderlust Wine and the Totally Thames Festival 2018, London’s first floating wine festival, Wine over Water is docking near you!
Taking place on the Tamesis Dock boat 22nd & 23rd September, Wine Over Water features winemakers that have travelled the globe to bring their award-winning wines to Thames faring wine lovers. Visitors can rub shoulders with the winemakers themselves and take part in a Voyage to Discovery wine tasting. The Island Wines table will explore one of the hottest trends in wine right now; the emergence of wines from volcanic islands such as Sicily, Sardinia, and Corsica. There will also be blind tasting competitions, where consumers can enter to win a case of wine by guessing what the mystery bottles are.
Passengers that join the Wine over Water boat docked on the Southbank, will get to learn, discover and taste award winning wines from Hungary, South Africa, France, Italy, Romania, Australia, New Zealand and the UK, whilst taking in the views of the Tamesis’ two upper decks with Thames views of The Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, and the Tate Britain.
Food will be available for purchase throughout with a sailor’s rations menu: serving marine-themed nibbles based on historical dishes served on old British vessels.
Timings, reserve one of these two slots: 11 – 2pm or 2:15 – 5pm.
Tickets for Wine over Water cost £25 per person which includes 8 tasting samples from the selection on offer. You will be able to purchase your favourite wines by the glass on the day, or arrange delivery of a selection of anything you love to your own front door.
June 2018 - Stars of the Commonwealth
Our next tasting has just been confirmed where you can again meet the winemakers from the producers that we exclusively import.
We will be showing: *Commonwealth superstars from NZ, Australia and *Crisp, quaffable whites to enjoy under the summer sun *Cool climate (and chillable) reds, *Gender-neutral Rose! Men are going mad for it this year! *Our award-winning Oregon Pinot Noir
Winemakers in attendance:
Simon Bishell – Caythorpe, Marlborough, New Zealand
Federico Celot – Molmenti & Celot, Friuli, Italy
Christmas portfolio tasting of 2017
Showcasing the largest and most diverse wine tasting of the year at London’s oldest French restaurant, L’Escargot. Alongside the tasting element, we launched our top secret project; Wine on Demand – wine delivery to Londoners within the hour – and here you will also be able to order your Christmas wines.
Winemakers in attendance pouring… Old Vine Champagne! Barnier Champagne, France
Vines from before World War I? Yes, Roger Barnier and his team have some of the oldest vines we have heard of, dating back to 1910 and we are delighted to announce their addition into the Wanderlust Wine portfolio as our chosen producer Champagne. They will be pouring a selection of their Champagnes including Rose, Vintage and a 100% Pinot Meunier produced from the pre-world war vines.
Hungary’s Hottest new female producer, Kikelet
Making dry (not sweet!) Tokaji and other white wines. The precision of a female winemaker, the skill of the French when it comes to grapes and the tradition and history of Hungary’s most famous wine region.
Californian & Oregon wines at value – Double Canyon vineyard
American wines that are top quality and affordable are proving more and more difficult now. Double Canyon with patches on land in some of the best American wine growing areas are bucking the trend away from exchange rates vs the pound.
Romania’s most famous emerging brand with their 90 point rated wines and new vintages – Dagon Clan
An ancient vineyard that was re-planted and became the new project of critically acclaimed Burgundy winemaker, Mark Haisma. Three vintages in, their wines are gaining more and more press as Romania’s leading producer.
September 2017 - New & Old World wines plus Hungary debutes!
In the wonderful location of the upstairs of the London Capital Club, in a private room you will be able to taste a range of over 15 wines from a variety of countries in the Northern and Southern Hemispheres. We will be announcing and pouring the new addition to our portfolio of countries – Hungary.
2 winemakers will be in attendance:
–> Heumann Winery – Erhard Heumann A new addition to the Wanderlust portfolio – we are excited and delighted to be importing what we believe is the most modern, innovative and forward-thinking wine producer in Hungary. Erhard is a Swiss German born passionate wine lover who has sacrificed a very cushy life in Switzerland for the dream of making top quality wines for himself in a soil he believes in. His wines come from a region called Villany in the South West where the grapes can ripen perfectly. We are confident the Heumann wines will be a strong, core part of our range. Erhard is looking forward to bringing his enthusiasm over from Hungary when he talks you through the range he has on offer. –> Oliver’s Taranga – Corinna Wright Not only is she a super spitter, she is an award winning winemaker that sits on the board of the Women in Wine organisation. We soft launched the portfolio of Oliver’s Taranga months ago and they proved an instant hit. Based in MacLaren Vale, South Australia, Corinna has perfected the art of making big red wines that we know Australia so well for – Shiraz, Grenache and Cabernet Sauvignon; but also the new trendy wines in Aus – Italian grapes that can cope with the heat but have a great structure in their finish.
July 2017 - Own label Sauvignon Blanc release: Thames boat party - Sauvignon Blanc & beats
‘hiahia’. That’s the name of our wine. It’s like a small round of applause, showcasing how proud we are to bring our own label wine which has been a big ambition of ours as the business has grown and flourished. Often people said “but where is the great artisanal Sauvignon?”, well, we decided to make our own and we think we’ve done a decent job of it. Come and try some later in July at the release date party.
May 2017 Spring Wine Tasting – Molmenti vs Recchione
Friuli vs Burgundy
In the French corner: the extremely talented young winemaker, Jeremy Rechionne – our new signing will be debuting his micro batch wines (only 150 bottles of each wine are made with extreme love and care) at this event. Traditional grapes from Burgundy and the Rhone: Pinot Noir (Gevrey Chambertin, Fixin 1er Cru), Chardonnay (St Romain), Viognier, Syrah, and Grenache.
November 2016 - Meet the Winemakers! Christmas Wine Tasting 20th Nov 2016
MUSSO, Piedmonte – a stunning range of NW Italian grapes grown in and around the village of Barbaresco where they are based. You all particularly loved their Barbera d’Alba (meaty, deep, and developed layers of fruits), Freisa (the quite rarely seen very slightly sparkling red which you can serve ever so slightly chilled. Gentle and delicate, juicy and moreish) and lastly their two stunning Barbaresco’s – Rio Sordo and Pora. We have just found out that these two have beaten one of the top vineyards from this part of the world, Gaja (“the king of Barbaresco”) in a wine tasting competition, pipping them by one point to a whopping 93 and 94 points respectively! This alone is a career defining accolade for the winery. Get your hands on what is left while we still have some.
Chateau Amanieu D’Albret, Bordeaux – Tim showing off his great range of Malbec and Merlot led wines. Unoaked, old oak or new oak? Which did you prefer? A great way to show the purpose of the way his wines are crafted. Each one has a different distinctive taste from a different taking profile giving character and identity.
Molmenti & Celot, Friuli – Fede & his team seem to go from strength to strength. This years vintage had just arrived that week. We poured you and we think you agreed, it’s better than ever.
May 2016 - New Stars Portfolio Tasting
Showing the full range of our producers and styles of wine now on offer from Wanderlust Wine, including Napa Valley, Sonoma, the Loire, the Rhone, Romania and Prosecco from Friuli, Italy.
2 winemakers presenting their wines on the night – Federico Celot from Molmenti & Celot and Mark Haisma.