This is the first wine festival of its kind and we think you should go. Drink, eat, meet, learn, hang out.
Sample the wares of Hackney wine bar Sager + Wilde, taste Puligny-Montrachet with Tom 'WineChap' Harrow, and learn the basics of wine with a glass in your hand, the London Wine Sessions is happening in Clerkenwell this Saturday 23 November, from 11am to 10pm.
You can dip in and out of the sessions and there's a whole day of relaxed talks and tastings, kicking off with writer/broadcaster Joe Wadsack on 'The Basics'. Then, following Jancis Robinson's major 'Around the World in Seven Tastes' talk at 12.30pm, Zeren Wilson (aka Mr Bitten & Written) will join forces with Ruth Spivey (Street Vin and Wine Car Boot) to conduct a side-by-side tasting of house wines from well-known London restaurants - 'House Hunting'. At 4pm, 'The Other France' will explore the Jura, the Loire and the Languedoc, courtesy of the Clove Club and Zetter sommeliers and Mark Andrew of Roberson Wine.
Later on, at 6.30pm, Tom Harrow pours his 'Famous Five', a kickass tasting including wines from Krug, Clos des Quatre Vents in Bordeaux, and Puligny-Montrachet. The final event will be a food/wine pairing event with Young Turks chef James Lowe and Skye Gyngell's sommelier, Jack Lewens. We've heard James is making game pasties… Daniel from The Clove Club is playing records, and the aperitivi bar from Tutto and Passione will continue to pop corks.
You don't need a ticket to come down, hang out, sample Château d'Yquem by the glass from Sager + Wilde, or some of Tutto's cult Mauro Vergano vermouth: alongside the ticketed talks and tastings will be two bars, open to all comers. Chefs from Trullo restaurant are whipping up snacks all day. Wine Sessions is taking place in association with the food/culture crew TOAST, and raising money for the water charity 2water.org.
London Wine Sessions, 11am–10pm, Saturday 23 November, at The Crypt on the Green, Clerkenwell Close, London EC1.
Nearest Tube: Farringdon. Tickets, from £15, on sale now at www.toastfestival.com/events
Entry to the bar is free. Twitter: @LdnWineSessions
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