Wine Sessions was born in spring 2013, when Emily O'Hare, Sophie Dening and Zeren Wilson found themselves thirsty as they took part in food and wine talks at at TOAST Festival in Shoreditch. Over drinks, they decided to put on their own day of talks for the public, one during which you'd always have a glass in your hand, and never hear about an interesting wine without getting to taste it.
With help from Miranda and Sarah of Toast, Jonathan Downey and an all-star cast of wine world talent, they put on the first Wine Sessions in Clerkenwell in November: a day-long celebration of talks and tastings featuring Jancis Robinson, Tutto Wines, Sager + Wilde, James Lowe, Ruth Spivey, Joe Wadsack and Tom Harrow, among others.
Wine Sessions, taking place on Saturday 7 June, at the end of London Wine Week, features The Guardian's Fiona Beckett, Doug Wregg of Caves de Pyrène, critic Jamie Goode, Telegraph and Olive wine writer Victoria Moore, The Independent's Anthony Rose, Richard Hemming of jancisrobinson.com, Michael Sager-Wilde, Charlie Young of Vinoteca, Courtney Stebbings from Lyle's, Mayfields chef Matthew Young and Jack Lewens of Skye Gyngell's Spring, set to open in autumn.
Talks are all £20, except for Rad Food Matching at £40. First talk starts at 12 noon, and our bar opens at 12.30pm. Entry to the bar (Quality Chop House, Passione Vino, Noble Fine Liquor) and bookstore (Material Gallery) is free.
London Wine Sessions is in partnership with www.wateraid.org, and www.londonwineweek.com. Our floral sponsor is rebelrebel.co.uk of Broadway Market.
WHAT WE POURED: LONDON WINE SESSIONS II, 7/6/14
THE BASICS with Fiona Beckett
Edoardo Miroglio Brut Zero, Thrace, Bulgaria — Theatre of Wine
Classico dei Castelli di Jesi Verdicchio 2013 — Asda
Julien Sunier Régnié 2011 — Berry Bros & Rudd
Ridge Lytton Springs Zinfandel, California — Bottle Apostle
Ataraxia Chardonnay, South Africa — Laytons
MOON WALK with Doug Wregg and Jamie Goode
2012 Quartz, Les Caillloux du Paradis, Claude Courtois
2011 Etna Bianco, Vinujancu, Salvo Foti
2013 Saumur-Champigny, Thierry Germain
2011 Crozes-Hermitage Rouge, Dard & Ribo
All wines from Caves de Pyrènes
WINE INTO WORDS with Victoria Moore, Anthony Rose and Richard Hemming
2013 Cotes de Provence, M de Minuty Rosé, Château Minuty — Robersons Wine
2011 Chianti Classico, Isole e Olena — Liberty Wines Richard
2011 Shiraz, Kangarilla Road — Majestic
2012 Sauvignon Blanc, Gran Hacienda Reserva, Santa Rita — Berkmann Wine Cellars
2000 Château Léoville-Barton, Bordeaux — Robersons Wines
2008 Penfolds St-Henri Shiraz — Berry Bros & Rudd
THE UNLOVABLES with Michael Sager-Wilde, Courtney Stebbings and Charlie Young
2007 Rioja Reserva, Contino — Waitrose/M&S
2013 Pinot Grigio, Villa Merighi — Passione Vino
2012 Lambrusco di Sorbara, Radice, Paltrinieri — Passione Vino