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, 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, and Our floral sponsor is of Broadway Market.


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 Michael
  • 2012 Zinfandel, Vine Starr, Broc Cellars — Roberson Wines
  • L'Hereu Raventos Blanc, Catalunya —Highbury Vintners Charlie
  • 2009 Chardonnay, Mornington Peninsula, Red Claw, Yabby Lake — Vinoteca/Swig
  • 2013 Mosel Riesling, Spectre, Wines of Momentary Destination — Vinoteca

RAD FOOD MATCHING with Matthew Young and Jack Lewens

  • Champagne Fleury, Blancs de Noir Brut — Fields, Morris & Verdin/Berry Bros & Rudd
  • Riesling 2009, Rolly-Gassmann — Fields, Morris & Verdin/Berry Bros & Rudd
  • Roero Arneis 2013, Valfaccenda — Tutto Wines
  • La Macération Blanc L10 Le Soula, Languedoc — Fields, Morris & Verdin/Berry Bros & Rudd
  • Navaherreros (Garnacha), Viños de Madrid 2011, Bernabeleva — Bibendum
  • Macvin du Jura, Domaine de la Tournelle — Dynamic Vines