For a few centuries, London dominated the wine world. Next week, they prove themselves once again to be at the top.
Fom May 20 through May 22, London proves itself the center of the extremely minimal intervention wine world. Two tastings move in and the volumune of near 400 winemakers in this category from around the world will dwarf La Dive. This will dwarf the offs at Verona. This will dwarf the offs of Vin Expo. Has there ever been another time in space where so many amazing, fabulous, wild and crazy vignerons and those who love their wines will congregate in one city at one time?
It's an embarraassment of riches. How do you decide what to do and where to go? Oh, if only they were under one roof or down the block from one another. There are to many seminars and too many wines. The winemakers are bellyaching as well. These are a clannish group and friends do not like being separated. I have friends at both. Hell, both organizers are friends! But, sometimes this is life. In Bordeaux and Italy and Angers there are always competing and compatable wine tastings, we will deal. And, like La Paulée, there are decisions that must be made.
The three days will be a three ring circus. But if you can go, you must, and make room for two.
At The Real Wine Fair, 20th – 22nd May 2012
- Sunday 20th May (Consumer day) 10am – 6pm
- Monday 21st May (Trade) 10am – 6pm
- Tuesday 22nd May (Trade) 10am – 6pm
I definitely don't want to miss Tom Lubbe talking about terroir, natural yeasts and typicity. Max Allen, who I am thrilled to meet, will present the new Australians. I will be presenting at the history of le vin naturel and the new American wine).
The RAW fair (20-21 May 2012)
Goes on for one less day and a whole lot is crammed into 48 hours. They have a never ending list of presentations competing with the wines, but at the top of the list is the vertical of LeClapart champagnes.
So, be on the lookout for updates on this site and Twitter @alicefeiring. But even better, come along.