Three interesting snippets of news extracted from this weeks deluge of press releases:
Natural Wine Fair
– a bit of advanced notice for the UK’s first dedicated Natural Wine Fair. Isabelle Legeron MW, TV presenter and France’s first ever female Master of Wine, has brought together dozens of wine producers for the UK’s first ever Natural Wine Fair at Borough Market.
The fair is a UK first: a wine show dedicated to natural wine, which will take place as the highlight of Natural Wine Fortnight from 9th-22nd May 2011
. Natural wines are organic or biodynamic wines made with minimal intervention in the winery – i.e. without the use of chemicals or additives. Isabelle, a classically trained nose and palate, is making a stand for them and what they represent.
Awareness and sales of natural wine are growing and it’s the ideal time to launch Natural Wine Week, which will take place all over the capital at the fair and in restaurants. The wine fair will bring together producers from all over Europe and a small selection from the New World. Entry to the fair will be £18, which will include a tasting glass, catalogue and the opportunity to sample wines and meet over 100 producers.
The Natural Wine Fair at Borough Market will be open to consumers on Sunday 15th May followed by two trade days on 16th and 17th May 2011. Opening Times: Sunday 10am-6pm. Monday 10am-7pm. Tuesday 10am-6pm
Cornish Rattler Cyder
Pictured is a new cider – the 6% ABV, Cornish Rattler. Created by brothers San and Joe Healey, Cornish Rattler was apparently designed to “make a cyder for the next generation of cyder drinkers. Say goodbye to tradition, get creative with new apple blends, shake up the sector with true quality-focused innovation and inject some playful design”. Sorry guys I’m not convinced it offers anything distinctive. Fresh, crisp and drinkable but “innovative”, not for me it doesn’t. Cornish Rattler is available in JD Wetherspoon pubs, St Austell Brewery pubs and at healeyscyder.co.uk
18th Cornwall Wine Fair
Cornwall based Castang Wine Shippers of Looe is organising a two day wine fair in Saltash on Tuesday 8th and Wednesday 9th March. Taking Centre Stage at this year’s event are some of the leading winemakers and growers from around the world and Castang Wine Shippers staff will be giving some expert advice on wine selections. Expert wine makers will be on hand including Luis Marculeta, producer of Rioja and Navarra wines; Cyrus Tchahardehi representing his Burgundy and Beaujolais houses; Frederic Maurin from Cave de Sigoules in Bergerac and Socave in Bordeaux; Francois Lieubeau Muscadet producer. One of the largest free tasting events in the UK will include wines from the best up and coming regions in both Europe and the new world. The tastings are for trade and private customers with entry to the venue (China Fleet ountry Club, Saltash) by ticket only. For further information contact Jonathan or Philip Hearnden at:
Castang Wine Shippers. Pelynt. Looe. Cornwall. PL13 2JX. Tel: 01503 220359
Web site: www.castang-wines.co.uk