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Saturday, 16 April 2016

The Real Wine Fair and other treats this week

the Real Wine Fair: 17th and 18th April, Tobacco Dock

Now back from my Scottish sojourn, which included the memorable beach wedding on Colonsay, I'm now back in London and looking forward to a busy week of tastings.

The Real Wine Fair opens tomorrow with its public day. This year I am unable to make the Sunday but look forward to Monday but first a quick visit to the Thorman Hunt tasting in the city as they have a good list of Loire producers including Yannick Amirault and Château de Villeneuve. 

Tuesday sees the launch of a book on the wines of India as well as J&B's tasting, who again have some interesting wines on their list – including Lucien Crochet, Vincent Pinard and Jacky Blot. 

Thursday will be a day of fizz – a tasting of Bairrada (Portugal) sparkling wines made from grape variety – Baga – followed by Crémants from the Loire. 

There are several Crémant Loire producers showing at the event: Bouvet-Ladubay, Langlois-Chateau, Veuve-Amiot, La Guillaumerie and Domäne Vincendeau.    

The week closes with the Big Fortified Tasting, which is a highlight as the tasting year. I suspect as usual I will tend to major on the Sherries but I should also take a look at some Madeira.     

Liv Vincendeau
A young Crémant producer showing 
her wines in London this week.

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