Friday 16 June 2017, 5pm-7.30pm

Free tasting with Phil Barnett from Les Caves de Pyrene

Our free Friday tastings continue this Friday with that dastardly rogue Phil Barnett from Les Caves de Pyrene, suppliers of low intervention wines from regional France and beyond.

Please join us for another France/Italy slurp off anytime between 5 pm and 7.30 pm for a free tasting of:

  • Cantina Toblino Muller Thurgau 2016 (£13.85)
  • Bruno Lupin Roussette de Savoie Cru Frangy 2015 (£15.50)
  • Domaine Cret de Garanches Brouilly 2016 (£13.65)
  • Ampeleia Maremma Alicante 2015 (£23.50)

We’ll take 10% off the above prices this Friday if you’d like to buy on the night.

Friday 9 June 2017, 5pm-7.30pm

Free tasting with Laura Dippie from Liberty Wines

Laura Dippie from Liberty Wines joins us again for a free pouring of four wines, some new to the shop. On free pouring from 5pm are:

From Sardinia, Mesa Primo Bianco Vermentino di Sardegna 2016 (£12.60)

From Beaujolais, the tautologically wonderful Chateau Moulin-à-Vent Moulin-à-Vent 2014 (£24.15)

From Valpolicellax , Allegrini Palazzo della Torre IGT 2013 (£20.90)

From the Rhône, Chateau La Verrerie Luberon Blanc 2015 (£18.30)

It’s a free tasting and there wll be 10% off the above prices if you buy on the night.

Friday 2 June 2017, 5pm-7.30pm

Free Gusbourne Estate wine tasting

To celebrate English Wine Week, we’re pouring three wines new to the shop from Gusbourne Estate:

Gusbourne Brut Reserve 2013 (£34.20), a lovely sparkling wine that won a gold medal at the UK Wine Awards, 

Gusbourne Rosé Sparkling 2013 (£39.55), its pink stablemate, and

Gusbourne Guinevere Chardonnay 2013 (£23.35), proof that England can make top-notch still wines.

It’s a free tasting. Turn up anytime between 5pm and 7.30pm for some fizz and some still to celebrate English Wine Week. We’ll take 10% off the above prices if you’d like to buy what you try on the night.

Friday 19 May 2017, 5pm-7.30pm

Free tasting with Rafa Soto from Bodega Mustiguillo

Join Rafa Soto from Valencian producer Bodega Mustiguillo for a free tasting of four wines on Friday 19 May. If you like what you try, there’s 10% off the shelf price on the night. We’re pouring from 5pm to 7.30pm.

Friday 12 May 2017, 5pm-7.30pm

Free tasting with David Marco from Marco Abella

For such a tiny part of Spain, Priorat produces some exceptionally good wines. Marco Abella have proved a hit since we started stocking their wines a few months ago and we’re delighted to be joined by winemaker David Marco. David will pour two of his reds and a white. There is 10% off the shelf price on the night if you’d like to buy what you try.

Friday 5 May 2017, 5pm-7.30pm

Free tasting with Jeremy LIthgow from Charles Taylor Wines

We’re joined by Master of Wine Jeremy Lithgow from Charles Taylor Wines. Jeremy will be pouring four French wines:

From Burgundy, some Champagne method fizz, Vignerons de Terre Secrétes Crémant de Bourgogne Blanc de Noirs (£17.85)

a couple of whites: from Burgundy, Cave de Prissé Saint-Véran Les Pierres Blanches (£15.85) and from Bordeaux, Château Fourcas-Dupré Bordeaux Blanc (£23.25)

and a Southern Rhône red, Domaine la Bouïssière Gigondas (£26.35)

Join us and Jeremy anytime between 5pm and 7.30 pm for a free tasting. There’s 10% off if you’d like to buy what you try.

Friday 28 April 2017, 5pm-7.30pm

Free tasting with Nik Darlington from Red Squirrel Wines

We’re joined by Nik Darlington from Red Squirrel Wines. Nik is a purveyor of an eclectic mix of interesting wines from small producers and he will be with us for a European tour:

Italy: From Friuli, Angoris Friulano 2015 (£15.95) 
Germany: From Pfalz, Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll Riesling 2015 (£15.70)
Austria: From Wagram, Eisenhut Zweigelt 2014 (£13.85) 
Portugal: Vinteloper Touriga Nacional 2015 (£22.90). Okay, this last one isn’t from Portugal. It’s a Portuguese grape used to make great wine in South Australia’s Langhorne Creek.

Nik is on pouring duties from 5pm to 7.30pm and, as usual, there’ll be 10% off the above prices on the night if you’d like to buy what you try.

Friday 21 April 2017, 5pm-7.30pm

Free tasting with Matt Jones from Fields, Morris and Verdin

We’re joined for our Friday night tasting by our good chum Matt Jones from Fields, Morris and Verdin. It’s a St George’s Day theme (two days early) as Matt pours four wines with a ludicrously tenuous link to the patron saint of Catalunya and Scouting. On free pouring from 5pm are:

From Hampshire, Hambledon Classic Cuveé (£29.95)

From California, Birichino St George’s Zinfandel 2014 (£26.95)

Quinta de la Rosa Vinho Branco Reserva 2015 (£17.20), a Douro white blend

Graci Etna Rosé (£18.95), a volcanic Rosé from Sicily

It’s a free pouring. Simply turn up any time between 5pm and 7.30pm on Friday and try some wine. If you’d like to buy what you try, there will be 10% off the above prices on the evening.

Friday 14 April 2017, 5pm-7.30pm

France vs New Zealand

It’s France versus New Zealand this Friday as we compare two Pinot Noirs – one from a winery whose first planting was in 1998 and another who started a century earlier.

Facing off in our Battle of the Pinots are Belleville Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2015 (£19.50) from Burgundy and Hawksdrift Pinot Noir 2013 (£18.50) from Marlborough. 

We’re pouring from 5pm until 7.30pm.  It’s very laid back, turn up, try some wine and if you want to buy what you try, there’s 10% off the above prices on Friday evening.

Friday 7 April 2017, 5pm-7.30pm

France vs New Zealand

It’s France versus New Zealand this Friday as we compare two Pinot Noirs – one from a winery whose first planting was in 1998 and another who started a century earlier.

Facing off in our Battle of the Pinots are Belleville Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2015 (£19.50) from Burgundy and Hawksdrift Pinot Noir 2013 (£18.50) from Marlborough. 

We’re pouring from 5pm until 7.30pm.  It’s very laid back, turn up, try some wine and if you want to buy what you try, there’s 10% off the above prices on Friday evening.

Friday 31 March 2017, 5pm-7.30pm

French tasting with H2Vin

We’re joined for this Friday’s free pouring by Cedric Chauvet from H2Vin. H2Vin supply some of our classic wines and Cedric will be here to pour four of them.

On free tasting from 5pm are a white from Provence, a red from the Loire and a Côtes du Rhône. And we’ll be declaring rosé season officially open with some Provence rosé.

It’s a free tasting. Simply turn up and try some wine. If you like what you try, there’s 10% off the shelf price on the evening.

Saturday 25 March 2017, 3pm-5pm

Roederer Quartet tasting

We’re joined this Saturday by Marinel Fitzsimons, UK brand manager for Louis Roederer for a pouring of some Californian fizz.

Marinel is pouring Roederer Estate Anderson Valley Quartet (£25.95) from Louis Roederer’s outpost in California. This sparkling wine is crisp and elegant with complex pear, spice and hazelnut flavours. It’s fresh and lightly fruity with great finesse and depth of flavour.

It’s a free tasting. Simply turn up and try some fizz. If you like what you try, there’s 10% off the shelf price on the day.

Friday 24 March 2017, 5pm-7.30pm

Iberian tasting with Boutinot

On Friday 24 March, we’re joined by George Randall from Boutinot Wines for an Iberian tasting. George is pouring a selection of Spanish and Portuguese wines that reflect the diversity and quality of wines from this part of the world.

On free pouring between 5pm and 7.30pm are:

From Lisbon, Quinta do Pinto Collection Branco 2015 (£14.20), 

From near Bilboa, Gorka Izagirre Txakoli 2015 (£15.10),

From Rioja, Bodegas Ontañón Gran Reserva 2005 (£26.20),

From Catalunya, Ca N’Estruc L’Equilibrista SGS 2014 (£19.95). 

It’s very informal. Simply turn up and try some wines any time between 5pm and 7.30pm. If you like what you try, there’ll be 10% off the above shelf prices on the evening.

Friday 17 March 2017, 5pm-7.30pm

Birichino tasting with Alex Krause

Alex Krause from Birichino joins us on Friday 17 March from 5pm to 7.30pm for a tasting of some of the wines he makes with John Locke near Monterey in California. On free tasting are a splendid couple of their Pinot Noirs, a wonderful old vine Chenin Blanc and an old vine Grenache from the exceptional Besson Vineyard.

It’s all very informal. Simply turn up and try some wines any time between 5pm and 7.30pm. If you’d like to buy what you try, there’s 10% off the above shelf prices this Friday.

Friday 10 March 2017, 5pm-7.30pm

Domaine Treloar tasting with Jonathan Hesford

We’re joined by Jonathan Hesford, viticulturist and winemaker at Domaine Treloar in the Roussillon. Regular customers will know how much we have been championing the range of wines made by Jon and wife Rachel Treloar in Trouillas since shortly after we opened our shop. Not widely available but widely praised by customers and critics alike, Jon’s wines seem to get better each year and we’re delighted he can join us to pour a selection next Friday evening. 

It’s a free tasting. Simply turn up and try the wines any time between 5pm and 7.30pm. There is 10% off the shelf price if you buy any of the wines on the night.

Friday 3 March 2017, 5pm-7.30pm

Australian tasting

We’re pouring two more Australian wines this Friday, one red and one white and both relatively new to the shop.

From Margaret River we give you Flametree Chardonnay 2015 (£17.90). Wine maker Cliff Royle prefers low intervention wine making and this Chardonnay is wonderfully fresh with flavours of tight citrus, dried pear, grapefruit, honeydew melon and fig, beautifully supported by subtle French oak.

From Barossa, Magpie Estate The Scoundrel Grenache / Syrah 2013 (£11.45) is a wine made solely for a handful of specialist wine merchants in the UK. Medium bodied with lots of lovely juicy black fruit and some ageing in old oak.

Both wines are on free pouring between 5pm and 7.30pm this Friday. Please join us and get 10% off the above prices if you buy on the night.

Friday 24 February 2017, 5pm-7.30pm

Australian Pinot Noir tasting

Join us this Friday for a free pouring of two new Pinot Noirs, both from Australia.

From Great Southern in Western Australia, we’re pouring Harewood Estate F Block Pinot Noir 2015 (£19.70) and from Tasmania, we’re pouring Holm Oak Pinot Noir 2015 (£21.65).

It’s a free and very informal tasting. Turn up anytime between 5pm and 7.30pm to try the wines. If you’d like to buy what you try, there’s 10% off on the night.

Friday 17 February 2017, 5pm-7.30pm

South African tasting

This Friday we’re pouring two new wines from South Africa. Lismore Estate Vineyards Barrel Fermented Sauvignon Blanc 2014 (£19.25) is from the Western Cape. Typical ripe Sauvignon notes against a tantalising backdrop of a little caramel and ripe stone fruit. The wine has been barrel fermented and aged for 11 months in older 300 litre barrels. Occasional bâtonage and extended lees contact give texture.

Swartland Winery Limited Release Mourvèdre 2015 (£11.55) is from, er, Swartland. Mocha and vanilla on the nose which follow through to the palate. Black spicy fruit. Surprisingly easy to drink given the overall intensity of the wine.  

It’s a free and very informal tasting. Turn up anytime between 5pm and 7.30pm to try the wines. If you’d like to buy what you try, there’s 10% off on the night.

Friday 10 February 2017, 5pm-7.30pm

Champagne Lallier tasting

Join us on Friday 10 February for a tasting of some excellent Champagne with Thibault Marronnier from Aÿ producers, Champagne Lallier. Established in 1906, Lallier make some lovely Champagnes and Thibault will be on hand to pour a selection.

It’s all very informal and there’s no need to book. Simply turn up and try some Champagne any time between 5pm and 7.30pm. If you’d like to buy what you try, there’s 10% off the shelf price on the evening.

Friday 3 February 2017, 5pm-7.30pm

Fernando de Castilla tasting

In case you missed our tasting with Jan Pettersen last year we’re opening some Fernando de Castilla Classic Oloroso (£14.45 for 75cl) and Fernando de Castilla Classic Manzanilla (£7.50 for 37.5cl) to gently ease our way back into Friday tastings. Turn up any time between 5pm and 7.30pm on Friday evening to try some lovely Sherry.

Friday 16 December 2016, 5pm-7pm

A Christmas Grappin with Andrew and Emma Nielsen

Our last tasting before Christmas and it’s a cracker. Creator of the Le Grappin bagnum and all round master winemaker Andrew Nielsen joins us for a tasting of Christmas Burgundies. Equally suitable as great presents or for the Christmas lunch table, Andrew’s wines make a perfect finale to our Winter tasting season.

Saturday 10 December 2016,  2pm-5pm

Ed Cotton from Gordon & MacPhail

On Saturday, our thoughts are turning to whisky. We’re joined by Ed Cotton from Gordon and Macphail. Ed is pouring between 3pm and 5pm, Blanton’s Single Barrel Bourbon Original  and three Scottish single malts: Benromach Classic Speyside Malt 10-year-old, Macphails Collection Bunnahabhain Peated 8-year-old and Strathisla 2005. We’re taking 10% off the price of the Bunnahabhain and Strathisla on Saturday afternoon and even more off the Benromach – reduced from £38.95 to £33.95. Please join us.

Friday 2 December 2016,  5pm-7.30pm

Matt Jones from Fields, Morris & Verdin

On Friday for our free pouring, we’re joined by a familiar face, Matt Jones from Fields, Morris and Verdin. It’s a Spanish Friday with a fizzy French twist. On free tasting from 5pm are:

From Ribeiro (in Galicia, not to be confused with more south easterly Ribera), Pazo Tizon Extramundi Blanco 2015

From Rioja, López de Heredia Cubillo 2008

By way of a complete contrast in style, also from Rioja, Finca Allende Tinto 2009

From Champagne, Gaston Chiquet Cuvée Tradition 

And as an extra treat to warm you up on a chilly Friday, we’re pouring nips of The King’s Ginger, a splendidly potent ginger liqueur.

Saturday 3 December 2016,  2pm-5pm

Anna Booth from Raventos i Blanc

Our favourite Spanish sparkling wine is on free pouring this Saturday. On pouring duties is Anna Booth from non-cava house Raventos i Blanc. Why “non-cava”? Because Raventos i Blanc have left the Cava DO and have started the process of creating a new, terroir-driven appellation, Conca del Riu Anoia. Their aim is to create a new higher standard for Spanish sparkling wine. Come and try some for yourself at this Saturday afternoon tasting.

Friday 2 December 2016,  5pm-7.30pm

Matt Jones from Fields, Morris & Verdin

On Friday for our free pouring, we’re joined by a familiar face, Matt Jones from Fields, Morris and Verdin. It’s a Spanish Friday with a fizzy French twist. On free tasting from 5pm are:

From Ribeiro (in Galicia, not to be confused with more south easterly Ribera), Pazo Tizon Extramundi Blanco 2015

From Rioja, López de Heredia Cubillo 2008

By way of a complete contrast in style, also from Rioja, Finca Allende Tinto 2009

From Champagne, Gaston Chiquet Cuvée Tradition 

And as an extra treat to warm you up on a chilly Friday, we’re pouring nips of The King’s Ginger, a splendidly potent ginger liqueur.

Saturday 26 November 2016,  2pm-5pm

Sacred Spirits

On Saturday, we’re holding one of our favourite events of the year. Ian Hart and Hilary Whitney of Sacred Spirits join us in the afternoon for a tasting of a few of the spirits they make in their house in Highgate. Sacred is exported all over the world, is a multiple award winner and served in some of the best hotels (and, ahem, wine shops).

On free tasting are their Classic Gin, Cardamom Gin and Pink Grapefruit Gin. And their Rosehip Cup and Spiced English Vermouth. And their Amber Vermouth and Bottle Aged Negroni. And their Christmas Pudding Gin. Bottles range in price from £30.35 to £37.20 and there’s an extra 5% off on Saturday afternoon. Join us anytime between 2.30pm and 5pm for a Sacred Spirits Saturday.