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London Wine Events & Tastings

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May 18-19
Tickets are now on sale for RAW 2014, one of the world’s biggest showcases of natural, organic and biodynamic wine. Set to welcome over 150 growers, as well as an exciting selection of other artisan drinks producers, the fair returns to London’s Truman Brewery on May 18-19. Proving that interest in natural wine is greater than ever, last year’s show saw over 3000 visitors pack the venue to experience some 1000 different natural, organic and biodynamic wines made by artisans from around the world. RAW is excited to welcome a number of new growers in 2014, including a selection from the USA, offering visitors the chance to make even more exciting discoveries. And what better way to celebrate than with a glass of great sparkling. Don’t miss the opportunity to taste and discover an extraordinary, diverse selection of bubblies, from fine Champagnes (Franck Pascal, Fleury, Laherte and Vincent Couche among others) to sparkling wines from all over Europe, most made wholly naturally (just 100 percent fermented grape juice). Produced in very small quantities (sometimes as little as 2,000-3,000 bottles), they are the ultimate affordable luxury. Visitors will be able to taste a wide range of examples including astonishing col fondo Prosecco, traditionally-made Lambrusco and Pétillants Naturels (or Pet-Nats) from the Loire, southern France, Alsace and even the Austrian-Slovenian border. Look out for examples across the whole spectrum of colours - white, orange, pink and red – and prepare to be amazed by this world of new possibilities that will help you understand why if you go natural, you’ll never look back! Consumer tickets cost £25 in advance, £30 at the door or £40 advance two-day ticket. To purchase tickets, visit
August 12-16
The Great British Beer Festival will return August 12-16, 2014, featuring more than 900 cask and bottled ales, ciders and foreign beers. Olympia London has been set as the venue. Tickets cost £10 for each day or £26 for a season pass for non-members (prices are £8 for each day or £22 for a season pass for members). For more information, visit
October 6-12
London Cocktail Week is scheduled to return October 6-12, 2014. This celebration of spirits includes The Whisky Show and RumFest, as well as bar tours, master classes, tastings and cocktail competitions. For more information, visit

The Fine Wine Experience Ongoing
The Fine Wine Experience company features regular events such as wine tastings, wine tours and their six-part Introductory Wine Course in a fun, relaxed environment. For more information, visit, email The Fine Wine Experience, No. 105, 8 Shepherd Market, London W1J 7QE, 44 0 20 7692 0602.
Instead of wine, make it a whisky tasting. Albannach has a 200-strong list, and offers regular whisky tastings. Get the lowdown on how whiskies are made, and how each individual flavor and characteristic sets it apart from its rivals at their three master classes, each focusing on a different flight of malts. Classes start at flight one, an introduction at £30 per person; flight two explores various regions and different wood finishes (£35 per person); flight three takes you to the smokey, strong tastes of Islay (£40 per person). They're held on the first three Tuesdays of the month from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. For more information, visit Albannach, 66 Trafalgar Sq., London WC2, 020-7930 0066.
Christie's Wine Course, created by Michael Broadbent and Steven Spurrier, covers classic varietals, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon-Semillion, Cabernet-Merlot, Rhone Valley and Mediterranean grape varieties, and sparking and dessert wines. Courses are offered throughout the year, with each course running for five weeks and meeting each Tuesday at 6:45 p.m. For more information and to register, visit Christie's Education, 153 Great Titchfield St., Westminster, London, 44 0 20 7665 4350.

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