The historic University Women’s Club in the heart of London’s Mayfair was the venue for our latest ukwinehourlive wine tasting event earlier this year. Regular participants in our weekly Twitter wine chat, #ukwinehour, joined us from all over the UK and Europe, from as far as Belfast and even Valencia in Spain! Our live events provide not only opportunities to taste a variety of wines and explore other wine-related products, but also, and we think most importantly, brings the #ukwinehour tweeters together face to face, to share their common love of wine.
We are very grateful to all the producers who showcased their wines at this event. I think they all enjoyed themselves too, knowing that they were in the company of people who not only enjoyed their wines themselves, but, because of the special nature of our ukwinehourlive event, would go on to share their views on the wines extensively on Social Media (SoMe).
English Wine was well-represented – Both Mike from Greyfriars Vineyard and Corrine and Kit from Exton Park Vineyard brought a selection of their wines, all of which were very well-received, Mike’s Pinot Gris and Corrine’s Pinot Meunier Rosé getting most of the applause!
Luca from Vinitalia supported us again with an excellent selection of Italian wine, including an unusual and intriguing Aspirinio Sparkling Brut from Campania, and a stunning Montefalco di Sagrantino (my wine of the night!). I must confess I am guilty of loving Italian wine above all others so perhaps I’m a little biased, but I am so impressed overall with Luca’s wines, usually from hand-picked small family producers.
Ricardo from Cono Sur joined us for the first time, and showcased their excellent 20 Barrels Pinot Noir. There are a number of PN lovers in the #ukwinehour community so this went down very well with them. He has promised to bring a bigger range to our next event, so we are all looking forward to that!
It was also a pleasure to welcome Moises from the Codorniú Group, their representative in the UK. We sampled Rioja from their Viña Real Winery in addition to a range of Cavas, the highlight of which was Jaume, from the newest range of Ars Collecta, a truly terroir-driven Cava. I hope we see a lot more availability of this range here in the U.K. It is wonderful to see Cava’s profile rising here at the moment, assisted in part by the rise in Spanish restaurants.
Twins Paul & Chris from the Pipe of Port brought along some Cannonball Merlot.
The evening was also supported by Avina Wine Tools – David Turner joined us from Spain and gifted all the attendees with an Avina drip-proof wine-stopper. This went down very well, as you can imagine! It was great to welcome Ewan Murray from The Wine Society, also. We hope that they will join us in showcasing at our future events. Graham Cox and his team from the Wine & Spirit Education Trust also came along for some fun and networking, and to promote the WSET qualifications, of course. We hope to welcome them back in a more formal capacity at our future ukwinehourlive events.
Special thanks to Zsolt and all the events team at the University Women’s Club; they looked after us so well that we have decided to return here for our November #ukwinehourlive!
Finally, thanks to our very own @GreatBritWine, John Mobbs, for providing us with the elegant tasting note brochures for the evening, and Away With Wine (disclaimer- my business) for covering additional costs.
We are now busy putting the finishing touches together for our next ukwinehourlive event in Manchester in July. Confirmed exhibitors so far include Lazenne (who are providing an Elite Winecheck as a prize – all registered attendees eligible for the draw!), Avina Wine Tools, Codornìu Group, Vinitalia, Majestic Wine, Cono Sur, Bordeaux Wines, Les Dauphins, Exton Park and The Mount Vineyard. If you are interested in showcasing wine or wine related products, please email for further information.