The Wine Exchange (June 2024)

The Wine Exchange June 2024

Covent Garden, Great Portland Street, & London Bridge

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Dawn Davies, Master of Wine and The Whisky Exchange’s buying director, has curated a series of events to delve into the range, explore some of the most interesting topics in wine and open up the wide world of wine to as many people as we can. On top of that, we will also be opening a collection of wines throughout the month in our central London stores for you to discover.

We know that wine can be intimidating. There are grapes, countries, climates, appellations d’origine contrôlée, oak, vintages and so much more that seems to confuse and occlude rather than to explain and engage. The aim of this festival is that with every bottle we open, we open up the world of wine to more people.

 All of our events have education at their heart, and we believe that the best way to learn about wine, whisky or any other drink, is by tasting alongside the passionate people who make these brilliant bottles.

 As Davies herself says: “ You knew we were masters of whisky, but did you know we were masters of wine?”

 

Events

The Sun and The Boot: Argentina and Italy, A Wine Masterclass
Wednesday 5th June, 19:30-21:30 - Great Portland Street // £25
Wine has been roughly divided into new world and old, but there is often much more in common across that divide than in either camp and the wines of Italy and Argentina are a case in hand.
 

 

The Wild Side of Wine: A Walk-Around Tasting
Thursday 6th June, 19:30-21:30 - London Bridge // £10
Our first walk-around tasting on 6 June sees us hosting The Wild Side of Wine at our London Bridge shop with a line-up of producers showcasing some more wild styles and expressions.

 

Sherry and Sherry Cask Aged Spirits
Wednesday 12th June, 19:30-21:30 - Great Portland Street // £25 
Dawn Davies MW will be joined Federico Sanchez-Pece Salmeron from Lustau for a tasting of sherry and sherry-cask aged spirits as we delve into the sherries behind some of the most popular spirits of the moment. 

 

New World Old Wines: A Walk-Around Tasting
Thursday 13th June, 19:30-21:30 - London Bridge // £10
Winemaking has moved on from hard ideas around old world and new, and this line up brings together a collection of wines from Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and America that have a modern approach to their winemaking.

The New World of Wine and Cheese: A Wine Masterclass
Saturday 15th June, 13:00-15:00 – London Bridge Distillery School // £25
The day before Father’s Day in the UK, we cannot think of a better gift for the old man than sharing an afternoon spent tasting wine and cheese.

 

Blending for Perfection: Laurent-Perrier's Grand Siècle
Wednesday 19th June, 19:30-21:30 - Great Portland Street // £40
Laurent-Perrier’s Grand Siècle Iteration No.26. wine achieved a perfect score with James Suckling and is fast becoming a contemporary icon of wine. 

 

English Wine Week: A Walk-Around Tasting
Thursday 20th June, 19:30-21:30 - London Bridge // £10
No longer the punchline of a joke, English wine is on a roll. Producers like Gusbourne, Roebuck and Furleigh Estate are showcasing the different styles and possibilities that English wine has.

 

The New Europe: A Wine Masterclass
Wednesday 26th June, 19:30-21:30 - Covent Garden // £25
There is a wind of change blowing through the continent of Europe. A warming climate, demographic changes, labour shortages and evolving tastes are all making themselves felt in the wine world.

 

Fortifieds for Summer: A Walk-Around Tasting
Thursday 27th June, 19:30-21:30 - Great Portland Street // £10
Something of an overlooked category, often stereotyped as being for Christmas and great-aunts, Fortified wines are some of the most exciting wines right now.

 

Masters of Pinot Noir - Champagne Bollinger Tastings
Saturday 29 June 13:00 – 17:00 – Great Portland Street // £25
Big-boned and beautiful, Champagne Bollinger's house style relies heavily on Pinot Noir to create a rich, full profile. Join us for one of the 45 minute masterclasses taking place on 29 June at our Great Portland Street store for a lineup that features La Grande Annee.