10 days to go until RAW WINE London gets underway…
Once boxes of samples for the fair start blocking the entrance to our east London storage unit, we know the big day is nigh. The schedule of talks is now up on the website and the publishers of Isabelle’s upcoming book – Natural Wine – have generously offered us the first 100 real-life copies as well, which will be available exclusively at the fair. While this won’t be enough to go round, they’ve also kindly created us a very special pre-order offer just for RAW WINEers which not only gives you £5 off but also free p&p if you are in the UK – further details at the bottom of this newsletter.
In the meantime, here’s a run-down of the talks and tastings we have in store (please note that all places are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis):
First up is a comparative craft beer tasting lead by Jamie Goode & Daniel Primack (beeranorak.com), who will also be unveiling their latest creation: a squiggly beer glass, which they will also be offering for sale at a specially discounted RAW WINE price for anyone wanting to take one home with them.
Jamie & Daniel – two stalwarts of the UK wine trade – have now turned their noses to beer with their recently launched beeranorak.com. Here’s what Jamie had to say about it on his wine blog:
What is it?
A beer website created by two wine people: Jamie Goode (wine journalist, wineanorak.com, drinks writer The Sunday Express) and Daniel Primack (General Manager at Around Wine, selling wonderful wine glasses, wine storage equipment and fridges + accessories).
Why did we start this?
We both love interesting beer. And beer has gotten a lot more interesting of late. The craft beer movement has revitalised this sector, and we reckon it’s going to get a lot bigger, and a lot more interesting. Let’s face it, great beer is still niche, and it isn’t taken as seriously as wine – especially in the context of restaurants. We think this is beginning to change, which is why we wanted to share our enthusiasm for decent beer and give recognition to the very best brewers.
What are natural wines? How do they match up against the conventional stuff? And why are they the only wines that Isabelle Legeron MW ever drinks?
Our Isabelle, the UK’s standard bearer for natural wine (Drinks Business) and not someone who sits on the fence, is mounting the soapbox at 3:00 to share her thoughts on wine, as well as anecdotes and stories from her upcoming book so that, in her words, “you never look back”.
Finally, at 4:30, Mayfair’s finest purveyor of artisan teas – Timothy d’Offay (Postcard Teas) – is taking the stand to discuss the world’s most consumed (yet grossly misunderstood) drink: tea.
Having pioneered proper tea provenance in 2008 when his became the first tea company in the world to put the maker’s name and location on all its 60 teas, Tim will guide visitors through a tasting of exquisite examples, explaining why teas from farms that are less than 15 acres (some only a single tree strong!) are not only great for the environment but also crucially for the local communities who farm them too.
Master Sake with a Sake Master
Proper, traditional sake is a very rare commodity these days and those with the know-how to make it even more so. We are honoured to say that one of sake’s most masterly of master brewers is travelling over from Japan just for RAW WINE.
Terada Masaru is the 24th generation owner (kuramoto) of Terada Honke Brewery, producers of handmade, pre-modern, hyper-traditional sake that is brewed using organically cultivated rice, native bacteria and indigenous yeast. Terada-san will present a series of dinstinctive, pure sake to help tasters get their heads around differences and aromatic profiles. This will be accompanied by a crash course on the various brewing methods used together with their impact on the final brew.
Orange wine is very en vogue at the moment with restaurants and bars all over the country featuring reds, whites, rosés and oranges on their menus. But what exactly are orange wines? What makes them different to whites? And are they really capable of expressing terroir?
This panel discussion will help provide clarity by putting forward a loose definition accompanied by a focused tasting of some of the world’s finest examples by some of its best growers.
With grower participation, tasting and anecdotes by the Italian-Slovenian Saša Radikon, Austrian Sepp Muster, French Stéphane Bannwarth of Laurent Bannwarth, and the South African Craig Hawkins of Lammershoek the tasting-discussion will tackle things like temperature control, maceration lengths and suitable grape varieties.
We look forward to seeing you soon,
Team RAW WINE.
Following various requests for details about stocking Isabelle’s book here are the contacts at the publishers, RPS CICO, for anyone wishing to review or stock Natural Wine:
For UK press enquiries, contact Mark McGinlay
For US press enquiries, contact Kristin Meenagh
For UK sales / stockist enquiries, please contact Melissa Mackey
For US sales / stockist enquiries, please contact Wendy Armstrong