Earlier this year when Wined Up had just been launched, Lily and I were invited to the RAW Wine Fair in London and we interviewed its founder, Isabelle. The whole day was great. Not only did we gain access to some brilliant insight from Isabelle (read here) but we also made some exciting connections with winemakers and distributors who share the same ideas as us. Namely, our good friends at L’altrevi (you can find out more about them here).Having just finished my most recent project in the emerging wine region of Nova Scotia, Canada; I thought it would be fun to pay Isabelle a visit at the RAW Wine Fair in Brooklyn, New York. It did not disappoint.
I was travelling with a couple of friends, who I had worked with in the Canadian wine industry, and after breakfast we hailed a cab and embarked on a day of wine tasting.
As we arrived, the cab dropped us off in an industrial estate which appeared to be in a pretty shady part of town. The cabbie asked us if we had got the right address and, to be honest, I wasn’t too sure. It was a far cry away from the Strand (location of RAW Wine London) but, in a weirdly comforting way, it reminded me of home. There’s been plenty of times when I’ve been drunk in the back of a taxi or walking home from a night out in Sheffield, travelling through all of the former industrial, steel producing sites… sorry, I’m digressing.