Bragging isn’t a very British way to behave. So forgive me. But I simply have to boast about the amazing exhibitors we have secured for Love Wine, the wine festival BYWine is organising on 7th November at Hotel du Vin, Birmingham.
For starters we have four of the most important and interesting local wine merchants; two, Frazier’s and Nickolls & Perks, are old established family businesses with a well-deserved dedicated following and two, Loki and The Drinks Emporium, are young guns who’ve burst big time onto the Birmingham wine scene. Loki is collecting retail awards as if they are going out of fashion and The Drinks Emporium boasts (there I go again) the largest collection of Champagne outside of London. At Love Wine, you will be able to taste wines from their eclectic ranges.
Egdmond Wines and Hard to Find Wines, both from Shropshire, will be focussing on wines from South Africa, which, to my mind, is one of the most exciting countries wine-wise for all styles – smooth and full-bodied reds, zingy whites, rich, age worthy whites and reds, top class sparklers and heavenly sweets.
Three of our exhibitors are loading up their cars and crossing the channel. You’ll be able to taste (and buy) Hotel du Vin’s own Château Bauduc from Bordeaux, a stunning Beaujolais Cru from Château Grange Cochard in Morgon and the award-winning wines from Chêne Bleu in the Ventoux region of Southern France. All were invited to exhibit because we love their wines and we know you will, too.
Closer to home, Kent’s Ridgeview will be exhibiting their fabulous sparkling wines giving you the opportunity to see exactly why, after twenty years, they are regarded as producing some of England’s best fizz; and Three Choirs Vineyard from Gloucestershire have a range of deliciously fruity still wines and even an English red to taste.
Talking of fizz, there’ll be several Champagne producers to get you in a seasonal mood, albeit a bit early, as will, we have no doubt, the Quinta do Noval Port bar. And there’s a wine accessories stand to get some early Christmas shopping done, too. If you prefer New World wines you won’t be disappointed – Jackson Estates (New Zealand), Wirra Wirra (Australia), Santa Rita (Chile) and Doña Paula (Argentina) will all be there. Wines from emerging regions too will be available to taste – Soul Tree from India and back in Europe, wines from Croatia, Slovenia and the Alps. And…..and there’s the mother of all wine societies, The Wine Society. Something for everyone.
On top of all of that we can’t pretend to be blasé about having Helen McGinn (aka Knackered Mother) from ITV’s The Alan Titchmarsh Show. Check out Helen’s blog, preferably with a glass of wine, for a good old empathetic chortle and read her in Femail.
Joe (The Bear) Wadsack you will recognise from BCC’s Food & Drink (currently on a re-run on Wednesday evenings) is known for having one of the best palates in the business.
Both are two of the nicest, friendliest and most fun people in the wine world so we are just a little over-excited (not cool, at all!) about having them host our wine-walks.
As if having over 200 wines available to taste weren’t enough, we have free Love-In sessions to learn a bit more. Some of these will be presented by our own Mater of Wine, Richard Bampfield which is also a bit of a coup! PLUS you will take away a free Riedel wine glass AND a free goody bag, worth more than £13. All this for £20 (or less if you buy group tickets). For more information and to buy a ticket go to www.lovewinefest.co.uk