08.05.16

Decanting Club at London Wine Fair

Decanting Club at London Wine Fair
Our first visit to London Wine Fair was an excellent day out from DC HQ.
 
The wines were dominated by French and Italian wines, as you'd expect, but we were really pleased by the large number of smaller suppliers from all corners of the globe.
 
A good presence from Australia and New Zealand of course and we were lucky enough (thanks to Daniel @ the Hallgarten stand) to get to talk to Matt Thomson from Saint Clair wines, both about his wines and the Decanting Club idea. We gleaned some very interesting knowledge from a man who knows his production techniques inside out!
 
We have already featured a lovely white from 
Portugal
, which are criminally underrated. So we were on the hunt for more, and were not disappointed. 
 
Hungary had a surprisingly large presence, with a number of producers on show. Although the wines were predominantly made from imported grapes, we asked around and found a few that used local grapes and they were much more interesting.
 
We found some lovely wines from Croatia, both white and red, and these will definitely feature soon on Decanting Club.
 
Cyprus has a tiny but high-quality wine industry, and we have now tasted and ordered a wine that Jancis Robinson herself rated extremely highly.
 
Italy showed us that there is always more to explore here when we discovered wines from the Roero region in Piedmont.  This region is overshadowed by their illustrious neighbours; Barolo and Barbaresco. But the wines we tasted were fantastic.
 
Finally we tried a few wines from Russia, specifically from around the Black Sea Coast. These have amazing potential but they seem to be struggling to find UK importers. Hopefully that will soon change.
 
We have made contact with a number of importers and individual producers and we will definitely be featuring many of them in the coming weeks.
 
Watch this space! 
 

Paul


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