The Wine Show 2011 is taking place this weekend at Olympia in London. Window On Wine and friends went along yesterday to check it out.
My overall top tip would be to get there as early as possible – the Show gets much more crowded during the day.
- layout has improved on previous years, stands are well spaced and there’s lots of seating if tippling gets too much
- solid presence from English vineyards – Wickham, Bolney, Chapel Down, Giffords Hall, Nyetimber and others have stands
- Majestic’s free food and wine pairing workshop – a well presented introduction to matching wine and food. Places are limited though so book as soon as you arrive
- Sainsburys are showing a good selection of their Taste The Difference range – look out for a tasty and excellently priced Rioja Crianza
- opportunities to talk to winemakers and people who are really passionate about wine
And the disappointments:
- felt a bit of an adjunct to Masterchef Live which is in the main hall at Olympia – probably because it was. Overall it’s smaller and seemed to have less stands than in previous years
- wine walks and tutored tastings cost extra and are rather pricey. These used to be free and are now on top of a ticket price of £20+
If you’re going along – enjoy your day and let me know what you thought of it. And, if you’ve missed it this year there’s always 2012!