Meet the Wine Makers
Join us in our cellar, in the heart of our wine shop, where we will get up-close and personal with wine growers and makers from around the world. Up to 12 guests will enjoy a selection of wine in the intimate, hour-long tastings, with explanations provided by the makers themselves.
Places are limited and bookings are essential.
Our forthcoming events include:
Luis Pato, Bairrada Portugal £30 per person
26 September 2017
In 1974 , a Chemistry graduate, Luís completes his national service and embarks on the challenge of making wine at his family winery (Quinta do Ribeirinho) in the heart of the Bairrada region in central Portugal.
Baga is the predominant red grape of this region and requires skill in the vineyard and in the wine making to produce the great wines it’s capable of.
Luís bottles his first red in 1980 to great acclaim and his first white in 1985.
Since then , being the energetic innovator and maverick he is, he has pushed the boundaries of winemaking , setting an ever higher standard for great Bairrada wines, winning countless awards and worldwide recognition.
He continues to contribute intelligently to both this region and Portugal’s standing in the wine world.
He graciously, if reluctantly, accepts the oft bestowed accolade of the father of modern winemaking in Portugal.
Recently has be joined by his two younger daughters to ensure a smooth transition to the next generation.
He his full of all the amusing stories that accompany his fascinating wines.
Adam Mason, Mulderbosch, South Africa £30 per person
9 October 2017
Charismatic, knowledgeable and driven, Adam was previously winemaker at Klein Constantia before he headed out to Screaming Eagle in Napa for a vintage. He must have made a huge impression in a short space of time for it was Screaming Eagle that recommended him as the talent Mulderbosch needed to realise their restoration plan in 2012.
Adam’s passion for the soil has led to his in depth exploration of terroir and a dramatic increase in quality throughout the range. The three stunning single vineyard Chenin Blanc’s are the culmination of his desire to reflect individual soils through his wines and are not wines to be missed.
Chris Mullineux, South Africa £35 per person
10 October 2017
Mullineux and Leeu Family Wines is one of the stand-out producers in South Africa’s budding Swartland region. Winemakers Chris and Andrea Mullineux’s ambition is to bottle wines that are a true expression of the Swartland, and all steps of their winemaking process are taken with this in mind. They work closely with a select group of growers who follow sustainable, reasoned farming practices.
In the cellar, apart from minimal amounts of sulphur, nothing is added to or removed from the wine. They do not make use of any yeasts, acids, tannins, enzymes, or fining and filtering agents. ‘Leeu’ (Afrikaans for ‘lion’) was added to the name recently to recognise the contribution of a new investor to the project.
Apart from their wonderful Syrah, Chenin blanc-based white blend, Mullineux now have a range of spectacular single vineyard Shiraz and Chenin Blanc wines, each of which illustrates the amazing potential of the Swartland terroir. Volumes of the single vineyard wines are tiny, so availability is extremely limited.
Antoine Malassagne, AR Lenoble Champagne £35 per person
3 November 2017
AR Lenoble is one of the rare producers in Champagne that is still 100% family-owned and still 100% independent. Founded by Armand-Raphael Graser in 1920, AR Lenoble passed into the hands of his son Joseph in 1947 before passing into those of his grandson Jean-Marie Malassagne in 1973. For nearly three quarters of a century, AR Lenoble was managed by these three men.
Antoine was born in 1968. He studied chemical engineering at the Ecole Supérieure de Chimie Organique et Minérale in Paris before earning the Master of Advanced Studies in bioengineering in Compiègne followed by further studies at the École supérieure des sciences économiques et commerciales (ESSEC) in Paris. Antoine lives in Reims with his wife Laurence and three children: Charles (16 years old), Pierre (14) and Paul (12).
Andrea Sottimano, Piedmont Italy
13 November 2017
This sixteen hectare estate, established by Rino Sottimano in the 60’s is based in the Cotta’ region of Barbaresco. The Sottimano family have over the years bought outstanding vineyards in the ‘crus’ of Currà, Cottà, Fausoni and Pajore. Today the estate is run by Rino’s son Andrea and daughter Elena, yields are kept very low and the winemaking as natural as possible, without the use of pesticides or artificial fertilisers, using only natural yeasts and bottling without filtering or fining. All of these ‘crus’ are given exactly the same oak treatment so as to allow the individual ‘terroirs’ express their character (fermentation in barriques, of which 30% new, followed by 18 to 20 months in neutral barriques).
There are five different terroirs with Nebbiolo planted within the estate. Basarin, with a mixture of clay, limestone and sand, is at about four hundred metres above sea level. This produces the estate’s Langhe Nebbiolo, which is basically ‘village Barbaresco’, as the vines are very young (10-15years old). It makes for wines that are always very elegant, refined, tannins are silky and softer, nuanced of spices and herbs (eucalyptus). Fausoni, on sand and clay, makes wines that are always very elegant – mint, liquorice and little red fruits. This is in the historical part of Neive. Currà, on clay and limestone, is one of the smallest cru of the whole appellation, wines are always very intense and powerful, full bodied and with good tannins. Hints of spices and smoke are characteristics of this area. Cottà, on limestone with clay, is one of the oldest cru in Barbaresco, vines are always very old here (fifty years and older) and the colours are just a little bit lighter than other vineyards (because of the clay), but they have a very distinctive nose of dark fruits and mint, a great elegance and mineral tannins. Pajore is almost entirely on limestone with just a little clay. This is the highest vineyard of all, at 420 metres above sea level. The vines are very old, and it is always the most mineral and elegant of the four Barbaresci. Limestone brings into the wine a great purity of fruit, a distinctive aroma of spices and tobacco (cigar box) and a very unusual quality of tannins, firm but very mineral.
Tim Mondavi, California £45 per person
16 November 2017
Tim Mondavi is the winemaker, visionary and creative force behind all aspects of this unique and singular estate wine. For 30 years Tim guided all winemaking, experimentation and innovation at the Robert Mondavi Winery in Oakville and further afield in winery partnerships ranging from Bordeaux to Tuscany to Chile. This expertise and understanding of fine wine is what drives the singular vision of Continuum.
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