Our Iberian selection is also truly outstanding and includes:
Quinta Vale D. Maria Winemaker Joana Pinhão is travelling from Portugal to join us to show these complex red wines from the Douro which are great favourites with the A&C team.
From Ribera del Duero, the Alejandro Fernandez group, who we first visited in 1988 on our first Spanish Wine Tour, will be showing wines from their four estates; Pesquera, Condado de Haza, Dehesa la Granja and El Viniculo.
From Rioja, we are joined by Jesus Madrazo of the iconic estate of Contino where A&C clients have been enjoying sumptuous family hosted lunches since the late 80's. They are bringing along a fine selection including the Vino del Olivo 2009 and Graciano 2007.
From the South of England:
Nyetimber, whose fabulous sparkling wines are favoured by the Royal Family for entertaining and who you can visit for lunch on our South Downs walks.
Danebury, from Stockbridge, whose wines are listed in the House of Commons. Also from Hampshire, Jenkyn Place will present their wines so you really see what great wines hail from the A&C home county. We will also be joined by two more Hampshire wineries; Meonhill and Hambledon Vineyard.
From elsewhere around the exciting Arblaster & Clarke wine tours world:
Dveri Pax will be hosted by their export manager, Robert Gorjak, a leading wine journalist from Slovenia. He will be showing a range including their wonderful sweet Straw wine from Furmint.
Wines of Chile will show you the latest from this ever exciting wine region to give you a flavour of our annual foray to Chile (which we first wine toured to 19 years ago!). Wines will include the Tabali Talinay Pinot Noir and their Late Harvest Muscat and Emiliana's Coyam.
Wines of Uruguay are showing Viognier, Cabernet Franc and some superb Tannat from Juanico (who we visit on our South American tours), they were the first specialist importer and distributor of Uruguayan wines in the UK.
From Napa: Chimney Rock (who you can dine with on our next California tour) and Terlato are showing their Cabernets and Zins from Napa Valley, Russian River, and Dry Creek.
Three outstanding UK wine merchants are also joining us and all are bringing an extremely generous and fabulous range of wines!
Their selection for the Fair includes top wineries we have visited from around Australia from Shaw & Smith, Cullen's and Plantagenet. From Italy, where Liberty first made their name, great wines from legendary wines producers, G.D. Vajra, Felsina, Conterno and Bruno Rocca will feature. Wow! http://libertywines.co.uk/
Stone Vine & Sun
Stone Vine & Sun’s equally generous selection includes a selection of excellent estates from around France including wines from Saint Aubin, Pays d’Oc, Faugères and Châteauneuf-du-Pape and some gems from up and coming South African regions. http://stonevine.co.uk/
The Wine Treasury
The Wine Treasury are spoiling us with wines from La Spinetta, Piemonte as well as a great range of wines from Western USA including Willa Kenzie from Oregon and Ecole 41 from Washington (we are planning another trip back to these regions for early summer next year). http://winetreasury.com/
JOIN US AND BRING YOUR WINE LOVING FRIENDS!
Friday 14th March 2014 - Morning & Evening Sessions
There are 2 sessions, each is £45 (inc vat) per person.
Morning session - 11:00 to 14:00
Evening session - 17:00 to 20:00
If you would like to attend both sessions the combined price if booked at the same time is £75 (inc vat) per person.
Please call to book tickets for combined sessions or group bookings.
Group Offer: Get a party of friends together to attend - 6 tickets for the price of 5.
No tickets will be available on the door.
N.b. Entrance to the event is over 18 years only.
Dress Code: Lounge Suits.
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Taste your way around the wine world
The Arblaster & Clarke tasting fair is a chance to take a wine tour without leaving London
By Victoria Moore, February 26, 2014
Have you ever wondered what English sparkling wine made by a Frenchman with a champagne heritage would taste like? Then you need to try the Hampshire-grown Meonhill Reserve Brut. Asking if you’ve ever tasted a volcano is probably stretching it. Somehow I doubt it. But. It is almost possible if you sip the whites made by Feudi San Gregorio in the isolated hills of Campania in southern Italy – the influence of nearby Vesuvius comes through as a thrilling sort of stony seam in the wine.
And if you have a spot of free time in your diary (and you’re in London) then you can taste both at the Arblaster & Clarke wine fair on Friday 14th March. The company is known for its wine holidays (and if I were booking one, then the breathtakingly beautiful Douro would be top of my list), but this is a chance to taste your way around the world without the hassle of boats, planes or trains.
Around 20 exhibitors will have a total of about 100 wines to show which means that unless you are a very well-practised sipper and spitter you will need to choose your wines carefully.
My advice would be to have a careful look at the English fizz. We are making some very good wine in this country now – bony and alert, and exhilarating. Try if you don’t know it already the creamy, smooth wines made by Nyetimber and don’t miss the superb, tight stuff made by Hambledon Vineyard, an impressive newcomer to the scene. Try the glorious rioja from Contino (and not just the red – the white, if they have it, is a thing of wonder). Stop by for a sip of gentlemanly Pauillac from Chateau Pichon-Longueville: this cabernet-heavy left-bank bordeaux is the wine equivalent of a Savile Row suit.
And then make your way to the tables run by two wine importers: Stone, Vine & Sun for small production French gems that will make you think longingly of Mediterranean holidays, and Italian specialist Liberty Wines.
And finally, a tasting tip. It can be hard to taste your way around a lot of wines. To get the most out of it, try not to take too many sniffs or sips from each glassful – you’ll only wear out your senses. And if “palate fatigue” sets in, and you begin to feel as if each wine smells the same, or of nothing, then you can "reset" your nose by smelling yourself.
I know that sounds odd (and you might want to check that no one’s watching first), but if you bury your noise in your sleeve or in a scarf and inhale, it really does renew your sense of smell.