Arblaster & Clarke Wine Fair

Wines of Chile A&C Wine Fair
The Arblaster & Clarke Wine Fair is always a great event, and 2014 promises to be no different!

Arblaster & Clarke Wine Fair
14 - 14 Mar 2014

The 2014 Arblaster & Clarke Wine Fair is being held in the prestigious setting of the Vintners Hall, London. This is the fifth London based Wine Fair we have hosted and these are always sociable events with a stunning array of wine from around our wine world.

Last Minute Tickets: If you would like to book tickets online, you can do so until the morning of the Fair. Just fill any holiday related information as non-sense characters on the booking form.

Alternatively, on Friday 14th please call us (you will be given a contact number at the Fair) and we will put your tickets aside for collection.

£45 per person

Deposit: £45 per person
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The historic Hall of the Worshipful Company of Vintners, London, makes a splendid and fitting setting for our fifth London Wine Fair.  We are extremely grateful to the wonderful array of wine producers and top UK wine merchants who have kindly agreed to join us to show you their outstanding selection of wines. We are genuinely honoured that several of the owners and senior management of estates that we have long included in our wine tours are making the journey to London to personally present their wines to you. Without resorting to hyperbole, it is a simple fact that this is the very best selection of wines at any of our Wine Fairs to date and all the Arblaster & Clarke Wine Tours team are eagerly looking forward to being at the Fair to meet you and share these wines with you. 

This is not an exercise in quantity over quality, but we have counted over 110 truly special wines on show, so you will have the opportunity to taste an eclectic and delicious range in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere and chat to the producers and their representatives. Here is the line up of producers and a small selection from the wines that will be available for you to taste.

(The full list will be available as a pdf the evening before the tasting and on the day of course – but don’t leave it that late to book as no ticket sales will be possible on the door!)

From France:

Champagne Taittinger who we first visited in 1987 and continue to do so several times a year. They are very generously bringing along seven champagnes including Folies de la Marquetterie, Vintage Brut 2006 and the prestige Cuvée, Comtes de Champagne 2005.

Champagne Philipponnat whose wines we introduced to our clients in our renowned tutored tastings on our Champagne Weekends in the late 1980s. We are looking forward to welcoming Charles Philipponnat along with a selection of his wines which include the Cuvée 1522, 2003.

From Bordeaux our long time friends at Axa are bringing along their superb wines from Chateau Pichon-Longueville (Pauillac, Medoc), Chateau Suduiraut (Sauternes) and Chateau Petit Village (Pomerol)

Wines of Alsace will be presenting a range of these classic Rieslings, Pinot Gris and Gewurztraminers. See our Alsace Trip with Steven Spurrier for the ultimate Alsace wine tasting experience.

Also flying the flag for Pinot Noir & Chardonnay, we are joined by the Burgundian house of Louis Max.

From Italy:

We will be joined by Feudi di San Gregorio the leading wine estate from Campania whose wines include the enticing Greco di Tufo as well as Fiano de Avellino and Taurasi.

From Sicily we are pleased that Agatino Failla, Export Manager of Benanti, will be joining us to show us a range of their DOC Etna Bianco and Rosso wines. We’ve a great new Sicily, Etna and the Islands tour later in the year.

Fellow Sicilian, Chiara Planeta will be with us from her family’s wine estate, Planeta, to show us their excellent wines from their various estates around Sicily.

Mediterranean Domaines & Estates are showing their range of organic wines from their Sicilian estate Costanza di Mineo.

Vintners Hall Drawing Room A&C Wine Fair tasting Tim Clarke being presented a magnum by the Sunday Times Wine Club

Read Victoria Moore's article on the Wine Fair for The Telegraph.

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!

Liberty 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. 

Tickets are non-refundable but fully transferable. Click 'Book' to purchase tickets online and fill in the insurance and other tour specific fields with nonsense characters. Alternatively call us to book your tickets.
 


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.

Outline Itinerary
Friday 14 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

Please advise us at the time of booking if you require Morning or Evening session tickets (on the online booking form include this in special notes).

Click 'Book' above to purchase tickets online. Fill in the insurance and other tour specific fields with nonsense characters. Alternatively call us to book your tickets.

 

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.

Price includes:

The price is per person per session and includes

  • Entrance to the chosen session.
  • A wine tasting booklet listing wines to taste and where to buy.
  • A complimentary glass.
Accommodation
Venue: Vintners' Hall

If you are not familiar with the area we suggest www.timeout.com/london/restaurants if you are looking for somewhere for lunch or dinner, or information on other events in London, in case you want to make a day or a weekend of it.

Alternatively a list of the choice of cafés, bars and restaurants nearby are available on www.squaremeal.co.uk and enter EC4 as location.

Please note there will be no food available at the venue.

Travel

Getting to Vintners' Hall

Vintners' Hall
Upper Thames Street
London
EC4V 3BG

Distance from London Underground Stations: Mansion House - 150 metres,  Cannon Street - 250 metres; Bank - 500 metres.
Distance from Mainline Railway Stations: London Bridge - 1.0 km;  Waterloo - 2.4 km;  Charing Cross - 2.9 km.

Cannon Street Tube Station closes at 9pm and is not open at weekends. 

Bus service 344 crosses Southwark Bridge.

Tour description

The historic Hall of the Worshipful Company of Vintners, London, makes a splendid and fitting setting for our fifth London Wine Fair.  We are extremely grateful to the wonderful array of wine producers and top UK wine merchants who have kindly agreed to join us to show you their outstanding selection of wines. We are genuinely honoured that several of the owners and senior management of estates that we have long included in our wine tours are making the journey to London to personally present their wines to you. Without resorting to hyperbole, it is a simple fact that this is the very best selection of wines at any of our Wine Fairs to date and all the Arblaster & Clarke Wine Tours team are eagerly looking forward to being at the Fair to meet you and share these wines with you. 

This is not an exercise in quantity over quality, but we have counted over 110 truly special wines on show, so you will have the opportunity to taste an eclectic and delicious range in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere and chat to the producers and their representatives. Here is the line up of producers and a small selection from the wines that will be available for you to taste.

(The full list will be available as a pdf the evening before the tasting and on the day of course – but don’t leave it that late to book as no ticket sales will be possible on the door!)

From France:

Champagne Taittinger who we first visited in 1987 and continue to do so several times a year. They are very generously bringing along seven champagnes including Folies de la Marquetterie, Vintage Brut 2006 and the prestige Cuvée, Comtes de Champagne 2005.

Champagne Philipponnat whose wines we introduced to our clients in our renowned tutored tastings on our Champagne Weekends in the late 1980s. We are looking forward to welcoming Charles Philipponnat along with a selection of his wines which include the Cuvée 1522, 2003.

From Bordeaux our long time friends at Axa are bringing along their superb wines from Chateau Pichon-Longueville (Pauillac, Medoc), Chateau Suduiraut (Sauternes) and Chateau Petit Village (Pomerol)

Wines of Alsace will be presenting a range of these classic Rieslings, Pinot Gris and Gewurztraminers. See our Alsace Trip with Steven Spurrier for the ultimate Alsace wine tasting experience.

Also flying the flag for Pinot Noir & Chardonnay, we are joined by the Burgundian house of Louis Max.

From Italy:

We will be joined by Feudi di San Gregorio the leading wine estate from Campania whose wines include the enticing Greco di Tufo as well as Fiano de Avellino and Taurasi.

From Sicily we are pleased that Agatino Failla, Export Manager of Benanti, will be joining us to show us a range of their DOC Etna Bianco and Rosso wines. We’ve a great new Sicily, Etna and the Islands tour later in the year.

Fellow Sicilian, Chiara Planeta will be with us from her family’s wine estate, Planeta, to show us their excellent wines from their various estates around Sicily.

Mediterranean Domaines & Estates are showing their range of organic wines from their Sicilian estate Costanza di Mineo.

Vintners Hall Drawing Room A&C Wine Fair tasting Tim Clarke being presented a magnum by the Sunday Times Wine Club

Read Victoria Moore's article on the Wine Fair for The Telegraph.

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!

Liberty 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. 

Tickets are non-refundable but fully transferable. Click 'Book' to purchase tickets online and fill in the insurance and other tour specific fields with nonsense characters. Alternatively call us to book your tickets.
 


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.

Outline Itinerary & What's included

Outline Itinerary
Friday 14 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

Please advise us at the time of booking if you require Morning or Evening session tickets (on the online booking form include this in special notes).

Click 'Book' above to purchase tickets online. Fill in the insurance and other tour specific fields with nonsense characters. Alternatively call us to book your tickets.

 

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.

Price includes:

The price is per person per session and includes

  • Entrance to the chosen session.
  • A wine tasting booklet listing wines to taste and where to buy.
  • A complimentary glass.

Travel & Accommodation

Accommodation
Venue: Vintners' Hall

If you are not familiar with the area we suggest www.timeout.com/london/restaurants if you are looking for somewhere for lunch or dinner, or information on other events in London, in case you want to make a day or a weekend of it.

Alternatively a list of the choice of cafés, bars and restaurants nearby are available on www.squaremeal.co.uk and enter EC4 as location.

Please note there will be no food available at the venue.

Travel

Getting to Vintners' Hall

Vintners' Hall
Upper Thames Street
London
EC4V 3BG

Distance from London Underground Stations: Mansion House - 150 metres,  Cannon Street - 250 metres; Bank - 500 metres.
Distance from Mainline Railway Stations: London Bridge - 1.0 km;  Waterloo - 2.4 km;  Charing Cross - 2.9 km.

Cannon Street Tube Station closes at 9pm and is not open at weekends. 

Bus service 344 crosses Southwark Bridge.

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