English Wine Producers tasting

Today I helped staff that stand at the big English Wines Producers press and trade tasting in the rather grand setting of One Great George Street near Parliament Square. The large SEVA stand boasted an array of fine wines from many producers including Bluebell, Breaky Bottom, Carr Taylor, Court Garden, Meopham, Nutbourne and Plumpton. The wines were well received, with perhaps the sparkling ranges attracting more interest which is understandable given the nature of the event. The event was strongly attended by a wide variety of well-informed wine press and many real buyers from both the off- and on-trade, not to mention the great and good of the English Wine industry. The SEVA stand was very busy; there’s obviously a lot of real interest out there for English wines, though as ever the feedback was about the importance of quality. Other SEVA members who are also members of the EWP had their own stands to showcase their wines: Bolney Estate, Denbies, Hush Heath, Biddenden, Chapel Down, Nyetimber and Ridgeview were all present. The event was a wonderful opportunity for those with wines on show to get noticed.

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2 Responses to English Wine Producers tasting

  1. Simon White says:

    Hi there. Interesting to read about the event. How many press etc do you think attended overall?

    • KenzieWine says:

      Hard to say the number of attendees. I’d guess at many hundred, and possibly just into 4 figures, but if you want a more accurate estimate you’re best speaking with Julia Trustram-Eve at English Wine Producers who ran the event. Certainly the room/suite the event is held in annually is large and it was full from late morning to late afternoon. Where I stood on the SEVA stand there was no pause for breath. Quite what the break-down by type of the attendees is less clear. As well as many members of the press there were many individuals who work on the production side of the business, as well as many who buy the wine, both for the off and on trade.

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