Saturday, May 7, 2011

2011 Natural Wine Fair Masterclasses

It's just over a week till the UK's first Natural Wine Fair takes place in Borough market in London - a great occasion for those of us who are already into natural wine and a terrific opportunity to try it for yourself if you aren't. The first day - Sunday May 15th - is open to the public. The second two are trade days.

Details of the Masterclasses have just been published and are listed below:

Sunday 15th May
1:30 – 2:30 ‘Understanding what makes Natural Wine special’
Speaker: Isabelle Legeron MW (that crazy Frenchwoman)
This will include a tutored tasting so please bring your wine glass.

3:00 – 4:00 Alice’s Adventures in Natural Wonderland
Speaker: Alice Feiring (author of ‘The Battle for Wine and Love’)
This will include a tutored tasting so please bring your wine glass.

Monday 16th May
11:00 – 1:00 ‘Everything you ever wanted to know about Biodynamics’
Speaker: Nicholas Joly (La Coulée de Serrant)

3.00 – 4.00 ‘Selling Natural wine in the On-Trade’
Speakers: Doug Wregg (Les Caves), Gerard Basset MW MS (TerraVina), Romain Henry (Hibiscus Restaurant), Xavier Rousset (Texture & 28-50)

Tuesday 17th May
11:30 – 12:30 ‘Natural Wine, a New World perspective’
Speaker: Ron Laughton (Jasper Hill, Australia)

2:30 – 3:30 Monty Waldin & The Meaning of Biodynamics
Speaker: Monty Waldin (author of ‘Monty Waldin’s Biodynamic Wine Guide 2011’ and star of Channel 4’s ‘Chateau Monty’).

All the masterclasses will take place at Elliot’s Cafe, 12 Stoney Street, Borough, London SE1 9AD and are free of charge to those who have bought a ticket for the fair. Admission will be on a first come, first served basis - capacity is 'limited' apparently so get there early!

Monday also sees the start of Natural Wine Fortnight when restaurants and bars all over the country will be featuring natural wines. You can find a full list on the website here.


  1. Is it too much for the 'naturalists' to even provide wine glasses as most tutored tastings do?!

  2. You are given a wine glass and ID at the fair so you need to register for that before going to a talk.