jamie goode's wine blog: Taste of London

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Taste of London

Had a reasonably busy day today. I began by meeting with Aussie wine scientist Richard Gibson, who runs a wine consultancy called Scorpex (http://www.scorpex.net/). We discussed closures, and oxygen and wine.

Then it was off to Taste of London (www.tastefestivals.com/london) to present a couple of masterclasses on behalf of Codorniu. I did the first, then went off to a coffee shop to work on an article and do an update on the website (an interview with Monty Waldin on biodynamic wine).

Returning to the festival for my second session, I found that Regent's Park, the venue, had been evacuated because of a security alert. Eventually we got in, and the the three of us working the wine theatre today (Will Lyons, Neil Phillips and me) had to rejig the schedule a bit. I went first, and the audience - most of who had been waiting outside for two hours - were really positive.
I had a wander round the festival, too. My impression was that it was a bit 'corporate' in feel this year. I'm going back to do another session on Sunday.


At 8:53 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is it me or is Taste London the most monumental rip-off? The entry fee costs a fortune and then you pay as you go. For the total outlay You could eat very well in a good London restaurant and at least would be indoors. Also, can you imagine how Paris, Barcelona or any regional Italian town or city would do a festival like this?

At 11:41 PM, Anonymous Martin said...

No, Anonymous, it isn't just you.

I've never understood it. The funny disney money you have to buy is a particularly special form of insult.

At 11:59 AM, Blogger John said...

agreed... was going to book it but decided to actually buy some wine instead.

Better value?

At 9:33 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

Taste London was sold out on Sunday. It was heaving.


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