Winter Wine Festival 2005 featuring Growers from around the world
Saturday 22nd October 2005 10.30am to 4.00pm at
Vinopolis, The Great Halls, Stoney Street,
Bankside, London, SE1

(Next to one of London's best shopping experiences, Borough Market)

£29.50 per person, £100 for groups of four

Event Tickets Line 0845 330 1855

Your time is running out to book your place at Lay & Wheeler's 'Event of the Year' - the Winter Wine Festival.

A relaxed and informal day dedicated to wine, with over 100 wines available for tasting, in the impressive setting of the vaulted Great Halls at Vinopolis. You will have plenty of time to discover new wines as well as re-tasting old favourites. In addition to the Lay & Wheeler House Range there are tables dedicated to 2003 White Burgundies, treasures from Tuscany, a trip along the Loire, the power of Australia, a stunning collection of Rieslings from around the globe and the persuasive style of 'Bordeaux'. To whet your palate & appetite highlights from each of the tables are given below.

We are delighted that a number of growers will be present on the day showcasing their wines, including Oliver Leflaive, Domaine de Vieux Télégraphe, Alta Vista, Bodegas Murua, Staete Landt and Quartz Reef: you will have the opportunity to discuss with them their wines and techniques. We are also thrilled that Neal's Yard Dairy, one of the capital's leading cheese merchants, Inverawe Smokehouse, the renowned Scottish smoked salmon purveyors, and Brindisa the Spanish charcuterie experts will also be joining us on the day.

In addition a special lunch service will also be operated in the Great Halls by Lay & Wheeler's City Wine Bar team with seafood and other light dishes available. Lunch will run from 12 noon to 2:30 p.m. and reservations can be made on the day.

All in all a fabulous day for any lover of wine and food, and one not to be missed!

But that's not all..................

You won't want to miss the opportunity to enjoy while you learn!

Master Classes at the Winter Wine Festival

Your interest in previous years for our specialised discussions on the day has been fantastic.

Master Classes will again take place in the Academia Gallery, which overlooks the Great Halls. Tickets for these should be booked in advance and in the interests of comfort each session is strictly limited to sixty places. It is possible to book a Master Class without attending the main Festival though we actively encourage reserving places for both events. There are four sessions throughout the day, we strongly advise early booking.

You can save more when you book two or more! Those who wish to attend two or more of the Master Classes will receive a 20% discount from the figures quoted below.

11:00 - 11:45 a.m. Drink to the Future - £29.50 per ticket
Fraser Jamieson, Bin Club Manager, has selected the following three pairs of wine from the Club's reserves to demonstrate the various stages in a wine's development and the benefits of laying down fine wine for your future enjoyment.

2001 & 1995 Corton-Charlemagne, Bonneau du Martray
2002 & 1985 Château Gruaud-Larose, Cru Classé, St-Julien
2001 & 1986 Keyneton Estate, Henschke, Australia

12:15 - 1:00 p.m. Wines with Cheese - £22.50 per ticket
Following last year's highly successful Master Class, Chris George of Neal's Yard Dairy has kindly agreed to return and present a further selection of cheeses. Wine protagonist Hugo Rose MW will discuss wine options to match the cheeses.

2:00 - 2:45 p.m. New Zealand with a Personal Touch - £22.50 per ticket
Lay & Wheeler have championed the New Zealand cause for many years, culminating in a partnership with Marlborough's leading estate, Fromm Winery and our joint ownership of the fabulous Clayvin Vineyard. We are thrilled that Georg Fromm, owner of Fromm Winery has agreed to join us to present a range of pinot noirs and chardonnays to demonstrate the serious quality of these wines. Everyone attending this Master Class will receive a bottle of 2002 Pinot Noir, Fromm Winery, to take home and enjoy at leisure.

3:15 - 4:00 p.m. A Question of Terroir - £39.50 per ticket
Simon Larkin MW has selected three pairs of wines from around the world that are grown together in close proximity. Despite this closeness, sometimes literally feet apart, the wines are poles apart. This is a fascinating insight into what shapes and affects a wine and is a must for all wine lovers.

The wines in question are:

2001 Puligny-Montrachet, 1er Cru Les Pucelles, Domaine Leflaive
2001 Bâtard-Montrachet, Grand Cru, Domaine Leflaive
2002 Gevrey-Chambertin, Lavaux St. Jacques, Rousseau
2002 Gevrey-Chambertin, Clos St Jacques, Rousseau
2001 Château Figeac, 1er Grand Cru (B)
2001 Château Cheval-Blanc, 1er Grand Cru (A)

If you love wine, and you love food, this is an event not to be missed - all of us look forward to welcoming you on the 22nd of October. Event Tickets Line 0845 330 1855 or Email: