How to do London Wine Week: a beginners guide
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on the website, then download the app. The app can be temperamental, so it’s worth doing this in advance rather than at a bar on the day as it has a habit of freezing sometimes.
Most places will offer small glasses as part of their flight. This means that you can usually try a couple of flights and have only had the equivalent of a couple of small glasses of wine. Plan to do a couple of bars near each other.
Sit and ask the bartender about their wines. They’ve been chosen - in most places - to highlight something they love about their wine lists. So have the conversation, enquire and learn as much as you can.
Take notes! For general consumers, there’s not loads of times you’ll get to taste flights like this: so take advantage. Use it to piece together some blanks. Never had gamay from around the world? Find a gamay tasting. Wanted to get deep into Italian whites? There’s probably something for you.
Sit at the bar if you can. This works less well if you’re in a group, but if you’re one or two, sit at the bar so you can continue the conversation while you’re at the bar. Last year, I was given more than a few extra tastes of different things this way.
If you’re holding off for the party at Flat Iron Square: go early. It became incredibly busy last year on the Friday that it was almost impossible to get to a bar. Happy drinking!