It’s competition time
. Last week, I reviewed the new demi-sec from Nyetimber. It’s a great sparkling wine, and a really interesting addition to the English sparkling category. Most English sparkling is at the dry end of the spectrum, so this adds a new dimension. It’d be a fantastic accompaniment to a sweet course in place of dessert wine.
The competition is a raffle. It runs until next Monday night, and you will can confirm your entry here
. It’s a social sharing raffle, which means for every friend you invite to take part, you get five extra sign ups.
Last week was the end of London Wine Week. I had rather mixed feelings about the week this time around. A couple of bars I visited clearly weren’t that into wine, and this was just a marketing exercise. Best noted when I asked what the champagne was at one bar to be told ‘Champagne - didn’t I say that?’
Even in Flat Iron Square at HQ, I felt the offerings leant heavily on the bigger wine brands (Most Wanted and Freixenet were 1/3rd of all stalls). Props there though to Renegade & Berry Bros, who both really brought something interesting along.
Elsewhere, Cantina del Ponte got things right: loads of explanation and background to our wines and choices. A trip to Bedales was delightful as always: their rosé flight was great, as was the rather pricier flight I made up myself.
Wine has a very broad appeal. Half of all adults drink it at least once a month. But within that there’s a huge variety of drinkers.
London Wine Week felt a bit confused by its identity this year.
I got the sense it wanted to appeal to multiple different groups of wine drinker, and as such didn’t get one audience right. 'You can’t appeal to all of the people, all of the time,’ I think Bob Dylan almost said that.