The week in pictures

Our week kicked off with a wonderful whirlwind tour of boutique California producers at the Golden State tasting at Avenue restaurant in St James’s, put on by The Wine Treasury, Vineyard Cellars, Roberson Wines, Flint Wines and California Wines. Our first port of call was The Wine Treasury, where the ebullient Rory Benham poured us a zippy Albariño that could compete with the best from Rías Baixas.

We then swung by the Flint Wines stand where communications manager Anja Breit poured us this delicious duo: an elegant Varner Chardonnay and silky Pinot made by Gavin Chanin of Chanin Wines, who creates bespoke artworks for each new vintage to adorn his labels.

We were on our way out the door when we were tipped off that there was a solitary bottle of Scarecrow under one of the tables, which practically needed a code word to gain access to a sip of. Made by Celia Welch, the old vine Rutherford Cabernet showed real promised, but would be even better in a decade with a juicy steak.

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