London Wine Fair 2019: The ultimate guide

Events to look out for

Saké Masterclass

Monday 20 May, 12:30pm

The UK’s interest in saké has been brewing for some time, particularly in the on-trade. On Monday 20 May, Rie Yoshitake, Japan Culinary Academy director, UK-based saké brewer Tony Mitchell and WSET saké educator Natuski Kikuya will take visitors through a crash course in the aroma, complexity and ageing of the Japanese rice wine.


A conversation with Oz Clarke

Monday 20 May, 2pm

Having recently published his latest book, Red & White, An Unquenchable Thirst for Wine, one of the show’s most anticipated talks is set to be: A conversation with Oz Clarke. Friend and colleague Charles Metcalfe will take on the role of interrogator as he elicits some of Oz’s best wine stories from his broadcasting career. After the talk, Clarke be on hand for a book singning. Another signing will take place on Tuesday 21 May in the gallery area.


The new WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wines (Education Zone)

Tuesday 21 May, 2:30pm WSET is launching a completely revamped level 4 Diploma in wines this August. This information session, led by WSET programme manager Russell Dent, and reserved for candidates looking to hear about what’s new and how they can benefit, will provide a first look at the new Diploma course structure.


The Drinks Business Awards

Tuesday 21 May, 4pm

Now in its 17th year, The Drinks Business Awards are among the most authoritative, internationally respected badges of honour in the drinks industry. With gongs highlighting everything from superb packaging to outstanding marketing campaigns, this is a chance for companies to be recognised for their hard work in front of some of the most influential movers and shakers in the industry.


Introduction to WSET’s new Level 3 Award in Spirits (Education Zone)

Wednesday 22 May, 1pm

The Level 4 Diploma course isn’t the only thing changing this year. WSET has launched a Level 3 course for those wishing to advance their knowledge of spirits. Liam Scandrett, WSET’s spirits business development manager, will tell prospective students about rum appreciation. During the tasting, Scandrett will show visitors how distillery production choices affect the style, aroma, flavour and quality of rums in varying age categories.


Going it alone – launching your own bar or venue

Wednesday 22 May, 2pm

Xavier Rousset MS, co-owner of hospitality members club Trade, will join M restaurants’ Martin Williams, Richard Bigg of Camino and Big Chill fame, and Bancone restaurateur Jason Myers in a discussion aimed at the London Wine Fair’s budding entrepreneurial guests. The experts will give a run-down of their best advice and the pitfalls to avoid when you’re starting out with your own bar or venue.

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