London Wine Sessions

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Wine Sessions II is happening on Saturday 7 June 2014, at the Apiary, 458 Hackney Road, London E2 ( The first talk starts at 12 noon, and our bar opens at 12.30pm, courtesy of Quality Chop House, who will also be selling choice items from their Clerkenwell deli/butchers. 

The bookstore, curated by Material Gallery of Shoreditch (, will be open all afternoon, selling essential wine books, super mags including Noble Rot, and posters by Louise Sheeran. 

From 6pm, Passione Vino and Noble Fine Liquor will be taking over the bar, with music from Daniel Willis of the Clove Club.

Wearers of London Wine Week wristbands who buy tickets will be entitled to a free glass of something exciting in our bar.



  • 12 noon—1pm THE BASICS with Fiona Beckett (Guardian, Decanter). Our first talk of the day is for everyone from utter neophytes to lifelong wine lovers. Fiona will guide you out of your wine drinking rut by introducing you to life beyond prosecco and pinot grigio, and helping you find other wines in your favourite style. Five tastes. £20
  • 2pm—3pm MOON WALK with Doug Wregg (Caves de Pyrène) and Jamie Goode (Sunday Express, Harpers, Decanter). What is it about biodynamics that makes moon worshippers out of winemakers? Doug and Jamie talk terroir, low intervention, lunar phases, methods and madness, and pour six sensational tastes from the wine side of the moon. £20
  • 4pm—5pm WINE INTO WORDS with Victoria Moore (Telegraph, Olive), Anthony Rose (Independent) and Richard Hemming ( We ask some of our favourite critics which wines enticed them first to pick up their pens/plug in their PCs. Victoria, Anthony and Richard will chat about the woohs and winces of writing about what you love, and pour six of the wines that most inspire them. £20
  • 6pm—7pm THE UNLOVABLES with Mike Sager-Wilde (Sager + Wilde), Charlie Young (Vinoteca) and Courtney Stebbing (Lyle's). This will be fun... Six wines you thought you'd dismissed years ago, in alternative, intriguing guises. Michael, Charlie and Courtney will pour their choices blind for extra thrills, then reveal and talk through their dynamic half dozen ugly ducklings. £20
  • 8pm—9.30pm RAD FOOD MATCHING with Matthew Young (Mayfields) and Jack Lewens (Skye Gyngell's Spring). Six amazing wines. Six very good things to eat. Edifying chat. What more can we say? Price of admission includes a glass of champagne on arrival. Vegetarians are more than welcome — please declare yourselves in advance. £40

Please note: timings are approximate. 

Wine Sessions is raising money for WaterAid.

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