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Unlock the merry delights of wine and spirits at Taste

Get lost in a delicious Narnia of unique, innovative wines and spirits brands who will be offering tastings, masterclasses and cocktails at Taste of London. Check out a few of the masterclasses taking place below.

Beronia Wine School

They say you should never stop learning and we say cheers to that if every lesson is as tasty as a grape-festooned visit to the Beronia Wine School. Swing by their masterclasses at Taste of London to discover the world of Rioja wines and sample 4 delicious vintages paired perfectly with the likes of manchego & quince and chorizo.

In Northern Spain there is a long-standing tradition of gastronomic societies, known as txokos, where men meet friends to cook and share their passion for fine food and drink. In the 1970s one such group of friends formed a txoko in the small town of Ollauri in Rioja Alta. Unsatisfied with the wine on offer at the time, they decided to start their own winery to make wines worthy of partnering their culinary achievements. The result was multi award-winning Rioja winery, Bodegas Beronia.

Masterclasses run for 20 minutes on the hour between 13:00 and 15:00 and 19:00 and 21:00. There will be no 21:00 session on Thursday and an extra session at 16:00 on Sunday.

Pieroth

The first documented evidence of viticulture in the Pieroth family was in 1675, and we haven’t stopped producing wine since. In fact, we still make wine from our estate in Burg Layen, Germany, where we have been based since the very beginning to this very day.

The House of Ferdinand Pieroth is synonymous with German viticulture, strong family tradition and quality of life. Excellent customer service and expertise acquired over many years have made us the undisputed market leaders in direct wine sales all over the world.

Made for Drink

You walk into any decent pub and the craft beers, boutique spirits and interesting wines on offer are boundless, all presented beautifully and served by somebody who really cares about their profession.

So when it came to snacks, why was there still just a pack of dusty crisps served from a cutout cardboard box? Don’t get me wrong, two pints of lager and a packet of crisps is a fail-safe combo, but sometimes you just want something a bit more special…

Gosnells Mead

One of the most common questions I get asked is how I came to found Gosnells, and following that, why? The best origin stories are either born out of a lifelong passion or a moment of epiphany – for me it was somewhere in between.

I’ve always loved food and drink and as I grew up a bit more than interest in booze grew. I always enjoy taking on projects, especially in the kitchen, so it was only a matter of time until I started to experiment with fermentation at home.

Italian Fizz

Established in 2013 Our passion for Italian sparkling wines has seen us travel deep into Italian heritage. We supply directly to the on and off trade.

Italian Fizz was created so that we could share our passion for Italian Sparkling Wines with other like-minded people. Not being happy with the quality found on the shelves but also seemed that the sparkling wines were always an afterthought of many buyers we decided to exclusively specialise in importing quality sparkling wines from small to medium size vineyards.

Bishops Gin

Bishop’s Gin takes its name from Englishman John Ponet, Bishop of Rochester and then Winchester in the 1550s. A reformer who questioned the divine right of kings and fought for religious freedoms, for example, he was a controversial thinker in his time. His Belgian descendants would go on to found the Ponet distillery, in Hasselt 1763 and now in the 21st century, Thierry Ponet is reviving the spirit of both. Bishop’s Gin is a London dry made with 8 botanicals including juniper nasturtium (also known as Tropaeolum) and lemongrass.

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