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London Wine Week attracts over 7,000 people to 100 events across the capital

Published:  18 June, 2014

Over 7,000 people took part in the first London Wine Week earlier this month which included a series of specialist tastings, including Robert Parker's first UK appearance in 25 years, and events across the capital.

The initiative, which was held in conjunction with the London Wine Fair, saw over 130 restaurants and venues take part in offering special flights and wine offers to their customer.

The highlight of the 100 separate events that took place during the week of June 2-8 was the visit of world leading US wine critic, Robert Parker, who held a sold out tasting at the Hedonism wine store.

The week started with a Louis Roederer Champagne breakfast at Quo Vadis and ended with Ruth Spivey's Wine Car Boot which attracted 700 people to the Granary Square event. Other tastings were held by Sarah Jane Evans MW, The Three Wine Men, Tom Harrow, aka The Wine Chap, Jane Parkinson of BBC's Saturday Morning Kitchen, Victoria Moore of The Telegraph and The Guardian's Fiona Beckett.

London Wine Week was organised by ABV Global and built on the success of the London Cocktail Week. People were able to buy special wristbands in return for wine tours or discounted flights of wine at £5 each at the participating restaurants. Sponsors included Wines From Rioja, Harvey Nichols Knightsbridge, Wine & Spirit Education Trust, the London Wine Fair and Riedel glassware.

Participating venues and chains included D&D London, Hix, Hawksmoor, Fifteen, Rotorino, Sager & Wilde, 28º-50º, Vinoteca, Union Street Bar and Roast. Shoryu created a bespoke flight of sake, whilst Bread Street Kitchen offered a flight of Gonzalez Byass sherries. 

Emma Murphy, London Wine Week director, said: "We were totally thrilled with the response for our first year - an unprecedented turnout and a wonderful platform to make even more noise next year."