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THIS WEEKEND’S SPRING TASTING

It’s been a long time coming but on Sunday we will be joining our friends from Gergovie Wines in welcoming over forty of Europe’s most exciting growers to London for our annual Spring Tasting. Here is everything you need to know.

Part One: The Tasting

The tasting is this Sunday 1st May

The tasting will take the place at the Round Chapel, Lower Clapton Road (between Glenarm Road and Powerscroft Road) E5 0LY

You can see the venue on a map here

The nearest overground station is Hackney Central, a 10 minute walk

Buses 48 or 242 stop right outside the chapel, just ask your driver

The tasting starts at 11am and goes until 5pm

Entry to the tasting is £12, which entitles you to a tasting glass which you can take home and to taste all day long with what we think is a pretty amazing lineup of growers

There is no need to book, you can just pay when you arrive

We accept both cash and card for entry, food, booze and merchandise

Food by 40 Maltby Street will be available at lunchtime and you can buy a bottle of wine to accompany your lunch

Table Beer and Sour Damson Ale from The Kernel will be available all day

We will also be running a shop so you can take home some of your favourite bottles, as well as souvenir t shirts and prints

If you’d like to reserve a t shirt in your size to collect on the day, just let us know

We aren’t allowed to have lots of dogs in the Round Chapel, only a few dogs in the Round Chapel. If you would like to bring your dog, please check it is okay with us first

Part Two: The Dinner

If you come to the tasting, we’d love you to join us for dinner

Dinner will start at 6pm, we will not be taking reservations and seating will be communal on a couple of really long tables. Grab a seat for you and yours wherever you like

Steve and the guys form 40 Maltby Street will be cooking for you, so you are in good hands. There is talk of rabbit on the barbecue

There will be a short menu on a blackboard. You can order your food and a bottle of wine at the bar. We’ll open your bottle and give you a ticket. Walk to the kitchen, wait a few moments and one of the chefs will give you your food

Some friends will be playing records for you

Last orders for food are at 9pm

Last drinks are at 10pm

You have to leave for Brilliant Corners no later than 10:30pm, though we’d recommend heading there earlier

Part Three: The Party

The night is young, join the winemakers at Brilliant Corners to drink their wine and dance until the wee hours

Brilliant Corners is a great bar. The address is at 470 Kingsland Road E8 4AE, a short cab ride from the tasting

A special wine list has been written for the occasion. All the wines are from growers at the Spring Tasting and have been selected with good times and dancing in mind. All hits, no misses. We are really happy with the list

Owners and wine lovers Aneesh and Amit will be playing music you can dance to all night long

Get home safely and have a nice, long sleep because you don’t have to go to work tomorrow

See you on Sunday

Alex & Damiano