Man of the moment Shakespeare once wrote: “Good wine is a good familiar creature, if it be well used”. We read this as the Bard firmly endorsing attendance at The Artisan Wine Fair 2016, after all, Shakespeare was a clever chap.
What is it?
The Artisan Wine Fair, or RAW WINE, is returning to London for its fifth consecutive year and will see over 150 wine producers showcasing their wares at The Old Truman Brewery on Brick Lane on Sunday 15 and Monday 16 May. Following hot on the heels of the The Real Wine Fair, you can sample and learn all about natural, organic, and biodynamic wines and their producers.
As well as being able to chat one-to-one with the winemakers themselves, there will also be talks given by industry experts. It’s open to wine connoisseurs and novices alike – the spitters and the swallowers – all you need is an interest in wine (so basically everyone).
What is RAW wine?
Raw wine, real wine, natural wine – the terminology varies but the concept is the same: wine made with minimal intervention in the winemaking process, and next to nothing added once the wine is made. Unlike at some other wine fairs, the wines exhibited at RAW WINE are required to clearly declare any additives or processing involved, and this information can be found on the website and in the fair catalogue. So you know exactly what you’re drinking.
What to Eat
Good, honest wine goes hand-in-hand with good, honest food – with this in mind, look out for the variety of high quality food stands at the fair, ranging from Rawduck’s delicious salads to the craft bakers at The Little Bread Pedlar, or Maldon Oysters from the Blackwater Estuary in Essex.
While wine is certainly the focus of this event, the artisanal offerings at RAW WINE extend to spirits (look out for Tarquin’s Gin), several microbreweries, tea, and coffee (check out the Square Mile Coffee Roasters).
As the old saying goes, in vino veritas – well, head over to the The Old Truman Brewery and find out for yourself…
RAW WINE: The Artisan Wine Fair | The Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, London E1 6QL | 15-16 May 2016, 10am to 6pm | One-day ticket (Sunday or Monday): £35 (online), £45 (on the door) | Two-day ticket (Sunday & Monday): £55 (online), £65 (on the door) | Includes unlimited tastings
Photograpy: Tom Moggach