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Vintage Festival 2013

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Are you picking up the taste of wet sheep in a field, or perhaps butterflies in a rose garden? Maybe, if it was a particularly bad year, you're getting frogspawn in a pond. If not, then don't worry, because you don't have to be a pretentious wine connoisseur to go to the Laithwaites Vintage Festival 2013. You do, however, need to book a 35 ticket.

With more than seventy producers, featuring over three hundred wines from around the world, what better place to hold this Vintage Festival than Old Billingsgate? The market is located by the wharves where Bordeaux sailing ships used to unload their wine crates, including the Irene, which travelled under Tower Bridge to offload its cargo of Claret.

There will be four tasting events over two days between 17th - 18th May. The first tastings are 11am-2.30pm, followed by an evening do at 5.30pm-9pm.

Highlights will include a Tasting Theatre, Taste Tunnel Experience, Red Heads Studio, a selection of artisan foods, and exclusive savings. There will also be personal advisors providing tours to help you choose the best wines to suit your taste, and discover which wines go best with what food.

For an additional 20 you can experience a a view from the floating mezzanine, where The Fine Wine Room will return for another year. Offering over thirty exclusive samples, such as Cloudy Bay, Domaines Barons Rothschild Lafite, and Joseph Drouhin Burgundy, there will also be the opportunity to chat with wine expert, Angus McLean.
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Why? Sample the best wine
When: 17th-18th May
Phone: 0845 194 7700
Where: Old Billingsgate
Cost: 35
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