RAW - The UK's Biggest Independent Artisan Wine Fair - Returns To London In May 2013
RAW - the artisan wine fair - is returning to London in 2013, taking place at the Old Truman Brewery on 19th-20th May.
RAW is one of the most exciting, and certainly the largest, collection of fine, natural, organic and biodynamic wine artisans ever to come together in the capital. The two-day celebration of some of the best wine talent in the world offers visitors the chance to sample over 800 different wines from more than 200 growers. As well as tastings, the show features talks from the world's leading experts and a selection of incredible food by renowned artisan food producers and restaurants.
The independent fair is organised by Isabelle Legeron MW - the first French female to earn the accolade of Master of Wine and the first MW to focus exclusively on natural wine. Isabelle created RAW to provide wine fans with a unique opportunity to taste and buy a variety of fine wines from exciting wine scene-newcomers of the likes of Georgia and Serbia as well as wines from classic regions such as Burgundy, Bordeaux and Piedmont all in the same place. The show will feature cult producers, classic household names as well as future stars, and even some who will be showing their wines in the UK for the first time ever.
Over 3,000 visitors attended the fair in 2012 including 1,900 trade visitors made up of sommeliers and managers from some of London's top restaurants, plus wine merchants and buyers from around the world.
Despite being a traditional concept, due to modern farming techniques and technologies, the production of natural wine has become relatively rare, with the majority of wine now mass-produced. The show features organic and biodynamic wines, made with minimal intervention in the winery, without the use of selected yeasts, additives or heavy processing.
RAW is continuing in its mission to lead the charge for transparency including a charter of quality that exhibitors must adhere to. The charter includes requests that all grapes must be farmed organically or biodynamically, only indigenous yeasts used and clear labeling with the levels of sulphur. Isabelle says: "My aim is to promote transparency in the wine world in order to support the art of authentic wine production. I want to help people think about what they drink."
Dates: 19th - 20th May 2013 Sunday - open to public and trade, Monday - open to trade in the day, public early evening Venue: Old Truman Brewery, 83 Brick Lane, London E1 6QL rawfair.com
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