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With little more than a week to go before Skin Côntact, the wine trade’s first ever rock band, take to the stage at London’s Vinopolis to help raise money for Comic Relief we turn to those resonsible for making it happen - the sponsors.
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Why is crowdfunding so inherently exciting? The heady emotional mix of allure, participation, open access, opportunity, creativity and success is hard to resist.
Is it really 16 years since Vinopolis opened its doors to the public? I can clearly remember the hoopla and sense of anticipation that accompanied the launch of London’s self-styled “premier wine-tasting experience and visitor attraction”.
I saw a headline the other day that grabbed my attention. “Hopes rise for Bordeaux prices in 2015”. Ah, I thought, that’s good – they’re coming down at last.
The quality of the wines were all very good, and well balanced. The labels were also interesting to behold, as some reflected the traditional Spanish label, while others were almost new wave, designed to stand out on a supermarket shelf.
We sampled five wines from the Cava Spiliadis Portfolio from the very best producers in Greece, beginning with the Amalia Brut NV sparkler from winemaker Giannis Tselpos, composed of 100% Moschofilero, an increasingly popular Greek Grape from the Peloponnese with vineyards at an altitude of 750 meters with mountainous sand clay soil. The wine was quite crisp and refreshing, with intense minerality and perfect for any occasion. That night they paired excellently with oysters.
I hate February with all my heart. And it’s not just because it’s that miserable time of year that I have my annual bath. Nor is it solely down to the fact that I have the charisma, predominantly, of an Ogre intent on spoiling a party.