Calendar Month Ahead - May

May should be renamed MOW. Month of Wine. Really.. It’s quite something.  Diaries are bursting at the seams with all sorts of titillating fare.  From the old world (Bordeaux is particularly well represented) to the new (2 Swartland-focused events on Thursday 14th); the experimental (Wine & Dim Sum pairings on Friday 15th) to our very own indigenous fare with ‘English Wine Week’ running from Saturday 23rd to Sunday 31st.  And speaking of weeks, May (sorry, MOW) is the season, funnily enough.  With London Wine Week (18th to 24th), London Wine Fair (18th to 20th) AND the aforementioned week of local produce, I challenge even the most diary-shy amongst us to go thirsty this month.

As if the weeks in themselves weren’t enough of a palate-prod, they also mean a whole wealth of wine talent in the UK, from far, wide & closer to home.  This influx, coupled with the collaborative spirit of the weeks (if in doubt see the line-up of organisations, growers & bars/restaurants involved in London Wine Week!), make for a very exciting melting pot.  A time for tasting, meeting & sharing ideas; where consumers & the trade can come together.  We’re excited. (And thirsty..)


Tuesday 5th
Jura Wine Tasting
Westminster Boating Base, SW1V

Thursday 7th
Bordeaux & Rhone Tasting
South London Wine School; The Mitre Greenwich


Friday 8th
Australian & New Zealand Wine Tasting
Nicholls & Perks, DY8 1TA


Saturday 9th
Decanter Bordeaux Fine Wine Encounter 2005, 2009, 2010
Landmark Hotel, London

World of Wine Taste Experience Day
London, Cambridge Manchester, Edinburgh


Tuesday 12th
30-50 Wine Tasting, Leicester
Hotel Maiyango, Leicester

The Wines of Hiersch & Loco
Roberson Wines W14 8NS


Wednesday 13th
Classic Wine Dinner
Rhubarb, Prestonfield House Hotel Edinburgh EH16 5UT

It’s Ghana be Grape!
King & Co Pub, Clapham SW4


Thursday 14th
Mullineux Swartland Tasting
Handford Wines, South Kensington SW7

 Swartland Dinner
Fulham Wine Rooms, SW6


Friday 15th
Wine & Chocolate Masterclass
Scotch Malt Whiskey Society, EH2

Grenache/Garnarcha Seminar
Institute of Fine Wines, EC2V 6BR

Osteria Supper Club, from Tuscany to Apulia
Frizzante, Hackney E2

Scoff & Quaff (Wine & Dim Sum)
School of Wok, Chandos Place W1


Saturday 16th
30-50 Wine Tasting, Bristol
Jamie’s Italian, Bristol

Introduction to Bordeaux & Burgundy
Handford Wines, South Kensington SW7
Sunday 17th
Osteria Supper Club, from Tuscany to Apulia
Frizzante, Hackney E2


Monday 18th – Sunday 24th
London Wine Week
All over London

Monday 18th –  Wednesday 20th
London Wine Fair
Kensington Olympia

Monday 18th
Chateau de’Angludet Vertical 1995 – 2005
West London Wine School, Fulham

Wine Society Eurovision Wine Contest
Harpenden Public Halls, Herfordshire AL5


Tuesday 19th
Wine Society Eurovision Wine Contest
The Parade, Royal Leamington Spa, CV22


Wednesday 20th
Fine Wine Loire: Domaine Huet Vouvray Tasting
West London Wine School, Fulham

The Lawn Club, Celebrity Cruises (Tasting)
The White Space, WC2H


Thursday 21st
Taste of Scotland Masterclass
Abode Hotel, Glasgow


Saturday 23rd – Sunday 31st
English Wine Week
All over UK (but predominantly SW & SE!)

Hanwell Wine Estate Open Day
Hanwell Wine Estate, Melton Mowbray


Thursday 28th May
South West Vineyards Wine Tasting & Dinner
Bordeaux Quay, Bristol


Friday 29th May
Chardonnay Grape Debate
West London Wine School, Fulham

English Wines with Nancy Gilchrist
Hotel du Vin, Tunbridge Wells, TN1

Saturday 30th May
30-50 Tasting
Brasserie Blanc, London SE1

Introduction to Old World Wines
Handford Wines, South Kensington SW7





The Author

Helen Richards

Helen Richards

Hely's love of wine was born from a young age, spending summers exploring the vineyards of France. After studying Modern Languages at Oxford, she worked in publishing and branding before joining the JF Tobias team to help build our blog / written content. She loves wine, writing, yoga and adventure in equal measure and strives to balance all four, although not necessarily all at the same time!

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