Ever wondered why so many top TOP chefs have almost entirely natural wines on their lists? Confused by the terms ‘acidity’ ‘finings’ and ‘tannins’? Pure, unabashed tastebud titillation is what #RAWfair’s twitter feed is for viticulture gourmets like us who polished up our grandfather’s tastevin weeks ago in excited anticipation of RAW, an artisan wine fair happening on London’s Brick Lane this weekend.
A brazen celebration of some of the world’s most creative and eclectic wines, the fair brings together 800+ different wines produced by 200 small artisan wine growers from around the globe, all of whom use natural farming techniques. Take the fine Georgian vintages cut from organic Rkatsiteli grapes left to macerate for six months in ancient clay qvevri sunk in the ground; or the fruity unfiltered nigori (literally ‘cloudy’) organic wines crafted by a wine-impassioned, Japanese fashion designer. Food stalls and pop-up cafes will provide the necessary gastronomic sustenance in between winetasting at the fair, and open talks on biodynamic wine, growing plants and – our personal favourite – the perplexing affair of marrying wine and chocolate, promise to delight and entertain.
Ooh, we simply can’t wait for Sunday to start swirling our glass.
Event: RAW, 10am-6pm Sunday 20 May 2012
Location: The Old Truman Brewery, F BLOCK, 83 Brick Lane, London E1 6QL
Tickets: £20 in advance online, £25 at the door, including unlimited dégustation (tasting)