Busy times here at LVG – last week we told you about Adam’s Aosta adventure and this week we’re off to the UK with Sam and Roch and their Austrian friends. Take it away Sam…
“I wouldn’t want anyone to think Roch and I have been missing out on the fun. We’ve had a cracking week in London and Cambridge so far with our new Austrian brigade – Artisan Wines from Burgenland SE of Vienna (reds country) and Allram from Kamptal (W/NW of Vienna – whites country). Both will be coming straight into the UK with us, but could end up in France in future. Beauticilious pure reds from Franz Schneider from the former region (plus a couple of whites) and lovely Gruner Veltliners and Rieslings from the latter.
First up was a Big Wines of Austria tasting in the uber-swanky Institute of Directors on Pall Mall (yes, remarkably, they let us in). Our first ever official day out for LVG UK on the wholesale side led to us scoring direct hits with restos in London and with Oddbins in Notting Hill Gate (badaboom). Oh and hobnobbing with the mighty Jancis Robinson et al – we do love a good hobnob after all.
After a beery and meat-ballsy eve in the smoke we headed up to Cambridge with Franz for a whole heap of visits and tastings. Highlights included a swanky pub lunch and tasting at The Three Horseshoes in Madingley, a little shindig at Novi – a swish new bar in Cambridge, and the main event itself of course – the Thirsty Cambridge tasting which went down a storm – or sturm, depending on how close you live to Vienna.
We went out on a high on the last day with a visits to Restaurant 22 Chesterton Road, Hole in the Wall and Alimentum. The Hole in the Wall is owned and run by Alex Rushmer, ex Masterchef finalist and all-round fine chap who could well be in line for a Michelin star in the next few years – watch that space. The wines went down brilliantly everywhere and we got some great feedback.
So all in all, we’re pretty darn chuffed with our first proper run-out as importers/wholesalers to the UK market.
Schnitzel and out….”