Weds 4th June: Austrian & German wine tasting-L&S Chiswick

by Andrew Hooper

An Austrian & German wine tasting evening
Wednesday 4th June  –  8pm
Lea & Sandeman Chiswick


We’d love you to come along to this small tasting featuring some of our favourite producers from Austria and Germany.

From Bert Salomon, in Austria’s Kremstal region, we have the quintessential “not German” grape – Grüner Veltliner – very much the in thing at the moment; we also have a brace of his Rieslings, including one aged in terracotta amphora, which is fascinating to taste. Off at only the smallest of tangents, we’ll show a couple of Bert Salomon’s red wines from South Australia – sort of Austrian Australians, if you like.

Also from Austria, there’ll be some 2011 Austrian Blaufrankisch (the 2010 given a whopping 17/20 by Jancis Robinson) and the most delightful sweet wine also from Hans Nittnaus.

We’ll show some beautiful Rieslings from Germany to illustrate a) that they’re lovely, b) that German wines deserve to lose their unfashionable tag, c) (dare I say) that a little bit of sweetness isn’t necessarily such a bad thing, and d) that Germany should be the obvious choice in the current trend for lower alcohol wines.

For balance and variety, we may venture across the Rhine into Alsace and we’ll dally with a couple of Germanic(ish) inspired wines from the other side of the planet – Gewürztraminer and Riesling from Down Under.

All delightful wines and all perfect Summer drinking.

If you’ve not been to one of our tastings before, they’re highly informal affairs with the emphasis on enjoying a bit of nice wine rather than an evening of driven sales talk – not, of course, that we object to you purchasing a bottle or two (see below).

Bottles will uncork themselves at 8pm, as the shop closes. The line-up will run to around 15 different wines, all arranged for you to taste at your own pace – no lectures, no pressure, no stuffiness. Allow an hour to an hour and a half, I’d say.

All we ask is just £15 a head that we’ll hand you back when you spend £50 or more on the night. Couldn’t be simpler. Or more tempting. Space is limited, so places must be booked and paid for in advance.

To book email or call 020 8995 7355