With eager anticipation we gathered. On the day that marked Back to the Future Day, we were jouneying back before Marty McFly to a time when the height of sophistication was a cheese and wine party. But there were to be no cubes of supermarket cheddar and pineapple on cocktail sticks for us, we were going to do cheese properly.
The Class of 2009 - Peter OG-W 2009 was an extraordinary year: I left university with a degree; an Iraqi man became a hero by throwing his shoes at George W Bush, Bordeaux was having the vintage of the century and Lea and Sandeman opened its newest shop to the lovely people of Chiswick.
We’d love you to come along to this small wine tasting at our Chiswick branch featuring some of our favourite producers from Austria and Germany.
With the days getting longer and warmer (hopefully), this Spring-like Season calls for wines from the Jardin de France. The majestic beauty of France’s longest river immediately calls to mind white wines – from crisp classic Sancerre at one end (actually nearer the middle, but let’s not split hairs)(oh, go on, let’s) to the flinty minerality of Muscadet at the other.
There are still some spaces left at next week’s South African Tasting. Should you be in the mood for a some crisp and refreshing white (most of which, perhaps counter intuitively, aren't Chenin Blanc); an array of finely textured reds (to the relief of many, not from Pinotage, except one that really is worth trying) and an outstanding sweetie, then advance just £15 to us to secure your place.
The theme, such as you need a theme beyond ‘Christmas’, was to put a few less likely wines in front of people, to test and tantalize the taste-buds. With that in mind, we left out the traditional option of Champagne, and kicked off with the very splendid Gusbourne 2008 Brut Reserve from the Garden of England, a zippy but textured fizz that works really well as an aperitif.
A highlight of the Chiswick social calendar, the Dog Show gives people a chance to show off their pampered pooches and to gaze upon stalls piled high with doggie accoutrements that they didn’t know they didn’t need.
On a pleasant Wednesday evening in late September, 30 eager tasters gathered in the LEA & SANDEMAN shop in Chiswick to taste Portuguese wine and to drink in words of wisdom from a very special guest speaker. We were honoured, thrilled and really rather excited to have secured, courtesy of Wines of Portugal, the services of the great Charles Metcalfe for the evening.
Tasting activities in W4 for 2013 resume on Wednesday 25th September with a rather special evening. Here in the shop in Chiswick - that doyen of British wine journalism, jovial bon viveur and knowledgeable evangelist for fruits of the Lusitanian vine, Charles Metcalfe will on hand to talk you through a selection of Portuguese wines pulled from the shelves of LEA & SANDEMAN.
Wednesday 28th September - 8pm LEA & SANDEMAN, 167 Chiswick High Road W4 2DR By this time we shall be in the midst of the Rugby World Cup and immersed, therefore, in all things Kiwi. So, thought I, if the bandwagon has enough room why not jump aboard and spend a couple of hours showcasing our excellent selection of New Zealand wines.
Tickets are selling fast for our SUMMER WINE TASTING at the Burlington Pavillion at Chiswick House on Thursday 16th June. We have a line-up of 30 brilliant wines to accompany your Summer, along with a Barbadian Rum to cleanse the palate as you go! The whole event will be very informal, and wine snobbery should be left at the park gates.