Glasgow-based wine writer and broadcaster Tom Cannavan has announced the launch of The Glasgow Festival of Wine, the inaugural event taking place on Saturday 11th of June 2016.
In part, the Festival is a revival of hugely successful events Tom organised in Glasgow between 2002 and 2009, but its size andambition is much greater (right: the 2006event.)
The celebration centres around the Festival itself, running from noon until 5pm on the afternoon ofSaturday June 11th. Twenty of the UK's top wine retailers and importers are joined by some of the world's best winemakers, all adding up to 250 high quality wines being poured for tasting.Winemakers are attending from South Africa, New Zealand and Europe.
Running alongside, a series of sit-down, tutored masterclasses will be led by Tom Cannavan and winemakers. The lucky ticket holders will taste between six and eight world-class wines in sessionsthat are both educational and deliciously enjoyable. Everyone can also enter a fun 'guess the wine' blind tasting competition, the winner taking home a bottle of Champagne.
A unique feature of the event - possibly unique in the entire world of wine - is the Grand BYO Dinner On the evening of Saturday 11th following the Festival. 100 places are available at 10 tables for 10 atthis not-for-profit evening. Participant will enjoy a Champagne reception followed by a carefullyselected four-course dinner. Each will bring a bottle of their best, most interesting, or favourite wine,and the whole idea is about sharing: wines will be shared, enjoyed and discussed around the tables,but it is a relaxed and casual evening that's all about the food, wine and conversation.
The Festival has its own website at http://festival-of-wine.com, which carries full information, regular blogs and updates from Tom Cannavan, and where tickets can be purchased.