Bottoms up at Wokingham Wine FestivalBy Lewis Rudd
November 30, 2010
Only plonkers would miss the Wokingham Wine Festival. Lewis Rudd raises his glass to the treats in store
The clinking of glasses will once again be rife when the Wokingham Wine Festival returns to the town this weekend.
The popular event will be held at Wokingham Town Hall in Market Place on Saturday, December 4, and Sunday, December 5.
And those who attend the event will have no fewer than 10 wine merchants from across the UK, selling wines bottled in countries such as France, Germany and Argentina, at their disposal.
Among those who will be in attendance include Aldeby Wines, who stock the work of small producers in the south of France, Spanish wine merchant Harlequin Wines and Marta’s Vinyard, which specialises in a wide-range of Argentinean flavours.
Nick Dobson, who is one of the event organisers and runs a merchant specialising in wines from Austria and Switzerland, explained how the event aims to make people aware of “quality wines you won’t find on the high street”.
After paying an entry fee of £5, wine lovers can polish their palates with as much wine samples as they choose, for no extra cost, and also begin stocking up for Christmas.
Festival stewards will even carry purchases to a customer’s car should their bottles be too heavy to carry.
“There will be 10 wine merchants at the festival, many from the local area, each with a superb range of wines,” Nick promises.
“There will be a selection of good quality wines available that you will not find on the high street, and the festival is a very good way to give exposure of some very good wines made by people who still have the mud in their nails from picking the fruits.
“You don’t have to be a wine fan or buff to come along, it is open to everyone. We would especially like to see those who are happy to buy just any old wines from the supermarket shelves.”
The festival is organised by the Association of Small Direct Wine merchants (ASDW), Wokingham Round Table and the Thames Valley Region of the Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Proceeds raised through the sale of tickets over the weekend will be shared between the three.
Refreshments, such as cheese and biscuits, will also be available throughout the weekend.
The festival will be open from 11am to 7pm on the Saturday and between 11am and 5pm on the Sunday.
- For more information about the event call Nick Dobson on 07799 661 694, Tony Hill on 07860 500 112 or Rosemary Tocock on (0118) 986 2591. Alternatively, visit www.wokinghamwinefestival.co.uk.