This week we had the pleasure of heading to Laithwaites to help them celebrate their first birthday at Vinopolis. Ok, I have to admit this is the first wine event we’ve been invited to so were were pretty excited. We arrived a little late, but definitely had time to sample a fair share of reds, whites and Laithwaite’s own champagne. Guests were also treated to delicious goodies from Borough Market favourites with Neal’s Yard Dairy serving up aged Cheddar, Stilton and a gorgeous soft French Brie served alongside the white wine tasting area and Rabot Estate Chocolate alongside the savoury reds. We loved the Serrano ham served by expert carver Mario who comes from a pedigree of top ham servers. Apparently his father is the top Serrano ham carver in Spain.
We also had the pleasure of meeting with wine maker, Mark Hoddy, who talked us through one of his own Un Vent de Folie (which translates to wind of madness!) wines made in corsican style with Bordeaux grapes. A little bit of research revealed he is a certified wine genius. He started out in the industry aged 12, and worked for several producers before settling in as wine maker for Le Chai with Laithwaites, and overseen by head wine maker Jean-Marc Sauboua, so you can be sure you’re in safe hands. The crowd was super friendly with many offering their own views on their favourite wines, they demanded we try the La Canterra and Sancerre, both of which were very good. Full reviews to follow! We loved the space, loved the shop and will definitely be back to visit Laithwaites.