Local favourites, the Yorkshire Wine School, are doing something a little different this year, as they launch their first fair, giving folk a chance to meet the merchants.
The Yorkshire Wine Fair is a celebration of the school itself, which is now in its fifth year, and will bring together the wine loving public with the merchants working behind the scenes to help you discover a host of new tipples. That makes it a little bit different to the other wine fairs that have taken place in Leeds, but don’t worry, you’ll still have plenty of opportunities to have a drink or two.
They’ll have stands from their favourite wine merchants, some you’ll know, others you won’t. Look out for our very own Latitude Wines, who’ll be venturing out of their store on Cherry Tree Walk to join the fun, bringing all manner of grapes for you to delve into. They’ll be accompanied by Ham & Friends, the new proposition from local favourites Friends of Ham, and Wino, the independent wine bar that’s had the business district in raptures since it opened last year.
It’s not just Leeds though, there’ll be plenty of merchants coming to The Yorkshire Wine Fair from further afield – God’s Own Country is full of businesses that make it their mission to find great wine, then share it with everyone else. There’s Ilkley’s Martinez Wines, as well as North Yorkshire’s Basco Fine Foods, Buon Vino and Ake & Humphris. You’ll even have a chance to indulge in the wares of Alpine Wines, specialists in wines from the Alpine region including Switzerland and Austria.
And if you’re into bubbly, well, there’s one particular stand you’ll want to visit – The Champagne Concept. As the name suggests, they’re rather partial to bubbles. In fact, they specialise in Grower Champagnes and they’ll have a stash of them there on the day for you to try.
That’s what The Yorkshire Wine Fair’s about – tasting. And it’s free with the ticket, which is £15, so you’ll have a chance to expand your palate, find out what you like and pick up a bottle or two to take home. You can also learn a thing or two, because each stall will have wine experts on hand to help you find your way around the rather spectacular selection of wines on offer.
Just in case you need to line your stomach before or during the three hour event, they’ll be food from Northern Monk’s new kitchen.
The Yorkshire Wine Fair runs from 1pm-4pm on Sunday 11th September 2016 at Northern Monk.