Patrons gather at the Vintners’ Hall with seven months to go

“In years to come, this will be seen to have been the definitive ICCWS, the one others can only aspire to.”

Bruce Tindale, ICCWS 2016 planning committee

An array of cool climate regions joined the cream of the English wine industry amid the glitz of Vintners’ Hall at the International Cool Climate Wine Symposium’s autumn Patrons’ Circle event on Monday. Leading speakers Oz Clarke and Justin Howard-Sneyd MW mingled with patrons, sponsors, and key members of the organising committees, including programme committee chair, Plumpton College’s Chris Foss.
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With less than seven months to go until the ICCWS lands in Brighton, the evening offered an opportunity for Bruce Tindale, chair of the planning committee, to update sponsors on the “truly spectacular programme”. “In years to come, this will be seen to have been the definitive ICCWS, the one others can only aspire to,” Tindale said.

“Jancis will be opening the programme; Jamie Goode will close proceedings and Oz Clarke will lead a session on tasting English still wines,” he said. ‘Essi Avellan MW, who co-wrote the World Encyclopaedia of Champagne and Sparkling Wine with Tom Stephenson, will lead a session on tasting English sparkling wines.”

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“The ICCWS is going to put English wine on the main stage at a time when the English wine scene is in a good position,” said patron and Biddenden Vineyard MD Julian Barnes. “I am really proud that the ICCWS will be coming here,” said Abigail Barlow of fellow patron, BD Creative. “I love English wine and I want to support the industry.”

The UK hosting the event “represents the progress of the indigenous industry,” said patron and UK Vine co-founder, James Graham. “It is a coming of age.”

“Because developments are moving so quickly, with different blends, grapes and styles, it is really important that we [UK wine industry] don’t get left behind,” said Elizabeth Merrett of patron Denbies, adding “We have got to take the opportunity we are given to show people the best possible wines that we have.”

Tindale thanked the Vintners’ Company for hosting the evening, and Patrons Albury Vineyard, Bluebell Vineyard, Bolney, Chapel Down, Denbies, Nutbourne, Wines of Chile and Wines of Germany, for supplying the wines, including a dessert wine from Denbies, a Nutbourne magnum of Sussex Reserve, and a bevvy of sparklers.

The target now is to sell delegate tickets, Tindale said. “Can you please speak to as many people as possible. This is our symposium; let’s make sure we deliver an occasion we are truly proud of and which reflects magnificently on our wonderful and ever more successful industry.”

An edited version of this piece first appeared in the UK Vine Newsletter, edited by James Graham, seen here with committee member, Susanna Forbes.

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For a full list of ICCWS 2016 patrons visit the website and see below for some more pictures from the night!

Liz Marrett of Denbies and Sibylla Tindale of High Clandon, both patrons

Liz Marrett of Denbies and Sibylla Tindale of High Clandon, both patrons

 

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Venla Freeman, Wine Institute of California, inspects Nutbourne’s magnum

 

Julia Trustram-Eve, EWP and a patron, Steve Marchan of sponsors the Vintners' Company

Julia Trustram-Eve, EWP and patron, Steve Marcham of sponsors the Vintners’ Company

 

Bolney Estate, a patron

Bolney Estate, a patron

 

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Oz Clarke, who will be giving the keynote speech on still English wines at the ICCWS

 

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Albury Vineyard, a patron

 

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Rupert Clevely, the Vintners’ Company, sponsor, with Nicky Forrest, representing patron Wines of Germany, with Nigel Blundell and Kate Dowdeswell of ABS Wine Agencies.

 

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David Cox, The Benevolent, with Lynne Whitaker, ICCWS committee member talking to Stephi Murdoch and Abigail Barlow of patrons BD Creative

 

Wines of Germany, patrons

Wines of Germany, patron

 

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Bluebell Vineyard, patron

 

Bryony Wright, Proven Communication,  patron with Chris Losh, Imbibe UK

Bryony Wright, Proven Communication, patron with Chris Losh, Imbibe UK

 

Andy Brown, Hattingley Valley CEO, sponsor, and Verity Milns & Nicola Lawrence, Liberty Wines, patron

Andy Brown, Hattingley Valley, sponsor, and Verity Milns and Nicola Lawrence, Liberty Wines, patron

 

Justin and Catherine

Justin Howard-Sneyd MW, speaker and ICCWS committee member, Catherine Fyfe, TUBEX, sponsor

 

Chris Foss Nicky Forrest

Chris Foss, ICCWS chairman, with Nicky Forrest, representing patron Wines of Germany

 

Aimee Knight, Bolney Estate, patron with Louise Doyle ICCWS event manager

Aimee Knight, Bolney Estate, patron, with Louise Doyle ICCWS event manager

 

Daniel and Matt

Daniel Manning, UK Vine, patron, and Matt Knight, Riedel, sponsor

 

Wines of Chile, patron

Wines of Chile, patron

 

Simon Stannard Stephen Skelton

Simon Stannard, WSTA, patron, with Stephen Skelton MW, patron

 

Andrew Scrimgeour, AJS Labels, sponsor

Andrew Scrimgeour, AJS Labels, sponsor

 

Peter Gladwin, Nutbourne, patron with Simon Stannard, WSTA, patron

Peter Gladwin, Nutbourne, patron, with Simon Stannard, WSTA, patron

 

The ICCWS patrons circle attendees in the wonderful Vintners' Hall

The ICCWS patrons circle attendees in the wonderful Vintners’ Hall

Words: Susanna Forbes, drinkbritain.com

Photos: Cath Lowe Photography

To join the Patrons’ Circle please email hannah.garner@provencommunication.co.uk for more information

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