Lockdown lowdown: The latest activities from the drinks industry

Millie Milliken

Millie Milliken

17 April 2020

From blind whisky tastings to live gigs, here are some of the latest activities to keep you entertained during lockdown

The new 'Justerini & Brooks Master's Series' 

This new weekly free wine series will put the spotlight on affordable, everyday drinking wines from some of the world's greatest winemakers.

Wine merchant Justerini & Brooks has put together a lineup of some of the finest winegrowers from its portfolio, and every Tuesday, they will share their knowledge and expertise, and answer questions from attendees.

The first in the series will focus on Prüm, one of the most iconic estates in Germany's Mosel Valley. Winemaker Katharina Prüm will guide attendees though their iconic Riesling Spätlese, and while it will be the centre of discussion, Katherina will also answer any other questions they may have.

The current lineup is as follows:

  • 21 April: Katharina Prüm, JJ Prüm
  • 28 April: Dominique Lafon, Domaine des Comtes Lafon
  • 5 May: Omri Ram, Chateau Lafleur

Tune in at 5pm on Zoom.

Big Drop Brewing Co. launches 'Living Rooms Pub Gig'

Launching this Sunday (19 April) the low-abv beer company will start its series of online gigs, live to your living room, for free.

Viewers will be able to interact with the performing artists, ask questions and enjoy with a Big Drop beer in hand.

The first in the series (19 April) will be streaming from the group's Youtube channel with Leeds band The Dunwells bringing their acoustic and electronic music straight to your earholes, with their own material and some covers along the way.

Tune in from 4pm-5pm.


Do a blind tasting with The Glenlivet's new limited edition bottlings

The Glenlivet has launched Spectra, a limited-edition trio of mystery scotch whiskies, and is inviting consumers to partake in tasting experiences. 

Each whisky is a reinterpretation of The Glenlivet's house style, and is being released with no tasting notes, age or cask information.

Whisky drinkers will be given cryptic hints and have their tasting abilities put to the test as they try to determine the flavour profiles of each spirit. At the end of tastings, users will get a personalised scorecard to show how close they are. 

Fancy your chances? Get going here.

Join 67 Pall Mall's virtual wine club

It may be a members' club, but 67 Pall Mall is opening its (virtual doors) to everyone with The Virtual Club.

Every week, the club is hosting Zoom sessions. Each will involve wine experts, winemakers and the club's sommelier team and has a set theme, and those taking part are encouraged to open a bottle that aligns with the subject. Floor discussion and Q&As are also encouraged.

The next week of sessions are as follows:

  • 18 April: Pursued by Bear with Kyle MacLachlan, an exploration of Washington State
  • 19 April: Priorat with David Forer MW and Richard Hemming MW
  • 20 April: Bordeaux St Julien with Jane Anson
  • 21 April: Jasper Morris MW discussing The Future of Burgundy
  • 22 April: The California Dream with Ronan Sayburn MS
  • 22 April: Syrah v Shiraz with Richard Hemming MW
  • 23 April: The Might of Madeira with Demitri Walters MW
  • 23 April: Weingut JJ Prüm with Dr Katharina Prüm
  • 24 April: A Trip through Australia with Matthew Jukes

Book your Zoom session now.


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