Visiting Matthew Clark's annual portfolio tasting on 28 February at London's Tobacco Dock? Well, the circus-themed 'extravaganza' will also come with a backstage area; a dedicated room to sommeliers to taste a selected range of wines, with wine buyers and winemakers also on hand.
Speaking to Imbibe, Matthew Clark's wine buying co-coordinator Judith Nicholson revealed the room is invite-only for sommeliers, an antidote to the previous years of tastings when events can get too busy and crowded – allowing you to take as long as you need. 'This year we want to provide a quiet room which has a more concise range of wines that would be suited to the market,' said Nicholson.
Showcasing a new range of Freemark Abbey from Jackson Family Wines, the backstage area will also display the San Salvatore range from Campania, with the 'pride of place' being the Castello Vicchiomaggio's FSM.
'We've handpicked 120 wines that we think really show off the breadth of our range and that can work for many lists,' added Nicholson. 'Our range of Shannon wines from Elgin Valley in South Africa is also brilliant, it really shows a different side to South African wines. On the sweet side, we have our wines from the famous Willi Opitz.'
To enquire about an invite to the backstage area, email BackStage@matthewclark.co.uk