An International Festival of Wine, the first of its kind in the United Kingdom, opened in London on Monday (October 1st).
An International Festival of Wine, the first of its kind in the United Kingdom, opened in London on Monday (October 1st). Visitors sampled 300 wines from seventeen different countries.
The exhibition, hold on the south bank of the River Thames within sight of the Houses of Parliament, was arranged in six pavilions especially erected for the purpose. there were areas for tasting, for learning the history of wine, and for talking with experts.
The exhibition, organized by the 'London Evening News' in co-operation with the Wine Development Council, saluted the increasing consumption and sophistication of British wine drinkers. Although British consumption is still tiny compared with that of the French and the Italians, it has now reached nearly 60 millions gallons a year and is growing all the time.
SYNOPSIS: The first International Festival of Wine opened on the south bank of the River Thames in London on Monday.
Wines from seventeen different countries were on display and tasters could sample three hundred different types.
There were fourteen different white wines from Austria alone.
There were also plentiful supplies of Spanish wines in one of the six giant pavilions which housed the exhibition. They stretched for two hundred yards along the banks of the Thames. It was possible not only to taste wines, but to learn the history of wine, find out about cooking with wine and discuss wine with experts.
The Turks even provided a belly dancer. Among the other stands, Europe's largest consumers of wine, France and Italy, were well represented.
The sherry-serving skills of the Spanish 'veneciador' stood out in the festival's wine waiter of the year' competition. The British now consume seven times as much Spanish Sherry as they did ten years ago. British consumption of wine has now reached nearly sixty million gallons a year.