Yesterday, Ryan and I had the incredible opportunity of attending the SITT Tasting, also commonly known as the Speciality Importers Trade Tasting at the famed Vinopolis. Built around a Victorian Railway Viaduct, Vinopolis is situated at the world famous Borough Food Market in the bustling Bankside area, just a stone’s throw away from London Bridge station.
The tasting itself is a business to business event, allowing small importers to showcase their wines to journalists, retailers, distributors, etc. Consequently, the wines featured are very unique, small production wines that are generally very hard to come by. And for two Iberian based wine journalists to taste unique grapes from Chile, rare blends from New Zealand and even old favourites from the Port region, we couldn’t have been more content.
But above and beyond that, it was great to see both old and new wine media milling around the tasting, exploring wines in their own unique way. We encountered wine bloggers such as Wink Lorch, Brett Jones, Andrew Barrow, Jamie Goode, Ultimate Wines and Andrew Chapman; and legendary wine writers such as Jancis Robinson, Olly Smith, Steven Spurrier and Oz Clark. For me, this was an incredible opportunity to see how each of us brought our own unique talents to the table. New media with our flip and digital cameras, audio equipment, moo cards, 12 second videos and twitter applications close at hand, and old media with their pen and paper and decades of wine experience behind them, the blend was not one of oil and water, but rather rich and hearty stew – melding spices and flavours throughout while still retaining its own shape and consistency.
However, as I am new media, allow me to cut to the chase and present a short video we were able to capture with Jamie Goode of the Wine Anorak. Jamie is a UK based wine blogger Ryan and I have been following for quite some time, and we were honoured to run across him yesterday.
Thanks Jamie for taking the time to talk with us, and we hope that one day in the near future, you’ll finally take that big leap to Portugal, living among the wines that you clearly Â adore
Don’t worry we’ll be putting up some tasting notes, and wine commentary once we get back to Spain and resettled. Seriously this was a super fun tasting, and we feel honored to have taken part.
Gabriella and Ryan Opaz
At the SITT tasting in London we interview the wine writer/blogger who we all love!