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LIWFBack from ExCeL and the 2008 London International Wine Fair (LIWF)

I’m not sure if it was the fact that the ‘wine’ show is no longer complicated by the mixed messages of also being the ‘Spirit‘ show, or maybe something else, but I felt that there was a better mix of visitors this year, in particular with more on trade (restaurant) buyers visiting.

I spent the 3 days on Bibendum‘s stand, and once again it was a magnet for buyers, Press, competitors (checking out the new stand design) and lots of old friends in the business. It was a busy time not only for us but for Bibendum as they won The Drinks Business Magazine’s Drinks Company of the Year (for the second year running).

The new stand design gave me a little niche to showcase the wines of Dinastia Vivanco and Criadores de Rioja without having to go to the expense and headache of having a dedicated stand, and there was a lot of interest in the new Coleccion Vivanco wines.

I also managed to get one of the last tickets to John Radford‘s “Rioja Through the Decades” tasting which I will post about here very soon, but which allowed me to taste some really wonderful classic older vintages of Rioja from 1979, 1982, 1994, 1995, 2001 and 2005. Wow!



At such a large event it is really difficult to go around tasting specific wines for yourself, particularly if you are supposed to be elsewhere working and not just enjoying yourself, so unfortunately I could not take more advantage of these three days to taste more Rioja wines.

Thanks to Pedro and Domingo (photos above) too for coming over to help. We did manage to get out to a few interesting places while they were here (I managed to have dinner at both Galvin at Windows and Pacific Oriental this week) and more on these in due course.

Anyone spot the common theme here? Is it Spaniards, business people or everyone who has mobile phones surgically attached to their ears these days?

Guys, call me!