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Vintners Hall Welcomes London’s Livery Companies in Style

Vintners in the United Kingdom are majorly wine and spirits producing companies owned and operated by families. As independent business enterprises, they often band together with other vintners to form associations. Perhaps one of the most well-established societies of UK vintners is The Society of Vintners Ltd.

This society has more than 25 like-minded UK vintners. When they come together, they are able to negotiate and set competitive rates for diverse ranges of wines. In addition to the price, these societies deliberate on standards of wine service, quality, production and distribution among other important aspects.

Event at Vintners’ Hall

Vintners’ Hall ( held an event that welcomed over 120 vintners to showcase their skills in creative catering, service and grandeur. The event brought together UK vintners (also known as UKV PLC on Instagram) and most of the Clerks and Wardens of the Livery Companies, who host regular events in London. The Assistant Clerk of the Worshipful Company of Distillers, Kim Lyons said that they held all events at the Vintners’ Hall majorly because they focused on quality and flexibility.

During the event, Searcys, an events management company that provides catering served numerous high-end delicacies. Examples are salad of broad bean, smoked eel croquettes, Tietar cheese, proscuito ham, truffle buttons, white chocolate, a basket of rosemary, pepperota and goats curd and foie gras.

Lyons emphasized that the company was dedicated to producing high quality spirits and that it needed to start its own event management process. More than 200 UK vintners produce separate high-quality spirits. During the event, Patricia Paixao, Searcy’s Sales and Marketing Manager, stated that the event was the most successful yet.

Companies received innumerable inquiries and positive feedback during and shortly after the event. Patricia commended Vintners’ Hall for allowing her company to showcase its famous catering skills and prowess. She further indicated that Searcys and other vintners based in the UK would be pleased to work with the Hall again in future.

On their part, the Worshipful Company of Management Consultants stated that the Livery Halls were the most ideal venue for such events. Through Clerk Julie Fox, the company singled out Vintners’ Hall for its ability to infuse the sense of grander in any gathering. Vintners Hall is famous for consistent excellence and is one of the well-known Great Twelve Livery Companies.

170 year old shipwrecked champagne sampled

Diving to a shipwreck off the coast of Finland in 2010 brought to the surface a rare prize of a number of bottles of different types of alcohol, Gizmodo reports. A number of bottles of beer were already tasted and the results published, however, the champagne has now been sampled by a team from the University of Reims in the heart of champagne country. The bottles had already been identified by the marking on the corks as coming from high quality Champagne houses Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin, Heidsieck and Juglar.

The results were slightly surprising as the champagne had not spoiled. Many experts from AnastasiaDate had feared spoiling during its time beneath the waves. The initial notes from the tasting did not seem to be too encouraging as the champagne was described as smelling like human hair, but this is common amongst wines that have not been stored in oxygenated areas. Swirling the champagne made a large amount of difference as the aroma and taste took on floral and fruity notes. The champagne was then described as being sweeter as is the fashion at the moment with a high level of sugar found within it. Around 140 grams of sugar per liter were found in the champagne, which was low for a period when sweet wines were fashionable and bottles generally contained around 300 grams of sugar per liter.