Welcome to the 9th Annual
ORKNEY FINE WINE FESTIVAL
We are pleased to announce the dates for the 2015 Orkney Fine Wine Festival. It’ll run from Saturday 30th May to Saturday 6th June, with events ranging from completely free and informal shop tastings, to lively wine fairs, to superior pub grub, to formal restaurant dinners. And once again we’ll be teaming up with our friends at the West Side Cinema to present a unique fusion of wine and film in Stromness!
Who our guests are this year, and the exact dates and costs of individual events, will be confirmed in late April. But you can get an idea of what we generally arrange by looking at some of our edited highlights from previous years, below.
Now an established highlight for local food and wine lovers, further flung enthusiasts, and even the visiting winemakers, this is still the only wine festival in Scotland – and apparently the only week-long wine festival in all of the UK! Phone or email to register for more info as it’s released, or (eventually) to book: firstname.lastname@example.org or 01856 888792
As always, 2015’s festival will be fun, informal and informative. We hope you can be part of it.
Orkney Fine Wine Festival Archive
Selected highlights from previous wine festivals.
• Jan Petersen, Fernando de Castilla. Fine Sherries, with ‘Orkney tapas’ by The Creel, at St Magnus Centre.
• Tony Cloke, Plantagenet. West Australian wines at The Lynnfield. Advertised as a ‘light multi-course meal.’ Here, it seems, the Lux idea was born!
• Mike Stewart, Liberty Wines. New Zealand reds and white at the Stadium Café Bar.
• Our main in-store tasting featured our whole range ‘from £5 to £50.’ Times have changed, but only a little: our range now runs from £6 to £60.
• Paulo di Marchi, Isole e Olena. World class Italian wine at The Lynnfield – and trout fishing for Paulo on Harray Loch courtesy of the Merkister!
Paulo di Marchi
• Brett Crittenden, Mitolo. A personal favourite winery of Duncan and Alan Craigie from their trip to Australia: great to take their fine wines home to The Creel.
• Matt Herde, Plantagenet. Introducing West Australian wines to the West Mainland through this fine dinner at The Hamnavoe.
• Otto Visser, Sepp Moser. Also featuring the Lone Star Swing Band in an evening of sipping and swinging at The Commodore. Austrian wine, Texan music: a happy combination!
• We also featured the wines of Lawson’s Dry Hills, and a range of French Biodynamic producers, in our shop tastings.
• Hazel Murphy, Chalker’s Crossing. Our first ever event at Helgi’s, and a memorable one featuring these lovely New South Welsh wines.
• Giacomo Alari, Cantine Leonardo/Cantina di Montalcino. A mouth watering selection of Tuscan wines at The Hamnavoe.
• Anne-Hélène Délage, Paul Jaboulet Aîné. A fantastic range of Rhone wines, right up to their legendary Hermitage.
• Gavin Crisfield, La Sauvageonne. An English winemaker doing well in the Languedoc – and at The Shore.
Photo by Alan Craigie
• Hazel Murphy, Grosset and Mount Horrocks. Amongst the most subtle, sophisticated wines in Australia to accompany a truly outstanding Creel dinner.
• Also featured, in a fascinating in-store tasting, were a range of white, red, sweet and sparkling red wines from several Portuguese wines, with the support of ViniPortugal. This was also the year of our first Wine Fair, at the sunny Stadium Café Bar.
• Our third visit from Plantagenet Wines of Western Australia, and their Riesling and Shiraz were better than ever: as was the superb meal at The Creel.
• The Italian islands came to the northern isles with a selection of Sardinian, Pantellerian and above all Sicilian wines introduced by Victoria Curatolo. Lovely Marsala!
• Gwenael Laroche charmed all of Kirkwall at the Lynnfield Lux, and her wonderful Chablis wines wowed everyone who tried them: at last, Chablis that lives up to the area’s reputation and exceeds expectations rather than falling short.
• Most popular wine of the festival was Mara Martin's Godello from Galicia. Maria Otero introduced this fascinating region, known as 'Green Spain,' and this obscure but delicious wine, perfect with The Creel's seafood, was a stunner.
• Marco Scarinci from Farnese in the far south of Italy hosted our first ever event at Caffe Lucano. His big bold reds were a revelation - and two of them still feature on the wine list there!
• The Commodore decided to have us dining al fresco, a bold move in Orkney, even in June! Lucky the weather was on our side, and the barbecued scallops and chicken were superb, and a great match to fruity Aussie wines from Willunga 100 and Redfin.
• A strong Italian focus this year, with the 1200-year old Capezzana winery from Carmigiano, and Duncan's favourite, Selvapiana from Chianti Rufina.
• Bruce Kendrick took us down-under for a superb selection of top-notch wines from one of NZ's best wineries, Ata Rangi, and also for an affordable but high quality selection from the valleys of South Australia.
• Our Wine Fair finally found its perfect venue in the stained-glass splendour of Kirkwall Town Hall.
Anne Roque joined us for Domaine Laroche's second visit to the festival.
• This year the emphasis wasn't on their famous Chablis, but their other superb vineyards in Chile and SW France.
- The Da Vinci Kid: Giacomo Alari returned to give us a second go at Cantine Leonardo’s lovely Chiantis and Brunellos…by themselves and to accompany our first ever film evening, Corked.
- Across the Andes by Wine: Amalaya, Bodega Colome and the highest vineyards in the world…with Joe Roberts.
- The Best in the West: fantastic biodynamic wine from Cullen of Margaret River, Western Australia, introduced by Emma Cullen.
- Do They Make Wine in Peru? Yes, and also in Uruguay and Brazil. We tasted wine from all three countries in the shop accompanied by genuine Peruvian food provided by Alice Fairnie.
- Top Girls: a survey of several leading Australian winemakers, all of whom happen to have two X chromosomes. With Ella Shaw of Shaw + Smith.
- Hawkes and Gravels: fantastic New Zealand wines from Hawkes Bay and the Gimblett Gravels, with Emily MacDonald of Liberty Wines.
- Seafood Spectacular: our first visit to the Skerries Bistro, and our first ever German event, with Joachim Binz of Schloss Vollrads. Wunderbar!
- Vino Paradiso. One of our best ever events: a screening of the Sicilian classic Cinema Paradiso, preceded and accompanied by a tasting of Donnafugata’s beautiful wines with Giulia Lazzarini.