May is Real Wine Month, a whole 31 days devoted to celebrating natural, biodynamic and low-intervention wines, which is punctuated by the mega Real Wine Fair in London on 12th and 13th of May.
At Farmyard we celebrate so-called Real Wine every day of the year, with dozens of wines by the bottle, glass and on tap which are made without the use of chemicals, pesticides and sulphites and other non-natural nasties. (Here’s a bit of info on what natural wine means and why it matters.)
To celebrate Real Wine Month, we’ll be going even bigger on natural wines than normal with an extra special rotating selection of wines available by the glass during May from legendary natural pioneers including Nicolas Réau, Catherine et Pierre Breton, Thierry Germain, Nicolas Carmarans and Craig and Carla Hawkins of Testalonga.
We will also be running a couple of special events to kick off the month, around the Bank Holiday weekend. Keep tuned for more to come, too.
Thursday 2nd May – Loire Valley Wine Dinner
We still have a few spots left for our latest Grapes & Plates Wine Tasting Dinner. This one is focused on our favourite wine region, the Loire Valley and includes six wines and six carefully matched courses inspired by the region and winemakers. Expect Sancerre and Vouvray alongside earthy Cabernet Francs from Chinon and Anjou, and glorious natural bubbles. Full details here.
Bank Holiday Monday 6th May – Pét Nat, Pintxos & Pop
In the daytime on Bank Holiday Monday, we’ll be opening up for sunny small bites, and serving a wide range of Pét Nat natural sparkling wines by the glass, including a low-intervention prosecco on tap. Plus we’ll be pushing out pop music throughout for fun, Euro, sunny holiday vibes that may be just a little more laid back than the Jack In The Green shenanigans over Old Town way. 12-5pm, just turn up. Read more.
And it’s in June, but…
Thursday 6th June – Tillingham Wine Tasting Dinner
Save the date for our next Grapes & Plates Wine Tasting Dinner, an exploration of the best ingredients our local area has to offer served alongside wines from Tillingham, the UK’s most exciting natural and biodynamic winery that just happens to be based down the road in Peasmarsh near Rye. The evening will feature six wines and six courses, hosted by winemaker Ben Walgate – the Willy Wonka of English Wine. Online tickets coming soon, but get in touch to reserve your space. £45 a head including food and wine.