Had a quick search and couldn’t find the answer in an existing thread - does anyone know why the London tasing events are always on a Monday evening? Is it a cost thing (event space is I suspect much cheaper on Monday evenings)? It would be nice if the weekday were rotated occasionally even if this meant a slightly higher ticket price to accommodate those who can’t make it in on a Monday due to other commitments.
I’m inclined to agree that they could ring the changes a bit with the day of the week.
On the other hand, the London tastings seem to have increased in price quite a lot just recently - now £35 or £40 - with a shorter tasting time, slightly fewer wines and smaller pours (depending on who’s pouring).
I still enjoy attending but find I’m a bit more selective these days. Tough when they come so thick and fast as in the next few weeks!
I suspect simply because London is geographically the first stop on a short road tour for the vignerons & TWS staff manning (and supplying) the stands. ie: London Monday, Chester (or York or Bath etc) Tuesday.
We should spare a thought for the vineyard folk manning the stands: If they travel from mainland Europe then it makes sense to have the first expo at the nearest venue to the channel ports (or London airports).
If I was a English Sparkling Wine grower selling to France, I’d much prefer to have the first stop in Paris rather than Lyon !
Incidentally - and I dont know why - but from my experience working away, city hotels are MUCH more expensive on Tuesday night - wherever they might be.
We don’t seem to get many TWS tastings in the South West. Bristol has them but that means a long trip for me and an overnight stay. I think TWS had one in Exeter a while back. I would guess members in the SW buy a fair bit of wine but we are out of range.
It’s also a transport issue. I don’t like to drive after a tasting so it’s public transport which is frankly poor in the SW. A train ride (becoming more expensive) to and from Bath for example means the cost of a taxi at one end as I live in the sticks. That’s my choice of course but I think TWS ought to do more for us in the SW, Cornwall included. And Bristol isn’t the SW.