What do natural wine, the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, the Seahawks, poetry, harps and films about supererogatory clowns have in common?

Answer: the Vine Collective at the William Morris Gallery Lates.

Kirsteen McNish and I are co-curating the next three William Morris Gallery Late events as part of our little Vine Collective venture – although she’s doing almost all of the important work; my main job is to make sure we have a plentiful supply of good natural wine to pour throughout the evening.

This is shaping up to be a pretty special event, one that builds on the buzz of our sold-out night at Blackhorse Workshop in E17 a couple of months ago – a night where we brought together such bright stars as Rob Auton, Will Burns, Michael Smith, Gareth Rees, Leo Smee from Chrome Hoof and folk duo The Cat’s Knickers. And lots of good natural wine.

Our next foray, at the William Morris Gallery on October 1, includes a DJ set from illustrator and Seahawks deckshoegazer Pete Fowler, along with two films by the brilliant Shelly Love and a set from poet-harpist Miriam Nash. The gallery will also be presenting its own entertainment offering. Check the gallery website for full details.

We’ll also have these wines. I’ve included the descriptions below:

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Cos Frappato 2014 (SICILY, frapatto) – Frappato is an indigenous Sicilian grape. The vines are worked biodynamically Tasting note: Intense, clean aromas of violets and fresias with cherries and cranberries. The mouth is fresh and lively with savoury red fruits and sweet tannins.

Hegarty Chamans 2010 (MINERVOIS, roussanne, marsanne) – A hard-to-find biodynamic white from the Montagne Noire in the Minervois. A blend of roussanne and marsanne. Rich and full-bodied, with notes of honey and stone fruits.

Casa Belfi Colfondo Prosecco 2012 (VENETO, glera) – ‘Colfondo’ literally means ‘residue at the bottom’. This is a naturally cloudy prosecco with sediment. Fermentation is with wild yeasts in stainless steel. Ageing on lees, then bottling on a flower day (a propitious day in biodynamic calendar) without filtration. No sulphur added.

Radford Dale Thirst Gamay 2015 (SOUTH AFRICA, CAPE OF GOOD HOPE, gamay) – Gamay is the Beaujolais grape. This is a rare South African example. Tasting note: crunchy strawberry and cranberry fruits, bracing acidity and light, supple tannins. Think of this as somewhere between a light red and a traditional rosé.

Tragolargo Monastrell 2013 (SPAIN, ALICANTE, monastrell) –
From Alicante, south-east Spain. Monastrell = mourvedre. Organic. No racking, no added SO2, no enzymes, no fining or filtration. Tasting note: Very fruity and complex: spicy, herbal, liquorice, juniper, raspberry, strawberry, fresh tannin and a touch of minerality.

If you’re in the east London area next Thursday, come and have a glass with us.

You can find out about the rest of our William Morris Gallery Lates programme by following us on Twitter – @vine_collective.

I’ll also post updates here when I get a chance.

Cheers,
Darren

WM Lates

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