Becky Sue Epstein has written an excellent book – Strong, Sweet & Dry: A guide to Vermouth, Port, Sherry, Madeira and Marsala. Becky Sue had intended to make the book available for perusal and purchase at the bft this year. Sadly, that was not able to happen but you can still order a copy with the 'show' discount.
With the cancellation of this years’ Big Fortified Tasting leaving a gap in the calendar for fortified wine producers to showcase their products to the trade and ultimately consumers, we are delighted to be supporting one of our regular exhibitors, Quevedo, in hosting a ‘virtual masterclass’ on Thursday May 7th and Friday May 8th.
Sadly, but inevitably it has become clear over the last 2-3 days that we will not be able to run the BFT this year in a way which keeps our exhibitors, our visitors and our staff safe from the Coronavirus.
We recognise the increased uncertainty that the COVID-19 variant of the coronavirus is causing. We will keep the situation under review and issue updates as and when the situation changes.
Following another successful event that featured more wines than ever before, the Big Fortified Tasting is back on 23rd April 2020, a date selected to avoid Easter school holidays and to avoid any clash for exhibitors and visitors also planning to attend the Jerez Fair too. We very much hope to see an even stronger representation from the Andalusian producers in 2020!
The show in 2019 had more exhibitors than ever before. Many friends of the show returned to London and were joined by a number of producers attending for the first time.
We are delighted to be bringing another packed programme of tutored tastings to the Big Fortified Tasting this year. Hosted by some of the most renowned individuals in their respective fields, we are dleighted to have 4 masterclasses that span a broad range of fortified wine styles. Places at each of these masterclasses are limited and will be offered by ballot. You can request a place at any or all of these events by placing your name on the application list. We will be running a waiting list in the event of any cancellations, so please do keep an eye on your email as the show approaches and on the day itself, even if you have not secured a place in the first wave of allocations.
We were delighted to be joined by Sarah Ahmed at #thebft2018. Here's what she had to say about the day and why the big fortified tasting is so important for the fortified wine sector.
Exhibitor bookings for 2019 are now open, with a number of previous exhibitors already confirmed for next year. We will be holding the 2019 Big Fortified Tasting on Tuesday 16th April, a date designed to avoid clashes with other significant industry events.
2018 saw 50 producers showing a total of 290 wines covering a large range of fortified styles including Port, Madeira, Sherry, Alentejo, Banyuls, Moscatel de Setúbal and fortified wines from Australia. A number of Port producers including Sandeman and Quevedo presented their 2016 vintage Ports giving visitors an early opportunity to taste the new vintage being released later in the year.