Virgin Wines Live – London Review

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Author – Claire Walters

How big??

Our London Live Event is our biggest on our calendar, 3, 3 hour sessions over 2 days.

500 people at each and 315 wines for them to try!!

Where?

This year we were at The Lindley Hall, RHS, a great venue!

What happened?

On arrival everyone is ticked off our guest list by Andy (from our Preston office/warehouse) and directed to our Welcome desk by Jess our Events Manager where me and some of our Customer Services guys tell everyone where to find what they need, all about our brochure and how they can order and get their £15 ticket price back!

Then everyone is free to wander, chat to the winemakers, producers, virgin wines staff about the wines, the event, life the universe…….. And most importantly try as many wines as they like, not all of them though as our Health and Safety person wouldn’t like that!! 315 wines are not advisable, even if they are tasting measures!

We had 23 winemakers and producers at this event with our usual whites, reds, rose, bubbly, fortified/sweet/sherry, wine buyers and Jays favourites (our CEO).

We also had a separate area where some of our Wine Advisors had a Food and Wine Matching Experience explaining how food and wine can have an effect on how the other tastes , what works… and what doesn’t. That was popular, I think it might have been the free nibbles 😉 And of course the expert knowledge of our Wine Advisors!

Some of our team were there to tell people about all the amazing benefits they can get from joining WineBank too, we give you wine money, what’s not to like.

The ever popular Cheshire Cheese guys were there too, they come to lots of our events and they have quite a fan club! We also had chocolate and wine accessories tables at this event.

What did you think?

These are some of the comments we had from customers about the day:

Great choice of wine, useful catalogue, friendly knowledgeable staff and fun atmosphere.

The price was great, the people were friendly and it was amazing to see so many different wines to try out.

Great selection and informal feel

Friendly staff, lively crowd, good variety of wines, spacious venue

What did we think?

We didn’t like it…..We loved it! All of our staff from Wine Advisors to the Finance Team, IT and marketing  love working at our ‘Live Events’, Well when I say ‘working’ it really doesn’t feel like work! But we couldn’t do it without you so ‘thank you’ if you have been to our ‘Live Events’ and if you haven’t been yet check out where your nearest one is.

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