Wine Cruise - Friday 4 October


The Spectator, in association with Private Cellar and Thames Leisure, invites you to join business editor Martin Vander Weyer and drinks editor Jonathan Ray for a spectacular day of claret, clays, cruising and cognac on the River Thames on Friday October 4.

We will board Thames Sailing Barge Will – the largest such craft in existence, built in 1925 – at North Greenwich Pier at 10.15am and slip downstream through the Thames Barrier to Thamesmead. Here we will moor up and enjoy some clay pigeon shooting, using weapons such as a Browning and a Beretta over-and-under, a pump-action shotgun, a 100 year-old side-by-side game gun and an antique naval musketoon.

We will then repair below for a three-course lunch cooked in the galley and a tutored tasting of six exceptional wines, namely:

2018 Ashbourne Sauvignon Blanc/Chardonnay (South Africa)

2014 Ch. Tayet (Bordeaux Supérieur) in magnum

2014 Ch. Tour Baladoz (Grand Cru St Emilion) in magnum

2014 Ch. Haut Breton Larigaudière (Margaux) in magnum

2010 Ch. Tour Baladoz (Grand Cru St Emilion) in double magnum

2015 Vin de Constance (South Africa)

Coffee and Delamain Pale & Dry Cognac (in double magnum) will be taken as we pass by such fine sights as Woolwich Arsenal, the Old Royal Naval College and Cutty Sark at Greenwich, Millwall Docks, Canary Wharf, Limehouse and Wapping Steps before Tower Bridge opens especially for us. We will then dock at Tower Pier at 4pm.

Tickets are priced at £395 per person and will be restricted to just 35 readers so do book early to avoid disappointment.

What’s included:

Bacon roll and tea/coffee on arrival

Clay pigeon shoot

Aperitif of Langlois-Chateau Crémant de Loire

Three-course silver service lunch complete with 6 different wines

Coffee and Delamain Cognac (served from double magnum)

Entry into a prize draw for a magnum of claret

Goodie bag to include half bottle of Ch. Tayet

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