We have long recommended Michael Schuster's wine courses as the best we know in London. Until now they have taken place in the basement of his house in Islington but from September he will have a new home in the smart new offices of fine wine traders Bordeaux Index. Here's what he has to say about the transition:
My new tastings programme, from September to December 2008 will be the first in Hatton Garden - from 1 Sep.
This is the 4th floor of Bordeaux Index's new location. They have just moved in! The top floor, looking onto substantial London plane trees and a busy Hatton Garden, is a lovely new tastings venue. New both in the sense of a new location, and in the sense that the building has been (is being) completely refurbished. Still in a state of transformation, the tasting room is spacious, airy, well lit by natural light, and with a 3½ metre long by 1 metre high tasting bench in one corner – particularly practical for the self-help tastings.
Sad, of course, to leave the Culford Road basement after 22 years (!), but the new venue is splendid, as you will see. It is also very conveniently located, but a few minutes' walk from Farringdon (Circle, Metropolitan, Hammersmith & City), or Chancery Lane (Central) tube stations. And there are numerous cafés, bistros and restaurants close by, for those who like a meal after a tasting.
The website will become more sophisticated over the autumn, and we hope to move to online booking eventually. But for the moment booking is as previously – easiest by email. And I will still be running the administration from Culford Road, with my contact details remaining the same. It is the demise, however, of Winewise ….! Please just make cheques out to: M.SCHUSTER, and post them, with your filled in booking form, to 107 Culford Road as usual.