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  • Jancis Robinson
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  • Jancis Robinson
4 Jan 2012

WineBarn is the only specialist German wine importer and retailer I can think of in the UK. Tamlyn Currin wrote the engaging profile, One woman against die-hard Brits, of WineBarn's founder Iris Ellmann.

Iris is offering visitors to this site 10% off the £25 tickets to her special tasting on the evening of Monday 16 January in the St James Hotel, London SW1. Many of her growers will be in attendance, and she will be introducing the organic wines of Clemens Busch of the Mosel. Also represented will be the wines of Franz Keller, profiled here yesterday in A couple of Kellers and their Pinots.

Other wine estates represented will be von Bassermann Jordan and Becker of the Pfalz, Bercher of Baden, Göttelmann of the Nahe, Dr Heger of Baden, Meyer-Näkel of the Ahr, St-Urbanshof of the Mosel, Schloss Reinhartshausen of Rheingau, Schäfer-Frohlich of the Nahe, Sekthaus Solter of Rheingau, Winter of Rheinhessen, Wirsching of Franken and Wittmann of Rheinhessen - truly the modern face of German wine. All of these producers except Schäfer-Frohlich will be represented at the tasting.

'Nibbles' are promised at the tasting but WineBarn has negotiated a 20% discount for dinner afterwards in the hotel's cosy Michelin-starred Bistro, where I have eaten well in the past, and where reservations are definitely advisable.

To apply for discounted tickets to the wine tasting, contact

Modern fine German wine tasting with 14 producers in attendance

WHEN 6–8 pm, Monday 16 January 2012

WHERE Mayfair and Granville Rooms, downstairs at the St James Hotel and Club, 7-8 Park Place, St James's Street, London SW1A 1LP

HOW MUCH £22.50 (usual price £25) per person

HOW Contact