London's Independent Wine Market

Taste Your Way Out of the Supermarket
Saturday 20th July 2024 Coal Drops Yard, N1C 12 - 8pm Tasting pack (available on the day) : £20 (including a £1 donation to WaterAid) Tote bag, Govino glass, your first five tasking tokens and unlimited water (byo bottle) Extra kit: Tote £10 Glass £5 Tastings tokens £1 each Dog and child friendly
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Wine Car Boot is London’s pop up independent wine market.

Each car boot or stall is an independent wine retailer, importer or producer with a selection of their current favourite wines for you to taste, buy, drink in or take out. Just like any other market it’s free to get in. Simply turn up, buy a tasting pack (tote + glass + five tokens) and start tasting, or shopping for bottles to take home.

Whether you want to discover new drops, share a bottle with friends or stock up your cellar, there’s something for everyone no matter how much you know, or indeed don't.

Wine Car Boot is about getting to know the huge amount of authentic, affordable and delicious wines (and the people selling them) in London and beyond. We want more people to drink better wine, more often – but that doesn’t necessarily mean more expensive. There’s also beer, music and plenty of food to keep you going.

Our diverse stall holders range from classic merchants such as Lay & Wheeler and Berry Brother’s & Rudd, to institutions such as The Wine Society and new wave specialists, Dynamic Vines, Newcomer and Passione Vino. Bottles from Greece, Hungary and Georgia rub shoulders with the more familiar but no less interesting from western Europe and the New World. And it's not just bottles, you'll find wine in every alternative format: Bagnums, boxes, taps and cans.

The first Wine Car Boot was in Hackney on 1st September 2013. Over a decade later and we've produced dozens across the capital. See below for a list of all our traders to date.

Thank you for supporting and we look forward to seeing you again at Coal Drops Yard in July.

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Ruth Spivey
Founder, Wine Consultant and Communicator

Ruth founded Wine Car Boot in 2013, at the beginning of her freelance career as wine consultant to restaurants, bars, festivals and brands.

Today, alongside consultancy, Ruth hosts her speed tasting night Flight Club and is the UK Ambassador to Star Wine List the global guide, news site and app of great places to drink wine around the world. She is a judge for the Decanter World Wine Awards, hosts tastings, speaks on panels and podcasts and writes about wine for a variety of publications.

Imbibe Innovator of the Year 2014, GQ Sommelier of the Year 2016, Young British Foodie (Drinks) 2017, Harpers Wine & Spirits Hot 50 2018, two time finalist for IWSC Outstanding Achievement in Wine, Vintners' Company Geoffrey Roberts Award and Fundraising Award, both 2021.

@ruthspivey_ @winecarboot

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Ruth Osborne
Operations fixer, co-founder of sustainability consultancy Retired Hen.

Ruth joined the first Wine Car Boot at the 11th hour and has proved indispensable since. Over the last eight years her day job has been as a Fixer for anything food and drink related. She has been a key part of opening many high profile London restaurants and running events, festivals and pop ups. Ruth looked after operations for Dan Barber’s WastED pop up at Selfridges in 2017, the OAD (Opinionated About Dining) Week in London 2018 and produced Blixen at Latitude from 2015-17.

Now based in Stockholm, she is co-founder of Retired Hen – a consultancy focusing on reducing food waste and improving sustainability within the food and beverage industry – and Paul Taylor Lanthandel, a zero waste café-restaurant and urban farm in the city.

Ruth frequently travels with her business partner, Swedish chef Paul Svensson to inspire others about the philosophy behind the work they do and speaks globally on issues of food waste and strengthening sustainable food systems.

@ruthiefixer @retired.hen

All our Traders past and present

“…have never experienced such a cool, friendly atmosphere at a public wine tasting.” Jancis Robinson MW