London's Independent Wine Market

Saturday 20th July 2024 - 12-8pm - Coal Drops Yard, Kings Cross N1C
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Taste your way out of the supermarket!

TASTING PACK (available on the day): £20 (includes £1 donation to WaterAid) - tote, Govino glass, your first five tasting tokens and unlimited water (byo bottle).

Extra tote: £10

Extra glass: £5

Tokens: £1

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 - or indeed how little - you know.

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 France, Italy and the New World. And it's not just wine in bottles, you'll find every alternative format too: 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 and beyond. 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!

Dogs (on leads please) & children welcome.

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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 international 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 Decanter World Wine Awards judge, tasting host, panel and podcast guest 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 2021, The Drinks Trust Fundraising Award 2021.

@ruthspivey_

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Ruth Osborne

Ruth Osborne
Operations Director & Sustainability Consultant

Ruth Osborne joined the first Wine Car Boot at the 11th hour and has proved indispensable since.

For the last seven years she was based in Stockholm, where she co-owned a restaurant and ran a sustainability consultancy with business partner, chef Paul Svensson. Encompassing events, pop ups and talks, they worked around the world educating and inspiring teams on sustainable food systems and the elimination of food waste. Prior to relocating to Sweden, she spent several years opening high profile London restaurants, innovative pop ups and running hospitality at festivals around the country.

Since returning home to the UK this year, Ruth is focused on opening and operating sustainable hospitality enterprises with new partners.

Outside of work she is studying soil science and is a passionate advocate for sustainable farming promoting a stable future of food production.

@ruthiefixer

All our Traders past and present

“...part of a revolution now sweeping London’s wine world. In a word, wine is hip.” Evening Standard
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