We're delighted to announce our latest speaker...and one we think will be of interest to a lot of people!
Robin Nugent of Iron &Rose in Shrewsbury’s Market Hall, will discuss vegan wine and the role of sulphur in wine at Frestival 2019, which will take place at the West Mid Showground on May 18.
He will be joined on the podium by speciality winemaker Thomas Holt, who began making his wine Paso-Primero after more than 10 years in the winemaking industry.
Frestival organisers are aiming to put on an event that allows people to access information about free-from foods and products, learn about free-from lifestyles and take advice from those who already live, and cook, free-from.
Mr Nugent said: “At Iron & Rose, we are all about wines that have soul, a sense of place and individuality.
“Wines that express the soils and climate of the place the grapes were grown and the people who made them, not wines made to a recipe to conform to a style or specification.”
Mr Nugent said the only way to achieve that aim is by less intervention.
He said: “Using the naturally occurring yeasts for fermentation, for example, and avoiding fining and filtration.
“By happy chance this makes the wines suitable for vegans but it also, in our opinion, gives them an authenticity and life that is missing from more “commercial” wines.
“At Frestival, I’ll be talking more about this, the history of natural wine making and its renaissance in Europe and across the world.” he said.
In March, Iron & Rose is set to open at new bar, Glouglou on Castle Gates, Shrewsbury, which will feature many natural wines as well as vegan and non-vegan snacks to enjoy alongside.
Mr Nugent said: “We wanted to provide somewhere for our customers to relax and enjoy an extremely good glass of wine. We’re really excited about our new bar and think it will bring a new vibe to Shrewsbury town centre.”
Frestival organiser Ian Bebbington said: “We delighted that Robin and Tom have got together to discuss vegan wines at Frestival. Their wines are almost entirely vegan and both have an incredible knowledge about natural wines. It will be a fascinating talk.”
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