It's the annual event everyone in the trade looks forward to, with top tastings, riveting seminars and industry characters. Here's your essential guide
You'd have to be colour blind not to know that the wine trade has gone pink - and that's just as true at the London International Wine & Spirits Fair. Organiser Brintex has picked out the top rosés at various price points from around the world, chosen by wine writers Sarah Jane Evans MW, Sally Easton MW, Peter McCombie MW, Joe Wadsack and Neal Martin. The best 100 will be on taste at the end of the South Hall, and details can be downloaded at www.tastingbuddy.com.Meanwhile, HwCg is launching what it says is the world's first pan-global rosé brand, the Real Rosé Company, an eight-strong range of pinks from Italy, France, Chile, Australia and South Africa (S30). Orbital Wines (Q8) is showing a new rosé designed to go over ice, and expect to see blushes from all over the world as you make your way around the fair.
And there's plenty more to look out for . Eastern Europe is making a big showing, with wineries from Georgia, Romania, Macedonia and Moldova all seeking to make their mark in the UK.
France is out in force with Fast Track to France, run with OLN's sister magazine Wine & Spirit, showcasing some of the best AOC wines at the fair in an open tasting area (stand H70/2). And Provence Wines is making its LIWSF debut with rosés from 25 producers (stand H40/1).
Whatever your specialist subject is, you're bound to find plenty to interest you at the fair, whether it's the producers bringing their newest and best wines to your doorstep or the many seminars and industry briefings on a multitude of topics.
London International Wine & Spirits Fair
When: May 22-24, 9.30am-6pm (9.30am-5pm Thurs)
Tickets: Free - visit www.londonwinefair.com to register
by Docklands Light Railway or Silverlink Trains to Customs House; by Jubilee Underground line to Canning Town
by road - there are 4,000 pay-parking bays and ExCel is not in the congestion charging zone
Visit www.aa.com to plan your journey - enter ExCel as your destination.
Get to grips with the new Top 100
The Top 100 Vins de Pays, chosen by an expert panel headed by OLN's wine editor at large Tim Atkin MW and including well-known trade figures such as Anthony Rose of the Independent, Jonathan Butt of Thresher and Laura Jewell MW of HwCg, are a must-see.
This year, unusual grape varieties such as Sauvignon Gris and lesser-known regions such as Corsica scooped top honours, and judges said quality standards were even higher than in previous years.
Many of the wines selected for the Top 100 are looking for UK importers, so the stand offers wine merchants a great opportunity to seek out something really different.
The wines will be available in an open tasting area throughout the fair, and Atkin will announce the competition winners on May 22 at 3pm.
Seminar and industry briefing diary
Tuesday May 22
10.30-11.30am Taste the complete Penfolds luxury and icon portfolio on stand D40. To book contact Cathy Warren on 0207 371 6466 or email@example.com
11am-12pm Tasting seminar with Waverley TBS senior winemaker Owen Bird. Stand N30, upstairs
11.30am-1pm Wine packaging and the environment, consumer demands and innovation, with an open floor discussion. South Gallery Rooms 11 & 12. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
12pm Pre-release tasting of Jim Barry McRae Wood Shiraz 2004, Jim Barry The Armagh 2004, 2002 The Benbournie (Clare Valley Cabernet Sauvignon) and 2005 The First XI (Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon). Negociants stand G30
12-1pm Beringer's luxury wines by Ron Schrieve, Beringer winemaker. Stand D40
1.30-2.30pm The Waste & Resources Action Programme on how bulk importing and UK bottling of wine can make carbon and cost savings. South Gallery Rooms 11 & 12. For more information visit www.wrap.or.uk/retail or e-mail email@example.com
2.15-3.15pm Bill Hardy presents Hardy's 40th anniversary of Nottage Hill. LIWSF Seminar Theatre
3pm Select back vintages of Yalumba The Octavius Barossa old vine Shiraz and Yalumba The Signature Barossa Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz. Negociants stand G30
3-4.30pm Oeneo's closure debate: the commercial reality of different types of closure for retailers. South Gallery Rooms 11 & 12
3.45pm Orbital Wines panel debate , Terroir is Dead, Long Live Terroir , with speakers including Mike Paul and wine writer Joe Wadsack. LIWSF Seminar Theatre. To book contact Catherine Monahan on 07809 583948 or Catherine@orbitalwines.co.uk
4.30-5.30pm Penfolds' luxury and icon portfolio. Stand D40. See above for details
5.15-6pm Transforming Moldova: making, marketing and selling wine in modern markets, with Robert Joseph, Angela Muir MW and Wine Intelligence. LIWSF Seminar Theatre. To book contact Barbara Scalera at Eviva Communications Barbara@eviva.co.uk or 0207 089 3852
Wednesday May 23
9.30-10.15am Wine Intelligence on targeting the over-50s who buy more than 40 per cent of the value in the UK wine market. LIWSF Seminar Theatre. For tickets contact firstname.lastname@example.org
10-11am Penfolds' luxury and icon portfolio. Stand D40. See above for details
10.30am-12pm Do UK consumers really care about organic, Fairtrade, sustainability and environmental issues when it comes to buying wine? With new evidence from Wine Intelligence on how much wine consumers care and how much more they are prepared to pay for socially responsible wines. South Gallery Rooms 11 & 12
10.45-11.45am Wines of Chile on Extremes of Chile: Bío Bío and Elqui. An introduction to these two up-and-coming cool-climate regions in the far south and far north of Chile, with Cono Sur winemaker Adolfo Hurtado and Falernia winemaker Giorgio Flassati. LIWSF Seminar Theatre. For tickets contact email@example.com or 01344 872229
11am-12pm Meursault tasting seminar with Ropiteau. Waverley TBS stand N30 upstairs
11am-12.30pm Independent scientist and winemaker Pascal Chatonnet on the most common faults found in wines today. Waterfront Rooms 27 & 28. For tickets contact Fiona Campbell on firstname.lastname@example.org or 01225 782095
12pm Tasting the composite parts of Nautilus Pinot Noir, plus a clonal Pinot Noir tasting. Negociants G30
12.15-1.15pm Cellar Door: tasting masterclass on Australian sparkling wine presented by Ed Carr. LIWSF Seminar Theatre
1-2pm Beringer winemaker Ron Schrieve on Beringer's luxury wines. Stand D40
2-3pm A vertical tasting of seven vintages of Rustenberg Wine Estate's flagship Bordeaux blend Rustenberg Stellenbosch John X Merriman, led by winemaker Adi Badenhorst, plus the UK launch of the estate's first Syrah. LIWSF Seminar Theatre. To book e-mail email@example.com
2-3.30pm Pascal Chatonnet on wine faults. Waterfront Rooms 27 & 28. See above for details
2-4pm Skalli & Rein with Brintex on the future of the Champagne and spirits business in Europe. South Gallery Rooms 11 & 12. Register at www.skalliandrein.com2.30-3.30pm Penfolds' luxury and icon portfolio. Stand D40. See above for details
3pm Vasse Felix Heytesbury: concurrent vintages of Cabernet Sauvignon and back vintages of icon wine. Negociants stand G30
4-5pm Rosemount seminar on screwcap versus cork.
Thursday May 24
10.30am-12.30pm Nomacorc reveals new research on the role of closures in wine evolution after bottling
in an interactive workshop. South Gallery Suite 13.
To book contact Barbara Scalera at Eviva
Communications on 0207 089 3850 or firstname.lastname@example.org
11am-12pm Waverley TBS tasting seminar with winemaker Nathan Foote. Stand N30
12.15-1.15pm Wine Intelligence: Do UK consumers really care about organic, Fairtrade, sustainability and environmental issues when it comes to buying wine? LIWSF Seminar Theatre. For tickets contact email@example.com
12-1pm Penfolds' luxury and icon portfolio. Stand D40. See above for details
2-3pm OW Loeb presents owner Phil Sexton and winemaker Steve Flamsteed of Yarra Valley's Giant Steps, on finesse, terroir and the way forward for fine Australian wine. LIWSF Seminar Theatre
2.15-4pm The latest developments in the global sparkling wine market with guest speaker
Manuel Duran of Freixenet, plus a look at missed opportunities in the sparkling wine market. South Gallery Rooms 11 & 12. To book contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 0207 689 6841
2.30-3.30pm Penfolds' luxury and icon portfolio. Stand D40. See above for details
Team at the show
Join the OLN team at our stand to catch a glimpse of our new website or take part in interactive events and competitions with the chance to win some fabulous prizes. Or just kick back and relax with soft drinks and Pimm's at the end of the day.