Domaine Lyrarakis, established in 1966 is located in the mountainous commune of Alagni (440m), south of the city of Heraklion, in Crete. The well-preserved 14th century stone-presses in the fields around the winery are a testament to the area’s long history of grape-growing and wine making.
The extensive portfolio consists of a range of monovarietal wines (Vidiano, Plyto, Mandilari, Assyrtiko, Vilana, Thrapsathiri, Kotsifali) – some from single, “premium” vineyard plots, as well as blends of indigenous with international varieties (Syrah, Cabernet, Merlot).
What are we drinking?
2013 Lyrarakis Okto Red, 2015 Lyrarakis Dafni, 2016 Lyrarakis Voila Assyrtiko, 2016 Lyrarakis Vidiano, 2016 Lyrarakis Plyto
What about food?
We will be serving our famous cheese toasties as well as some nibbles, charcuterie and cheese.
What's the format?
We are pretty easy going when it comes to our winemaker nights - you can talk to the winemakers as little or as much as you would like, there's no formal tasting, we will be pouring all wines by the glass and you just pay for what you order. If only everything in life could be as simple!
Christoph Wachter - Wiesler took over the family winery in 2010 when he was just 22, and with every new vintage his wines become more impressive. Christoph's focus is on Blaufränkisch and Welschriesling - two varieties that have long flourished on the iron rich slopes of the Eisenberg. He organically cultivates vines in some of the finest vineyards of the Eisenberg and its neighbouring appellations, and some of his older vines were planted 80 years ago by his grandparents’ generation. Above all, Christoph is dedicated to making terroir driven wines that pay tribute to local winemaking traditions. We have long been fans of Christoph’s wines and are thrilled to have him here to pour a selection of wines from the stunning 2014 vintage.
Christoph will also be pouring a few special bottles of Blaufränkisch from the 80s and 90s. This is a rare opportunity to taste some Eisenberg wines with significant bottle age and experience the joy of aged Blaufränkisch.
Rajat Parr Party
Meet and drink with one of our biggest icons
If it wasn't for Raj, Sager + Wilde wouldn't exist.
Rajat Parr has been a major influence in Michael Sager's life and career with Michael having worked for Raj at RN74 back in San Francisco and ever since the two have fostered an even stronger relationship. We were the first people to pour Raj's wines from Sandhi and Domaine de la Côte in the UK and it was for these wines that we decided to open Sager + Wilde Paradise Row (back then Mission) in 2013 with a focus on the New California.
What we are pouring
All wines Raj has ever made or been involved with plus a whole range of his favourites and rares from across the globe!
Bookings are limited and will fill up quickly.
Terroirist par excellence
"The very year we conceived Sager + Wilde was when working for Pedro in Argentina. It was one tough harvest and also my first. Learning from such a larger than life persona and seeing how humbly Pedro is sharing his knowledge and passion made us want to bring this passion to London. It was there and then, in Cauquenes, in the very southern part of Chile, where we dreamt up our first drinks list for Sager + Wilde, sitting in the modest kitchen of Pedro's farmhouse after the long hours in the winery.
I am ecstatic to have Pedro with us on the 6th!"
What wines are we drinking?
All of the wines Pedro is involved with.
Clos de Fous (Chile), Pedro Parra y Familia (Chile and France) and Altos los Hormigas (Argentina).
As part of the new wave sweeping through the wine world some regions stand out more than others. The Swartland Independent Producers and self-appointed appellation has become synonymous with the new wave scene in South Africa, home to some of the most interesting winemakers in the country.
Bryan MacRobert is a member of the Swartland Independent Producers and will be with us on Monday night to talk about his wines and his philosophies. Bryan makes wine which is very true to the Swartland style – excellent fruit from some of the coolest parts of the region, minimal intervention and judicious use of oak combine to make genuinely interesting and delicious wines.
Wines available on the night
2014 Steen, Abbotsdale, Tobias and the Field Blend
Sybille Kuntz Winemaker Party
Come and drink with one of the Germany's best
Sybille Kuntz and Markus Kuntz-Riedlin are two of the leaders of the Mosel's Riesling renaissance.
Establishing a new Estate headed by a woman in the traditional German wine industry has been a challenge. However their dry and refined wines have made a splash on the international wine scene.
The vineyard plantings are between 40-80 years old and cultivated since 1990 under ecological conditions. The couple adheres to the saying, that wine is made in the vineyard not in the winery. Their focus on low yield and their commitment to producing pure and natural Rieslings have resulted in superb grapes.
What we are pouring:
Auslese Feinherb 2011, Beerenauslese 2011, Dreistern, Goldkapsel 2003, Kabinett Trocken 2013 and 2014, Qba Trocken 2014, Scharz 2007, Spätlese Trocken 2011 and 2013, Trockenbeerenauslese 2011 and 1999.
Le Soula Wine Supper
I was hooked with Le Soula since my first visit to the high altitude vineyards in the foothills of the Pyrénées. The sense of place these wines convey is just staggering.
Gérard Gauby, the Roussillon's most highly respected vigneron, had become aware of the potential of vineyards at higher altitude to produce wines with real finesse. In 2001 he formed a partnership with his English wine importers, Roy Richards and Mark Walford, to create Le Soula.
What wines are we drinking?
Le Soula's full range of white, red and orange wines and ... a bunch of older and hard to find vintages, all priced very keenly.
Mark Walford, founder of Le Soula, will be there to talk about the wines. You can come by for just a glass or full dinner.
What about food?
You can eat as much or as little as you would like from our brand new à la carte menu.
The Young Turks
Winemaker night with Ozge Caymaz
With a young team of Turkish winemakers, Kayra’s main goal is to explore the native varietals of Turkey in different areas of Anatolia.
The head winemaker with us is the lovely Ozge Caymaz.
What wines is Ozge pouring
The weird and wonderful wine made from Okuzgozu and Bogazkere grapes, all by the glass and in fligths.