Taste Great Wines From Around The World

Our wine tasting evenings are designed to appeal to people who appreciate fine wine.

They are relaxed and informal in style. The tutor will give some background information and then simply introduce each wine and encourage discussion. A wine tasting sheet and, where appropriate, maps will be provided but not detailed notes.

Unless otherwise indicated, 8 wines will be tasted. There will be mineral water and water biscuits to refresh your palate between the wines.

What else do I need?

You will need to bring 6 wine glasses to each session. If you really want to sharpen up your taste buds, a set of the International Standards Organisation (ISO) glasses used by the professionals is recommended (the tutor will have boxed sets of 6 crystal ISO tasting glasses for sale at £15).

Who are the principal course tutors?

The tastings will normally be introduced by Vivienne Franks, John Ducker, Pippa Hayward or Sandy Leckie. All have extensive lecturing experience, are members of The Association of Wine Educators and/or Circle of Wine Writers and travel widely to keep up-to-date.
Here are details of the tastings we are organising in London over the next few months.  To book places at any of these, select the number you want from the little drop-down menu on the left, enter your personal details in the form at the foot of the page and click the submit button. A member of the Wine Education Service team will then send you confirmation and information about payment methods by email.

Choose your wine tasting evenings below

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  • Jan 2018

    £35.00Austria – Stylish White & Red Wines • Monday, 22nd January, 19:30-21:30 in London

    Dry white, red and dessert wines from some of Austria’s finest producers.

    Grape varieties will include Gruner Veltliner, Muscat Ottonel, Pinot Noir, Zweigelt, Blau Frankish and St.Laurent.

    Tutor – Vivienne Franks with Malcolm Franks.

    Feb 2018

    £40.00Southern Rhone – Châteauneuf-du-Pape Has Some Rivals Now • Thursday, 1st February, 19:30-21:30 in London

    While in the Northern Rhône they can only ripen Syrah, down south, Grenache is king with Syrah, Mourvedre and Cinsault in supporting roles as well as ever improving white blends featuring Viognier, Bourboulenc and Clairette. In short, there’s something for everyone in this dynamic region. Our selection includes white blends and reds from entry-level Côtes du Rhone, Côtes du Rhône Villages and top quality single village wines with a fortified Muscat to finish. Tutor Pippa Hayward with Sandy Leckie.

    £35.00New Zealand – Wines From Some Of Country's Finest Estates • Monday, 5th February, 19:30 in London

    The wines of New Zealand just get better and better. For purity of fruit and varietal expression they are hard to match. We will taste a selection of some of the country’s finest, including Ata Rangi, Cloudy Bay, Felton Road, Kumeu River, Pegasus Bay and Te Mata. Tutor – Vivienne Franks with Malcolm Franks

    £35.00Argentina – Malbec & Much More • Thursday, 15th February, 19:30-21:30 in London

    Argentina’s fame rests squarely on its success with Malbec – we present the bigger picture with its native white Torrontes, elegant Chardonnays, Cabernet Francs and Bordeaux blends. Naturally, our selection will include a Malbec or two. Tutor – Vivienne Franks with Malcolm Franks.

    £40.00Tuscany – Chianti, Brunello, Vino Nobile & The Wines of the Maremma • Monday, 19th February, 19:30-21:30 in London

    As this tasting will show, there is much more to Tuscany than Chianti. We will start with 3 whites – a Vernaccia di San Gimignano, a Vermentino from the coastal Maremma region and a so-called “Super Tuscan”. We will then taste 5 reds – a juicy Sangiovese from the Maremma, a top Chianti Classico, a Brunello di Montalcino, a Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and another “Super Tuscan”. Tutor – Pippa Hayward with Sandy Leckie

    Mar 2018

    £35.00Bordeaux Wine & Cheese • Thursday, 1st March, 21:30 in London

    A selection of red, rosé, dry and sweet white Bordeaux wines served with a matching selection of classic French cheeses.  Tutor Pippa Hayward with Sandy Leckie

    £35.00Wines of Romania • Monday, 5th March, 19:30-21:30 in London

    In Romania, as in other countries of south-eastern Europe, the return of vineyard land to the private sector has stimulated the modernisation of the wine industry. A new wave of talented young winemakers is now producing wines that are finding favour with consumers in northern Europe. Time to check progress, we thought.

    Tutor Vivienne Franks with Malcolm Franks.

    £32.50International Grape Varieties • Thursday, 8th March, 18:30-21:00 in Belfast

    We’ll pick three or four (depending on numbers) pairs of varietal wines made from popular grape varieties, each pair being the same variety but sourced from different wine regions. For example, comparing Sauvignon Blanc from the Northern and Southern Hemispheres, Aussie Shiraz vs French Syrah, German Riesling up against a surprising rival or two Pinot Noirs from contrasting vineyards.

    £40.00Chateau Cissac – 8 Mature Red Wines From A Great Bordeaux Property • Thursday, 15th March, 21:30 in London

    A chance to compare and contrast 8 mature vintages from this highly regarded Bordeaux property. The line-up will be ’00, ’99, ’98, ’97, ’96, ’95, ’93, and ’91. Tutor Pippa Hayward with Sandy Leckie.

    £35.00Alsace – Good Wine Good Food Good Company – Our Sort Of Place • Monday, 19th March, 21:30 in London

    It’s all happening in Alsace. A new generation of young, passionate and talented vignerons and vigneronnes is challenging tradition and pushing boundaries. Bland, off-dry whites are being replaced by pure, crisp, fruit and terroir-expressive wines, simple, deep-rosés by reds of almost Burgundian style and quality. Oak is being used increasingly for special cuvées. More and more domaines are being converted to organic and biodynamic production. And if all of that were not enough, the Appellation system is being modified to include a 1er cru level between “Alsace” tout court and “Alsace Grand Grand Cru”.  Tutor Pippa Hayward with Sandy Leckie.

    £35.00Galicia – Spain's Cool Celtic North-West • Monday, 26th March, 19:30-21:30 in London

    A tasting of four peachy whites from Rias Baixas and four distinctive reds from the neighbouring districts of Ribeira, Ribera Sacra and Valdeorras. And to complete your enjoyment, a selection of cold tapas. Tutor – Pippa Hayward with Sandy Leckie.

    Apr 2018

    £45.00Chateau Musar – 8 Mature Reds From A Fabled Lebanese Estate • Monday, 9th April, 19:30-21:30 in London

    Another chance to taste a range of mature wines from this world-famous Lebanese property. This time, we will taste the ’09, ’02. ’01, ’99, ’98, ’96, ‘’95 and ‘94 of the Hochar family’s warm, spicy, Rhône-like red. Tutor – Sandy Leckie with Pippa Hayward.


    £35.00Burgundy – Meet The Winemaker Jean-Michel Jacob • Thursday, 19th April, 19:30-21:30 in London

    We have been buying wine from the Jacob family in the village of Echevronne just north of Beaune for over thirty years. They produce classic red and white Burgundy at affordable prices. Jean-Michel Jacob and his wife Christine will be in the UK for a few days and we have managed to persuade them to take time out of their busy schedule to show us selection of their wines. Tutor – Jean-Michel Jacob with Christine Jacob.

    £40.00A Celebration Of English Sparkling Wines On Saint George's Day • Monday, 23rd April, 19:30-21:30 in London

    English sparkling wines have started to beat grande marque Champagnes to the medals in international competitions. Top producers Ridgeview, Nyetimber and Camel Valley are extending their vineyards and a new, venture capital funded company has planted 150 ha of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier in Hampshire. The Champenois, who have never taken kindly to challenges to their franchise, are rumoured to have their land agents tramping over the South Downs looking for suitable sites to buy. It’s all happening here! So, come and celebrate Saint George’s Day with a tasting of fine vintage and non-vintage bottlings. Tutor Vivienne Franks with Malcolm Franks.

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