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.
New Zealand's Finest • Thursday, 21st February in London – Holborn
Wines from some of New Zealand’s finest estates. Our proposed line-up will include Ata Rangi, Cloudy Bay, Felton Road, Matua Valley, Pegasus Bay, and Te Mata.
Tutor: Vivienne Franks with Malcolm Franks.
Bulgaria • Monday, 25th February in London – Holborn
A first for us – a tasting dedicated to the wines of Bulgaria, the destination of a very successful tour organised by our sister company, Good Wine Tours Limited, in June 2018.
Our planned line-up will include:-
‘Soli’ Pinot Noir, Eduardo Miroglio
‘Bergulé’ Mavrud, Villa Melnik
‘Merul’ Reserve, Estate Selection, Rumelia
‘Enira’ Reserva, Bessa Valley Winery
Tutor: Vivienne Franks with Malcolm Franks
Classic Grape – Riesling • Thursday, 7th March in London – Holborn
Jancis Robinson and Hugh Johnson think that Riesling is the noblest of the white varieties. So, who are we to argue? Classic examples from Alsace, Australia, Austria, Chile, Germany, Italy and New Zealand.
Tutor: Pippa Hayward with Sandy Leckie
Good Bordeaux Doesn't Have To Be Expensive • Monday, 11th March in London – Holborn
£1250 for a bottle of Château Latour 2010 – well yes, that is expensive! But such wild prices are only achieved by a handful of the region’s better known properties. There are literally hundreds of other properties in Bordeaux producing good wine at much more modest prices. And it’s a region that is very much in form at the moment. Standards of viticulture and wine-making have never been higher. We will taste a selection of wines from some of our favourite smaller producers. Bottle prices will be in the £10 to £20 price range and the contents will be ready to drink.
Tutor: Sandy Leckie
South Africa Revisited • Thursday, 21st March in London – Holborn
A selection of wines from leading South African producers such as Boekenhoutskloof, Bouchard-Finlayson, Meerlust, Kanonkop, Morgenhof, Rustenberg, and Vergelegen.
Tutor: Vivienne Franks with Malcolm Franks (who will just have returned from South Africa and will have all the latest news)
Italy – The Alpine North-East • Monday, 25th March in London – Holborn
Although this is Italy’s most northerly wine producing region, its mountainous terrain ensures good exposure to the sun’s rays and heat retention. Light, tangy reds and clean, crisp whites and sparkling wines are made. The indigenous varieties Schiava and Lagrein are responsible for most of the reds, but plantings of Pinot Noir, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon are on the increase. The whites are produced from Chardonnay, Pinot Bianco, Pinot Grigio, Riesling and Gewurztraminer.
Tutor Pippa Hayward with Sandy Leckie.
Galicia – Spain's Cool Celtic North-West & Tapas • Thursday, 4th April in London – Holborn
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
The Loire Valley • Monday, 8th April in London – Holborn
In this tasting, we will focus on the wines which many people think are the greatest of the region – complex, dry whites from Savennières, fruity reds from Chinon and Bourgueil and clean, crisply sweet whites from the Coteaux du Layon.
Tutor: Pippa Hayward with Sandy Leckie.