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.

Upcoming Events

Oct 2019

Pinot Noir – Classic Grape • Monday, 21st October in London – Holborn

Pinot Noir from around the world including two from Burgundy and leading examples from Australia, California, Germany, Chile, New Zealand, and S. Africa.

Tutor: Pippa Hayward with Sandy Leckie.

£0.00 – £35.00
Cataluna – Spain's Mediterranean North-East • Thursday, 31st October in London – Holborn

Not surprisingly, given the Catalan character, this region is one of the most adventurous and individualistic in Spain. We will taste a selection of wines from Costers del Segre, Montsant, Priorat, Terra Alta and Penedès.

Tutor: Pippa Hayward and Sandy Leckie.

Nov 2019

Sherry & Tapas • Monday, 4th November in London – Holborn

It’s ‘Sherry Week’ in the UK and to mark this, we are organising a tasting of Sherry in all its styles – Manzanilla, Fino, Amontilado, Oloroso, Palo Cortado – with olives, nuts, cheese and chorizo.

Tutor: Pippa Hayward with Sandy Leckie.

China • Thursday, 7th November in London – Holborn

As you probably know, the Chinese are developing quite a taste for wine, importing much of what they drink from Europe. What you may not know is that China is now the world’s leading producer of wine grapes and is starting to produce more and more of its own wine. You don’t yet see much of this here yet, but this is about to change. The UK now has its first specialist importer and distributor of Chinese wines. Called Panda Fine Wine, it’s run by a Chinese husband and wife team whose aim is to bring to the UK some of the most interesting and distinctive wines that are emerging from China’s burgeoning industry.

We have selected 8 wines from Panda’s list for this tasting – Rongzi Pinot Noir, Rongzi Cabernet Sauvignon, Martin Tempranillo, Bolongbao Blanc, Tiansai Chardonnay Reserve, Martin Dragon Eye Longyan, Cailonglin Silver Label and Jia Bei Lan.

Tutor: Vivienne Franks with Malcolm Franks

Italy – The Veneto • Monday, 11th November – Thursday, 21st November in London – Holborn

The tiny cluster of regions at the southern tip of Lake Garda is home to a delicious array of wines. Some, like Valpollicella, offer a variety of styles from the same grape varieties. Our tasting will include an upmarket Prosecco, still whites from Lugana and Soave, a Bardolino, followed by Valpolicella, Ripasso, Amarone and Recioto.

Tutor: Pippa Hayward with Sandy Leckie.

Mature Red Bordeaux • Thursday, 21st November in London – Holborn

We are on the hunt for the eight wines you will be tasting at our traditional, end-of-year, mature, red Bordeaux event. More details soon.

Tutor: Vivienne Franks and Malcolm Franks.

Southern Rhône • Monday, 25th November in London – Holborn

The southern part of the Rhône valley produces some of the most accessible and best value wines of France. A representative selection of wines from top producers in Gigondas, Lirac, Tavel, Vacqueras, Châteauneuf du Pape, Muscat de Beaumes de Venise and, of course, Côtes du Rhône.

Tutor: Sue Eames with Sandy Leckie

Dec 2019

New Zealand's Finest • Thursday, 5th December in London – Holborn

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: Pippa Hayward with Sandy Leckie.

Fine Red & White Burgundy • Monday, 9th December in London – Holborn

Another traditional end-of-year ‘special’, our Fine Burgundy event will, this time, feature four whites and four reds. The whites will include a top of the range Pouilly-Fuissé, a Grand Cru Chablis, a Meursault and a 1er Cru Puligny or Chassagne-Montrachet. The reds will include a Santenay, a 1er Cru Côte de Beaune, a 1er Cru Gevrey-Chambertin and a 1er Cru Nuits St-Georges. We expect to be able to publish the final line-up in late September.

Tutor: Pippa Hayward with Sandy Leckie.