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

Aug 2021

£10.00
Chenin Blanc – South Africa v The Loire Valley • Tuesday, 3rd August in London

Chenin Blanc, the grape from which the great dry and sweet wines of the Anjou-Saumur region of the Loire Valley are made, was first planted in South Africa to produce wines for distillation.  These days, some of the top winemakers in the Cape are using Chenin Blanc to produce distinctive, dry wines that rival those of the Loire.

Presenter:  Vivienne Franks with Malcolm Franks.

Availability:  Good.

Wine Suggestions:

From Waitrose Cellar (www.waitrosecellar.com) – South Africa, Organic Chenin Blanc, Reyneke, 2020 (£8.99), Vouvray, Spring Sec, Domaine Careme, 2019 (£14.99).

From Majestic (Mix Six prices) – Vouvray, Cuvée des Perruches, Domaine des Aubuissières, Bernard Fouquet, 2019 (£10.99), South Africa, Vinehugger Organic Chenin Blanc, Reyneke 2019 (£10.99).

£10.00
Pinot Gris • Thursday, 12th August in London

In the right hands, Pinot Gris produces wines with more weight and complexity than many white varieties.  In this webinar, we will look at four regions of the world which produce some of the best examples – Alsace, Germany, New Zealand and Italy’s Alto Adige.

Presenter:  Pippa Hayward with Sandy Leckie.

Availability:  Good.

Wine Suggestions:

From Waitrose Cellar (www.waitrosecellar.com) – Italy (Alto Adige), Pinot Grigio, St Michael Eppan, 2009 (£11.99) and New Zealand (Martinborough), ‘Lismore’ Pinot Gris, Ata Rangi, 2018 (£25.99).

From Majestic – Italy (Alto Adige), Stella Alpina Pinot Grigio, Nals Margreid, 2019 (£10.99) and Pinot Gris, Grand Cru Spiegel, Domaines Schlumberger, 2018 (£15.49).

£10.00
Viognier • Tuesday, 17th August in London

Fifty years ago, there were only 40 ha of  Viognier left in France.  It was difficult to grow and difficult to vinify satisfactorily.  Then someone remembered that if care was taken, the result was  Condrieu.and today the grape is grown in many countries of the world.

Presenter:  Vivienne Franks with Malcolm Franks.

Availability:  Good.

Wine Suggestions:

From Waitrose Cellar (www.waitrosecellar.com) – Pays d’Oc, ‘Nocturnes’ Viognier, Laurent Miquel, 2020 (£9.39), Chile (Limari Valley), Encantado Reserva Viognier, Tabali, 2020 (£9.39).

From The Wine Society – Coteaux de l’Ardeche, Grès du Trias Viognier, Vignerons Ardéchois, 2019 (£11.95), California, Viognier, McManis, 2018 (£11.95),