Taste Great Wines & Spirits From Around The World
Our tasting evenings are designed to appeal to people who appreciate fine wine and/or spirits.
They are relaxed and informal in style. The tutor will give some background information and then simply introduce each wine or spirit and encourage discussion. A tasting sheet and, where appropriate, maps will be provided but not detailed notes.
Unless otherwise indicated, tasting samples of 8 wines or 6 spirits will be tasted. There will be mineral water and water biscuits to refresh your palate between samples.
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Thursday, 24th January
A comparative tasting of Pinot Noirs from around the world including a classic from Burgundy and leading examples from Australia, California, Chile, Germany, New Zealand, Oregon and South Africa.
Tutor Pippa Hayward with Sandy Leckie.
Monday, 28th January
The southern part of the Rhône valley produces some of the most accessible and best value wines of France. Examples from some of our favourite producers in Tavel, Gigondas, Lirac, Vacqueras, Châteauneuf du Pape and Beaumes de Venise.
Tutor Sandy Leckie.
Tuesday, 29th January – Tuesday, 26th February
Five-week Introductory Course on Tuesday evenings
Saturday, 2nd February
One-day Introductory Wine Tasting Course with lunch included.
Saturday, 2nd February
One-day wine tasting course focussed on the wines of Italy with lunch included
Monday, 4th February – Monday, 4th March
Five-session introductory course on Monday evenings
Tuesday, 5th February – Tuesday, 5th March
Five-session intermediate course on the wines of Italy on Tuesday evenings
Wednesday, 6th February – Wednesday, 6th March
Five-week Introductory Course on Wednesday evenings
Wednesday, 6th February – Wednesday, 27th March
Eight-session introductory course on Wednesday evenings
Thursday, 7th February
This tasting focuses on recent changes within this much-loved region. Long prized for its beautiful oak – aged reds, new styles of wine have been developing in Rioja over the last decade. A younger generation of winemakers is putting more emphasis on terroir than mandatory ageing in barrel – and there is renewed interest in white and rosado Rioja. The Consejo itself has been updating the rules of production to encourage the development of new styles and to permit vineyard designations on bottles. Our tasting will bring you right up to date with all these changes.
Tutor Pippa Hayward (Accredited Rioja Wine Educator) with Sandy Leckie.