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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Monday, 3rd June – Monday, 1st July
Five-week Introductory Course on Monday evenings
Monday, 3rd June
A selection of wines from the sun-baked vineyards of Penèdes, Montsant, Priorat and Terra Alta.
Tutor – Pippa Hayward with Sandy Leckie.
Wednesday, 5th June – Wednesday, 3rd July
Five-session Intermediate Course on Wednesday evenings.
Thursday, 13th June
So, what’s ‘natural wine’? The Wikipedia definition is ‘wine made with minimal chemical and technological intervention, both in growing grapes and making them into wine’.
Some typical traits of natural wine are:-
Made from organically or biodynamically grown grapes (with or without certification)
Dry Farmed and Hand Picked
No Added Sugars
No Foreign Yeasts or Bacteria
No Adjustments for Acidity
No Additives for Colour, Minerality or Texture
No External Flavours
Minimal Fining and Filtration
Some Natural wines have no added sulphites, which makes them perfect for those who want to enjoy wine but may suffer from sulphite intolerance. Those that do add sulphites tend to use very low amounts.
With more and more natural wine coming on to the market in the UK, we thought it was time we organised a tasting of this new genre for you.
Saturday, 15th June
One-day Introductory Wine Tasting Course with lunch included.
Monday, 17th June
Over the past twenty-five years, dramatic improvements have been made in the quality of wines from the deep south of Italy – the “mezzogiorno” as they call it. Our selection will include wines from the five provinces of Molise, Campania, Basilicata, Calabria and Puglia. Tutor; Pippa Hayward with Sandy Leckie.
Thursday, 27th June
A selection of fine wines from some of the Napa Valley’s top producers:-
Chardonnay – Hagafen Cellars
Viognier – McManis Family
Pinot Noir – Saintsbury Lee Vineyard
Merlot – Long Meadow Ranch Winery
Petite Syrah – Three Clicks Wines
Cabernet Franc – Viader Vineyards
Cabernet Sauvignon – Silverado Vineyards
Zinfandel – Rombauer Vineyards
Tutor: Vivienne Franks with Malcolm Franks