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.

What else do I need?

You will need to bring 6 wine glasses to each session. If you really want to sharpen up your taste buds, a set of the International Standards Organisation (ISO) glasses used by the professionals is recommended (the tutor will have boxed sets of 6 crystal ISO tasting glasses for sale at £15).

Who are the principal course tutors?

The tastings will normally be introduced by Vivienne Franks, John Ducker, Pippa Hayward or Sandy Leckie. All have extensive lecturing experience, are members of The Association of Wine Educators and/or Circle of Wine Writers and travel widely to keep up-to-date.

Book Places

Here are details of the tastings we are organising in London over the next few months.  To book places at any of these, select the number you want from the little drop-down menu on the left, enter your personal details in the form at the foot of the page and click the submit button. A member of the Wine Education Service team will then send you confirmation and information about payment methods by email.

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  • Mar 2018

    £35.00Galicia – Wine From Spain's Cool Celtic North-West With Tapas • Monday, 26th March, 19:30-21:30 in London

    Wines from the cool, Celtic, north-western corner of the Iberian Peninsula, or ‘Green Spain’, as it is often called.  Galicia’s Rias Baixas, Ribeiro, Ribera Sacra, Monterrei and Valdeorras wine regions and the adjacent Bierzo (administratively part of Castilla y Leon) produce crisp and complex whites from Albariño , Godello and Treixadura and juicy reds from Mencia.  And to complete your enjoyment…..a selection of cold tapas.

    Tutor – Pippa Hayward with Sandy Leckie

    Apr 2018

    £45.00Chateau Musar – 8 Mature Reds From A Fabled Lebanese Estate • Monday, 9th April, 19:30-21:30 in London

    Another chance to taste a range of mature wines from this world-famous Lebanese property. This time, we will taste the ’09, ’02. ’01, ’99, ’98, ’96, ‘’95 and ‘94 of the Hochar family’s warm, spicy, Rhône-like red.

    Tutor – Sandy Leckie with Pippa Hayward.


    £35.00Burgundy – Meet The Winemaker Jean-Michel Jacob • Thursday, 19th April, 19:30-21:30 in London

    We have been buying wine from the Jacob family in the village of Echevronne just north of Beaune for over thirty years. They produce classic red and white Burgundy at affordable prices. Jean-Michel Jacob and his wife Christine will be in the UK for a few days and we have managed to persuade them to take time out of their busy schedule to show us selection of their wines.

    Tutor – Jean-Michel Jacob with Christine Jacob.

    £40.00A Celebration Of English Sparkling Wines On Saint George's Day • Monday, 23rd April, 19:30-21:30 in London

    English sparkling wines have started to beat grande marque Champagnes to the medals in international competitions. Top producers Ridgeview, Nyetimber and Camel Valley are extending their vineyards and a new, venture capital funded company has planted 150 ha of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier in Hampshire. The Champenois, who have never taken kindly to challenges to their franchise, are rumoured to have their land agents tramping over the South Downs looking for suitable sites to buy. It’s all happening here! So, come and celebrate Saint George’s Day with a tasting of fine vintage and non-vintage bottlings.

    Tutor Vivienne Franks with Malcolm Franks.

    May 2018

    £35.00Portugal – Wines from the Duoro • Monday, 14th May, 19:30-21:30 in London

    A selection of red and white wines from this rapidly developing region, come and taste how Portugal has progressed as an up market wine region.

    Jun 2018

    £35.00Wines of Romania • Monday, 11th June, 19:30-21:30 in London

    In Romania, as in other countries of south-eastern Europe, the return of vineyard land to the private sector has stimulated the modernisation of the wine industry.  A new wave of talented young winemakers is now producing wines that are finding favour with consumers in northern Europe.  The line-up will include local specialities Tamaioasca Romaneasca and Novac from top producer Prince Stirby, as well as wines made from international grape varieties including Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.

    Tutor Vivienne Franks with Malcolm Franks.

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