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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  • Nov 2018

    £50.00Mature Bordeaux • Thursday, 29th November, 19:30-21:30 in London – Holborn

    We have assembled a stunning collection of wines for our traditional end-of year-fine Bordeaux event –

    La Croix d Beaucaillou ‘06
    Château Rolland-Maillet ‘05
    La Réserve de la Comtesse ‘04
    Château Léoville Barton ‘04
    Château Bourgneuf ‘00
    Château Chasse-Spleen ‘00
    Château Bel-Air La Grave ‘89
    Le Pavillon Rouge du Château Margaux ‘93

    Tutor: Vivienne Franks with Malcolm Franks

    Dec 2018

    £45.00Fine Red Burgundy • Monday, 3rd December, 19:30-21:30 in London – Holborn

    For this year’s festive-season Fine Red Burgundy tasting, our planned line-up is –

    Santenay 1er Cru – Lucien Muzzard, ‘15
    Fixin, Fougeray de Beauclair, ‘11
    Marsannay – Bruno Clair, ‘09
    Pommard 1er Cru – F & L Pillot, ’12
    Vosne Romanée –  A F Gros, ‘14
    Chambolle-Musigny – Pousse d’Or, ‘13
    Chambolle-Musigny – Lucien Jacob, ‘10
    Gevrey-Chambertin – Lucien Jacob, ‘04

    Tutor: Sandy Leckie with Pippa Hayward

    £40.00Traditional Rioja • Thursday, 13th December, 19:30-21:30 in London – Holborn

    At this year’s festive-season Rioja event, you will be tasting–

    Luis Cañas, Reserva ‘12
    Lopez de Heredia, Viña Tondonia, Reserva ‘05
    La Rioja Alta, Viña Ardanza, Reserva, ‘04
    Contino, Reserva, ‘04
    Faustino, Gran Reserva, ’08
    Urbina, Gran Reserva, ‘04
    Muga, Gran Reserva, ‘04
    Conde de Valdemar, Gran Reserva, ‘94

    Tutor; Pippa Hayward (Accredited Rioja Wine Educator) with Sandy Leckie














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Nov 2018

  • From Grape to Glass in Aberdeen

    Saturday, 24th November

    £95.00

    One-day Introductory Wine Tasting Course with lunch included.

    Full details and booking >

  • Mature Bordeaux in London – Holborn

    Thursday, 29th November

    £50.00

    We have assembled a stunning collection of wines for our traditional end-of year-fine Bordeaux event –

    La Croix d Beaucaillou ‘06
    Château Rolland-Maillet ‘05
    La Réserve de la Comtesse ‘04
    Château Léoville Barton ‘04
    Château Bourgneuf ‘00
    Château Chasse-Spleen ‘00
    Château Bel-Air La Grave ‘89
    Le Pavillon Rouge du Château Margaux ‘93

    Tutor: Vivienne Franks with Malcolm Franks

    Full details and booking >

Dec 2018

  • Fine Red Burgundy in London – Holborn

    Monday, 3rd December

    £45.00

    For this year’s festive-season Fine Red Burgundy tasting, our planned line-up is –

    Santenay 1er Cru – Lucien Muzzard, ‘15
    Fixin, Fougeray de Beauclair, ‘11
    Marsannay – Bruno Clair, ‘09
    Pommard 1er Cru – F & L Pillot, ’12
    Vosne Romanée –  A F Gros, ‘14
    Chambolle-Musigny – Pousse d’Or, ‘13
    Chambolle-Musigny – Lucien Jacob, ‘10
    Gevrey-Chambertin – Lucien Jacob, ‘04

    Tutor: Sandy Leckie with Pippa Hayward

    Full details and booking >

  • Traditional Rioja in London – Holborn

    Thursday, 13th December

    £40.00

    At this year’s festive-season Rioja event, you will be tasting–

    Luis Cañas, Reserva ‘12
    Lopez de Heredia, Viña Tondonia, Reserva ‘05
    La Rioja Alta, Viña Ardanza, Reserva, ‘04
    Contino, Reserva, ‘04
    Faustino, Gran Reserva, ’08
    Urbina, Gran Reserva, ‘04
    Muga, Gran Reserva, ‘04
    Conde de Valdemar, Gran Reserva, ‘94

    Tutor; Pippa Hayward (Accredited Rioja Wine Educator) with Sandy Leckie

    Full details and booking >

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