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.

  • Nov 2019

    £65.00Mature Red Bordeaux • Thursday, 21st November, 19:30-21:30 in London – Holborn

    Our final selection of wines for our traditional, end-of-year, mature, red Bordeaux event is:-

    Haut-Bages-Libéral ’03
    La Tour-Haut-Brion ’03
    Les Fiefs-de-Lagrange ’00
    Certan-Marzelle ’00
    Labegorce Zédé ’00
    Grand-Corbin ’99
    Haut-Batailley ’95 (Pictured)
    Cissac ’87

    Tutor: Vivienne Franks and Malcolm Franks.

    £40.00Southern Rhône • Monday, 25th November, 19:30-21:30 in London – Holborn

    The southern part of the Rhône valley produces some of the most accessible and best value wines of France. We shall be tasting a representative selection of wines from top producers. Here is the line-up:-

    Lirac – ‘La Fermade’, Domaine Maby
    Grignan-lès-Adhémar – Viognier, Domaine de Montine
    Tavel – ‘Prima Donna’, Domaine Maby
    Côtes-du-Rhône – Château Courac
    Gigondas – ‘Le Pas de l’Aigle’, Pierre Amadieu
    Cairanne – Pierre Amadieu
    Châteauneuf-du-Pape – ‘Clos du Calvaire’
    Muscat-de-Beaumes-de-Venise – Domaine Des Bernadins

    Tutor: Sue Eames with Malcolm Franks.

    Dec 2019

    £40.00New Zealand's Finest • Thursday, 5th December, 19:30-21:30 in London – Holborn

    The wines of New Zealand just get better and better. For purity of fruit and varietal expression they are hard to match. We will taste a selection from some of the country’s finest producers, including Ata Rangi, Cloudy Bay, Felton Road, Kumeu River, Pegasus Bay and Te Mata.

    Tutor: Pippa Hayward with Sandy Leckie.

    £50.00Fine Red & White Burgundy • Monday, 9th December, 19:30-21:30 in London – Holborn

    Another traditional end-of-year ‘special’, our Fine Burgundy event will, this time, feature four whites and four reds. The whites will be Chablis 1er Cru Mont de Milieu from Samuel Billaud, Meursault ‘Le Limozin’ from Vincent Giraud, St-Aubin 1er Cru ‘Les Murgers des Dents de Chien’ from Alex Gambal and Pouilly-Fuisse ‘Vers Pouilly’ from Chateau de Beauregard. The reds will include Nuits-St-Georges Vieilles Vignes from Domaine de Bellene, Gevrey-Chambertin from Lucien Jacob, Vosne Romanee ‘Aux Reas’ from Anne Gros. Tutor: Pippa Hayward with Sandy Leckie.














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Nov 2019

  • Mature Red Bordeaux in London – Holborn

    Thursday, 21st November

    £65.00

    Our final selection of wines for our traditional, end-of-year, mature, red Bordeaux event is:-

    Haut-Bages-Libéral ’03
    La Tour-Haut-Brion ’03
    Les Fiefs-de-Lagrange ’00
    Certan-Marzelle ’00
    Labegorce Zédé ’00
    Grand-Corbin ’99
    Haut-Batailley ’95 (Pictured)
    Cissac ’87

    Tutor: Vivienne Franks and Malcolm Franks.

    Full details and booking >

  • The Wines of Italy in Aberdeen

    Saturday, 23rd November

    £95.00

    One-day course focussed on the wines of Italy with lunch included.

    Full details and booking >

  • From Grape to Glass in London

    Saturday, 23rd November

    £95.00

    One-day Introductory Wine Tasting Course with lunch included.

    Full details and booking >

  • Southern Rhône in London – Holborn

    Monday, 25th November

    £40.00

    The southern part of the Rhône valley produces some of the most accessible and best value wines of France. We shall be tasting a representative selection of wines from top producers. Here is the line-up:-

    Lirac – ‘La Fermade’, Domaine Maby
    Grignan-lès-Adhémar – Viognier, Domaine de Montine
    Tavel – ‘Prima Donna’, Domaine Maby
    Côtes-du-Rhône – Château Courac
    Gigondas – ‘Le Pas de l’Aigle’, Pierre Amadieu
    Cairanne – Pierre Amadieu
    Châteauneuf-du-Pape – ‘Clos du Calvaire’
    Muscat-de-Beaumes-de-Venise – Domaine Des Bernadins

    Tutor: Sue Eames with Malcolm Franks.

    Full details and booking >

Dec 2019

  • New Zealand's Finest in London – Holborn

    Thursday, 5th December

    £40.00

    The wines of New Zealand just get better and better. For purity of fruit and varietal expression they are hard to match. We will taste a selection from some of the country’s finest producers, including Ata Rangi, Cloudy Bay, Felton Road, Kumeu River, Pegasus Bay and Te Mata.

    Tutor: Pippa Hayward with Sandy Leckie.

    Full details and booking >

  • Fine Red & White Burgundy in London – Holborn

    Monday, 9th December

    £50.00

    Another traditional end-of-year ‘special’, our Fine Burgundy event will, this time, feature four whites and four reds. The whites will be Chablis 1er Cru Mont de Milieu from Samuel Billaud, Meursault ‘Le Limozin’ from Vincent Giraud, St-Aubin 1er Cru ‘Les Murgers des Dents de Chien’ from Alex Gambal and Pouilly-Fuisse ‘Vers Pouilly’ from Chateau de Beauregard. The reds will include Nuits-St-Georges Vieilles Vignes from Domaine de Bellene, Gevrey-Chambertin from Lucien Jacob, Vosne Romanee ‘Aux Reas’ from Anne Gros. Tutor: Pippa Hayward with Sandy Leckie.

    Full details and booking >

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