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.

  • Sep 2019

    £35.00Rare Wines From The South of France • Monday, 9th September, 19:30-21:30 in London – Holborn

    Rare red, white and rosé wines from top producers of Bandol, Bellet, Cassis, Palette and Côtes de Provence

    £35.00Classic Grape – Grenache • Thursday, 19th September, 19:30-21:30 in London – Holborn

    One of the most widely planted red varieties in the world, Grenache Noir is a major contributor to red and rosé wines made across a swathe of southern Europe that stretches from Rioja and Navarra, through Cataluña, across the South of France and up into the southern part of the Rhône Valley. It’s also found in the USA, South Africa and Australia There are white, grey and ‘hairy’ clones too. We will have a selection of fine examples for you to taste. Tutor: Pippa Hayward with Sandy Leckie.

    £40.00Bordeaux Wine & Cheese • Monday, 23rd September, 19:30-21:30 in London – Holborn

    Wine from Bordeaux – great with food.

    Oct 2019

    £40.00The Wines of Switzerland • Thursday, 3rd October, 19:30-21:30 in London – Holborn

    The Swiss make great wine but drink most of it themselves, which is why we don’t see much of it in the UK. We have managed to find a few special bottles for you to taste.

    £35.00Mature German Riesling • Monday, 7th October, 19:30-21:30 in London – Holborn

    The tastings of mature German Rieslings we have organised in the past have proved to be very popular so that whenever the opportunity arises to invest in more old vintages, we jump at it. Rieslings in a variety of styles from the Mosel and the Nahe Valleys and vintages back to 1986. Tutor – Vivienne Franks with Malcolm Franks.














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